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DEA twitter account promotes Anslinger

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  • Will

    #TBT? Nope, I’d say #TUT #ThrowupThursday.

    This retrospective endorsement and praise is so astonishingly bad, it’s hard to believe it isn’t a joke. But of course it isn’t. Jeff Sessions is surely nodding in approval.

  • Yeah But

    “Though the symptoms of narcotic addiction were
    known, they were not recognized in Main Street America, except
    as signs of rare moral degeneracy in minority groups or immigrants,
    essentially a vice or sickness of outsiders.”

    “Moral degeneracy” indeed. The DEA is devoid of shame. They are still using the language and tone of a monster like Anslinger to vilify non-white races. Rosenberg and his cronies might just as well be the Klan.

  • Servetus

    The Drug Enforcement Administration is living inside its own private DEA. It’s so bad they’re waxing nostalgic for Harry Anslinger. It’s predictable. Gone are the days when planting marijuana in a black man’s car at a police traffic stop was the best way to prevent black people from moving into white neighborhoods. Times change, but the DEA doesn’t.

    The proper way to deal with Anslinger was explained in 1966 by poet Allen Ginsberg in The Atlantic:

    “A marvelous project for a sociologist, and one which I am sure will be in preparation before my generation grows old, will be a close examination of the actual history and tactics of the Narcotics Bureau and its former chief Power, Harry J. Anslinger, in planting the seed of the marijuana ‘menace’ in the public mind and carefully nurturing its growth over the last few decades until the unsuspecting public was forced to accept an outright lie.”

    Anslinger is remembered as being very quotable. In the following quip, Anslinger displays not only his racism for blacks and Hispanics, but for Filipinos as well. He detests entertainers of all stripes. Hollywood’s demons must have kept him up at night:

    “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are negroes, hispanics, filipinos and entertainers. Their satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with negroes, entertainers and any others.”

    Harry was among other things a strong Presbyterian. His religious extremism placed him somewhere to the right of Jerry Falwell politically, thus making him a true believer in the menace posed by “godless commies” — just in time for the McCarthy Era:

    “Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing” — Harry J Anslinger

    We know Anslinger supplied morphine to an opioid addict in the Senate to reduce the possibility the politician would be scandalized should anyone discover he had a problem. That addict is suspected of being Senator Joe McCarthy. Red baiter Roy Cohn was McCarthy’s main legal counsel. Before finally being disbarred, Cohn was also a legal counsel and a big influence on Donald Trump.

    Anslinger’s charge of “pacifism” among marijuana consumers directly contradicts all his other propaganda claiming cannabis leads to violence and murder:

    …”Mr. Chairman and distinguished members of the Ways and Means Committee,” said Anslinger at the hearing, “this traffic in marihuana is increasing to such an extent that it has come to be the cause for the greatest national concern. This drug is as old as civilization itself. Homer wrote about it, as a drug that made men forget their homes, and that turned them into swine. In Persia, a thousand years before Christ, there was a religious and military order founded which was called the Assassins and they derived their name from the drug called hashish which is now known in this country as marihuana. They were noted for their acts of cruelty, and the word ‘assassin’ very aptly describes the drug.”

    Anslinger’s propaganda machine was far more blatant in spreading lies to the public, but his congressional testimony was still filled with false information and assertions. He called the resin “dangerous,” claimed 14 percent of Egypt were cannabis addicts and said the “staminate leaves are about as harmless as a rattlesnake.” In making his argument that cannabis is worse than any narcotic, Anslinger testified, “Here we have a drug that is not like opium. Opium has all of the good of Dr. Jekyll and all the evil of Mr. Hyde. This drug is entirely the monster Hyde, the harmful effect of which cannot be measured.” […]

    “The 80-Year Anniversary of Harry Anslinger’s Huge Lie to Congress” —

    Fortunately, the great white hopes and dreams of the DEA embodied by Harry J Anslinger are as dead as Anslinger.


    Writings and References for H J Anslinger:

    “The Traffic in Narcotics” -written by Harry Anslinger

    General References to Anslinger:

  • Will

    One of the better responses to the DEA’s tweet, from WokeChicken;

    “Are y’all just trolling at this point?”

    It hurts to laugh at an agency as tone deaf as they are grievously dangerous to humans far and wide.

  • DdC

    DEA Thanks Godfather of Prohibition

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    • DdC

      The Future: THC & CBD Powder


      Two pages from an Eli Lilly price and product sales book. Before being outlawed Cannabis (in powered form) was sold by almost all major pharmaceutical houses.

      The pain killing properties of Cannabis were known to western medicine since the time of the Roman Empire. But it wasn’t until after O’Shaughnessy (1839) published his findings on the medical properties of Indian Cannabis that its use in western medicine became wide spread. Soon the Medical Journals were carrying article after article, praising its general pain killing properties. But oddly enough, it wasn’t until the 1870s that its use for migraine headaches began, and not until the 1880s that it was widely recommended and used for migraine.

      The Present: Just in: Federal judge acknowledges plaintiffs’ claim that “medical marijuana has, quite literally, saved their lives,” dismisses rescheduling lawsuit anyway.

      DEA Thanks Godfather of Prohibition

      ✦ …the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.

      ✦ Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.

      ✦ Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.

      ✦ Colored students at the University of Minnesota partying with (white) female students, smoking [marijuana] and getting their sympathy with stories of racial persecution. Result: pregnancy.

      ✦ By the tons it is coming into this country – the deadly, dreadful poison that racks and tears not only the body, but the very heart and soul of every human being who once becomes a slave to it in any of its cruel and devastating forms. Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters. Hasheesh makes a murderer who kills for the love of killing out of the mildest mannered man who ever laughed at the idea that any habit could ever get him.

      ~ Harry J. Anslinger
      Godfather of Prohibition

  • Yeah But

    This is straight out of 1984. These people are even more dangerous than I thought.

  • Mike

    President Trump tonight in PA speech talking

    more hurt for drug offenses.

    • DdC

      At Pennsylvania rally, Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers

    • DdC

      A Look at Prohibitionist Rhetoric and Its Consequences
      by Julian Heicklen February10, 1998


      Senator Orin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 28 Senate co-sponsors have introduced Bill S. 3 that mandates that a person convicted of bringing into the United States “100 usual dosage amounts” of several illicit substances including two ounces of marijuana be sentenced to life without parole for a first offense and death for a second offense.

      Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and 37 House co sponsors have introduced Bill H. R. 41 with the identical provision. On May 8, 1997, Speaker Gingrich said: “If you sell it, we’re going to kill you.”

      William Bennett, the first U. S. “Drug Czar” has said: “The non-addicted or casual irregular user is likely to have a still-intact family, social and work life. These are the users who should have their names published in local papers. They should be subject to drivers’ license suspension, employer notification, overnight or weekend detention, eviction from public housing, or forfeiture of the cars they drive while purchasing drugs.”

      On “Larry King Live,” June 15, 1989, a caller to the national cable television show suggested to Drug “Czar” William Bennett: “Behead the damn drug dealers.” Mr. Bennett’s response was: “I mean what the caller suggests is morally plausible. Legally, it’s difficult But somebody selling drugs to a kid? Morally, I don’t have any problem with that at all.” Mr. Bennett reiterated his position the next day in a written statement that told drug dealers: “You deserve to die.”

      Thomas J. Gleaton, Director of PRIDE has said: “We, as parents of all nations, must say to our local law enforcement officer, ‘If my child, my loved one, or my friend breaks the law by using illicit drugs, please arrest him or her.'” Folks, this is your America. Because of the hysteria of our national leaders, not only has reason left the land, but so has the law.

    • DdC

      American by Drug War

      Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: Government Knew in 74

      It is estimated that 16,700 adults (9,620 men and 7,080 women) will die from primary cancerous brain and CNS tumors this year. @ 16k/yr x 44yrs = 704000 Americans

      Ganja 4 PTSD & Depression

      5000 suicides in the United States alone occurred as a result of combat-based PTSD

      Hemplastic or Fossil Fools Crud

      Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

      The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans.

      Arizona voted for Medical Marijuana with a 65% margin in 1996 and Republicans nullified the vote. Think of the kids that needlessly suffered and died just from seizures since that time. Republicans should pay restitution for the damage they have done to Arizona.

      Collaterally Damaged Kids
      Drug Worriers preferred methods of treatment…
      Preferred Treatment of Racketeering Opponents
      of a 4 yr old girl using cannabis for Epileptic seizures

  • WalStMonky


    Well here’s a surprise:
    Jeff Sessions says prosecutors won’t pursue “small marijuana cases”

    Will the sycophants of prohibition who claim that he’s “just following orders” when he enforces codified stupidity notice that he’s invoking prosecutorial discretion?

  • Haran Yahoo

    Alcoholic who let home be used as drug factory was paid in vodka

  • Mike

    interesting what Arizona does allow

    driver less trucks hauling freight

  • Servetus

    Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is as quotable as Harry Anslinger.

    The two petty tyrants have much in common. As both Sessions and Anslinger are or were deeply religious men, they tend to be sanctimonious about the virtues of ignorance and stupidity:

    The more learned and witty you bee, the more fit to act for Satan you will bee.—John Cotton (1585 – 1652), Puritan

    Jeff Sessions’ fitness to act for Satan can be measured by Sessions’ insistence that the US Constitution doesn’t support separation of church and state. His beliefs about church-state separation means he’s an avowed dominionist. Dominionists want a theocracy, not a democracy. They want an authoritarian state like that currently plaguing Iran. Their addictive need to prohibit certain chemical substances emerges due to so many drugs being better suited to solving social, medical, and psychological problems that were once considered the exclusive province of the religion du jour.

    It is therefore fitting and ironic that Jeff’s prescient namesake, Thomas Jefferson, commented on theocrats such as Anslinger and Sessions:

    In every country and every age the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in line with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for his own protection. — Thomas Jefferson

  • kaptinemo

    They show a pic of President Kennedy shaking hands with Anslinger; what the DEA doesn’t tell you is that after Rufus King made tapes of Anslinger’s debates and public pronouncements available to the White House, Kennedy sacked Anslinger.

    Taken from Mike Gray’s Drug Crazy, the juicy details can be found here: with the directly relevant information beginning on Page 86.

    • Yeah But

      Trouble in River City. (From page 77 of DRUG CRAZY)

      ‘Hobson had been completely reinvigorated by the anti-marijuana campaign. And though Harry Anslinger despised the man (a dilettante, said Anslinger, who lived off his wealthy female financial backers)[29] Hobson could still ignite middle America like a prairie fire. Dispatches from the western States to the New York Times headlined: “STATE FINDS MANY CHILDREN ARE ADDICTED TO WEED,” “POISONOUS WEED SOLD FREELY IN POOL HALLS AND BEER GARDENS,” “USE OF MARIJUANA SPREADING IN WEST,” “CHILDREN SAID TO BUY IT.”’

      Hobson sounds like he might be the model for Harold Hill:

      • kaptinemo

        All of these ‘crusades’ follow a pattern that was actually described in (of all things) a NIDA publication: Themes in Chemical Prohibition by William L. White from: Drugs in Perspective, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1979.

        A review of chemical prohibitionist literature reveals eight themes which appear to emerge from the tactics of most such movements. The tactics utilized to produce these themes are as follows:

        1. The drug is associated with a hated subgroup of the society or a foreign enemy.

        2. The drug is identified as solely responsible for many problems in the culture, i.e., crime, violence, and insanity.

        3. The survival of the culture is pictured as being dependent on the prohibition of the drug.

        4. The concept of “controlled” usage is destroyed and replaced by a “domino theory” of chemical progression.

        5. The drug is associated with the corruption of young children, particularly their sexual corruption.

        6. Both the user and supplier of the drug are defined as fiends, always in search of new victims; usage of the drug is considered “contagious.”

        7. Policy options are presented as total prohibition or total access.

        8. Anyone questioning any of the above assumptions is bitterly attacked and characterized as part of the problem that needs to be eliminated.

        Over and over, again and again, without fail. And the lionization of those perpetrating the fraud of prohibition via those themes is nothing new, either: The Forgotten Drug War: One Million Drug Addicts, Part II

        One can argue that the prohibitionist side requires charlatans and hucksters, whereas those they supposedly oppose, the drug cartels, in comparison, have very honest motives.

        • Yeah But

          ‘4. The concept of “controlled” usage is destroyed and replaced by a “domino theory” of chemical progression.’

          This is the biggest con of all. “Chemical progression” is entirely the result of prohibition and the surrender of the drug market to criminals. Strange though that this came from NIDA. Sounds like a confession to me.

        • Servetus

          One of the first critics of Anslinger’s drug war was an Indiana Univ. sociology professor named Alfred R. Lindesmith. Prof. Lindesmith had the temerity to suggest that Anslinger was correlating drug use and addiction with every possible negative aspect of despised and hated subgroups. Drug addicts were always lazy bums, crazy dangerous people, criminals, entertainers, Black or Hispanic or Filipino, etc. The FBN didn’t appreciate Lindesmith yanking the sheets off them:

          The fact that Lindesmith’s work threatened the emerging demonization of heroin, etc., is clear from how the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN)—predecessor of the DEA—worked to discredit him. This is outlined in a paper by Galliher, Keys, and Elsner, “Lindesmith v. Anslinger: An Early Government Victory in the Failed War on Drugs”.[5] As early as 1939, FBN director Harry Anslinger had the Chicago District Supervisor of the Bureau notify Indiana University that one of their professors was a drug addict. An internal FBN memo also suggests that, some years later, a wire-tap may have been placed on Lindesmith’s phone by the Bureau. Incidentally, there is no evidence that Lindesmith ever used illegal drugs. As Galliher et al. point out, “the targeting of Lindesmith was possible because Lindesmith acted virtually alone in standing up against federal drug control policies.”

          In his book The Addict and the Law,[6] he presents a detailed account of U.S. laws, regulations, police practices and court procedures, often in painful detail. He was describing what we now know as the beginning of the “war on drugs”, although that term was not coined until 1971. It was published just 3 years after Anslinger retired. In his book, Lindesmith expressed hope that the relatively liberal drug policies of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations would continue, but that was not to be. wiki

          Before it was the Drug Policy Alliance, it was the Lindesmith Center.

  • Francis

    That little bio is something else.

    Anslinger accomplished much in his decades leading America’s battle against drug trafficking, drug abuse, and organized criminal groups that sought to profit from the spoils of this enterprise.

    One would be forgiven for assuming that such a claim would be followed by some kind of support, maybe a brief summary of all that he accomplished in that decades-long battle. Instead, the next sentence is:

    Unlike the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover, Anslinger has been largely a forgotten leader.

    I guess there were just too many accomplishments to even attempt a summary.

    A man influenced by the times he lived in and the events happening around him, he was not without controversy.

    Well I guess that’s one way of glossing over his virulent racism.

    He has been criticized most harshly by those opposed to laws governing marijuana. Those laws were passed by Congress during the time Anslinger was in charge of FBN in the 1930s.

    Wow. The clear implication there that Anslinger had little or nothing to do with the passage of “those laws” is staggeringly dishonest. Although I guess the upshot of that pathetic little attempt to whitewash the history of Anslinger’s role is the implicit recognition of how shameful it was.

  • Servetus

    A Republican senator from Wisconsin, Ron Johnson, is confused about whether to execute drug offenders:

    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday said that he was “not sure” if the death penalty should be applied to drug offenses.

    During an interview on CNN, Johnson was asked if he agrees with President Donald Trump’s recent assertion that drug dealers should be executed like they are in China. […]

    “I’m a supporter of the death penalty, but only in those types of incidences where we absolutely are a 100 percent certain that the person is 100 percent guilty,” the Republican senator opined. “I’m not sure it would be applicable to drug offenses.”

    Ron Johnson rejected a state bill that would have eliminated the statute of limitations for child sex abuse in a show of support for pedophiles. Johnson also opposes the idea that humans are affecting the climate.

    Wisconsin marijuana consumers are likely to be 100 percent certain Ron Johnson is a nincompoop when they vote him out of office.

  • Servetus

    Scientists have announced a discovery that may have profound effects on preventing the severe social damage done to citizens by arch prohibitionists exemplified by Harry Anslinger and Jeff Sessions.

    A team including V Warrier, K L Grasby […] S Baron-Cohen at Cambridge has determined that roughly ten percent of a person’s empathy is genetically determined. The discovery could lead to understanding how empathogens such as psilocybin and MDMA enhance feelings of empathy in humans.

    11-MAR-2018 — Fifteen years ago, a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge developed the Empathy Quotient (EQ), a brief self-report measure of empathy. The EQ measures both parts of empathy.

    Previous research showed that some of us are more empathetic than others, and that on average, women are slightly more empathetic than men. It also showed that, on average, autistic people score lower on the EQ, and that this was because they struggle with cognitive empathy, even though their affective empathy may be intact. […]

    The new study has three important results. First, it found that how empathetic we are is partly due to genetics. Indeed, a tenth of this variation is due to genetic factors. This confirms previous research examining empathy in identical versus non-identical twins.

    Second, the new study confirmed that women are on average more empathetic than men. However, this difference is not due to our DNA as there were no differences in the genes that contribute to empathy in men and women.

    This implies that the sex difference in empathy is the result of other non-genetic biological factors, such as prenatal hormone influences, or non-biological factors such as socialisation, both of which also differ between the sexes.

    Finally, the new study found that genetic variants associated with lower empathy are also associated with higher risk for autism. […]

    Professor Simon Baron-Cohen added: “Finding that even a fraction of why we differ in empathy is due to genetic factors helps us understand people such as those with autism who struggle to imagine another person’s thoughts and feelings. This can give rise to disability no less challenging than other kinds of disability, such as dyslexia or visual impairment.

    AAAS Public Release: Study finds that genes play a role in empathy

    Genome-wide analyses of self-reported empathy: correlations with autism, schizophrenia, and anorexia nervosa, by V Warrier, R Toro, B Chakrabarti, iPSYCH-Broad Autism Group, Grove J, Borglum AD, D Hinds, T Bourgeron, and S Baron-Cohen. Translational Psychiatry.

    Implications of the genetics research include the possibility of a drug treatment regimen for prohibitionists with extremely low EQs, people who want drug offenders executed—burned at the stake if possible—people such as Donald Trump or Rodrigo Duterte; and of course Bill Bennett, who has always preferred decapitation.

    One could easily speculate the Cambridge discovery will lead to a new form of guerrilla-like chemical warfare. The strategy would involve groups such as Antifa arming themselves with concealable blowguns loaded with darts containing sympathy juice and deploying them against fascists at close range. No fascist would remain safe from the immediate effects of empathy.

  • Servetus

    Harry Anslinger’s weed hysteria destroyed the hemp industry in the US and added to America’s environmental problems due to the consequent intensification of cotton production, a water, insecticide and fertilizer demanding crop. In a counter example, farmers in Puglia, Italy, have grown hemp for several years as a means of cleaning toxins from farm soil:

    In the fields around Taranto, Puglia, more and more farmers are sowing fields of cannabis in a bid to save their precious soil which has been rendered unsafe thanks to years of pollution from Europe’s biggest steel plant. […]

    The cannabis revolutions started in 2011 with the creation of CanaPuglia, an association seeking to help pollution-hit farms facing ruin turn things around by planting bumper crops of the five-leaf plant.

    “Cannabis roots are capable of cleaning the polluted soils by absorbing all manner of pollutants, from radioactive compounds to heavy metals and dioxins,” CanaPuglia president Claudio Natale told The Local.

    The extraordinary ability of the plant to not only survive in pollution-