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February 2007



Politico nails ONDCP’s Tom Riley

This is hilarious. Ryan Grim writes another good, well-researched, well-sourced article at The Politico: Bush Wants Funding Jump for Anti-Drug Ads Rated as Useless. Check out the editorial sidebar on the story at The Politico:

Ryan Grim, who wrote today’s story on the anti-drug campaign program of the White House Office of National Drug Control […]

Felony Murder charges to be filed against Kathryn Johnston’s killers

According to WSBTV in Atlanta:

ATLANTA — Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard plans to ask a grand jury to consider murder charges against three Atlanta police officers.
The big news is not only the notice of the indictment itself, but also an FBI [official] indicated to Channel 2‰s Mark Winne that the action by the Fulton County D.A.‰s Office came without any notice to either the FBI or U.S. Attorney‰s Office. The official suggested the FBI investigation has not been completed and the FBI had not been notified of what he indicated was a unilateral action taken by the District Attorney.

I’m not sure what it means that the DA is acting separately from the federal investigation, but ultimately I would expect hope to see these officers tried for felony murder. If the apparent facts hold up and the officers lied to get a warrant, and then broke into Kathryn Johnston’s home based on that warrant and killed her in her home (regardless of her self-defense actions), then what other conclusion can you reach?

Odds and Ends

“bullet” It’s way too early to obsess about the ’08 Presidential election, but Glenn Greenwald has a fascinating post explaining why those who are quick to dismiss Rudy Giuliani’s chances are mis-reading the dynamics. And he ends it with a description of Giuliani that reminds me why I think Rudy would be just about the […]

Drug Policy roundtable tonight

For any of my readers at Illinois State University, I’ll be leading a roundtable on current issues in drug policy tonight with the Illinois State University chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Wednesday at 8:00 pm in Stevenson 212.

The Drug Czar looks forward to wasting even more of your cash

The drug czar’s “blog” is bragging about the President’s new budget which includes:

an additional $30 million dollars for ONDCP’s award-winning National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and an additional $7.5 million for random student drug testing

… by “award-winning” they must mean “slammed by the GAO for a complete lack of credible evidence of effectiveness.”