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April 2007



Stop the Madness

Via Steve at Transform This is the White House-produced rock video in the 80’s that finally convinced America to “stop the madness.” With a message this compelling, it took very little effort to finish the job and America was drug-free by 1995. No longer needed, the drug war infrastructure was dismantled, and the soldiers returned […]

Montel on medical marijuana

In an OpEd promoting a medical marijuana law in Illinois, Montel Williams sticks it to the government:

Here’s what’s shocking: The U.S. government knows marijuana works as a medicine. Our government actually provides medical marijuana each month to five patients in a program that started about 25 years ago but was closed to new patients […]

Afghanistan continuing to force people to think

With the situation in Afghanistan continuing to fail dramatically, more players are coming to the realization that a solution may require something other than pursuing the same old drug war. What an idea! The British MPs have been pushing for some time now for adopting the Senlis Council’s proposal to buy the opium and turn […]

NPR examines ‘America’s Forgotten War’

Forgotten? OK, sure, the politicians may avoid talking about it (except when they’re passing harsher laws or eradication budgets), but it’s hardly forgotten.
And I don’t have much optimism about the direction this series will take. And unfortunately, they’re probably congratulating themselves on how balanced it is…

The war on drugs has affected people from all walks of life. Listen to the stories of federal drug officials, and the personal experiences of a former drug dealer, a recovering drug addict, a former drug prosecutor and a mother who lost her son to drugs.

All walks of life? Give me a break. These are the worst of the hard-core drug warriors. “Dr.” David Murray, Barry McCaffrey, Ginger Katz, and others. Where are the mothers of those who died from the drug war? The families who were torn apart by prison? The peaceful citizens who have had their lives taken away from them by unfair drug laws? The farmers who are poisoned by our chemicals?
Yep, NPR’s giving us balance…

Part 1 addresses the great debate in the war on drugs: What should take priority controlling the supply of drugs through foreign operations, or controlling demand through prevention programs in the United States?

Right. That great debate which solves nothing… except to prevent discussion of the true great debate: Regulation vs. Black Market
In the entire description and connected pages, I could find no mention of a single drug policy reform organization or individual.
The degree to which the series seems to be overpopulated by ONDCP staff (and former staff) leads me to believe that NPR has joined the FDA and HHS as fully-owned subsidiaries of the drug war political establishment.