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  McCaffrey Advocates Prevention, Treatment
Posted by FoM on January 03, 2001 at 17:09:49 PT
By Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press Writer 
Source: S.F. Gate 

cannabisnews.com The longtime rallying cry of a ``war on drugs'' to describe the effort to curtail illegal drug use in the United States has become ``misleading'' the White House drug policy director says.

A more accurate comparison is to the fight against cancer -- ``Prevention coupled with treatment accompanied by research,'' Barry McCaffrey said in his final report on America's drug problem.

``Although wars are expected to end, drug education -- like all schooling -- is a continuous process,'' the retired four-star general said in the report to be presented Thursday at the White House.

``The moment we believe ourselves victorious and drop our guard, drug abuse will resurface in the next generation. To reduce the demand for drugs, prevention must be ongoing,'' according to the report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

McCaffrey, who is stepping down Friday as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, was adding treatment as one of the goals of the National Drug Control Strategy.

Treatment programs, he said, can ``reduce the consequences of addiction.'' Providing access to them for ``chronic drug abusers'' is ``compassionate public policy and a sound investment.''

Among the other elements of the drug control strategy:

--Educating and enabling youth to reject illegal drugs as well as alcohol and tobacco.

--Increasing Americans' safety by reducing drug-related crime and violence.

--Shielding air, land and sea frontiers from the drug threat.

--Breaking foreign and domestic drug sources of supply.

``Along with prevention and treatment, law enforcement is essential for reducing drug use,'' McCaffrey said. ``Illegal drug trafficking inflicts violence and corruption on our communities. Law enforcement is the first line of defense against such unacceptable activity.''

McCaffrey also is urging the Bush administration to continue successful anti-drug programs. He cites a 21 percent decline in drug use by teen-agers in the past two years as well as a 50 percent drop in overall drug use. Drug-related crimes and murders also have plummeted, he said.

``Drug abuse and its consequences can be reduced,'' he said. ``By historical standards, present rates of drug use are relatively low. With the concerted effort outlined in the National Drug Control Strategy and this report, we can lower them further.''

McCaffrey also plans to name Las Vegas and Jacksonville, Fla., as areas where drug manufacturing and sales flourish and where federal, state and local law enforcement agencies cooperate.

On the Net:

Office of National Drug Control Policy: http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/

Source: Associated Press (US)
Author: Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press Writer
Published: January 3, 2001
Copyright: 2001 Associated Press
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Comment #12 posted by mungojelly on January 05, 2001 at 19:13:58 PT:

what's really scary
What's really scary about this little propoganda piece is not that Mr McCaffrey lied. We know that he's a liar, and there's not much that can be done about that -- but one liar is not enough to convince the general public that patently false statements are "facts."

No, what's scary is that not one major news organization has stepped up to imply that Mr McCaffrey's statistics are anything but the gospel truth. "A 21 percent decline in drug use by teen-agers" and "a 50 percent drop in overall drug use"? I wouldn't insult Mr McCaffrey's intelligence by asking him for the source of those statistics. I know the source: they were made up.

I recommend writing to every news organization which is shameless enough to reprint the statistic of "a 50 percent drop in overall drug use" and asking them what on earth that could mean and why they would print it as if it were true. We need to shame them into telling the truth.


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Comment #11 posted by Lehder on January 05, 2001 at 13:45:21 PT
Lies Lies Lies
>A more accurate comparison is to the fight against cancer ->- ``Prevention coupled with treatment accompanied by >research,'' Barry McCaffrey said in his final report on >America's drug problem.

CANNABIS is not CANCER. Stop right there.

The war on drugs is a cancer on civilization. "It's the icy fingers of a barbrian clutching your shoulder."

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Comment #10 posted by tdm on January 04, 2001 at 06:58:16 PT:

a better solution
``Along with prevention and treatment, law enforcement is essential for reducing drug use,'' McCaffrey said. ``Illegal drug trafficking inflicts violence and corruption on our communities. Law enforcement is the first line of defense against such unacceptable activity.''

Ummm, am I missing something, or wouldn't legalizing drug trafficking be a much better line of defense against the violence and corruption associated with drug trafficking? Why is this so difficult for the antis to understand?



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Comment #9 posted by meagain on January 04, 2001 at 04:51:50 PT
He said
What he said ...
Illegal drug trafficking inflicts violence and corruption on our communities. Law enforcement is the first line of defense against such unacceptable activity.''

What he should have said..

Alcohol inflicts violence and corruption on our communities. Law enforcement is the first line of defense against such unacceptable activity.''

Then it would be the gods honest truth

never in my life have i ever saw someone commit an act of violence that uses just marijuana


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Comment #8 posted by NiftySplifty on January 03, 2001 at 23:13:02 PT
Unfortunately, (some) people believe him.
I saw this girl on the TV show "Power of Attorney" who was suing a kid because she ate a bit of a cookie "laced with marijuana". Testimony showed she bit off a piece "the size of a dime". She testified that after an hour, the characters in the movie were "right in front of her", she "felt weird, started shivering, hid in the corner" and had to be rushed to the hospital on a girnie (sp?). She said it lasted until five in the morning. She mentioned that she often spoke to kids of the danger of doing drugs. Gosh, I wonder where her information ultimately came from? McFuror with cheese and his fellow militant power-whores. I think she had a bad dose of propaganda-inspired, placebo-initiated anxiety. If she only knew some real facts about our loveable, hugable, edible and incredible cannabis.
Damn you, McCaffrey. You should light one up, while you're burning in Hell.
Nifty...


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Comment #7 posted by dddd on January 03, 2001 at 20:47:56 PT
Mistake in title
It's a misprint.
"McCaffrey Advocates Prevention,Treatment"
shoul read;
"McCaffrey Advocates Prevention of Treatment"

Those are some strange coincidences Robbie pointed out.
I wonder what the procedure is to indict someone for war crimes?..................dddd


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Comment #6 posted by Robbie on January 03, 2001 at 20:14:25 PT:

Mc-Czar is almost gone...

He has been a proven liar. He said that the "drug war" effort has been focused on treatment and prevention, all the while two-thirds or more of that budget has gone to interdiction and enforcement.

He has approved of subverting the minds of the American people. Actions such as the payola propaganda scandal and other attempts to control peoples thoughts in the name of his "holy" war.

He has looked like a child. He whined over how he was treated on the internet. He called Gary Johnson "Puff-Daddy" Johnson because Mr. Johnson had a strong, resonant voice for drug-policy reform.

He has insisted upon, and enacted an American foreign policy in Colombia that will further harm the people of Colombia, and most likely drag our country into another Vietnam-like quagmire that might very well lead to the loss of (more) American lives.

He is to step down this Friday (note: thank whatever power that be for that) and I find it interesting that it is the same day that "Traffic" comes out in wide-release, with a story about how truly ineffectual the man and his agenda is.

It is another point of coincidence, perhaps, that recently America has entered into an agreement that allows anyone to file a war-criminal grievance with an international court.

I hereby nominate Barry R. McCaffrey for such an indictment.

I truly believe that he is a war criminal, though he doesn't seem to like classifying his idealistic crusade as a "war." He is not the only American official responsible for these heinous activities directed at their own people, but he should be made accountable by his own admission of being in charge of the War on (some) Drugs over these last years.

Mr. McCaffrey, I think you should go back in time to the Gulf War and step on a landmine.

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Comment #5 posted by MikeEEEEE on January 03, 2001 at 19:49:27 PT
Goodbye Barry
You'll be missed. NOT!!!

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Comment #4 posted by nl5x on January 03, 2001 at 19:37:49 PT
cancer
A more accurate comparison is to the fight against cancer

cancer story
http://www.pot-tv.net/archive/shows/pottvshowse-449.html


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Comment #3 posted by dddd on January 03, 2001 at 19:08:41 PT
achtung!
This deluded czar sounds more like the fuher every time he speaks.His mandates,and propaganda campaign have been a main factor in the treasonesque damage done to the constitution.I can see no reason why the term "war criminal",would not apply to this pompous bastard.
He compares drugs to a cancer,,,he has been the ebola virus infecting the Constitution,and all that is American.


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Comment #2 posted by observer on January 03, 2001 at 18:25:21 PT
The ``Cancer'' Treatment
A more accurate comparison is to the fight against cancer -- ``Prevention coupled with treatment accompanied by research,'' Barry McCaffrey said in his final report on America's drug problem.

Oh sure, Barry: whatever you say. Of course, Hitler was another one fond of describing certain people as "cancer", also. Classic demonizing propaganda technique.

" tireless diatribes against 'the Jewish cancer,' the 'Jewish poison,' ..."
"In 1941 Hitler personally ordered removal of "the Jewish cancer" from the breast of Germany through the use of poison gas. Six million Jews died as a result."
excerpts from "Explaining Hitler" by Ron Rosenbaum, 1999
http://www.randomhouse.com/boldtype/1299/rosenbaum/excerpt.html

`` But the anti-Semitism of Hitler and the SS drew from a racist world view, which was rooted in a crude pseudo-Darwinism. It put much emphasis on the survival of the fittest and argued that genetic selection should be practised deliberately. This included the breeding of a racial "elite" and the extermination of racially "inferior" or "damaging" groups. Slavs, Gypsies, and Africans were considered racially inferior to a supposed race of German Aryans - a race that the Nazi ideologues believed to be weakened by what they called "the Jewish cancer." ''
. . .
`` In an attempt to "purge" the German population of "unworthy" members, about 400,000 men and women were sterilized (criminals, prostitutes, some poor people, alcoholics, members of mixed races, and others). On the same grounds, some people were forced to have abortions and many were killed within the so-called euthanasia program. . . The most threatening race to Hitler were the Jews, because he believed that they tended to infiltrate a "healthy" race and suck the life and strength out of it (hence the image of the "Jewish cancer"). ''
E.4. Eugenics and Racial Mass Murder, Raffael Scheck http://www.colby.edu/personal/r/rmscheck/GermanyE4.html

`` extermination of racially "inferior" or "damaging" groups. Slavs, Gypsies, and Africans were considered racially inferior to a supposed race of German Aryans - a race that the Nazi ideologues believed to be weakened by what they called "the Jewish cancer." . . . This crude Darwinism also implied hatred of handicapped people, physically weak individuals, people with genetic defects, and homosexuals (who were considered genetically deficient)… SS academies, in conjunction with university professors, tried to prove that races develop physical characteristics that can be directly linked to modes of behavior. [as NIDA attempts to 'prove' cannabis is so harmful that adults should be jailed/shot over it. -obs.] In an attempt to "purge" the German population of "unworthy" members..” ''
http://www.webpost.net/la/lauraburgoyne/thininking.html



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Comment #1 posted by Roger Christie on January 03, 2001 at 17:50:50 PT:

* How to...end the War on Some Drugs *

Aloha. I am seeing much more clearly how the WOD is a 'state-sponsored religion' with dire consequences for non-believers. 'They' don't give students and citizens information from which to make a choice. 'They' give ultimatums and dictates. Join their 'church of extreme prohibition', or else!

It is totally UN-Constitutional to promote a state-sponsored religion. Any legal help out there reading this that would like to work with me on a lawsuit to end the WOD on this principle? Mahalo.

All the best to you,

Roger

Rev. Roger Christie
The Hawai'i Cannabis Ministry
"We use cannabis religiously."
www.thc-ministry.org


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