|FOP Backs Comprehensive Hatch-Leahy Bill|
Posted by FoM on February 14, 2001 at 09:11:48 PT|
For Immediate Release
Source: U.S. Newswire
Gilbert G. Gallegos, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, has announced the support of the organization for the "Drug Abuse Education, Prevention and Treatment Act," which was to be introduced on the Senate floor by Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin G. Hatch and the Committee's Ranking Member, Patrick J. Leahy.
"The bill strikes what we believe is the right balance between punishment for drug offenders and treatment for drug-users who are caught in the grip of an addiction that leads them to crime," Gallegos said.
"This is a comprehensive, bipartisan approach to our nation's problem with drugs and crime. It demonstrates once again how fortunate we are to have leaders like Senators Hatch and Leahy at the helm of the Senate Judiciary Committee."
The bill combines increased penalties for traffickers who employ and sell drugs to minors or near schools with a hard-nosed approach to treating addiction. The legislation provides grants to eliminate drugs from prisons as well as funding character education and other prevention programs aim at youth. It provides Federal dollars for juvenile drug courts and treatment programs for addicted juveniles.
"In addition, prosecutors are given the option to develop treatment alternatives to prison sentences for eligible nonviolent drug offenders," said Gallegos. "But the bill specifically prohibits any relief to traffickers, who are at the root of this tragedy which plagues our communities."
"Drugs and crime have always gone hand-in-hand," Gallegos continued. "Driven by the twin engines of addiction and profit, drug crimes remain our number one law enforcement problem. We can win the war on drugs -- we must win it. But winning this war requires a balanced approach like the one outlined in this legislation. We cannot end strong punishments for drug offenders, but neither can we ignore the role addiction plays in the commission of drug-related crime."
------ The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with over 293,000 members.
Contact: Tim Richardson of the Fraternal Order of Police
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|Comment #6 posted by dddd on February 14, 2001 at 17:02:12 PT|
|>"and why-why-WHY does the press not nail these ethanol swilling hypocrytical bastards to the wall?"<|
That's an easy question to answer;the ethanol swilling crooked bastards,are the same ones who allowed several major corporations to buy up all the major media.The press is owned by our corporate government.It is a gruesome monopoly.......I aint kiddin'...............dddd
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Comment #5 posted by bcg on February 14, 2001 at 13:39:31 PT:|
|. "Driven by the twin engines of addiction and profit, drug crimes remain our number one law enforcement problem"|
Oooh that makes me FUME! Why does no one in our 4th estate question what the Hell this guy is talking about. How about crimes involving NON-CONSENTUAL ACTS? I was robbed 2 times last year, none of my goods were ever recovered and no one was ever apprehended, but I sure as hell was for posession. How about rape, murder, corporate crimes? How about POLICE CORRUPTION? Why are these violations of the public trust not the number one law enforcement issue...and why-why-WHY does the press not nail these ethanol swilling hypocrytical bastards to the wall?
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|Comment #4 posted by meagain on February 14, 2001 at 10:55:57 PT|
| treatment for|
drug-users who are caught in the grip of an addiction that leads them to crime," Gallegos said.
What a general statement always leads to crime lie lie lie like a freekin dog
Drugs and crime have always gone hand-in-hand," Gallegos continued.
No crime and a perpetrator go hand in hand blame crime on the cause the criminal stop lieing to the public and treating us law abidding taxpayers like common criminals if it wasn't for us real people this nation would fall apart ask anyone on a plant floor who the real workers are and youll find it is the pot heads
Give me liberty or gimme a one way ticket to amsterdam
Comment #3 posted by Pedro on February 14, 2001 at 10:55:13 PT:|
|Isn't it amazing how the truth can be twisted 180% degrees to fit in with probitionist ideology?|
i.e. "Driven by the twin engines of addiction and profit, drug crimes remain our number one law enforcement problem"
"Driven by the twin engines of vested interests and ignorance, prohibition remains our number one law enforcement problem"
Sounds nearer the truth to me.
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|Comment #2 posted by observer on February 14, 2001 at 09:56:23 PT|
|"Drugs and crime have always gone hand-in-hand," Gallegos continued. "Driven by the twin engines of addiction and profit, drug crimes remain our number one law enforcement problem.|
Quislings. Propagandistic; lying continually; corrupted to the core by the absolute power ceded to them (the police) excused by chanting, "war on drugs" or "for the children."
[Propaganda Theme # 2] The Drug is Identified as Solely Responsible for Many Problem in the Culture, i.e., Crime, Violence, Insanity.
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Comment #1 posted by Ethan on February 14, 2001 at 09:38:21 PT:|
|"The legislation provides grants to eliminate drugs from prisons"|
This statement alone indicates the futility of the War on Some Drugs. If the available army of law enforcement cannot keep drugs out of prisons, what makes them think that they can on the outside? Corruption is the inevitable partner of the black market, and cannot be eliminated without decriminalization. No profit means no business, and drug problems would be markedly reduced. Make drugs a medical issue, and confine legal remedies to cases of perpetrators harming others. That is the solution.
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