Drug Czar Continues To Link Drugs To Terrorism

  Drug Czar Continues To Link Drugs To Terrorism

Posted by FoM on February 26, 2002 at 11:16:32 PT
By Matt Pyeatt, Staff Writer 

Out of the 28 international terrorist organizations identified by the U.S. government, at least 12 have been involved in the illegal drug trade, according to John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).Walters said the Bush administration knows drugs are not the only reason for terrorism, however, "we know that millions of dollars in drug money have gone to fund the Taliban regime."
The nation's drug czar is attempting to link the sale of narcotics with terrorism at home and abroad, and Monday spoke about the Bush Administration's advertising plan to bring that message to youth and parents around the country.The advertising plan, which was kicked off with two thirty-second ads during this year's Super Bowl, is already a success, Walters said. "These advertisements promise to be some of the most powerful and most effective ads we've ever done."Walters said the Super Bowl ads were particularly effective because many parents were watching television with their children at the time. "We know that when parents reinforce the prevention message, it has its maximum effectiveness," Walters said. "The essential challenge I believe my office faces is to overcome the cynical view that nothing works in this area," Walters said. "We are trying to broaden the understanding, the recognition of what's being done and most of all the path that we think the nation can pursue to reduce this problem dramatically."Educational materials will be supplied to the nation's classrooms as part of the White House strategy, to help teach students about the link between terrorism and drugs, and reduce the demand for illegal narcotics."We have to reduce both demand and supply because the broken balance of any one side of that equation will undermine whatever progress we make on the other side," Walters said.Walters admits there are critics of the advertising campaign, however, he says the criticism comes from only two sources. "One has been college newspapers and the other has been from so-called drug policy reform groups," he said.These groups, Walters said, are delivering a dishonest message. "The dishonesty is that drugs are only your own choice, it's a matter of a personal decision, it's your body, it's your freedom," Walters said.Nicholas Thimmesch, communications director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said Walters' theories are baseless and that the drug czar has no proof on which to back up his allegations.Thimmesch notes that marijuana arrests account for the vast majority of drug busts in the United States and that marijuana is the number one consumed narcotic in the U.S. Because of this statistic, Thimmesch said, you must prove a link between terrorism and marijuana for the argument to stand. "Can you please show where any marijuana is coming from any terrorist network at this time?" Thimmesch asked."I challenge Walters or anyone in the administration to show specific arrests of marijuana that came from terrorist organizations because the fact of the matter is that a vast majority of marijuana consumed in the United States is home grown," Thimmesch said.He said reform groups were going through proper channels to get drug laws reformed and did not deserve the treatment given them by Walters. "Certainly the media, overall, is spoon-fed this stuff from the ONDCP and I would simply say that if he criticizes reform groups, reform groups have worked within the democratic system to hold referendums, initiatives and other legal procedures to reform marijuana laws," Thimmesch said.Thimmesch said many of Walters' statements are hollow. "He doesn't back them up. I have not seen any statistics from the Administration or any examples or any arrest records that show that any terrorist organizations are responsible for marijuana consumption in the United States."The advertising campaign being pushed by the ONDCP was "an absolute waste of money," Thimmesch said. Overall, President Bush's 2003 budget includes $19.2 billion for drug control, according to the President's National Drug Control Strategy.Complete Title: Drug Czar Continues To Link Drug Trade To TerrorismSource: CNSNews.comAuthor: Matt Pyeatt, Staff WriterPublished: February 26, 2002Copyright: 1998-2002 Cybercast News ServiceContact: shogenson cnsnews.comWebsite: Articles & Web Sites:NORML Czar Accused of Supporting Terror Low in the War on Drugs - A. Huffington White House Anti-Drug Ads Super Bowloney 

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Comment #18 posted by Jose Melendez on February 28, 2002 at 06:49:23 PT:
what would you call the play?
The Marijuana Monologues? or Arresting Prohibition?
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Comment #17 posted by ekim on February 27, 2002 at 18:36:55 PT:
What about a Broadway Play
To show that Judge Young ruled Cannabis has med. value. That was back in 88 I think. It would be a great hit, now many on Broadway have watched as co-workers have dies of Aids. Where is the outrage when the head of the war on some drugs says that Cannabis has no value. When the heads of reform get together in S.F. in April I hope someone will come forward with a script on how the dea out ruled Judge Young and the 5000 pages of testimony in the case. Please it is time to tell the real truth. 
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Comment #16 posted by live_or_die62960 on February 27, 2002 at 13:48:38 PT:
terrorism in the white i mean blackhouse  calling all defenders of freedom ARMY NAVY AIRFORCE MARINES and ALL who understand THE BILL OF RIGHTS and the CONSTITUTION TERRORISM IS LINKED TO WHITEHOUSE AND CONGRESS       
http://www.cannabis news .com
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Comment #15 posted by st1r_dude on February 27, 2002 at 05:40:39 PT
more terrorist propaganda
just was forwarded this link from a friend...noticed at the top how the languages offered for this anti-link are available in spanish and nearly all the asian french, german, russian....wonder why ?oh yes, be sure and check out both links... if this is old news...st1ed 
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Comment #14 posted by kaptinemo on February 27, 2002 at 05:16:09 PT:
The Good Doctor is FAR too kind
I look like a bepedal bulldog, and have been told so. Since I am enamored of the breed for their easy-going and sunny dispositions - and their fierce loyalty - I consider it a compliment.My late Mother used to say that I should have run for public office. My reply was that she must secretly hate me; an honest politician usually becomes a dead one. Or run out of town by slicker and less honest types more savvy with the ins and outs of political perfidy, like vote stealing and innuendo. But another fact comes to light, and is almost immediately visible if you follow the careers of those thought to be honest when elected: power corrupts, and absolute power corupts absolutely. (Hardly original, of course; sorry, Lord Acton.) That's why the three branches of government, a House and a Senate, and sundry other checks and balances. Which have almost disappeared from view with modern government. Today, we have the DEA making law-by-regulatory-decree...and the ONDCP nullifying democracy in California by attacking Compassionate Clubs. Evil times, these.And supposedly good men and women, sworn to the same oath many of us former Service members took, are doing this. Once you are submerged in the political sewer, you get used to the smell and the even start to think it's normal to live that way. And thusly, all the antiConstitutional laws that would ring alarm bells on the outside...get passed. Because the people sent to clean the sewer forget that there's anything wrong with what they are doing; it's 'business as usual'.Nope, I'll stay on the outside, maintaining my sanity and my perspective, because, after all, I have feet of clay like anybody else. I'm just as fallible...and corruptable.
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Comment #13 posted by lookinside on February 27, 2002 at 04:17:39 PT:
No one with intelligence and self respect would run for public office in the U.S. right now.If you try to stand by your principles, you deal with extreme frustration.If you don't, you deal with your conscience.In today's political climate, it's a lose-lose situation.I would question the sanity of anyone who aspired to high public office.I'd like to see a country where the word "politician" has no meaning. Where someone elected to office is dragged kicking and screaming to their appointed duties. We might get some people with common sense.
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Comment #12 posted by DdC on February 26, 2002 at 23:30:58 PT
Protecting Vested Ignorance
"They that start by burning books will end by burning men."
(German) "Dort, wo man BŸcher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen."
--Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), from his play Almansor (1821) EFF Analysis Of The Provisions Of The USA PATRIOT Act
That Relate To Online Activities (Oct 31, 2001)
On October 26, 2001, President Bush signed the USA Patriot Act (USAPA) into law. With this law we have given sweeping new powers to both domestic law enforcement and international intelligence agencies and have eliminated the checks and balances that previously gave courts the opportunity to ensure that these powers were not abused. Most of these checks and balances were put into place after previous misuse of surveillance powers by these agencies, including the revelation in 1974 that the FBI and foreign intelligence agencies had spied on over 10,000 U.S. citizens, including Martin Luther King. On March 23, 1933, the German parliament passed the "Enabling Act," empowering Adolf Hitler to solidify the total state which he envisioned. The Enabling Act was enacted in response to the "terrorist attack" on the parliament's meeting house, the Reichstag. The burning of the Reichstag building was blamed on the extremist opposition, but history has shown that Hitler's state security contrived the act as a pretext to secure power.On October 26th, 2001, President George W. Bush signed into law the USA-PATRIOT Act. This act, a direct response of the United States Congress to the horrors of September 11th, empowers the executive branch to override a variety of constitutional protections. Of course, it is vehemently asserted that this Act is "necessary" to combat "terrorism." The Act's very name implies that anyone who opposes transgression against our Bill of Rights isn't a patriot.Ashcroft's Moral Stand Out of Line Stop Ashcroft Coalition"The masses have little time to think. And how incredible is the willingness of modern man to believe." From Election Loss, Ashcroft Goes To Top Ashcroft, Ideology Overrides Suffering"Another weapon I discovered early was the power of the printed word to sway souls to me. The newspaper was soon my gun, my flag - a thing with a soul that could mirror my own."
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini together in the heyday of 1930s fascism. Journalism and the Drug War The Myth of "Liberal Bias" in the Media 
By Randolph T. Holhut "Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."
Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Nazi Air Force (Luftwaffe) commander, the Nuremberg Trials John Ashcroft Declares War On Non-Terrorists "Terrorist operatives infiltrate our communities, plotting, planning and waiting to kill again....To those who scare peace loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: your tactics only aid terrorists."
United States Attorney General John Ashcroft Prohibitionist Deceptions   ACS - Division of Analytical Chemistry - DAC Awards 
John P. Walters 1980John P. Walters President of The Philanthropy Roundtable 
This is a national association of individual donors, corporate giving representatives, foundation staff and trustees, and trust and estate officers. The Roundtable is founded on the principle that voluntary private action offers the best means of addressing many of society's needs, and that a vibrant private sector is critical to creating the wealth that makes philanthropy possible. And getting rich off WoD ain't bad either...All Laundering funds as tax right-offs through The Assassins of Youth: FRCn PDFA/DARE. Protecting Petro Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Meat and Booze perpetuating prohibition. While booze kills more kids than anything and isn't even part of the WoD budget. Administrated Coincidence... assassins of youth Articles Liberty Removal"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country... Corporations have bee enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."
Abraham Lincoln, November 12, 1864, Enron Owns GOPers every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty, He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
Thomas Jefferson, 1814 George W. in the Garden of Gethsemane
Mike's New Book Stupid White Men Cheneynagans & Oil! entitled the "Law for Removing the Distress of the People and the Reich." Hitler promised that "the government will make use of these powers only insofar as they are essential for carrying out vitally necessary measures...The number of cases in which an internal necessity exists for having recourse to such a law is in itself a limited one." Deceptions
Sadamnsomabushladen USAl Qaeda entitled "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism" Act."There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical. That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the cowardice that dares not stand up against blatant violations of justice. A state that supresses all freedom of speech, and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats each and every attempt at criticism, however morally justified, and every suggestion for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that breaks an unwritten law."
- Kurt Huber [The head of White Rose], killed by the Nazis in 1943. Charley 4 Bush
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Comment #11 posted by MikeEEEEE on February 26, 2002 at 20:23:10 PT
An honest politician
What a concept.
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Comment #10 posted by Ethan Russo MD on February 26, 2002 at 18:48:34 PT:
No, Not Kaptin
I have seen Kaptinemo. Kaptinemo is a friend of mine. I can tell you, Kaptinemo is no politician. He is too honest, and too good looking for public office.
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Comment #9 posted by MikeEEEEE on February 26, 2002 at 18:24:43 PT
Do we know great leaders before they're great?
That's why I'll never run for public office, despite the urging of friends; I don't want to wind up a brain-neutered zombie like the latest 'leaders' of the War on Some Drugs.kaptinemo, you have the potential for great leadership. You're the kind of person that would get results. Perhaps you're the kind of leader we'll see in the future but don't know it yet.Go for it!
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Comment #8 posted by freedom fighter on February 26, 2002 at 16:31:41 PT
Hey, Mr. Walters, come here and sit!
"The dishonesty is that drugs are only your own choice, it's a matter of a personal decision, it's your body, it's your freedom," Walters said.So, Mr. Walters, you meant to say it is honest that Mr. Walters's drugs are my own only choice, it's a matter of Mr. Walters's personal decision but not my own, it's Mr. Walters that own my body, and it's Mr. Walters's version of FREEDOM but not everyone's freedom?HEY, MR. WALTERS, YOU ARE IN MY HOUSE AND YOU SEEMED LIKE A NICE GUY BUT I DO NOT RECALL INVITING YOU IN MY HOUSE. GET THE HELL OUT OF MY HOUSE!ffPS)In my state(Colorado), we have a law called Make my Day Law, you invade someone's house without permission, you are liable to get shot legally! But, hey, I am a nice guy, GIT GOING BOY!
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Comment #7 posted by kaptinemo on February 26, 2002 at 16:19:12 PT:
And what were we giving the Tali's BEFORE 9/11?
Money, of course. 43 million USD to be exact. And guess what? The money was, as nearly all US currency is, nowadays, contaminated with cocaine residue. From being stored in close proximity to dirty money having been laundered in those banks. The Federal Reserve Banks that the US elite profit so handsomely from.Profiting from illicit drug transactions.And they gave money to people who shot women to death in sports stadiums because they 'dared to show a flash of skin. Now, I ask you, who are the terrorists? And who funded that terrorism?Anyone with three brain cells to mash soggily together might realize just how totally hypocritical that is. But looking at this cast of characters, I am of the opinion that there must be some secret lab where people who have either been elected or appointed to governmental positions are lobotomized immediately afterwards. That's why I'll never run for public office, despite the urging of friends; I don't want to wind up a brain-neutered zombie like the latest 'leaders' of the War on Some Drugs.
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Comment #6 posted by xxdr_zombiexx on February 26, 2002 at 15:10:08 PT
Says walters: "we know that millions of dollars in drug money have gone to fund the Taliban regime." Dude...Its the prohibiton of theose drugs, not the drugs themselves. Surely you have to be aware of this by now."We have to reduce both demand and supply because the broken balance of any one side of that equation will undermine whatever progress we make on the other side," Walters said.Wow...this sounds like he does have a good grasp of prohibition dynamics. Only they have this idea that somehow people will simply stop liking something they know is not a problem (cannabis).Walters admits there are critics of the advertising campaign, however, he says the criticism comes from only two sources. "One has been college newspapers and the other has been from so-called drug policy reform groups," he said.These groups, Walters said, are delivering a dishonest message. "The dishonesty is that drugs are only your own choice, it's a matter of a personal decision, it's your body, it's your freedom," Walters said.What Walters means is that if you dont agree with him you are a loser. Even if you are in college, but especially if you continue to tell the truth he doesnt want to hear. He is also betraying the fact he has no leg to stand on when it comes to meaningfully addressing his critics, so he tries to slander and demean them. With leaders like this, they (the rabid, backwards, hate-filled, prejudiced, racist, anti-intellectual, freedom-hating Prohibitionist morons) dont need enemies.Walters, Hutchinson, Bush. Ashcroft, the ONDCP...They are ALL major league idiots.FREEDOM ENDURES
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Comment #5 posted by goneposthole on February 26, 2002 at 14:51:08 PT
It's an honest message from drug reform groups
The problem being: Mr. Walters can diss honesty."The dishonesty is that drugs are only your own choice, it's a matter of a personal decision, it's your body, it's your freedom," Walters said.What drug reform group would willingly deliver a dishonest message about drug use?If anything, I would hope the message delivered would be clear, concise and honest.They would have a lot to lose and nothing to gain by being dishonest. If drug reform groups would lie all of the time about drugs and drug laws, any credibility would go down the drain. It would be utter foolishness.Of course, the course the government unfailingly follows: Lies, deceit, dishonest tactics across the board.How can they expect to win? 
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Comment #4 posted by kaptinemo on February 26, 2002 at 12:09:35 PT:
"High speed screws; torpedo in the water!"
And heading right for the grossly overladen, barnacle and BS encrusted, arrogant and slow U.S.S DrugWar. We all know about the Great Disconnect: the public's ignorance of the severity of the anti-cannabis laws of this country...and how pols and bureaucrats exploit that ignorance with horrendously punishing sentences for drug infractions. We even have been treated to the spectacle of Billy Klinton, no stranger to THC, opine as he left the White House that he thought most States had decrimmed long ago. I mean, talk about a lack of phasing between reality and fantasy; we all know that it was under Klinton that cannabis related arrests rose precipitiously; if it had been a jet fighter, it would have flamed out from so steep a climb.But that may be about to end; the Bush Sub One Administration really overreached itself, equating little pot-puffing Johnnie and Suzy with being Osama's bedmates. They did what all previous Administrations have tried to avoid doing for the longest time; stepped into the minefiled of the middle class family.It is a matter of historical fact that the drug laws of this country were aimed specifically non-white members of society. The almost exclusively white middle class was not meant to be affected; only "those people" (only African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians) were to be spitted on the law's rotisserie and done to a turn.But what has happened? Johnnie and Suzie are rediscovering their erstwhile hippie parents heritage...included cannabis. History is indeed repeating itself, and those parents who swore they'd bring their kids up sensibly are being shown to be every bit as hypocritical as the parents they railed against had been. The worm does turn, doesn't it?So, here we are: the Bush Sub One Administration, emboldened by public apathy concerning the murders at Rainbow Farms and the crushing of the MMJ groups in California, have decided that they are safe enough in going all out and getting the brass ring. They think they can gild the DrugWar lilly, by pushing these idiotic adds.
Forgetting about the dangers of losing balance when there's no safe ground to retreat to, they are reaching for all they're worth.But this time, they've attacked the very thing they've been saying they are trying to protect: America's children. Joe Sixpack may be dim, but he's not completely catatonic; he knows that those ads were a not-too-subtle dig at his parenting skills. By lumping his kids in with terrorists, the antis stepped into the arena as opponnets of the parents, not their self-proclaimed champions. It's going to get real interesting these next few days...
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on February 26, 2002 at 12:06:44 PT
Just saw the ad in USA Today. It's great to see the ad but that picture was enough to scare the living daylights out of me!!!
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Comment #2 posted by MikeEEEEE on February 26, 2002 at 11:47:26 PT
USA Today
I went to a newsstand and looked at the ad about an hour ago. If you haven't seen it or read about it it was about 7 or 8 pages into the news paper, a full page, with a picture of Walters in black and white. It's good to see this ad getting national exposure, I feel like this movement is gaining momentum.
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Comment #1 posted by Dark Star on February 26, 2002 at 11:22:21 PT
The Counter-Attack Has Begun
What does it mean when the government sounds like a bunch of zealots, and the opposition sounds rational and sensible? It means ONDCP is losing, dude. When the public realizes the truth, remaining support for the War on Drugs will go down the drain like yesterday's dirty bathwater. 
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