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OfflineMOoKie
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Asa "globalization of drug war" Hutchinson
    #314407 - 05/11/01 01:12 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

New DEA chief

This is bad.



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Re: Asa "globalization of drug war" Hutchinson [Re: MOoKie]
    #314409 - 05/11/01 01:13 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

HUTCHINSON BACKS TEN-YEAR PRISON TERMS FOR ANYONE POSTING DRUG INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET


Hutchinson angered free-speech advocates in 1999 by co-sponsoring legislation (H.R. 2987) that sought to impose a ten-year felony sentence on anyone who communicates, by any means, "information pertaining to the ... manufacture of a controlled substance." (Sec. 421) Although purportedly aimed at information pertaining to meth-manufacturing, the statute's purposely vague wording would have applied to any website, magazine or book containing information on a range of drug-related topics, including procuring medical marijuana, sterilizing needles and hemp fiber cultivation.
After media outcry against the measure, the language was eventually eliminated from the bill (though it remained in the Senate's version).





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Re: Asa "globalization of drug war" Hutchinson [Re: MOoKie]
    #314491 - 05/11/01 05:06 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

when will they learn....

The thing that get me is that he gave no real reasons for why any of this should be done and if he did I'd bet my life it could be proved wrong or, if he gave one good reason why something should be done I could give him ten reasons of why it shouldint.

there needs to be more mass media coverage of everyones views on this subject, not just the haters. =)



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Re: Asa "globalization of drug war" Hutchinson [Re: MOoKie]
    #314497 - 05/11/01 05:39 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Also see http://www.drcnet.org/wol/184.html#newczar

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Re: Asa "globalization of drug war" Hutchinson [Re: PjS]
    #314661 - 05/11/01 12:09 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

yes, this is bad news.

I guarantee we will enter into some military conflict in civil war-torn Colombia within the next 4-8 years. The circumstances are nearly identical to those of pre-Vietnam mass invasion. We already have "advisors" down there training death squads in combatting the guerillas. Interesting, however, is the pretext of "fighting the drug war" as the Colombian government who we have sent that huge aid package (nearly 2 billion) to are also cocaine peddlers themselves (and they deal on a much higher level than the "private" traffickers that we are wagging war with). So are we really fighting the cocaine trade? To some extent - kinda, almost incidentally. But to a much larger extent we are simply fighting the guerillas who arent quite friendly with American agri-business and American petroleum companies who are currently drilling for oil. If they assume control over Colombia, these corporations will be kicked out. So, essentially, we wish to protect corporate prospects (Occidental is lined up to earn a cool 3 billion or so for drilling on U'wa land - and if anyone interfers, the U.S. will send in the troops) via a war quite similar to Vietnam. All for 90 days worth of oil and cheap coffee.

What better scapegoat for military intervention than drugs...the public will eat that up like candy.

http://www.colombiareport.org - great source of information.


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Re: Asa "globalization of drug war" Hutchinson [Re: Agent Cooper]
    #314783 - 05/11/01 02:24 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

taken from DRCnet - the link that PjS put up.

Meet the New Czar, Worse Than the Old Czar

President Bush's quasi-nomination of John Walters as the new head
of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (the "drug czar?) was an
act of stealth politics. No press conferences, no fanfare, no White
House garden ceremony marked his annunciation. Instead,
anonymous sources fed the story to Dan Forbes and Salon.com, the
wire services picked it up, and more anonymous officials confirmed
the story.

This subdued approach to the Walters nomination is entirely in
keeping with the tactics of a president who talks reasonably about
drug policy -- against racial profiling, against mandatory minimums,
for more treatment -- but who then appoints arch-conservatives, such
as Attorney General John Ashcroft, to key drug policy positions.
With John Walters, Bush has found a drug czar who will bravely take
drug policy forward to the last century.

Mentored by man of virtue Bill Bennett, first at the Department of
Education and then as Bennett's right-hand man during his tenure as
drug czar, the 49-year-old Walters seems never to have met a
mandatory minimum sentence he didn't like or a drug user he did.
As head of the drug czar's office of supply reduction under Bennett
and Bush the senior, Walters made frequent Capitol Hill
appearances to cheerlead for ever more drug interdiction funds.

Upon leaving office, Walters became president of the New
Citizenship Project, which promotes an increased role for religion in
public life. He co-authored the book "Body Count: Moral Poverty
and How to Win America's War Against Crime and Drugs," which
created the bogeyman of the youthful "superpredator" with Bennett
and John J. DiIulio, who is currently running Bush's faith-based
initiative campaign. Later, Walters moved to the Philanthropy
Roundtable, an organization that steers potential donors to properly
conservative charitable causes.

Once the Clinton administration took over, Walters emerged as an
insistent critic of Clinton's drug policies, especially in the campaign
season of 1996, when he surfaced as Sen. Bob Dole's spokesman
on drug issues. In testimony given to the Senate Judiciary
Committee in September 1996, Walters held the Clinton
administration responsible for the cyclical uptick in drug use that
began in the last years of the Bush administration.

The reason for the increase in drug use in the 1990s was "a failure
in federal policy," Walters testified, strangely accusing the
Clintonites of "de facto legalization" for failing to stop all drugs from
entering US borders. (The charge approaches the absolute zero of
absurdity given the record numbers of Americans arrested and
imprisoned for drug crimes under the Clinton administration.)

Not one to merely carp, Walters also presented the senators with a
six-point anti-drug policy of his own device, one that may be viewed
as a blueprint of a Walters czardom:

The president must use his "bully pulpit" to propagandize
against drug use.

Get tough in Latin America. (In his testimony, Walters
criticized Clinton for temporarily halting US aid for one of his
favorite programs -- the Peruvian "fly and die" airplane
shoot-down program. In oddly non-prescient words, Walters
wrote, "This is an opportunity to save American lives by
helping the Peruvians press their attack on traffickers.")

Increase US military involvement in the drug war. (Walters
wrote "set more sensible budget priorities," but devoted his
argument to complaints that the military was not getting
enough money for drug interdiction.)

War on marijuana. ("Federal marijuana penalties need to be
stiffened," Walters testified, "and federal eradication efforts
need to be invigorated.")

Keep the crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparities in
place.
(In his testimony, Walters railed against US Sentencing
Commission efforts to reduce the crack penalties, saying such
"irresponsible proposals from the Sentencing Commission
should be blocked, and the Commission should be barred
from proposing changes in criminal penalties where Congress
has established mandatory minimum sentences.")

Favor confrontational and faith-based drug treatment
programs.
(Walters cited Phoenix House as the sort of "tough
program" addicts need, and added that, "Religiously based
programs should be eligible for funding, and addicts who seek
publicly funded treatment should be required to enter rigorous
programs and face real sanctions if they fail to complete
them.")

Walters has also spoken out on other drug policy-related issues. He
harshly criticized Gen. McCaffrey for insufficient efforts to snuff out
the medical marijuana rebellion in California in 1996. In particular,
he scoffed at McCaffrey's assertion that the administration would
collect data to demonstrate the harms of medical marijuana. "One
thing they want to do is watch the body count in California," he told
the Los Angeles Times. "Why don't they prevent the body count in
California?"

He was equally skeptical of drug courts. In a 1997 article on drug
courts in Connecticut in the Christian Science Monitor, Walters said,
"You can have change for the sake of novelty. Connecticut can do
whatever it wants, but if you want to know what works here, it's tough
enforcement, hard-headed adequately-funded treatment, and
hard-headed adequately-funded prevention."

But he likes drug testing. He told the House of Representatives in
March 1996 that "pre-employment testing ought to be able to be
done everywhere, Congress, the Judiciary, the Executive Branch,"
and that federal employees should be subjected to "random testing."

To give Walters the benefit of the doubt, we note that all of his
remarks above came from the dark ages of the mid-1990s. Much
has occurred in drug policy since then, and perhaps Walters' views
have evolved over the years. Not likely, if his March 2001 article in
the conservative Weekly Standard, "Drug Wars: Just Say No... To
Treatment Without Law Enforcement" is any indication.

In his article, a jeremiad against the "therapy-only lobby," Walters
writes that "law enforcement and punishment would be natural
partners of the treatment providers" if only people quit treating drug
addiction as a disease. After all, he asserts, "coerced treatment
works at least as well as voluntary treatment." He also notes
approvingly that "if anything, the trend of anti-drinking and
anti-smoking efforts today is to criminalize certain aspects of use
and attack availability."

But all of this is just the warm-up for his main argument against some
of the "great urban myths of our time." Those myths, writes Walters,
are (1) we are imprisoning too many people for merely possessing
illegal drugs, (2) sentences are too long and harsh, and (3) the
criminal justice system is unfairly punishing young black men.

Walters goes through some statistical legerdemain to argue his
case and it is beyond the scope of this report to refute him in detail.
It is sufficient here simply to note that Bush's nominee for drug czar
is proudly harsh and retrograde in his views, willing not only to
defend punitive policies but to make affirmative arguments for them.

Has anybody here seen my old friend Barry?




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Re: Asa "globalization of drug war" Hutchinson [Re: Agent Cooper]
    #316092 - 05/13/01 06:18 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Strangely, Barry does seem better than this ultra-conservative psycho. While on many issues, I agree with conservatives... this isn't one of them. If they're continueing the war on drugs as buisness as ussual, they're causing more harm than good... oh well, life goes on and shit still happens.



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