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Accurate Media Coverage Upsets Drug Czar
05-22-2010, 07:34 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-22-2010, 07:37 PM by h3rm35.)
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Accurate Media Coverage Upsets Drug Czar
Accurate Media Coverage Upsets Drug Czar
Posted in Chronicle Blog by Scott Morgan on Thu, 05/20/2010 - 12:19am

Last week, the Associate Press ran one of the best pieces on U.S. drug policy I've ever seen, and it began like this:

Quote:MEXICO CITY (AP) — After 40 years, the United States' war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread.

Even U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske concedes the strategy hasn't worked.

"In the grand scheme, it has not been successful," Kerlikowske told The Associated Press. "Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified."

Nevertheless, his administration has increased spending on interdiction and law enforcement to record levels both in dollars and in percentage terms; this year, they account for $10 billion of his $15.5 billion drug-control budget.
So now the drug czar is annoyed at AP for, I guess, quoting him and accurately reporting on his anti-drug budget:
Quote: The budget piece is fair to focus on, but we told AP that we objected to the article's mischaracterization of current policy. A fairer and more nuanced observation would have been: This does look/sound a lot different, but the budget scenario hasn't changed overnight (it never does, in any realm of government) and it will take some time to test the Administration's commitment to the new approach.
[ofsubstance.gov]

Really? Because the drug czar did kinda admit that the strategy sucks. It's not a "mischaracterization" when someone prints the words coming out of your mouth. It's not like Ethan Nadelmann said that and they falsely attributed it to you. Guess what guys: until you stop spending more than half your budget on the exact activities that even you agree have failed, you're going to get called out early and often.

If the drug czar wants us to understand why his budget can't change overnight, then he'll need to explain what the hell that means. Is he talking about the massive drug war industry that depends on our tax dollars to buy fancy technology that's useless without prohibition? Is he wondering what the dog-slaughtering SWAT soldiers in Missouri are supposed to wear without federal subsidies for their bullet-proof bodysuits? If that's the problem, then let's talk about it.

In the meantime, Kerlikowske shouldn't be complaining that AP's coverage isn't "nuanced" enough for him. He's the one who talked to them and said things that didn’t make sense.
Drug Czar Admits Failure, Pledges to Continue It
Posted in Chronicle Blog by Scott Morgan on Thu, 05/13/2010 - 11:50pm

Tell me something I don't know:

Quote: MEXICO CITY (AP) — After 40 years, the United States' war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread.

Even U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske concedes the strategy hasn't worked.

"In the grand scheme, it has not been successful," Kerlikowske told The Associated Press. "Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified."

Yes. Yes! Did I just hear a drug czar basically admit that the drug war completely sucks? Well then, what are you going to do about it?

Quote: Nevertheless, his administration has increased spending on interdiction and law enforcement to record levels both in dollars and in percentage terms; this year, they account for $10 billion of his $15.5 billion drug-control budget.

Kerlikowske, who coordinates all federal anti-drug policies, says it will take time for the spending to match the rhetoric.
Really? Why? This isn't hard, dude. You just stop paying everybody to f@#king destroy everything. I mean, it's interesting that he admits their rhetoric is nonsense, but that was already super obvious. We're in the middle of an economic crisis, and here's the drug czar telling us we can't stop funding programs that even he himself admits are a complete waste. What the hell is going on here?

It's easy to call the Obama Administration out on their hypocrisy, and we should. But it's also worth contemplating why they're doing such a miserable job of defending their own drug strategy. I think the difference between Kerlikowske and his predecessor is that John Walters actually bought into his own hype. His ego won't let him understand the destruction he oversaw. I don't believe Kerlikowske is even loyal to the war in the first place. I think he's just trying to do his job while pissing off as few people as possible. He aims to placate the public by acknowledging the obvious, while simultaneously ensuring that the drug war industrial complex is still able to pay its bills.

So which is worse, a drug czar who won't learn from his mistakes, or one who continues to support policies he knows are wrong?
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05-22-2010, 09:36 PM,
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RE: Accurate Media Coverage Upsets Drug Czar
I just have a problem with having a "czar" in the first place! Where does an allegedly democratic country get off having these folks in positions of power? Everything after that is completely suspect, IMO. They are telling us how it should be when the way of operation is supposed to be the other way around. WE are supposed to tell them how it is and what laws we want to have in place or removed. I for one say the only way to end the violence is to legalize all drugs and move over the addressing of drug problems to the medical field. Drug addiction is a medical issue not a legal one. The drug money flowing into Mexico dries up and the cartels collapse allowing Mexico to repair itself. It also allocates law enforcement in the US to deal with violent crimes and real safety issues, like corrupt politicians. In that scenario the public and sanity win instead of drug lords, militarized police, corrupt politicians, the CIA, and Big Pharma. The only way this is enacted is we have to force it.
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equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

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05-22-2010, 09:42 PM,
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and bankers...
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05-22-2010, 11:04 PM,
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They are the opportunistic immoral connections between those groups I mentioned. Enablers and vultures at the same time...They should be required to trip regularly to keep them from becoming inhuman coin counters that they are.
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
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05-22-2010, 11:40 PM,
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RE: Accurate Media Coverage Upsets Drug Czar
have you ever taken the time to read the schlock on ofsubstance.gov? It's amazing that the ONDCP ever gets anything done at all if that's an accurate portrayal of the minds there.
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05-23-2010, 01:48 AM,
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I haven't. It makes me ill to browse any of the .gov websites as they are so full of double-speak, propaganda and lies. Every time I get sent a link, it just make my head spin how absolutely ludicrous they are.
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
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05-23-2010, 03:44 AM,
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RE: Accurate Media Coverage Upsets Drug Czar
The .gov website is now actively debunking conspiracy theories:

http://www.america.gov/conspiracy_theories.html?gclid=CMCko66n4KECFRMsbwodJ21xKg

Trying to, anyway.
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05-23-2010, 04:05 AM,
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RE: Accurate Media Coverage Upsets Drug Czar
wow... they have a 9/11 power debunker search engine!
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05-23-2010, 02:33 PM,
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RE: Accurate Media Coverage Upsets Drug Czar
They don't debunk anything, they bunk everything, IMO.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
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05-23-2010, 04:35 PM,
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They don't have the important conspiracies up there which I think says a lot.
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