The Dope Dictators

■ "America's drug Jaws are actually a secret plot io

■ ; plot Is the secret weapon Nixim fjctciEliie: the : basts of defense against hijackers, kidnappers, terrorists,

, movements in- 1 he Third WOrlde pbst~an t icom- ; munis» era. In Jheycars to come, the rhetoric of Dope ' War will rc;»laco the'rhetoric of CoW Vjjar'as the ^justification for: foreign; military intervention. In-stead of sun.Hn^ in the marines. Washington will -send in the nar'cs

"Jamaica, Thailand, Turkey, the Philippines. Bolivia and Chile are ail imvarroTas stages of Vietnam-style 'stabilization* by narcotics actions, and Mexico in particular is taking on the dimensions of another " r Vietnam-complete ¡with massive military actons,. ■ deforestations, herbicides that- cause!birth defectsif . and the financing by. the U.S. of"a ¿orrupt puppet ' government and its "incompetent erniy' against a ; popular revolution nearly 150 yoars old. : , ;

"The plotters include "Nixon. Kisain^ti;-Rockefeller, . Ford, G. Gordon .Liddy! Egtl Krogh, CIA ¡Director : George Btis.h, past anil present Drug ■Enforcement • Administration chiefs John-Blartels and Peter Ben-.V . singer and; approximately 3Q.foreign heads of?state.;

Apart from tftem ^ii^itheir in^c^esj.pei^apsia fe.W: 7 : dozen people in the world understand the meaning of the Dope War, or even suspect that it Is /being.;:. waged. Most Americans learn- about drugs "from "Kojak," and to follow the (angled skein ofvdiUg ; legislation and law enforcement; Jet aionethe back-stage economics of foreign policy, is more than the . nev^s rrisdia wiJidemancrof thek-audi ence. - - ;

"The turning point of theJDope War came iij' 1971; wht:n Henry Kissinger began to replace John Mit-

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tual of the Nixon junta. Until > tHc 'heroin epidemic" to run arook. By .

"The turning point of theJDope War came iij' 1971; wht:n Henry Kissinger began to replace John Mit-

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tual of the Nixon junta. Until > tHc 'heroin epidemic" to run arook. By .

tente. By |une 17, 1971, wfien Nixon's Message to

tente. By |une 17, 1971, wfien Nixon's Message to number one notiRConomic problem," the Dope War ;: H had hit its stride as the heir to Vietnam. It wqs the

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"The grand aim of theDope War was to serve as o ' ; rationale for sending American troops overseas ' when the Red Menace could no longer be believed. - But-lhe Dope War served several other ;pui^5es/iUffl ;revoi utibrnz^ /

ment bureaucracies that had grown up since the , 1930s as sw»orl of socia^ecur^/pE<>graàlH fqp incompétent cdpit

"llie various drug agenplës were reorganized into one. centralized bureau, the Drug Enforcement Ad-

;; mmistratioii^DEA), It Jransf^red ; to force and placin,g.thc political spoil compi etcl ji j h Jti i^hends, a s was; pt I By staffing^© DfiA¿iSfth'OIA I expanded the CIA's,capacity for and l^ikj th^.^o^ndwoffc lor the ei would iapjilfnt the pri of foreign military adventures.

-Here then-rate the paradoxes of action. The beips ^amp out t order to supptirt friendt^ dictate I need the drug traffic inpWer to ret

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;■ order to si^-peri the friendly die Dope War is bjemg waged hoth' stimulate the derstood in:tfie same sense as ^ct any threat to U.S.mmor ;f: jmltttry irtlerosts in tto cotfiitry^

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^- - AhvOaticm ali^uri^A^ ni et Ellsb erg Pentagon Papers/you can read thein till blue looking-for actijpn bemg t$ken or ho ii or.^m b^acy^hij ni^iec^no^ com m c any other ideal; Hit the only motivation ; seeis thj only prie ^e pCTti

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an allempted cure, and Wright and Lamlcert had just ihe drug law ihey wanted. Those who persisted in treating addicts as they saw fit were cruelly harassed and persecuted.

Yet even Lambert didn't believe that most addicts could be cured. He, Wright and the other leading prohibitionists made a sharp distinction between the ■'respectable1' members of society, who could be cured and the. "lower elements" who couldn't..

The latter had weak characters and were best sent to prison where they couldn't spread their vice. Or, as Lambert put it to the AMA's narcotics committee in 192i:,t... the heroin addict is of an inferior personality compared with the morphinist The social and public health problems of the narcotic drug question are practically confined to the addicts of heroin and cocaine The problems of the morphine addicts are more easily solved and show no tendency to become a social menace.1* He didn't bother to add-he didn't have to, everyone undersiood-ihai when morphine, heroin and cocaine were all still available over the counter at your neighborhood drugstore the morphine customers tended to be

patients carrying out their doctor's orders lo stick wilh ihe old standby, while smack and coke buyers tended lo be lower-class lypes who couldn't afford a doctor's services.

The class distinction among drugs and drug users, between those who are considered a social menace and those who are not, remains as strongly in force today. Heroin and cocaine users are sent to jail whenever possible, whUe those who can pay their doctors' bills score Percodan and Dexedrine in complete safely. And the doctors are in a better position than they ever were. To the public they are the sole priests of healing, and only mavericks challenge their authority as "drug experts."' While the government enforces the laws against their competitors, they dispense medically approved mood-altering drugs to whoever can afford their fees. They control the lucrative drug research and treatment programs, and almost unanimously endorse the drug laws of America.

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