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Tue Mar 22, 2016, 04:52 PM

Nixon Policy Advisor Admits He Invented War On Drugs to Suppress 'Anti-War Left and Black People'

Nixon Policy Advisor Admits He Invented War On Drugs to Suppress 'Anti-War Left and Black People'
by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
Jezebel Magazine, 3/22/2016
Dan Baum, writing in support of drug legalization at Harper’s, has unleashed a frank 1994 quote from former Nixon policy advisor John Ehrlichman, and as inadvertently salient an argument for legalizing drugs as any I’ve ever seen:
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At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.

I must have looked shocked. Ehrlichman just shrugged. Then he looked at his watch, handed me a signed copy of his steamy spy novel, The Company, and led me to the door.

- more: http://jezebel.com/nixons-policy-advisor-admits-he-invented-war-on-drugs-t-1766359595

The ongoing suffering caused by this craven policy boggles the mind.

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Reply Nixon Policy Advisor Admits He Invented War On Drugs to Suppress 'Anti-War Left and Black People' (Original post)
klook Mar 2016 OP
Warren DeMontague Mar 2016 #1
klook Mar 2016 #5
chapdrum Mar 2016 #32
Betty Karlson Mar 2016 #15
Warren DeMontague Mar 2016 #29
Fumesucker Mar 2016 #25
Scootaloo Mar 2016 #28
Gregorian Mar 2016 #2
gratuitous Mar 2016 #3
waddirum Mar 2016 #37
villager Mar 2016 #4
LiberalArkie Mar 2016 #12
smiley Mar 2016 #23
Guy Whitey Corngood Mar 2016 #31
WDIM Mar 2016 #6
yellowcanine Mar 2016 #7
mckara Mar 2016 #8
HuckleB Mar 2016 #9
klook Mar 2016 #10
grasswire Mar 2016 #11
SammyWinstonJack Mar 2016 #18
SusanaMontana41 Mar 2016 #19
Dont call me Shirley Mar 2016 #13
C Moon Mar 2016 #14
SammyWinstonJack Mar 2016 #17
C Moon Mar 2016 #20
BeanMusical Mar 2016 #26
C Moon Mar 2016 #34
Waitsman Mar 2016 #42
SammyWinstonJack Mar 2016 #16
AllyCat Mar 2016 #21
Rex Mar 2016 #22
nikto Mar 2016 #24
BeanMusical Mar 2016 #27
jomin41 Mar 2016 #30
FairWinds Mar 2016 #33
snot Mar 2016 #35
jomin41 Mar 2016 #44
rladdi Mar 2016 #36
KansDem Mar 2016 #38
billhicks76 Mar 2016 #39
Dr. Xavier Mar 2016 #40
Iggo Mar 2016 #41
runaway hero Mar 2016 #42

Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 04:56 PM

1. And only one Presidential Candidate has been bold enough to call the WOD what it is-

A "failure"

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:04 PM

5. Yep.

And ruminating on this in the scheme of things, I sadly have to conclude that it is very useful to the Children of Nixon to have enmity between these two target groups: Dirty Hippies for Bernie vs. Angry Blacks for Hillary. It's enough to make me want an atom bomb.

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Response to klook (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 07:42 PM

32. Think yer onta somethin' there, klook.

 

Klook's Kleek, a jazz/r&b venue in London. Don't know if it's still there.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:32 PM

15. while another candidate has a campaign manager (sorry, I mean DNC chair) who

 

wants to double down on the error. How telling...

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Response to Betty Karlson (Reply #15)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 07:27 PM

29. ..and who allies herself with Sheldon Adelson on the topic of putting medical mj users in prison.

When she's not busy defending payday loansharks.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 07:22 PM

25. According to the original Nixon strategy the WoD has been a vast success

Not that I think anyone else in a serious position of power had anything else in mind, it's been obvious to all but the willfully blind for a very long time what the results of the drug war are.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 07:26 PM

28. But he did so without being on the right rung of the US's ethnic ladder

 

We have to wait for a good ol' midwestern WASP to tell us that before we'll accept it, apparently.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 04:58 PM

2. Once upon a time, that was conspiracy talk.

I'm just glad I lived long enough to see proof that I was right.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:03 PM

3. Also, keep this in mind . . .

When you hear folks declaiming on reparations or affirmative action or any other measures designed to ameliorate the damage done to the black community over the years, this is part of it. Consider how economically fragile your own life (probably) is, then consider whether you'd ever get back on your feet, let alone advance, with a bogus criminal charge or five hanging over you. Those bootstraps by which you're so blithely advised to pull yourself up have been severed.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 01:09 PM

37. you bring up the most important topic in my opinion

One that should be brought up repeatedly to all of the Presidential candidates.

Donald Trump revels in the idea that protesters who get arrested at his rallies will have a "black mark" on their "records." He said so himself.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:03 PM

4. But, powerful people would *never* collude against the rest of us!

 

I was assured of that on television...

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Response to villager (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:20 PM

12. But, they said : "the rest of us" meaning their class. They have been very faithful about not

colluding against the rich and powerful.

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 06:56 PM

23. You took the words right out of my mouth....

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Response to Gregorian (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 07:36 PM

31. I know. Coincidence theorists are a riot. nt

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:05 PM

6. That is exactly what the war on drugs has done.

especially the prohibition of the cannabis plant.

It was a direct attack on the "hippie" culture and minorities.

It is a law used to oppress otherwise peaceful citizens. it is a law used to keep minorities and the poor under control of the government and in slavery.

It is a law used to steal from the people and suck the wealth from tax payers.

The people who support the continued prohibition of a plant are either misinformed by fear media propaganda or part of the system that benefits from the tyrannical law.

Hillary Clinton supports maintaining schedule 1 status because she is part of that system of oppression and greed.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:10 PM

7. Ehrlichman was the epitome of an amoral man.

Never mind ends and means, if it worked, he was for it, no need to justify.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:12 PM

8. 2Pac Said that 20 Years Ago

 

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:15 PM

9. No surprise. It was rather obvious, in many ways.

The war on drugs had no possible good outcome, in and of itself. So it had to have other aims, whether this or other cold war issues, at least initially.

Reminds me of the reality that everyone knew that attacking Iraq in 2003 would lead to the world we inhabit today.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:18 PM

10. Another post on this same topic, FYI

Last edited Tue Mar 22, 2016, 10:19 PM - Edit history (1)

Just realized there's another DU post on this same topic, referencing a Huffington Post article.

Here's the link to the Harpers magazine article by Dan Baum.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:19 PM

11. and the Clintons still make money off the war on some drugs. nt

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Response to grasswire (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:46 PM

18. And those suffering because of the WOD vote for her.

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Response to SammyWinstonJack (Reply #18)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 06:19 PM

19. And I don't get that. At all. eom

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:23 PM

13. It's the War Of Drugs.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:29 PM

14. How these people live with themselves boggles my mind.

I guess they just surround themselves with people who think the same way as them—so disturbing.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #14)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:43 PM

17. $$$$$$$$ Power. That's how.

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Response to SammyWinstonJack (Reply #17)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 06:32 PM

20. +1 ...but still. If I had millions of dollars and watched other living beings

injured or thrown in prison, I wouldn't be able to live with myself.
It's crazy that these bastards are able to do things like this.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #20)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 07:24 PM

26. Sociopaths have no conscience so they just don't care.

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Response to BeanMusical (Reply #26)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 09:18 PM

34. +1

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Response to BeanMusical (Reply #26)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 10:11 AM

42. Correct

Nice to finally see someone tell the true cause of why all forms of government have become corrupt (see Will Durant's comment on this), throughout the history of man, and why it will never end. I rarely post here because so many here still believe we can VOTE corruption away. Not going to happen, the bad guys know this and are preparing for chaos, while citizens keep telling themselves and others, things will be OK.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 05:42 PM

16. Pure Evil.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 06:49 PM

21. Of course they did.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 06:50 PM

22. "If the American people knew what we have done, they would string us up from the lamp posts."

 

George H. Bush.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 07:20 PM

24. Once again ...

 

The Hippies were right, all along.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 07:24 PM

27. Kick and R

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 07:33 PM

30. What kind of a person (HRC)

continues to insist on arresting and ruining peoples' lives over marijuana? The evidence against this position is overwhelming, ubiquitous, and irrefutable. This evidence has been there since the very beginning. HRC must be for this repression for the same reason that Nixon was. That is, politics. Inexcusable.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Tue Mar 22, 2016, 07:44 PM

33. So think about it.

 

We have successful attacks against our liberties by our own government.

But we are expected to think that we are "free," and Cuba is not.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 12:44 PM

35. Had Dan Baum tried to share this info earlier?

Why did it take 22 years to come out?

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Response to snot (Reply #35)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 11:12 AM

44. Dan Baum's book, "Smoke and Mirrors" was published in 1996.

It is a very detailed and well-footnoted book describing the machinations of the Nixon White House making "drugs", especially marijuana, a huge political issue, bigger than it deserved.
I recommend this book highly. This is the largest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people. On and on it goes, pushed by people like HRC.
The interview described occurred in 1994. I've been familiar with it for many years. It's not been a secret. But history fades quickly in America.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 12:58 PM

36. Isn't this exactly how all Republican Presidents run their administration and America?

they create lies and misconceptions to the people to support whatever they want to accomplish. Remember G. Bush and his lies, so he could invade Iraq. So Republicans rule by LIES, we get it.

I just hope the voters do in November.

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Response to rladdi (Reply #36)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 01:49 PM

38. Yep...

...and that's how we got Trump.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 03:26 PM

39. Legalize All Drugs

 

Regulate them. Treat the horrible ones like a health issue.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Wed Mar 23, 2016, 04:42 PM

40. Having worked in criminal defense for the last

30+ years, this doesn't surprise me, its further proof that we have lost our country. And neither Clinton nor Sanders is going to be able to get it back on track as long as we as a party are not united...

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Response to klook (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 09:37 AM

41. Twenty-two years.

What up, Dan?

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Response to klook (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 10:11 AM

42. of course

american has tried to destroy the african american community many times.

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