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According to Watergate mastermind and former Richard Nixon aide John Ehrlichman, the then-president launched the notorious (and ongoing) war on drugs in 1971 to disrupt that administration's two greatest perceived threats: black people and antiwar leftists.
"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?" Ehrlichman told Baum. "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."
originally posted by: AdmireTheDistance
The original source of the story says that it's something the reporter recalled Ehrlichman saying in a 1994 interview. So why is this a story now, and why did it take this reporter 22 years to 'recall' this statement?
Baum explained to The Huffington Post why he didn’t include the quote in his 1996 book, Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure.
“There are no authorial interviews in [Smoke and Mirrors] at all; it’s written to put the reader in the room as events transpire,” Baum said in an email. “Therefore, the quote didn’t fit. It did change all the reporting I did for the book, though, and changed the way I worked thereafter.”
The quote does, however, appear in the 2012 book The Moment, a collection of “life-changing stories” from writers and artists.
Would it surprise you to learn that the War on Drugs had it's origins in neutralising the enemies of the Nixon administration?
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: cuckooold
Well considering Nixon was the one that got us OUT of Johnson's war in Vietnam; you would be hard pressed to prove that Nixon had it in for the anti-war crowd. I also find it amusing how little Nixon did to earn his impeachment. By today's standards the guy was a saint.
By the time of the election in November 1968, LBJ had evidence Nixon had sabotaged the Vietnam war peace talks - or, as he put it, that Nixon was guilty of treason and had "blood on his hands".
Well considering Nixon was the one that got us OUT of Johnson's war in Vietnam; you would be hard pressed to prove that Nixon had it in for the anti-war crowd
The largest foreign holder of U.S. debt is China, which owns more about $1.2 trillion in bills, notes and bonds, according to the Treasury.
Hancock makes the point that we enjoy numerous freedoms denied our ancestors, making it “exceedingly strange that Western civilization in the twenty-first century enjoys no real freedom of consciousness.”
Of course these days continuous Drug War propaganda has the booboisie scared to death of psychedelics. For instance, this Graham Hancock Ted Talk was banned. Suprynowicz offers a number of long quotes from Terence McKenna and others on the freedom of conscious, including this from Thomas Szasz’s The Second Sin, If you talk to god, “that’s prayer. If God talks to you, that’s schizophrenia.”
“The war on drugs was never meant to be won. Instead, it will be prolonged as long as possible in order to allow various intelligence operations to wring the last few hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit profits from the global drug scam; then defeat will have to be declared. "Defeat" will mean, as it did in the case of the Vietnam War, that the media will correctly portray the true dimensions of the situation and the real players, and that public revulsion at the culpability, stupidity and venality of the Establishment's role will force a policy review.” ― Terence McKenna, Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge