(The following remarks were made by
Arnold Trebach, then-president of the Drug Policy Foundation, to a criminology
conference in Jerusalem in 1996.)
What is not generally recognized
is that the skills and personnel most successful in enforcing prohibition
are also the most effective in curbing terrorism.
-- END --
The greatest successes of the American
Drug Enforcement Administration have come from good intelligence, long-range
planning and prediction, and undercover work. These are the same
skills that other agents have used to penetrate terror networks.
It goes without saying that society is
at greater risk from bombs than drugs.
All of us would be infinitely safer if
the courageous efforts of anti-drug agents in the US, Israel and other
countries were focused on terrorists aimed at blowing up airliners and
skyscrapers than at drug traffickers seeking to sell the passengers and
office dwellers cocaine and marijuana.
Issue #204, 9/28/01
Battle Over Civil Liberties Heats Up as Congress Ponders Anti-Terrorism Act | Help Save Politically Incorrect! | 9th Circuit Under Scrutiny: Supreme Court to Review Public Housing Ruling, Prosecutors Force Circuit to Reconsider Sentencing Ruling | Terror Crackdown on Border Puts Kibosh on Smuggling -- For Now | Student Activism Spurs Appalachian State University Chancellor to Join HEA Drug Provision Repeal Cause | Nevada Medical Marijuana Law Goes Into Effect Next Week, But Program Lacks Funds, Simple Possession Reduced to Misdemeanor | While Reformers Brood, Politicos Make Drug-Terror Connection | Bolivia Forced Eradication Provoking Civil Instability, Indiscriminate Violence by Government Security Forces | Philly Anti-Poverty Group Does "Drug War Reality Tour," More Planned | Hemp Industry Advocates Launch TestPledge Program | Marijuana Prohibition Not Strong Deterrent, Study Says -- Personal Preference and Health Concerns Primary Reasons for Abstention | From the Archives: Better Uses for Law Enforcement Personnel | Action Alerts: John Walters, HEA, Ecstasy Bill, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana | Job Opportunity: Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, DC | The Reformer's Calendar
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