Newsbrief: Canadian Mounties Follow US Lead, Discover "Drug-Terror" Connection 5/17/02

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Taking a cue from their big brothers to the south, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have suddenly discovered that Canadian drug users are supporting foreign terrorists and guerrilla organizations. The revelation came in the RCMP's latest annual survey of drug trends in Canada, "Drug Situation in Canada 2001" (http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/crim_int/drugs_2001_e.htm).

The Mounties estimated that cocaine imported to Canada sends $50 million US to Colombian belligerents each, while hash and heroin imported from Southwest Asia sends up to $40 million heading for criminal sources there.

"Portions of these proceeds are used to finance terrorist and insurgent activity abroad," the report said. "Drug consumers are therefore supporting such terrorist and insurgent groups."

While the Mounties primly adjust the blinders that allow them to assume the same tunnel vision that afflicts their "drug terror" counterparts in the US, some Canadian analysts have a different take. Eugene Oscapella, a founding member of the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy (http://www.cfdp.ca), told the National Post that it was not Canadian drug users but Canadian drug laws that enriched unsavory characters. "The only reason drugs finance terrorism is because of our policies prohibiting those drugs," said Oscapella. "We are making this drug trade so extraordinarily profitable for terrorist organizations that we might as well be handing them the cash on a silver platter."

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