Newsbrief: Drug Warrior Maginnis Leaves Family Research Council 10/4/02

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Robert Maginnis, a leading proponent of war against Iraq, traditional military values and the war on drugs, announced last week that he has resigned from the arch-conservative advocacy group the Family Research Council. Maginnis, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, has been a ubiquitous presence on television talk shows and source for harried newspaper reporters seeking a Neanderthal perspective on military and drug issues.

In recent months, Maginnis has pronounced against medical marijuana, against industrial hemp, against Canada providing sancturary to persons fleeing US drug policy, against the Unitarians for their progressive stand on drug policy. But he is not just a naysayer. Maginnis is a strong supporter of US war in Colombia. He also supports widespread drug testing in the nation's schools.

Maginnis, who was vice president of policy for the Family Research Council, told the Washington Times last week that he was leaving because the council was dropping military and anti-drug issues from its agenda. But a spokesman for the council told DRCNet that report was "inaccurate." Council media coordinator Bill Murray said that drug policy was "no longer in our top tier of issues, but is something we will continue to monitor and speak out on." Murray said the council had other spokespersons available to address drug policy, but was unable to name one.

But Maginnis isn't going away. "I'm clearly hoping to stay very much involved, and I'm making rounds in the city looking for folks who are interested in these issues from a conservative perspective," he told the Times. Maybe he should hook up with that other unemployed drug warrior, former Clinton deputy drug czar Bob Weiner, whose lack of a sinecure has not prevented him from sending out press releases whenever the mood strikes.

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