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October 15, 1986: Assistant Attorney General Mark Richard testifies before the Kerry Committee that he had attended a meeting with 20 to 25 officials and that the DEA did not want to provide any of the information the committee had requested on the Contra involvement in drug trafficking.

October 16, 1989: A Time Magazine quote from an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, reads, "If the government cannot stop people from using drugs in the prisons over which it has total control, why should Americans forfeit any of their traditional civil rights in the hope of reducing the drug problem?"

October 21, 1999: In a syndicated column, conservative author William F. Buckley writes: "Now it's one thing to say (I say it) that people shouldn't consume psychoactive drugs. It is entirely something else to condone marijuana laws the application of which resulted, in 1995, in the arrest of 588,963 Americans. Why are we so afraid to inform ourselves on the question?"

October 21, 2000: Harry Browne, the libertarian candidate for president, lists seven ways that ending the war on drugs would make our neighborhood safer -- freeing up prison space for violent offenders, freeing up police resources to fight violent crime, ending gang warfare over drug turf, reducing police corruption, ending the incentive for drug sellers to recruit children into the drug trade, ending property crime by addicts by lowering the price of drugs, and restoring "respect for decent behavior."
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October 22, 1982: The first publicly known case of contra cocaine shipments appears in government files in a cable from the CIA's Directorate of Operations. The cable passes on word that US law enforcement agencies were aware of "links between (a US religious organization) and two Nicaraguan counter-revolutionary groups [which] involve an exchange in (the United States) of narcotics for arms." The material in parentheses is inserted by the CIA as part of its declassification of the cable. The name of the religious group remains secret.

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