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It might be time for all you hippies to stop worrying and learn to love the War in Iraq. Via Time.com:

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which annually loses some 3% of its 5,000 agents to attrition, has a two-year hiring freeze because of budget cuts to U.S. programs. DEA bean counters say they would need an additional $12 million to maintain current agent levels. The DEA's overseas funding has increased, but overall, DEA chief financial officer Frank Kalder admits, "there will be less drug enforcement going on. There's no getting around that."

Ironically, the same foreign policies that have necessitated DEA cutbacks have also caused this:

The White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy estimates that opium production in Afghanistan, which not only provides 90% of the heroin consumed globally but also funds Taliban activities, rose 61% last year over 2005. Some 670 tons of heroin are expected to flood the market, and that should slash the street price of a kilo of Southwest Asian heroin, now about $90,000 in Los Angeles.

Roll up your sleeves, folks. It's about to get crazy up in here.

Seriously though, faithful readers, please stay away from the Afghani heroin. We're primarily a web-based organization and I've heard that stuff can make you sell your computer. We need you to respond to our action alerts, write LTE's, and hopefully donate when you can.

Instead of getting jacked up on junk from Jalalabad, let's celebrate the DEA's hiring freeze by sending them job applications.


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Leaglize drugs and make it cheaper.

Telling people that the stuff would make you sell your computer won't work. Telling them that it destroys your brain cells doesn't even work so why would they care about the benefits of quitting drugs? What we consume in our own bodies is not a sin but making a law against our free choice is propaganda and false witnessing like our prosecutors do is a sin. (Matt. 15:17-19) There is only one lawmaker...who are you to criticize the bad habits of others? (James 4:12) True justice uses mercy and compassion. (Zech 7:9-10) Where is your compassion on drug addicts? I don't do drugs but it is none of my business to force others to comply to my own set of rules for myself.

lighten up

To the previous poster - lighten up. I am not offended by the anti-drug joke in this posting. We shouldn't use harmful substances and it is sinful to abuse your body - I just don't think it should be illegal.

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lobbying campaign?

After seeing a blurb about this in Time magazine today, I got the feeling that what DEA is really doing is trying to pressure Congress into putting more money back in their budget. I tend to think of this tactic as a taxpayer-funded lobbying campaign -- media work is a tried and true component of them -- even though it probably doesn't fit the legal definition of lobbying.

David Borden, Executive Director
StoptheDrugWar.org: the Drug Reform Coordination Network
Washington, DC
http://stopthedrugwar.org

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