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It's Time for the Drug Czar to Resign

News that ONDCP officials illegally campaigned for Republican congressional candidates has generated significant coverage this week, as well it should. Under the Hatch Act it is a crime for executive branch staff to engage in partisan political activity, which makes the drug czar a criminal if he wasn't already.

If you've been watching ONDCP for the past six years as I have, there's nothing surprising about any of this. Still, it's gratifying to see the drug czar's utter contempt for the law revealed for all to see.

Our friends at SSDP have created a petition demanding Drug Czar John Walters's resignation, which perfectly articulates how politics have guided Walters's actions throughout his tenure, and not just during campaign season:
* You've spent taxpayer money to campaign and lobby against citizen ballot initiatives and state legislation that would reform aspects of the ineffective War on Drugs.

* You've attempted to prevent Congress and the public from gaining access to a scientific evaluation of your "anti-drug" advertising campaign because you didn't like the results showing that the ads actually cause more, not less, teen drug use. Despite these alarming results, you've kept the dangerous ads on the air.

* You've spent millions of dollars a year spraying poisonous chemicals on the jungles and fields of Colombia in a failed effort to eradicate coca crops and prevent cocaine from entering or country. Yet while continuing to publicly advocate this eradication program, you admitted in a private letter to Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) that cocaine prices on America's streets are dropping and its purity is increasing.

* You've actively pushed for the continued federal criminalization of seriously ill Americans suffering from cancer, AIDS, and multiple sclerosis who use medical marijuana with their doctors' recommendations, even where it is legal under state law. In an affront to federalism and states' rights, ONDCP and the Food and Drug Administration released a politicized statement last year criticizing states with medical marijuana laws.
Frankly, it is an indictment of the press and the Congress that it took until July 2007 to discover that ONDCP is deeply corrupted. Only by stepping into the realm of partisan politics did ONDCP finally manage to earn the full-blown public relations crisis it has long deserved.

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I believe that demanding that John Walter's resignation does not go far enough. It is time to abolish the entire executive agency. It has been a waste of federal money for decades.

Oh yeah.

Nevermind, you're right. Yeah, dismantle the whole damn thing.

Yes Yes YES

take away all funding

eliminate this branch of governemnt and the DEA as well...

support Ron Paul

If you want to end the drug war, get out there and work for Ron Paul. He's the best hope you've got.

Hear hear

Where do I sign this petition? I'll look around for it.

Its an Herb Campaign

Jus ask Chezidek................................

Long Overdue. Let him go apply for a job at Denny's.

Outgrow Big Bro, starting with terrorist John P. Walters

Mr. Walters,

We are not terrorists. It is you who is the terrorist.

John Walters is a terrorist according to the definition of terrorism:

"The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons."

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John Walters should not resign... he should be prosecuted to the fullest and criminal charges shoudl be brought against him, but we have to have a clear idea of who we want to replace him, such as Tommy Chong.

Viva La Revolucion!

yep, the whole charade to

yep, the whole charade to keep the rich rich is becoming more transparent

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