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By Edward Jay Epstein

President Bush has made the conflict opposed to medicinal drugs the number 1 factor at the modern American political time table. during this revised variation of his vintage ebook, to be had for the 1st time in paperback, Edward Jay Epstein argues that the president has followed the method of his forbear, Richard Nixon, in utilizing the medicine struggle responsible foreigners for the drawback in America's towns, and to supply a smokescreen for unrelated political task designed to strengthen government strength. the medicine crackdown has noticeable a virtually hundredfold elevate within the federal price range for narco-politics within the fifteen years due to the fact that enterprise of worry used to be first released, whereas data on drug-running were massaged. Epstein issues out that, regardless of the big budgets and public family members brouhaha, drug importation, as measured opposed to wholesale rate, has in reality grown.

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After being dismissed from Harvard for distributing LSD to students, he made the mistake of renting a large mansion in Liddy's bailiwick a, Millbrook, New York. LSD was neither an addictive drug nor one associated with crime, but Leary's presence in Dutchess County provided Liddy with a golden opportunity. "For some time, the major media had been covering the activities of Dr. Timothy Leary," Liddy subsequently explained in Trite magazine. "Leary's ability to influence the young made him feared by parents everywhere.

Expectations are [thus] not raised that the federal government is undertaking a multi-year responsibility. Can the President afford politically to abdicate responsibility on this issue? html (3 of 5) [9/16/2000 16:12:17] Chapter 6 - The Education of Egil Krogh recommended by Ehrlichman, thereby ending any further consideration of the alternative of portraying the states as responsible in maintaining law and order. Confronted with the seemingly impossible task of bringing about highly visible reductions in the reported muggings, burglaries, and robberies across the nation, and having found that all conventional levers of government could not easily be brought to bear on this problem, Krogh was compelled to seek out new and unorthodox tactics for prosecuting the war on crime.

With the twin objectives of reducing street crime and "maintaining the image of a massive administration assault on crime," the Nixon strategists recommended a change in "LEAA formulas to remit more funds invested in high crime areas, and thus to focus publicity on administration efforts. The memorandum concluded pessimistically that expanded LEAA grants would tend to induce "a bad reaction from GOP," and give credit for "more highly visible deterrents at local levels" to local politicians. In any case, the issue of shifting the burden was decisively settled by Nixon himself in May, 1971, after an earlier meeting among Ehrlichman, Richardson, Krogh, and others.

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