Government and Drugs (was Re: Government)

Mark Grant (
Sun, 16 Feb 1997 22:04:44 +0000

On Sun, 16 Feb 1997, John K Clark wrote:

> >Our government supplies drugs to inner cities. This has been
> >reported in many newspapers lately.
> You will have to look long and hard to find somebody who has more contempt
> for "our" government or any government than me, but that accusation is made
> in many of the same newspapers that report on alien UFO abductions and crying
> statues, and is just about as reliable.

San Jose Mercury? I don't know much about it, but I've seen reliable
stories from it before. I also saw an AP article a couple of years ago
about a DEA seizure of a ton of cocaine which was bounced by the CIA
because they were importing it for some drug gang that they wanted help
from. I probably still have the details on a CD-ROM somewhere, but not
handy; I particularly remember it because it was the first time I'd seen
such a story from such a (relatively) reliable source. There might be a
copy somewhere on the Web.

> It would be different if we knew how to engineer a personality, then we could
> get rid of the violent urges in even the worst criminal, but we don't and
> there is no point in pretending that we do.

Leary did pretty well when he was treating criminals with LSD, but I don't
think they were particularly violent. AFAIR many of them did end up back
in prison eventually, but mostly for parole violations rather than new
crimes. I think the full details are somewhere in the hyperreal archives.


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