Pubdate: Thu, 14 Feb 2002
Source: Denver Rocky Mountain News (CO)
Copyright: 2002, Denver Publishing Co.
Author: Frank Berndt 
Bookmark: (Terrorism)
Bookmark: (ONDCP Media Campaign)


Why must we finance government lying? 

During the Super Bowl, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
financed, with our tax dollars, two anti-drug advertisements to the tune of
$1.6 million each. The messages attempted to connect illegal drug use to
support for terrorist activities. These statements were flat-out lies. 

Initial reports by federal investigators who have been tracing the financial
underpinnings of the Sept. 11 attacks did not mention illicit drug profits
as a source of funding for the attacks. 

U.S. intelligence officials say al-Qaida raised money through means as
varied as credit card fraud, diamond trafficking and the sale of honey. 

The ONDCP should be ashamed for wasting such ludicrous sums of taxpayer
money to spread lies and propaganda for our disastrous drug war.

Frank Berndt

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