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Professor James Curran, Goldsmiths University London
Don Barnard, Essex
Seven Inmates of D Wing, HMP Linholme, names and addresses withheld
Dr Jill McKeown, London
Colin Balm, Leicester
Mandy Hubbard, London
Gillian Booth, Bristol
David Day, Rosalind Hubbard, Mark Day, all London
Louise Meechan, Ayrshire
Neil Levers, Keith Levers, Charlie Levers, FA Mari, K Brome, all London
MG Wallace, J Wallace, RS McMurray, all Norwich
R Quilty, HJ Quilty, both Guildford
Peter Jones, Colin Bellis G Bellis, all Suffolk
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WASHINGTON -- Despite a confidential government assessment that recent
drug-enforcement measures by Mexico have not produced "significant
results," the White House announced Thursday that the Mexican government
was "fully cooperating" in the fight against drug trafficking.
While some senior administration officials lavishly praised Mexico's
record, the confidential assessment, by the Drug Enforcement
Administration, painted a much darker picture.
It played down the impact of a major effort to overhaul the Mexican federal
police, and emphasized that corrupt officials continued to insure the
impunity of the country's biggest drug traffickers.
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OTTAWA (AP) - Twenty-three inmates at a Canadian federal prison for women
reportedly were given the hallucinogenic drug LSD as part of a psychology
experiment in the early 1960s, a newspaper reported.
The study was conducted at the women's prison in Kingston, Ontario, with
the knowledge of the prison superintendent and federal corrections
officials, the Ottawa Citizen reported.
The newspaper said it obtained a report from Canada's correctional services
department, completed in January, that described the tests as ``a risky
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Editor -- I read with interest your editorial (Sunday, February 22), hoping
that political posturing by the president and the speaker over conduct of
the drug war would not cause Mr. Clinton's plan for drug testing inmates to
I agree, superficially at least, that a prison should be the one place
where such a program might be ``successful.'' This led me to wonder -- if
prisons are so secure, why do they have drug problems to begin with? The
answer, of course, is that corruption of prison staffs has proven
impossible to prevent. Just by chance, the Sunday London Times carries a
story about drug testing of prisoners in the UK. The first line reads:
``Figures showing the number of prisoners testing positive for drugs at
Shotts prison, one of Scotland's most secure jails, have been manipulated
to mask a growing crisis, staff members claim.'' The story went on to
describe how older prisoners, known not to use drugs were being tested
excessively to hide the true number of positive tests among younger, drug
using inmates. Like so many other bright ideas for making the drug war
work, it's back to the drawing board for this one as well.
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An A-student's gift of wine to a teacher gets him suspended. Absolute bans
on drugs and alcohol can be pushed to bizarre extremes, critics say.
Exemptions invite chaos, enforcers reply.
MYRNA, Ga.--Mrs. Ellingsen, the French teacher, was Cosmo's favorite. "She
was the funniest," the 13-year-old honors student said. "She was the
nicest." On his A-average report card last December, she reciprocated. "A
pleasure to have in class," she wrote. "Enthusiastic."
Every Christmas, Cosmo gives his favorite teachers a present. He sits down
with his parents--a renowned telescope designer and a veteran flight
attendant--and they decide on a gift tailored to the special tastes of
each instructor. This year, it was a teapot for his social studies
teacher. A set of salt-and-pepper shakers for his English teacher. And for
his French teacher, French wine--Baron Philippe de Rothschild's Mouton
Cadet, courtesy of the Bordeaux region, to be exact.
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Investigation yields arrests but not change. Current prosecutor insists he
is getting results.
BOGOTA, Colombia--The lukewarm U.S. endorsement of Colombia's drug-fighting
efforts, announced Thursday, is another sign that neither international
shame nor domestic angst can change an entrenched political system tainted
by narcotics money, skeptics said.
After two years of being classified as a pariah in the war against
drugs--along with Iran and Myanmar (formerly Burma)--Colombia was
categorized by the U.S. administration last week as not fully cooperating
but too important in the anti-narcotics effort to be penalized.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Key lawmakers are pledging to reverse the Clinton
administration's ruling that Mexico is ``fully cooperating'' in the fight
against illegal drugs.
They argue that President Clinton should decertify Mexico because of
continuing inadequacies in its anti-drug efforts, but then grant the country
a waiver of economic sanctions just like he did Thursday for Colombia, where
drug trafficking also is rampant.
Waiving sanctions in the interest of national security would continue all
U.S. aid while allowing American law enforcement officials to work with the
countries to halt the flow of illegal drugs into the United States,
including cocaine, heroin and marijuana, members of Congress argue.
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