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1 US: Column: The Drug War - Back To The Stone AgeThu, 08 Nov 2001
Source:Rolling Stone (US) Author:Forbes, Daniel Area:United States Lines:190 Added:10/26/2001

Think General McCaffrey Is Wrong?

Wait Till You Meet John Walters, Bush's Choice For Drug Czar.

Last May, when President George W. Bush strolled into a Rose Garden ceremony to introduce John Walters, the man he had chosen to be his new drug czar, did anyone wonder why it had taken so long to announce a nominee for his unfilled Cabinet post? Walters was reportedly the first choice, and if one took the president's somewhat balanced statements on the Drug War at face value, Walters certainly seemed a surprising selection. After all, in January Bush had said, "I think a lot of people are coming to the realization that maybe long minimum sentences for first-time users may not be the best way to occupy jail space or heal people from their disease." DId the acknowledged problem drinker, who had spoken of prevention, treatment, and empathy during his presidential campaign, cringe just a bit as he present Walters, a bomb-'em-back-to-the Stone Age Drug War protege of William Bennett?

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2 US: Web: Drug Czar Nominee Rebuffs CriticismsFri, 12 Oct 2001
Source:CNSNews Author:Johnson, Jeff Area:United States Lines:129 Added:10/14/2001

Congressional Bureau Chief October 11, 2001 (CNSNews.com) - The president's nominee to be the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has clarified his positions on a number of statements he previously made regarding the role of treatment and education in the war on drugs. Opponents to his nomination seem pleased but remain cautious.

John Walters served as deputy director for supply reduction, and as chief of staff at ONDCP under former drug czar William Bennett. He was with ONDCP from the agency's creation in 1989 throughout the first Bush administration. Prior to that, he was Secretary Bennett's assistant at the Department of Education.

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3 US: Bush's Drugs Boss Is Unfit For Office, Say Civil Rights GroupsSat, 08 Sep 2001
Source:Guardian, The (UK) Author:Campbell, Duncan Area:United States Lines:81 Added:09/08/2001

Special Report: George Bush's America

The man President George Bush has nominated to lead the fight against drugs is unfit for office because of his views on race and crime, according to civil rights and drug reform groups. The claims are likely to lead to a clash next Tuesday when John Walters, Mr Bush's choice as "drugs tsar" has his Senate nomination hearing.

There is concern that Mr Walters represents the reactionary wing of the drugs debate in that he favours more frequent use of jail for users, and increased military spending in Latin America. His nomination hearing in front of the Senate judiciary committee on September 11 represents the latest clash over the president's attempts to appoint hardliners to key posts.

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4US: Bush' Drug Czar Nominee CriticizedFri, 07 Sep 2001
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:09/08/2001

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of civil rights and health groups expressed concern Thursday that President Bush's choice to lead the nation's fight against drugs would sacrifice prevention and rehabilitation programs in favor of punishing users.

The Coalition for Compassionate Leadership on Drug Policy also criticized John Walters for denying that young black men are disproportionately jailed on drug charges and for opposing reforms to mandatory minimum sentencing requirements.

The coalition does not endorse or oppose nominees, but individual members spoke harshly about Walters, promising serious opposition if he does not soften his views. "It's truly disturbing to have our nation's nominee for the top drug policy spot be a throwback to a more intolerant and reactionary way of thinking," said Vincent Schiraldi of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.

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5 US: Groups Show Concern On Anti - Drug BidFri, 07 Sep 2001
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:United States Lines:66 Added:09/07/2001

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A coalition of civil rights and health groups expressed concern Thursday that President Bush's choice to lead the nation's fight against drugs would sacrifice prevention and rehabilitation programs in favor of punishing users.

The Coalition for Compassionate Leadership on Drug Policy also criticized John Walters for denying that young black men are disproportionately jailed on drug charges and for opposing reforms to mandatory minimum sentencing requirements.

The coalition does not endorse or oppose nominees, but individual members spoke harshly about Walters, promising serious opposition if he does not soften his views.

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6US: Coalition Criticizes Drug Czar Nominee...Fri, 07 Sep 2001
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Leinwand, Donna Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:09/07/2001

A coalition of civil liberties and public health groups has called for close scrutiny of drug czar nominee John Walters when he goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The Coalition for Compassionate Leadership on Drug Policy criticizes Walters for dismissing sentencing disparities among racial groups as ''urban myths'' and for advocating the use of courts to force drug users into treatment programs.

The coalition, which says it does not endorse or oppose nominees, included its complaints in a report issued Thursday.

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7 US: Transcript: Chat With Kevin Zeese Of Common Sense For DrugSun, 01 Jul 2001
Source:The DrugSense Chat Room          Area:United States Lines:321 Added:07/02/2001

Monday, July 2, 2001 8 p.m. Eastern in the NY Times Drug Policy Forum http://forums.nytimes.com/comment/index-national.html join Keith Stroup, executive director of NORML http://www.norml.org

Keith will follow up with a chat in the DrugSense Chat Room on Sunday, July 8, 2001 at 8 p.m. Eastern

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Future guests already scheduled in the series include Al Giordano, Steve & Michele Kubby, Renee Boje, and Al Robison. See http://www.cultural-baggage.com/schedule.htm for details.

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