FC: Libertarian Party runs newspaper ad slamming U.S. drug czar

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Feb 25 2002 - 20:12:48 PST

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    The Libertarian Party contacted me last week and asked if I had a photo of 
    U.S. "drug czar" John Walters. They wanted to license the image for a 
    newspaper ad critical of the War on (Some) Drugs and -- imagine this! -- 
    the White House refused to provide them with a publicity shot. I didn't 
    have a photo of Walters, and the LP managed to find one elsewhere.
    The ad runs tomorrow (Feb. 26) in USA Today and the Washington Times. It's 
    pretty powerful:
    By way of background, the LP is responding to the saccharine-sweet ads that 
    Walters' Office of National Drug Control Policy ran earlier this month in 
    hundreds of newspapers:
    One ad shows a young woman's face. The text reads: "Last week, I washed
    my car, hung out with a few friends, and helped murder a family in
    Colombia." The bottom of the ad says: "Drug money helps support terror. Buy 
    drugs and you could be supporting it too."
    The LP believes the ad ignores how the War on Drugs -- and the black 
    markets it spawns -- drives up the price of illegal drugs by as much as 
    17,000 percent. Naturally *their* ad features Walters' not-so-pretty mug 
    and says: "This week, I had lunch with the President, testified before 
    Congress, and helped funnel $40 million in illegal drug money to groups 
    like the Taliban."
    The LP asked me to forward Politech members a link to their online donation 
    page for funding of other such ads. It's here:
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