Writing for Harpers (in 2016), journalist Dan Baum described a meeting he had with Ehrlichman in 1994 while researching a book about the politics of drug prohibition. #Ehrlichman cut through Baum's questions and gave his story about the reason for Nixon's #warondrugs :
The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the #Nixon #WhiteHouse after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and #blackpeople . You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or #black , but by getting the public to associate the hippies with #marijuana and blacks with #heroin , and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.
Three former Nixon administration illegal-drugs policy officials -- Jeffrey Donfeld, Jerome H. Jaffe and Robert DuPont -- responded, sending a statement to The Huffington Post that opened: "The comments being attributed to John Ehrlichman in recent news coverage about the Nixon administration's efforts to combat the drug crisis of the 1960s and 1970s reflect neither our memory of John nor the administration's approach to that problem." Saying "[s]ome of us worked with John and knew him well", the statement speculated that if the quotes were accurate they may have been an example of Ehrlichman's "biting sarcasm." The Huffington Post cited other factors from the Nixon administration record that might support Ehrlichman's statement, specifically the President's racially specific and caustic language on tape -- "the 'little Negro bastards' on #welfare [who] 'live like a bunch of dogs'" -- and the 'no-knock' searches initiated under the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 which echoed Ehrlichman's words in Harper's about raiding the homes of blacks and #hippies .
@Regrann from @thegameipeep - #regrann ...
#warondrugs #amerikkka #impeachment #racism #lies #propaganda