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Agency of Fear: Opiates and Political Power in America (Rev) by Edward Jay Epstein

By Edward Jay Epstein

President Bush has made the conflict opposed to medicines the #1 factor at the modern American political schedule. during this revised version of his vintage ebook, on hand for the 1st time in paperback, Edward Jay Epstein argues that the president has followed the method of his forbear, Richard Nixon, in utilizing the medication struggle guilty foreigners for the drawback in America's towns, and to supply a smokescreen for unrelated political task designed to reinforce govt strength. the medication crackdown has obvious a virtually hundredfold raise within the federal finances for narco-politics within the fifteen years considering supplier of worry used to be first released, whereas records on drug-running were massaged. Epstein issues out that, regardless of the large budgets and public kinfolk brouhaha, drug importation, as measured opposed to wholesale cost, has actually grown.

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Can the President afford politically to abdicate responsibility on this issue? html (3 of 5) [9/16/2000 16:12:17] Chapter 6 - The Education of Egil Krogh recommended by Ehrlichman, thereby ending any further consideration of the alternative of portraying the states as responsible in maintaining law and order. Confronted with the seemingly impossible task of bringing about highly visible reductions in the reported muggings, burglaries, and robberies across the nation, and having found that all conventional levers of government could not easily be brought to bear on this problem, Krogh was compelled to seek out new and unorthodox tactics for prosecuting the war on crime.

Though the charges were demonstrably false in a number of cases-most of the alleged shooting incidents occurred before Nixon assumed office (and while John Mitchell was still a bond lawyer)-the image-makers in the Department of Justice were not completely adverse to publicity that identified the attorney general as someone who was battling black militants, and Moynihan's protests fell on deaf ears. Though the bete-noire campaign achieved success in some quarters-notably, the media-in identifying John Mitchell and the Nixon administration with the image of a hard-line, law-and-order offensive, it failed to impress the public at large.

Since President Nixon was by 1969 cultivating a new image for himself as a reasonable and moderate man (and allowing Vice President Agnew to make the more provocative speeches), John Mitchell was chosen for the role of Mr. Law and Order. Krogh later explained, "The president felt that Mitchell would represent the law and-order image that had been developed" by the "speech-writing staff" and would effectively use their "language of crime control" to stir public reactions. Mitchell's public role was to identify himself with a remorseless, hard-line attitude toward crime and criminals.

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