By Edward Jay Epstein
President Bush has made the battle opposed to medicinal drugs the number 1 factor at the modern American political time table. during this revised version of his vintage e-book, 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 responsible foreigners for the main issue in America's towns, and to supply a smokescreen for unrelated political task designed to strengthen govt energy. the medication crackdown has visible a virtually hundredfold raise within the federal funds for narco-politics within the fifteen years seeing that organization of worry was once first released, whereas statistics on drug-running were massaged. Epstein issues out that, regardless of the big budgets and public relatives brouhaha, drug importation, as measured opposed to wholesale fee, has in reality grown.
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The entire council fell silent. " As soon as he returned to Washington, Krogh called Graham Watt, the deputy mayor of the District, and Police Chief Jerry Wilson, and ordered them to prepare immediately a report on what could be done in the District in terms of improving the police force and reducing crime, at least statistically. Even at that point, however, Krogh realized that though pouring resources into the District of Columbia on an emergency basis (and changing statistics-reporting methods) could bring about an appreciable improvement in at least the crime statistics in the capital, these measures could not be reasonably expected to ameliorate crime in the rest of the nation.
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Agency of Fear: Opiates and Political Power in America (Rev) by Edward Jay Epstein