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Obama Taps Drug Czar Kerlikowske to Head Customs and Border Protection

August 2, 2013 08:29:07 am
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White House "drug czar" Gil Kerlikowske was nominated by President Obama to be director of the Customs and Border Protection agency in the Department of Homeland Security. The White House didn't immediately say who would succeed Kerlikowske, whose formal title is director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Kerlikowske, 63, is a former police chief in four cities, most recently Seattle. As drug czar, Kerlikowske has advocated viewing drug addiction as a public health issue as well as a criminal justice one.

As The Crime Report reported in May, Kerlikowske contends that the new federal emphasis on drug treatment rather than enforcement finally is taking hold in the fifth year of the Obama presidency. The National Journal noted that he has said there is "no better messenger than a former police chief" to shift terms of the national debate on drug policy. The agency Kerlikowske would head if confirmed by the Senate says it has a "priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing the border and facilitating lawful international trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations, including immigration and drug laws."

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Posted by Bobby bo bob brain
Monday, August 05, 2013 07:13

“Kerlikowske has advocated viewing drug addiction as a public health issue”

Really? Obesity is viewed as a public health issue, when’s the last time you heard of an obese person arrested for eating a cheeseburger? How about McDonalds managers being imprisoned for life over dealing Big Macs to little kids?
 It is viewed as a public health issue when people are offered help instead of penalties that are far more damaging then the drugs themselves. Do people realise that being busted with a misdemeanor marijuana charge can keep you from having a job in medicine, as a teacher, a job handling money, counselor, security guard, or police officer. You can have a job in congress, or the military. In many states drug charges cannot be expunged from your record once you are convicted, so it follows you forever.
 Doesn’t seem like society or this drug czar sees it as a public health issue.I have a hard time seeing why being caught with a plant that you bought suddenly means you are not trustworthy and are treated as a criminal the rest of your life.

Posted by McD
Saturday, August 03, 2013 02:30

“The agency Kerlikowske would head if confirmed by the Senate says it has a “priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing the border and facilitating lawful international trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations, including immigration and drug laws.”"

Curious: given the success he’s enjoyed in his current position, why on earth would he be given similar responsibilities elsewhere? Surely, the time must have come (long ago) to retire this irresponsible generation – the enforcers of irresponsibly half-baked policy – their ilk, and their mindset? Sixty-three is plenty old enough, to kick back on the beach and enjoy the sunset on your golden years, rather than continuing to impose your enjoyment on others.

Posted by Gart Valenc
Friday, August 02, 2013 03:22

I do think the author of this article gives Obama too much credit.
«Kerlikowske contends that the new federal emphasis on drug treatment rather than enforcement finally is taking hold in the fifth year of the Obama presidency.»

By claiming that the focus has changed from criminalisation to health, Mr Obama is insulting our intelligence!

The fact is that, according to the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy, 58% of the US war on drugs budget goes to law enforcement and interdiction. And to add insult to injury, it increases the DEA budget, too!

Does Mr Obama really think that people are that gullible and do give any credence to his discredited rhetoric?

It is time to get real, Mr Obama: after almost five years of listening to your show and witnessing your abysmal record, everybody knows by now that you have no credibility…none!

Gart Valenc
Twitter: @gartvalenc

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