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Do you have $10 to help stick it to the Drug Warriors?

by Charles W. Johnson Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002 at 9:10 PM

Would you like to spit in the eye of America's biggest Drug Warrior? Would you like to prove to millions of Americans that the latest government Drug War propaganda isn't just wrong -- it STINKS like a rotting fish? We have an opportunity to do all that. But only if we raise $69,800 by Friday.

Do you have $10 or $25 to help end the racist, imperialist War on Drugs?

The Libertarian Party has announced a bold campaign to combat the Drug War / War on Terror propaganda and raise national debate on drug policy.

To see the ad they hope to run in USA Today and the Washington Times to directly confront the DC Drug Warriors, see: http://www.lp.org/issues/drugczarad.html

But, they need to raise $69,800. That's a lot of money, but the potential pay-off is huge.

The ONDCP's propaganda strategy is clear: It's trying to take the September 11-inspired hatred of terrorists, and use it to bolster the failing War on Drugs. And, by implication, it's suggesting that if you oppose the War on Drugs, you help terrorists.

The LP has decided to create their OWN ad. At first glance, it looks just like the ONDCP ad. But in THEIR ad, the face of Drug Czar John Walters is staring out. And THEIR text 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."

Bang. They take the Drug Warriors' ad -- and throw it right back in their faces.

At the bottom, their ad says: "The War on Drugs boosts the price of illegal drugs by as much as 17,000% -- funneling huge profits to terrorist organizations. If you support the War on Drugs or vote for the politicians who wage it, you're helping support terrorism." They give a website address for more information.

The strategy: either print the ad in USA Today and the Washington Times, thus reaching millions of people including the top Republican drug warriors in DC. Or else, if the papers reject the ad, create a firestorm of controversy over the suppression of dissent and use the money to publish the ads in rival papers.

But the ads won't be cheap. It will cost $60,350 to run it in USA Today. And $9,450 for the Washington Times. That's a total of $69,800. They plan to run the ad next Tuesday, so they can capitalize on the awareness of the original ads. That's the quickest they can rush into print -- which means we need to raise the money by this FRIDAY, so they can submit the ad to the newspapers for approval. (They require a two-day notice.)

I donated $25 to the campaign. Do you have $10 or $25 to end the racist, imperialist War on Drugs, which is destroying our civil liberties at home and funding both international terrorism and U.S. militarism abroad? Go here to donate: http://www.lp.org/contribute?prog=drugwarad

EVERY PENNY they raise from this message will go to run the ad. They wrote, designed, and produced the ad in-house, so there are no additional fees. EVERY PENNY you donate will put their advertisement in front of 2.2 million Americans, and smack-dab in the faces of the Drug Warriors. EVERY PENNY you donate will send the message: The Drug War Debate Is On!

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