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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 12:41 PM

Newt Wanted To Execute Pot Importers-“The Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996.”

On Saturday’s edition of “Up With Chris Hayes,” Gary Johnson brought up an old Newt Gingrich idea I hadn’t heard before: Putting individuals who brought more than two ounces of marijuana into the United States to death. That sounded extreme, even for Gingrich. So I looked it up. And sure enough, there it is:
“The Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996.”
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h104-4170&tab=summary

What makes the bill even more amazing is that Gingrich himself is a confessed pot smoker. When he was young, he said, experimenting with drugs “was a sign we were alive and in graduate school in that era.”


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/what-are-newt-gingrichs-big-ideas/2011/08/25/gIQApk8pIQ_blog.html?wprss=ezra-klein
http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/01/newt-gingrich-wanted-to-kill-pot-smokers.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+andrewsullivan%2FrApM+%28The+Daily+Dish%29

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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 12:47 PM

1. If expanded beyond cannabis, this "law" would requre the execution of several CIA agents

Iran Contra AffairMain article: CIA and Contras cocaine trafficking in the US
Released on April 13, 1989, the Kerry Committee report concluded that members of the U.S. State Department "who provided support for the Contras were involved in drug trafficking... and elements of the Contras themselves knowingly received financial and material assistance from drug traffickers."

In 1996 Gary Webb wrote a series of articles published in the San Jose Mercury News, which investigated Nicaraguans linked to the CIA-backed Contras who had smuggled cocaine into the U.S. which was then distributed as crack cocaine into Los Angeles and funneled profits to the Contras. The CIA was aware of the cocaine transactions and the large shipments of drugs into the U.S. by the Contra personnel and directly aided drug dealers to raise money for the Contras. Although he heavily implied CIA involvement Webb never claimed to have made a direct link between the CIA and the Contras. Moreover Webbs articles were heavily attacked by many media outlets who questions the validity of his claims, although the unusual response lead some to question if the CIA was involved. On December 10, 2004 Gary Webb committed suicide, dying of two gunshot wounds to the head.

In 1996 CIA Director John M. Deutch went to Los Angeles to attempt to refute the allegations raised by the Gary Webb articles, and was famously confronted by former Los Angeles Police Department officer Michael Ruppert, who testified that he had witnessed it occurring.[8]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_Drug_Trafficking

Might require the execuitons of all involved, all the way to the top?

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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 12:48 PM

2. That will be great in the General Election if he is the nominee.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 12:51 PM

3. Yes, Reefer Madness is much more dangerous that rape and child molestation



It would be a very sickening society in which one could receive the death penalty for pot, while someone found guilty of rape or child molestation could walk free after serving a sentence.

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Response to Hugabear (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 01:10 PM

5. AMEN

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 01:09 PM

4. I'll bet even money that he STILL smokes. The hypocrisy is legendary...

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