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By Edward Jay Epstein

President Bush has made the warfare opposed to medicinal drugs the number 1 factor at the modern American political time table. during this revised version of his vintage e-book, to be had for the 1st time in paperback, Edward Jay Epstein argues that the president has followed the tactic of his forbear, Richard Nixon, in utilizing the medicine conflict accountable foreigners for the predicament in America's towns, and to supply a smokescreen for unrelated political job designed to reinforce government energy. the medicine crackdown has visible a virtually hundredfold bring up within the federal funds for narco-politics within the fifteen years in view that business enterprise of worry was once first released, whereas information on drug-running were massaged. Epstein issues out that, regardless of the large budgets and public family brouhaha, drug importation, as measured opposed to wholesale fee, has in truth grown.

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Then, winning a scholarship, he attended law school at Duke University. Although he distinguished himself and graduated third in his class, all the prestigious New York law firms where he applied for a job turned down his application, apparently because he did not have the right contacts or connections. He continued to eke out a living as a clerk in a local law office in Whittier for the first few years after law school; then, when World War II broke out, he joined the Navy as a junior officer.

Html (4 of 4) [9/16/2000 16:11:49] The Bete-noire strategy Agency of Fear Opiates and Political Power in America By Edward Jay Epstein Chapter 5 - The Bete-noire Strategy It proved far easier to find the rhetoric to excite public fears over lawlessness than the controls for reducing crime and disorder. During the 1968 campaign Nixon had persistently attacked the "permissiveness" of the Democratic attorney general, Ramsey Clark, and pledged that the first step in his war on crime would be to replace him with a more determined and tougher chief law officer.

Although Mitchell could increase the 'number of strike forces, as the memorandum recommended, they were far less effective instruments for generating publicity without the potential for disclosing ' embarrassing information from wiretaps and electronic surveillance. Suggestion in 1970 of rounding up Italian-American gamblers and racketeers also presented a political problem for Mitchell. An Italian antidefamation league, with such notable sponsors as Frank Sinatra, was claiming with some justification that the use of terms like "Mafia," "Mafiosa," and "Cosa Nostra" was creating the false impression that Italian-American citizens were behind all organized crime in America.

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