Former Nixon Aide Admits War On Drugs Was A Big Lie; Was Never About Drugs

nixon_drug_warBy Brandon Turbeville

In an interview conducted by Harper’s Dan Baum nearly 22 years ago, former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman admitted what many have known ever since the beginning – that the Nixon administrations’ War On Drugs was a giant lie.

To clarify, it was not Nixon’s police state that was a lie. That was very real. It was the justification used for the war, the fearmongering, and the panic-inducing hype produced by the White House that was a monumental obfuscation.

Ehrlichman doesn’t mince words when he discusses the War On Drugs and it is not inference suggesting that the justification given for the War on Drugs was a lie. In fact, Ehrlichman even states that the policy was in order to attack political rivals and alleged “threats” to the Nixon administration like “blacks and hippies.”

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people,” Ehrlichman said.

“You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

As Tom LoBianco writes for CNN, “It’s a stark departure from Nixon’s public explanation for his first piece of legislation in the war on drugs, delivered in message to Congress in July 1969, which framed it as a response to an increase in heroin addiction and the rising use of marijuana and hallucinogens by students.”

Of course, the War On Drugs and the ensuing police and incarceration states that followed had a much larger purpose than merely helping Nixon fight back against potential political threats. Indeed, most drugs were already illegal by Nixon’s election.

Hiding and preventing the knowledge of positive effects of some substances, shredding Constitutional and human rights, creating a culture of incarceration, and implementing a gradual but eventually total police state were most certainly part of the plan as well, which history has demonstrated. For instance, Reagan and especially Clinton were under no threat from the populations mentioned by Ehrlichman but they nevertheless sent the drug war and the natural results of it listed above into overdrive.

Nevertheless, after setting the United States further down the path of totalitarianism, we at least appreciate Ehrlichman’s honesty even if it is decades later. Perhaps now, we can begin dismantling the drug war.

Photo credit: gmcmullen via Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-SA, modified by editor

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Brandon Turbevillearticle archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies,Five Sense SolutionsandDispatches From a Dissident, volume 1and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 600 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.


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9 Comments on "Former Nixon Aide Admits War On Drugs Was A Big Lie; Was Never About Drugs"

  1. locutus_of_klingons | March 24, 2016 at 3:49 pm | Reply

    yeah fellas. get high while your 1st and 2nd amendment cease to exists. and your kids and grand kids are even further enslaved to the banksters.

    • I think that the Owners have decided that the “War on Drugs” is better replaced by the “War on Terror,” allowing drugs to be more usefully deployed as a distraction for us.

      The replacement is a two-fer: Patriot Act, chronic couch lock.

  2. The whole fk’n NWO matrix is a grand illusion scam…All of it!…Everything you think is real… is not what you think it is…it’s all inverted & perverted far & away from nature itself & living naturally….we’re being sucked dry by the 0.001%, that’s entirely a pyramid cap comprised of hierarchical psychopath, vampire parasites… in lockstep with their all encompassing modus operandi of : “absorb & discard” -ad infinitum

    • It’s a set-up where almost all the money goes to the top. Then it is used, in part, to strategically buy the politicians and bureaucrats, the media, and anyone else who is invaluable for keeping those at the top, at the top. If people knew and understood that, they could see right through the illusions.

  3. Think about the lives destroyed by political ambition and intrigue.

    • Think about the 290 million American lives that are going to be lost in the planned WW3!
      The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

  4. I love the smell of TRUTH in the morning!! Peace, not war.

  5. TheRealProphet | March 26, 2016 at 6:00 am | Reply

    The war on drugs is a war on consciousness and everyone who supports or enforces it should be at the end of a rope for treason!
    The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

  6. TheAdmonisher | March 31, 2016 at 12:07 pm | Reply

    STFU you evil criminal government liar!

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