Open Letter to Mike MalloyBy One Angry Patriot at 8:16 PM
I'm writing to apologize for offending you with my phone call last night. I understand that you are not responsible for the advertising on Air America, and it wasn't my intent to criticize you for something you're not responsible for. I have sent email to Air America regarding PSAs paid for by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. I have yet to receive a reply to this email, although it was sent over two weeks ago. I have also posted my concerns at [this blog] , an unofficial website and chat room for Air America listeners. Several people on the blog and in the chat room have expressed similar concerns about these PSAs, and I felt that these concerns should be discussed on the air.
As I'm sure you're aware, US drug policies are a dismal failure, and a waste of human life and taxpayer resources. Mandatory minimum sentencing laws have restricted judges from excercising discretion to allow the punishment to fit the severity of the crime. The Higher Education Act allows violent convicted criminals such as murderers and rapists to obtain tuition assistance from the federal government, yet non-violent convicted drug offenders are not allowed the same assistance.
The average marijuana arrest takes two police officers off the street for four hours, while violent criminals are free to run rampant. In many states, a very small amount of drugs can result in a felony conviction, which can result in the permanent loss of the right to vote. Regardless of your opinion on drug crime, I'm sure you can agree that blocking ex-offenders from political participation undermines the process of re-integrating them into society as productive, engaged citizens.
Editor's note: The Office of National Drug Control Policy has also engaged in a covert propaganda campaign, useing tax payer funds, featuring use of "fake news" reports in the form of video news releases."