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Rep. Matt Gaetz Tells The Truth About Cocaine


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Rep. Matt Gaetz is one of the few people in Congress who tells it as it is.

In a recent congressional committee meeting that discussed the future of the Clean Slate act which aimed to expunge the record of people previously convicted of drug crimes, Matt Gaetz made an interesting comments.

Gaetz was quoted saying “I get why it’s hard to keep cocaine from coming into the country. People in the United States like using cocaine.”

Watch him say it here:

Marijuana Moment had these details to add:

“For millions of Americans with records resulting from the unrelenting consequences of cannabis prohibition—and especially for historically targeted communities of color—the Clean Slate and Fresh Start Acts can mean better job prospects, housing options, and educational opportunities,” Tribble said. “USCC is endorsing the Clean Slate and Fresh Start Acts because they balance public safety while advancing criminal justice reform, promoting social equity, and creating economic opportunity for those with cannabis offenses.”

The crack-cocaine sentencing bill from Jackson Lee enjoyed some bipartisan support in the committee, with Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) speaking in favor of the legislation ahead of the vote. He stressed that it was a necessary reform to align the law with congressional intent.

Republican members generally balked at the state expungements and federal record sealing proposals, however, arguing that they amount to “soft on crime” policies.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) filed an amendment to the Clean Slate Act that would have limited the relief to U.S. citizens only, but the panel rejected it.

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The Pentagon for the most part has turned the other cheek regarding cocaine entering the U.S. and investigative journalist Gary Webb proved that teh CIA was traficking cocaine into the United Staes:

Time had more on the story:

It started when Webb wrote a series of three articles for the San Jose Mercury News in 1996 dubbed “Dark Alliance.” In his report, Webb — who had won a Pulitzer in 1989 for a different story — claimed that the CIA was partly responsible for bringing crack cocaine to the United States in the 1980s.

Webb conducted a year-long investigation during which he discovered that a San Francisco-based drug ring, which had ties to a CIA-sponsored Nicaraguan contra group called the FDN, sold cocaine to a dealer in South Central Los Angeles. The millions of dollars made from those sales were later used to fund a secret war against the leftist Sandinista regime. In short, Webb accused the CIA of being complicit in getting thousands of poor African-Americans addicted to crack in order to fund rebels in Central America.

The story attracted hundreds of thousands of readers to the newspaper’s site at a time when “going viral” was still a twinkle in the Internet’s eye. It was accompanied by a heavy-handed picture of a man smoking crack under the CIA seal.

As word about the story spread through the Internet, TV and radio, politicians took up Webb’s cause. Representative Maxine Waters, a congresswoman for South Central Los Angeles — the heart of the drug wars — requested both federal and congressional inquiries into the role that the U.S. government played in bringing cocaine into her community.



 

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