The Sick And Twisted Minds Of Peter Hitchens And Gil Kerlikowske

    Fusilier Lee Rigby

    Fusilier Lee Rigby

    It takes a peculiar combination of self-interest, crass bad taste and mendacity to exploit the death of our hero, Fusilier Lee Rigby.

    Step forward Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday columnist, drug war propagandist and a distant stranger to the truth about cannabis.

    Similar, though less well known on this side of the Atlantic, is Gil Kerlikowske, the White House director of national drug-control policy. He is the current embodiment of US reefer madness propaganda, treading the path forged by Dr Goebbels, Fidel Castro and Vladimir Putin in distorting the truth, dissembling facts and painting black as white and evil as good.

    Peter Hitchens

    Peter Hitchens

    In yesterday’s Mail on Sunday, Hitchens blamed the murder of Fusilier Rigby on Michael Adebolajo’s use of cannabis following a single report that he had smoked cannabis in the past. Based on virtually no evidence at all Hitchens writes: “Adebolajo’s life changed utterly when, as a teenager, he began taking drugs, especially cannabis.”

    Then, choosing his words carefully, he makes the meaningless statement: “Use of this drug, particularly when young, is closely correlated with irreversible mental illness.”  He can’t suggest that cannabis causes such illness because the evidence shows that while it may be a component factor in a very small number of cases, in many more people it helps to alleviate the symptoms of mental distress.

    Hitchens then makes the massive and entirely false leap of logic to “There are plenty of other young drug-users roaming our streets…many of them will become mental patients. Some will commit awful acts of unhinged violence.” His crazy conclusion: “If we strengthened and enforced our drug laws much of this would be preventable.”

    Hitchens is unprincipled and shameless in trying to sell his books and to stir up controversy around his hatred of cannabis and cannabis users for which Paul Dacre, butcher of truth at the Mail newspapers, pays him handsomely. He is disloyal, traitorous and a disgrace to his country in diverting attention from the real reasons for Rigby’s death and exploiting this tragedy for the sake of his own hobby horse.

    I will say in mitigation that he is no different from the rest of the Fleet Street mafia whose ‘freedom of the press‘ is really the freedom to lie, mislead and exploit in the pursuit of sensation, circulation and advertising revenue.

    Kerlikowske has a similar agenda. Let’s get his mitigation in at the beginning. He is prevented from even considering any positive aspect of cannabis use by his job description and he is mandated to do all he can to demonise, destroy and defame cannabis and cannabis users irrespective of truth or evidence.

    Gil Kerlikowske

    Gil Kerlikowske

    In a shameful perversion of science, last week he claimed that a ‘study’ by his office had identified cannabis as the drug ‘most often linked to crime‘. In fact, all he had done was look at arrest records in Sacramento, New York, Denver, Atlanta and Chicago. Over 60% of all those arrested tested positive for drug use and cannabis was the most popular drug in all cities.

    Of course, to use this, as he did, to announce that the US must “acknowledge and come to grips with the link between crime and substance use” is utter nonsense. It is no more relevant than to say a majority of those arrested had brushed their teeth that morning, or had not. Or had showered within the last three days, or had not.

    Hitchens and Kerlikowske are both in the business of untruth. They manipulate information, based on prejudice, hatred and self-interest to claim whatever result suits their purpose. Such individuals are a curse on our society and every bit as dangerous to it as a couple of madcap Islamist nutters, perhaps more so.

    • CannabisCures

      I have changed my mind, I now agree with the likes of my pal Hitchens here!
      We need to lock up anyone found with even the smallest amount of cannabis for a full life term. That will stop all those dopey potheads running a mock, killing and raping at will.

      Then, when the word gets around, all those silly harmless dealers, will just go away, they certainly won’t start using lethal force against those really helpful, friendly and (dare I say it) saintly police officers to avoid some really stiff prison time.

      God bless Hitchens, may he live as long and healthy a life as those that would like the choice to use cannabis for their ailments.

    • Scott Sherwood

      I’m not surprised by any of this. We all new long ago that Hitchens is a tool of the conservatives in every way, not just on drug policy. It is the likes of this educated but not knowledgeable demagog that brought us the wars, death, and hunger. This asshole has no business telling Americans what to do and how to live.

    • georgeclear

      Of course alcohol never has anything to do with crime, doesn’t harm your mental or physical health and certainly isn’t addictive or the cause of senseless violence around the world day-in-day-out. I wonder if either of these terrorists ever drank a bottle of beer.. using this idiot’s logic that would far more likely be the reason for the attack.

    • stickybud

      If his neighbours are to be believed, he was a crack-head.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Derek-Williams/1072934911 Derek Williams

      Peter Hitchens has something in common with the person who did the killing: they are both people who have “seen the light” and converted from one faith to another. In the case of Hitchens it was from hard left to hard right politics with Christianity thrown in. Normal people don;t swing from one extreme to the other.