Analiese’s Reading 5/24

A possible end to the U.S. “war on drugs”; why, yes, the CIA may mislead Congress from time to time; sea-based U.S. missile defense; U.S. burning bibles; and concealed carry in national parks.

White House Czar Calls for End to ‘War on Drugs’

The Obama administration’s new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting “a war on drugs,” a move that would underscore a shift favoring treatment over incarceration in trying to reduce illicit drug use.

In his first interview since being confirmed to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday the bellicose analogy was a barrier to dealing with the nation’s drug issues.

Wall Street Journal

Lawmaker: CIA Already Being Probed For Misleading Congress

As they go after Nancy Pelosi over those CIA briefings, Republicans have been putting the burden of proof on the Speaker, suggesting that it’s all but unheard of for the CIA to mislead others in government. But in fact, the agency is currently being probed for doing exactly that on a different issue — and the effort was initiated by one of Pelosi’s fiercest critics on the torture briefings kerfuffle.

TPM Muckraker

Sea-Based Missile Defense Moves Forward

Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, MDAA, told the MDAA membership last week of the establishment of a new U.S. Navy command that will support our nation’s missile defense program, and he said it is a sign of support for sea-based missile defense by President Barack Obama’s Administration.

Space War

US burns Bibles in Afghanistan row

The US army in Afghanistan has burned Bibles printed in local languages, a US colonel in Afghanistan has said, amid concerns they could have been used to try to convert Afghans.

Al Jazeera

House passes measure expanding gun rights

Gun rights advocates found an unlikely ally in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday as lawmakers passed a measure allowing concealed, loaded firearms to be carried in national parks.


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