WASHINGTON, DC -- The Super
Bowl advertisements claiming that
Americans who use illegal drugs help finance terrorists were dishonest,
outrageous and a waste of taxpayers' money, the Libertarian Party
"These Super Bowl ads were Super Bowloney," said
the party's political director. "For the White House Office
of National Drug
Control Policy to claim that drug users are to blame for financing
terrorists is like a maniac who kills his parents, and then throws
himself on the mercy
of the court because he is an orphan.”
"The fact is, it's
the War on Drugs that causes the very problem these ads complain
about. The War on Drugs enriches terrorists, finances violence,
and makes America less safe. And no amount of advertising spin
can change that."
On Sunday, the White
House Office of National Drug Control Policy
(ONDCP) spent about $3.4 million to run two 30-second advertisements
during the Super Bowl. It was the largest single government ad
purchase in U.S. history.
One of the ads, which
pretended to show a terrorist buying weapons,
explosives, and fake passports, asked: "Where do terrorists
get their money?
If you buy drugs, some of it might come from you." In the
other ad, young
people matter-of-factly made statements like, "I helped kill
However, in reality,
the War on Drugs -- not peaceful Americans who use drugs -- is
responsible for funneling tens of billions of dollars into the
hands of murderous terrorists, said Crickenberger.
According to the United
Nations, the illegal drug trade is worth $400 billion a year,
he noted. And according to the Hoover Institution, drug prohibition
drives up the prices of drugs by about 17,000%.
"The War on Drugs
is a price support system for terrorists and drug
pushers," he said. "It turns ordinary, cheap plants
like marijuana and
poppies into fantastically lucrative black market products. Without
the War on Drugs, the financial engine that fuels terrorist organizations
would sputter to a halt."
That's not the only way
the War on Drugs makes America more vulnerable to terrorists,
said Crickenberger. The War on Drugs also misdirects police resources.
In 2000, for example,
police arrested an estimated 734,498 people for marijuana violations,
most for simple possession, according to the Federal
Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report.
In addition, more than
8,000 military personnel participate in anti-drug missions on
U.S. soil, and more than 19,000 state and local police
work full-time on drug cases. The total cost: About $50 billion
a year at
the federal, state, and local levels.
agencies have only a finite amount of money, people, and time
to investigate crimes," said Crickenberger. "It's clear
that politicians have made the tragically ill-advised decision
that detecting murderous terrorists is less important than arresting
non-violent Americans who choose to use marijuana or other drugs."
So who is really to
blame for helping terrorists?
"Forget what you
saw on the Super Bowl," said Crickenberger. "If you
are looking for the real cause of the drugs and terrorism connection,
you need look no further than the politicians who voted for the
War on Drugs, the
federal bureaucrats who administer it, and the ONDCP spin-meisters
who try to blame the 95 million Americans who have used illegal