To Tell The Truth To America's Children

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"Who denounced you?" said Winston. "It was my little daughter," said Parsons with a sort of doleful pride. "She listened at the keyhole. Heard what I was saying and nipped off to the patrols the very next day." -- George Orwell (from 1984)

"When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side,' I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already...'" -- Adolf Hitler *

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Also seen on the CNN Website beginning October 8th 1996 and a second time on February 25th 1997,
as well as in the September 19th 1996 Santa Clara Metro

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NEWSFLASH: Tuesday Feb. 25 1997 - Yet another nail in DARE's coffin
Washington (AP) - Many school children still turn to drugs between the 
fifth and eighth grades despite billions of federal dollars that have been 
spent on drug education since 1987, the Education Department said Monday.

"A report commissioned by the department said "effects were small" even 
in the programs that appeared to curb drug use.  Despite the negative 
results, the department wants more money in 1998, with tighter standards 
for who gets it.

The report suggested that schools will need to spend more time and money 
on drug prevention than the $10  in federal, state, and local 
funds now being spent per pupil.  The department also said that schools 
don't carefully choose their programs.

For instance, the report found better results at schools where students 
took part in programs other than DARE, which operates in about 70 percent 
of school districts.

DARE, relies on police officers and other law enforcement officials who 
visit fifth-grade classrooms for 17 hours each year.  The program 
receives federal money through school districts.

"What we really want to do is to begin to get school districts to examine 
what they're doing," said Bill Modzeleski, director of the Education 
Department's Safe and Drug Free School program.


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A similar parade Fact: D.A.R.E. founder Daryl Gates once advised the U.S. Senate about the 'casual user' and what you do with the whole group. "The casual user ought to be taken out and shot, because he or she has no reason for using drugs." Gates later emphasized that he was "not being facetious" and declared marijuana users to be guilty of treason. Let's move to an educational program created by minds less full of hate.

Daryl Gates

Would it be possible for authorities to implement the program recommended by DARE founder Gates, to round up and shoot every tenth man, woman, and child in the United States? At one time the answer would have been a resounding "NO!" But we have seen how measures demanded by drug warriors are used to punish citizens innocent of any crime (innocent even by admission of drug warriors administering punishment). We have seen courts bow to drug warrior demands and extinguish civil liberties that once made such abuses impossible. We have seen drug users hounded from jobs, homes, and communities as an orchestrated nationwide campaign of hate rhetoric portrayed them as bums, perverts, and murderers deserving to die. We have seen judges and the public approve military incarceration of blameless men, women, and children in concentration camps. Necessary mechanisms for mass killing are clicking into place as senior drug warriors demand a war to the death. We do not know if they will achieve their death wish. Before the American public succumbed to the war on drug users, mass murder was neither thinkable nor possible in the United States. Now it is both.

Readers who have not devoted considerable study to both the German war on Jews and the American war on drug users may see no possibility of death camps in the United States. But the potential has emerged. I cannot forget a warning from a distinguished student of the Holocaust: "Total integration requires complete acceptance. So long as that acceptance is withheld from a group of people, those people will live more or less peacefully in a state of equilibrium between ultimate incorporation and final annihilation."

Drug Abuse Resistance Education is not about keeping kids off drugs. D.A.R.E. is about law enforcement and political indoctrination in schools. Our state education system has many effective education programs to teach kids about drugs by using professionals in the field. D.A.R.E. officers only receive two weeks of drug education compared to the four year college degrees professional drug educators receive. D.A.R.E. officers are professionals in the field of law enforcement, not in teaching drug education. Because of this, children are often subject to mistruths, outright falsehoods, and intolerant, ignorant attitudes concerning addiction and drug users. DARE exaggerations and outright lies foster mistrust and cynicism among our students, and set them up for dangerous mistakes in their drug choices.

Parents, the traditional villains of psychological polemics, take a terrific drubbing in the D.A.R.E. program, which has traded the quaint notion of in loco parentis for a more contemporary philosophy of parentis locos. In the animated short In the Land of Decisions and Choices, which is routinely shown in D.A.R.E. classrooms, the parental role model is represented exactly twice: by a semisenile grandfather sitting around in his bathrobe spouting inanities through a haze of cigarette smoke, and by an obese drunken father, passed out on a sofa, a beer can perched on his belly, a lit joint dangling from his gaping mouth. In the film, which follows four youngsters as they wander through an eerie world of hag-faced smokers, drooling drunks, and babbling potheads, the only trustworthy figure in the landscape is the wily "D.A.R.E. dog." And though the program counsels pacific methods of conflict resolution, the druggies in the D.A.R.E. video are ultimately destroyed in an orgy of righteous violence.

The movie perfectly represents D.A.R.E.'s view of authority figures other than the police. In the D.A.R.E. universe, the fragile self-esteem of children is constantly in danger of buckling under the pressures of a drug-drenched media, menacing peers, and craven parents. The only answer: survival training in D.A.R.E.'s Eight Ways to Say No.

More than 22,000 community-oriented law enforcement officers from 7,000 communities throughout the country have taught the "core curriculum" to more than 25 million elementary school students. In 1995 alone, it is expected 5.5 million children, representing 250,000 classrooms will receive the core curriculum. An additional 20 million students will be influenced by D.A.R.E. D.A.R.E. is taught by law enforcement officers in 19 countries and is being implemented in Department of Defense Dependent Schools worldwide. **

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education logo -- "D.A.R.E. To Keep Kids Off Drugs" -- is on bumper stickers, T-shirts, golf tees, caps, pens, pencils, even Kentucky Fried Chicken boxes. (Also summarily confiscated cars, trucks, vans, planes and boats!) Police, taxpayers, businesses and forfeiture victims are said to give 700 million a year.

Glenn Levant, the DARE executive director, states that DARE consumes some $750,000,000 per year.

News reports have estimated that from $700 million to $750 million are spent on DARE each year, based on Dennis Cauchon's (USA TODAY) interviews with DARE America director Glenn Levant.

But the IRS returns filed by DARE America in 1993 and 1994 showed estimates of only $200 to $230 million per year, most of it in volunteer time and effort rather than money. A mere $5.5 million was actually spent by DARE America itself in 1994, up from less than $1.1 million in 1992. Since there is no centralized accounting of all local DARE funds, there is really no way to know exactly what is spent on DARE nationwide. But we do know that it is still growing fast.

It's also a favorite of dozens of members of Congress. It is important to realize that every dollar spent on DARE is a dollar not available for a useful, educationally sound drug education program in schools.

The overwhelming preponderance of federal "Drug-Free Schools" money goes into the DARE program.

DARE Golf Tee's

However, many drug education experts fear that D.A.R.E.'s political clout is siphoning drug education money from better programs. A raft of scientific studies says D.A.R.E. doesn't achieve its main long-term goal: stopping kids from smoking pot, drinking booze or using other drugs.

Check out our listing of DARE resources for more information.

DARE resources on and off the WWW

But . . . who gets all this money?

The story of James Trimble, DARE cop

DARE quotes culled from the WWW

Confiscated cars, trucks, planes etc that DARE cops are now tooling around town in

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* Adolf Hitler, speaking about the schools and their indoctrination of the Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth Corps). Quoted in William Shirer. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960. Page 249.

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) D.A.R.E. Fact Sheet, Published: September 1995. Page 1.


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