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Protect the Truth…From Joe Califano

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Joseph Califano, secretary of health, education, and welfare in the Carter administration, is chairman of a new group known as The Citizens' Commission to Protect the Truth. You might wonder about Califano's qualifications for this job, given his position as head of the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, a prohibitionist propaganda mill disguised as a scientific organization. (CASA's Web site currently features a report that likens pot smoking to Russian roulette, a game in which there is a one-in-six chance of immediate death.) Fear not: In this case, "the Truth" refers to the anti-smoking ad campaign that goes by that name.

[Thanks to Allen St. Pierre for the link.]