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War On Drugs / Reagan / Military Role #115642

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 18, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Partisan aspects of war on drugs reported Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan and war on drugs featured. [In New London, Connecticut, at Coast Guard Academy graduation, REAGAN - worries that drug pols. might undermine drug policy.] Reagan's call for bipartisan task force noted. [Representatives Charles RANGEL, Larry SMITH, Senator Christopher DODD - react to Reagan plan.] Issue of Reagan's deal with Panama's Manuel Noriega to leave power in return for dropping of drug chgs. cited. [White House chief of staff Howard BAKER - says objective is to get Noriega out of cntry.] [Vice President George BUSH - says he won't bargain with drug dealers.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report by Rand Corporation said concluding military can do little to stop drugs from entering US. Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Issue of role of military in war on drugs featured; details given, scenes shown. [RAND Corporation Peter REUTER - discusses impact of military on drug trade.] Pentagon estimates with regard to cost of closing border to drug trade outlined on screen. [Pentagon spokesperson Dan HOWARD - gives example of problem in dealing with small planes.] Congress's position on use of military cited. [Senator Lowell WEICKER - comments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Tim O'Brien) Constitutional issues raised by possible expansion of role of military in war on drugs reported; historical scenes shown of use of mil. in civil rights issues. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) Barry LYNN - criticizes faulty procedures.] [Ex-attorney general Griffin BELL - says military could stop shipments.] Leeway granted to Coast Guard to fight drug traffickers at sea cited; scenes shown.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Coast Guard reported returning recently seized yacht, Monkey Bus., to owner; Gary Hart and Donna Rice mentioned.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
O'Brien, Tim;
Zelnick, Bob

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