LA News Release, "Random Drug Tests in Schools Immoral, Intolerable and a Further Step towards a police State" (February 2004)
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International
Release Date: 25 February 2004
Release Time: Immediate (or otherwise)
Contact Details: Dr Chris R. Tame, 07957 644519 firstname.lastname@example.org
"RANDOM DRUG TESTS IN SCHOOLS IMMORAL, INTOLERABLE AND A FURTHER STEP TOWARD THE POLICE STATE", SAYS FREE MARKET AND CIVIL LIBERTIES THINK TANK
The Government's plans to subject school children to random drug testing is immoral, intolerable, and a further ominous step toward a police state says the Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties think tank and pressure group.
Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Chris Tame commented:
"The insane and unwinnable war against drugs has already substantially undermined civil liberties in Britain, being used to justify asset forfeiture, the abandonment of the common law rule of the presumption of innocence, the destruction of financial privacy and the establishment of intrusive state surveillance. The government's latest proposal is yet another step on the road to a full police state in this country.
The lesson that our vulnerable and impressionable children will be taught by this horrendous measure is that their bodies and lives are not there own, that they are wards of the state, and that they may be inspected, abused - effectively raped - by the state - in other words, that they are serfs, not citizens.
It cannot even be argued that this measure will actually decrease drug consumption. The State is unable to keep drugs out of high security prisons, the ranks of its own armed forces, or the members of its own Cabinet. And in a country in which state schools are barely able to impart the "three Rs" to their inmates, one would have thought that they might do well to confine their concerns to this apparently difficult task."
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