This one is particulary good, mentioning
Wilton Park (where Andrea Barthwell
will be speaking)and the UN
-- Peter Stoker, NDPA.
Daily Mail, UK, February 14 2005
When at the
age of 14 Luke Mitchell murdered his
girlfriend Jodi Jones, he tied her up,
slit her throat and then mutilated her
body. After Mitchell, now 16, was
convicted at Edinburgh High Court last
week the judge, Lord Nimmo Smith, said it
was one of the worst cases of murder he
had seen for years, and he gave him the
longest sentence ever passed on a youth in
This horrific crime makes you wonder how
any human being could do something so
inhuman. The answer is not hard to find.
The court heard that Mitchell was
influenced by satanism, the ‘shock rocker’
Marilyn Manson and by a deficiency of
emotion. But the final trigger for this
act of savagery was something else again.
It was Mitchell’s consumption
As the judge said, cannabis can seriously
damage the mental processes of those who
habitually take it. And he made a key
point when he told Mitchell that cannabis
‘may well have contributed to your being
unable to make themdistinction between
fantasy and reality, which is essential
for normal moral judgments’.
In other words, his cannabis habit meant
that when he killed Jodi Jones, Mitchell
was simply unable to recognise that what
he was doing was truly wicked.
This devastating fact about this so-called
‘soft’ drug has been systematically
concealed from the public, with
increasingly disastrous consequences.
Cannabis is popularly thought to be
relatively harmless. In fact — quite apart
from the fact that it often leads onto
other drug use — it is one of the most
toxic and dangerous narcotics around.
It has profound and long-lasting effects
on the brain, it can cause people to
become psychotic, and in certain
circumstances it can promote violence
and even murder.
Most crucially, it destroys the ability to
make moral judgments. That is why the
claim that legalising cannabis would put a
stop to the crime with whichit is
associated is so terribly ignorant and
stupid. On the contrary, more cannabis
means that even more crime is likely.
Yet instead of targeting cannabis as a
prime source of dangerous mentalmillness,
social breakdown and crime the government
has tacitly encouraged its use by
downgrading it to the same category as
steroids and anti-depressants, on the
grounds that the police have better things
to do than pursue a relatively harmless
recreational drug. The result of this
appalling policy is that more young people
are using cannabis, causing more addiction
and mental illness and undoubtedly
fuelling more crime and disorder.
But the case of Luke Mitchell has another
highly disturbing feature. Astonishingly,
he has achieved cult status among young
women. Female fans have been bombarding
him in his youth jail with sexually
explicit letters. On the steps of the High
Court, four giggling girls held up a
homemade banner with his photograph and
the message: ‘This boy here is a sexy
How can we have descended to the
horrifying state of affairs where a
clearly psychotic killer, who sadistically
butchered a teenage girl, has become an
icon for young women who display the most
callous indifference to the slaughter of
one of their own – and are even turned on
by her murderer?
Much of Mitchell’s fan-mail comes from
admirers of his hero Marilyn Manson, the
self-proclaimed ‘antichrist superstar’ who
topped the charts on a platform of sex,
drugs and satanism. Manson, who has
acknowledged heavy drug use, depression
and self-mutilation, rubs broken glass
onto his chest during concerts, spits on
the audience and simulates sex acts.
In their letters to Mitchell, some of the
schoolgirls refer to the violent lyrics in
Manson’s work including his obsession with
the slaughter in 1947 of the Hollywood
actress Elizabeth Short, known as the
‘Black Dahlia’ murder.
With websites now dedicated to Mitchell,
too, there are fears that a disturbed
young person might try yet another
copy-cat murder. Such fears are hardly
groundless. In 1999, the killings in
America at Columbine High School in Denver
were committed by two young Manson fans.
What we are facing now among a section of
our young people is a terrifying breakdown
of the bonds not just of socialisation but
of civilisation itself. This is the result
of a number of ruinous changes in our
society -- in which the growing
acceptability of drugs is a significant
For these young people, the moral
obligation to accept the difference
between right and wrong has disintegrated.
From all sides, they are bombarded by the
message that the only thing that matters
is their own pleasure and gratification.
Duty, responsibility, shame and stigma
have all but evaporated. Difficulty, pain
or failure are viewed as assaults on their
right to be happy. What trumps everything
else is the need to protect their
Instead of providing boundaries to give
young people the security that is vital
for emotional health, the adult world has
simply abandoned them.
Family disintegration shatters their sense
of themselves, schools leave them
floundering in their own ignorance and
immaturity, and the commercial world
exploits and encourages their premature
It is among these rising numbers of
confused, unhappy or disturbed children
that the ‘Goth rock’ cult of satanism,
self-harm and nihilism principally has its
lethal appeal. And drugs are absolutely
central, with their fatal promise of
pleasure and escape which so cruelly and
cynically preys on those whose lives are
most emptied of meaning and purpose.
In a society where morality has become a
dirty word because of the chains it places
on the human appetite, the appeal of
cannabis and other drugs is precisely what
makes them so deadly – that they destroy
through chemical action those pathways in
the brain that give us our moral sense in
the first place.
In short, they effectively lobotomise
human conscience. So it is no accident
that there is such a determined attempt to
pretend that cannabis has no serious
ill-effects. For its acceptability is part
of the assault under wayon our moral codes
and the substitution of an ‘anything goes’
This drug liberalisation lobby has got
government ministers – along with some
senior police officers, no less -- firmly
in its clutches, propelling them down the
deeply dishonest ‘harm reduction’ road.
Many of these campaigners are themselves
drug users -- or the parents of drug users
-- and are therefore either unwilling or
simply incapable of acknowledging the
acute dangers of moral collapse.
The attempt to internationalise this slide
is intense and insidious. Across Europe,
campaigners are steadily pushing to change
the UN’s drug policy from combating drug
use to permitting it under the guise of
Next month, for example, yet another high
profile and subtly orchestratedmdrugs
policy conference will take place at
Wilton Park, an agency of the Foreign and
For the third year running, this
conference will feature, alongside
undoubtedly worthy speakers, some of the
highest profile campaigners for the
legalisation of drugs in the world.
So greatly has public opinion been
softened up and confused by talk of ‘harm
reduction’ and the official distortion of
the truth about cannabis that some
participants undoubtedly haven’t a clue
about the real agenda for legalisation
that drives the conference organisers.
How many more Luke Mitchells will it take
before our society wakes up from its
lethal, drug-stupefied trance?
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