September 1, 2014

GOP drug czar saw nothing wrong with beheading dealers

LA Times, 1989 - William J. Bennett, federal drug policy coordinator, said Thursday night he had no moral qualms about beheading convicted drug dealers.

"Morally, I don't have any problem with that at all," Bennett said when asked on the CNN program "Larry King Live" call-in television show, whether he would support Saudi Arabian-style beheadings to deter drug dealers.

... Bennett, who heads the Bush Administration's fight against illegal drugs, said the idea of beheading was "morally plausible" but legally difficult.

"I mean ask most Americans: if they saw somebody out on the street selling drugs to their kid, what they would feel morally justified in doing--tear them limb from limb.

"There's no moral problem there. I used to teach ethics--trust me," he told the talk show host.

Bennett went on to say that he would like to see more use of the death penalty.

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