57th & Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60637

On Aug. 11, the Museum of Science and Industry will open Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause—a traveling exhibit from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum. The exhibit is designed to open eyes to the myriad costs of illegal drugs—to individuals, American society and the world—as well as provide food for thought on how each and every one of us can make a difference.

Target America presents an in-depth look at the drug problem, in a historical and present-day context, and explores the effects of drugs on children, the body, our environment, communities and families. Displays include an actual drug-related car wreck, a jungle cocaine lab, an Afghan heroin “factory,” a recreated methamphetamine hotel “cook” room, a tenement crack-house room, and interactive kiosks that explain how dealers launder money, sometimes to the financial benefit of terrorism.

The exhibit explores the opium and heroin connections of Afghanistan’s Taliban regime and looks at the global impact of drugs and terror—how U.S. illegal drug sales not only help support terrorism, but also how drugs terrorize all of us. A special tribute to victims of September 11th includes a towering sculpture made from pieces of the World Trade Center and Pentagon that visitors can touch. A special section of the exhibit also focuses on Chicago’s history of drug enforcement technology, complete with many historic artifacts. The exhibit is presented by McDonald’s.

August 11 – December 3, 2006

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
57th and Lake Shore Drive

This exhibit is included in Museum general admission. General admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for seniors and $7 for children 3-11.

Official Website: http://www.msichicago.org

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It's a shame to see such an excellent museum resorting to a funded exhibit of desperate propaganda. The DEA has already been given a poor grade by the White House Performance and Management Assessments, and it's trying to latch on to the war on terrorism to preserve its funding.

Of course, what the exhibit fails to note is that it's actually the DEA and prohibition that makes drug trafficking obscenely profitable to criminals and terrorists, just like it was for Capone in the first failed prohibition. Capone was a product, not of alcohol, but of the profits of alcohol prohibition.

And to the extent that drug abuse is a problem, it is actually made worse by prohibition and could better be helped by regulation, education and treatment.

The DEA is feeding the sickness and then pretending to be the cure. And the Museum of Science and Industry is helping them publicize.

More at http://www.DEAtargetsAmerica.com

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