U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences

Quite frankly I am weary of Gun stories as well as the fiscal cliff. Either way, blogging goes on and when I caught this story, it was almost as bad. In the name of government and law enforcement so much can go so terribly wrong. While many of us are targeted as right-wing loonies for reporting these events,  our government has a storied past that we should learn from. The steps the government will go to achieve their end. So here we go:

THE CHEMIST’S WAR: The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences.

Although mostly forgotten today, the “chemist’s war of Prohibition” remains one of the strangest and most deadly decisions in American law-enforcement history. As one of its most outspoken opponents, Charles Norris, the chief medical examiner of New York City during the 1920s, liked to say, it was “our national experiment in extermination.”

… remember the U.S. government’s controversial decision in the 1970s to spray Mexican marijuana fields with Paraquat, an herbicide. Its use was primarily intended to destroy crops, but government officials also insisted that awareness of the toxin would deter marijuana smokers.

By mid-1927, the new denaturing formulas included some notable poisons—kerosene and brucine (a plant alkaloid closely related to strychnine), gasoline, benzene, cadmium, iodine, zinc, mercury salts, nicotine, ether, formaldehyde, chloroform, camphor, carbolic acid, quinine, and acetone. The Treasury Department also demanded more methyl alcohol be added—up to 10 percent of total product. It was the last that proved most deadly.

Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people.” H/T: Instapundit


4 Responses to “U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences”

  1. Designs by Dianne Says:

    Interesting – didn’t know that. Booze is destructive enough, didn’t need that help! The old story about the sailor’s rum – it wasn’t necessarily what was in the bottle but what was ‘inside’ him that came out when over indulging.
    Speaking of over indulging found this: ‘DHS Insider’ http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/52005
    Ever learning … yet forgetting or justifying.


    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks for the chilling link. Since the day I started blogging,it was always Iranian born jarrett that I felt was pulling the strings.


  2. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    It gives new meaning to “dead drunk”. Maybe their motto was “better dead than drunk”. The idea that ends justify the means is not new, is it?


    • bunkerville Says:

      Will we ever learn?


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