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Books and Book Chapters

"The War on Drugs," prepared by David Boaz and Timothy Lynch, Chapter 24, Cato Handbook for Congress, 6th Edition, (2005).

"The International War on Drugs," prepared by Ted Galen Carpenter and Ian Vásquez, Chapter 60, Cato Handbookfor Congress, 6th Edition, (2005).

"The Pringle Case's New Notion of Probable Cause: An Assault on Di Re and the Fourth Amendment," by Tracey Maclin, Chapter 15, Cato Supreme Court Review, 2003–2004, (2004).

Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington's Futile War on Drugs in Latin America, by Ted Galen Carpenter (2003).

"The War on Drugs," prepared by David Boaz and Timothy lynch, Chapter 17, Cato Handbook for Congress: Policy Recommendations for the 108th Congress, (2003).

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Cato Studies

"Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America," by Radley Balko, White Paper , July 17, 2006

"Mexico Is Becoming the Next Colombia," by Ted Galen Carpenter, Foreign Policy Briefing no. 87, November 15, 2005

"Treating Doctors as Drug Dealers: The DEA's War on Prescription Painkillers," by Ronald T. Libby, Policy Analysis no. 545, June 6, 2005

"How the Drug War in Afghanistan Undermines Americaís War on Terror," by Ted Galen Carpenter, Foreign Policy Briefing no. 84, November 10, 2004

"Deployed in the U.S.A.: The Creeping Militarization of the Home Front," by Gene Healy, Policy Analysis no. 503, December 17, 2003

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Articles and Newsletters

"The Defensive Front Line," by Joseph D. McNamara, Regulation, vol. 24, no. 4, 2001, pp. 61-63.

"Plan Colombia: The Drug War's New Morass," by Ted Galen Carpenter, Cato Policy Report, September/October 2001.

"The Unintended Consequences of Regulating Addictive Substances," by Adam Gifford Jr., Cato Journal, vol. 19, no. 2, Fall 1999.

"Compensating Behavior and the Drug Testing of High School Athletes," by Robert Taylor, Cato Journal, vol. 16, no.3, Winter 1997.

"The Drug War and the Homicide Rate: A Direct Correlation?" by Harold J. Brumm and Dale 0. Cloninger, Cato Journal, vol. 14, no. 3, Winter 1995.

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Opinion and Commentary

"Beacon Hill's Gift to the Black Market," by Patrick Fleenor, The Boston Globe, April 26, 2008

"Legacy of Prohibition Lives on in Maryland," by Brandon Arnold,, December 5, 2007

"Drug War Casualties Left Behind," by Radley Balko, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 6, 2006

"Wrong Door," by Radley Balko and Joel Berger, The Wall Street Journal, September 2, 2006

"Drug War Police Tactics Endanger Innocent Citizens," by Radley Balko,, July 21, 2006

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Legal Briefs

Angel McClary Raich, et al. v. Alberto Gonzales, Attorney General, et al., November 30, 2005 (PDF, 79 KB)

Booker T. Hudson, Jr. v. State of Michigan, August 1, 2005 (PDF, 131 KB)

John Ashcroft v. Angel McClary Raich, et al., Brief of Amicus Curiae, October 13, 2004 (PDF, 974 KB)

Board Of Education Of Ind. School Dist., No. 92 of Pottawatomie County, et al. v. Lindsay Earls, et al., Brief of Amicus Curiae, June 1, 2002 (PDF, 84 KB)


"Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics: A Critical Analysis of Claims Made by the Office of National Drug Control Policy," May 31, 2007 [Book Forum]

"John Stossel's "War on Drugs, a War on Ourselves"," July 24, 2006 [Capitol Hill Briefing]

"Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids," April 20, 2006 [Book Forum]

"Drug Cops and Doctors: Is the DEA Hampering the Treatment of Chronic Pain?," September 9, 2005 [Conference]

"Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington's Futile War on Drugs in Latin America," July 18, 2003 [Capitol Hill Briefing]

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Daily Podcast "75 Years of Free Beer" featuring Brandon Arnold, April 7, 2008 [Flash Audio, 06:08]

Daily Podcast "Free to Booze" featuring Brandon Arnold, December 5, 2007 [Flash Audio, 09:07]

Daily Podcast "The Cory Maye Case" featuring Radley Balko, October 2, 2006 [Flash Audio, 09:11]