February 6, 2005


'Fifth columnist' Mike Trace resigns UN drug post (Richard Egan, 08 March 2003, News Weekly)

Mike Trace, former UK deputy drug czar, was, in January 2003, forced to resign from his new job as Head of Demand Reduction at the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime in Vienna after less than eight weeks in the post.

His resignation followed the release of information from documents obtained by the Hassela Nordic Network, a Swedish-based group opposed to liberalisation of drug laws, which showed that Trace was involved in an operation, funded by billionaire George Soros, to undermine the international conventions on drug-trafficking which are to be reviewed at a UN meeting to be held in Vienna in April 2003.

In a September 2002 letter to Aryah Neier, President of the Soros-funded Open Society Institute (OSI), Trace described his role as follows:

"In terms of my involvement, I think it would be of most use in the early stages providing advice and consultancy from behind the scenes, in light of my continuing role as Chair of the European Monitoring group, my association with the UK Government and some work

"I am being asked to put together by the UNDCP [United Nations Drug Control Program] in Vienna. This 'fifth column' role would allow me to oversee the setting up of the agency (I already have good quality individuals in mind with whom I could work in confidence on this) while promoting its aims subtly in the formal governmental settings." [...]

Some of the drug liberalisers acknowledge that it will be impossible, in the face of opposition from the United States and from developing countries, to actually amend the UN drug conventions at this time. However, they hope that the Vienna review in April will open up the possibility of interpreting the Conventions to allow such drug liberalisation measures as decriminalisation of cannabis; heroin prescription and injecting rooms as a first step towards George Soros goal of "a strictly controlled distributor network through which I would make most drugs, excluding the most dangerous ones like crack, legally available".

Always follow the money...

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 6, 2005 6:28 AM

I am afraid its about time for Mr. Soros to be in a airpane crash or something. He is a danger.

Posted by: Bob at February 6, 2005 11:39 AM

That line from Soros would more accurately be "I would have major financial investments in the strictly controlled distributor networks through which I would make most drugs, excluding the most dangerous ones like crack, legally available."

Investing and controlling companies that supply products that inflict their users with long-term addictions would be even easier money than trying to short futures markets for Soros. And leaving out crack makes sense as well, since there's no gain to killing off your customers, unless you have a major stake in the funeral home industry.

Posted by: John at February 6, 2005 12:57 PM