Report from the Front Lines
Excerpt from Report From the Front Lines: The Drug War in Hollywood: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, Second Session, September 21, 1996 The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:30 a.m., in the Brentwood Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, Hon. Stephen Horn presiding. Present: Representatives Souder and Shadegg. Also present: Representative Horn. Staff present: Sean Littlefield, professional staff member; Ianthe Saylor, clerk; Chris Marston, legislative assistant; and Dan Hernandez, minority professional staff member. Mr. Horn. The Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice will now come to order. I would like to welcome you to this sixth field hearing of the Subcommittee on National Security on the very important issue of the war on drugs. Today's hearing focuses on the role of Hollywood in the drug war. We are certainly not the first to bring attention to this issue, but we will bring a new depth to the issue by talking to some of the leaders of the entertainment industry and insiders of the entertainment industry. We seek the root of the problem of portraying drug use and violence on television and the movies. Before I go any further, I should note that we will have several other colleagues here, Mr. Souder of Indiana will arrive shortly, and Mr. Shadegg of Arizona should arrive shortly. They will join us in this hearing as they have in other hearings. Before we have our first witness, let's review exactly how serious the drug problem is. Our children are being affected severely by this drug crisis. Our children have to get the message that we need to stop drug use and it is against their own self-interest to engage in drug use. That message needs to come not only from Hollywood, but from our national leaders, our State leaders, our community leaders, our parents; but we need to start with the Presidents, the Governors, the mayors and other figures, and certainly in the case of Hollywood where so many figures are role models for American youth, we need to have the encouragement of them that this is not the way for people to go if they are going to be independent, functioning citizens. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.