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Ross Perot, who often talks before he thinks, is currently in his denial mode. According to Perot, the well-sourced stories of his bizarre behavior and shoot-from-the-lip policy pronouncements are either gross distortions or outright lies, the product of Republican "dirty tricksters" and their running-dog co-conspirator, the toady press, which just "doesn't get it." Of the many tales Perot disputes, one in particular is troubling because the nub of the idea he denies advocating isn't so bad at all.

During his chairmanship of the Texas War on Drugs Committee, Perot supported several unorthodox police procedures. None has generated more heat than his...

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