Battle Lines Being Drawn
the movement's in motion with mass militant poetry
Now check this out...
In the right light, study becomes insight
But the system that dissed us
Teaches us to read and write
So called facts are fraud
They want us to allege and pledge And bow down to their God
Lost the culture, the culture lost
Spun our minds and through time Ignorance has taken over
Yo, we gotta take the power back!"
the Power Back"-
Rage Against the Machine, 1992
"Ill Write Whenever I Can"- photo by Peter Beard
- a Conversation with Marco Cappato
(Feb. 8, 2003)
European MEP Marco Cappato discusses a wide variety of topics,
focusing on prohibition, with the editor of DrugWar.com
the Veil of Banality (Feb. 2, 2003)
If “occultism is not an attempt to draw aside the veil of the
unknown, but simply the veil of banality that we call the present,”
as Colin Wilson wrote in his 1971 classic, “The Occult,” then
Richard Metzger is an occultist extraordinaire.
the Drug Money Works (Jan. 8, 2003)
An examination of how and why the War on Some Drugs continues
COURT? Justice Rules Canda's Pot Rules Invalid
(Jan. 3, 2003 - for Hightimes.com)
“This ruling, while not binding in itself, will have an effect
on other judges in Ontario,” said Tim Meehan, spokesperson for
for Safe Access to Recreational Cannabis in Toronto.
Field a Killing Field (Dec. 16,
The US has a habit of extrajudicially killing its enemies.
"New" Colombian Heroin Trade- Here We Go Again
(Dec. 13, 2002)
Long time prohibitionist Rep. Dan Burton questions the sense in
waging the War on Some Drugs while Rep. John Mica urges more mycoherbicide
spraying on the country of Colombia and verything that lives there.
With the Assassin (Nov. 22, 2002-
A new film poses the question,"Could the second JFK shooter
live across the street?"
We Don't Need No Stinkin' Charges!
(Oct. 24, 2002)
An examination of some of the federal raids against pot growers
and pot-using patients, despite the state law legalizing both
for medicinal purposes.
Protests Confront the Corporate Warpigs
(Oct. 8, 2002)
A look at a New York City protest held in conjuncture with many
others around the globe.
Doobies at The High Times 2002 Doobie Awards for Conscious Music
(Sept. 27, 2002)
Hanging out at the High Times music awards show can be an enjoyable
Not Easy Being a Meanie- A Drug Czar Interrupted
(Sept. 17, 2002)
In which a patriotic American gets up and tells it like it is
before the US Drug Czar can tell it like it isn't.
a Date Be Cursed? (Sept. 9, 2002)
Ruminating on having a birthday that will always be remembered
for the worst single terrorist attack on US soil.
the People Seldom Catch Intelligence- or how to be a successful
drug dealer (originally published
in Disinformation's "You Are
Being Lied To"- edited by Russ Kick- posted Sept. 9,
The CIA has actively worked with drug traffickers as a matter
of policy in many parts of the world, at the same time the US
government has been locking up record numbers of US citizens for
imbibing in the very same drugs being trafficked by the CIA and
or Jail- Is this Really a Choice?
(Published in Disinformation's "Everything
You Know is Wrong", edited by Russ Kick- posted August
Is mandating drug users into jail really better than putting them
in jail? Is either really doing any good?
Freedom of Speech for Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion"
(August 20, 2002)
Political candidate and outspoken marijuana legalization proponent
Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion was placed under arrest for excercising
his First Amendment rights.
Down the House- Anti-Pot Helicopter Caused California Wildfire
(August 16, 2002- for High Times)
Federal prohibitionists cause way more damage seeking to destroy
pot than any pot smoker or grower ever has.
Fear the Reefer- An Interview with Pine Box
(August 6, 2002)
"WAKE UP, WAKE UP, WAKE UP I still
find it hard to believe that the prohibitionist rhetoric regarding
pot has survived this long. Id tell them that the Drug War
is being fought by a minority and should be abandoned," says
Guy Smylie, lead singer of this amazing pro-pot band.
Smoking 'Scarlet Diva' Storms NYC (July 30, 2002)
The film itself is a wild and often hallucinatory romp through
the career and turmoils of a successful Italian actress and sex
symbol who find she wants a lot more out of life than the pawings
of sleazy film directors and producers, so sets out on a voyage
to become independent of them all.
Atta and the Venice Flying Circus- A Review (July 25, 2002)
A review of Daniel Hopsicker's latest video investigation, this
time into the weird and unsettling happenings involving the September
11 terrorist pilots, their flight training, and their associations
in South Florida.
Takes Responsibility for the Carnage- An Interview With Clifford
Wallace Thornton (June 30, 2002)
Clifford Wallace Thornton, Jr. is the co-founder of Efficacy,
an organization in Connecticut dedicated to seeking peaceful constructive
solutions to many social ills, lately focusing its sights on the
War on Some Drugs and Users. Be sure to visit the various links
following the interview.
Protection Under the Law- A Modern Day Parable (June 24, 2002)
Tranquilly minding his own business, picking at the coke bugs
and feeling the barest beginnings of the dope rush that always
waits to hit when he shoots speedballs, he doesn’t hear the approaching
motor scooter until it is way too late. "Hey boy, what are you
doing…" says the NYPD scooter cop, who stops mid-sentence when
he spots the dribble of blood from the side of Thomas’ wrist,
running over the back of his hand, almost spelling out the words,
"Bust Me, I’m an Idiot."
Things the Righteous Way-
An Interview With Shawn Heller, National Director of the Students
for Sensible Drug Policy (June 20, 2002)
"For me, coming into things, never having been a drug user
or even considered using drugs, looking at the situation from
a real policy focus angle, I had always felt that the War on Drugs
was wrong, making no distinction between the War on Marijuana
and the War as a whole," says Shawn Heller.
Protest Calls Demand End to the DEA's War on Medical Marijuana-
But Will the DEA Listen? (June 7, 2002)
The NYC protestors, most from the New York Marijuana Reform Party
and from Cures-Not-Wars, were demonstrating as part of a nationwide
protest organized by Americans for Safe Access, one of 55 separate
demonstrations in 29 states and Washington DC.
11 Reports of Terrorist Threats, Including References to World
Trade Center- Why Did it Take 8 Months?
(May 17, 2002) Waking September 11, 2001, felt like one of those
nightmares where I think I've woken up until the monster leaps
out to grab me. It took weeks for me to grasp that the two 110
story tall towers I used to be able to see through my window as
I typed were really gone, taking nearly 3,000 lives with them.
The smoke, the stink, and the shock lingered, and the crews have
still 90,000 tons of debris to remove from the site. Since last
night, May 15, 2002, I've been feeling as though the towers have
Firecrackers at the Firecracker Alternative Book Awards - An Interview
With Paul Krassner (May 7, 2002)
During what were supposed to be Friday night off-duty from editing
and reporting hours, I attended the Seventh
Annual Firecracker Alternative Books Awards, held May 4th
at North 6, a club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My having an article
on CIA and US government drug trafficking connections in Disinformations
You Are Being Lied To,
one of the Best Non-Fiction Book Firecracker award
nominees, (it lost to "Fast
Food Nation", by Eric Schlosser, published by Houghton
Mifflin), was a good excuse to draw me out to the awards party
and presentation, but the chance to meet, and possibly share a
smoke and conversation with the emcee of the evening, the legendary
Krassner, was an added incentive I was not about to pass up.
Arrests Mar NYC MMM 2002 Event
(May 5, 2002) The NYPD took a beautiful, sunny day, and turned
it into an arrest-fest during Cures-Not-War’s annual New York
City Million Marijuana March on Saturday, May 4, 2002.
Out the Demons by Humanizing the Experience- An Interview with
Anthony Papa (May 1, 2002)
Anthony Papa is an accomplished artist and ardent activist
living and working in NYC, using his art to promote prison and
Drug War reform. After being set up, then arrested in a drug sting
operation in 1985, he received two concurrent sentences of 15
years to life in New York States Sing Sing prison for his
first offense under the Rockefeller
Drug Laws mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines.
War Race and party to End the War on Drugs (April 23, 2002)
rain and some enthusiastic security guards, the combined Drug
War Race and Party held April 20, 2002 in New York City was a
triumph of will on zero budget. With a bicycle race in the afternoon
simulating the day in the life of a NYC drug delivering bicycle
courier, and a party that night, hundreds of people helped put
the event together and came out to show support for an end to
the War on Drugs.
Drug Corruption (April 17, 2002)
Including their Chief, 41 cops in Tijuana were arrested Friday,
April 12, 2002, accused of working for drug traffickers, protecting
shipments, taking bribes, even carrying out executions.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg's
Pot Use is NORML (April 10, 2002)
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Foundation,
a new $500,000 ad
campaign in New York City this week, urging an end to the
massive number of arrests of pot smokers in this city, and features
NYC Mayor Michael Bloombergs quote on his own use of pot.
"You bet I did. And I enjoyed it," said then Mayoral
candidate Bloomberg just before the elections last year when a
New York magazine reporter asked about his pot use.
Hemp Ban Put On Hold (April 1,
Hemp food and other products are still legal
to sell in the United States, thanks to a stay by the 9th Circuit
court of Appeals. The DEA is finding itself in the midst of some
real political brouhaha, with the Canadian government and US and
Canandian hemp industries all really pissed off at DEA's flagrant
violations of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Sued- When Did Poisoning Foreign Farmers Become US National Security
(March 6, 2002)
Private military outfit Dyncorp has been sued in US federal court
for the damage it has inflicted upon 10,000 estimated Ecuadorian
indians during Plan Colombia anti-drug herbicide spraying.
Heads Off Hemp at DEA Headquarters (March
This covers a protest at DEA national headquaters conducted late
last year which didn't get a lot of attention. A small group of
enterprising individuals handed out free hemp food samples to
passers-by until an alleged "9-11 emergency" closed
NYC Drug War Reformers
and Activists Hold Rally on City Hall Steps (Feb. 26, 2002)
Cures-Not-Wars held a press conference and
rally on New York City's front steps, with a number of speakers
calling for a variety of changes in the way NYC, and the US, handles
the War on Drugs. Photos of the event can be seen here, along
with the back of Mayor Bloomberg's head as he scampers past, pretending
not to notice the group of protestors hollering his name. (Dana
Beal of Cures-Not-Wars has since informed the editor that Mayor
Bloomberg did actually take a flier covered with Ibogaine information,
saying he would "read it in the car."-editor)
Raid San Francisco Medical Marijuana Club, Arrest 4:
Are They After The DA As Well? (Feb. 14, 2002)
The feds are completely disregarding the will
of California voters, insisting that they are simply enforcing
the law by closing off access to medical marijuana by patients
and arresting suppliers. So why are they asking questions about
World Wanted at WEF Forum
Feb. 10- Here's the report on the World Economic Forum protests
Feb. 2 and 3, 2002, in NYC. The 2nd may have gone relatively peacefully,
but the 3rd had a few instances of destruction and police on protestor
Never Ending Colombian Peace Process
Jan. 25- The Colombian military, government, and FARC guerillas
agree to meet at a later date, to try to reach an peace agreement,
despite the support of Colombian military action by the US State
Drugwar.com editor with Mike
Ruppert while covering the Millenium Marijuana March for High
Times, Battery Park, NYC, 2000
photo- Vanessa Cleary
intrepid reporter/editor engaging in gonzo
journalism at the 2000 Millennium Marijuana March
in Battery Park, a more dangerous expression of freedom every
people don't know, what you're about
They put you down and shut you out
you gave to me a new belief
and soon the world will love you sweet leaf
Oh yeah baby!"
"Sweet Leaf" - Black
at the Feb. 2 WEF Protests
(Feb. 5, 2002)
Having found one more roll of film, I've posted a few representative
shots, editorializing all the while.
Economic Forum Protests NYC, Feb. 2, 2002
With plenty of photos, the Feb. 2 march through midtwon Manhattan
by 25,000 estimated peaceful protestors is documented here. Unfortunately,
since this report was written this afternoon, Feb. 3, it has come
out that the NYPD ruthlessly and apparently without provocation
attacked, maced, and arrested protestors today at various small
protests around the city.
Mexican Drug War Pit
Some historical background on the US Recertification
process determining whether foreign countries recieve US taxdollars
based on how hard they wage War on Drugs.
This is the first article, more a rant really, I wrote
(Dec. 1998), upon discovering just how involved the CIA and other
official US agencies really are in running illegal drugs into
the US, working hand in glove with murderous trafficking cartels
the whole world over.
Outrage pt. 2
Class Action Suits were filed against the CIA for their part in
allowing tons upon tons of drugs into the country, but since this
article was written in May, 1999, it appears the CIA, nor the
US public, is are too terribly concerned about the suits, nor
Waco Whitewash- Danforth's
In which the background information leading up to the assault
of Mt. Carmel, the seige, the killings of the Mt. Carmels residents,
and the numerous coverups still ongoing by the US government and
law enforcement agencies involved are examined.
Can We Really
Trust G.W. Bush?
Read up on the many shadey dealings and associations of G.W. Bush
and friends. All people deserve to reform and change their ways,
but there's little evidence to show Bush is doing much more than
catering to the most affluent to the detriment to the common people
and workers slaving away to keep the machinery of the system running.
Spineless Party Animal From Hell
So just what youthful indescretions was Bush engaged in, and why
are they so not worth his discussing? Read up on his denial and
utlimate dodging the questions of his past drug use by using that
ulilmate standby of politicians, semantics.
Contemplating Drug War Stupidities
Jan. 25, 2002
In which your intrepid reporter ruminates in an editorial commentary
on a few recent actions by the US government escalating the War
on Some Drugs, while
on a visit to George's house.
Apeshit At NYC Pro-Pot 2001 Space Odyssey-
Jan. 25, 2002
How Does Recent NYPD behavior towards peaceful protestors bode
for Upcoming WEF protests in NYC February 2002?
and Other Official US Connections to the Global Drug Trade
Jan. 25, 2002
As should be obvious to most anyone who stops to think
about it, the poor peasants in other countries, nor the gangmember
street dealers here at home, own the airplanes that import the
never ending supply of drugs into the US, and around the world.
hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you're clever
and they despise a fool
Till you're so fucking crazy
you can't follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
When they've tortured and scared you for 20 odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can't really function you're so full of fear
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
There's room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill"
Working Class Hero- John Lennon,
GW Bush takes a 4:20 break
click photo to hear him promoting
in the Way- selected chapters
from the unpublished novel by Preston Peet about one rebel junky
living life on the farthest edges on city streets both sides of
the Atlantic, strung out and struggling day to day to survive
and supply his ever increase habit.
In which Thoms makes the move to Central Park, learning the ropes
while sustaining his career as street bound junky, living in the
park and sinking into the darker realms of cocaine abuse.
In which the heroic New York City Fire Department comes crashing
into Thomas' safe haven and saves him from discovery by forces
of the law.
Bringing the Dead Back to Life
In which a friend overdoses on the floor on a local resturant
but is revived.
In which Thomas sells fake drugs to the wrong guy.
Thomas checks into the hospital in serious risk of losing his
on the Floor- thankful and lucky to be alive
Thomas fades away, then fades back in again.
a New Years Tale
Thomas burns some bridges in Rotterdam.
Vanessa, Joey Ramone, and Editor at Coney Island
High, NYC- photo Leee Black Childers
Chemical messages from nature, and shamanic ecstacy.
One Night Out With Sam and Heff
A happy tale of exploration, friendship
and pot filled peace pipes.
Calm Before the Storm
In which Thomas first shoots heroin.
Don't Play Games
Thomas reaps the rewards for committing crimes against the innocent.
Just Par for the Course
In which Thomas finds himself abscess
afflicted, locked into the hospital, and as usual, coniving ways
to smuggle in more drugs to shoot.
A Simple Experiment
In which the Butthole Surfers and Jane's Addiction compete,
unbeknownst to them, for the title of Best Show on Shrooms
In which Thomas finds himself in an itchy situation.
In which Joel gives a lesson in underestimating the skinny,
skrawny guy, and it's all due to tobacco, the real demon weed.
Exhibit- CBGB NYC
Art by NYC Artists Axel and John John Jesse
Could be construed among certain circles to contain materials
considered inappropriate to those under 18, at least by their
parents, so by clicking here you take resposibility. enjoy.
Despite all the
Wars, there's Real Beauty in the World
This is a collection of photos of someone who I respect, admire,
and collaborate with in life.
Essay of World Trade Center
These photos taken by the editor of drugwar.com from his rooftop
the morning of September 11, 2001, and includes a few shots of
how the World Trade Center towers used to look.
The Falconeer, Central Park, NYC- photo Preston
Links That Come Most Highly Recommended
This is Russ Kick's site, a vast collection of
news articles and commentary that you may have missed if you read
only the mainstream news headlines, or get your news from FOX's
80 Seconds Around the World "news" segments. Kick is
the editor of "You Are Being
Lied To," as well as the much anticipated forthcoming
"Everything You Know Is Wrong,"
both from Disinformation publishing.
This has to be one of the very best websites on
the entire web for anyone interested in what is going on at any
point anywhere in the world. Mario Profaca's website simply has
to be one of the most extensive collections of links to world-wide
news reports on the web. Profaca's Spy News e-mail list is well
worth subscribing to as well. This is a must visit website, and
comes with the very highest of recommendations of the editor here
This site is chock full of articles, and some of
the hardest hitting news/editorial videowork I've ever seen. Combining
music, news, commentary and a most savvy style, this outfit has
its fingers on the pulse behind the mainstream version of reality,
and more importantly, an antidote to counter those illusions.
This website pulls no punches, spitting out a rock and roll take
on current events and recent history that beats anything television
has ever produced.
GNN at Sundance
GNN, January 18, 2002
"The Guerrilla News Network's 'Crack the CIA' Wins at Sundance
(Park City, Utah, Jan. 17) The Guerrilla News Network's 'Crack
the CIA' won the Audience Award at the 2002 Sundance Online Film
Festival in the 'Live Action' category. The Audience Award is
decided by voting by festival-goers and online viewers around
the world. It is the only award given in the Online Festival."
Sense for Drug Policy
Anything one might need to know about the cold
hard facts of the War on Drugs. Find private and government reports,
shredded prohibition myths, up-to-date drugwar news, and statistical
data on any and all aspects of the War. This is an essential site
for any activist, reporter, or researcher covering the War on
for Policy Studies- Drug Policy Project
"The IPS Drug Policy Project advocates for
reform by reaching out to non-traditional allies and employing
innovative tactics to promote a sustainable, constitutional, and
humane drug control policy. The project's mission is to help foster
a paradigm shift by replacing the punitive and coercive 'social
control' model of drug policy with a public health and community
economic development model."
for Sensible Drug Policy
This national group of high school and college
students are sick and tired of the War on Drugs, and want it over,
Network Drug Content Propaganda
This is NOT the White House's Office of National
Drug Control Policy, but it is a site focusing almost exclusively
on the ONDCP's thought-control style National Youth Anti-Drug
This is Dan Hopsicker's wide-ranging and informative
site. Hopsicker is the author of "Barry and the Boys,"
an in-depth look at the life and times of Barry Seal, CIA agent
and drug trafficker par excellance. Follow Hopsicker on his current
quest for elusive truths behind the September 11 attacks on the
US, as well as his reporting on many other official activities
taking place in the shadows out of sight.
"Efficacy is the power to produce a desired
effect. The effect we wish to produce is peace," says the
heading at this site. Believing the War on Drugs causes much more
harm than drug use and abuse, Cliff and Margaret Thornton have
co-founded Efficacy, and this is their website.
A Political Rock Outfit From Cleveland, Ohio
These guys (and gal) look and sound about as American
as one can be, but where's their apathy? Their blind trust in
the US government? Well, you'll just have to click on the link
and find out. These guys play rock and roll with a message way
above and beyond "buy this, wear that, stop thinking."
Johnny Philko expects more from its listeners. Find music, and
a hell of a lot more here.
Out of Canada, this site has news, commentary and
photo essays that will both amuse and disturb. See if you figure
out what that strange beastie filmed through night-vision goggles
in the wilds of Afghanistan really is.
Take A Moment to Picture This
Countering the US government's efforts to paint
the residents of Mt. Carmel as 'its", this heart wrenching
site graphically illustrates that these were American citizens,
human beings, men, women, and children who did not deserve to
be massacred, This site is not for those who want to remain ignorant
of horror perpetrated by the US government's forces in Waco, or
their covering up of the crimes ever since.
Also visit Freedom
News Network to subscribe to Sharlene's newsletter by the
same name, this one dealing with all kinds of news about the dangers
encroaching on our constitutional rights. There's a focus on the
2nd Amendment here, but that's by no means the only issue touched
on in this extensive newsletter.
vs. CIA- From the Wilderness
This is where Mike Ruppert, former LAPD narcotics
investigator and now independent investigative journalist, details
over and over again the massive involvement of US and other intelligence
agencies in drug trafficking around the world, as well as touching
upon many other nefarious official activites, coverups, and crimes.
War 3 Report- Vigilant, Independent Sentry of Truth in the War
Bill Weinberg, High Times reporter, radio show
host, and author of Homage to Chiapas: The New Indigenous Struggles
in Mexico, now available from Verso Books, and War on the Land:
Ecology and Politics in Central America ( Zed Books 1991), puts
together a weekly update on rapidly escalating world events and
turmoils post- Sept. 11, events leading up to, or even already
a part of, what many people can only call World War 3.
Read selected news reports for Hightimes,
news stories the mainstream press is loath to cover.
(Link leads to High Times' website, but articles archive is temporarily
Access a vast collection of articles by the
editor of DrugWar.com, examining the darker sides of society,
politics, mercenaries, scientific experimentation, cia and other
official US drug trafficking connections, assassinations, corruption,
drugs in general, and many more reports, all followed by extensive
links to substantiating information, as well as counter arguments.