Right Number (Feb. 29, 2004- Free NYTimes registration required)
German intelligence agents gave the CIA the first name and phone
number of one of the hijackers-to-be some 30 months before the
September 11 attacks, but George Tenet claimed that wasn't enough
to find him. As Maureen Dowd wrote while quoting a friend of hers,
"For crying out loud. As one guy I know put it: 'I've tracked
down women across the country with a lot less information than
that.'" She also wrote, "Here's a hot tip: If you think the
White House should be more cooperative with the 9/11 commission,
call George at (202) 456-1111. I'm sure everyone outside the C.I.A.
can take it from there."
Policies (Feb. 29, 2004)
"This is in response to 'Marijuana
is not medicine,' by Andrea Barthwell, a deputy director at
the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and a past
president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine ( Commentary,
Feb. 17 ). Barthwell failed to include some very important truths
not only about medicinal marijuana but, more important, the government's
determination to keep facts, truth and the ability to make our
own health-care decisions from us." Also see in the same
by Prescription Only," also in reaction to Barthwell's
silly and outright reefer madness-inspired screed.
Scalia and Mr. Cheney (Feb. 29, 2004)
As if after the 2000 election there was any doubt that the US
Supreme Court was crooked, the latest revelations about the cozy
relationship between Cheney and Scalia hammer home the point.
Rumsfeld-Bush Legal Black Hole (Feb. 29, 2004)
"The idea that you could theoretically keep someone locked up
forever under these circumstances is reprehensible. . . . It's
nothing to do with law as any person should understand it, at
least since the Magna Carta. How do you know without a trial that
these people are even dangerous? It all depends on the military's
Electronic Voting and the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (Feb.
"Bev Harris, author of Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering
in the 21st Century, argues that without a paper trail, these
machines are open to massive voter fraud. Diebold has already
placed some 50,000 machines in 37 states and their track record
is causing Harris, Johns Hopkins University professors and others
Tells W. House He Won't Extend 9/11 Panel (Feb. 27, 2004)
This is sickening and repulsive and gives an honest view of these
maniacs in control at the top of the heap. Anything to protect
their asses for allowing the attacks to take place, whether by
accident or by design. IT doesn't matter- they don't want the
public to know what is going on, and may succeed if we don't show
our fury at this latest outrage from the liars and thieves in
control of the United States.
Oliver North File: His Diaries, E-Mail, and Memos on the Kerry
Report, Contras and Drugs (Feb. 27, 2004)
Oliver North lied through his teeth on Feb. 26, 2004 when he told
talkshow hosts "Hannity & Colmes that the Kerry report was
'wrong,' that Sen. Kerry 'makes this stuff up and then he can't
justify it,' and that 'The fact is nobody in the government of
the United States, going all the way back to the earliest days
of this under Jimmy Carter, ever had anything to do with running
drugs to support the Nicaraguan resistance. Nobody in the government
of the United States. I will stand on that to my grave.'"
Here is the evidence that proves he's still a liar and protector
of international drug cartels.
Allows Medicinal Use of Marijuana (Feb. 27, 2004)
"The federal appeals court here has refused to reconsider
its ruling that allows Californians to grow and use marijuana
to treat their illnesses." In other words, the court told
the prohibitionist feds to take a hike and quite bothering sick
pot smokers in California.
Took Trip Set Up by Lawyer in Two Cases (Feb. 27, 2004)
Can there really be any doubt left in anyone at all that Scalia
is as crooked as the day is long?
the warning of global warming (Feb. 25, 2004)
"It’s not an easy thing to accept the fact that we are destroying
the atmosphere we live in."
John Kerry's Courage Went M.I.A. (Feb. 25, 2004)
"The Massachusetts senator, now seeking the presidency, carried
out this subterfuge a little over a decade ago— shredding documents,
suppressing testimony, and sanitizing the committee's final report—when
he was chairman of the Senate Select Committee on P.O.W./ M.I.A.
Island's War on Anarchism (Feb. 24, 2004)
Those who have struggled for decades to end the War on Some Drugs
and Users have long known that the maniacs are in control of much
if not most of the United States of America, but the rest of the
country is finally beginning to figure it out as well. Is "better
late than never" the correct thing to say, or is it rather
Nature of the Threat (Feb. 24, 2004)
Other than for that pesky, on-going Big Brother thing, this is
the freest country in the world...right?
Reconsidered Wednesday (Feb. 24, 2004)
"A study by a prominent researcher warning of the dangers
of Ecstasy was retracted last September after it was revealed
that primates in the study had been injected with a different
drug. What does this mean for the future of Ecstasy research?
What are the implications for U.S. drug policy? Join us here
on Wednesday, February 25, at 2 p.m., U.S. Eastern time."
Was Given Data on Hijacker Long Before 9/11 (Feb. 24, 2004)
"American investigators were given the first name and telephone
number of one of the Sept. 11 hijackers two and a half years before
the attacks on New York and Washington, but the United States
appears to have failed to pursue the lead aggressively, American
and German officials say."
Haven administrator quits after marijuana flap (Feb. 24, 2004)
Sometimes good does win over evil. This is the assistant principle
who tried to set up a young boy at his school who he suspect was
a drug dealer. The assistant principle is facing serious charges
Bush, Drug Kingpin (Feb. 24, 2004)
"Let me be the first to suggest that we hold this year's
Annual Drug Kingpin Awards Night in Crawford, Texas. That way
we can applaud the prodigious efforts of George W. Bush in reenergizing
the moribund drug trade in Afghanistan and single handedly insuring
its exponential growth well into the future. For this he has proved
himself singularly worthy of our Pablo Escobar Lifetime Achievement
of the Week (Feb. 24, 2004)
"Plum Island's new owner is the Department of Homeland Security.
If another country were to send UN weapons inspectors to American
soil to search for 'weapons of mass desctrution,' they might just
find the 'smoking gun' to launch a "preventive invasion" not far
from P. Diddy's summer home."
phony war defeats free speech (Feb. 24, 2004)
"The beauty of Jefferson's marketplace of ideas is that it
opens our society to all voices and all arguments, presuming the
most persuasive will rise to the top. But those who promote the
War on Drugs find this a dangerous concept. Drug reform makes
too much sense and in recent years has been too compelling to
and Drug Policy Groups Sue Over Censorship of Advertisements Criticizing
"War on Drugs" (Feb. 24, 2004)
"Amendment Silences Political Speech by Denying $3 Billion
in Funds to Local Transit Authorities that Accept Advertisements
on Marijuana Law Reform."
the Pentagon Tells Bush: Climate Change Will Destroy Us (Feb.
"Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a
global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural
disasters." This is one hell of a scary article. If the Pentagon
has it right, things are going to get really chaotic and violent
over the next few decades, and life will continue to change drastically
for all of us. Maybe the prohibitionist powers that be will finally
find something more important to focus on that waging a wasteful
War on Some Drugs and Users.
Secret Hunt Unravels in Afghanistan (Feb. 24, 2004)
"The seeds of the CIA's first formal plan to capture or kill
Osama bin Laden were contained in another urgent manhunt -- for
Mir Aimal Kasi, the Pakistani migrant who murdered two CIA employees
while spraying rounds from an assault rifle at cars idling before
the entrance to the CIA's Langley headquarters in 1993."
Drug-Making Laboratories Expose Children to Toxic Fallout
(Feb. 24, 2004- Free NYTimes registration required)
"What makes the spread particularly worrisome is new evidence
that children living in homes with laboratories face a health
threat as hazardous as those who actually use the drug."
for the Truth (Feb. 23, 2004)
"She would soon conclude that the OSP — a pet project of
Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld
— was more akin to a nerve center for what she now calls a 'neoconservative
coup, a hijacking of the Pentagon.'"
principal admits planting marijuana in student's locker (Feb.
"Pat Conroy has been placed on administrative leave as assistant
principal at South Haven High School. Earlier this month, he told
police he put the drugs in the locker last year because he suspected
the student was a drug dealer, and wanted the boy expelled."
DrugWar.com list subscriber Elmer Elevator wrote, "for those
of us who want to Share Your Feelings, Principal Dene Hadden is
at firstname.lastname@example.org and
Asst. Principal Pat Conroy is at email@example.com."
who sold urine sent to prison (Feb. 21, 2004)
"Curtis maintains he sold the product because he felt random
urine testing by companies was an invasion of privacy. The state
contends he sold it to help people defraud drug tests."
Clinic Sees Pot as a Valid Treatment (Feb. 20, 2004)
Two doctors open an office focused on recommending marijuana.
Being a target of law enforcement is a fear."
opens door to 15,000 Hmongs (Feb. 19, 2004)
"Most of the residents at the temple belong to families of
veterans of the CIA’s secret operation in Laos during the Vietnam
War. The guerrillas were considered a major US ally and were driven
from their hillside villages when Vientiane fell in 1975."
The Hmong were also the ones growing the opium and involved in
many other ways with the illegal heroin/opium trade in collaberation
with the CIA.
Accuse White House of Distorting Facts (Feb. 19, 2004-Free
NYTimes registration required)
Considering the huge number of times the White House has distorted
the facts about the drugs they've decreed illegal, why would
anyone be surprised to find they've done it in other areas too?
Candid Conversation with Antero Alli (Feb. 19, 2004)
"TRP: You mentioned that your paratheatrical research sessions
can often induce altered states of consciousness that are very
similar to those felt on psychedelic substances."
Limbaugh and the Sick Federal War on Pain Relief (Feb. 18,
"Mr. Speaker, the publicity surrounding popular radio talk
show host Rush Limbaugh's legal troubles relating to his use of
the pain killer OxyContin hopefully will focus public attention
on how the federal drug war threatens the effective treatment
of chronic pain."
Calls for Stories of Students Affected by the Higher Education
Act (Feb. 18, 2004)
"As part of its campaign to restore the right of students
with drug convictions to receive federal financial aid, Faces
and Voices of Recovery wants to hear from people who have been
affected by this law."
in terror case controversy sues Ashcroft (Feb. 17, 2004)
"A federal prosecutor in a major terrorism case in Detroit
has taken the rare step of suing Attorney General John Ashcroft,
alleging the Justice Department interfered with the case, compromised
a confidential informant and exaggerated results in the war on
in Italy Turns Up a New Form of Mad Cow Disease (Feb. 17,
2004- Free NYTimes registration required)
"Along with the Italian study, there have been recent reports
of unusual types of mad cow disease in France and Japan, and scientists
say the discovery of new forms suggests that many cases of 'sporadic'
human disease — by far the most common kind, responsible for about
300 deaths a year in the United States — are not spontaneous at
all, but come from eating animals."
carrots, juice and corruption (Feb. 16, 2004)
"Even former U.S. officials argue that shaming Colombia into
action may have had the opposite effect: weakening the government
while the drug business quickly retooled."
Tough on the Police (Feb. 16, 2004)
"Delgadillo said he was not surprised that 17 [Ciudad Juarez,
Mexico] state police officers had been implicated in the deaths
of 12 people found buried in the neighborhood. What shocked him,
he said, was that some of those policemen were in jail."
latest in series of allegations of corruption in Cameron County
Sheriff’s Department (Feb. 16, 2004)
"The Sheriff’s Department has been marked by incessant allegations
of corruption within the jail hierarchy — including jailers stealing
from inmates and aiding escape, supervisors having sexual contact
with inmates and exposing themselves to staff, captains covering
up misconduct and inmates dealing drugs within the jails."
too far U.S. should keep mitts off baseball's drug tests (Feb.
"The seedy side of winning an Olympic gold medal never appears
on international television. The cameras stick with the champions
through the victory laps and the medal ceremonies, but tastefully
vanish during the drug- testing phase, when an athlete must deliver
a urine sample, which is the most delicate way of describing a
OxyContin Series, A Delayed Reaction (Feb. 16, 2004)
"The Orlando Sentinel portrayed David Rokisky as a happy
newlywed -- 'Life was perfect,' he said -- whose life was ruined
when he started taking the painkiller OxyContin. Unfortunately
for the Florida paper, Rokisky's life had not been so perfect.
He had pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy in a cocaine case four
Five Sisters (Feb. 16, 2004- Free NYTimes registration required)
"If one huge corporation controlled both the production and
the dissemination of most of our news and entertainment, couldn't
it rule the world?"
government report on Wellstone 'accident' finds its scapegoats,
many questions remain (Feb. 16, 2004)
"At a meeting full of war veterans in Willmar, Minn., days
before his death, Wellstone told attendees that Cheney told him,
'If you vote against the war in Iraq, the Bush administration
will do whatever is necessary to get you. There will be severe
ramifications for you and the state of Minnesota.'"
Denunciations Fly Over Secret Strategy Memos (Feb. 16, 2004-
Fre NYTimes registration required)
Dirty politics in all their glory, this time around practiced
by the Republican side of the equation.
Attorney General, Listen to the Doctors and Patients - John Ashcroft,
meet a cancer victim (Feb. 15, 2004)
This is a one year old article and still as meaningful as ever.
spy op wrecked peace move (Feb. 15, 2004)
"A joint British and American spying operation at the United
Nations scuppered a last-ditch initiative to avert the invasion
of Iraq, The Observer can reveal."
Greens, Pusherman Blues (Feb. 13, 2004)
"Why the new Jackson spells problems for your local dealer–and
more tax dollars for Uncle Sam."
forum looks for answers (Feb. 12, 2004)
"'It is my belief that his story can really make a difference,'
said Waxler. 'There are so many stereotypes when it comes to addiction.'
He said he is hoping his book will illustrate the complexity of
addiction and how it can happen to anyone."
Bush, Cheney, and Powell Deliberately Mislead Us? (Feb. 11,
"The administration's selective disclosures about Iraq denied
Americans the opportunity to reach fully informed judgments about
a matter of incalculably grave consequence."
Problem (Feb. 11, 2004)
"The clash was a reminder that the influence of opium and
heroin production over almost all facets of Afghan political and
national culture is deep rooted and growing, and that Afghanistan
runs the risk of dissolving into a lawless narco-state."
'Successful' Drug Raid (Feb. 11, 2004)
"The Providence (RI) Journal reports: A drug sweep and 'school
lockdown' at East Greenwich High School last Friday found no drugs
but did raise the ire of some parents, who argued that the police
action – the first of its kind here – sparked unnecessary alarm
in the community."
Experts Offer Alternatives in Afghan Drug War (Feb. 11, 2004)
"While Britain proposes a 'slash and burn' policy in the
fight against the Afghan opium trade, the Germans want to link
education and prevention with development in a different type
knocked for Iraq war coverage (Feb. 11, 2004)
"Experts say US too soft, foreign media often too hard."
Rush Holt on Paper Voting Trails and Restoring Voter Confidence
(Feb. 11, 2004)
"The answer to some came in the form of touch screen voting
technology. But what began as a technological fix to voting irregularities,
may open pandora's box and potentially undermine the voting process
and democracy itself."
eats words on WMD claims (Feb. 11, 2004)
"Fox News flamethrower Bill O'Reilly shocked fans and foes
alike yesterday by apologizing for accepting President Bush's
claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction."
cash fuels terror, experts say (Feb. 10, 2004- Free Chicago
Tribune registration required)
Drug profits fund all sides of almost all conflicts to some degree,
including our own CIA and other intelligence organizations who
ally themselves with drug traffickers all the time all over the
Aides Testify in Leak Probe (Feb. 10, 2004)
"A federal grand jury has questioned one current and two
former aides to President Bush, and investigators have interviewed
several others, in an effort to discover who revealed the name
of an undercover CIA officer to a newspaper columnist, sources
involved in the case said yesterday."
'turned a blind eye' to drugs (Feb. 10, 2004)
"A female officer based in Sydney's Northern Beaches told
the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) she had 'turned a blind
eye' to recreational drug use by some members of her social group
over the past 14 months, which included a policeman with whom
Your Doctor Be Giving You The Wrong Medicine? (Feb. 10, 2004)
"Doctors don't always give their patients the best medicine.
In fact, a new study finds nearly 10 percent of prescriptions
for elderly patients are inappropriate."
winner admits drug charges (Feb. 10, 2004)
"A millionaire lottery winner has pleaded guilty to possessing
White House: A New Fight Over Secret 9/11 Docs (Feb. 10, 2004)
"The documents at the heart of the dispute are the so-called
presidential daily briefs, or PDBs—the daily intelligence brief
given to Bush by a senior intelligence official, usually the CIA
director or his deputy. White House lawyers have guarded the documents
as the "crown jewels" of executive privilege. But last year Kean
and other commissioners complained they couldn't write their report
without seeing exactly what Bush, and Bill Clinton before him,
had been told about the threat of Al Qaeda."
Says Bush, Blair Insincere Salesmen on Iraq (Feb. 10, 2004)
"Hans Blix -- who pleaded for more time to search Iraq for
nuclear, chemical and biological weapons before a U.S.-led invasion
in March -- said the West had a right to expect more from their
off drugs and alcohol (Feb. 9, 2004)
"As the Beastie Boys said, 'You've gotta fight for your right
to party.' If students at the university want to party, they certainly
do have to fight."
seek help in fight on drugs (Feb. 9, 2004)
"Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed Monday for greater
international help to combat the flourishing drug trade in Afghanistan."
awards NORDEG $131,000 to fight illegal drugs (Feb. 9, 2004)
"The Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group (NORDEG) task force
received a $131,000 grant from the state Thursday to continue
its fight against the proliferation of illegal drugs in the Northwoods."
I don't suppose there are better uses for this money.
has 1.05 million illegal drugs users on record (Feb. 9, 2004)
"China had 1.053 million illegal drugs users registered by
law enforcement departments by the end of 2003, including 220,000
involved in compulsory rehabilitation programs last year, figures
from the Ministry of Public Security show."
War on Drugs Now a War on Doctors Says Association of American
Physicians and Surgeons (Feb. 9, 2004)
"The more than 48 million people who suffer chronic pain
in the United States are having difficulty finding doctors to
treat them as a result of misguided drug policy, law enforcement,
and overzealous prosecutions -- and pending prescription reporting
bills will only make things worse in Florida."
predict meth will dethrone King Coke (Feb. 9, 2004)
"Cocaine is still king in Northwest Indiana, but police fear
a new crown prince is lurking in the shadows in the form of methamphetamine."
against drugs in Afghanistan has been launched: official (Feb.
"A covert operation in northeast Afghanistan in which a heroin
laboratory was destroyed was only the beginning of the country's
war against drugs, an official told an international conference
which opened here."
pot stand hurts war on drugs: police (Feb. 9, 2004)
"Local efforts to curb illegal drug use are being complicated
by the federal government's mixed message on marijuana, a high-ranking
Edmonton police officer said Friday."
Bush, at Home With the Issues (Feb. 9, 2004)
"What did the president really know, and what made him think
he really knew it?"
School Students Appear In Court (Feb. 6, 2004)
More dangerous high school students targeted by insane prohibitionists.
One of the 49 students facing drug charges might do 8 years, for
possessing and selling marijuana, that dastardly, ever so dangerous
drug...errr, no, that's no quite right...that almost entirely
benign and almost completely harmless (other than for that "getting
arrested by cops" harm) flower, cannabis.
Budget Cuts a Variety of Programs (Feb. 6, 2004)
"The White House on Tuesday released a list of 128 government
programs that it plans to cut back or eliminate, including money
for drug treatment centers and secondary school counselors and
modernization of the air traffic system."
Bush drop out of the National Guard to avoid drug testing?
(Feb. 6, 2004)
"The young pilot walked away from his commitment in 1972
-- the same year the U.S. military implemented random drug tests."
Cow Quandary: Making Animal Feed (Feb. 6, 2004- free NYTimes
Truely a stomache churner. For those who think burgers are scrumptious,
check out what you are eating, once removed- "Though consumers
may imagine bucolic scenes of nursing calves and cows munching
on grass or hay, much of American agriculture no longer works
that way. For years, calves have been fed cow's blood instead
of milk, and cattle feed has been allowed to contain composted
wastes from chicken coops, including feathers, spilled feed and
even feces." Mmmm, Yum!
Do De Facto Decriminalization for Small-Time Cocaine Smugglers
(Feb. 6, 2004)
"The Dutch government has quietly quit prosecuting people
it catches smuggling cocaine into Amsterdam's Schipol Airport,
the Times of London reported Wednesday. Last year, Dutch customs
officers arrested 2,176 smugglers flying in on "cocaine flights"
from the Caribbean, an average of more than five every day. Now
it says that prosecuting them is a waste of resources."
Pain Doctor Sees Murder Charge Dropped (Feb. 6, 2004)
"Florida prosecutors overreached when they charged a Palm
Beach County physician with first-degree murder after one of his
patients died of a drug overdose, a Florida judge ruled January
29. Palm Beach County prosecutors charged Dr. Denis Deonarine
in July 2001 under the state's felony murder law, which allows
the bringing of first-degree murder charges if the death takes
place during the commission of another crime."
Continuing Revolt of the Black Robes, Part I (Feb. 6, 2004)
"Discontent within the federal judiciary over Attorney General
John Ashcroft's hard line on judicial discretion in sentencing
continued to simmer this week." Once you finish this part,
check out Part
2 of this story.
Plan Fuels Privacy Fears (Feb. 6, 2004)
"Mark Zadra, chief investigator for Florida state police,
which runs the Matrix project, said organizers have given presentations
to more than 10 Northeastern and Midwestern states in recent weeks,
arguing at each stop that the database is an invaluable law enforcement
Lie Factory (Feb. 4, 2004)
The tactics used to get the US into a war on Iraq are remarkably
similar to those of the Office of National Drug Control Policy-
use only that information that supports their cause, then denigrate
or ignore all that proves how wrong that information is.
to 9/11 Families: 'Enough Already' (Feb. 4, 2004)
"While the Bush Administration never tires of reminding the
American people that the president's war on terrorism, his invasion
of Iraq, and the Patriot Act I and II are all rooted in the 9/11
attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, it has tired
of one little bitty aspect of this post-9/11 period: the investigation
by the ten-member bi-partisan independent commission."
Probe Said to be Based on JFK Panel (Feb. 3, 2004)
Either these people in the Bush administration have no shame or
sense of irony, or they are simply and very blatantly rubbing
our faces in what they can get away with..
drug dependence (Feb. 2, 2004)
"The answer lies in a little-advertised factoid by the Washington
Institute of Policy Studies. They calculated that the oil business
is not the world's largest sector of economy. Arms and narcotics
Warns Against Civil Rights Apathy (Jan. 31, 2004)
"Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday
that people concerned about losing freedom to government anti-terrorism
efforts should speak out." Apparently she hasn't noticed
the vast threats to civil liberties already ongoing in the War
on Some Drugs and Terror.
Eye – Royal Flush (Jan. 31, 2004)
Remember folks- using and/or selling pot and other drugs is BAD,
but using/selling arms and weapons materials is GOOD. "Out
of the blood and murk of Iraq, yet another sinister connection
is emerging, a skein of corruption tying Dick Cheney's Halliburton,
the Bush Family fortunes -- and a mysterious Kuwaiti company that
peddles material for building weapons of mass destruction."
The evil Dick continues to ride his personal wave of dishonor.
Propaganda and Conscience in the War On Terror (Jan. 31, 2004)
"At first, there was the 'war on drugs' – and the Bogeyman
Theory of History is still popular. But neither can compare with
the 'war on terror' which arrived with September 11, 2001. Last
year, I reported the 'war on terror' from Afghanistan. Like East
Timor, events I witnessed bore almost no relation to the way they
were represented in free societies, especially Australia."
Just a peaceful way to relax or a potent threat? (Jan. 31,
"After this week's reclassification of one of Britain's most
popular drugs, Alice Thomson spoke to 50 people involved in the
debate. She was told of tragedy, desperation and hope - and found
uncertainty among users, experts and the authorities."
a different look on the war against drugs (Jan. 31, 2004)
"In an ideal world all drugs would be legal, but no one would
want to take them, American drug reform advocate Clifford Thornton
Injection Promising for Heroin Addiction (Jan. 31, 2004)
"The findings suggest that a new, long-lasting formulation
of the drug buprenorphine is safe and seems to prevent withdrawal
symptoms for 6 weeks. What's more, the long-lasting form of the
drug, known as a 'depot' formulation, seems to block the effect
of other opioid drugs, the class of drugs that includes heroin
Prisons Obsolete? (Jan. 31, 2004)
"In Is the Prison Obsolete?, Professor Davis seeks to illustrate
that the time for the prison is approaching an end. She argues
forthrightly for 'decarceration', and argues for the transformation
of the society as a whole."
Poor in Electronic Voting Machines, Study Warns (Jan. 29,
2004- Free NYTimes registration required)
If people and companies associated with prohibitionistic types
in and out of the prohibition-supporting US government own the
machines which we use to vote more and more places around the
country, how sure can we be that real drug law reform will ever
be possible, even with citizens' referendums?
throws out evidence in 227 pound marijuana drug bust (Jan.
"Some 227 pounds of marijuana found in the trunk of a rental
car cannot be used as evidence against a California man convicted
of driving across Iowa on Interstate 80 with the drugs, the Iowa
Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday."
DA Pulls No Punches (Jan. 29, 2004)
"'I think our whole war on drugs needs to be looked at,' Morgan
said as he prepares to leave office Saturday. He said people see
crack cocaine users being sent to prison 'and on the other hand
you've got Rush Limbaugh getting thousands of [prescription pills]
and he's making millions of dollars and he's out on the street.'
The result, he said, is that 'juries will no longer hold individuals
accountable in drug cases. . . . Juries are telling us that prosecution
is not the answer.'"
singer Faith Evans faces drug charges (Jan. 29, 2004)
"Multi-platinum recording artist Faith Evans and her husband
are facing drug charges in Fulton County, after a traffic stop
Tuesday night in Hapeville."
'Silver Bullet' (Jan. 29, 2004)
"Last year's large federally funded survey that showed declines
in illegal drug use also compared schools with and without drug
testing. It turned out there was no difference in illegal drug
use among students in drug testing v. non-drug testing schools.
Aside from imparting misinformation about the deterrent value
of testing, since only 5 percent of American schools currently
utilize drug testing, Bush's crediting these programs for reductions
in use is putting the cart before the horse."
HIV rates among black tar heroin users (Jan. 29, 2004)
Prohibitionists would have us believe that all drug use and abuse
is the same, with the result that news like this will not reach
a mainstream audience. Real drug education is a foreign concept
to the prohibitionist mind.
Calif. inmates caged, drugged (Jan. 29, 2004)
"'This is not the 1930s. Even in mental hospitals, I thought we'd
gotten rid of these practices long ago,' she [California State
Sen. Gloria Romero] said."
Dept. Ends Testing of Criminals for Drug Use (Jan. 28, 2004)
"The Justice Department has quietly ended a program to measure
criminals' use of drugs and forecast new drug epidemics, citing
budget cuts by Congress."
Against This War (Jan. 28, 2004)
"Later that afternoon, I turned to the radio man, a wiry
African American kid who looked too thin to be lugging his 75lb
radio, and asked: 'By any chance, do you ever feel like the redcoats?'
Without missing a beat he said, in a drawl: 'I've been thinking
that ... all ... day.' You couldn't miss the comparison if you'd
gone to grade school in America."
breach on Capitol Hill: It's criminal (Jan. 26, 2004)
Republican excuses about why and how secret Democartic notes and
files were read and leaked to the press by GOP staffers sound
like a burglar blaming his victims for his robbing them because
they left the key under their mat where he could find it. This
is yet one more sign of how hypocritical government officials
are, particularly in the GOP in this case. The seriousness of
this case is apparent when one reads that a "Computer
Reportedly Seized From Frist's Office" is being examined
by federal investigators.
convicted of slavery lose their property (Jan. 26, 2004)
"Rabuck said most federal crimes have forfeiture provisions
but, until now, forfeitures have mostly been imposed in drug cases...Rabuck
said most federal crimes have forfeiture provisions but, until
now, forfeitures have mostly been imposed in drug cases."
Rights vs. Federal Tyranny (Jan. 26, 2004)
"Here's the background. In 1966, [sic- this should read 1996-
DW Ed.] by direct vote, Californians allowed themselves to use
doctor-prescribed marijuana as a medicine. Both the Clinton and
Bush administrations refused to honor the referendum. They held
that the federal Controlled Substances Act superseded state law."
Latest Distortions (Jan. 25, 2004)
The editor of DrugWar.com feels that G.W. Bush may just be addle-brained
enough to be mislead by his underlings and handlers, but Richard
"Dick" Cheney is smart enough to know he is lying through
his murderous, white collar crime ridden face about all sorts
of things involving Iraq and making money.
& Scripted terror to come from Bush Regime (Jan. 25, 2004)
"I am convinced that as Bush's numbers sink in the poles,
we are going to see another staged terror attack like 9-11 before
the election." Michael Kane, freedom activist, is not optimistic
about the Bush regime and the violent, destructive paths it may
want to lead the rest of us down.
Leak Controversy Brews (Jan. 24, 2004)
Another confidential name has been leaked by "official"
sources to reproters, blowing the cover this time on a drug suspect
who was giving information about terror suspects in Detroit.
Jury Hears Plame Case (Jan. 24, 2004)
"Prosecutors are believed to be starting with third-party
witnesses, people who were not directly involved in the leak of
Plame's identity. Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson,
claims that the leak was an act of retaliation against him for
undercutting Bush's weapons-of-mass-destruction rationale for
going to war in Iraq."
Project (Jan. 24, 2004)
"We are an action-oriented 9-11 website. Many good websites
already exist offering research and analysis of the events of
September 11th, 2001. Our purpose is not to duplicate these efforts,
nor to prove or disprove what really happened. Rather, our goal
is to support the 9-11 truth movement itself, led by the victims'
families' efforts to obtain full government accountability for
the unprecedented intelligence and air defense failures that took
place before and during the attacks. What you will find on this
site are information and tools designed to help build this movement."
and Drug War Reformer Ron Crickenberger Dies (Jan . 24, 2004)
Ron Crickenberger was tireless in his fight against the stupidity
and destruction of the US War on Some Drugs and Users. He was
just 49 years old.
Administration Plan to Give Western Arctic to Oil Industry Will
Industrialize Largest Remaining Wilderness Area in Nation
(Jan. 24, 2004)
"'It makes no sense to industrialize this incomparable wilderness
area when there's only about six month's worth of economically
recoverable oil in the entire NPR-A, and it would take at least
10 years to get it to market,' said Charles Clusen, Alaska Project
director at NRDC. 'The United States has only 3 percent of the
world's proven oil reserves and we use 25 percent of the world's
produced oil. We can't drill our way to oil independence. We have
to wean ourselves off oil.'"
Tells Pentagon Workers Took Kickbacks to Award Projects in Iraq
(Jan. 24, 2004)
More illegal shenangegans on the part of US Vice-President Richard
"Dick" Cheney's "old" company Halliburton.
Challenge Of Policing Police Brutality (Jan. 23, 2004)
"But Davis is no ordinary activist. In fact, he would be
the last person expected to be involved in these activities. That's
because he's a police officer. Twelve years ago, he decided he
would stop tolerating unprovoked beatings and abuse of criminal
suspects by police when he established Black Cops Against Police
Brought Down WTC Tower 7 (Jan. 23, 2004)
Something(s) just aren't right about the whole "investigation"
into what exactly happened before and during the Sept. 11 2001
terrorist attacks. Watching this 7 minutes video presentation
raises some serious issues about how buildings fall.
at Risk (Jan. 23, 2004- Free NYTimes registration required)
No, in ain't a conspiracy theory and it ain't idle speculation-
the touch screen voting machines, particularly those of Diebold,
can and very well may have cost some candidates the election in
2000: "Computer experts say that software at Diebold and
other manufacturers is full of security flaws, which would easily
allow an insider to rig an election. But the people at voting
machine companies wouldn't do that, would they? Let's ask Jeffrey
Dean, a programmer who was senior vice president of a voting machine
company, Global Election Systems, before Diebold acquired it in
2002. Bev Harris, author of 'Black Box Voting' (www.blackboxvoting.com),
told The A.P. that Mr. Dean, before taking that job, spent time
in a Washington correctional facility for stealing money and tampering
with computer files."
ruled too cute in drug bust (Jan. 23, 2004)
"Nahum is so cute that a Broward Circuit Court judge threw
out a criminal charge against a West Palm Beach man charged with
selling drugs to Nahum during an undercover sting at a gay nightclub
in Fort Lauderdale. Judge Susan Lebow ruled the defendant, Julio
Blanco, was lured by the police officer into committing a crime
in hopes he would be rewarded with sex."
Hidden State of the Union (Jan. 23, 2004)
"Each side interprets "compassion" differently. In both systems,
compassion means feeling another's suffering and sincerely wanting
to help. But what constitutes help is very different in the two
systems; for the strict father it is imposing proper discipline
and refusing to coddle. For the strong nurturer, compassion is
shown through relieving suffering. The difference is striking,
and when projected onto politics it matters enormously."
of Los Angeles Defies Bush Over Extending Patriot Act (Jan.
"Los Angeles' city council defied President George W. Bush
and voted to back legislation that would repeal parts of the controversial
USA Patriot Act that Bush wants renewed."
Dignity Project Threatened (Jan. 23, 2004)
"The reason we call it the patient dignity project is that
it will allow patients to go to any program and eventually any
hospital and get their medicine immediately in the event of an
emergency. Currently, in an emergency, patients have to wait hours
to have their doses verified. When that is not possible, and most
times it is not, patients are given a few milligrams at a time
by worried physicians. Patients are left begging for hours for
Claims Supported by 1998 Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz 'War' Letters
(Jan. 23, 2004)
"The letters offered no hard evidence that Iraq was in possession
of weapons of mass destruction, but they did say that with Saddam
Hussein in power 'a significant portion of the world's supply
of oil will all be put at hazard ...'"
panel's GOP staff pried on Democrats (Jan. 22, 2004)
"Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee
infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret
strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media,
Senate officials told The Globe."
Ad Highlights Presidential Candidates' Medical Marijuana Positions
(Jan. 22, 2004)
"Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana (GSMM) has announced
that it will air a dramatic political spot highlighting four Democratic
presidential contenders' refusal to stop federal arrests of cancer
and AIDS patients who use medical marijuana. The ad will begin
airing on New Hampshire stations tomorrow."
Sage, Rosemary And ... Pot: Art Garfunkel Busted (Jan. 22,
"Art Garfunkel can add one more herb to the pungent foursome
"parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme" that he and partner Paul Simon
sang about in the '60s."
Backed by Tokin' Resistance (Jan. 22, 2004)
"'I can say that the fact that my local Wal-Mart is selling rolling
paper, tobacco pipes and cigarette-rolling machines at the same
time they went after Tommy Chong for selling bongs makes this
entire situation something I label hypocrisy,' said the creator
Prison Walls Talk (Jan. 21, 2004)
"Prison is a place steeped in mythology. Politicians tell
outright lies about it; prison officials spew propaganda; even
prisoners, in their writings, contribute to the mythology."
Rejections by CBS Raise Policy Questions (Jan. 20, 2004- Free
NYTimes registration required)
"CBS has rejected Super Bowl advertisements from two groups,
saying the ads violated its advocacy rules. At the same time,
the network has in the past and could again accept spots from
the White House's antidrug office, raising questions about what
is acceptable and what is not, and why."
Faults White House Anti-Drrugs Ads (Jan. 20, 2004)
"A study commissioned by the National Institute on Drug Abuse
( NIDA ) has concluded that the advertising program of the White
House anti-drug office has had little impact on its primary target:
pushes hearings on Cheney (Jan.20, 2004)
"U.S. Rep Jerry Costello has called for impeachment hearings
against U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney during Congress' session
that begins today."
Democracy (Jan. 20, 2004)
"The morning after the 2000 election, Americans woke up to
a disturbing realization: our electoral system was too flawed
to say with certainty who had won. Three years later, things may
actually be worse."
Not War Music Festival (Jan. 20, 2004)
"The Peace Not War Festival and the new CDs are intended
to reawaken the energy of last February 15th, motivate and fund
a wordwide peace movement which would challenge our goverments'
war plans before George Bush can say 'let's roll.'"
Forchion's Letter to Comcast (Jan. 19, 2004)
Comcast has a history of banning pro-marijuana advertising, as
Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion knows first hand.
Scalia Hunt Raises Questions (Jan. 19, 2004)
"Vice President Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Justice Antonin
Scalia spent part of last week duck hunting together at a private
camp in south Louisiana just three weeks after the Supreme Court
agreed to take up the vice president's appeal in lawsuits over
his handling of the administration's energy task force."
Cuts MoveOn, Allows White House Ads During Super Bowl (Jan.
The ONDCP will be able to air its paid-for-by-US-taxpayers anti-drug
commercials, but MoveOn.org will not be able to air anti-Bush,
pro-thinking ads, during the upcoming SuperBowl.
Rebellion of Freedom’s Guardians (Jan. 19, 2004)
"As the shock of September 11 becomes more distant, jurists
are mobilizing against the threats that the Bush administration’s
'War on Terrorism' brings to bear against public freedoms."