Cashing In On the Drug War Failure (Sept. 30, 2003)
"Allegedly intended to fight the production of coca and cocaine
in Colombia, the $2 billion-U.S. 'Plan Colombia' assistance package
(currently renamed "Andean Initiative") has 80% of its aid going
to the Colombian police and military for weapons, training and
helicopters. While this policy meant huge contracts for U.S. defense
contractors paid for by U.S. tax-payers, it translated into abruptly
stopping a peace and dialogue process between then Colombian President
Andres Pastrana and the leftist rebel groups, stepping up the
war in the country's 50-year civil struggle."
on Terrorism Helps Increase Drug Seizures Along US-Mexico Border
(Sept. 30, 2003)
"Seizures of narcotics along the Mexican border so far this
year are already close to the total for all seizures made last
year. The amount of drugs being found in single incidents has
also tended to be higher than in previous years."
Opinion: The Great Pharmacy To the North (Sept. 30, 2003)
"The Bush administration and the pharmaceutical companies
are up in arms. The Justice Department is seeking an injunction
to block Canadian drug imports by an Oklahoma-based pharmacy depot."
agent's 'outing:' A high-stakes whodunit (Sept. 30, 2003)
"The White House struggled yesterday to fend off pressure
for an external probe into whether administration officials deliberately
— and illegally — 'outed' an undercover CIA agent in retribution
for her husband's criticism of President George W. Bush's prewar
claims about Iraq."
5, Makes Bong in Class (Sept. 30, 2003)
"A five-year-old Territory girl shocked teachers when she
showed her class how to make a bong out of a Coke bottle during
a 'show and tell' session."
Sordid Now? (Sept. 30, 2003)
"Think about it: the cost of the occupation is exploding,
and military experts warn that our army is dangerously overcommitted.
Yet officials are still allowing Iraqi reconstruction to languish,
and the disaffection of the Iraqi public to grow, while they steer
choice contracts to their friends."
Repeats Itself, Again (Sept. 29, 2003)
"The public has been led into a trap from which it will be hard
to escape with dignity and honor. They have been tricked into
it by a steady withholding of information," he said. "The Baghdad
communiqués are belated, insincere, incomplete. Things have been
far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody
and inefficient than the public knows. He added: "We are today
not far from a disaster" — T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
Sunday Times of London August 22, 1920
the 2004 Election be Stolen With Electronic Voting Machines?
(Sept. 29, 2003)
This is a very serious issue that needs much more mainstream press
coverage and questioning as the threat to our democratic system
is an extremely dire reality.
professor teaches from knowledge, experience (Sept. 29, 2003)
"He considers his time spent in prison on a marijuana conviction
an asset to his profession."
shot down in Colombia was outside regular campaign route (Sept.
"Mario Alvarado, a native of Costa Rica who worked for an
unidentified U.S. company, was killed last Sunday when his plane
crashed while fumigating coca crops in the rebel stronghold of
fear is doing to our freedoms (Sept. 29, 2003)
"When access to governmental activity is denied or restricted
in any way, and access to the opportunity to observe that activity
is stopped, democracy dies. It's just that simple. For, if this
is truly a country of, by and for the people, then the people
must be informed, if they are expected to act. The people have
the right to know."
Uses Terror Law to Pursue Crimes from Drugs to Swindling (Sept.
"The Bush administration, which calls the USA Patriot Act
perhaps its most essential tool in fighting terrorists, has begun
using the law with increasing frequency in many criminal investigations
that have little or no connection to terrorism."
Gather in Cities Around the World to Demand Pullout from Iraq
(Sept. 29, 2003)
"Thousands of protesters demanding an end to the occupation
of Iraq took to the streets Saturday in London, Athens, Paris
and other cities around the world, chanting slogans against the
United States and Britain."
Presidential Bubble (Sept. 29, 2003)
"Four progressive political groups sued the Bush administration
this week, charging that the Secret Service is systematically
keeping protesters away from the president's public appearances.
They make a serious point about free speech rights, but they also
point out a disturbing aspect of the Bush White House: the country
has a chief executive who seems to embrace the presidential bubble."
House Insists It Had Iraq WMD Intelligence (Sept. 29, 2003)
Wonder why they insist they had the intel to warrent going to
war? Could it be all the deaths of US servicefolk currently serving
in Iraq? Maybe it's all the money US taxpayers are being forced
to pay for this evil War?
seeks probe of White House (Sept. 27, 2003)
"The CIA has asked the Justice Department to investigate
allegations that the White House broke federal laws by revealing
the identity of one of its undercover employees in retaliation
against the woman’s husband, a former ambassador who publicly
criticized President Bush’s since-discredited claim that Iraq
had sought weapons-grade uranium from Africa, NBC News has learned."
of People Living in Poverty in U.S. Increases Again (Sept.
Remember, it's Socialistic, even Communistic, to want to spend
out taxes here at home on our fellow US citizens, but it's wonderful
and necessary to give billions of dollars to Iraq to rebuild the
damages caused by over a decade of sanctions and US and British
GOP, Concern Over Iraq Price Tag (Sept. 27, 2003)
So where's the outrage over the continued spending of billions
of US taxdollars on an utterly destructive and wasteful War on
Some Drugs and Users, you know, the one that's been on-going for
the last 30 years and counting?
Is Unprintable, and Glad of It (Sept. 27, 2003)
One way to avoid answering troublesome questions is to avoid the
reporters who may ask them. Ashcroft and others in the Bush administration
have turned this into an art form of sorts.
Ties to Halliburton (Sept. 27, 2003)
"A Congressional Research Service report released yesterday
concluded that federal ethics laws treat Vice President Cheney's
annual deferred compensation checks and unexercised stock options
as continuing financial interests in the Halliburton Co."
report 'low-quality': Minister (Sept. 26, 2003)
"Australia has disputed a United Nations finding that it
was a world leader in ecstasy abuse and had the second highest
levels of methamphetamine abuse."
makes case against marijuana (Sept. 26, 2003)
"Marijuana is addictive and harmful and is being used by
teens and children, said Dr. Susan Dalterio, a drug expert from
the University of Texas at San Antonio. Efforts to legalize the
drug will weaken when more people are made aware of its bad effects,
Dalterio told a group of about 125 law officers and government
leaders attending an anti-drug conference Wednesday in Billings."
role in search for cure (Sept. 26, 2003)
"Raw roots and dried leaves on display by herbalists at the
Icasa meeting offer a sharp contrast from the neatly-packaged
drugs exhibited by pharmaceutical giants."
of Synthetic Drugs Increasing, says UN (Sept. 26, 2003)
"The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime says the production,
trafficking, and abuse of synthetic, so-called designer drugs,
is increasing worldwide."
about citizen privacy grow as states create 'Matrix' database
(Sept. 26, 2003)
"They say that Matrix houses restricted police and government
files on colossal databases that sit in the offices of Seisint
Inc., a Boca Raton, Fla., company founded by a millionaire who
police say flew planeloads of drugs into the country in the early
Report Said to Cite No Success in Iraq Arms Hunt (Sept. 26,
"An early draft of an interim report by the American leading
the hunt for banned weapons in Iraq says his team has not found
any of the unconventional weapons cited by the Bush administration
as a principal reason for going to war, federal officials with
knowledge of the findings said today."
Shuts Pentagon Unit Over Privacy (Sept. 26, 2003-Free NYTimes
"They turned the lights out on the programs Poindexter conceived,"
said Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, who led opposition
to the office. "From a standpoint of civil liberties, this is
a huge victory."
Against the Drug War (Sept. 25, 2003)
"The organization argues that the only way for illegal drugs
to truly become 'controlled substances' is to subject them to
federal regulations similar to those imposed on alcohol and tobacco."
War Reality Tour (Sept. 25, 2003)
"Throughout the tour, street-wise KWRU members break down
facts about the narco-culture and how forces like police complicity
and corporate investment are aiding and using the drug epidemic
to drive Kensington's people out of their own neighborhood in
order to make room for new urban development."
States Find Alternatives to Drug War (Sept. 15, 2003)
"Rather than following policies to harshly penalize drug
offenders, more U.S. states are enacting alternatives that treat
addiction as an illness, the Associated Press reported Sept. 17."
on Terrorism Helps Increase Drug Seizures Along US-Mexico Border
(Sept. 25, 2003)
"Seizures of narcotics along the Mexican border so far this
year are already close to the total for all seizures made last
year. The amount of drugs being found in single incidents has
also tended to be higher than in previous years."
Problems Multiply (Sept. 25, 2003)
"It isn’t news when a wealthy Republican businessman promises
to deliver his home state to Bush. Hell, Ken Lay promised so much
back when he was running a little concern out of Houston. It is
news when that wealthy Republican happens to be the CEO of a leading
electronic voting machine company."
Remains Leader in Global Arms Sales, Report Says (Sept. 25,
2003- Free NYTimes registration required)
"The United States was the leader in total worldwide sales
in 2002, with about $13.3 billion, or 45.5 percent of global conventional
weapons deals, a rise from $12.1 billion in 2001. Of that, $8.6
billion was to developing nations, or about 48.6 percent of conventional
arms deals concluded with developing nations last year, according
to the report." While the Constitutional right to own a firearm
is not in question here at DrugWar.com, the idiocy of selling
more weaponry around the world than anyone else while claiming
to be fighting terrorism is blatantly obvious.
Bush-haters (Sept. 25, 2003)
"Poor Bush is in way over his head, and the country is in
bad shape because of his stupid economic policies. If that make
me a Bush-hater, then sign me up."
Plea Bargain Limits Could Swamp Courts, Experts Say (Sept.
24, 2003- Free NYTimes registration required)
"If Attorney General John Ashcroft's new directive limiting
the use of plea bargains in federal prosecutions were enforced
to the letter, legal experts said, the criminal justice system
would soon face a crisis."
conflict with the truth (Sept. 24, 2003)
"Cheney's latest attempt to play Americans for fools came
in the very same interview during which he was forced to say 'I
did misspeak' about Saddam Hussein having nuclear weapons, a falsehood
that whipped up support for the invasion. The question is how
many more misspeaks and lies Americans will tolerate."
and Now (Sept. 24, 2003- audio file)
"Alan Young discusses his new novel on 'Hear and Now.' CBC
report few on-campus arrests in ‘02 (Sept. 23, 2003)
"The statistics represent alleged criminal offenses reported
to campus security authorities or local police agencies."
to Receive $486,000 to Fund Youth Anti-Drug Programs; Only 14
Jurisdictions to Receive Federal Grants (Sept. 23, 2003)
"Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson
today announced that the governors' offices in 14 states and territories
will receive State Incentive Grants to reduce illegal drug, alcohol
and tobacco use among children, youth, and young adults."
Accused by Lords of the Bar (Sept. 23, 2003)
"Ignored by most media, an array of prominent federal judges,
government officials, and other members of the legal establishment
has joined in a historic rebellion against George W. Bush's unprecedented
and unconstitutional arrogance of power that threatens the fundamental
right of American citizens to have access to their lawyers before
disappearing indefinitely into military custody without charges,
without seeing an attorney or anyone except their guards."
Those Who Wish to Dissent: Speech, Silence and Patriotism
(Sept. 23, 2003)
"In fact, as Ashcroft has taken his dog-and-pony show on
the road, he's been saying that not only is it good for the police
to arrest me, or library patrons, or college students, without
needing to show probable cause, they should have even more power.
They should be able to search all our records, and to hold us
without bail when they do arrest us. He says those of us objecting
are 'Sraising the phantom of lost liberty,' and we're giving 'ammunition
to America's enemies.'"
Thin, Lied to & Mistreated (Sept. 23, 2003)
So why haven't more US cops on the front lines of the War on Some
Drugs and Users had the same revelations these toopers in Iraq
have had? The cops are also lied to and streched thin by their
lying murderous superiors, so what's the difference, other than
that the troopers in Iraq are in more of a "both sides are
really armed" sort of war, while the cops are in a "war
on our own citizens" sort of war?
cons to get hepatitis drugs (Sept. 23, 2003)
"Several prisoners have sued the state for the treatment,
but officials said the lawsuits are not the reason the new treatment
program is being offered."
Palace sting leads to dozens of arrests (Sept. 23, 2003)
"A sting operation conducted during a Cow Palace rave party
Saturday night netted more than 60 arrests for alleged illegal
drug sales and possession, according to authorities." Don't
cops have better things to spend our taxdollars investigating
rather than a bunch of folk having fun at a party? Why are cops
conducting "sting operations" at a party in the first
place? Does "sting operation" mean the cops were selling
the drugs they busted people for possessing?
ice shelf splits (Sept. 23, 2003)
"The largest ice shelf in the Arctic has fractured, releasing
all the water from the freshwater lake it dammed."
Limiting Prosecutors' Use of Plea Bargains (Sept. 23, 2003-
Free NYTimes registration required)
"Attorney General John Ashcroft today made it tougher for
federal prosecutors to strike plea bargains with criminal defendants,
requiring attorneys to seek the most serious charges possible
in almost all cases." How the hell such a facist came to
power here in the Land of the Free is extremely disturbing to
the editor of DrugWar.com. Have US citizens forgotten what the
word "freedom" really means?
One's Passengers (Sept. 23, 2003- Free NYTimes registration
It appears that many have forgetten just what the core values
of being a US citizen are supposed to be, particularly amongst
some big business types and the government itself. Spying on one
another and turning over the information in secret to the government
(which JetBlue denies while admitting it made an "error"
in compiling private information of its passengers) raises serious
similarities to the very worst totalitarian governments throughout
history. We should not be giving up our freedoms for a fake sense
of security, but many don't seem to have a problem with it.
Mission Ends with Dive Into Jupiter (Sept. 23, 2003)
The end of another voyage of discovery into outer, instead of
children taking antidepressants (Sept. 20, 2003)
"An antidepressant which GPs have been prescribing to thousands
of children, in spite of the fact that it is not recommended for
their use, can cause youngsters to want to kill themselves, the
government's regulatory agency warned yesterday."
Rights and Colombia (Sept. 20, 2003)
"Alvaro Uribe ran for Colombia's presidency promising to
crack down on left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries
while respecting civil rights and the Constitution. New proposals
from his government make both promises ring hollow."
Creates Post-Jail Plan for Inmates (Sept. 20, 2003- Free NYTimes
"For the first time, New York City officials from several
agencies have agreed to create a comprehensive post-jail employment,
drug treatment and housing plan that they say will prevent far
more Rikers Island inmates from committing new crimes that return
them to jail."
War Party's Enablers: all of us (Sept. 20, 2003)
"Presidents decide to go to war in the context of a favorably
disposed mass culture. Painful as it is for members of the Peace
Party to admit, many Americans take pleasure in 'kicking ass,'
and they do not much care whose ass is being kicked or why. So
long as Americans are dishing out death and destruction to a plausible
foreign enemy, the red-white-and-blue jingos are happy."
Saudi Connections (Sept. 20, 2003)
"The links between the House of Bush and the House of Saud
are deep, overlapping and notoriously opaque: the Saudi investment
in the Carlyle Group, the private equity firm whose rainmakers
include George Bush Senior; the Saudi bankrolling of Poppy's presidential
library; the lucrative contracts the Saudis doled out to Halliburton
when Dick Cheney was at the company's helm. The main law firm
retained by the Saudis to defend them against the 9-11 families
is Baker Botts -- as in James Baker, the Bush family consigliere.
And, of course, there's oil, the black glue connecting all these
of Vietnam Repeated With Iraq (Sept. 20, 2003)
Max Cleland is not at all happy with the Bush cabal's nearly complete
dearth of experience and lack of lessons learned in a previous
boondoogle of a war, Vietnam.
Chavez continues `offensive' against imperialism (Sept. 19,
"According to Forrest Hylton of the Zmag web site, at the
inauguration ceremony of President Nicanor Duarte in Paraguay
on August 15, on the initiative of Colombian President Alvaro
Uribe, all the presidents of the South American republics, except
Chavez, signed a declaration pledging support for the 'war on
drugs and terror' — Washington's political cover for using the
Colombian military forces to defeat the social movements and armed
resistance in the Andean region."
Front (Sept. 19, 2003)
"For the past 25 years, U.S.-Colombian relations have been
defined by drug-trafficking concerns, and U.S. military aid has
been primarily used for drug interdiction programs. Although the
United States has tacitly supported counterinsurgency operations
in Colombia for decades -- linking the rebels to the war on drugs
by labeling them "narcoguerrillas," for instance -- this is the
first time a U.S. administration openly eliminates the distinction
between counternarcotics and counterinsurgency operations."
lie on Iraq comes full circle (Sept. 19, 2003)
"Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda chief (director of
communications, in the current parlance), once said that if you
are going to lie, you should tell a big lie. That may be good
advice, but the question remains: What happens when people begin
to doubt the big lie? Herr Goebbels never lived to find out. Some
members of the Bush administration may be in the process of discovering
that, given time, the big lie turns on itself."
Where Was George? (Sept. 19, 2003)
A few more quesitons that should be asked again and again as loudly
and publicly as possible.
Terrorism Link That Wasn't (Sept. 19, 2003- Free NYTimes registration
"But on Sunday, Vice President Dick Cheney went too far.
He said it was "not surprising" that many Americans drew a link
between Mr. Hussein and 9/11. Asked if there was a connection,
he replied, 'We don't know.' But the administration does know,
and Mr. Bush was forced to acknowledge it on Wednesday."
he tells us, says the Baltimore Sun.
of Glory Lead to a Soldier's Doubt (Sept. 19, 2003)
"For the last six months I have participated in what I believe
to be the great modern lie: Operation Iraqi Freedom," notes
this US soldier stationed in Iraq. Now when are the soldiers fighting
the evil War on Some Drugs and Users, waging war on their fellow
US citizens, going to shake themselves awake and realize this
war is also based on lies, on evil, destructive deceptions.
Chong is Free in Jail (Sept. 19, 2003)
"Face the future with grace and courage, Tommy. Your jail
sentence will only add to the authenticity of the beloved character
you have delighted us with for decades. The youth of America are
depending on you to tell the truth about marijuana. Do the right
thing for all of us."
State Of Drug Reform (Sept. 19, 2003)
"The report details more than 150 changes in 46 states on
a wide range of drug-related issues, including medical marijuana,
needle exchange and possession, alternatives to incarceration,
bans on racial profiling, and the restoration of benefits and
voting rights to ex-offenders."
Against Teenage Drinking (Sept. 19, 2003)
"Almost everyone deplores the epidemic of teenage drinking
in this country, but it seems devilishly difficult to do much
about it. Drinking is so ingrained in the cultural fabric, and
the long-ago failure of Prohibition has left such a feeling of
futility, that few politicians are willing to take on the alcohol
Fiction (Sept. 19, 2003)
"I mean come on, the more this guy [Dick Cheney] talked,
the more I heard Joseph Heller writing in Catch-22 about Milo
Minderbinder: 'Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering
his countrymen, and, as a result, his stock had never been higher.'"
Real Cost of War (Sept. 19, 2003)
"The next time you read about fees going up at your local
Junior College or State University, think Iraq. The next time
you wonder about how many people in the United States don't have
access to adequate health care, think Iraq. The next time you
read about rising fees and diminishing services in our national
parks, think Iraq. When you're suffering compassion fatigue and
are annoyed by the growing number of homeless on your city streets,
think Iraq." And don't forget to think the Stupid War on
Some Drugs and Users too, another wasteful boondogle that has
no end in sight, yet.
Budget Deficit Mounts Toward All-Time High (Sept. 19, 2003)
"With only one month left in the fiscal year, the U.S. budget
deficit moved further into record territory, passing the $400
billion mark for the first time, the Treasury Department said
Says U.S. Eradication of Coca in Colombia Is Working (Sept.
18, 2003- Free NYTimes registration required)
"The United Nations said today that American-financed aerial
eradication of Colombia's vast coca fields is starting to pay
big dividends and released estimates that show the size of the
crop dropping by 32 percent in the first seven months of the year."
So what about the other coca-friendly countries in the region?
Has the price and purity of cocaine in the US dropped simultaniously?
How the Colombian poppy/opium/heroin production going? Is the
US prohibitionist government using fuzzy math again?
proof Iraq tied to 9/11: Bush (Sept. 18, 2003)
Bush finally admits bluntly that there are no ties between Iraq
or Saddam Hussein and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the US.
So why do so many US citizens believe those ties exist? "We've
had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with Sept. 11,"
Bush said. He did continue to link Iraq to Al Qaeda and other
Slams Critics as Patriot Act Backlash Grows (Sept. 18, 2003)
"One of the main charges critics of the Patriot Act aim against
Ashcroft is that rules designed to catch terrorists will be used
against ordinary citizens. They also say police and prosecutors
will use the laws created by the Patriot Act in other areas of
law enforcement...Finally, it seems that Ashcroft is having some
legal problems of his own. On Friday his department filed a brief
saying that he shouldn't be required to appear in a Michigan federal
court to explain why he violated a judge's gag order in place
during a terrorism trial."
Services Firm Paid Cheney as VP (Sept. 18, 2003)
"Vice President Dick Cheney, a former CEO of Halliburton
Co., has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company
since taking office while asserting he has no financial interest
in the company, Senate Democrats said Tuesday." In other
words, Dick Cheney has lied yet again.
Budget Disaster Seen, But Won't Be Heard (Sept. 18, 2003)
"Something remarkable will happen here today. A senior congressional
figure will declare the federal budget, in effect, a disaster
area - and official Washington will probably react with a shrug."
U.K. hyped claims of Iraqi weapons: Blix (Sept. 18, 2003)
"'What in a way stands accused is the culture of spin, the
culture of hyping... Advertisers will advertise a refrigerator
in terms that we don't quite believe in, but we expect governments
to be more serious and have more credibility,' Blix said."
No Way To Drugs and Terrorism Law (Sept. 17, 2003)
"Senators are drafting a “drugs and terrorism” bill that
could treat many non-violent drug offenders as terrorists and
strip away civil liberties from every American. Unless you tell
your Senators 'No way!' it could be introduced soon."
heroin users get safe-injection site (Sept. 17, 2003)
More signs that some Canadians understand compassion, not to mention
common sense, much better than do most US citizens.
seizure breaks record set two week ago (Sept. 17, 2003)
"More than 87 pounds of heroin has been seized during a bust
at the Paso Del Norte port of entry in El Paso, breaking the region's
record set only 10 days earlier."
Tainted heroin may have killed four (Sept. 17, 2003)
"Alvarez said that the unusually high number of overdoses
all occurred during a three-week period. 'Usually people overdose
from prescription medicine,' he said."
Ecstasy study retracted (Sept. 17, 2003)
Using methamphetamine instead of MDMA, scientists screwed up and
bolstered prohibitionist malarkey, not once, but twice. What else
have we been told about currently illegal drugs that is just plain
Month draws attention to addiction help (Sept. 17, 2003)
"This September is the 14th annual National Alcohol and Drug
Addiction Recovery Month. Organized and sponsored by the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, an
agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the
month is intended to educate the public about substance addiction,
its negative effects on public health and its treatment options."
million Americans have driven while on drugs (Sept. 17, 2003)
"John Walters, director of the White House Office of National
Drug Control Policy, said the statistics show a failure to convince
drivers that drugs impair driving as much as alcohol does. His
office is kicking off an ad campaign to warn teens about driving
while smoking marijuana."
mistake man's garden for illegal drugs (Sept. 17, 2003)
"Narcotics officers thought they had made a big bust when
they seized 500 suspicious plants from Marion Waltman. Authorities
say the plants looked like marijuana, but they turned out to be
protein plants used to bulk up deer."
local police push focused on illegal drugs (Sept. 17, 2003)
"Local law enforcement agencies are planning to continue
with a criminal interdiction program launched Labor Day weekend,
focusing on areas where illegal drugs are a concern."
Link of Iraq, 9/11 Challenged (Sept. 17, 2003)
Not that it should be surprising to anyone with two eyes and a
brain, but US Vice-President Dick Cheney is still lying through
his teeth about Iraq and about his ties to Halliburton too. Or
as the LATimes put it, Cheney
[is living] in Wonderland.
House's Cynical Iraq Ploy: 'Misspeak' First, 'Correct' It Later
(Sept. 17, 2003)
"The brainwashing of Americans, two-thirds of whom believe
that Saddam Hussein was behind the attacks, is too effective a
political ploy for the Bush regime to suddenly let the truth get
in the way." And in that vein, there's an Indefinite
Delay on Weapons Report that may show how little truth were
in the assertions about WOD in Iraq before the invasion.
Baggage show for 9/16 now online with Dr. Geoffrey Guy of GW Pharmaceuticals
(Sept. 17, 2003)
MP3 and RealPlayer format. Dr. Geoffrey Guy, the Executive Chairman
of GW Pharmaceuticals in the UK has invented an under the tongue
spray labeled "Sativex" that has 97% pure THC, extracted for cannabis
plants. The interview deals with medical studies, patient needs,
America's attitude to cannabis, vaporization and more. Ethan Nadelmann,
the Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance visits to tell
of this days release of their report showcasing the more than
150 drug reforms passed in the last 15 years. The "Hero of the
Week" is Cheryl Miller, recently deceased medical marijuana patient.
We also begin a short mid show break piece: "Name that drug...
by it's side effects."
Drug War News now on seven days per week (Sept. 17, 2003)
MP3 format only, all 7 days at this link. This weeks shows feature
voices of Ethan Nadelmann and Marc Emery, songs of Johnny Cash
and parodies with Tommy Chong & more. 3:00 each.
beheaded for smuggling marijuana into kingdom (Sept. 16, 2003)
These evil maniacs are our allies?
Bong Nightmare (Sept. 16, 2003)
Claiming he had a "problem" with pot, this article doesn't
mention the more disturbing part of this story, of how prosecutors
apparently threatened to indict Chong's family members if he didn't
cop a guilty plea.
marijuana stymies police busts (Sept. 16, 2003)
"When drug-enforcement officers fly over Jackson County in
search of marijuana, they can’t always confiscate the plants they
Truth About Medical Marijuana' to be Discussed by Authorities
In Medicine, Drug Policy and Civil Liberties (Sept. 16, 2003)
"Addressing one of the most visible and controversial public
policy issues of the day -- the legal use of marijuana for medical
purposes -- the Independent Institute of Oakland has assembled
some of the nation's foremost experts for a public forum in San
Francisco on October 2nd."
Marijuana is Criminal (Sept. 16, 2003)
Reefer Madness 2003. This editorial would be funny if there weren't
such an evil, destructive war on pot smokers going on at the same
time. It is so full of bull manure that it stinks right through
the computer screen.
Pan Government-Backed Marijuana (Sept. 16, 2003)
"Some of the first patients to smoke Canada's government-approved
marijuana say it is 'disgusting' and they want their money back."
marijuana law doesn't exist, judge rules (Sept. 16, 2003)
"Provincial court Judge Patrick Chen found the pot possession
law went up in smoke three years ago when Ontario's top appeal
court found the law invalid."
marijuana user doesn’t get job back (Sept. 16, 2003)
"Washington County worker was fired after drug arrest, but
may be hired for another position if she's cleared."
Chavez continues `offensive' against imperialism (Sept. 15,
"Although Washington has its hands full with its wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan, it is also preparing the ground to move
more aggressively against Venezuela. For example, the US government
has allocated $US700 million in 2003 alone for the Plan Andes
— an extension of Plan Colombia. The objective of this plan is
to militarise the pro-US governments in the Andean region, a hotbed
of radical social movements."
in the war on drugs (Sept. 15, 2003)
"And why, with all the medical proof that meth use is so
harmful to the body and personality, why do meth users continue
to abuse the drug? 'They're in denial like many alcoholics and
they don't want to give up their lifestyles,' said Novak."
Scare stories from the front lines.
The Thai War on Drugs is a War Against Civil Rights and the Thai
People (Sept. 15, 2003)
"Emerging democracies could in fact make good use of more
tolerant and liberal policies instead of the militarization of
their society, which can only increase public spending and provoke
more violence and death."
cigarette can get you hooked, study finds (Sept. 15, 2003)
"Research refutes belief it takes time to become addicted."
billion funding bid being led by Cheney (Sept. 15, 2003)
Why does this not surprise the editor of DrugWar.com?
May Buy Canadian Drugs (Sept. 15, 2003)
"Facing budget-breaking increases in prescription drug bills,
the governor of Illinois took the first step yesterday toward
purchasing lower-cost medications from Canada, a move that puts
him in direct conflict with federal regulators and signals a dramatic
escalation in the civil war over U.S. drug prices."
Set for Appeal to Return Seized Pot (Sept. 15, 2003)
"Attorneys for an area medical marijuana cooperative will
be in federal appeals court Wednesday, seeking return of more
than 160 pot plants seized by federal agents in a September 2002
A Radical Approach To Aid Drug Addicts (Sept. 15, 2003)
"Proponents argue that the clinic is needed to fight the
epidemic of drug-related infections and disease raging though
Vancouver's skid row. Detractors -- and there are plenty -- say
it condones drug use and will speed the downward spiral of addicts."
Smoking to Be Made Legal (Sept. 15, 2003)
"Home Secretary David Blunkett's plans follow a campaign
by recreational users who argue the drug is less harmful than
House just says no to affordable drugs (Sept. 15, 2003)
"If the Justice Department has time to block the import of
inexpensive medicine while taking the trouble to put an aging
comic in federal prison for selling bongs, we must finally have
neutralized al-Qaida. Or we wouldn't waste the resources, putting
Americans at greater risk."
Seeks to Expand Access to Private Data (Sept. 15, 2003)
"In a three-point presidential plan that critics are already
dubbing Patriot Act II, Mr. Bush is seeking broad new authority
to allow federal agents - without the approval of a judge or even
a federal prosecutor - to demand private records and compel testimony."
Says $87 Billion Too Much (Sept. 15, 2003)
"Six in 10 Americans said they do not support the proposal,
which the president announced in his nationally televised address
last Sunday night. That marks the most significant public rejection
of a Bush initiative on national security or terrorism since the
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."
It's unethical to use parents' car to score drugs (Sept. 14,
Common sense advice.
in a new direction (Sept. 14, 2003)
"Injection site workers motivated by loss of friends, relatives."
Errant Hammer (Sept. 14, 2003- Free LATimes registration required)
"Unlike terror suspects or bomb makers, Chong was easy to
find (a home in Pacific Palisades and a business in Gardena) and
posed no threat of violence. The same goes for the smokers and
growers of medical marijuana in California, many of them slowed
down by AIDS or cancer or even confined to wheelchairs."
With a Voice (Sept. 14, 2003- Free NYTimes registration required)
Who was Johnny Cash? "He used his success, in fact, to provide
a voice for the downtrodden, for lost souls and lost causes that
might otherwise have found no place in the American Dream."
Case Against Drug Agent Is Dismissed, but Not Over (Sept.
14, 2003-Free NYTimes registration required)
"He said the judge had ignored what he called the real issue,
which he said was whether the agent committed a crime by killing
Mr. Dewgard with a shot in the back."
Now- Reasonable Medical Marijuana Guidelines (Sept. 14, 2003)
Read up on California medical marijuana legislation.
Seeks to Expand Access to Private Data (Sept. 14, 2003- Free
NYTimes registration required)
"For months, President Bush's advisers have assured a skittish
public that law-abiding Americans have no reason to fear the long
reach of the antiterrorism law known as the Patriot Act because
its most intrusive measures would require a judge's sign-off.
But in a plan announced this week to expand counterterrorism powers,
President Bush adopted a very different tack."
Dive to Red Ink Poses Stark Choices for Washington (Sept.
14, 2003- Free NYTimes registration required)
"Should Washington reconstruct Iraq's schools and hospitals,
lawmakers are asking, or America's? Should it pay for more than
100,000 American troops to stay in Iraq, or for 40 million seniors
to be offered prescription drugs through Medicare?"
Chong sentenced on drug charges (Sept 11, 2003)
"Tommy Chong, who played one half of the dope-smoking duo
in the Cheech and Chong movies, asked for leniency from a judge
Thursday but was sentenced to nine months in prison for conspiring
to sell drug paraphernalia."
Mexico City Game (Sept. 11, 2003)
"Only now are New Yorkers feeling the effects of a regime
that spent freely—in a 'crime war' against non-violent offenders—during
a recession...It is not clear whether those on the Giuliani bandwagon
don’t see the costs behind the successes, or whether they feel
the costs and abuses were worth it."
fine mess (Sept. 11, 2003)
"Politicians have a habit of declaring war on all sorts of
intangible enemies - war on crime, war on drugs, war on whatever."
protest turns ugly as talks begin (Sept. 11, 2003)
"Thousands of protesters clashed with Mexican riot police
in the seaside resort city of Cancun yesterday as trade ministers
from 146 countries sat down for the start of global trade talks
that are deadlocked over cutting subsidies by wealthy countries
to their farmers."
prison, outside the law (Sept. 11, 2003)
"Every year, tens of thousands of inmates in state and federal
custody are attacked. The exact number who die is difficult to
determine: According to the nonprofit Criminal Justice Institute,
in 2000, the most recent year for which figures have been compiled,
55 inmates were murdered, 39 died "accidentally," and 118 died
for unknown reasons. The California nonprofit Stop Prisoner Rape
estimates that 1 in 5 men is raped in custody."
billboard snuffed (Sept. 11, 2003)
"The message of the billboard was that legalizing and taxing
marijuana would bring back public services and plug the budget
lose access to information (Sept. 11, 2003)
"Senften said he wondered: 'What happens in the jails now
if a cop beats an inmate?'''
11 in the Memory Hole (Sept. 11, 2003)
Russ Kick has compiled a trove of information about that dark
day in history, saving it from being lost or hidden away. The
official version of things doesn't stand up so well. And as the
NYTimes put it, "Foreign
Views of U.S. Darken Since Sept. 11." (Free registration
required), as well as giving us a view of "The
Other Sept. 11," US-backed (maybe plotted to begin with)
terrorist attack that took place in 1973.
treasurer gets five years (Sept. 11, 2003)
So when is Ken Lay going to see the inside of a court room?
tips police to online drug "supermarket" (Sept. 10, 2003)
A clear example of idiotic hysteria on the part of this prohibition-supporting
Must Admit the Error of His Ways (Sept. 10, 2003)
If the War on Some Drugs and Users is any indication, the administration
is not going to be addmitting the error of its ways any time soon.
"How can the president tell us with a straight face that
we taxpayers have a patriotic duty to cough up $87 billion more
to enable him to sink us deeper into the Iraq quagmire of his
making?" Or as Jason
Vest puts it, "Indeed, it was hard to decide what was
more appalling about Bush's address: The shamelessness with which
he appealed for more deficit spending or the divorced-from-reality
conviction with which he parroted his speechwriter's spin."
Tale of Two Septembers (Sept. 10, 2003)
"September 11th marks the second anniversary of the aerial
attack by terrorists that killed 2,700 people and profoundly changed
American society...American commentators probably won't mention
the 1973 attacks on Chile and their aftermath. They should, because
in those attacks it was the U.S. government that played the role
of Al Qaeda – recruiting, training, arming, financing and coordinating
of Lies: 9/11 to Iraq (Sept. 10, 2003)
It may be difficult not to hate these maniacal murderous liars,
but it behooves us not to allow them to drag us down to their
level. "For those in the White House who have long supported
regime change in Baghdad, the national tragedy was a window of
opportunity through which they aggressively, repeatedly, and ruthlessly
rammed their plans for a spectacular sequel to the first Gulf
Ounce of Detention (Sept. 10, 2003)
"Detention and killing, whether through the justice system
or waging war, are the two most extreme acts a state can take,
and both carry substantial risks of abuse. For these reasons,
both the criminal law and the law of war strongly disfavor locking
up human beings or launching a war for preventive purposes."
Implosion of US Media (Sept. 9, 2003)
"Similarly, and even more outrageously, The New York Times
and The Associated Press propagated nearly every false story (
ie including the aluminum tubes fiasco; Saddam's palaces being
used for chem-bio weapons; trucks being used as mobile labs; false
allegations from Iraqi defectors ) that contributed to convincing
the people that Saddam posed a imminent threat to US national
security. A claim that we know now was so wildly exaggerated that
it is laughable, if not criminal." Why does this remind me
of the support for the endless lies both told and propagated to
drive the War on Some Drugs and Users?
Drug War From Causing Problems for Detroit (Sept. 9, 2003)
"This past summer no fewer than 17 Detroit police officers
were indicted on charges of stealing drugs and money from suspected
drug dealers over two years. In the high-profile Los Angeles Police
Department Rampart scandal three years ago, only nine officers
were ultimately prosecuted, yet the Detroit scandal barely made
headlines outside of Michigan...Detroit Chief of Police Jerry
Oliver was no doubt less than thrilled when the prohibition-related
corruption he's warned about hit home."
Official Pre-9/11 Image of the WTC Being Targeted (Sept. 9,
As my birthday on the 11th rapidly approaches, I again find myself
focusing on the empty skyline outside my window in Lower Manhattan,
and getting angrier about both the attacks and the subsequent
capitalizing on the attacks, not to mention the myriad lies told,
by the murderous and deceitful Bush and crew.
Initiates New Research into Prohibited Chemical Weapons (Sept.
Knowing what I know about Agent Orange, Gulf War Illnesses, anthrax
vaccinations, chemical dousing of Colombia and other points South,
and a number of seriously blatant, expensive and deadly lies,
exactly which government holding chemical weapons of mass destruction
is it I'm supposed to be concerned about and therefore supportive
of an extra $87 billion price tag for this year alone to combat?
12 Percent Problem (Sept. 8, 2003-Free NYTimes registration
Bush wants the taxpayers to shell out $87 billion more to "reconstruct"
Iraq, but isn't willing to help out the growing numbers of American
citizens entering real poverty here at home. What is wrong with
Tour Rallies Supporters and Detractors (Sept. 8, 2003- Free
NYTimes registration required)
"Protesters have shadowed his appearances at every stop,
waving signs denouncing as 'fascist' Mr. Ashcroft and the law
he helped create...But the event that most worried the Justice
Department and helped send Mr. Ashcroft on the road, officials
said, was a Congressional vote in July that got little attention
at the time. By a 309 to 118 vote, the House voted to repeal a
provision of the law allowing officials to execute search warrants
secretly and to delay notifying the target."
and Others Protest Peru Report on Rebel Conflict (Sept. 8,
2003-Free NYTimes registration required)
"The report, issued 10 days ago, laid most of the blame for
the war with the Maoist rebel group Shining Path, but concluded
that the armed forces were responsible for 'generalized and systematic
violations of human rights.' It also found that many in Peru's
powerful political class, from congressmen to Cardinal Juan Luis
Cipriani, were indifferent to the suffering of Peru's Indians,
who bore the brunt of the war deaths."
bureau's assignment: Stop flow of illicit funds into Mexico
(Sept. 7, 2003)
"The U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has
taken up the effort to block the flow of this kind of illegal
money that drives drug smuggling, the kind that could be used
to further the cause of terrorism."
Militarization of the Americas (Sept. 7, 2003)
"Spurred in part by anti-terrorism, Plan Colombia alone has
funneled over $3 billion in U.S. aid to that region over the past
three years, most of it military."
suspect policeman arrested (Sept. 7, 2003)
"The Mexican authorities say they have arrested a former
Peruvian policeman who is suspected of being a major trafficker
of drugs to North America."
Give Drivers Victory (Sept. 7, 2003)
"Randomly stopping motorists at checkpoints and compelling
them to submit to a search for illegal drugs is a case study in
such overzealousness that has been, thankfully, ruled unlawful
by the Supreme Court."
threatens more crime (Sept. 7, 2003)
"Crystal methamphetamine, the illegal drug also known as
ice, and marijuana continue to pose the most serious drug threat
to Guam, according to a recently released U.S. Department of Justice
bust nets over half million in value (Sept. 7, 2003)
"More than half a million dollars worth of steroids - clear
liquid in small bottles and vials and pills in foil packages -
filled three six-foot tabletops at the Randolph County Sheriff's
Department on Friday."
after police raid on store (Sept. 7, 2003)
"Businessman Jeffrey Ditchfield says he wants to help people
who want cannabis for pain relief by dispensing medication from
the shop - called It Beggars Belief - and stresses his merchandise
High Schoolers: Buying Illegal Drugs a Snap (Sept. 7, 2003)
"San Antonio high school students say marijuana and cocaine
are far easier for them to get their hands on than beer. A Pride
survey released this week shows illegal drug use about 6th through
12th graders rose 2% in the past year, while alcohol use held
steady. The survey shows 24% of the nation's teenagers have used
an illegal drug in the past year." So the billions we taxpayers
have spent on the ONDCP Anti-Drug Media Campaign, and all the
billions spent locking up small time users and medical marijuana
patients and other illegal drug users has done nothing but increase
the use of illegal drugs in this country. Good plan.
Resources Needed in Drug War (Sept. 7, 2003)
Yeah, that's a good plan- more money is needed since we've seen
such wonderful results already from all the money our prohibitionists
have burned away already while waging their evil, destructive
War on Some Drugs and Users, and we're obviously so very close
to a victory now.
action taken yet in El Rey raid case (Sept. 7, 2003)
"Nearly a year after Milwaukee police stormed two Latino
grocery stores and a tortilla factory in search of antibiotic
drugs, arrested five workers and outraged the Latino community,
no charges have been filed."
responds to pressure from his own party (Sept. 7, 2003)
"At a time of economic distress at home and growing criticism
about American casualties in Iraq, Republican congressional sources
said GOP House and Senate leaders made it clear to Bush that he
needs to be more forthright about what the U.S. commitment in
Kids Go Begging as Military Gets Billions (Sept. 7, 2003)
"Our nation cries for leadership. Our ship of state is piloted
by mean-spirited bureaucrats and their cronies who are robbing
the commonwealth. They are building prisons at record rates while
our schools, parks, air, water and, yes, the economy deteriorate
2004 (Sept. 7, 2003)
"TOKERS OF THE WORLD, IGNITE! It's coming at last! The fun
event of the year for tokers worldwide. Nine days of innovative,
friendly but fierce competition for the 57 gold medals to be won
in the World Championships of cannabis-related sporting, artistic
& 'social' events, held under the summer sun in the coffeeshops,
bars, clubs, parks & auditoria of the spiritual home-city of toking
freedom, the Big "A". And YOU can be there!"
Counting the Dead in Iraq? (Sept. 7, 2003)
"Various news organizations have come up with estimates of
Iraqi dead that range from 1,700 to 3,000 persons. The heavy tonnage
of bombs dropped on Iraq probably raised the civilian death toll
I Vote to Bring
the Troops Home Now (Sept. 7, 2003)
"Your activism is needed now more than ever. The world is
uniting in opposition to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. This war
was built upon lies. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops were
told that they would be welcomed as liberators and not occupiers.
Bechtel, Halliburton and the oil and banking corporations will
make billions from the takeover and privatization of Iraq."
Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School
Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because
of Drug Convictions (Sept. 6, 2003)
"The John W. Perry Fund, a project of the DRCNet Foundation
in association with Students for Sensible Drug Policy, provides
college scholarships to students losing federal financial aid
because of drug convictions. The Fund has monies remaining for
fall 2003 as well as future semesters, and eligible students are
urged to apply as soon as possible."
Miller Memorial Congressional Phone Slam Day, 9/23/03 (Sept.
"Your phone calls on September 23 will coincide with a day
of Capitol Hill lobbying by attendees at the Memorial Project,
and will ensure those visits are taken very seriously."
million Americans are addicts (Sept. 6, 2003)
"Around 22 million Americans were addicted to alcohol or
drugs last year, according to a federal survey designed to capture
more accurate data about substance abuse...The most common addiction
— with 14.9 million people — was alcohol. Another 3.9 million
people were addicted to illegal drugs and the remainder were addicted
to both drugs and alcohol, SAMHSA said in its new National Survey
on Drug Use and Health." So the US is spending billions of
dollars every year to chase some 3.9 million hard-core addicts
in its War on Some Drugs and Users.
Marijuana Slowly Gains Ground (Sept. 6, 2003)
"Clinical Studies Begin to Replace Emotion with Evidence."
war on terrorism is bogus (Sept. 6, 2003)
"This is a blueprint for US world domination. But before
it is dismissed as an agenda for rightwing fantasists, it is clear
it provides a much better explanation of what actually happened
before, during and after 9/11 than the global war on terrorism
thesis. This can be seen in several ways. First, it is clear the
US authorities did little or nothing to pre-empt the events of
9/11. It is known that at least 11 countries provided advance
warning to the US of the 9/11 attacks."
Circuit: Church likely to prevail in dispute over hallucinogenic
tea (Sept. 6, 2003)
"A New Mexico church was handed a small victory yesterday
when a federal appeals court ruled its use of hallucinogenic tea
was likely to be protected under religious-freedom laws."
Retract Story on Ecstasy Brain Damage (Sept. 6, 2003)
"Researchers horrified to find they had used a mislabeled
bottle in an experiment retracted their findings on Friday, saying
they had failed to show the drug Ecstasy can cause a certain pattern
of brain damage." More shoddy science used to bolster shoddy
prrohibitionist anti-drug claims.
Business Behind Bars (Sept. 6, 2003)
"Why the sudden interest? The U.S. prison population has
reached 2.1 million, up from just 300,000 20 years ago. Cash-strapped
state governments are struggling both to cover the annual cost
of incarceration, which has swelled over that time from $3 billion
to $40 billion, and to find enough work to keep all those prisoners
Same Case, DNA Clears Convict and Finds Suspect (Sept. 6,
2003-Free NYTimes registration required)
"The charges against Mr. Ruffner open a new chapter in a
case that has become a prime example of the two-edged nature of
DNA testing: not only as a means of clearing the wrongly accused,
but also of identifying new suspects in cold cases."
judge refuses to halt state pot club raids (Sept. 5, 2003)
"U.S. Judge Jeremy Fogel of San Jose wrote he's 'acutely
mindful of the suffering' patients have demonstrated, 'and of
the evidence that medicinal marijuana has helped to alleviate
that suffering. As it commented at oral argument, the Court finds
the declarations of the Patient-Plaintiffs deeply moving.'" But
he's not so mindful, nor were the patients' declarations moving
enough, that he felt a need to stop the destructive federal raids.
Enforcement Agencies Split on Marijuana Law (Sept. 5, 2003)
"State Public Safety Commissioner Bill Tandesky says Alaska
State troopers will not bust people for possessing less than four
ounces of the drug in the their home, while the Anchorage Police
Department will continue to do so."
police recover burned marijuana evidence (Sept. 5, 2003)
The people who took this pot should have their heads examined
by professionals, not be locked up in a jail somewhere.
The National Dance
and Music Rights Alliance Rally + Music Event (Sept. 5, 2003)
"This summer, join ROAR! for a demonstration against the
assault on music and a festival for our civil liberties. We will
display the force and unity of our culture through performances
by international artists and speakers from major industry groups
and politically influential organizations."
House Approved Departure of Saudis After Sept. 11, Ex-Aide Says
(Sept. 5, 2003)
This allegation was, just under two years ago, raving conspiratorial
babblings according to some pundits of both the Left and Right
wings, but now that the NYTimes has reported it, it is real news.
brings HEAT to heroin problem (Sept. 5, 2003)
"Gov. Jim Douglas announced Thursday that under his direction
the Vermont Drug Task Force and the Vermont State Police have
formed a new undercover Heroin Enforcement Action Team, known
as the HEAT."
Deadly Franchise (Sept. 5, 2003)
"Terrorism doesn't just blow up buildings; it blasts every
other issue off the political map. The spectre of terrorism –
real and exaggerated – has become a shield of impunity, protecting
governments around the world from scrutiny for their human rights
Was All Too Willing to Use Émigrés' Lies (Sept. 5, 2003)
"The entire adventure was an immense fraud."
Intelligence Chief: Dossier Exaggerated the Case for War (Sept.
"Tony Blair's case for invading Iraq was in tatters last
night after damning public criticism by two senior intelligence
officials of the way the September weapons dossier was manipulated
by government 'spin merchants'."
to New Yorkers: Drop Dead (Sept. 5, 2003)
As a resident of Manhattan's Lower East Side, it's a bit bothersome
that the Bush cabal found something else to lie about, another
lie that directly affects the editor of DrugWar.com.
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Restructured (Sept. 5,
"Besides, we need to expand the scope of coverage in view
of the fact that the problem of drug abuse and illicit trafficking
is becoming more extensive and intensive, especially the locally
produced drugs like Cannabis and other additive [sic] substances
such as rubber solution and lizard faeces. "It is not enough for
us to be arresting Cocaine and Heroin whereas our children are
getting hooked to these locally produced drugs and additives [sic]."
health care is investigated (Sept. 4, 2003)
"She said prison doctors changed her anti-depression medication.
She cried about blinding headaches. And Terry will never forget
what Simmons said in their phone conversation July 1, the day
before she died of an apparent aneurysm."
'private army' grows (Sept. 4, 2003)
"In Colombia and around the world, civilians are doing work
formerly done by the military."
Appeals Court Overturns 100 Death Sentences (Sept. 4, 2003)
"A federal appeals court threw out more than 100 death sentences
in Arizona and two other states Tuesday because the inmates were
sent to death row by judges instead of juries."
Rules that Alaska Constitution Protects Personal Possession of
Marijuana in the Home (Sept. 4, 2003)
"The Alaska Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Alaska
Constitution’s privacy guarantee protects an adult’s right to
possess up to four ounces of marijuana in the home for personal
use. The ruling (Noy v. State, No. 1897) overturns the conviction
of David Noy, a North Pole medical marijuana patient."
use seen on rise in Iraq (Sept. 4, 2003)
"Drug trafficking and drug abuse, crimes once punishable
by death or long imprisonment during the regime of Saddam Hussein,
are infiltrating postwar Iraq, where porous borders and a lack
of security make the crimes hard to control, according to Iraqi
and foreign officials."
recruiting former Saddam agents to battle old boss (Sept.
"The US-led coalition has hired former intelligence agents
of Saddam Hussein as it seeks to get tough in the battle against
foreign Islamists and loyalists of the ousted dictator, a pro-US
considers plan to search ships (Sept. 4, 2003)
"The US believes that there is already enough legal authority
to intercept North Korean vessels suspected of trafficking in
WMDs, missiles or illegal drugs."
Results In Mexico Drug War (Sept. 4, 2003)
"But some drug-trafficking experts predicted the arrests
will do little to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the United
States. Their skepticism underscores the enduring difficulties
of the United States' multibillion-dollar war against drugs."
Speak with the Owner of the Circus...(Sept. 4, 2003)
"Bolivia’s Coca Growers Propose Talks with the U.S. Government."
monitor risk of huge asteroid hitting Earth (Sept. 2, 2003)
One might hope that drug prohibitionists would realize there are
a lot of things much more serious than some people's choice of
drug use to worry about.
10 members of drug cartel rounded up (Sept. 2, 2003)
"A special investigating team of the Anti-Narcotics Force
(ANF) on Friday arrested 10 members of an international drug cartel.
The members included two women and the son of the late Pakistani
painter Shafi Azad and recovered six kilogrammes of heroin worth
Rs 70 million from their possession."
charges expected from police royal commission (Sept. 2, 2003)
"About 20 police either stood down or resigned during the
course of the inquiry. But only one former officer, codenamed
T2, is facing criminal charges, after he was filmed allegedly
trying to steal what he thought was $1.2 million in drug money."
angered by firm's database (Sept. 2, 2003)
"U.S. drug and immigration investigators prized the data
because it gave them latitude to track suspects inside Mexico
without alerting local authorities. But that database is no longer
available to help them."
fear of crime feeds security firms (Sept. 2, 2003)
Prohibition keeps some forms of crime at seriously high levels,
justifying the existence of many of these security firms, in what
would be called in less polite circles to be almost a protections
Anthrax Vaccine Protects on Two Fronts (Sept. 2, 2003)
But still no word from authorities on who it was that mailed out
the Anthrax back in 2001. There're profits to be made of course.
Grizzly's-Eye View of a Refuge That Oil Drillers Covet (Sept.
Wonder how long it will take before people realize the potential
for hemp as oppossed to yet more drilling and further desecration
of our wild lands and all the inhabitants of those areas?
Friday Outrage (Sept. 2, 2003- Free NYTimes registration required)
"Last Friday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, known
as FERC, announced settlements with energy companies accused of
manipulating markets during the California energy crisis. Why
on Friday? Because the settlements were a joke: the companies
got away with only token payments. It was yet another demonstration
of how electricity deregulation has gone wrong."
York Police Department Bucks a Growing Trend (Sept. 2, 2003-
free NYTimes registrations required)
"Even though it is an idea that is quickly gaining acceptance
elsewhere, the country's largest police department, New York City's,
has so far resisted [taping interrogations from start to finish]...More
and more police departments are taping interrogations, in part
because of increased nationwide attention to wrongful convictions,
more than 20 percent of which involve false confessions, research
Rewards of Regulation (Sept. 2, 2003-free NYTimes registrations
"Public cynicism about how much of an insider's game Wall
Street plays can only be increased by the disclosure of the compensation
riches that the New York Stock Exchange pays to Richard Grasso,
its chief executive. It turns out to be $140 million in deferred
savings and retirement benefits, and an estimated salary and bonus
of $12 million plus." Grasso is the man photographed meeting
with Colombian FARC representatives a couple years back, a meeting
that raises some serious questions- why was the head of the NY
Stock exchange really meeting with representatives of a group
on the US terrorist watch list, known for profiting off taxing
drug traffficking and production and kidnapping too?
Police Search for Jagged Edge Member (Sept. 1, 2003)
"DeKalb County authorities say they are looking for a member
of the platinum-selling R&B group Jagged Edge after they found
two guns, 13 pounds of marijuana and about $6,000 in the singer's
Stream man arrested in drug death (August 31, 2003)
"DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett announced Wednesday
his first use of a new law creating longer sentences for those
providing drugs that lead to someone's death."
turn their backs on tolerance (Sept. 1, 2003)
"Soon to be introduced is a compulsory identity card, frowned
upon after World War Two when careful registration helped the
Nazis hunt down Dutch Jews. The card is now seen as an inevitable
aid to keep on top of crime." Fascism, once scary, is now
seen by some as "inevitable," according to this article.
Now that's really scary.
meat trade's 'drugs profits' (Sept. 1, 2003)
"Detectives said the offence, which involves criminals doctoring
potentially diseased waste meat to make it appear healthy, is
more profitable than drug trafficking."
urged to legalise cannabis (Sept. 1, 2003)
"US Drug liberalisation guru Ethan Nadelmann has urged Bermuda
to legalise cannabis and prescribe heroin to addicts in a bid
to cut crime and improve health."
help beat drugs, random testing does not (Sept. 1, 2003)
"Their policy is a bit more inclusive - both extra- and co-curricular
participants are eligible for the random tests. According to recent
studies, these are two groups of students least likely to abuse
lawmaker leads push for higher drug thresholds (Sept. 1, 2003)
"At issue is a state law making it illegal for drivers to
have certain levels of prohibited substances such as marijuana
and cocaine in their systems. Giunchigliani, D-Las Vegas, contends
the law is unfair because it does not require proof that the driver
was actually impaired by drugs." Three
cases challenge marijuana laws in Nevada now.