Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Court to Revisit Whether "Actual Innocence" Matters

The Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider a ruling that they made in another case and it's about time. Several years ago, I believe it was in the case of Leonel Torres Herrera the Supreme Court ruled that "actual innocence didn't matter" .

In a story in the Washington Post,
Paul House of Tennessee is seeking release from death row because of what his appeal to the court calls "powerful new evidence of innocence." He says that DNA proves that the seman that was on the victims clothing was her husband's and not House's seman. When I initially read in the Herrera case that the SC had said "actual innocence didn't matter", I thought that that was not justice and hope that with new technology available to exonerate people like House that perhaps justice can be served.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

We've already taken Canada without firing a shot! Is the Annexation of Canada part of Bush's Military Agenda?

This should be disturbing to Canadians.  We have become an empire and we shall surely grow too big for our britches, just like all the other empires before us that came and went as the new citizens of the empire decided they didn't like the empire. 

For nearly two years now, Ottawa has been quietly negotiating a far-reaching military cooperation agreement, which allows the US Military to cross the border and deploy troops anywhere in Canada, in our provinces, as well station American warships in Canadian territorial waters. This redesign of Canada's defense system is being discussed behind closed doors, not in Canada, but at the Peterson Air Force base in Colorado, at the headquarters of US Northern Command (NORTHCOM).

The creation of NORTHCOM announced in April 2002, constitutes a blatant violation of both Canadian and Mexican territorial sovereignty. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced unilaterally that US Northern Command would have jurisdiction over the entire North American region. Canada and Mexico were presented with a fait accompli. US Northern Command's jurisdiction as outlined by the US DoD includes, in addition to the continental US, all of Canada, Mexico, as well as portions of the Caribbean, contiguous waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans up to 500 miles off the Mexican, US and Canadian coastlines as well as the Canadian Arctic. 


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Friday, June 24, 2005

Bush Family Name Comes Up in Spitzer Investigation

Elliot Spitzer is doing good work. If this leads to where it looks like it's going and doesn't get waylaid by Bush's big money lawyers, I guess I'll be gloating. If it leads to Bush Sr., Bush Jr. and Cheney - at the very least (maybe even Jeb and Marvin), I hope they get hauled before court and thrown in Club Fed.

WASHINGTON, DC, June 20, 2005 -- Two criminal investigations based in New York are getting close to exposing a major Bush family and associates' international money laundering operation that has spanned more than a generation and has been used to illegally fund U.S. elections since the Nixon era. According to CIA sources, most Bush family assets are tied up in off-shore accounts that are masked from investigators through the use of pass through companies and secretive interlocking board directorships.

The investigations of the secret Bush money tranches are coming to the fore as New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer focuses in on the scandal involving Maurice "Hank" Greenberg and the inflation of the worth of American Insurance Group (AIG) through shady affiliates, including AIG reinsurer Coral Re of Barbados. Greenberg was the CEO of AIG but was forced to step down amid the Spitzer probe. AIG was founded from Asia Life/CV Starr, a Shanghai-based international import/export and insurance firm founded in 1919 by Cornelius V. Starr, an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) operative in Southeast Asia during World War II. AIG's largest shareholder is Starr International Company (SICO), an off-shore corporation incorporated in Panama with headquarters in Bermuda. Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who prosecuted President Clinton, is the nephew of Cornelius Starr. Greenberg inherited the CEO job and Chairmanship from Starr as well as the $3.5 billion Starr Foundation.

Another probe by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is focused on long-time Bush backers Sam and Charles Wyly of Texas and a Bank of America off-shore account in the Isle of Man. According to intelligence sources, that probe is getting very close to an Isle of Man multi-billion dollar account controlled by the Bushes through an off-shore contrivance known as Five Star Trust.


Thursday, June 23, 2005

Action Alert: Cut Military Aid to Colombia!

Urge members of Congress to create an opening for peace by
supporting an amendment to cut military aid to Colombia. Take
action now - before the June 27 vote.

In 2000 Colombian Mennonite Church leaders wrote a letter to
North American churches raising awareness of Colombia's internal
conflict and the massive U.S. military "aid" package to Colombia
legislated that year. Now Ricardo Esquivia, President of a
Commission of Restoration, Life and Peace of the Evangelical
Council of Colombian Churches and Colombian Mennonite Church
President Peter Stucky write, "five years have passed since we
sent you early warning of the negative effects the military aid
sent by the U.S. government to the Colombian government would
have on the people and nation of Colombia.

It pains us to confirm that that our prophetic words...have been
fatality fulfilled.

The military aid sent to the Colombian government by the U.S.
government through the so-called 'Plan Colombia' has been more
than throwing kindling on the fire. It's been like gasoline
enflaming the fire that consumes the Colombian society,
prolonging and multiplying its lethal effects. [Plan Colombia]
has not helped to stop the war, but rather has contributed to
its growth."

Time is up for Plan Colombia. This U.S./Colombia policy expires
in 2005, but the administration is asking Congress to approve an
additional $742 million to renew the failed plan. Until there is
a plan that can bring hope for Colombia, we reject additional
funding for futile military strategies.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Medical Marijuana - Is Jury Nullification the Next Step?

Perhaps the last defense against intrusive law will finally start to be employed and medical marijuana users will start having juries come back with NOT GUILTY verdicts.

Medical Marijuana

Is Jury Nullification the Next Step?


Since the June 6 Supreme Court decision in Gonzalez v. Raich, medical
marijuana supporters have largely determined to focus on lobbying
congress. While Raich did not overturn state medical marijuana laws
in the eleven states that have them (Alaska, California, Colorado,
Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and
Washington), it did permit the federal government to arrest medical
marijuana patients in those states. (State medical marijuana bills
exempt qualified patients who use cannabis medicinally from state
criminal penalties.)

Congress is expected to vote later this month on a bipartisan
amendment sponsored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Maurice
Hinchey (D-NY) that would prohibit the federal government from
spending taxpayers' dollars to prosecute patients who comply with
their state's medical marijuana laws. Yet Congress has refused to
pass a similar bill before, and has by all appearances only moved
further towards intolerance in the interim. It seems a stretch to
believe that this Congress will act to protect medical marijuana

In some areas, particularly the San Francisco/Oakland area of
Northern California, it seems likely that jury nullification may be
an increasing threat in federal marijuana cases. In 2003, jurors
revolted after convicting Ed Rosenthal of growing 100 pounds or more
of marijuana in a highly disputed San Francisco federal case. The
jury was outraged that they had not been informed that Rosenthal was
growing the marijuana for distribution to medical dispensaries. Juror
Marney Craig, a 58 year old Marin County property manager, labeled
the trial "a cruel charade." "It is the most horrible mistake I have
ever made," she said. "I feel like we were sheep, we were

The foreman, Charles Sackett, said, "I fail to understand how
evidence and testimony that is pertinent, imperative and
representative to state government policy, as well as doctor and
patient rights, and indeed your own family, are irrelevant to this

Following Rosenthal's conviction, five of the jurors joined Rosenthal
on the steps of the Federal Courthouse, denouncing their own verdict,
saying they had been manipulated and misdirected, and demanding that
Rosenthal receive a new trial. Not surprisingly, the trial court
judge, Charles Breyer (brother of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Steven
Breyer) refused to consider the jurors protests or grant a new trial.
However, in the glare of negative publicity, Judge Breyer eventually
gave Rosenthal - whom the federal government wanted to send to prison
for six and a half years - a startling one-day sentence.

The Rosenthal jurors convicted without being aware of their
nullification prerogative. However, the Rosenthal case made the issue
of jury nullification a front page item - and cast it in a positive
light. Articles on the jury revolt, often including statements by
Sackett and others that jury nullification would play a large rule in
future trials, were carried by the New York Times, Newsday, the
Washington Post, Reuters, the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco
Examiner, Oakland Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press
and elsewhere. The jurors themselves appeared on numerous nationally
televised news broadcasts.

Will medical marijuana advocates, such as Americans for Safe Access,
NORML and Green-Aid, find that educating the jury pool in their
nullification prerogative is their only way to defeat the Federal
efforts to steam-roller their home-grown velvet revolution? It
wouldn't be an unreasonable choice. Particularly in Northern
California, it would be difficult to imagine putting together a jury
of 12 people without including at least one medical marijuana
supporter. Such a person could simply refuse to convict - claiming to
find the evidence unconvincing - and avoid a conviction. Any
acquittals and/or hung juries would successfully announce to other
potential jurors that they simply did not have to convict. In short,
a few recalcitrant "stealth" jurors could cut government prosecution
efforts off at the knees.

Moreover, should jurors decide not to convict in cases of this sort,
Congress might be spurred on to finally pass a law exempting
state-authorized medical marijuana patients from prosecution. The
acquittal of John Peter Zenger paved the way for the reform of
English libel law, and as the acquittals of abused women in "burning
bed" cases paved the way for battered woman syndrome defenses, have
shown that jury nullification can foreshadow dramatic changes in the

Independent jurors could force a change in the way our drug laws
treat seriously ill people who smoke marijuana to relieve suffering
and prolong their lives. And I don't think you have to be stoned to
think that such a change is long overdue.

Clay Conrad currently serves as Chairman of the American Jury
Institute. He can be reached at

Friday, June 17, 2005

The American people have been had

The American people have been had

Published June 12, 2005

The war has taken a dangerous turn - not in Iraq but here at home. It has lost the support of a majority of Americans.

According to the latest Washington Post/ABC News Poll, for the first time since the war began a majority of the American public doesn't believe the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime has made the United States more secure. The survey also found that nearly three-quarters of respondents say the casualty rate in Iraq is unacceptable; two-thirds believe the U.S. military is bogged down; 60 percent say the war was not worth fighting.

If we learned anything from Vietnam, it is that it's difficult to wage and win a protracted war without public support. Lyndon B. Johnson learned that the hard way; so will George W. Bush. Johnson used a North Vietnamese attack on U.S. vessels in the Tonkin Gulf to ask Congress for a blank check he used to dramatically escalate the war in Vietnam. Bush used the post-9/11 fear of terrorism and slanted intelligence to claim Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction that threatened our security.

In both cases, the American people were had.

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

[Houston NORML] Drugs, Crime and Politics 6/15/05 streaming video

Here is a link - to Drugs, Crime and Politics, a TV show that me and my friends film every other Wednesday on Houston MediaSource on Channel 17 on Time Warner in Houston. We've been doing it for several years but we only have a few of the most recent shows on the website.

> Interview with Medical Marijuana patient Clay Jones
> and Lance Findley of the Bayou City Compassion as
> they discuss the Supreme Court ruling and the
> Hinchey/Rohrabacher Amendment.
> Thanks,
> Steve Nolin


Steve Nolin

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Mother of dead soldier vilifies Bush over war

Posted on Tue, Jun. 14, 2005
Cindy Sheehan, left,  president of the Gold Star Families for Peace and other touring activists were greeted by supporters after arriving at a rally on the Freedom and Faith tour bus at a lawn on the grounds of the Red Mile track in Lexington, Ky.,Monday, June 13, 2005.
Pablo Alcalá, Staff
Cindy Sheehan, left, president of the Gold Star Families for Peace and other touring activists were greeted by supporters after arriving at a rally on the Freedom and Faith tour bus at a lawn on the grounds of the Red Mile track in Lexington, Ky.,Monday, June 13, 2005.

Mother of dead soldier vilifies Bush over war



The president of Gold Star Families for Peace, a mother who lost a son in Iraq, criticized the United States' "illegal and unjust war" yesterday during an interfaith rally in Lexington.

Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif., accused President Bush of lying to the nation about a war which has consumed tens of billions of dollars and claimed more than 1,700 American lives -- including the life of Army Specialist Casey Austin Sheehan.

Sheehan was one of more than a dozen activists who were scheduled to speak at yesterday's anti-war rally at the Red Mile, which was organized by the Clergy and Laity Network and co-sponsored by dozens of liberal religious organizations.

Sheehan ridiculed Bush for saying that it's "hard work" comforting the widow of a soldier who's been killed in Iraq.

"Hard work is seeing your son's murder on CNN one Sunday evening while you're enjoying the last supper you'll ever truly enjoy again. Hard work is having three military officers come to your house a few hours later to confirm the aforementioned murder of your son, your first-born, your kind and gentle sweet baby. Hard work is burying your child 46 days before his 25th birthday. Hard work is holding your other three children as they lower the body of their big (brother) into the ground. Hard work is not jumping in the grave with him and having the earth cover you both," she said.

Since her son's death, Sheehan has made opposition to the Bush administration a full-time job.

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Bush for Life: GOP introduces new bill to Congress

This is now confirming my fears that the Republicans (or some of them) are attempting to kill our democracy and establish one party rule. We need to circulate this far and wide and not let this get a chance to be passed. We need to get this message to everyone far and wide and convince as many people as possible that they have now gone way too far.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: S Gonzales <>
Date: Jun 15, 2005 11:27 AM
Subject: [Kucinich-Hou-Core] Bush for Life: GOP introduces new bill to Congress
To: Kucinich List <>

I am crying as I read this, please pass it along as
far and as wide as you are able. It's official folks -
the resolution below is from the Library of Congress -
this is not liberal heresay.

Republicans have officially started the the campaign
to amend the Constitution by repealing the 22nd
Amendment - the one that confines the President to two
terms. If the Republicans hold their current strength,
or increase it, in the 2006 Congressional elections,
expect this measure to pass allowing Bush to remain

1st Session
H. J. RES. 24

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
United States to repeal the 22nd amendment to the


February 17, 2005

Mr. HOYER (for himself, Mr. BERMAN, Mr. SENSENBRENNER,
Mr. SABO, and Mr. PALLONE) introduced the following
joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary


Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
United States to repeal the 22nd amendment to the

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled
(two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That
the following article is proposed as an amendment to
the Constitution of the United States, which shall be
valid to all intents and purposes as part of the
Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of
three-fourths of the several States within seven years
after the date of its submission for ratification:

`Article --

`The twenty-second article of amendment to the
Constitution of the United States is repealed.'.

Sarah Gonzales
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The Devolution of American Politics

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

US: Poll Finds Opposition to Pot Raids

Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jun 2005
Source: Oakland Tribune, The (CA)
Copyright: 2005 MediaNews Group, Inc. and ANG Newspapers
Author: Josh Richman, Staff Writer
Cited: Marijuana Policy Project
Cited: Gonzales v. Raich
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Bookmark: (Gonzales v. Raich)
Bookmark: (Walters, John)


Results Released One Day Before Congress Considers New Bill

On the eve of a vital vote in Congress, medical marijuana advocates Monday
unveiled a new poll showing significant public opposition to federal raids
on patients who use pot.

A poll of 732 randomly selected registered voters across the nation found
68 percent said the federal government should not prosecute medical
marijuana patients now that it has been given the go-ahead to do so by last
week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The sentiment was slightly higher among men than among women, among those
under 45 than those older and among Democrats than among Republicans or
independents. But no demographic group's majority supported the raids.

The poll also found 65 percent agreed that adults should be allowed to
legally use marijuana for medical purposes. The poll was commissioned by
the Marijuana Policy Project and conducted Wednesday through Saturday by
Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. of Washington, D.C., with a 3.7 percent
margin of error.

The MPP revealed the results Monday, one week after the U.S. Supreme Court
ruled against Oakland medical marijuana patient Angel McClary Raich and
co-plaintiff Diane Monson of Oroville.

The court rejected an argument that the federal government is
constitutionally barred from regulating activity that's completely within a
state's borders and doesn't involve money changing hands.

Raich is in Washington today as the medical marijuana battle moves from the
courts to Congress. She and other advocates are lobbying hard for a
spending-bill amendment co-authored by Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y ., and
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, that would forbid the Justice
Department from spending money to raid or prosecute patients or providers
in states with medical marijuana laws.

The United Methodist Church and the American Nurses Association wrote to
Congress on Monday urging lawmakers to support the Hinchey-Rohrabacher

The amendment has been put forth twice before in recent years, each time
failing in the House by about 70 votes; advocates hope the Supreme Court
ruling could improve their chances.

MPP spokesman Bruce Mirken noted Monday that White House drug czar John
Walters last week pronounced medical marijuana dead as a political issue. A
day later, Rhode Island's state Senate voted 34-2 for a medical marijuana
bill, and now the MPP's poll shows most Americans oppose the federal
government's position.

"He is even more wrong than he usually is," Mirken said of Walters.

An AARP poll of 1,706 adults aged 45 and older conducted late last year
found 72 percent believed adults should be allowed to legally use medical
marijuana for medical purposes if a physician recommends it.

Howard Dean Speaks For Me

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Recently some Democrats in Congress have chastised Governor Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, saying that he does not speak for the party.

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We Love Howard Dean

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    We Love Howard Dean
    By John Cory
    t r u t h o u t | Perspective

    Friday 10 June 2005

    The Bush GOP is a Wal-Mart of five-and-dime ethics, self-enriching corporate sponsored war, imitation morality made in China, and a fresh baker's dozen of half-truths for every occasion. America on sale: to the right folks in the right place at the right time for the right price. Going once, going twice ...

    Bible-thumping-bunko artists shove the hand of God into your pants pocket for thirty pieces of silver to buy membership lists from the likes of David Dukes and the KKK, because we all know, Heaven is white with just a touch of beige. And if you question that, James Dobson will take his Bible belt and show you the lashing love of Jesus.

    We've long since passed murder at 1600 and now head to 1700 dead soldiers in Bush's war on Iraq. And while Condi visits the troops, with a smile that could slit your throat from ear to ear, nobody asks what the plan is for this sandbox game of death.

    The Downing Street Memo is all the talk to avoid. There are some people who want the American media to cover the contents of the memo that show Bush and Blair conspired to wage war despite their promises otherwise. But the media won't cover the memo any more than they covered Bush's words in the second presidential debate of 2000 when he said: " .... The coalition against Saddam has fallen apart or it's unraveling, let's put it that way. The sanctions are being violated. We don't know whether he's developing weapons of mass destruction. He better not be or there's going to be a consequence should I be the president. "

    So what is the topic that grabs the news and the Democratic leadership's attention?

    Howard Dean said something mean. Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

    Bush lied and people died. Nope - not news. Ohio Republicans involved in financial and voting scandal. Nope - not news. Republicans jam Democratic phone lines during 2004 election to stop the vote. Republicans hack into Democratic computers. No news there. Tom Delay has repeated ethical lapses and takes money from lobbyists like Jack Abramoff. Nope - not news. The White House edits critical environmental reports to refute scientific fact. Nope - no news there. Wait a minute - this just in:

    Howard Dean said something mean.

    Oh my God! Stop the presses! Did you hear? Dean has gone mean, pass it on. Get Candy Crowley at CNN and Chris Matthews at MSNBC. Don't forget Scarborough. This is a week's worth of programming! Get Holy Joe Lieberman to speak for the good Democrats. Get Jive-Joe Biden, he'll be good for a sensible quote to contrast with the madness of Howard "Beal" Dean.

    Quick, do you know why Republicans are against federal money for stem cell research? They're afraid the Democrats will use it to grow a spine. (ba-da-boom)

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Monday, June 13, 2005

Survey Says . . . DEMS Are the Values Party

Survey Says . . . DEMS Are the Values Party

By The Maven
Section: Politics
Take that, GOP!  A newly released poll "Moral Dilemma: Which Morals?" conducted June 2-5 by Westhill Partners/The Hotline should give pause to those who fear having the Democratic Party push a "values-oriented platform" in upcoming election cycles.
"Which political party - (ROTATE) the Democratic Party, or the Republican Party - do you think better shares your values?"


  Democratic:  44%
  Republican:  40%

And there's plenty more to be pleased about in the results, some surprising, others less so.  There's definitely stuff here that can be gainfully exploited to prevent the GOP from trying to ram through a social agenda which the American people do not support.

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June 13, 2005, 1:02AM

Medical marijuana supporters see hope
Backers say the call to legalize use by patients grows despite court decree
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

Scooting around the grocery in a motorized wheelchair, Marcia Baker doesn't look like a criminal.

But when she gets home to her Fort Bend County subdivision, the 41-year-old former accountant sometimes breaks the law. Most afternoons, she says, she eats brownies made with marijuana to help her cope with multiple sclerosis. Pot, she says, relieves the head tremors and stinging pain in her limbs without inducing the catatonic state typically caused by doses of Vicodin, baclofen, Klonopin and Neurontin her doctor prescribes.

"Does marijuana replace the other drugs? No," Baker said last week. "Does it allow me to take less of the other drugs? Yes."

The controversy over so-called "medical marijuana" received new attention last week when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government may enter people's homes and arrest them on federal charges - even in states where such use has been made legal.

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Friday, June 10, 2005

[infowarsnews] Former DEA Agent: Mexican Commandos Killing In South West US To Protect Bush Drug Cartel

Shocking but not surprising story from Alex Jones who has a radio show in Austin, Texas and is the producer of the film, "The Road to Tyranny". If you haven't seen it you should.

Former DEA Agent: Mexican Commandos Killing In South West US To Protect Bush Drug Cartel

Prison Planet June 9 2005

Retired DEA Agent Celerino "Cele" Castillo III served for 12 years in the Drug Enforcement Administration where he built cases against organized drug rings in Manhattan, raided jungle cocaine labs in the amazon, conducted aerial eradication operations in Guatemala, and assembled and trained anti-narcotics units in several countries.

Cele appeared on the Alex Jones show and dropped the bombshell that los Zetas, Mexican drug commandos trained in the U.S. at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia to be the elite "special forces" of the Mexican military are now murdering police and conducting hits all over the South West US.

This partially came out in the national media last week but the spin was that it was just a case of blowback and that these US trained commandos had come back to haunt their former handlers. The truth is that they are still working for the US government in protecting drug routes to keep the wheels of Wall Street oiled.

These commandos are working directly for the Bush drug cartel in carrying out hits on rival drug smugglers who aren't paying their cut. Witnesses and innocent police, DEA and FBI agents are also being murdered.

Here is the partial transcript from the show. Click here to listen.

Cele Castillo: "That same blueprint they used in Guatamala and in Vietnam they have now brought it to Iraq and the same Colonel who ran the death squads down in El Salvador Colonel James Steele is now running those commando unit death squads in Iraq. So basically we have the same individuals, same cell grups that were in Vietnam that came to central America and Miami and so forth and are now in Iraq and some of them are being trained here in south Texas. There's warehouses down here we're they're training more Zetas individuals that work for the cartels.

Alex Jones: "Now for those that missed that, you have evidence as a former veteran, peace officer and then head DEA agent in Latin America and you live in south Texas, that down there they are training these los Zetas groups and again they're now targeting rival cowboys that are not paying their cut, do you agree with that statement?"

Cele Castillo: "Absolutely but not only that just recently last month we had a female US customs agent driving down the highway and a couple of individuals drove up to her and just shot the hell out of the car and she got hit on the ankle and they're not gonna take any more prisoners. They're now gonna target FBI agents, DEA agents and people that were able to get away from...."

Alex Jones: "And Bush has ordered the border patrol to stand down there in the Tuscon sector because, this was official, because it was cutting in on their drug profits."

Cele Castillo: "Well exactly and now they're planning to come to south Texas and they're gonna do the same thing here in south Texas and there was a story just today in the paper which says border patrol agents say you know what we can't stop these people from coming across the border and the reason that we can't stop them is because our government is not letting us do it."

Alex Jones: "Well I read in the Brownsville paper, the Dallas Moring News you name it that they're conducting murders all over Texas and killing police officers but it's a national secret Cele, it's in regional papers....

Cele Castillo: "Well one of the most major things that people don't realize that's going on is a lot of these people getting murdered are informants for the DEA and FBI and basically people don't wanna admit the fact or let the public know that these people are informants working for the government."

Alex Jones: "Cop killers that work for Bush."

Related: Mexican Drug Commandos

Related: Mexican commandos seek control of border

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night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return
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their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door
 and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had 
nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall
 an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or 
whatever else was at hand.  The Organs would very quickly have 
suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding
 all of Stalin's thirst; the cursed machine would have ground to a
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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

LET STATES DECIDE Medicinal marijuana ruling invites Congress to change law


Medicinal marijuana ruling invites Congress to change law

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The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled 6-3 that sick people who use small amounts of physician-prescribed marijuana to alleviate pain and nausea are subject to federal prosecution. A day later, not much seemed to have changed.

Attorneys general in some of the 10 states that allow marijuana for limited medical purposes issued statements that the ruling would not result in a crackdown on users. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has not indicated whether he will continue the hard-line policy on marijuana use of his predecessor, John Ashcroft.

At least one Justice Department official went out of his way to reassure patients that they had little to fear from federal agents.

"We have never targeted the sick and the dying, but rather criminals engaged in drug trafficking," Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Bill Grant said. That doesn't explain why the DEA participated in a California drug raid four years ago against an accountant with degenerative spinal disease who had grown a few pot plants in her garden for personal use.

That California case led to this week's Supreme Court ruling that scrambled the court's ideological lineup. While liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg voted with the majority, finding that the federal government has the power to regulate the growth and use of pot, conservative Chief Justice William Rehnquist joined Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Clarence Thomas in the dissenting opinion.

Thomas commented that if Congress could regulate a product that was never bought or sold or taken across state lines, it could regulate anything. In the dissent, Justice O'Connor defended the right "that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country."

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Tuesday, June 07, 2005


Here's one of probably the first of many very good editorials - I am guessing that most of hte editorials on this issue are going to be on our side. This ruling basically says "let them eat cake - or marinol".

Diane Monson has suffered for years from degenerative spine disease and
painful muscle spasms. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court told Monson that
she can be prosecuted for trying to relieve her own pain.

Three years ago, federal agents barged into her house, seized and destroyed
the six marijuana plants Monson was growing at her doctor's suggestion.
Monson, an accountant who lives in Oroville, Calif., had been getting
relief from the active ingredient in marijuana that no ordinary drug had
been able to provide.

It was all legal under the laws of California, one of 10 states that since
1996 have authorized patients to grow or obtain marijuana for medical needs
with a doctor's recommendation. But the high court ruled that Congress'
blanket ban on marijuana trumps the states' compassionate desire to create
a limited exception for medicinal reasons.

Monson and Angel Raich are the latest collateral damage in Washington's
indiscriminate war on drugs. Raich, an Oakland mother of two, is subject to
severe, debilitating pain from an inoperable brain tumor and more than a
dozen other ailments. Her desperate measures, seeking relief in using
marijuana grown for her at no cost by her two caregivers, caused her to
join Monson's court case three years ago -- and now could make her also
liable to federal prosecution.

The Court's 6-3 decision was a stretched interpretation of the clause in
the Constitution that gives Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce.

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Stop Supporting the Cops!

Stop Supporting the Cops!

by Michael Peirce

A few years ago I was working as a contract software developer at a big insurance company in Atlanta when a young intern came running in, all excited. He was laughing out loud as he told us "someone has blown up a bunch of BATF in Oklahoma!" Cheers broke out and people came rushing out of their cubes to chatter and look for more information. As the facts of the bombing became clear, the cheering died out immediately. But I sat there dumbfounded. Run of the mill Americans had just cheered because they had thought government cops had been blown away.

However, let the conversation turn to the local police and conservatives invariably revert to bumper sticker platitudes.

So a whole lot of Americans share my contempt for the government cops. But what about the police state in general? The militarized police forces of large cities are the firepower equivalent of some national armies. Even rural towns boast their own SWAT teams these days.

Of course in Atlanta we understand that the APD is a joke – highly politicized and under the thumb of a corrupt bunch of politicians in a town where politically correct means having a caring, black female as chief of police. So of course we love our local, suburban cops. Maybe we should – God knows we want to. But aren’t they breaking down people’s doors and confiscating their property over ridiculous drug offenses? Don’t they set up drunk driving road blocks in the most conscious violation of the rights of free men? Yeah, they do all that. But they are our neighbors. One of them gave my kid a ride to church in his patrol car after the boy’s truck broke down. It’s hard to dislike these guys and frankly I don’t.

We must however, remember the big picture. That same son went riding around the other night in a very fancy SUV that his friend’s dad had picked up at an auction. That’s right, it was confiscated by the forces of law and order.

Who changed the American constitution to allow government to confiscate our private property? Is not private ownership of property the very linchpin of personal freedom?

So what is it with conservatives? This knee jerk response to policemen (and schoolteachers – but another time for that one!) can be fatal to the health of your country. We should be speaking out against these abuses, not calling for more of the same. Very smart and committed journalists like Charley Reese and Jon Dougherty turn into something very far from what their usual work suggests that they are, when they speak of police. The latter is all for the drug war, despite his many columns exposing the nation’s leaders as unspeakably corrupt. Helloooo! Who do you think, fellows, is in command of this intolerable drug war? And who do you think is prosecuting it?

It cannot be forgotten that some of this people involved in drugs are very dangerous criminals, armed to the teeth. It makes one think of prohibition. You can keep your shoes on while you count the folks who’ve been shot over bootleg liquor lately but the streets were pretty hectic there for a while.

Perhaps it’s time to address this major flaw in conservative / libertarian rhetoric. There is always this obligatory homage to the police – yeah, the guys who will be confiscating your firearms in California. The folks in the macho drag SWAT get ups who kick in people’s doors and stick automatic weapons in kid’s faces. The drug warriors...The guys who regularly "put it all on the line" for us. Right....

Now I say to you, stop supporting the cops! They shoot people over this drug war nonsense but didn’t have the guts to go in at Columbine. They stood around "minimizing police casualties." They routinely obey un-constitutional and / or immoral orders. For which we hung rather a lot of Germans I seem to recall. They have made it clear that they work for the politicians not the people.

Remember Seattle? Who were they "protecting" there. Certainly not the shop owners, as left-anarchists ran wild trashing what they would. No, the cops were the folks protecting the WTO, and making sure the shop owners did not use guns to protect their own property. Was it not LAPD who stood around with their thumbs in their collective asses while rioters tore east LA apart? The only people who had a chance were the Koreans who had armed themselves.

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April 10, 2000

Mr. Peirce fought with the Rhodesian freedom fighters (the Ian Smith side, of course).

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Medical users fair game

This ruling really irritates me - but it is not the end. For one thing it DOES NOT invalidate the state's medical marijuana bills. These laws still protect patients from arrest by state and local officials. Not only that there is a current rescheduling petition that was submitted to DEA and passed with merit to HHS. Quoting a Drug Policy Forum of Texas-Houston Co-Founder and past President Jerry Epstein from a recent email to the DPFT ( email list
"The political class will call for another damn review. Tell them it is underway at HHS right now and you want quick action and public hearings."

Medical pot users fair game
High court rules that feds may prosecute even in states that allow it
07:50 PM CDT on Monday, June 6, 2005

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – People who smoke marijuana because their doctors recommend it to ease pain can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, overriding medical marijuana statutes in 10 states.

The court's 6-3 decision was filled with sympathy for two seriously ill California women who brought the case, but the majority agreed that federal agents may arrest even sick people who use the drug as well as the people who grow pot for them.

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Friday, June 03, 2005

The Fight to Stop the Patriot Act Expansion Begins Now

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The Fight to Stop the Patriot Act Expansion Begins Now

The debate around the Patriot Act is approaching a crucial moment of decision. Will we sit back while the Bush Administration sacrifices our liberty, or will we answer freedom's call and help Congress bring the Patriot Act in line with the Constitution?

There are significant flaws in the Patriot Act, flaws that threaten your fundamental freedoms by giving the government the power to access to your medical records, tax records, information about the books you buy or borrow without probable cause, and the power to break into your home and conduct secret searches without telling you for weeks, months, or indefinitely.

Some of these flawed provisions are set to expire at the end of the year. But President Bush wants to make them permanent, and the House and Senate have been holding hearings in preparation for votes that are expected this June and July.

We must not permit this power grab to go unchecked. We have less than two months to stop the Bush Administration's Patriot Act expansion plans.

You have an important role to play in the fight. Your Members of Congress are accountable to you, their constituent. Many of them know that the Patriot Act needs to be fixed, not expanded. And if they have the courage of their convictions, they won't give in to this latest Bush Administration power grab. But they've got to hear from every American who knows that the Patriot Act erodes our fundamental privacy and due process rights.

Defend the Constitution and your own fundamental freedoms by urging Congress to reject an expansion of the Patriot Act.

In the coming weeks we'll be asking for your help to stop these efforts to increase secret government surveillance and search powers. The Patriot Act imposes restrictions on your privacy that no democratic and free society should tolerate. We need you to use your power as a concerned citizen to stop the government from stripping away your rights.

The Patriot Act's extreme powers do not have to be a fact of life. We can make sure many of its infamous provisions expire at the end of this year. We have an opportunity to stop Congress from expanding secret government surveillance and removing proper checks and balances.

What can you do?

Refuse to Surrender Your Freedom right now by clicking here to send an email to your Members of Congress. Tell them you oppose the Patriot Act's expansion.

Next week we are going to be asking you to call to your Members of Congress on this issue. Together we are going to "light up the phones" in Congress and make our voices heard.

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We know that there is widespread opposition to Patriot Act. When we speak out and communicate this opposition to our elected officials, they notice. Members of Congress from across the political spectrum have their own doubts about the Patriot Act and in light of the growing bipartisan opposition, these leaders will see that they cannot support this flawed legislation.

Public outcry has helped us stop legislation and other government actions in the past. It is up to us to use our power again. Just last month the Senate Intelligence Committee responded public pressure by holding an unplanned public hearing on the Patriot Act. We must keep pushing for Congress to make the right choices.

Through public pressure and aggressive lobbying, we are going to put such pressure on Congress that they will be forced to stop attempts to expand the Patriot Act. What the Patriot Act needs is the common sense and reasonable fixes the ACLU has endorsed, not expansion.

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Congress is about to expand the drug war! Don't let them do it!

Congress is about to expand the drug war

FROM: Rob Kampia, executive director, Marijuana Policy Project

The Marijuana Policy Project is forwarding you the message below on behalf of

New legislation currently making its way through the House of Representatives poses a grave threat. If passed, H.R. 1528 will force Americans to inform on their friends, family members, or neighbors within 24 hours of acquiring any knowledge about their involvement in drug related activity, including marijuana.

Please visit to stop this bill in its tracks.

As is often the case with new federal violations of civil liberties, this bill is constructed to appear as though it is designed to protect children from drugs, but its implications are far more sinister:

* Observe one student passing a joint to another, and you could fall under this law. You would be required to report the incident to authorities within 24 hours or risk prosecution and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison.

* If a neighbor under 21 mentions buying some marijuana for a party, you would be required to report him or her to the government or risk jail time yourself.

* If your brothers or sisters have children and mention to you that they and their spouses sometimes smoke marijuana in their bedroom after their kids are asleep, you would be required to immediately inform on them or face prison time.

You can see what a threatening new environment this proposed legislation would create for everyone. It would erect barriers of paranoia between friends, family members, and neighbors and is rife with potential for police abuse, extortion, and the creation of false informants. is mounting a campaign to defeat this bill. Visit learn more and then take action by sending a message to Congress telling them what you think of this bill. Please send a message now, while we can still stop this terrible legislation.

P.S. H.R. 1528 is supposedly designed to protect children -- but the bill is actually anti-family. It expands mandatory minimum sentencing and increases the ways those minimum sentences could kick in. It's absolutely draconian.

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Drug War Chronicle, Issue #389

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Issue #389, 6/3/05
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    US Congressman Criticizes Drug War at
    Seattle Fundraiser Wednesday Night

    More than 50 Seattle area drug reformers, educators, and political figures led by US Rep. Jim McDermott gathered Wednesday evening in downtown Seattle for a successful fundraiser for a scholarship program set up by DRCNet to provide financial aid to students losing financial aid for college because of drug convictions.
    The British Court of Appeal has ruled that medical marijuana users or suppliers in the United Kingdom may not avoid conviction by raising a medical necessity defense. But they also left the way open for an appeal to the House of Lords.
    An eight-month undercover investigation and mass arrest of minor offenders seemed like business as usual -- until a hard-line prosecutor announced he would charge them under the state's draconian "drug free school zone" law, inciting a civic rebellion that has yet to reach a conclusion.
    Another week, another busted Border Patrol agent, another crooked cop going to the pen, a prosecutor gone bad headed to the same place -- and a case from New York City that demonstrates the moral rot at the heart of drug law enforcement.
    Oregon legislators seeking to get the state Department of Human Services budget out of the red are moving on a bill that would reduce the deficit by, among other things, grabbing $900,000 in medical marijuana user fees currently sitting in a state Office of Medical Marijuana account.
    The fall-out from a pair of Supreme Court decisions upending the nearly 20-year-old federal sentencing guidelines scheme continues.
    Connecticut's Republican governor, Jodi Rell, vetoed legislation Thursday that would have eliminated the disparity in sentences involving crack versus powder cocaine.
    Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski is addicted to criminalization and has vowed to pursue recently defeated anti-marijuana bills again next year.
    Using the Wednesday release of a cost study of marijuana prohibition as a peg, more than 500 economists led by free market apostle Milton Friedman are calling for a national debate on moving toward regulated marijuana markets.
    Blaming free trade and globalization, the authoritarian government of the planet's most populous nation conceded Thursday that its multiple crackdowns on drugs have failed to blunt increasing use.
    Forty-year-old John de John was exonerated of "drugged driving" by a laboratory, but only after TV camera crews had filmed his being stopped, forced to submit to drug tests and accused by police. Now he is suing the Australian state of Victoria for defamation.
    Elders and officials in the remote Philippine region of Ifugao are "no longer excited" about participating in marijuana eradication programs. Their complaint -- the government has failed in its promise to build roads, and legal crops therefore cannot make it to market before rotting.
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