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The Hartford Courant "Untruths, unreliable data create obstacles in war on drugs." It is a stark message designed to persuade youths to stay away from marijuana. And it is a lie. The narrator tells television viewers they are watching the brain waves of a normal 14-year-old. As he speaks, squiggly lines with high peaks show an obviously active brain. The picture changes: The lines flatten. These, the narrator says, are the brain waves of a 14-year-old on marijuana. The problem with this national television advertisement is that the flatter "brain waves" are not those of a teenager on dope; they are not brain waves at all. The electroencephalograph was not hooked up to anyone. It is not just brain waves that are being manipulated in the war against drugs. Truth has been a casualty in other areas as well. For example: A study cited by presidents and business leaders to demonstrate the effect of drug use on worker productivity has no scientific validity according to the organization that conducted it. No one has been able to produce another widely quoted study that purportedly showed drug users cost companies more in worker's compensation claims and medical benefits. A third study, used to show that marijuana could cause long-term impairment, was improperly conducted and reached conclusions no other study has been able to duplicated, according to one of its authors. [article goes on to say that drugs are bad but that lying about it destroys the credibility of the anti-drug crusade.] "Part of the problem we have as drug educators today is that kids don't believe us," said Dr. Lester Grinspoon, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School who has researched the effects of marijuana. "They've been told for so long that marijuana is very bad for them and then they go off to college and see a brilliant English major that smokes dope and nothing's happened to his or her brain or heart. Then they use it themselves and discover it's the least harmful illegal drug. So they say that maybe they've been lied to about cocaine or PCP, too." But such questions are not the foremost concern of the organization that created the brain-wave advertisement. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America wants, above all else, to prevent people from using drugs. Theresa Grant, public information director for the nonprofit organization, said she doesn't see any problem with the ad. "The marijuana brain-wave commercial was one of the ads that we used as a fact, rather than a fear-inducing ad," Grant said. later, she acknowledged: "It was a simulation. They manipulated the machine. It was not attached to any person. It was not scientific. At the time we created it in 1987, we were told that it was an appropriate representation," by the government's National Institute on Drug Abuse. ... She emphasized that the partnership has not conceded that the brain-wave representation was inaccurate ... "It's a flat lie," said Grinspoon. "Marijuana has no clinically significant effect on the electroencephalograph." ... Citing a Harvard Medical School study, he said, "Nobody has been able to demonstrate one iota of brain damage from smoking marijuana." Social 'Studies' Last year President Bush declared that "drug abuse among American workers costs businesses anywhere from $60 billion to $100 billion a year in lost productivity, absenteeism, drug-related accidents, medical claims and theft." Where did he get those number? Bush, and President Reagan before him, have based their comments about drugs and productivity on a study conducted by the Research Triangle Institute, a nonprofit research organization near Raleigh, N.C., according to Henrick J. Harwood, who led the study and now is senior policy analyst in the White House drug policy office. ... "It was an inexpensive study done with inadequate data," said Reid Maness, senior manager of communications for Research Triangle Institute. "Unfortunately, there hasn't been attempt since then to do anything better. This still remains the most recent and best study of its type. "When we see people being critical about it, we don't get too upset. RTI would agree that the study does not have a lot of precision. We never claimed that it did," Maness said. The study concluded: o People who had *ever* been heavy marijuana users cost the nation $34.2 billion in diminished worker productivity in 1980. o Adding the costs of drug-related health problems, crime and accidents -- figures that exist only in very rough estimates -- the study concluded that all drug abuse, excluding alcohol, cost the country $47 billion in 1980. How did the institute come up with its figures? Using statistics from a 1982 household survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the institute compared the average income for households in which one person admitted to having every used marijuana daily to the average for households in which no one admitted to having ever used marijuana daily. Households with former heavy smokers of marijuana had an average income 27.9 percent lower than similar households in which marijuana had not been used heavily, the institute said. The study concluded that, when the figures were extrapolated to the general population, marijuana abuse caused an estimated loss in income of $34.2 billion in 1980. In turn, the researchers equated the reduced income with reduced productivity. ... "The study is worthless," said Dr. John P. Morgan, medical professor and head of the pharmacology department at the City University of New York Medical School. "It is obviously absurd. It has to do with the fact that NIDA is functioning chiefly as a minister of propaganda in the war on drugs." The study did not prove any relationship between marijuana use and reduced household income. Despite its conclusion that "The [productivity] loss due to marijuana abuse was estimated at $34.2 billion for 1980," the study elsewhere notes that the reduced income was not necessarily a result of marijuana use. Even if it were, income does not equal productivity. In an article in the University of Kansas Law Review, Morgan write that if income were the same as productivity, then "a judge is less productive than a practicing lawyer, a medical school professor is less productive than a practicing physician, a farmer is less productive than a florist and an elementary school teacher is less productive than an owner of a daycare center." The study arrived at one particularly curious conclusion: People who were *currently* abusing any illegal drug cost the nation nothing in diminished worker productivity A 34-year-old who told researchers in 1982 that he had smoked marijuana every day during the summer of 1966 and had not touched an illegal drug since would be classified as a worker whose productivity was significantly diminished by drug use. But the classification for diminished productivity applied only when someone *quit* smoking marijuana, not if someone continued to use marijuana, cocaine or heroin. Harwood acknowledged this. "We looked at current drug users vs. others and found no significant difference [in productivity] between current users and never-users," he said. The study that wasn't. Shocking anti-drug statistics seem always to make headlines, regardless of what they are based upon. In 1983, Dr. Sidney Cohen, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, wrote in the Drug Abuse and Alcoholism Newsletter that drug users were five times as likely to file workers' compensation claims and that they received three times the average level of benefits for illness. His source was a study purportedly done by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. Many other drug fighters, particularly people in favor of widespread drug testing of employees, have quoted either the Firestone study or the newsletter edited by Cohen, who has since died. In fact, there appears to have been no such study. "About three people have asked me for that study," said the Firestone medical director, Dr. E. Gates Morgan. "I'm unaware of it. We had an [employee assistance program] man with us, but left the company in 1983 and died in 1987. I've looked all over for the stuff he wrote, but we don't have any copies of it at all." ... A life of their own Other widely quoted studies have even larger margins of error -- but you wouldn't know that by listening to the people who quote them. "Marijuana does not wear off in a couple of hours," said Rosanna Creighton, president of the nonpartisan lobbying group "Citizens for a Drug-free Oregon." "The pleasure high is gone, but the effect it has ... on motor skills, eye-to-hand coordination, peripheral vision ... is not gone. A Stanford University study showed that 24 hours after smoking marijuana, the ability of airplane pilots was impaired." Creighton was referring to a 1985 study paid for by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Veterans Administration Medical Research Service. It has been used to show that even casual marijuana use is dangerous -- despite many government studies that have concluded the opposite. ... The study said that although the pilots were unaware they were impaired, their marijuana-induced errors could easily lead to airplane crashes. But a co-author of the study is not confident of those findings. "The results of the study were suggestive, non conclusive," said Dr. Von Otto Leirer, an experimental psychologist. "We didn't have the appropriate controls for the experiment. That was a real serious problem." Leirer said a follow-up study, using the proper controls and methods, was conducted. That study was published in December, but attracted little notice. ... In the past 20 years, studies have shown marijuana to cause brain damage, paranoia, early senility, heart malfunction and sexual problems, Grinspoon said. In every case, he said, follow-up studies failed to confirm that marijuana caused any of those problems. ============================================================================ Reprinted from the S.F. Examiner (8-16-90): PANEL: LEGALIZE DRUG USE IN STATE But attorney general blocks publication of board findings. SACRAMENTO - Attorney General John Van de Kamp's office has blocked state publication of an advisory panel's report suggesting that the best way to combat drug abuse in California is decriminalization. According to the state panel, created in 1969 to oversee research into drug abuse, current anti-drug laws have been "manifestly unseccessful in that we are now using more and a greater variety of drugs, legal and illegal." Specifically, it said the Legislature should legalize cultivation of marijuana for personal use, consider decriminalization of other drugs on an individual basis and legalize posession of hypodermic needles. The controversial report is by the Research Advisory Panel, a seven member commission created by the Legislature to study drug abuse and possible remedies. Members are appointed by various state agencies and the governor, and they issue a report every year. The attorney general's office oversees the panel's budget and this year, for the first time, is refusing to pay for publication and distribution of the "commentary" section of the panel's annual report, according to a panel member. It is that section, approved by a majority vote of the panel, that calls for decriminalization of drugs. Van de Kamp's office had not immediate comment on the situation. Panelist will use own money. One member of the panel -- Dr. Frederick H. Meyers, the panel's vice chairman -- confirmed the action by the attorney general's office and said he would use his own money to print and distribute the banned secion. "The attorney general insists that his office has the right to review the report," and has forbidden the panel to use its funds "to carry out its statutory obligation to report annually to the governor and the Legislature unless the commentary section is eliminated," Meyers said in a letter prepared for distribution with the commentary section. Meyers, a professor of pharmacology at UC-San Francisco who has served on the panel since its inception, said fear was behind the reaction of Van de Kamp's office. "I think at the moment, the reaction has just been hysterical," he said in an interview. "It's been whipped up by the enforcement people. Elected officials are scared to say anything but more enforcement. Somebody has to resist it." ... In its commentary section, the panel said "a first step toward rationalizing our approach would be to further isolate marijuana from other illegal drugs. This drug is widely used as a social drug, comparable to alcohol. "More than half of the population has or will have had experience with this drug." it said. "Marijuana presents the same problems of responsible and irresponsible use as alcohol. --- -wat- -- *** Annual drug deaths: tobacco: 395,000, alcohol: 125,000, 'legal' drugs: 38,000, illegal drug overdoses: 5,200, marijuana: 0. Considering government subsidies of tobacco, just what is our government protecting us from in the drug war? ============================================================================ I'm reposting this article because of its broader implications in America becoming the next Iran style theocracy and the infringements on any non-party line religions that this would entail: In article <24734.267579f5@kuhub.cc.ukans.edu> dougm@kuhub.cc.ukans.edu writes: >This story is reprinted without permission from the Lawrence >Journal-World of Tuesday, June 12, 1990. > >Drug problems blamed on Satan >by Don Lattin >San Francisco Chronicle > >New Orleans -- To the shouts of Baptist preachers yelling "amen," >federal drug czar William Bennett blamed Satan for the national >epidemic of drug abuse. > "It is a product of the Great Deceiver," Bennett told an >assembly of some 2,500 Southern Baptist pastors and other church >leaders on Monday. > "I have seen the face of evil," said Bennett, a Roman >Catholic. "If you don't think there is evil in the world today, >travel with me on the drug circuit." > "We need to bring to these people in need the god who heals." > Bennett, director of National Drug Control Policy for the Bush >administration, urged church leaders to take a greater role in drug >prevention, treatment and recovery. > "The drug problem is fundamentally a moral problem -- in the >end, a spiritual problem," said Bennett. "It is seeking meaning in a >place where no meaning can come." > Bennett said he has run into many people in drug treatment >centers who call crack cocaine "the devil." > "This has come up too often to be ignored," he said. > Telling of a mother who forced her teen-age daughter into >prostitution to buy drugs, and of parents who killed their baby by >blowing crack cocaine smoke down the infant's lungs, Bennett said: "If >that isn't the face of evil in our time, I don't know what is." > Calling for a moral revival and the "death of modernism," >Bennett said it is time for the nation's public schools to start >talking about values. > Modernism consists of philosophies that attempt to redefine >Biblical and Christian teachings in the context of modern science, >historical research or other developments. > "We need to say in our public schools that there is a >difference between right and wrong," Bennett said. > After his luncheon address, Bennett praised two recent U.S. >Supreme Court decisions -- one allowing student Bible clubs in public >schools and another upholding the right of states to outlaw the use of >peyote in Native American religious rites. > Blasting "fastidious disdain" toward religion in the public >schools, Bennett said student Bible clubs will create "a positive >climate for teaching values in the educational system." > President Bush had been expected to address the Southern >Baptist Convention this week, but will not. > Bennett said the president did not tell him his reasons for >not attending. > Some conservative/fundamentalist Baptists objected to a visit >by the president after Bush invited gay rights leaders to a White >House ceremony in April to sign a national "hate crimes" bill. > "We have the dubious distinction of making everybody mad," a >White House official said. > >-------------------------------------------- > >We can no longer call Bennett the Drug Czar. I think a better title >for him following the above speech would be The Drug Ayatollah >Bennett. > >It looks like Bennett has more changes to make in this country >than the mere apprehension of a few druggies. For now let us remember >that the War on Drugs is now the Holy War on Drugs and is no longer >susceptible to scientific criticism. -- *** Drugs are the product of Satan. Drug users need to be saved by the Holy Power of Jesus Christ. -- current Drug Czar & drug addict, William Bennett ============================================================================ Subject: The latest stupidity of the drug war. Summary: Bush administration helps create terrorists abroad, then imports them to US and gives them diplomatic immunity. ----- Several weeks ago there passed almost unnoticed a news article telling how Mexican national police were going to be allowed to operate in the southwestern US under diplomatic immunity. Their number was to equal the number of DEA agents operating in Mexico. This should give great pause to anyone who is cognizant of the Mexican police force's reputation for corruption and brutality. This morning, the following article appeared on the front page of the _Austin_American-Statesman. ----- Begin excerpt ----- In Mexico, a terror from within Human rights groups report torture, beatings by police on rise By Nancy Nusser Cox News Service Tijuana, abroad Mexico -- During a four-month period last year, 75 Tijuana youths ages 8 to 17 were arrested on minor charges, then beaten, kicked and tortured with electric shocks by police, according to a local human rights group. ... Police are using torture as a "systematic method of investigation," said Victor Clark Alfaro, directory of the Binational Center for Human Rights here. Clark and other human rights officials have reported an increase in torture, beatings and killings by Mexico's security forces in recent months. They said the victims have ranged from children accused of breaking windows to political activists opposing Mexico's governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. ... Fallout from the drug war Many abuses are the product of random but frequent violence by a newly powerful and still corrupt police force, Castaneda said. Working to cooperate with the United States in the war on drugs, Mexico two years ago created an elite corps of federal anti-drug police. The powerful squads are often responsible for the worst abuses, human rights groups say. In its report, American Watch detailed numerous cases of beatings and torture by federal narcotic squads. At least nine people were killed by narcotics police in the past year, the report said. ... ----- End of excerpt. ----- That these police work with diplomatic immunity in the US means that they can use the same methods here as they do in Mexico. A US citizen who is tortured by these police, or the family of someone who is killed, has but one recourse: to get the government to send the agents back to Mexico. They cannot be charged and tried for any crimes committed here. The Bush administration has helped create in a foreign country a terrorist police group that uses torture as a method of investigation and that freely kills suspects and "undesirables". It has now given some of them free reign to operate here. One can only wonder what insanity will next grip the drug warriors. Russell ============================================================================ Subject: Partnership lies to America The Partnership for a Drug-Free America uses exagerated figures to detail the cost of illegal drug use, according to an article in the "St. Petersburg Times" (June 29, 1990). It's bogus numbers like these that influence companies, courts, politicians, etc. to support things like mandatory drug tests... This is a summary of the article. The Partnership claims that, among other things: 1. Drug use costs American businesses at least $60 billion a year. 2. The average drug user fist gets high at 11.6 years old. 3. Your doctor is 50 % more likely to ba an addict than you neighbor. 4. Drug users are 3.6 times more likely to injure themselves or another in an on-the-job accident, and 5 times more likely to file a worker's compensation claim. "Scary statistics," the "Times" says, "But public records and interviews show that they're also exaggerated, based on flimsy evidence, or plain wrong." Dr. John P. Morgan, a CUNY medical professor and frequent critic of the Parnership, says "What this is ... is chemical McCarthyism... One of the reasons young people have no faith in what we say about drugs is because of lies by people like the Partnership." Further, the Parnership is apparently aware of the quality of its statistics. Dr. Donald Macdonald (a Partnership member currently on a media tour) admitted to the "Times" that their statistics are "soft". The "Times", from a sampling of 5 categories of statistics that the Partnership said were based on careful research, only found one correct statistic: 1 in 3 state criminals say they were on drugs when they committed their crimes. Here are some specific problems with the statistics above: 1. Drug use costs American businesses at least $60 billion a year Note that this is nearly 1/2 of the federal budget deficit. The number comes from a '83 federal study finding that the "death, crime, health care costs, social programs and lost productivity" costs of illegal drugs are $60 billion. (Only) $34 billion was linked to business in terms of "productivity". The study's author, economist Henrick Harwood, says the Partnership is wrong to use even that lower figure as the 'cost to business.' It accounts mostly for earnings lost by the workers themselves. 2. The average drug user first gets high at 11.6 years old. Incredible, but wrong. "We have encouraged them not to use that figure... We have been beating them over the head about using this, but they still are," says a representative of the Partnership's pollster. Apparently, this is the average age in which drug using teens first report smoking a cigarette. 3. Your doctor is 50 % more likely to be an addict than your neighbor. A Partnership vice president said this came from "Newsweek", but couldn't provide a specific reference. The "Times" found an '83 article in which a Chicago nurse was quoted providing a similar statistic. When contacted, the nurse said that it was more like 30-40%, and that they should be quoting those numbers anyway because they were based on "skimpy research" and were 7 years out of date 4. Drug users are 3.6 times more likely to injure themselves or another in an on-the-job accident, and 5 times more likely to file a worker's compensation claim. Dr. Morgan traced the origin of this claim to "an informal study of alcoholics." He wrote, "The statistics generated ... have nothing to do with (illegal) drug users." Dr. Macdonald (Partnership rep.) said "He's probably right." ============================================================================ From: hagerp@iuvax.cs.indiana.edu (Paul Hager) Subject: WoD: Report from the Frontlines #1 This is an eyewitness account from the frontline of the WoD by a person who wishes to remain anonymous. I will have some comments at the end. cut here--------------------------------------------------------- Being the poor student that i am, i had to turn down the $10/hr job that had no drug testing for the $18/hr job that has random drug testing. Both jobs are full time for the summer and part time during the school year, with great opportunities after i graduate, isn't it funny how money can influence one so much. The pre-screening for the job went like this : The place for the pre-hiring testing was the women's bathroom, with a table of boxes and sample vials in one corner. Two women were conducting the test. They asked me to empty my pockets of all but my wallet, but they did not pat search me. I then had to wash my hands with soap, then pick out a vial for use. One of the nurses (?) flushed the toilet (standard stall type) and put a blue dye in it. They remained outside the stall while i filled the vial. With the sample they took the temperature (96.5 for me), and the specific gravity (1.005 ?units?). They poured the sample into two separate bottles, one for shipping to the lab, and the other for keeping in case of retesting. The pre-test was EMIT, and if it turned positive the person would be informed and asked if he wanted them to do the second test (i think it was some sort of gas chromatography). If the second one turned positive the person would have to meet with some sort of doc they had - to discuss why, and what to do about it. The next test was the breath analyzer, >= .04 was failing, that i had to take twice. The third test of the day was the MMPI, a 560+ test with yes/no type questions. It was used for a psychological screening. A real funny test - the running theme throughout it was to see how paranoid you are. The fourth witchhunt (on a different day) was to see a shrink. Everyone that applies here must do it, but for me i had to see him early, because they did not like two of my answers ... one was that i had enjoyed marijuana use before, and the second was that i have had a strange/peculiar event (my one LSD trip). The shrink seemed to be very interested in my past use of drugs, he keep coming back to it -- like asking what i did while on it, do i still keep the same friends, do they still smoke, what do they think of my quitting, etc ad nauseam. It ended up that he failed me!! Now i have to appeal it, take the test again, then see a different shrink (by the time this is posted it will probably be another day before i do it yet). What is this WoD coming to? Is it teaching everyone how to lie? A couple of asides: I am currently trying to find out what the unix address of the CEO of Pac Bell is - i have inside help. It will be possible for everyone to write to him and to complain about the decision for testing. It has been rather difficult to find _The Emperor Wears no Clothes_. But what i did find out, was that for $35 i can get the book and the WWII propaganda film for farmers to plant hemp. When i get a chance to view it, i will be able to tape it and get it to as many people as i can (i will post when i get it and leave some way for people to contact me if they want it). One of the films that we had to see for my new job is about how to tell if employees are on drugs and how to turn them in, and the sample of pot they had was this pile of seeds and shake, the most nasting shit i have ever seen. It is very dry here right now, i have heard of mediocre stuff going for $45 per 1/8. end post--------------------------------------------------------- [What the poster has related to us is a recrudescence of corporate Big-brotherism that occurred in the Reagan/Bush administration and is now reaching epidemic proportions. The MMPI to which the poster refers is the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, a standardized test that screens for deviant personality based upon how a "reference" population responded to the same questions. The obvious political dimension to this should escape no one. I should note that the MMPI and other similar tests (for example the CPI -- California Personality Inventory) have been used to probe the personality of marijuana users for over 20 years. Studies using these tests have turned up results that undoubtably embarrassed the researchers who were looking for emotionally crippled, amotivated, burn-out cases. Not surprisingly, MJ smokers were found to be nonconformist but this was counterbalanced by their greater intellectual curiosity, wider variety of interests and higher lever of social empathy. These standardized personality tests have to be updated periodically because what is "normal" or non-deviant behavior, evolves over time. So, to the extent that they have any validity at all, it is as a benchmark for what is currently "approved" behavior or attitudes and nothing else. (As an aside, I should mention that my undergraduate degree is in Sociology with Psychology and Anthropology thrown it. I have been quite familiar with these kind of tests for over 20 years. If you have to take one of them, I recommend giving the answers that are "expected". This can usually be figured out using common sense.) This whole issue of a corporation's right to know virtually anything about a person's off-the-job life is THE major threat to civil liberties as we enter the decade of the 90's. Drug testing and personality testing and lie-detector testing establish the precedent for ever greater scrutiny into YOUR innermost personal lifestyle choices by people who have the power to deny YOU your livelihood. Now 80% of the Fortune 500 companies drug test employees and other forms of pre-screening potential employees are gaining favor nationwide. The idea that the individual "can just find an enlightened company" is rapidly being invalidated by the pace with which corporate America is jumping onto the "company as Big Brother" band wagon. The solution, I think, requires collective action. The most obvious avenue for collective action is through a labor union. Professional folks generally want nothing to do with a union but as long as that attitude continues "The Company" will have all of the power. If you are currently employed, find like-minded people and consider joining or forming a union that opposes corporate Big-brotherism. The second avenue is political action through the electoral process. Form political action committees, join established organizations like the Drug Policy Foundation (membership starts at an affordable $25/year), and make YOUR voice heard. The war has started. We are all combatants.] -- paul hager hagerp@iuvax.cs.indiana.edu "I would give the Devil benefit of the law for my own safety's sake." --from _A_Man_for_All_Seasons_ by Robert Bolt ============================================================================ From: jw@well.sf.ca.us (Joe W.) Subject: A Casualty of the Drug War Summary: Grandmother's home ransacked by SWAT team ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- From _The Columbus Dispatch_ (Columbus Ohio) Wednesday, June 13, 1990: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Widow wonders when police will pay for raid's damages By Michael J. Berens and Roger Snell _Dispatch_ Staff Reporters A 79-year-old widow who "forgave" police for wrongly raiding her North Side home on March 1 is not so forgiving about the city's refusal to pay $3,100 in damages despite public promises. Faye Carter, a grandmother of 34, said she has been forced to hire an attorney to seek reimbursement and answers as to why her home at 985 E. 17th Ave. was identified by the police as a drug "stash house." The attorney has charged in a court motion that a police narcotics officer used false information to get the search warrant, then "falsely stated" on court documents that Carter's home was not searched. When contacted by _The Dispatch_ yesterday, Assistant City Attorney David Insley said city officials are now planning to ask the City Council to decide the damage issue. The request has been delayed because the claim file has been "lost a couple times," he said. Insley called the raid an "honest mistake" and believes the city is immune from liability. However, City Attorney Ron O'Brien said yesterday that police have promised since the day of the raid that Carter's repair expenses would be covered. Carter's husband died 19 years ago. She stood in the middle of her living room yesterday surrounded by memories among hundreds of vases, pictures, figures, and knick-knacks given as presents from her nine children, grandchildren, and 42 great-grandchildren. On March 1, Carter, a daughter and two granddaughters huddled behind a door after spotting masked men running through their yard. Seconds later, wood bullets slammed through three windows and bounced across walls and ceilings, slamming into many of the mementos. "You just go numb. I was so relieved it was the police. I thought we were being robbed," Carter said, pointing to an indentation in her false ceiling. Carter, who draws $427 a month from Social Security, said her grandsons bought new windows and a door and installed them to save on the hefty labor fees of a contractor. Carter said she had to buy a new mattress because shards of glass were imbedded in the fabric when police broke a bedroom window. Carter's attorney, Mary Jane McFadden, is a former U.S. assistant prosecutor. McFadden said in a motion filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court this week that police based the raid solely on the word of a jailed informant. Narcotics Officer Ellen Wilhelm attached an affidavit to court records stating that she verified the informant's information with her "independent" investigation that the home at 985 E. 17th Ave. is light yellow and has an alley at the rear. Carter's house is tan, and no alley runs behind the home. After the raid, Wilhelm hand-wrote "no search conducted" on an inventory sheet filed with the warrant in Municipal Court, court records show. Carter, however, said that not only did police search her home, they pulled out drawers, tossed clothes on the floor and left closets and cupboards in disarray. Family members made a videotape of the damage. about the raid or whether there was an internal probe. an internal investigation. Insley says he knows there was an inquiry but didn't know whether it was handled by the internal affairs bureau or Capt. John Rockwell, head of the narcotics bureau. Carter and her attorney also are asking police to disclose how many times they conduct raids and find no evidence of criminal activity. In a series of articles this year, _The Dispatch_ documented that narcotics officers have failed to find drugs in one of every three crack raids and relied almost solely on informants for their drug buys. Carter said she has forgiven police for a mistake. All she wants, she said, is to get her house fixed. ---------------------------End of quoted article------------------------------ There was a follow-up article the next day, saying that the Mayor said he was "shocked to learn that police hadn't paid for the damages. (He was making opening comments before an anti-drug press conference.) :-} He said, "we have an immediate moral obligation -- forget the legal obligations -- to rectify the situation." A City Coucilman was also posturing indignantly. Police said that they had investigated the raid and determined that no officer had done anything improper. Erroneous tips from two sources led police to believe that Carter's home was a "stash house" where large quantities of drugs were stored. One was a jailed informant who was reliable except for the address he gave. Another drug suspect told the organized crime bureau Feb. 8 that a drug dealer lived at 985 E. 17th Ave. On the issue of the false warrant ("no search conducted"), a police apologist said that Officer Wilhelm "didn't fudge a darn thing." The SWAT team, by rifling through drawers and tossing clothes out of closets, "secured" the house. Narcotics officers never searched the house. Carter's attorney filed a motion in Franklin County Coomon pleas Court this week seeking police records related to the raid. Such a motion for discovery often precedes a lawsuit. ------------------------------- "I was so relieved it was the police." Faye Carter ============================================================================ Subject: LAPD, Gates: The Drug War's Dark Side Over the last couple of days, an amateur video showing the savage beating of an arrested "suspect" by a group of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers has been appearing on national news programs. The LAPD has long had a reputation for excessive use of force and racially motivated harrassment of minorities. This most recent event has caught the Department _in flagrante delicto_. LAPD Chief, Daryl Gates, has for years been the consumate drug warrior. It was Chief Gates who stated publicly that "casual drug users should be shot" -- a unique way to deal with marijuana users. If Chief Gates had had his way, then Republican Minority Whip, Newt Gingrich -- born-again drug warrior -- would have been eliminated back during his college days when he "experimented" with the evil weed. And who can forget George Washington, the founder of the U.S., who, when President, received a gift of cannabis tonic from Ben Franklin -- guess ole' Daryl would have stood him up against the wall, too. The racist component of the drug war should never be forgotten. The LAPD has been repeatedly accused of harrassing blacks and hispanics -- this harrassment has generally been justified on the basis that the police "suspect" the harrassee of being a "drug dealer". Excessive use of force in arresting black suspects has been alleged for years because of the disturbing frequency with which blacks don't survive long enough to be booked. The use of the "choke hold" seemed to result in a large number of blacks who died while being "subdued". Chief Gates' comments on this are a matter of public record: the blacks, he claimed, had a genetic defect that made them more susceptible to strangulation. Gates' and the LAPD are also the architects of the D.A.R.E program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). This program is based upon the totally unscientific assumption that drug abuse is the result of "peer pressure" -- a conjecture specifically refuted by studies ranging from Hogan & Fox (1971) to Shedler & Block (1990) [See my letter to Drug-Free Indiana for a more complete cite]. Furthermore, the D.A.R.E. approach is built around an authoritarian, paternalistic view of how society should be run. Although the D.A.R.E program purports to instruct children on the hazards of drug use, it actually is a sort of kindergarten "boot camp" approach that spreads lies about drug use and users and tries to turn kids into little drug war robots. Sometimes, kids whipped up by the friendly police officers (the Bloomington program actually has an officer who goes by the moniker, "Officer Friendly") call up the local drug hotline to report that their parents have lit up a joint. The funny thing about D.A.R.E is that part of the training involves teaching kids to be "confident", to "square their shoulders" and "look people straight in the eye" and "not be afraid to say no". If the confidence building program really worked, I'd expect to hear more kids look the friendly officer in the eye and say, "piss off." -- paul hager hagerp@iuvax.cs.indiana.edu "The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself" -- Sir Richard F. Burton ============================================================================ Some addresses requested by e-mail in response to "Drug Peace" organizations, organizations that generally do not promote or condone the abuse (use for pleasure (reminds me of the term 'self-abuse' for masturbation)) or illegal or legal substances. These organizations generally feel that the cost of the drug war is higher than the cost of drug use. o The Drug Policy Foundation -- this is the Big Daddy of the legalization groups, enjoying more legitimacy than any other group. They do a LOT of work, makes the membership well worth while, and they put out two bi-monthly newsletters, meaning that you get one newsletter each month. They also sponsor shows on PBS that debate various weaknesses of the drug war, and they put on an annual conference that is an absolute joy to attend. I think memberships can be had for $25 per year: Drug Policy Foundation 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW., Suite 400 Washington, DC 20016-2087 202/895-1634 o The Albert Hofmann Foundation -- this is an educational group composed of many of the pioneers of psychedelic research. It offers much of the legitimacy of a goup like the DPF, but it is not nearly as politically active. They help put on psychedelic conferences, and are attempting to archive psychedelic research into a library with public access. The Albert Hofmann Foundation 1341 Ocean Avenue, Suite 300 Santa Monica, CA 90401 213/281-8110 (I think they moved on April 1st, don't have their newest address) o PRIDE -- this is a large anti-drug group that puts out a good newsletter every quarter, good way to find out how the drug warriors think and what they're up to. Membership is $20 per year, I think: PRIDE The Hurt Building, Suite 210 50 Hurt Plaza Atlanta, Georgia 30303 404/577-4500 or 800/67-PRIDE MAGAZINES: Reason Box 3724 Escondito, CA 92025 USA Liberty P.O. Box 1167 Port Townsend, WA 98368 USA BOOKSTORES (walk-in and mail-order) Laissez Faire Books 532 Broadway, 7th Floor New York, NY 10012-3956 USA 1-800-238-2220 ext 500 for orders within USA 1-212-925-8992 for catalogs, other calls "THINK-TANKS" Cato Institute Washington, DC (full address and phone available in libraries of from 1-202-555-1212; perhaps someone could please post info. I know they have newsletters.) FULLY INFORMED JURY AMENDMENT (FIJA) FIJA National Headquarters Box 59 Helmville, Montana 59843 USA (406) 793-5550 (This group is trying to pass laws requiring judges to inform juries of their right to vote according to their conscience, and thus invalidate stupid laws. Currently, many juries find people guilty and apologize for the stupid law, not knowing of their rights and responsibilities of nullifying the stupid laws.) ******** "The war on drugs is a war on the Constitution and a war on the American people. It must be stopped" David Nolan, Libertarian Party, 1-800-682-1776 ******** Standard Disclaimer: These may not be my opinions, my employer's opinions, a devil's advocate's opinions, or anyone else's opinions; in fact they may not even be opinions!!! :-) :-) ********

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