------------------------------------------------------------------- No On Measure 57 (A Staff Editorial In The Bend, Oregon, 'Bulletin' Says The State Ballot Measure That Would Recriminalize Possession Of Less Than One Ounce Of Marijuana Would Be Ineffective And Would Take Up Jail Beds Needed For Real Criminals)Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 18:32:11 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US OR: Editorial: No On Measure 57 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Dave Fratello (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: Bulletin, The (OR) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.bendbulletin.com/ Pubdate: 22 Sep 1998 NO ON MEASURE 57 Under current law, toting around less than an ounce of marijuana is a noncriminal act punishable by a fine up to $1,000. Measure 57, which will appear on the ballot Nov. 3, would make it a Class C misdemeanor, which means small-time pot users would face not only a fine, but a jail sentence of up to 30 days. While we don't condone marijuana use, Measure 57 strikes us as the wrong way to stop it. When the state developed an estimate of the law's cost -- about $1.5 million annually -- it assumed that about 6,000 penny-ante pot users would be busted every year, and that half of them would spend one day in jail in addition to paying a fine. Faced with these mild consequences, we don't think Oregon's weed warriors are going to be flushing their stashes down the commode any time soon. Meanwhile, marijuana users who do get comparatively stiff sentences will occupy jail space desperately needed for more serious offenders. The most reasonable punishment for people caught with small amounts of marijuana is the one that's already on the books. We see no reason to change it.
------------------------------------------------------------------- State Police Fire 18-Year Veteran For Improper Conduct ('The Associated Press' Says Oregon State Police Undercover Detective David Campbell Was Accused Of Pressuring A Drug Informant Into Having Sex - A March Newscast By KOIN-TV, Portland's CBS Affiliate, Noted An Albany Waitress Said Campbell, A Member Of The Albany-Based Valley Interagency Narcotics Team, Threatened To Reveal Her Identity To Traffickers, Ignored Her Tips About Prominent Drug Dealers, Gave Her Prescription Medication, Openly Talked About Secret Investigations And Was Afraid Of 'Going After Certain People' Because He Feared For His Job And His Safety) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "-News" (email@example.com) Subject: Police fire veteran for improper conduct Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 19:05:18 -0700 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org State police fire 18-year veteran for improper conduct The Associated Press 09/22/98 4:55 AM Eastern SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An 18-year veteran of the Oregon State Police accused of pressuring a drug informant into having sex has been fired. Undercover detective David Campbell was dismissed for "violations of rules, regulations and department policies," State Police Lt. Greg Hastings said. Hastings would not elaborate on the reasons for the firing. But in March, a Portland television station reported that an Albany waitress said Campbell had threatened to reveal her identity to drug dealers if she talked about his deeds. Amanda Murphy told KOIN-TV that Campbell had ignored her tips about prominent drug dealers, had sex with her and gave her prescription medication. Murphy also said Campbell had openly talked about secret investigations. In an audiotape Murphy made of one of her conversations with Campbell, he appeared to talk about specifics of an undercover investigation. Campbell, who had spent the past five years working as an undercover agent for the Albany-based Valley Interagency Narcotics Team, was placed on administrative leave Jan. 7 and suspended pending the department's eight-month investigation. A grand jury did not return criminal charges against Campbell in April. Murphy, who has since moved to the East Coast, said she was relieved at Campbell's dismissal. "I'm pleased," she told KOIN, but added: "I hope it doesn't end there." Murphy said that while she was an informant, she learned that Campbell was afraid of "going after certain people" because he feared for his job and his safety. Campbell could not be reached for comment Monday. Hastings said the investigation took longer than usual because a new internal affairs investigator was assigned to the case once the criminal case had ended.
------------------------------------------------------------------- State Police Fire 18-Year Veteran For Improper Conduct (A Somewhat Different 'Associated Press' Version) Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 00:07:45 -0700 From: Paul Freedom (email@example.com) Organization: Oregon Libertarian Patriots To: Cannabis Patriots (Cannabis-Patriots-L@teleport.com) Subject: CanPat - State police fire 18-year veteran for improper conduct Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com PROHIBITION FUELS CORRUPTION! HERE'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE FROM LINN COUNTY, THE FOLKS WHO WANT TO TRAMPLE ON BILL CONDE'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. JUST ANOTHER COPPO GUSTAPO. WHEN YOU USE IMFORMANTS TO SPY ON AMERICANS THINGS GET UGLY. DISBAND VALIANT AND THESE FASCIST DRUG TEAMS OF SEXUAL PERVERTS! PF *** State police fire 18-year veteran for improper conduct The Associated Press 9/23/98 1:08 AM SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An 18-year veteran of the Oregon State Police accused of pressuring a drug informant into having sex has been fired. Undercover narcotics detective David Campbell, 45, was dismissed Monday for "violations of rules, regulations and department policies," State Police Lt. Greg Hastings said. Hastings would not elaborate on the reasons for the firing. But in March, a Portland television station reported that an Albany waitress said Campbell had threatened to reveal her identity to drug dealers if she talked about his deeds. Amanda Murphy told KOIN-TV that Campbell had ignored her tips about prominent drug dealers, had sex with her and gave her prescription medication. Murphy also said Campbell had openly talked about secret investigations. In an audiotape Murphy made of one of her conversations with Campbell, he appeared to talk about specifics of an undercover investigation. Campbell, who had spent the past five years working as an undercover agent for the Albany-based Valley Interagency Narcotics Team, was suspended and placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 7 and suspended pending the department's eight-month investigation. A grand jury did not return criminal charges against Campbell in April. It would not be necessary for Campbell to commit and indictable crime to justify dismissal for violating departmental rules and policies, Hastings said. Murphy, who has since moved to the East Coast, said she was relieved at Campbell's dismissal. "I'm pleased," she told KOIN, but added: "I hope it doesn't end there." Murphy said that while she was an informant, she learned that Campbell was afraid of "going after certain people" because he feared for his job and his safety. Jason S. Carlile, Linn County district attorney, said Murphy's statement was the first he had heard about Campbell being afraid to investigate anyone. "I don't have the faintest idea of what he is talking about," he said. "However, he was not privy to testimony grand jurors heard in April. Campbell could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Hastings said the investigation took longer than usual because a new internal affairs investigator was assigned to the case once the criminal case had ended. In order to have an outsider oversee the investigation, Carlile asked Dan Glode, Lincoln County district attorney, to work with Oregon State Police investigators and present the case to the grand jury. The agency, known as Valiant, suspended operations for a few weeks after Campbell's suspension. But Carlile said Valiant is back at work and has no reason to believe it has been compromised.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hypocrisy Abounds Among Foes Of Medical Marijuana ('Seattle Times' Columnist Michelle Malkin Eloquently Endorses Washington State Initiative 692, The Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure, While Pointing Out The Various Double Standards Of Such Republican Politicians As Newt Gingrich, Steve Forbes, And Those In Congress Who Recently Pushed Through House Joint Resolution 117, Together With Such Democrats As Washington State Senator Patty Murray And Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "-Hemp Talk" (email@example.com) Subject: HT: Hypocrisy abounds among foes of medical marijuana Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 19:03:31 -0700 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright (c) 1998 The Seattle Times Company Posted at 06:16 a.m. PDT; Tuesday, September 22, 1998 Michelle Malkin / Times staff columnist Hypocrisy abounds among foes of medical marijuana A terminally ill woman smokes marijuana to ease intense nausea caused by chemotherapy. An elderly man with glaucoma discovers that smoking marijuana lessens the debilitating pain in his eyes. A family doctor determines, after careful consideration of the individual health risks and benefits, that an AIDS patient can safely stimulate his waning appetite by smoking marijuana. Who would stand in the way of these private and professional efforts to heal, relieve and restore hope? Politicians. Hacks on the left and right, Democrat and Republican. Control freaks inside the Beltway and down in Olympia who favor the deadly grip of government over compassion. Moralists who sacrifice the sick and infirm in the name of upholding public safety, defending the regulatory process, or protecting the collective good. As citizens in Washington state and Washington, D.C., prepare to vote on medical marijuana initiatives this fall, they should ready themselves for six weeks of Drug War wile and dissimulation. Let's start with Republicans. It was Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) who once sponsored a bill in Congress to allow therapeutic use of marijuana. In 1982, Gingrich wrote an impassioned letter to the Journal of the American Medical Association attacking the "outdated federal prohibition" of medical marijuana. He decried the plight of "thousands of glaucoma and cancer patients" held hostage by "bureaucratic interference." Sixteen years later, Gingrich is Speaker of a House that just declared that marijuana "contains no plausible medicinal benefits." No, the plant wasn't corrupted. Gingrich was. Last week, the House Republican Conference passed a joint resolution condemning state-level efforts to legalize medical marijuana. GOP leaders, swept into the majority in 1994 to get government out of our lives, sponsored the election-year declaration against states' rights and self-determination. Former champions of streamlining the federal bureaucracy voiced full-throated support of the "existing Federal legal process for determining the safety and efficacy of drugs . . . for medicinal use." The message from Republican revolutionaries, who only two years ago planned to eliminate the Food and Drug Administration, is no longer Bust the FDA - but Trust the FDA. GOP reformers who once assailed the agency's glacial pace and politicized approval procedures now defer to the FDA's "expert judgment" over the judgment of individual patients and doctors. Take Steve Forbes, the magazine publisher and 1996 GOP presidential candidate. Not long ago, he lambasted the FDA's sluggish pace in approving new drugs. Now, he slams medical marijuana proponents as stealthy and "insidious" radicals thwarting the FDA's beneficent administrators. Forbes and other free-market posers argue that patients should shut up and be satisfied with FDA-approved Marinol, a synthetic form of marijuana's therapeutic chemicals. But what happened to consumer choice? What happened to breaking the government's monopoly on medicine? What happened to reducing the sphere of the FDA's paternalistic influence and letting individuals make risk-benefit calculations for themselves? Democrats are just as two-faced when it comes to putting patients first. Pro-choice liberals have stretched the constitutional right of privacy to cover only the most politically correct of medical procedures. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, for example, is one of the state's staunchest defenders of a woman's right to choose . . . abortion. She speaks frequently about protecting "personal freedoms" and privacy on the Senate floor. Yet, she opposes Initiative 692, the narrowly crafted Nov. 3 ballot measure to allow the private, personal use of physician-prescribed marijuana by patients with terminal diseases or debilitating illness. Sen. Murray marches in lock-step with the Clinton White House. Though the administration made heroic efforts to repeal the so-called gag rule prohibiting federally funded clinics from advising patients about the option of abortion, it imposed a gag rule of its own by urging local law enforcement to arrest and prosecute doctors recommending medicinal use of marijuana in California and Arizona. Like House Republicans, the Clinton drug policy office hides behind the FDA to oppose an upcoming medical marijuana initiative in the District of Columbia. "Science, not politics, should determine what is safe and effective medicine," says a spokesman. Yet, for more than two decades, politics has impeded scientific research on marijuana's health benefits. As drug policy researchers Lynn Zimmer and John Morgan note in their book, "Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts": "Findings from animal and cellular studies are used and cited as evidence of marijuana's biological harms, even when researchers have consistently found no such harm in humans. Studies showing no effect - or a positive effect related to marijuana - are ignored completely." Democratic Lt. Governor Brad Owen, an outspoken foe of medical marijuana, says I-692's "loose language" betrays a broader pro-drug agenda. But the tightly worded measure states clearly that the possession, sale, manufacture or use of marijuana for non-medical purposes would remain prohibited; it makes the public use or display of physician-supervised medical marijuana a misdemeanor, and it narrowly spells out the qualifying terminal or debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and glaucoma. Owen casually dismisses real stories of those who have benefited from medical marijuana as "anecdotal evidence." On Nov. 3, the flesh-and-blood family, friends and co-workers of those "anecdotes" can wrest control from calculating bureaucrats like Owen and put the power to heal - with dignity, privacy, and freedom from fear - in the frail fingers of their loved ones. The I-692 web site address is: http://www.members.aol/sativaflo/index.html Michelle Malkin's column appears Tuesday on editorial pages of The Times.
------------------------------------------------------------------- SLO Man Files Claim Against Law Agencies Over March Raid ('The San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune' Says Howard Leasure, Who Spent 16 Days In Jail When San Luis Obispo County Narcotics Task Force Officers Mistook 10 Pounds Of Lye For Methamphetamine, Filed A Lawsuit Wednesday In Superior Court, Alleging False Arrest And Imprisonment And Violation Of His Civil Rights)Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 16:54:36 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: SLO Man Files Claim Against Law Agencies Over March Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jo-D Harrison Source: San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://sanluisobispo.com/ Pubdate: Tues, Sept 22, 1998 Author: Matt Lazier, Telegram-Tribune SLO MAN FILES CLAIM AGAINST LAW AGENCIES OVER MARCH RAIDSAN LUIS OBISPO -- A man jailed when county Narcotics Task Force officers mistook 10 pounds of lye for methamphetamine has filed a claim against several law-enforcement agencies. Howard Leasure, 42, spent 16 days in jail after he was arrested March 18, when the task force served a search warrant at his O'Connor Way home in San Luis Obispo. Leasure was arrested on charges of manufacturing and possession of meth. But those charges were dropped in July after it was discovered that the 10-pound bag investigators found inside Leasure's home contained caustic soda or lye -- not meth. The claim, which was filed Wednesday in Superior Court, alleges false arrest and imprisonment and violation of civil rights and is the first step in a lawsuit over the March raid, Leasure said. It names the state, county and the city of San Luis Obispo as responsible parties. Narcotics Task Force agents watched the mobile home rented by Leasure and his wife and daughter for months before serving the warrant in mid-March. Search warrants were served at the O'Connor Way property and Cambria property owned by Nickolaus Kopp, 62. Kopp was also arrested in the raid, but posted bail soon after. His charges were also dismissed in July. During the search at O'Connor Way, agents said they seized equipment and chemicals used to make meth at the property. Agents said they confiscated more than 70 Freon cans, a gas cylinder, red phosphorous, a hydraulic meth press, filters with residue consistent with the manufacturing of meth and 300 pounds of lye, which is used in the process of manufacturing the drug. But Leasure has said he never manufactured meth and that chemical containers found in the trailer were not his. He said the 10-pound sack of lye was his, but said he used the chemical to separate toxins out of his water storage tank, which he thought might have been contaminated. "The property owner had been taking things and bringing things to the property before the raid," Leasure said. "I knew they were watching me for months, so why would I have continued to do what they said I was doing?" Leasure spent 16 days in the San Luis Obispo County Jail while Narcotics Task Force agents searched his mobile home. During that time, Leasure alleges task force agents destroyed his sweat lodge, a holy place in his Native American religion, and violated his right to religious freedom. The claim also points to comments and actions of San Luis Obispo Police Chief Jim Gardiner and Grover Beach Police Chief Ernest Klevesahl that Leasure said damaged his reputation. Leasure accuses Klevesahl of defamation during a television interview that took place after Leasure's charges were dropped. Leasure characterized the task force's raid as political, to which Klevesahl reportedly responded, "We don't play politics. We just arrest drug dealers," according to the claim. Klevesahl, who is now chairman of the Narcotics Task Force governing board, said he had not seen the claim Monday. "I cannot comment directly to it," he said. "From the standpoint of the NTF, that's what we do. We put drug dealers in jail. Whether or not those comments were directed at him, I can't say without reading the wording in his claim." Leasure also alleges the raid on his trailer was performed with local media invited to create publicity for Gardiner's campaign for county sheriff. Gardiner has repeatedly rejected the charge. "It has been asked and answered," Gardiner said. "The timing of the raid was up to the investigators and the media was not invited. Once the arrests were made, it became a newsworthy event. It is unfortunate that it would be speculated that way." Narcotics Task Force representatives could not comment on the status of their case against Leasure and Kopp Monday, but San Luis Obispo Police Sgt. Jim English and Deputy District Attorney Ron Abrams both told the Telegram-Tribune in earlier interviews that charges may be refiled against the two men. Task force spokespersons also could not comment on the claim Monday, saying they had not yet seen or heard of it. Leasure, meanwhile, said the claim is the first step in a federal civil lawsuit. "You have to exhaust all your channels first," Leasure said. "It's just a matter of normal practice and I believe they'll deny the claim. Then, we'll move to a lawsuit." The claim doesn't specify damage amounts being sought. Leasure said Monday he didn't yet know how much he would ask for, but that he would seek mostly punitive damages for himself and for the Cheyenne tribe, of which he is a member. Leasure's claim is not the first of the Narcotics Task Force's legal woes this year. In June, Carole Ann Martin of Atascadero sued the task force, claiming NTF agents searched her home by mistake one year before. Investigators entered Martin's home on the morning of July 8, 1997, as she lay in bed with her child and allegedly held her at gunpoint while they searched the home. Martin lives at 1901 San Gabriel Street in Atascadero, and the search warrant specified 1905 San Gabriel, a nearby home. Martin was arrested on a minor drug charge that was later dropped. She is seeking unspecified monetary damages.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Court Cancels Penalty For Corcoran Guards ('The Orange County Register' Says Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cecily Bond Ruled Friday That A Former Associate Warden And Five Officers From Corcoran State Prison In California Who Were Accused Of Choking And Hitting Shackled Prisoners In 1995 Should Be Returned To Their Jobs With Back Pay Because The Notice Of Charges Filed Against The Officers 'Didn't Specifically Cite' The Regulations They Were Accused Of Violating) Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 17:27:47 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: Court Cancels Penalty For Corcoran Guards Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John W.Black Pubdate: Wed, 22 Sep 1998 Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ COURT CANCELS PENALTY FOR CORCORAN GUARDS A Superior Court judge ruled against disciplining a former associate warden and five officers from Corcoran State Prison,who were accused of choking and hitting shackled prisoners in 1995. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cecily Bond ruled Friday that prison officials failed to adequately spell out the charges against the officers. Bond also ruled to restore the staffers' jobs with back pay. Pam Smith-Steward, the department's chief legal counsel, said the judge found that the notice of charges filed against the officers "didn't specifically cite" the regulations they were accused of violating.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Court Allows Parolee Search For No Reason (An 'Associated Press' Article In 'The Orange County Register' Says The California Supreme Court Ruled Monday That Law-Enforcement Officers Can Search Any Of California's 108,000 Adults On Parole, Or Their Homes, Without Having To Show Any Reason At All, Because It Would 'Discourage Crime' - Juveniles And Those On Probation Had Their Fourth Amendment Rights Removed Previously)Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 17:31:28 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: Court Allows Parolee Search For No Reason Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John W.Black Pubdate: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Author: Bob Egelko - The Associated Press COURT ALLOWS PAROLEE SEARCH FOR NO REASON Law Enforcement: Justices Say Allowing Random Checks Would Discourage Crime. SAN FRANCISCO - Law-enforcement officers can search any of California's 108,000 adults on parole, or their homes, without having to show a reason to suspect wrongdoing, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 4-3 ruling overturned a unanimous 1986 decision that had allowed parolees to be searched based on "reasonable suspicion" of crime or parole violation. For most other Americans, the Constitution requires a warrant and probable cause of a crime, a more stringent standard than reasonable suspicion, to authorize a police search. The court majority said allowing random searches of parolees would discourage crime. Dissenting Justice Joyce Kennard said the ruling allowed searches of "private homes in neighborhoods throughout the state, by day or by night, for any reason or no reason," if a parolee lived there. But Deputy Attorney General Joel Carey said people who live with parolees or probationers "suffer, by definition, a lesser expectation of privacy." He said the ruling doesn't allow searches of another resident's body, clothes or bedrooms, only the parolee's quarters and common areas of the home. Parolees are felons who have completed their state prison sentences and undergo supervision for three to five years after release. They must report regularly to parole officers, can be searched without a warrant and can be returned to prison for the remainder of their parole period for violating parole conditions, which typically forbid drug use and all criminal conduct. The case involved Rudolfo Reyes of Woodlake in Tulare County, who was in the last year of a three-year parole term in February 1995 when his parole officer got an anonymous telephone tip about possible drug use and other misconduct. Police saw Reyes in his yard that evening, found no sign that he was under the influence of drugs, but searched his shed and found a small amount of methamphetamine. After unsuccessfully challenging the search, he pleaded guilty to possession and was sentenced to seven years in prison. A state appeals court overturned the conviction, rejecting a Superior Court judge's finding that the search was based on reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, and ruling that the search was therefore illegal, based on the state Supreme Court's 1986 decision requiring reasonable suspicion for a parole search. In reinstating Reyes' conviction, the high court noted that it had already approved searches without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing for people convicted of less serious crimes and placed on probation instead of going to jail. Adults must consent to such searches as a condition of probation, but juveniles, the subject of a 1994 ruling, have no right to refuse consent. Privacy right should be no broader for an adult parolee, said the opinion by Justice Janice Rogers Brown.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Three Law Officers Resign Their Posts After Drug Tests ('The Houston Chronicle' Says The Deputy Constables In Montgomery County, Texas - Two Of Them Assigned To Police Duty In The Willis School District - Tested Positive For An Undisclosed Drug) Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 16:06:23 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US TX: 3 Law Officers Resign Their Posts After Drug Tests Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Houston Chronicle (TX) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chron.com/ Pubdate: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 3 LAW OFFICERS RESIGN THEIR POSTS AFTER DRUG TESTS CONROE -- Three Montgomery County deputy constables resigned after testing positive for an undisclosed type of drug, authorities confirmed Monday. The officers, including a lieutenant and two other deputies who were assigned to police duty in the Willis school district, resigned last week after employees in Precinct 1 Constable Don Chumley's office were tested for drugs, County Attorney Frank Bass said. "It's my understanding that everybody in that constable's office -- from Chumley himself down to the newest employee -- was tested," Bass said. Those who resigned were Lt. Greg Gibson, 41, of Montgomery; Jon Harold Puckett, 31, of Conroe; and Drew Michael Warren, 45, also of Conroe. Gibson was in charge of the constable's patrol on Lake Conroe, and Puckett and Warren were assigned to six campuses in the Willis school district. Chumley said the officers "resigned on their own." He referred all other questions to Bass. Bass said his office is researching public information laws to determine what details, if any, he can disclose about the drug tests. He also said that he has not determined whether to file charges against the three former officers.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Filthy Rich (According To ABC News, The October Issue Of 'Discover' Magazine Says Scientists From The University Of California At San Francisco Took A Sampling Of Money From Miami, Chicago And Houston And Found 70 Percent To 80 Percent Of It Had Traces Of Cocaine - 7 Percent Of Paper Money And 18 Percent Of Coins Had Traces Of Fecal Bacteria) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "-News" (email@example.com) Subject: US Money has dope on it Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 18:37:55 -0700 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: ABC News Pubdate: September 22, 1998 Online: http://www.abcnews.com/ sections/us/DailyNews/wolffiles.html Writer: Buck Wolf Newshawk: email@example.com FILTHY RICH Your mother probably told you not to put money in your mouth. Now here's scientific proof that she was right The October Discover magazine takes a look at the dirt dollars pick up as they go from hand to unwashed hand. No outbreaks have been linked to the greenback. But you might never put your money where your mouth is again Certainly, exchanging bills with a cashier at the deli isn't nearly as risky as taking him to bed. Then again, you don't know where his money has been A study from the University of California at San Francisco shows that 7 percent of paper money and 18 percent of coins have traces of fecal bacteria, including E. coli and other strains that "can usually be traced to someone's sloppy bathroom habits," according to microbiologist Shirley Lowe The dirtiest hands, according to a survey in the article, belong to New Yorkers. But the real shocker about money is not bacteria. It's cocaine. Scientists took a sampling of money from Miami, Chicago and Houston and found 70 to 80 percent of it had traces of the drug. That doesn't mean some drug fiend curled up one of the bills in your wallet and sniffed himself into oblivion. Much of the contamination is passed from dollar to dollar by currency counting machines But Discover finds that cocaine is so thoroughly embedded in our money, a drug-sniffing dog could detect cocaine in any large stash of cash P.S.: Want clean money? Move to Japan. Germs are so feared there you can visit a "clean ATM" and get your yen pressed between rollers at 392 degrees, hot enough to kill the less hearty critters
------------------------------------------------------------------- Exclusive - Drug Use Probed In White House - Reports Say 25 Percent Of Staff Has History ('World Net Daily' Says Trained Dogs Brought In By The Secret Service Detected Drug Use In And Around The Oval Office - Several Sources Have Reported Independently Of Each Other That Monica Lewinsky's Dress Not Only Had Evidence Of A Sexual Encounter With Bill Clinton, But Also Traces Of Cocaine) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "-News" (email@example.com) Subject: Drug use probed in White House Reports Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 18:38:33 -0700 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: World Net Daily Pubdate: September 22, 1998 Online: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/ Writer: David M. Bresnahan (David@talkusa.com) Comments; email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org EXCLUSIVE Drug use probed in White House Reports say 25 percent of staff has history As heads are still spinning over sex, perjury, abuse of power and security scandals in the White House, trained dogs brought in by the Secret Service detected drug use in and around the Oval Office, sources tell WorldNetDaily. While Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr is said to be aware of the drug problems in the White House, no mention of such problems were in his report to Congress. But reports indicate as many as 25 percent of the White House staff have a history of illegal drug use, say the sources. According to security protocols, White House clearance is supposed to be denied those with significant illegal drug use. Past administrations welcomed FBI checks to weed out applicants and avoid scandal. But the Clinton administration has stymied FBI efforts to keep known drug users off the White House staff. A security clearance is required to gain access to various parts of the White House and to see certain documents. Yet, even as an intern, Monica Lewinsky had a top-level security clearance which enabled her to gain access to the White House at any time, day or night. Such access for an intern was not unusual, just questionable, say FBI sources. Several sources have reported independently of each other that Monica Lewinsky's dress not only had evidence of a sexual encounter with Bill Clinton, but also traces of cocaine. "There was a significant amount of cocaine residue," said one source close to the FBI. Another source with ties to the White House Secret Service confirmed the allegations and was astonished the Starr report does not mention more about the dress. "The dress is not the only evidence Starr has regarding drugs in the Oval Office," said the source. Former FBI agent Gary Aldrich, who was stationed at the White House during the Bush and early Clinton years and who was responsible for background checks of prospective employees, confirmed reports that drug users have the run of the chief executive's offices. Allegations of drug use have long followed Bill Clinton throughout his political career. He is known to have had regular social activity with Dan Lasater, a convicted cocaine dealer, in Arkansas during the 1980s. Lasater was arrested for illegal drug trafficking, along with Roger Clinton, the president's brother. While Lasater was in jail, Patsy Thomasson was given power of attorney to run Lasater's investment business. That business was suspected of laundering illegal drug money, according to a former investigator involved with that case. Lasater was later pardoned by Gov. Clinton. The fact that Thomasson was placed in charge of the White House employee drug-testing program alarmed Aldrich, who voiced his concerns of White House security problems in his book "Unlimited Access." Previous administrations used the FBI background investigation as a type of screening process for potential White House employees. The Clinton administration looked at the FBI as an obstacle to be overcome, charged Aldrich. "They took a totally cavalier attitude towards security clearance investigations and totally disregarded what the FBI brought to them by way of evidence of serious wrongdoing in a persons past," said Aldrich. "They kept the Secret Service from even knowing the results of these investigations. Which of course is absurd. They're the ones that are supposed to protect the White House and the president from unsuitable people in the first place. But they didn't want the Secret Service to know that upwards of 25 percent of their staff members had serious experience with significant illegal drugs, for example." Drug use was not just by low-level staff. It included "Cabinet-level people too," said Aldrich. "It was like a circus side show in the Clinton White House, except it wasn't funny and it certainly wasn't entertaining," he added. His investigations turned up other problems that should have also prevented a large number of the Clinton staff from getting security clearances. He found many violations of federal laws, failure to pay student loans, previous employment dishonesty that resulted in dismissals, refusal to pay federal income taxes, and some had serious mental disorders requiring medication to function and maintain emotional stability. Aldrich says his information and evidence points to continued drug use and security problems in the White House to this very day. "They treated drug use as a normal part of their lifestyle activity," he said. "This was the scary thing. There was no evidence that they felt inclined to stop using drugs once they became a White House employee." The use of drugs in the White House may be shocking, but not as shocking as other evidence Aldrich and other sources claim Starr has not yet reported to Congress. There is evidence involving abuse of power surrounding the White House Travel Office scandal, and the misuse of FBI files. National security may also have been compromised when favors were done for Red Chinese agents in exchange for multimillion-dollar campaign donations. Aldrich and other sources speculate that the failure of Starr to release information on these scandals may be a deliberate effort to spare the country the agony of dealing with such difficult subjects. "Perhaps as a country we would have difficulty going there to determine that the president, or some of his people in fact were involved in treasonous matters," said Aldrich. "So maybe it's just easier to let him off the hook on a sexual escapade matter. I don't know. Ken Starr's had four years and lots and lots of FBI agents to look into all these things, but I don't think Ken Starr's empowered to make these kinds of lofty huge decisions on how to proceed. If in fact these reports are softballs on Travelgate and Filegate, then I'm going to be suspicious that somebody or somebodies have sat down and decided that it's just not politically digestible to report what Clinton has actually done." Aldrich speculates that Starr may be hoping Clinton resigns rather than face the music of more serious wrongdoing. But the former FBI agent does not believe that strategy will work. He says Clinton thinks he can overcome such scandals. "I don't believe he's going to go easily," says Aldrich. "It's going to be a long, dirty battle that will be destructive to the country in many ways." David Bresnahan, a WorldNetDaily contributing editor, hosts "Talk USA Investigative Reports" and is the author of "Cover Up: The Art and Science of Political Deception."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Salinas Warns Mexico Against Drug Probe ('The Los Angeles Times' Says Former President Carlos Salinas De Gortari Lashed Out From His European Exile Monday, Demanding That Mexican Justice Officials Officially Discredit A Report By Swiss Police Claiming That His Brother Raul Virtually Ran Narcotics Traffic In Mexico During The 1988-94 Salinas Presidency) Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 17:25:38 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Mexico: Salinas Warns Mexico Against Drug Probe Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Pubdate: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: email@example.com Fax: 213-237-4712 Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Author: Mary Beth Sheridan, Times Staff Writer SALINAS WARNS MEXICO AGAINST DRUG PROBE MEXICO CITY--Former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari lashed out from his self-imposed seclusion Monday, warning Mexico's top justice officials that they could be implicated in a widening scandal about drug trafficking during his administration. Salinas counterattacked after the leak of a report claiming that his brother Raul virtually ran narcotics traffic in Mexico during the 1988-94 Salinas presidency. That secret report was drawn up by Swiss police investigating possible money laundering by Raul Salinas. The former president demanded Monday that Mexican justice officials officially discredit the report, parts of which were leaked to the New York Times. Through his lawyer, he said that many of the witnesses against his brother were jailed drug traffickers whose testimony cannot be trusted. Salinas' warning also indicated that Mexico's top political groups, who traditionally send discreet messages to one another, are now displaying all the gentility of boxing champion Oscar de la Hoya on match night. It indicated that any probe into the Salinas' involvement in trafficking could tar the government of current President Ernesto Zedillo. Raymundo Riva Palacio, a prominent political columnist, said Salinas was warning not only Atty. Gen. Jorge Madrazo Cuellar but the entire government. The former president, once considered a close ally of the U.S. government, has denied any ties to drug trafficking. Salinas lives in self-imposed exile in Europe, an outcast since an economic crisis left his reputation in tatters. His brother also denies criminal activity. But the secret report prepared by the Swiss police during their three-year investigation paints a devastating portrait of Raul. Expanding on previously reported allegations that he was tied to leading drug traffickers, it reportedly depicts the former president's brother as a virtual godfather. "When Carlos Salinas de Gortari became president of Mexico in 1988, Raul Salinas de Gortari assumed control over practically all drug shipments through Mexico," the report states, according to the New York Times. While working as a midlevel government functionary, Raul Salinas directed soldiers and police to allow the movement of cocaine shipments, and even commandeered government vehicles to truck cocaine to the U.S., it claims. Raul Salinas has been in jail in Mexico for three years on accusations of murder and illegal enrichment. But several other charges have been dropped, and many observers believe that he could be released shortly due to the weakness of the cases against him. Mariano Albor, the attorney for former President Salinas, has asked Madrazo to investigate the witnesses quoted in the Swiss report to prove their statements would be inadmissible under Mexican law. He said many of the witnesses were traffickers in U.S. jails, who provided "false information" in exchange for reduced sentences or other benefits. The former president's lawyer didn't stop at asking justice officials to discredit the report. He asked justice officials not only to "determine the falsity of the witnesses" quoted in the Swiss report but to "take penal action against them." If the attorney general does not act, Salinas' lawyer warned bluntly, he could face trouble himself. "These witnesses who are behaving falsely from foreign jails . . . have launched such a serious attack that neither you nor your staff, Mr. Attorney General, can escape the kind of grave accusations that these people make," said Albor, whose statement was provided to journalists. He noted that Madrazo and senior members of his staff also served in Salinas' administration. Those who attacked the former president's anti-drug credentials could tar the current officials as well, he said. In a brief interview, Madrazo said, "I have nothing to fear from what Mr. Albor or anyone else could say. I am absolutely sure the same is true for my staff." U.S. officials have expressed confidence that Madrazo is honest. Madrazo pointed out that he was a human rights official, not a drug investigator, during the Salinas administration. He acknowledged that several of his top aides were veteran justice officials, but added, "I am convinced if they needed to do a specific investigation into drug trafficking during the government of Carlos Salinas de Gortari, they would have done it." Analysts said the unusual declaration by the former president appeared to be a warning to the Mexican government not to pursue the Salinas family. "I see this as a message to Zedillo and Madrazo, to not think about charging Raul with drug trafficking and money laundering" based on the Swiss investigation, said Luis Astorga, a sociologist and prominent expert on drug trafficking. Salinas, he said, wants "to remind them that he has information too." Riva Palacio said that the attorney general's office has been aggressively pursuing the Salinas family recently, by searching a family-owned company and seeking to question Raul Salinas' associates. Carlos Salinas was now striking back, he said. "Salinas' level of belligerency has been growing," he said. Swiss authorities are expected to use the police report to try to seize more than $100 million in Swiss bank accounts maintained by Raul Salinas. His lawyers have held that the money was part of a legal investment pool maintained by Raul Salinas and several associates. The Swiss report does not implicate former President Salinas in drug trafficking, but it does "seriously question the probability that a person with as much power as the president of Mexico for years did not learn about criminal activities of this extent," the New York Times reported.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Huge Outsourcing Deal With Organised Crime (That's How A Letter To The Editor Of 'The Australian Financial Review' Characterizes Governments' Attempt To Control Drugs Through Prohibition) Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 16:52:43 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Australia: PUB LTE: Huge Outsourcing Deal With Organised Crime Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ken Russell) Pubdate: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 Source: Australian Financial Review Contact: email@example.com Author: Phillip Cohen HUGE OUTSOURCING DEAL WITH ORGANISED CRIME ON DRUGS If John Howard can get into such a snit over an ABC interviewer's bungled question, the following should really knot his knickers. That $75 million be says he will spend on drug central will be money down a well-worn rat hole. The truth is, we - society, government, law enforcement - in fact make no effort whatsoever to "control" drugs. We don't control their production, their distribution or their sale. Instead, we (and this includes most of the world's governments) have done the biggest outsourcing deal in history and we have done it with organised crime. In effect, we have said to the criminal world: "Here, you control the production, distribution and sale of drugs. You can produce as much as you want with no safety or quality controls, sell them to whomever you wish for whatever price you can get, and use as much of your (tax-free!) profits as it takes to buy as many guns, boats, planes and public officials as you need to keep your business protected and growing. And we in turn will try to control you." The truth is we will never solve the drug problem, no matter how many millions John Howard or any other politician promises to throw at it, until one basic principle is recognised: The true control of drugs - their production, distribution and sale - must be taken out of the hands of organised crime and placed where it rightfully and logically belongs: in the hands of organised society. That is what must be done. The nitty-gritty of how to do it must wait, however, until our fearless but benighted leaders finally realise that there are some problems that can't be solved by outsourcing. Phillip Cohen, Manly, NSW.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Human Rights Activists Accuse Drug Squad Of Planting Drugs (According To An 'Agence France Presse' Article In 'Russia Today,' Russian Human Rights Activists Monday Alleged 'An Organization Of Crooked Policemen' Had Been Planting Illegal Drugs On Suspects, Either To Embellish Their Own Track Records, Or Under Orders From Political Or Organized Criminal Groups Wishing To Compromise Their Enemies - 63,458 Russians Were Sentenced In 1997 For Making, Possessing, Transporting Or Selling 'Drugs') Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 22:03:34 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Russia: Human Rights Activists Accuse Drug Squad Of Planting Drugs Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: Russia Today Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.russiatoday.com Pubdate: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 Author: Agence France Presse HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ACCUSE DRUG SQUAD OF PLANTING DRUGS MOSCOW -- (Agence France Presse) Human rights activists Monday accused several Russian police officers of planting drugs on suspects "under orders" from political or mafia groups wishing to compromise their enemies. The renowned human rights activist Lev Ponomaryev, parliamentary deputy Valery Borshchev and lawyer Yevgeny Chernoyusov said that "an organization of crooked policemen ... are persecuting people who have nothing to do with drugs." The policemen were acting "either under orders or to embellish their own track records," the activists said at a special press conference. Sergei Bachinin, editor in chief of the paper Vyatski Nabliodatel, said that following inquiries he was "convinced that there are many files falsified with the help of fake testimonies and provocation." Bachinin, who ran for mayor in the Ural city of Kirov, received a suspended one-year jail sentenced after 0.4 grams of marijuana were discovered in his editorial office. Nikolai Dubina, 42, president of an agricultural concern in Yasnogorsk, 300 kilometers (180 miles) south of Moscow, claims police planted drugs on him after he tried to reclaim money from a debtor, Chernoyusov, his lawyer said. "As if by chance, three policemen appeared and 'discovered' 0.39 grams of heroin on him," his Chernoyusov said. Dubina, a father of three, has spent four months in remand custody and faces up to 15 years in jail for "acquiring, transporting and possessing drugs," said his lawyer. Chernoyusov said that police arrested drug users rather than the traffickers or dealers in order to boost their working statistics. In 1997, 63,458 people were sentenced in Russia for making, possessing, transporting or selling drugs, according to the prosecutor general's office. (c) 1998 Agence France Presse -------------------------------------------------------------------
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