Mar 292013
 

“This is the problem when police officers and police departments have a financial interest in doing their job. We got rid of bounty hunters because they were not a good thing. This is modern day bounty hunting.”—Public Defender John Rekowski

Long before Americans charted their revolutionary course in pursuit of happiness, it was “life, liberty, and property” which constituted the golden triad of essential rights that the government was charged with respecting and protecting. To the colonists, smarting from mistreatment at the hands of the British crown, protecting their property from governmental abuse was just as critical as preserving their lives and liberties. As the colonists understood, if the government can arbitrarily take away your property, you have no true rights. You’re nothing more than a serf or a slave.

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Dec 202010
 

Yesterday, John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, distributed a long-awaited memo to all agency and department heads on Scientific Integrity. This 21-month effort was the result of a pledge by President Obama on March 9, 2009 to, within 120 days, develop recommendations for Presidential action designed to guarantee scientific integrity throughout the executive branch” as well as “emphasizing the importance of science in guiding Administration decisions and the importance of ensuring that the public trusts the science behind those decisions.”

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Sep 222010
 

For decades, investigative journalists, researchers and analysts have noted the symbiotic relationships forged amongst international drug syndicates, neofascists and U.S. intelligence agencies, documenting the long and bloody history of U.S. complicity in the global drugs trade.

While the United States has pumped billions of dollars into failed drug eradication schemes in target countries through ill-conceived programs such as Plan Colombia and the Mérida Initiative, in the bizarro world of the “War on Drugs,” corporate interests and geopolitics always trump law enforcement efforts to fight organized crime, particularly when the criminals are partners in crimes perpetrated by the secret state.

Since 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderón turned the Army loose, allegedly to “dismantle” the drug cartels slowly transforming Mexico into a killing field some 28,000 people, primarily along Mexico’s northern border with the U.S., have lost their lives. Countless others have been wounded, forced to flee or simply “disappeared.”

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Jul 232010
 

When investigative journalist Daniel Hopsicker broke the story four years ago that a DC-9 (N900SA) “registered to a company which once used as its address the hangar of Huffman Aviation, the flight school at the Venice, Florida Airport which trained both terrorist pilots who crashed planes into the World Trade Center, was caught in Campeche by the Mexican military … carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine destined for the U.S.," it elicited a collective yawn from corporate media.

And when authorities searched the plane and found its cargo consisted solely of 128 identical black suitcases marked “private,” packed with cocaine valued at more than $100 million, the silence was deafening.

But now a Bloomberg Markets magazine report, “Wachovia’s Drug Habit,” reveals that drug traffickers bought that plane, and perhaps fifty others, "with laundered funds they transferred through two of the biggest banks in the U.S.," Wachovia and Bank of America.

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Jun 212010
 

And as long as we’re throwing out fake statistics: It’s 90 percent certain that when argued into a corner, drug warriors will just start making shit up.

The video below is another segment from John Stossel’s show on the drug war, which aired Thursday night.

Radley Balko — The Agitator

admin here: Talk about psychosis, Sean Hannity got some as revealed here. Why didn’t the murder rate tripled or quadrupled when the crack epidemic was going on? He gets his info from the DEA, who has it’s funding supply by overestimating these “truths” to government officials who decide how much their budget will increase this year? He wants us to be like North Korea. The state intervenes when you decide on what you do with your own body. And I noticed he wanted to go after street level dealers. Never mind the nationwide dealers. There too important to be dealt with. They could cause embarrassment if they we arrested. Typical neocon lies and muddled thinking.

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Apr 222010
 

The Hidden Military Agenda is to Protect the Drug Trade

It was common during the opening of the Iraq war to see slogans proclaiming “No blood for oil!” The cover story for the war – Saddam’s links with Al Qaida and his weapons of mass destruction – were obvious mass deceptions, hiding a far less palatable imperial agenda. The truth was that Iraq was a major producer of oil and, in our age, the Age of Oil, oil is the most strategic resource of all. For many it was obvious that the real agenda of the war was an imperialistic grab for Iraqi oil. This was confirmed when Iraq’s state-owned oil company was privatised to western interests in the aftermath of the invasion.

Why then are there no slogans saying “No blood for opium!”? Afghanistan’s major product is opium and opium production has increased remarkably during the present war. The current NATO action around Marjah is clearly motivated by opium. It is reported to be Afghanistan’s main opium-producing area. Why then won’t people consider that the real agenda of the Afghan war has been control of the opium trade?

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Mar 292010
 

An American charged with helping plan the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, moved effortlessly between the United States, Pakistan and India for nearly seven years, training at a militant camp in Pakistan on five occasions, according to a plea agreement released by the Justice Department last week.

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Mar 272010
 

Now that Heath Care legislation has passed, the obvious question for opponents is this: Now What? My answer is best summed up with just one word:

Marijuana.

No, I don’t mean that you should go out and smoke away your anger and frustration. Instead, you should feel empowered. The best way to explain this is by telling the story of a disabled mother from Northern California.

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Mar 242010
 

The State of Texas has taken the phrase: "Better that 100 (or 10) men go free than one innocent person be convicted" and turned it on its head to: "Better one innocent man be executed rather than spend 100 minutes conducting tests to prove his innocence". Hank Skinner is scheduled for execution on March 24 — 4 days from now. (admin here: TODAY!)

Through the efforts of the Medill Innocence Project at Northwestern University, the following information has been developed, presented to the Texas courts and rejected: The state’s star witness recanted her testimony. Toxicology tests indicated that Skinner lacked the strength, balance and agility to commit the triple homicides for which he was sentenced to death. Those findings were recently reconfirmed by a leading toxicology expert. The alleged perpetrator, Robert Donnell was identified by name and a valid motive was provided. Evidence was presented of his later activities suggestive of destroying or covering up evidence.

Prosecutors and the courts have denied DNA tests on 2 bloodstained knives, a rape kit, and hair found in the female victim's hand and skin found under her nails and a windbreaker similar to one worn by another suspect. A respected laboratory has offered to conduct the DNA testing pro bono and the Medill Project also offered to pay the expenses. Mr. Skinner has maintained his innocence throughout.

As I write this, I have no idea whether or not Mr. Skinner is guilty or not of these horrendous crimes. What I cannot fathom is the prosecution and the Texas' courts unfailing efforts to resist a search for the truth. They and now Gov. Perry have within their power the ability to verify or rebut the conviction. Their refusal runs the risk that an innocent man may be executed (possibly not the first in Texas); their acquiescence imposes only a slight delay in that irretrievable event. Faced with those two options, how can there be any answer but to stay the execution and conduct the tests!

Note: I have already written on this matter here.

Judge H. Lee Sarokin — Huffington Post

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Feb 242010
 

A man La Marque police said was one of the city’s “major drug dealers” was arrested during an early morning raid Saturday, Chief Randall Aragon said.

The bust netted an unspecified amount of narcotics and a weapons cache, police said.

Kevin Germane Britton, 33, was arrested at his home in the 100 block of Porter Street in La Marque about 4 a.m. He was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance as well as an outstanding Harris County warrant for deadly conduct, Aragon said. He was being held in the county jail on bonds totaling $15,000.

A 48-year-old man at the house also was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor drug charge, police said.

Police did not reveal how much in narcotics were found during the raid, but Britton’s booking sheet showed his charge was for less than 1 gram of narcotics.

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