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****************************************************************************** ****************************************************************************** ****************************************************************************** Part 3: 1984 Means a Constant State of War ---- ----- - -------- ----- -- --- War #1 - Drugs War #2 - Guns War #3 - Child Pornography War #4 - Terrorism War #5 - Hackers Welcome to America, land of unlimited Police State powers... : The NYC police burst into the apartment, looking for drugs. : In one room was a lone four-year-old black child. : : Four years old. : : The NYC Police officer took his gun and held it to the tiny child's head. : : NBC NewsChannel 4, showing the cutest little kid, talking hesitantly, : "The Police man put the gun to my head, I was very a-scared!" * "1984", author George Orwell, 1949, ISBN 0-679-41739-7 * * Hardly a week passed in which the Times did not carry a paragraph * describing how some eavesdropping little sneak --- 'child hero' was * the phrase generally used --- had overheard some compromising remark * and denounced his parents to the Thought Police. # "The Emperor Wears No Clothes", by Jack Herer, 1992, ISBN 1-878125-00-1 # # The Police-taught DARE program encourages students to turn in # friends and family by becoming a police informant. : Real life: a child in school answers the friendly and inquiring police : officer teaching about drug dangers that yes their parents have some : of the displayed paraphernalia. : : A search warrant is issued, the parents are arrested, and : the child is put into custody of Child Welfare workers. # "The Feds Under Our Beds", By James Bovard, The New York Times, 9/6/1995 # # The Justice Department confiscated the home of an elderly Cuban-American # couple in Miami after the couple was arrested for playing host to a weekly # poker game for family and friends. * "Nynex Mistake Brings Scholarship Offer", NYT, 4/26/1995 * * Walter Ray Hill, 18, was arrested and jailed for two days based solely on * his phone number being used for a hoax bomb threat. * * Nynex eventually realized one of its employees transposed a number when * tracing the call. [Ever see Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil?] * * A Nynex spokesman said today that they were offering to pay his complete * four-year tutition bill, and that the offer was unconditional. In Washington, D.C., police aggressively hassle motorists to give them permission to search their vehicles. On C-SPAN, U.S. Attorney Eric Holder further states that if a member of the car makes "furtive gestures" the police may search the car. Question: If sweating at the airport can get you a deep probing anal search by a manly security guard, what "furtive gesture" will get your car searched when the police stop you and shine a flashlight in your face? Answer: Blinking. Point: They are almost not bothering to pretend. Law enforcement hysteria. The Miranda ruling by the 1966 Supreme Court requires the police inform criminal suspects of their legal rights before questioning them. It is classical poetry, even when recited by Dragnet's Joe Friday. * Justice Department report: "Excerpt From the Report to Meese", NYT, 1/22/87 * * The Miranda decision reflects a willful disregard of the authoritative * sources of law. The decision flies in the face of the principals of * constitutional government and impairs the ability of government to * safeguard citizens from crime. * * It is difficult to conceive of a legislature enacting it into law, either. * * It has caused specific evils and is a discredited attempt at criminal * jurisprudence. Overturning it would be the MOST IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENT * THIS OR ANY OTHER ADMINISTRATION COULD ACCOMPLISH TO PROTECT UNITED * STATES CITIZENS FROM CRIME. A constant state of war, for 'national security and national safety' reasons. The novel '1984', about oppressive government, contains three key features: o Massive surveillance mechanism o Constant state of War o Physical and psychological terror to control targeted individuals and groups The constant state of War is used by politicians to control us little people. As it was in the book 1984. Did you know the U.S. has been in a state of Drug War since the 1960s? This section of the manifesto is about constantly beating the Drum of War... * "1984", author George Orwell, 1949, ISBN 0-679-41739-7 * * Winston could not definitely remember a time when his country had not * been at war...war had literally been continuous, though strictly speaking * it had not always been the same war. * * The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil. * "Taking Control - Politics in the Information Age" * Authors Morely Winograd & Dudley Buffa, 1996, ISBN 0-8050-4489-2 * * From Richard Nixon's law and order campaign in 1968 to George Bush's * infamous Willie Horton ad in 1988, Republicans have attempted to define * their differences with Democrats by a no-nonsense position on crime and * criminals. * * It helped Republicans win the presidency, and it also gave them the * tool by which to control the Democratic majorities in Congress that * might allow their opponents to label them as soft on crime. * * No Democrat, except those in overwhelmingly Democratic districts, could * afford to cast any votes in Congress that might allow their opponents * to label them soft on crime. A constant state of law enforcement hysteria. The absolute pinnacle of War terminology was the phrase "Zero Tolerance". We will monitor and prosecute mercilessly with mandatory minimums because letting even one criminal not be caught means you are soft on crime. Everyone is potentially guilty. We need a Police State to combat crime. * USA Today, undated: HOME GARDEN RAIDS: Federal drug agents want to * raid indoor home gardens in search of marijuana plants. The DEA has * subpoenaed Florida garden centers to turn over records showing who * has bought items like fluorescent lamps and plant food. [What???] * CBS News, Dan Rather reporting. See this camera on a building at the * mall? It's aimed at this lighting store's customers, recording them * and the licenses on their cars. Little old lady: I was growing some * plants indoors, here aren't they pretty? When the police burst in... * USA Today, undated: Kalispell, Montana---Police said unusually high * electric bills tipped them to marijuana-growing operation. * CBS 48 hours: flying over everyone's properties, infrared scanning homes * looking for heat loss: there's one bleeding heat from one part of the * house. Let's get a search warrant. * USA Today, undated: "LOITERING LAW": a new Dallas city ordinance allows * police TO ARREST AND SEARCH PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE DRUG DEALERS. We've come a long way from 'presumed innocent'. Now: presumed potentially guilty. * "Riot May Push Md. to Expedite Prison Building", The Washington Post * * An inmate riot last week at one of Maryland's most crowded and violent * prisons will help force the state to consider a more rapid pace of * prison construction, key state legislators said. This level of monitoring has given us a world record % of prison population. So much for 'The Land of the Free'. * As a result, over 100 inmates were transferred to the state's "super- * maximum" prison. Signs of looming trouble became evident weeks ago. Signs of looming trouble have been ignored for years. # "Notes and Comment", The New Yorker, April 13, 1992 # # Traditionally, vast prison systems have adorned tyrannies. # # However, due to mandatory minimum sentencing and the profitable War on # Drugs (due to a 1978 Federal forfeiture law), the United States has # become the unchallenged world leader in incarceration rates. # # We are so far ahead of every other nation we can be rest assured of # remaining No. 1 for many years. # # What kind of society are we hoping to create by this policy of wholesale # incarceration? What will these millions of branded people, most of them # unskilled, uneducated, and brutalized by imprisonment, be prepared to do # when they emerge after many years? This section is also about abusing citizens to control targeted individuals. Examples are scattered throughout. Here come some now... * "1984", author George Orwell, 1949, ISBN 0-679-41739-7 * * Something crashed onto the bed behind Winston's back. The head of a * ladder had been thrust through the window and had burst the frame. * Someone was climbing through the window. There was a stampede of * boots up the stairs. * * The room was full of solid men in black uniforms, with iron-shod * boots on their feet and truncheons in their hands. * * There was another crash. Someone had picked up the glass paperweight * from the table and smashed it to pieces on the hearth-stone. : On May 23, 1994, the BATF and the IRS "searched" the Lamplugh home. : All firearms were drawn. An M-P5 machine gun was stuck in Harry's face. : They did not announce who they were or why they were there, and no search : warrants were displayed. "When I asked if they had a search warrant, their : first reply was 'shut the fuck up mother fucker; do you want more trouble : than you already have?', with the machine gun stuck in my face" Harry said. : "They then proceeded to tear my house apart." : : "Because I have cancer, I usually have about 20 bottles of prescription : drugs on top of my bureau. For some unknown reason, they thought it : necessary to open the bottles and scatter the contents all over the floor. : Consequently, two of our cats got into the medication and died horrible : deaths." In one final unconscionable act, female agent Donna Slusser : deliberately stomped to death a cherished Manx kitten, and kicked it under : a tree. * "1984", author George Orwell, 1949, ISBN 0-679-41739-7 * * There was a gasp and thump behind Winston, and he received a violent * kick on the ankle which nearly flung him off balance. * * One of the men had smashed his fist into Julia's solar plexus, * doubling her up like a pocket ruler. She was thrashing about * on the floor, fighting for breath. * * Winston dared not turn his head by even a millimeter, but sometimes her * livid, gasping face came within the angle of his vision. : The BATF agent slammed Kimberly Katona, then several months pregnant, : against the wall so hard she began bleeding. She soon miscarried. : : Did BATF apologize to this family? No. Instead, BATF pressed : criminal charges. A judge threw the charges out of court. I'm sure the BATF agent had a good reason for violently shoving Ms. Katona: he thought he saw the fetus pointing a gun at him. "A kinder, gentler America" --- President George Bush DoubleThink. We are doing this to protect you. And the Lamplugh's? They were in the politically incorrect business of managing gun shows. ---- Cryptography is the most important tool to come along for privacy in communications ever; it uses the power of computer software to shield us from endlessly intrusive government computer monitoring. These categories of War are the big lie (propaganda technique) used by law enforcement to discredit any and all privacy concerns. These are the reasons why we can't use cryptography to give us the beginnings of privacy from the Government. That the dangers of it protecting someone involved in these activities outweighs right to privacy of everyone else in the United States. That our communications must be compromised by Government "Key Recovery". What a bunch of hooey. ****************************************************************************** War #1 - Drugs --- -- ----- * The New York Times * * December 7 1995. A&E Investigative Reports "Seized by the Law" draws * attention to a recent embellishment of the criminal law that permits * Federal agents and the state and local police to confiscate cash and * property on the suspicion that their owners are involved in drug * trafficking. * * Just suspicion. * * No arrest or indictment, much less conviction, is required. The Dark Ages in America. * And the fact that most of the proceeds stay with * the police may be a temptation to confiscation. Naw, that would never happen. ---- Fear, loathing, suspicion, unlimited police powers...welcome to America... * "Above the Law", by David Burnham, ISBN 0-684-80699-1, 1996 * * As he had done many times before, African-American Willie Jones was about * to board an American airlines flight to Houston to buy flowers and shrubs. * He was a second-generation family florist and on February 27, 1991 he was * carrying $9600 in cash because the wholesalers prefer cash. * * This time, however, apparently because Jones fit a "profile" of what drug * dealers are supposed to look like, two police officers stopped him, * searched him and seized his $9600. The businessman was given a receipt * and told he was free to go. * * "No evidence of wrongdoing was ever produced. No charges were ever filed. * As far as anyone knows, Willie Jones neither uses drugs nor buys nor sells * them. He is a gardening contractor who bought an airplane ticket. Who lost * his hard-earned money to the cops." After a long legal battle and a lot of * publicity, Jones got his money back. * [snip] * * Paolo Alvarez: "I believe in God, but the government's seizure of all my * savings was really horrible. I felt trapped and I almost flipped out." * * Alvarez was a landscape contractor, cautious and frugal, who saved his * money. Several years ago, however, Alvarez began listening to the * speeches of Ross Perot, especially Perot's exaggerated [beat the drum * of fear] warnings that the nation's savings and loan institutions * were about to collapse. As a reult of mounting anxiety generated by * the Texas businessman, Alvarez decided to move the nest egg from his * savings and loan. * * He placed some of the money in a regular bank and hid the balance in * small caches around the house. * * When the sky did not fall, when Ross Perot's predictions did not come * true, Alvarez began slowly moving the cash in his house back into a * bank. Partly because of his fear of a possible robbery, he chose to * redeposit his money in relatively small amounts, $5000 or so at a time. * * While Alvarez had come to know Perot's gloomy predictions were off the * mark, he did not know that the federal international government, in its * hysteria about drugs, had persuaded Congress to greatly expand the * government's civil and criminal powers to seize assets of individuals * it felt might be up to some illicit business. The government's concern * was so overwhelming that in 1986 Congress was prevailed upon to add a * provision to the seizure law forbidding any "structuring" of financial * transactions in a way so as to evade and existing requirement that cash * transfers of more than $10,000 had to be reported to the government. [ The New York Times, April 13, 1997 U.S. Under Secretary Raymond W. Kelly signed an order on Aug 7th requiring New York businesses transmitting cash to report all transactions over $750. The order was not publicly announced. It is part of emergency powers. [President Clinton subsequently makes it permanent nationwide.] ---- NYC Mayor and former federal prosecutor Rudolph Giuliani has made some emphatic statements proposing $100 dollar bills be eliminated to combat drug dealers. Perhaps all cash will be next. ] * On November 11, 1993, apparently tipped off by a friendly bank clerk who * thought Alvarez's redeposits looked like "structuring", the Internal * Revenue Service seized $88,315.76, the life savings of a hard-working * immigrant. * * The government, of course, had no evidence that Alvarez was using the * money for improper purposes, or was in any way connected with drugs or * drug-dealing, for the simple reason that he wasn't doing any such thing. * * In this case, under the astonishing provisions of our nation's asset * forfeiture laws, the mere administrative finding that Alvarez had * "structured" his transactions was enough to justify the seizure. [ We have Federal laws against terminating someone's benefits based solely (automatically by computer) on "computer matching" hits of possible ineligibility. But NOTHING to protect us from this nearly IDENTICAL use of computer data to terminate "benefits". ] * To the government, the question of whether the money had been legally * earned or was the product of a nefarious drug sale was of no concern. * * Maybe worse than the nebulous structuring provision is a feature of the * same group of laws that places the burden of proof on the victim. In * other words, rather than the government having to prove that Alvarez * had violated the statute before it seized his money, Alvarez had to * prove that he was innocent of any wrongdoing before he could get it * back. Further adding to the profound unfairness of the seizure process * is an incredible provision that anyone who wants to challenge an action, * who wants his day in court, must file a bond with the government of * either $5000 or 10 percent of the value of the seized property. Alvarez * had to borrow the money from his credit cards. * * The Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathon R. Howden, flooded by financial * statements by Alvarez's defense attorney (who was a retired career * criminal investigator with the IRS), admitted he would not take the * case to court. That step took seven months. * * However, Howden made an astonishing attempt to keep half of the $88,000 * the government had seized from Alvarez's bank account. Howden offered * Alvarez two options: settle the matter by agreeing to a 50 percent * forfeiture, or the money will be returned to the IRS, who might keep * it. Alvarez's lawyer called his bluff and got the money back after * a full year had elapsed. Loss of a full year's interest and $5000 in * legal fees were the result. * * The government's abrupt assault shocked Paolo Alvarez to his core, * leaving him with powerful feelings of fearful despair and isolation. * * While the fear was obviously justified, the feeling of isolation was * way off the mark. He has lots of company. [snip] * * The federal government seized the home of an elderly couple under the * Drug War's "facilitation" provision. The judge was so embarrassed he * gave the couple half the cash value of their house back. The drugs had * belonged to the teenaged-grandson. "The whole program is a nightmare," * said their lawyer, "If it keeps up, the Justice Department is going to * be the largest property owner in Connecticut." [snip] * * Between 1985 and 1993, as a result of more than 200,000 forfeitures, the * Justice Department Asset Forfeiture Fund took in over $3.2 billion. * * In 1993 alone the department took in $556 million, twenty times more * than it did when the program began in 1985. And what were some of the reasons of the dramatic increase in forfeitures between 1985 and 1993? What caused it to increase by more than a MAGNITUDE? * "Above the Law", by David Burnham, ISBN 0-684-80699-1, 1996 * * In June 1989, the Deputy Attorney General ordered the nation's U.S. * attorneys to "take all possible actions" on forfeitures, even if it meant * dropping other matters. "You will be expected to divert personnel from * other activities." * * One year later, the Attorney General himself warned the U.S. attorneys * that the Justice Department had fallen far behind its budget projection * in the collection of assets. "We must significantly increase production * to reach our budget target... Failure to achieve the $470 million * projection would expose the Department's forfeiture program to criticism * and undermine confidence in our budget projections. Every effort must be * made to increase forfeiture income during the remaining three months of * fiscal year 1990." * * In addition, forfeiture activities affect how many federal prosecutors * will be allocated to each U.S. Attorney by the Justice Department. [snip] * * Says Senator Henry J. Hyde: "The more they seize, the more they get for * their own 'official use'. Federal and state officials now have the power * to seize your business, home, bank account, records and personal property, * all without indictment, hearing, or trial. Everything you have can be * taken away at the whim of one or two federal or state officials operating * in secret." * * The so-called War on Drugs, the Congressman continued, "has been * perverted too often into a series of frontal attacks on basic * American constitutional guarantees --- including due process, * the presumption of innocence, and the right to own and enjoy * private property." ---- * 2 Customs Agents are Facing Charges in Kidnapping Case * by David Kocieniewski, The New York Times, 1996 * * Two United States Customs inspectors have been charged with kidnapping * and beating someone they suspected was a drug dealer last year while * trying to rob him of cash and cocaine, Federal prosecutors said. * * Three men charged in all put on bullet-proof vests and police badges, * according to the complaint, and stopped the victim after identifying * themselves as Federal agents. The Federal agents then beat the man, * handcuffed him, forced him into their car and drove off, witnesses * said. * * The victim, whom Federal officials refuse to identify, dashed from the * car when it stopped at an intersection and persuaded a motorist to take * him to a police station. Wow. People seeking sanctuary from Federal thugs in the local police station. They thought the person had 220 pounds of cocaine. A corrupt justice system from the U.S. Attorney General all the way down to the lowest individual agents. We're becoming more like Mexico every year. ---- * Internet posting... * * Joe Pinson * 30 years old, MEDICAL MARIJUANA user. * FIVE YEARS MANDATORY MINIMUM, FIRST OFFENSE. * * Mr. Pinson was a part-time bus driver for the Jewish Hospital before * his arrest. He grew up suffering from severe asthma and tried all * kinds of medicines to alleviate his problem. At age 18, he discovered * that smoking marijuana made it easier for him to breathe. For the * next decade he smoked marijuana and was able to enjoy activities he * had never been able to do before. * * In 1993, at age 30, Joe decided to grow his own marijuana in the attic * of the house he shared with his mother. He purchased some growing * equipment from an indoor gardening store that was under surveillance * by the DEA. The DEA traced Joe to his home, checked his electric * bills to see if it was unusually high, and then flew over his house at * 2:00 a.m. in a helicopter equipped with an infrared device. The * infrared equipment showed a white light emanating from Joe's roof, * indicating the escape of a large amount of heat, while the other roof- * tops were black. * * Joe was arrested and took his case to trial. The jury found Joe * guilty of cultivating marijuana, but not guilty of possessing it with * intent to distribute. I said before the Drug War was highly politicized. It's a matter of politics over matter when the government's Drug War elevates marijuana above its true pharmacological controlled substances classification; it's a matter of hysteria to escalate it to the same top category as heroin and LSD, 'Schedule I Substances'. Even cocaine is only Schedule II. Late 1996 / early 1997, several states, including California, passed laws via citizen initiative ballots that legalized marijuana if a doctor prescribes it. Usually for nausea or weight loss from chemotherapy or AIDS. A massive Federal and State Drug War hysteria campaign failed to stop people approving it. * The New York Times, Oct 3, 1996, San Francisco * "Skirmish in Anti-Drug War: California vs. 'Doonesbury'", by Tim Golden * * There a drug wars, and there are drug wars... * * Marching bravely into the cultural swamp where Dan Quayle once bogged * down in combat with the television single mother Murphy Brown, * California's Attorney General, Dan Lungren, has taken his fight * against the medical use of marijuana to Zonker Harris, the laid-back * hero of the comic strip 'Doonesbury'. Like the former Vice President, * Mr. Lungren appears to have underestimated his adversaries' capacity * to make fun of him. * [snip] * * Mr. Lungren raided a marijuana outlet after two years in which the * United States Attorney in San Francisco and the city's District * Attorney had both declined to prosecute it. * [snip] * / "Zonker": I can't believe anyone would shut down the Cannabis Buyers' / Club! Who ordered the bust? / Other character responds: "Dan Lungren, the State Attorney General. / Local cops wouldn't do it, so they had to bring in the Republicans." * * "No one should be laughing," said Mr. Lungren, asking newspapers in * the state to censor the rest of the week's cartoons as a public service. * * No one followed the Attorney General's request. Other Federal and state government officials were SHOCKED that it passed and made angry noises and tried to interfere. * The New York Times, Aug 29 1996, Ventura, California, By Katharine Seelye * "Dole Criticizes Clinton as Lax On a Policy to Combat Drugs" * * Dole, speaking out against Proposition 215, which would allow marijuana * to be used as medicine: "If somebody, say from Mexico or any other country, * aimed a missile at California, you would do something about it. And they're * aiming millions and millions of missiles right at these young people right * here, whether it's a needle, whether it's a cigarette, whatever the delivery * system is. It's poison [at least it's not paraquat!], and it's got to stop * in America. My view is that drugs are wrong, you shouldn't use drugs, you * shouldn't smoke cigarettes---let's just throw them all out at the same * time." * * Mr. Dole later qualified his remarks: "I didn't say anything about * cigarettes." [what???] Proposition 215 passed into law. It was a major repudiation of Drug War hysteria. A major repudiation of the Schedule I Substances classification of marijuana. DEA: "Drugs in this schedule are those that have no accepted medical use in the United States and have a high abuse potential." And just why did the citizens of California have to pass a ballot to approve medical use of marijuana? * "The Emperor Wears No Clothes", by Jack Herer, 1992, ISBN 1-878125-00-1 * * From 1979 to 1989 (when the law lapsed), California had a law that was * supposed to help people get cannabis for medical reasons. Patric Mayers, * with his testimony and personal lobbying, was instrumental in getting the * California Legislature to pass the state law allowing cannabis for medical * use. Mayer's life was saved in 1976 when his doctors illegally advised him * to use marijuana for his chemotherapy nausea. He weighed only 93 pounds. * * However, first as state Attorney General then governor, George Deukmejian * deliberately refused to carry out the program passed by California * legislators. So, elected officials first thwarted the law, and then thwarted the citizens' direct vote on the matter. What a bunch of... * "Medical Use of Marijuana To Stay Illegal in Arizona", by Tim Golden * The New York Times, 4/17/97 * * Acting together, the Arizona Senate, Legislature and Governor have * neutralized a citizens' initiative that would have allowed doctors * to prescribe marijuana to sick or dying patients. It came four days * after a Federal judge in San Francisco blocked the Clinton administrations * plan to sanction doctors who recommeded marijuana under the terms of a * similar initiative in California. * * Arizona politicians are allowed to modify the decisions of voters if the * law is not approved by the majority of all registered voters, not just * the people who actually voted. [What???] No proposition has ever met that * criterion. * * Arizona voters approved proposition 200 last November by a ratio of 2 to 1. Drug War results: > Our prison population has tripled over the last 20 years. > As of June 1996, 1.6 million of us were in prisons and jails. > Incarceration rates for drug offenses - which are not considered major > crimes - have increased significantly while other categories are fairly > constant. * The Wall Street Journal, September 7, 1989 * * Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, "Every friend of freedom... * must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the U.S. into an * armed camp, by the visions of jails filled with casual drug users and of * an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight * evidence. > Drug offenders were 6.4 percent of state prison populations in 1980. > Drug offenders were 22.3 percent of state prison populations in 1994. > > The growth from less than 20,000 to nearly a quarter of a million was > nearly tenfold. > > Nonviolent drug offenders making up 58% of the federal prison population. Name a single person ever who was robbed by someone suffering from marijuana withdrawal. Law Enforcement Hysteria, Propaganda and Lies: And that Drug War hysteria commercial about the train wreck by the engineer on pot? They can't quite bring themselves to tell you he had been drinking. And they still show this ad... * "The Emperor Wears No Clothes", by Jack Herer, 1992, ISBN 1-878125-00-1 * * In one ad, the wreckage of a train is shown. Now, everyone will agree * that no one should attempt to drive a train while high on marijuana. * But a man's voice says that anyone who tells you 'marijuana is harmless' * is lying, because his wife was killed in the train accident. * * This contradicts the direct sworn testimony of the engineer responsible * for that disaster; that "the accident was not caused by marijuana." It * deliberately ignores his admissions of drinking alcohol, snacking, * watching TV, generally failing to pay adequate attention to his job, * AND DELIBERATELY JAMMING THE TRAIN'S SAFETY EQUIPMENT prior to the * accident. [snip] * * And in yet another ad, the lies finally got them in trouble. The ad showed * two brain wave charts which it said showed the brain waves of a 14-year- * old "on marijuana". * * Outraged, researcher Dr. Donald Blum from the UCLA neurological studies * center told KABC TV (Los Angelos) news November 2, 1989, that the chart * actually shows the brain waves of someone in a deep sleep --- or a coma. * * He said he had previously complained directly to the Partnership for a * Drug Free America and they ignored him. They finally pulled the ads. [snip] * * The Heath/Tulane Study of 1974 has been widely sited nationally as * evidence that marijuana is harmful. One set of Rhesus monkeys began * to atrophy and die after 90 days of pot smoking. * * When Playboy and NORMAL finally received the methodology of the study * in 1980 after six years of trying, they were stunned. * * The Rhesus monkeys had been strapped into a chair and pumped the * equivalent of 63 Columbian strength joints in "five minutes, through * gas masks," losing no smoke. * * The monkeys were suffocating! On June 27, 1997 a story broke about a new report showing "heavy marijuana use makes the same changes in the brain as cocaine and heroin, and it causes the same withdrawal symptoms in the brain". Only MSNBC reported it this way: Brian Williams said, "A new preliminary study shows that cocaine, heroin, ALCOHOL and marijuana all cause similar changes in the brain over time." But the picture and thrust of the story was still focusing on marijuana. What was COMPLETELY MISSING was shown on C-SPAN the previous day, when Senator Byrd gave an EXTENSIVE presentation showing ALCOHOL WAS THE LEADING GATEWAY DRUG TO COCAINE AND HEROIN USAGE! * "The Emperor Wears No Clothes", by Jack Herer, 1992, ISBN 1-878125-00-1 * * Tobacco smoking kills more people each year than AIDS, heroin, crack, * cocaine, alcohol, CAR ACCIDENTS, FIRE AND MURDER COMBINED. * * Cigarette smoking is as addictive as heroin, complete with withdrawal * symptoms, and the percentage of relapses (75%) is the same for "kicking" * cocaine and heroin users. * * It is far and away the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S. * today. Tobacco smokers have ten times the lung cancer of non-smokers, * twice the heart disease and are three times more likely to die of heart * disease if they develop it. * * Yet tobacco is totally legal, and even receives the highest U.S. Gov. * farm subsidies of any agricultural product in America, all while being * our biggest killer! What a total hypocrisy! My dad has been to Europe once: "I didn't have time to sight-see when we hit the beaches though". He enlisted at 17, and was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, which involved General Patton. My dad said that when he saw fellow GIs in the German prison camp trading food for tobacco and even adding wood shavings to extend it: that's when he decided not to smoke. "Tobacco isn't addictive" ---Politician Bob Dole, taker of tobacco monies I've always wondered which Senators were paid off to exempt billboards from having their health warnings be the same proportion as those in magazine ads. And how did they justify it? Here is an example of our law enforcement's attitudes toward marijuana: * "Above the Law", by David Burnham, ISBN 0-684-80699-1, 1996 * * FBI Director William S. Sessions, questioned by the Senate Judiciary * Committee in March 1986, acknowledged that he once told one of his * assistants that he thought several Ku Klux Klan members accused of * lynching a black man "were OK until I learned they smoked pot". This is a historically consistent view espoused by Government officials: # "60 Years of Reefer Madness", High Times Magazine, July 1997 # # 1937: Harry Anslinger, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, read into # official testimony (without objection) before Congress, stories of # "coloreds" with big lips seducing white women with jazz and marijuana, # claiming that 50% of all violent crime by blacks and Latino immigrants # has been traced directly to marijuana. * "Phantom Numbers Haunt the War on Drugs" * By Christopher S. Wren, The New York Times, April 20, 1997 * * Politicians are said to use statistics the way drunks use lampposts: for * support rather then illumination. The aphorism seems more apt for the War * on Drugs, which abounds with statistical lampposts that shed little light * on the nation's preoccupation with illegal substances. * * When sensibly vague estimates based on the little that is known won't * suffice, law enforcement officials oblige constituents with numbers that * one police officer characterized as "P.F.A.," or "pulled from the air." * * When the State Department's annual survey said Mexico's annual marijuana * production in 1989 was 30,200 tons, it was PFA. * * Assuming half the production makes it into the U.S., half the population * between 15 and 40 in this country would have had to smoke a joint a day. * * By 1996 the State Department's annual survey stabilized at a more realistic * 3,400 tons a year. * * However, the State Department's annual survey for 1996 stated Columbia's * cultivation of coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine, jumped 32% over 1995. * * This was deliberate manipulation of the statistics: unlike previous years, * the State Department suddenly stopped figuring in the 55,715 acres that * the Columbian police fumigated with herbicide. * * The number had actually gone down, but President Clinton cited the upswing * to support his Feb. 28 decision to decertify Columbia as helping in the * War on Drugs. Mexico was certified. A majority of citizens in several states have now told the government they are full of hooey. The Drug War is primarily about governmental politics and governmental power. Not about drugs. Can't afford to look soft on crime, or your opposition will stomp you. The government uses these "wars" to claim ever greater power over us. To justify violent no-knock searches by agents not even carrying warrants. To justify killing the 'exclusion rule' to protect police not citizens. To justify draconian asset forfeiture laws. To justify using deadly force. It's no longer the 1920s, but our government still has reefer madness. In another astonishing case of corruption due to Congressional asset forfeiture laws, and yet another violent result of marijuana's Schedule I Substances classification: ABC news: the Parks Department wanted a prime piece of land called "Trail's End". It was owned by a private family. They refused to sell. The reporter is in the helicopter with the agent who identified marijuana growing on the property from an identical helicopter fly-over. The agent said he specializes in that sort of thing, and he was flown over the property for an evaluation. He told the other federal agents that he could not determine that there was any. The G-MEN flew him over again: "they pressured me to change my evaluation, and I did, even though I couldn't detect any marijuana. They got me to say 'maybe I see some for sure'." A large multi-departmental group of federal and county agents stormed the house, and shot the male owner to death. The widow continues to live there. Before moving in, law enforcement had the property appraised for its value. Eventually, the county admitted it wanted the property. This is our Drug War for national security reasons. The government now says it regrets calling it a Drug War. Then appointed a retired Military General as Drug Czar. Drug Czar William Bennett was an active nicotine addict until his first day of work. The ONLY reason he quit smoking was because it would have been politically incorrect to smoke while leading the War on Drugs. * On October 19 1996, Clinton announced that his administration will develop * a plan to test the urine of driver's license applicants under the age of * 18, and he gave drug czar Barry McCaffrey 90 days to present the plan to * him. * * "Our message should be simple: no drugs, or no driver's license," Clinton * proclaimed. * * Clinton took this action in the closing weeks of the presidential race * after Bob Dole attacks his joking comments about marijuana on MTV. * * The plan will likely require federal legislation, probably making highway * funds contingent upon a state's implementation of the plan. * * About three million teenagers will seek driver's licenses each year and * therefore be tested for drugs. At a rate of one-percent false positives, * 30,000 completely clean kids will fail their drug tests. They will be * denied driver's licenses. How will their parents react? Many kids are * likely to be emotionally scarred by the false accusations of drug use, * and some may even attempt suicide out of their shame. Thank you very much Free World Leaders for that intelligent discourse on marijuana. What would we do without you? We love being your lemmings. Keep beating the Drums so we can march into your ocean of insanity. "Zero Tolerance" is an extremely dangerous attitude to have regarding crime. Zero Tolerance by definition means excessive vigilancy. # "War on Drugs Runs Up Against the 4th Amendment" # By Tony Mauro, USA Today # # J. LeWayne Kelly went to the Austin, Texas, airport two months ago. # # But because he's black, dressed casually and wore expensive cowboy boots, # he soon was surrounded by strangers---police who suspected him of being # a drug courier. # # Mr. Kelly had gone to the airport only TO PICK UP A FRIEND. # # He felt numb, agreed to be searched because he didn't want to get beaten. # # Kelly tried an experiment. He had a white friend WEAR THE SAME OUTFIT he # had worn that day and retrace his steps at the airport. # # Police gave the friend not even a glance. # # His lawyer filed a class-action suit in a Texas state court. # # "The Supreme Court has hobbled the Fourth Amendment so much that I # never even thought about filing in Federal court." A major foobar in Zero Tolerance mania occurred when the government seized a ship over a couple joints. The government had seized the ship from itself. The Drug War. The Drug War. The Drug War. The Drug War. The Drug War. Hear it enough times and you believe it is a national security problem. Rather than an entirely domestic consumer problem. Yes, the drugs - a HUGE amount of drugs - cross our national borders. But it is being PULLED in, a completely different situation than Military defense of our borders against a FOREIGN enemy. I wonder how it all gets into the country. It's as if it has its own special unmonitored border crossing, where it can drive truck after truck through. And what happens when you bang the drum of hysteria long enough? Bizarre distortions in our social fabric: widespread fear, loathing and suspicion. And: censorship. Tom Petty wins MTV's highest video award, but they always censored the word 'joint' in the video! MTV, the spirit of Rock'N'Roll...not. Maybe they're just doing what they can: they played the word BACKWORDS in the video...a British band was on trial in the U.S. a few years ago charged with putting backward-playing lyrics on their album (acquitted). But it's okay if Jay Leno shows a Clinton look-alike smoking a bong. Drug addicts can't get clean needles, furthering the AIDS epidemic. # "AIDS VIRUS FEEDS ON FEDERAL NEEDLE POLICY" # By Steven Wishnia, High Times Magazine, July 1997 # # No federal action is planned to end the ban on federal funding for needle # exchange programs by the Clinton Administration, despite mounting scienti- # fic evidence that shooting up with unclean needles is the second most # common risk behavior (40%) for HIV infection. # # It is a very cost-effective way of saving lives. # # SIX federally funded studies done between 1991 to 1995 concluded that # needle exchange programs reduce HIV transmission and do not encourage # drug use. # # Someone who spoke with Senator Arlene Spector said that "Noone's willing # to take the political step." # # Instead, the biggest federal funding for AIDS prevention in 1996 went to # programs urging teenagers to abstain from sex ["have sex outside marriage # and you could DIE"]. # # The National Institute of Health concluded: "The behavior placing the # public health at greatest risk may be occurring in legislative and other # decision making bodies. Millions of unnecessary deaths will occur as a # result." # # The Surgeon General has the power to revoke the ban unilaterally. Ever see the full page ad showing a group of sweet kids, asking you to spot which one will become the drug pusher? That's how the government views us little people: all are potentially guilty. The government hysteria over drugs has led to students being suspended for having Advil, under school Zero Tolerance for drugs policy. Reefer madness leads to Advil insanity. It is a "gateway" madness. ;-) No wonder kids don't respect the government's anti-drug crusades. They are subject to random drug testing if they want to play sports. * Boston Globe, June 12, 1997 * * PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A full-time plainclothes police officer and * drug-sniffing dogs will be put to work at Portsmouth High School to * control drug use. The plan also calls for volunteer drug testing of * pupils and creating a Scholastic Crimeline, a tip service for the * kids to snitch on friends, parents. 1984 means a constant State of War. The government is totally nuts, hooking our flesh up to machines to verify the pureness of our "precious bodily fluids" [Dr. Strangelove]. Isn't a government demand that our flesh be logically hooked together with machines the definition of 'cyborg'? * "The Emperor Wears No Clothes", by Jack Herer, 1992, ISBN 1-878125-00-1 * * A new billboard has appeared in Ventura, California, promoting the * "Zero Tolerance" campaign. It says: "Help a friend, send him to jail." $ "Gingrich Suggests Tough Drug Measure", NYT, August 27, 1995 $ $ Speaker Gingrich said he would ask Congress to enact legislation imposing $ the death penalty on drug smugglers, and suggested MASS EXECUTIONS of $ people convicted under the law might prove an effective deterrent. $ $ Mr. Gingrich told about 1,500 people at a youth football and cheerleading $ jamboree, "And they'd have only one chance to appeal, then we'd kill them $ within 18 months." On January 7, 1997, Gingrich introduced H.R. 41, "Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1997", which "mandates that a person convicted of bringing into the United States '100 usual dosage amounts' of several illicit substances -- including two ounces of marijuana -- be sentenced to federal prison for life without parole; a second offense brings the death penalty." # "Dole Calls for Wider Military Role in Fighting Drugs" # By Katherine Q. Seelye, The New York Times, August 26, 1996 # # "I want the Military to expand its use of technology, including # reconnaissance and satellites and area surveillance and listening # posts...and call the National Guard to move in," said Presidential # candidate Bob Dole. # # "In the Dole Administration, we're going to return to what works. We're # going to replace the President's inattention to dangerous drugs with a # clear and forceful policy of zero tolerance." # # "That's ZERO TOLERANCE." # # "ZERO TOLERANCE for drug smugglers. ZERO TOLERANCE for drug pushers. # ZERO TOLERANCE for drugs in the workplace and drugs in school. And # ZERO TOLERANCE for illegal drugs, period." # # "ZERO! ZERO! ZERO!" # # "We will REDOUBLE our efforts to put drug criminals behind bars." # # "We will only appoint judges who will throw them in jail." Thank Gawd he didn't become President. * July Fourth, 1997, C-SPAN Congressional Television * * Mark Klaas, father of 12-year-old Polly Klaas, who was murdered by a * repeat-offender that was paroled from prison, said in support of prevention * programs: "Building more prisons to fight crime is like building more * cemeteries to fight the spread of AIDS. It's a bad quick fix. Police * chiefs across the country support [me] this 4 to 1. Unfortunately, Congress * can't act "soft" on crime, and is about to pass a very bad bill on * juvenile crime." More bizarre distortions in our social fabric due to Zero Tolerance: 6/10/97 MSNBC: California: a ten-year-old girl who reported a classmate for having a joint was also suspended by the principal, under the school's Zero Tolerance for drugs policy. Her offense: handling the joint to see if the other student was kidding her before reporting the other student. The principal said "too bad, that's what 'Zero Tolerance' means". The little girl and her mother are shocked. [I am not making these up!!!!!] 6/18/97 NBC News Channel 4 NYC: A career teacher is forced to resign because she thought her student was kidding about having a baggie of pot. Students and parents are stunned. The teacher said she believed her students had better sense than that, and since she inspected it and it smelled like oregano she was sure they were kidding her. Students and their parents protest, the school board asks her back, but she says no, she is too disgusted at her treatment. Zero Tolerance victims, falling into the abyss. State troopers really know their "business": : Robert Fitches, a 22 year-old said in his Federal lawsuit that he was : humiliated when state troopers ordered him to drop his pants during a : drug search along Interstate 15 in Davis County. : Source: Salt Lake City Tribune 7/8/95 Maybe this is an accurate analogy of why dragnet-monitoring is wrong: : The Sheraton Boston Hotel was discovered videotaping employees changing : clothes in locker rooms. The 1991 surveillance caught employees using : drugs, Sheraton said. Source: Senate Labor Committee on Employment, 6/93 If you strip us naked you will detect more crime, but also, you strip individuals naked without specific individuals being suspected of a crime. Dragnet monitoring should not be the American way. Unrestricted cryptography must be made legal now, so we are no longer naked to ECHELON monitoring. It will be a beginning. : Privacy Journal's War Stories (75 pages, $21.50) is available from : PRIVACY JOURNAL, P.O. Box 28577, Providence RI 02908, 401/274-7861, : electronic mail: : : Beverly Folmsbee of Pittsfield Massachusetts, who was not suspected : of any drug use, left her job after declining to take a "degrading" : urinalysis test at her company, then known as Tech Tool Grinding & : Supply Inc. : : It required disrobing, donning a hospital gown, and submitting to : bodily inspection by a medical staff person. : : But the highest court in the state said that the testing was legitimate. : Source: Folmsbee v.Tech Tool Grinding & Supply Inc., 417 Mass. 338, 630 : N.E. 2d 586 (1994). It is totally urinating what the politicians and courts have allowed in the name of the Drug War. : Privacy Journal's War Stories, By Attorney Robert Ellis Smith : : Burlingame, CA, 1990: A flight attendant suffered medical complications : because of Federal requirements that compel drug-monitors to have : employees drink water until they can provide a urine sample. The 40-year- : old woman was unable to urinate in a random drug test. She drank three : quarts of water and even vomited some of it but could not urinate in the : noisy crowded test site. She became ill at home and a doctor diagnosed : her condition as "water intoxication." The lack of privacy inhibits : 25 percent of people from urinating, surveys show [JAMA 1/2/91]. Drug testing doesn't even work. Could there be a more important use for it than public safety? It made no difference to the drunk and sleepy subway motorman in the spectacular underground smash-up at the Union Square Station in NYC. Even if he had a drug test before his shift, he still would have had the accident. Non-invasive (eye-hand co-ordination and other) tests would work better and not shockingly subject us to highly intrusive poking. It also doesn't work inasmuch as it has had no affect whatsoever on drugs. * Main Justice, by Jim McGee and Brian Duffy, 1996, ISBN 0-684-81135-9 * * The drug war never had a stronger supporter than President George Bush. * * He showered the nation's drug warriors with money---nearly tripling the * overall anti-narcotics budget from $4.3 billion in 1988 to $11.9 billion * in 1992. * * The results were disappointing. * * After four years there was more cocaine on the streets than ever. * Naturally, it was also cheaper than ever. * * The overall crime rate was unchanged too. * * Inside Main Justice, such numbers are depressing. To those outside the law * enforcement community, it might have seemed an ironic, even heretical * notion, but to many of the career lawyers and prosecutors inside Main * Justice it was an article of faith that solving the nation's drug problem * could not be accomplished by prosecution and jail sentences alone. These * career people feel the answer is self-evident: Education, rehabilitation * and improving the grim lot of most of those prone to drug addiction ought * to become national priorities. * * Said David Margolis, who had supervised the Criminal Division's anti- * narcotics efforts in the early 1990s: "Anyone who thinks that drug * enforcement is primarily a law enforcement issue, they're smoking wacky * tabacky." Tell all the damn manipulative politicians. Jail's not even cost effective. * RAND Study Finds Mandatory Minimums Cost-Ineffective * ---------------------------------------------------- * * Excerpt from RAND Press Release: * * Washington, DC, May 12, 1997 -- If cutting drug consumption and * drug-related crime are the nation's prime drug control * objectives, then the mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws * in force at the federal level and in most states are not the * way to get there. * * This is the key finding of "Mandatory Minimum Drug * Sentences: Throwing Away the Key or the Taxpayer's Money?", * a new RAND study that provides the first quantitative * analysis of how successful these measures are in achieving * what Director Barry McCaffrey of the Office of National Drug * Control Policy has called "our central purpose and mission - * - reducing illicit drug use and its consequences." In Florida, they charged a mother with delivering cocaine to her baby. A problem with this is the mother-addict repeatedly applied for rehab programs, but there were no available slots. Not enough funding. Law enforcement drug hysteria. Decades of Drug War. Those rumor-level stories about our government encouraging drugs to reach the inner cities were weird. Remember, we've been having a Drug War for four decades now. I guess there is a certain logic to it. Obviously the government is into hysteria on the matter: it is then possible that they would want to continue having a drug problem so they could continue the hysteria. Even the Attorney General was drooling over drug forfeiture dollars, to the point of shunting aside other cases. Recently... : CBS 60 Minutes, Steve Croft reporting. : : Remember that story of the hero customs agent snagging a tanker truck full : of cocaine? There is a strange twist to the story. : : The Federal agent's manager repeatedly tried to interfere with him making : the bust. : : The agent's dog had flagged the truck; the agent weighed it and found a : discrepancy. His manager said it must be in the tires. You can only check : the tires for drugs he was told. : : But the agent persisted, and made the bust. His manager let the driver : of the truck leave. The driver literally fled on foot back to Mexico. What the hell was that about??? Was it a single corrupt Federal agent? : CBS 60 Minutes, Steve Croft reporting. : : Standing at a fence about a hundred feet from the U.S. Customs lanes, : Steve Croft and an ex-agent with a walkie-talkie tuned to the right : frequency began videotaping the border crossings. : : Truck after truck drove right through the individual Customs lanes, : not even stopping. "Nafta express lanes" explained the ex-agent. : : Truck after truck drove straight into the U.S. unmonitored. : : Then a message came through the walkie-talkie: "We got some cameras : watching, better get out there and cover traffic". : : Suddenly several Customs agents came out of the booths and started : inspecting trucks. That makes at least five people at a minimum! What the hell is going on??? IF the rumor is true, THIS looks like it would be the smoking gun. How did our country get so twisted around that they can invade our bodies to drug test, yet allow truck after truck after truck to just wander right in knowing HUGE drug shipment after HUGE drug shipment is crossing? Gosh, there's no drug problem with Mexican police, military and even their president. * The New York Times, February 19 1997 * * Brig. General Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo, Mexico's top Military Drug War * point man, was arrested on charges of receiving payoffs from Jaurez * cartel kingpin Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Defense Minister Enrique Cervantes * announced. * * U.S. Drug Czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey had weeks earlier called General * Gutierrez "a guy of absolute unquestioned integrity." And what if some terrorists wanted to sneak in an atom bomb? Put a NAFTA sticker on it and drive right on in, y'all. Welcome to the USA. If you want to really be certain, hide the A-bomb in a truck full of cocaine. If a terrorist nuclear bomb ever goes off in this country, it drove in from Mexico. Meanwhile, Los Alamos National Laboratories developed technology that allows an officer walking or driving down the street, as shown on MSNBC TV 6/9/97, to determine whether anyone on the sidewalk is carrying a gun. The priorities are all out of whack. Apply Military technology towards securing the border, not by spending billions and billions and billions each year to secure each and every one of us. We don't put governing-monitors on all car engines to control speeding. Get an Operations Research clue. Is our government perpetuating the availability of drugs? The 60 Minutes report sure makes it look like it is. How could letting unchecked Mexican truck after unchecked Mexican truck through not be? ! FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, Senate Judiciary Committee, June 4, 1997 ! ! NEW CORRIDORS HAVE OPENED TO CONTINUE THE FLOOD OF DRUGS INTO AMERICA. No shit, Sherlock! Ya don't nafta say another word. Every single truck can be checked using Military technology. Robots build our American cars: make a wide range of standardized "Nafta" containers and have robots empty the trucks (obviously not tanker trucks, that's a different robot-checking line), have the robots inspect the containers under the scrutiny of customs agents, then reload the truck. Here's some border securing technology: * Los Alamos National Laboratory, * * Acoustic Resonance Spectroscopy (ARS) is a technology developed at * Los Alamos National Laboratory for the noninvasive identification * of the fill content of sealed containers. * * Identification is accomplished by analyzing the effect that the fill * material has on the resonance modes of the container. Based on the * acoustic vibrations of an object, this Los Alamos instrument quickly * and safely identifies the fill content of containers [for purity of * one kind of substance I guess]. * * [The instrument is implemented and pictured] The ARS instrument was * selected to receive one of R&D Magazine's 1995 R&D 100 Awards; the * awards are given annually for the one hundred most significant * technical innovations. * * The technique is suitable for any noninvasive identification of fill * materials in sealed containers. But no, massive monitoring of people suspected of no crime is the appropriate response. They were just warming us up for the CALEA telephone monitoring bill. ---- Here is part of the story on why we let trucks full of cocaine and heroin just roll right into the United States. * "Diminished U.S. Role Below Border Plays Into Traffickers' Hands" * * By Molly Moore and John Ward Anderson * Washington Post Foreign Service * Sunday, September 8 1996; Page A01 * The Washington Post * * Due to their new 'Mexicanization policy': * Mexico became the main gateway into the United States for illegal * narcotics, with the amount of cocaine making the journey climbing to * an estimated 210 tons last year. * * Mexico's drug arrests plunged nearly 65 percent, from 27,369 the year * before the policy changes to 9,728 last year, according to data that * the Mexican government supplied to the State Department. * * Cocaine seizures in Mexico were cut in half, dropping from more than * 50 tons in 1993 to slightly more than 24 tons in each of the last two * years -- the smallest amounts since 1988, Mexican government figures * show. * * The GAO report charges that Mexico's greatest problem is, in * fact, the "widespread, endemic corruption" throughout its law * enforcement agencies. Earlier this month, in an indictment of his own * department, Attorney General Lozano fired 737 members of his federal * police force -- 17 percent of his entire corps -- saying they did not * have "the ethical profile" required for the job. In a recent meeting * with foreign reporters, Lozano said it could take 15 years to clean up * the force. * * In November 1993, President Clinton signed Presidential Decision Directive * No. 14, shifting U.S. anti-drug efforts away from intercepting cocaine as * it passed through Mexico and the Caribbean, and, instead, attacking the * drug supply at its sources in Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. The President himself ordered them to stop checking!!! This is in the same leadership vein as Reagan declaring himself a "Contra". And why did President Clinton change strategy? He didn't have much choice. The Mexicans didn't want to work with us anymore. We greatly pissed them off. U.S. law enforcement literally knows no limits. * The United States subsequently arranged for a Mexican doctor involved * in a murder, Humberto Alvarez Machain, to be kidnapped from Mexico and * spirited to the United States to stand trial. * * The abduction outraged the Mexican government. * * When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the legality of the kidnapping in * June 1992, Mexico temporarily suspended its participation in joint * anti-narcotics operations with the United States. * * Then Mexico adopted its Mexicanization policy a year later [keep American * drug enforcement out of Mexico], and the State Department said that the * abduction was directly to blame for Mexico's increased concerns about * national sovereignty. Of course, that's no reason not to check our U.S. borders. We never learn: # "CIA Suspect's Prosperous Clan Reacts Angrily to Arrest in Pakistan" # By Kenneth J. Cooper, The Washington Post, June 22, 1997 ...combined with... # "Spiriting Off Fugitive By U.S. Irks Pakistanis" # By John F. Burns, The New York Times, June 23, 1997 # # Mir Aimal Kansi, who was wanted for killing two CIA employees and wounding # three others in an attack outside their Langley headquarters, was # transported from Pakistan within hours of his arrest. # # Leaders of minor political parties in the capital have taken up the issue, # criticizing the national government for ignoring its own extradition laws # and permitting a foreign country to haul off a Pakistani citizen without # giving him a court hearing as provided by law. # # "Of course, we are angry," said a video store owner. # # Pakistani newspapers have described the swift transfer as a loss for the # nation's prestige and the rule of law. The Lahore News said, "any person # who is sought by a foreign power, no matter what his crime, must have the # right to expect normal extradition proceedings before being whisked away # from his homeland." # # In the Kansi case, the government ignored a 1972 extradition law that # requires a Pakistan citizen to be given a hearing before a magistrate # and the chance to appeal to higher courts. # # A prominent Pakistani, Hamid Gul, a retired army general who is a former # director of Pakistan's military intelligence agency, has said he will # challenge the Government's action in the Pakistan Supreme Court. # # When Pakistan demanded that a Pakistani Air Force pilot seized in New York # in April on heroin-smuggling charges be returned to face trial here, # American officials insisted United States extradition laws be followed. # # Hamidullah Kansi said, "What is American law? Is it fair? # Does American law say you go anywhere and pick up anybody?" According to the U.S. Supreme Court: yep. We don't have to respect other countries' laws. We are the New World Order. ---- And judges have agreed we should be mass monitored for fluid correctness. Which unwittingly added to the beating of the War drums, not in any way solving the drug problem...judges themselves are now monitored for politically correct mandatory minimum prison sentences. What goes around, comes around... ---- # "Minister Who Sought Peace Dies in a Botched Drug Raid" # By Sara Rimer, The New York Times, March 28, 1994 # # Boston, March 27--- Tensions between the police and black Bostonians # intensified after the murder of Carol Stuart in 1989. Charles Stuart # said that a black robber had killed his pregnant wife. # # Police subsequently stopped AND SEARCHED many black men in the Mission # Hill neighborhood, where the shooting had occurred, and eventually # arrested a suspect, a black man with a criminal record. # # A month later, Mr. Stuart was implicated by his brother in the murder, # and he committed suicide by jumping into Boston Harbor. # # An elderly Methodist minister, described as a quiet and dignified man # who has for decades comforted and counseled people throughout the # Caribbean and struggled against drug abuse on the islands, died Friday, # when a SWAT team burst into his apartment unannounced, looking for drugs. # # They misread a floor plan by "an informer." # # The same Drug Control Unit was investigated for a death in 1988, and it # was revealed that their officers routinely FABRICATED INFORMERS to obtain # search warrants. # # The agents chased the 75-year-old minister to his room, then broke through # his bedroom door...he became so frightened while being handcuffed that he # began vomiting and collapsed. He died a few minutes later. # # The Reverand Accelynne Williams was a scholar who could read Greek and # Hebrew. The New York Times, CyberTimes, April 29, 1997 The Police and Civil Liberties A unanimous Supreme Court affirmed the importance of civil liberties yesterday when it ruled against exempting ALL drug raids from the Fourth Amendment's requirement that police executing a search warrant knock and announce their presence before entering someone's home or hotel room. The Court's unanimity in the case is a special embarrassment for the Clinton Administration, which argued that a no-knock entry should routinely be allowed in drug searches unless the police knew that neither they nor the evidence would be in danger if they announced their presence. ---- Illegal drugs are a great benefit to drug dealers. The Drug War is a great benefit for perpetuating and expanding corrupt Governmental power. # "Smoke and Mirrors---The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure" # By Dan Baum, ISBN 0-316-08412-3, 1997 # # The War on Drugs made the criminal justice system one of the top growth # industries during the eighties and nineties. # # Police jobs at all levels of government swelled by 36 percent and prison # jobs by 86 percent during the Reagan years alone, while overall government # employment rose by only 16 percent. Federal prosecutors doubled under Bush. # For those in the enforcement trades, the War on Drugs was boom time. # # For everybody else, the period was marked by a commensurate increase in # police intrusion. There are rarely victims or witnesses in drug crimes. # # Drug use usually takes place in private, and drug dealing occurs between # a willing seller and a willing buyer. # # So to wage the Drugs War an expanding army of police had to use ever more # wiretaps, dog sniffs, snitches, warrantless searches, surveillance, and # undercover operations. # # The administration elected on a promise to remove government from people's # lives had turned the country---in one law professor's phrase---into a # "society of suspects." ****************************************************************************** War #2 - Guns --- -- ---- # # # The Police even pointed a machine gun at the # head of Mrs. Kuriatnk's six-year-old daughter. Actually, I think the government says 'because organized crime would use cryptography'; but criminals with guns is the generalization. If you were a criminal, would you select cryptography that is 'Key Recovery' ("GAK" Government Access to Keys) compliant? I don't think so. "But we'll catch stupid criminals using GAK crypto!" ---Scott Charney, Computer Crime Unit, Department of Justice, at 5/22/97 NYC cryptography conference And equally stupid Congress members will support that logic. The subject of law enforcement v. guns brings up a subtopic: Burn Baby Burn ---- ---- ---- I was watching MSNBC's "Time and Again" with Jane Pauley, and they went over the Patty Hearst kidnapping by the "Symbionese Liberation Army". The terrorists kept Ms. Hearst locked in a closet so small she couldn't move. They would play games with her head, like suddenly dragging her out of the closet, hold a gun to her head, and sometimes pull the trigger (on an empty chamber). Then they started screwing her. Again and again. They took complete control of a sweet young college kid. The government knows how that works. Yet the government charged her with bank robbery even though she was under their mental control. She had renounced her rich parents and taken a new name. Happens all the time. The FBI called her a 'common criminal'. Then put her on their Top Ten Wanted List. Maybe they thought she had taken Terrorism 101 at school and ambitiously decided to start robbing banks of her own accord. Anyway, there was an episode before they caught her where six members of the SLA were armed and wholed up in a house. Outcome? Five of them were burned to death. How did the house get set on fire? A tear gas grenade. They apparently cannot be deployed without setting a place on fire? If a place gets set on fire, and the government has many guns pointed at you, you might not decide to get out in time until it is too late. o 5 SLA people burned to death from a tear gas grenade. o An armed wholed-up person burned to death in San Diego on May 2, 1997. The police fired CS gas into the house. According to the Union Tribune newspaper: as the CS gas filled the house it ignited, and caused the entire structure and surrounding trees to be engulfed in flames. o A member of a violent militia group called 'The Posse' was armed and wholed up: they simply *purposely* set the house on fire. Burned him to death. o Philadelphia police purposely drop an incindiary device on the top of a building housing an armed and holed-up African-American group (men, woman & children) called 'Move'. They burned down the entire neighborhood of 62 homes. 9/28/96 NYT: 1.5 million dollars was awarded to survivors. Eleven men, women and children died in the fire purposely set ("a satchel of explosives") by Police Commissioner Gregore Sambor and Fire Chief William Richmond to open a hole in the building for tear gas delivery. But Pennsylvania state law was ruled to grant them personal immunity from Federal civil rights charges because they were state employees [what???]. The incident occurred in May 1985. o Waco. CS tear gas attack by the FBI using Army tanks. The government, across the decades, keeps managing to burn people to death, rather than bringing them to trial. Often, tear gas is involved. ---- Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge. Persisting, a BATF informant persuaded Weaver, a DECORATED GREEN BERET VETERAN of Vietnam with NO CRIMINAL RECORD, to sell him two shotguns, but insisted that Weaver saw the barrels off one-quarter inch short of the legal limit. Monitoring him, they knew Mr. Weaver needed money for his family. Why did the government target Mr. Weaver? Blackmail. One of the FBI's favorite activities is spying on political organizations. They wanted to use him to infiltrate white supremacists groups for the government. Or face prosecution. When Weaver refused, he was indicted on guns charges. He was sent two conflicting court appearance dates. He became paranoid the Government was out to get him, so he didn't show up. [He was eventually acquitted of all charges except the original not showing up in court!] To justify a militaristic retaliation, BATF agents lied to the U.S. attorney's office. BATF agents claimed that Weaver had a criminal record and that he was a suspect in several bank robberies. Both charges were fabrications, even according to BATF Director John Magaw, who admitted the accusations were "inexcusable" in testimony before Congress. THREE HUNDRED armed federal agents conducted a siege of the Weavers' mountain home, first killing Randy Weaver's dog, then his son, then his wife. A law enforcement wilding. * The CATO Institute, "Congressional Testimony", May 24, 1995 * * * The Marshals, wearing camouflage and carrying silenced machine guns, did * not identify themselves or their purpose, but they did shoot one of the * dogs. Sammy Weaver, fourteen-years-old, returned fire, and was promptly * shot by a Marshal. * * Sammy turned and fled, with his nearly severed arm flopping as he ran. * * Sammy was promptly shot dead in the back. An FBI sniper, Lon T. Horiuchi, testified he could hit a quarter at 200 yards. * The CATO Institute, "Congressional Testimony", May 24, 1995 * * An FBI psychological profile, prepared before the attack, called Vicki * Weaver the "dominant member" of the family, thus implying that if she * were "neutralized" everyone else might surrender. Horiuchi shot Weaver's wife in the head while she held her baby. Her head exploded. Her dead body was laid out on the cabin floor, covered with a blanket: * The CATO Institute, "Congressional Testimony", May 24, 1995 * * During the next week, "the FBI used megaphones to taunt the family. * 'Good Morning Mrs. Weaver. We had pancakes for breakfast. What did * you have?'" asked the FBI agents in at least one exchange. * * Weaver's daughter, Sarah, 16, said the baby, Elisheba, was often * crying for her mother's milk when the FBI messages were heard. The Justice Department's own report recommended criminal prosecution of federal agents; the surviving Weavers won $3.1 million in civil damages from U.S. taxpayers. Deval Patrick, the Assistant Attorney General for civil rights, and Louis Freeh, Director of the FBI, took no serious action. Larry Potts was the senior official in charge of the operation. Not only was he not prosecuted, Freeh promoted him to acting deputy FBI director. * "Documents Were Destroyed as FBI Resisted Siege Investigation, Report Says" * By David Johnston, July 16, 1995 * * Mr. Pott's former subordinate Michael Kahoe admitted he destroyed key * documents on the Ruby Ridge assault. The Justice department reports * documents were destroyed and missing. "We are troubled by the apparent * lack of a system to preserve such critical records." * * The Justice Department, in a March 18, 1993 memo stated, "the FBI's * intransigence appears to EMANATE from Larry Potts level OR ABOVE." Larry Potts was a buddy of Louis Freeh. Within the FBI, these special people are called "FOL" - Friends of Louie. [NYT 5/11/97] Janet Reno (who had veto power over the promotion) testified what happened at Ruby Ridge wasn't enough to cause her to veto the promotion, foreshadowing her actions at Waco. After two months, controversy (as opposed to events) over Potts' role in Ruby Ridge prompted Freeh to remove him from the position, to politically cover his own tush. Potts and four other top FBI officials have been suspended while a federal criminal probe investigates the destruction of documents related to the incident. A total of twelve agents were disciplined. None have yet been prosecuted. The Federal government subsequently named after a U.S. Marshal who was killed, but who also shot Randy Weaver's son dead in the back: a new Marshals training center. The Federal government's behavior in the incident can only be described as sickening: targeting a citizen (a veteran, no less) who committed no crime AND EVEN HAD NO CRIMINAL RECORD (but had politically incorrect views) for blackmail, then acting vengefully when he wouldn't act as their rat fink. Shoot-to-kill. Sniper team. Military fatigues. A terrorizing organization: how else to explain the cruel cruel taunting. A terrorist organization by virtue of shoot-to-kill orders. ---- Waco. Gun charges. The deaths of all those people were 80% the fault of the government. I say that even though I believe the Koreshians set the fire. You'd go mad too after screaming dying rabbits are blasted into your dreams every night, and in the end were attacked by five hours of toxic tear gas. You would literally be trapped in hell with the devil pointing guns at you. Some of the reasons for 30% of the blame: o The mandatory documentation of the raid plan was never distributed. o The warrant they were to serve was also left behind. "We don't need no stinkin' warrants" o It is well-documented that David Koresh had left the complex many times while under the surveillance of as many as eight A.T.F. agents. o The F.B.I. cut off all utilities and sanitation. Government loudspeakers blared nonstop with such sounds as jet planes, and the cries of rabbits being slaughtered. [I have three loving bunnies who have free roam inside my apartment: the Feds are sick puppies. What would the public have thought if it were dying cats or dogs?] Tanks fired percussion grenades. Stadium lights kept the house illuminated around the clock. Helicopters flew overhead. This does not contribute to trust in the government negotiators, nor does it help the Koreshians make rational decisions. Like walking out unarmed before a Federal army, using tanks from the U.S. Defense Dept. [It should still be called the War Dept.] o C.S. gas is never supposed to be used inside a building. Used inside, it can create fires, and it can produce cyanide, which can immobilize and kill. The manufacturer of C.S. gas, Aldridge Chemicals emphasized that this product was intended for outdoor riot control only; it was not supposed to be a weapon. In fact, the company says it stopped selling C.S. to Israel in 1988 because the government there was shooting the chemical into buildings occupied by Palestinians. Many of those people subjected to the gas became ill, and others died from the exposure in enclosed quarters. You would think Israelites would be sensitive to deadly gassing of people in enclosed areas. [Gas use as reported by Amnesty International's Chemical Report on C.S. Agent #6.] o The F.B.I., through the Department of Justice, requested that Texas Governor Ann Richards allow the use of helicopters from the Texas National Guard at Waco. Texas law forbids the use of the National Guard in police action against a citizen of the state, except when drugs are involved in a criminal action. But the A.T.F. fabricated a drug charge ("ugh, they're operating a methamphetamine lab or something huh-huh-huh") to gain the use of the helicopters. Later, Governor Richards stated publicly that she had been lied to by the Department of Justice. o They knew the secrecy of the operation had been blown. How macho to plow ahead anyway. They must feel invincible in those stormtrooper outfits. Here is the fifty-percent reason. A little technical quibble. Reckless disregard for human life, leading to a disaster. The following descriptions are entirely from Janet Reno's own testimony, along with other Federal agents and neutral expert testimony. The approximate date was 6/27/95, on C-SPAN, "Justice Department Oversight, Senate Judiciary Committee". Senator Arlene Spector presiding. Ms. Reno testified that the turning point in her decision to forcibly move against the Waco compound came after she had "discussions" with senior government people she would NOT NAME. It is a "Challenger" type disaster, where public pressure caused them to screw up. The same irony: they didn't want to look bad. Janet Reno was asked to take off her "safety hat" and put on her "management hat". She did. She's a good ol' boy. My apolitical reasons for saying Janet Reno's decision to move against Waco the way they did was reckless endangerment of life, entirely from C-SPAN testimony: o pumped in CS tear gas, which the US has signed a chemical weapons treaty not to use against countries we go to war against. They were aware of the indoor lethal capabilities of C.S. gas, because these were spelled out in the manual. o pumped in an extra heavy amount of it due to OUTSIDE winds. o Reno had NO reliable data from her FBI-referred military expert on the affects of the gas on children or the elderly, yet proceeded. o turned off the electricity, and knew they were using candles as a result. The F.B.I. and the A.T.F. were fully aware that the Davidians were using kerosene lanterns inside the compound both day and night. They knew this because they had infrared surveillance equipment in the air and on the ground at the complex, and because of microphones they embedded in the building. o pumped the highly flammable CS gas for five freakin' hours. o expert testimony said if the candles ignited the CS gas: "The air would catch fire". o Janet Reno testified they COULD NOT FIGURE OUT a way to pump in fire-retardant gas, even though they worked hard at it. They even considered an armored fire truck that apparently exists somewhere. The highly flammable situation became reckless endangerment of life when Reno, after trying "very hard" to figure out a way to pump fire-retardant gas in at the same time as the C.S. gas: failed to figure out a way, yet proceeded. [After someone "talked" to her.] Senator: Did the FBI consider delivering Avalon fire-retardant gas? Reno/FBI: No, how could we deliver it without getting shot? It's called running another tube out the tank turret, just as was done for delivering the highly flammable chemical-weapons grade tear gas in the first place. Use another tank if necessary. It was that simple. "We did not know the complex was on fire at first, but we started smelling smoke. We didn't know what to do. We were afraid that if we came out of the building, we would be shot. All of a sudden, the smoke came. I couldn't see my husband any more." After the whole thing was over, the BATF raised its own flag over the ruins. Burn baby burn. 80 men, woman and children. The official FBI fire plan [their own C-SPAN testimony], which they followed, was letting them burn. Janet "Barbecue" Reno. Who testified she would do nothing different again. You want to take "responsibility" for it: then resign. Law enforcement gun hysteria. Like a scene from a nightmarish movie [such as Terry Gilliam's Brazil] the Feds, while poking holes in the building with a tank snout and spraying dangerous amounts of toxic tear gas, and while knocking down extended areas of the compound (as shown and commented on by ABC news) with another tank in the rear, blared 1984 Newspeak over loudspeakers at the hapless victims: "THIS IS NOT AN ATTACK. REPEAT THIS IS NOT AN ATTACK." ****************************************************************************** War #3 - Child Pornography --- -- ----- ----------- "There were children watching this program. They were exposed to full frontal nudity and irresponsible sexual activity." ---Rep. Tom Coburn (R-OK), criticizing "Schindler's List." * NYC 1996: The FBI "investigates" ads on the sides of city buses * for child pornography. The ads are by Calvin Klein. The FBI is dizzy from bus fumes. "Child porn" is one of the great "law enforcement concerns" about cryptography. The FBI has groused that encryption has stymied prosecutions. Let us take into consideration actions by the government because of their "law enforcement concerns" on child pornography. They have raided private homes and seized computer equipment after monitoring Internet traffic and spotting regular people browsing WWW/USENET clicking on an article they CAN'T SEE UNTIL THEY CLICK ON IT which contained nude pixels representing children. Out of fear that child-molesting child pornographers might encrypt these files, even pro-cryptography legislation has 'using cryptography to commit a crime gets you an additional five years'. What happens with a five year prison clause? Well, let's say the person clicked on what turned out to be child pornography. So they click on something else and that wipes it off the screen. It's still sitting in their browser's cache. * "Man Arrested After Retrieving Child Pornography by Computer" * The New York Times, May 19, 1995 * * A Los Angelos man has been arrested on charges of possessing child porno- * graphy that he obtained over the Internet. His Internet traffic was under * surveillance because he placed an ad seeking an "open relationship" with * couples interested in "family nudity." * * City Attorney James K. Hahn said "Certainly if you see something flicker * across your computer monitor, then you are not in possession, but if you * go to the difficulty of downloading...then you're guilty." As you can see, this technical detail totally escapes some people. Continuing: then the Feds raid their place. Naturally, they charge you with possession of child pornography. Let's further say you have some gibberish files which might be encrypted material. The government then says if you don't plead guilty to child porn, then we'll prosecute you for the crypto-crime provision of this bill too. i.e. Cypherpunk Tim May's succinct complaint "It's wrong when I'm a felon under an ever increasing number of laws". Because government will lean on you with it: In the AA BBS case, a company delivering raunchy porn or just nude pictures, the government threat included prosecuting the person's wife too. Just like it could in the private home raid scenario above. Only now with a new club to swing. It was the main reason the husband agreed to plead guilty. He wouldn't risk his wife to a trial just to protect his own rights. The government will use every available tool to menace crypto users. NYT, quoting a Supreme Court member on police use of legislative language: "They will take it as far as they can." They have absolutely no scruples, often. In the AA BBS case, the Feds PURPOSELY PULLED graphics legal in California into hick Tennessee, and succeeded in jailing the CA owner. Wow. The Feds must have been drooling when Congress passed the CDA. In addition, they sent UNSOLICITED real child porno to the owner, and charged him with possession of child porno. No code of ethics or conduct. No scruples. Predatory pinheads. ---- * "WHITE HOUSE IS SET TO EASE ITS STANCE ON INTERNET SMUT" * The New York Times, By John M. Broder, June 16 1997 * * Administration officials, in a draft report dated June 4 1997, have been * quietly fashioning a new communications policy that leaves most regulation * of the Internet to industry and people themselves, due to an expected * repudiation of the Communications Decency Act by the Supreme Court. * * Reno's people, [beating the Drum of War] told the Supreme Court "the * Internet was a revolutionary threat to children rendering irrelevant all * prior efforts" to protect them from pornography. * * "We all knew at the time it was passed that the Communications Decency Act * WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL," said an anonymous senior government official [yea * anonymity!]. * * "This was purely politics." * * "How could you be against a bill limiting * the display of pornography to children?" Thank you once again, Free World Leaders, for that intelligent political discourse. On 6/26/97, CDA was ruled unconstitutional 7-2 by the Supreme Court. ---- Predatory behavior. * The New York Times, April 19, 1992 * * The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, overturned the conviction of a * Nebraska farmer on charges of receiving child pornography. The only * pornography the government found was the one item it sent him, "Boys * Who Love Boys". * * It took the government over two years of solicitation to get him to * order it; he says he didn't know it was illegal. * * Among other things, the government said he should order if he 'believes * in the joy of sex'. * * He then heard from yet another Government creation, "Heartland * Institute for a New Tomorrow" (HINT), which proclaimed that: * * o "We are an organization founded to protect and promote sexual freedom and * freedom of choice. We believe that arbitrarily imposed legislative * sanctions restricting your sexual freedom should be rescinded through * the legislative process." * * o "Not only sexual expression but freedom of the press is under attack. * We must be ever vigilant [503 U.S. 545] to counter-attack right wing * fundamentalists who are determined to curtail our freedoms." * * o "As many of you know, much hysterical nonsense has appeared in the * American media concerning "pornography" and what must be done to stop * it from coming across your borders. This brief letter does not allow * us to give much comments; however, why is your government spending * millions of dollars to exercise international censorship while tons * of drugs, which makes yours the world's most crime ridden country are * passed through easily." [snip] * * There followed over the next 2 1/2 years, repeated efforts by two * Government agencies, through five fictitious organizations and a bogus * pen pal, to explore his willingness to break the new law by ordering * sexually explicit photographs of children through the mail. * * While the ruling has brought some relief, the farmer lost his job, had * to sell forty acres of his family farm to pay legal fees, and now * everyone knows he's gay. "I guess I don't have any privacy anymore. * Doesn't the government realize that it can destroy a man's life?" The Supreme Court majority ruled it was an extreme misuse of Government power in which an innocent person was led to commit a manufactured crime. [NYT 4/7/1992, front page] Guess what job he had for the two years the government repeatedly stroked him to buy youth-oriented naked publications? A children's school bus driver. ---- It's not a pretty thought, but legislators should consider that there is a distinct category of child pornography possession that I would call "Click-Crime". People who come across child pornography, and for whatever wrong reason save a copy of the picture. They didn't mean to become vile heinous doomed-to-burn-in-hell creatures; it's just one of those things where people make the wrong decisions when encountering something in the privacy of their own home. As the government monitors the Net closer, they will spot tens of thousands of these people. They've already arrested hundreds of them. * FBI sting nets over 200 arrests for child pornography * 6/97 stat: 94 convictions, 104 "pending" convictions It's not hard to spot them, and may I point out that it happens despite free uncrackable encryption (PGP) being available worldwide for years. Yeah, I know, it's heresy to try and suggest there's a category called "child pornography light". Here are some sample cases of the broad base of people involved: * The New York Times, 3/6/97 * Minister Gets Probation in Pornography Case * * A Baptist minister who copied child pornography images off the * Internet received three years' probation in exchange for his * guilty plea to a reduced charge. * * He must pay a $1,000 fine, forfeit his home computer, not have * any unsupervised contact with children under 17 and undergo * counseling. * * The minister, 47, was arrested in January. * * Computer technicians at a repair shop had found 30 pornographic * images of children in his computer and notified the state police. * * The minister pleaded guilty on Monday in village court to a * reduced obscenity count, a misdemeanor. Of course, the Feds are not prosecuting these as misdemeanor cases. * The New York Times, 5/10/97 * Ex-Prosecutor Indicted on Pornography Charges * * A former deputy district attorney who has prosecuted sex crimes has * been indicted on child pornography charges. Peter Harned was charged * with transporting, receiving and possessing child pornography from * July 1995 to July 1996. * * Mr. Harned worked at the District Attorney's office for 11 years, * where he handled child pornography as well as homicide cases. He * was dismissed last summer after he was arrested on state charges * involving child pornography. The Federal counts, which carry * tougher penalties, will replace the state charges. * * The child pornography files were discovered in Mr. Harned's home * computer when it was taken in for repair. The computer store * alerted law enforcement officers. Be careful what you... ---- Also, there seems to be a disagreement between citizens and the Government over what even constitutes child pornography. * The New York Times, 1995 * Newark, NJ, Jan 12 (AP) * * A judge ruled today that a father must stand trial for taking nude photos * of his six-year-old daughter, despite the man's claim that the pictures * were art, not pornography. * * The judge ruled they were not art, despite Mr. Feuer's instructor, Susan * Klechner of the International Center of Photography in New York City, * submitting an affidavit saying the pictures were taken for the course * and were consistent with the assignment. * * After his arrest, Mr. Feuer was ordered not to have contact with his * daughter and could not stay at his home while the prosecution's * investigation continued. * * The order was lifted last April, but David Ruhnke, Mr. Feuer's lawyer, * said "It's really difficult to overstate what a nightmare this has * been for him." * * Mr. Ruhnke further complained that the judge revealed Mr. Feuer's name * in court papers while he was still making motions to dismiss the case, * to protect the girl. Parents charged with child pornography for taking photos of their children. Thought Police. ---- We netizens are rightfully paranoid of the American government, because it has no scruples. What the FBI did to photographer Jock Sturges was criminal. Excerpt from 'TO: A Journal of Poetry, Prose + the Visual Arts', Summer 1992: * Hounded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a bizarre witch-hunt * at an expense to the taxpayers of over a million dollars, Sturges had * survived an attempt to destroy his life and his work and was now * countersuing the agency. * * Recapitulated briefly, Sturges, who's based in San Francisco, has for * years been photographing young people whose families practice nudity. * * He's done so with his subjects' permission, as well as that of their * parents, who often appear in the photographs along with their offspring. * Rejecting the use of standard model releases, with their blanket * permissions, the photographer chooses instead to request approval * from his subjects for each and every exhibition and publication * of each and every image --- an exemplary scrupulousness. * * Then, in 1990, alerted to the "questionable" content of some of his * images by a local processing lab, the FBI arrested Joe Semien, Sturge's * assistant, invaded the photographer's San Francisco studio without a * warrant, and seized all his prints, negatives, records, and equipment; * thereafter, without arresting Sturges, or even charging him with * anything, they refused to return his property and did everything * possible to destroy him personally and professionally by branding * him a child pornographer On September 15, 1991, The New York Times reported that the Feds took the case to a grand jury after 17 months, and they immediately threw it out. And that "this was unusual because only the prosecution's evidence is presented to a grand jury and they generally return indictments at the Government's request". Excerpt from 'TO: A Journal of Poetry, Prose + the Visual Arts', Summer 1992: * Jock Sturges: * * It took another month to get the U.S. Attorney to admit they had * finished the investigation and that the case was closed. * * Before they were through they had interviewed forty-four families in * France to whom they lied outrageously. * * It seems the Feds were unable to get the French interested because * the French Police thought the photographs were just lovely. So the * French were given the impression by the U.S. government that I had * been convicted of incest in the United States and that I was a * dangerous individual. * * And based on this assumption, the French Police conducted their own * interviews, but my friends happily knew me well enough. When they * found out they had been misled, the French Police called everybody * back and apologized. * * Nevertheless, an enormous amount of effort was put out in France to * go and talk to all these people and a similar thing was done in * Germany. This was not all free. It was hideously expensive. And the * repercussions --- I don't know what they are yet. I haven't talked * to all the families. * * In the end, everything I received back was essentially destroyed. * * My computer was broken. * * All my prints were badly damaged. * * Some of them had been wadded up and thrown away and then taken out * of the waste basket and flattened out again. It cost Sturges $100,000 in legal fees, loss of major clients, much income, seizure of his life's work, the tools of his trade, and made him feel depressed about his life's work. Our government uses Orwellian terror tactics to control the politically incorrect: Jock Sturges: At my lowest point in this affair, I almost decided to jump from the San Francisco bridge. I had stopped my car. ---- # FBI # 450 Golden Gate Avenue # San Francisco, CA 94102 # # Dear Sirs, 7/6/90 # # I am responding to a report on CNN last night. # # They showed a photographer, Jock Sturges, and some of his unpublished # photos, and said the FBI confiscated them. According to the report, no # sex was involved in the photos, he's a reputable photog, and the San # Francisco City Council went so far as to pass a bill/resolution saying # the FBI should release the collection. # # Why have you confiscated photos if no sex is involved? As far as I can # tell, the photos would be no different from some photog books listed # in the Library of Congress. # # The fact that you've confiscated the photos, but still haven't charged # the photog, seems to indicate you're operating on auto-pilot, and that # there is nothing wrong with the photos. I've never seen a news report # where law enforcement wasn't sure, for this particular charge. # # It seems that you think some people may have "dirty thoughts" if they # see the photos; that would make you the "Thought Police"! # # Sincerely, # Guy ---- The New York Times was no help. They subsequently reviewed his work and called it ~"boring, been there, done that". As if what they thought of his photos had a damn thing to do with the matter. The New York Times then continued to print topless pictures of young girls, such as on November 10, 1991. They even printed color nipples of young girls ages 5-8, confident the FBI wasn't going to bust *them*. How hypocritical and self-serving. Get a load of this wording: * "Former Black Panthers Leader Is Freed on Bail" * By B. Drummond Ayres Jr., The New York Times, June 11, 1997 * * ...any trial jury is sure to be asked to weigh Mr. Pratt's alleged violent * excess against the ALLEGED EXCESSES COMMITTED BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN * THE 1960's, PARTICULARLY ALLEGED EXCESSES IN SURVEILLANCE AND SUBVERSION * OF ANTI-GOVERNMENT GROUPS like the Panthers. Alleged? I hear The New York Times "alleged" the "Pentagon Papers" were real! ---- The law refers to "lascivious exhibition of the genitals or pubic area". The FBI takes that to mean naked. Obviously. A poorly written bill, interpreted by predatory pinheads. Guess what? 1/18/95 NYT: In a case that did not involve nudity or genital visibility, Attorney General Janet Reno filed a brief with the Supreme Court that said it was not necessary for a child pornography conviction. That is how she interprets the language of the bill. Wow. And I thought Ed Meese was a bad Attorney General. Meese had written to companies like the owners of 7-11 and told them selling Playboy and Penthouse could get them Federal obscenity charges. That was his attempt to get around the First Amendment. 10/3/96 NYT: Because of computers, a bill was passed that changes the definition of child pornography to include generated images that do not involve actual children. Thought crime. Law enforcement child pornography hysteria. Sturges incident: attacked by the FBI Thought Police Squad. Massive corrupt use of governmental law enforcement authority to enforce mere political correctness. Due to its size: by definition not an aberration. It cost one million dollars of our tax money. ---- On June 19, 1997, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain introduced his own bill (Senator Kerrey co-sponsor) which parrots the Clinton administration's position and forced it to replace the Pro-Code bill. He banged the Drum of War against Child Pornography. *, By Declan McCullagh * * In the end, it was child pornography that derailed encryption legislation * in the U.S. Senate and dealt a bitter defeat to crypto supporters. * * Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), committee chair and chief sponsor of the * measure, led the attack, saying Congress must "stop child pornography * on the Internet." * * He warned that "allowing encryption to be exported would permit child * pornographers to use it." * * "If it's being used for child pornography? Are we going to say * that's just fine? That's it's just business? I don't think so." * * Sen. John Ashcroft (R-MO) tried to disagree. "It's like photography. We're * not going to [ban] photography if someone takes dirty pictures." * * At this point, one of the more deaf committee members asked, * "Pornography? Are we going to ban pornography?" * * The Senate Commerce Committee then approved McCain's bill. * * For a committee whose bailiwick is commerce, the senators seemed somewhat * detached from their mandate with business taking a backseat. * Thank you once again, oh Free World Leaders, for that intelligent discourse. * The New York Times, June 15 1997 * * "Washington Kidnaps Dick and Jane - See How Washington Uses Dick and Jane" * * These days much of the nation's political debate focuses on children - or * on the needs and interests of children as defined by politicians. * * Mr. Horn, who was chief of the Childrens Bureau in the Bush Administration * added, "A cynic would say that children are being used as props or proxies." Color me cynical. It should be noted, of course, that uncrackable encryption called PGP is available worldwide for free for all common platforms of computers, that McCain's bill would do NOTHING to address that (not possible anyway), and so his argument WAS A TOTAL SHAM. No newspaper in the country will explain that in their coverage. The sole purpose of the McCain bill was to protect ECHELON. # "The McCain Mutiny", By Todd Lappin, Wired Magazine, June 1997 # # Question: How will we break the stalemate between the interests of # industry and law enforcement in setting cryptographic policy? # # McCain: It's pretty clear that the administration's crypto proposals # will have a harmful effect upon the industry. But we can't completely # ignore the warnings we get from the heads of the FBI and the National # Security Agency. We need to find a middle ground or else the president # will veto the crypto bill and I doubt we can override the veto. I am sure Senator McCain has no idea what the NSA is really doing. Noone told him about domestic ECHELON, or how powerful keyword monitoring is. ****************************************************************************** War #4 - Terrorism --- -- --------- Until Timmy McPinhead decided to follow the Government's lead on killing people ---that it is okay to kill people to make a point---terrorism was always referred to as being by "foreign" agents. After the explosion, President Clinton called for FBI agents to be able to tap phones at will, as they can do now for organized crime. In other words, not only was there the OKC bombing terroristic act, the Government freedom terrorists then demanded even greater Police State powers over all of us. Internet signature in alt.activism.militia... In 1794, James Madison pointed out "the old trick of turning every contingency into a resource for accumulating force in the government." ---- I don't know any terrorists or foreign agents. But the government seems to know plenty of people who are terrorists. : The New York Times, 2/10/87 : "Is This America?", by Anthony Lewis : : She is 22 years old, a student in San Diego, California. She was born : in Ramallah, in the West Bank, came to this country at the age of 3. : : She is an American citizen, of Palestinian origins. : : In her own words: : * I was studying, alone at the school library, on the night of Jan 28. * At about 8:30 a large man, 6 feet tall, came up and shoved a paper in * front of me. It said 'subpoena' and had my name on it. He flashed what * looked like a badge and said 'We want you to come with us.' * * He had a gun in a holster at his waist. * * He took my left arm and handcuffed me to his right arm. * * Another man --- he also showed a gun --- came over and grabbed me * roughly by the right arm. They took me out to a dark burgundy car, * cuffed my hands in front of me and shoved me into the back seat. * * We drove for some time when they made me face backwards. In a * residential area we drove into a garage and I was taken into the * house, into a big bare room with a cement floor. There was a big * metal desk. * * The room also had a metal pole set in the cement floor. It had a * hook at the top, sort of like a tether ball pole. * * I was thrown into a gray metal chair, still handcuffed. The room * was dimly lit, but with a bright fluorescent light coming at my * face. They threw a picture down on the desk. It was a picture of * me, my husband and a Palistinian friend of ours whom they had * arrested. They slapped it and said 'Who is this man, identify * him.' I refused and said what they were doing to me was illegal. * * One said, 'Honey, we ARE the law.' * * It was after midnight by now. They uncuffed my right hand, then * cuffed my left hand to the metal pole. My left arm was stretched * up to reach it. * * Then they left the house and left me hanging * there like that for over three hours. * * They came back around 3:30 AM with a third man. * * I asked if I could use the bathroom. * * I was desperate to go. * * They would not let me. * * They told me that my husband was in custody, that they had just picked * him up. [That was false.] They said we could work out a deal, I could * be a witness for the prosecution of our friend. * * If I would do that, they would let my husband go. * * They also said they knew I only had $78 in my bank account, hinting * that they could change that. * * A fourth man came into the house. * * I will never forget his eyes. * * He took out a small Palistinian flag and burned it. * * Then they took me out, back into the car. They stopped about two miles * from my house. They said 'Listen Babe, when you least expect us, expect * us. WE WILL ALWAYS BE AROUND.' I looked at my watch. It was 8:30 AM. : : Could that have happened in America? Readers will no doubt find it hard : to believe, as I did. : : So did she. : : She was too frightened to talk at first. But now she is ready to testify, : if her lawyers ask her to. : : Her friend was one of eight Palistinians arrested in Los Angelos who were : taken at gunpoint in their home at 7 in the morning, then shackled in arm : and leg irons. : : Each of them, too, was shown photographs and offered inducements to : testify against someone. : : There was no evidence whatever that they had done or contemplated any : act of violence. : : The charges had to do with reading or distributing Palistinian literature. : : But that is another story of unconstitutional outrage. : : Is this America? : : Realism requires us to recognize that it can happen here. It has happened. : But it is not too late to find out how, and to punish the Federal agents : who behaved like totalitarian thugs. : * "When we speak out", she said, "that's our protection." : : She still believes in America. Orwellian terror tactics to control individuals. It just never stops. Black, Jewish, Palestinian, White Families With Guns, anti-war protesters, computer users, Zero Tolerance victims, nudist photographers... You don't want to be the group targeted by the government. One of the most stunningly vile attempts to attack an individual occurred just a couple years ago, in 1995. The attack was itself a throwback to the old days of COINTELPRO, (Counter- Intelligence Program), a massive unconstitutional FBI operation --- one of it's most abusive ever --- to discredit the politically incorrect. * Main Justice, by Jim McGee and Brian Duffy, 1996, ISBN 0-684-81135-9 * * And it was not just the FBI. The CIA, the Pentagon and the National * Security Agency [Military] had all turned their intelligence-gathering * capabilities on American citizens. And who was targeted? Qubilah Shabazz, second oldest daughter of Malcom X. * Both Sides in Shabazz Case Say Tapes Prove Their Point * by Don Terry, The New York Times, April 1995 * * Ms. Shabazz was indicted on Jan 11 on nine counts of using the telephones * and travelling across state lines to hire a hit man to kill Mr. Farrakhan. * Eight of the counts involved taped telephone calls between Ms. Shabazz and * Mr. Fitzpatrick, a cocaine addict who faces a possible five-year prison * sentence in an unrelated drug case. [read: blackmailed] * * Of the 40 recorded conversations, 38 were initiated by Mr. Fitzpatrick. * "Most of the conversations during these calls consisted primarily of * remarks by Mr. Fitzpatrick." said defense lawyer William M. Kunstler. * [Kunstler was a silvered haired angel even while still on Earth] * * The Government had a statement initialed from Ms. Shabazz. * * "I jokingly asked Fitzpatrick if he would kill Louis Farrakhan." * * The statement was written by two FBI agents, who did not advise her of * her right to remain silent and have a lawyer present. * * Federal officials in Washington and Minneapolis say Ms. Shabazz was * 'obsessed' with killing Mr. Farrakhan, and they had enough on her to * put her away for 90 years. * * Mr. Fitzpatrick prodded her: "I'm willing to do whatever you want me to * do, this feels righteous." Ms. Shabazz replied "I don't really know * what you're asking me." Mr. Fitzpatrick later told her "I'm just going * to proceed." Qubilah Shabazz was 4 when she saw her father die in a hail of bullets in 1965. She has been a trouble woman ever since. * "...Shabazz...", The New York Times, June 8 1997 (front page) * * In telephone conversations taped by Federal prosecutors, Ms. Shabazz * acknowledged she had psychological problems and had spent time at Bellevue. Her mother long asserted Mr. Farrakhan played a role in the death of her husband. Three members of Mr. Farrakhan's Nation of Islam were convicted. And just what was so extraordinarily vile about this case? Its purpose was to tear the black community apart. Mr. Farrakhan, no fool when it comes to manipulation, joined in her defense. And: Mr. Fitzpatrick had been a high school classmate of Qubilah Shabazz. In courting her lifetime of anger at Mr. Farrakhan, he also courted her. Love. "A vile and evil seducer," said William Kunstler to the court. He had proposed to her. * "Always the Violence", The New York Times, by Bob Herbert, June 9 1997 * * Percy Sutton, a close friend of the Shabazz family for more then three * decades, said "It was so sad. This little kid [Qubilah's son Malcolm, 10] * he ended up feeling guilty because he tried to persuade his mother to * marry this guy [Fitzpatrick told the son about his marriage proposal]. * The guy told him 'We'll have our own house.' And Malcolm got all excited * and he said, 'I'll have my own bedroom?' And the guy said 'Yes, you will.'" It is safe to say this directly contributed to the burning and subsequent death of Betty Shabazz. A distraught, torn, ten-year-old suffering the effects of this persecution. He had been taken away from his mother because of Fitzpatrick. NBC Newschannel 4 NY, on the death of Betty Shabazz: "Police say the boy was upset he couldn't live with his mother." Kunstler forced the Government to drop its case... * "...Shabazz...", The New York Times, June 8 1997 * * Prosecutors dropped the case when it became * clear she had NOT committed to the crime. ...and instead settle for her getting professional counseling. Mainly to recover from what Mr. Fitzpatrick and the FBI did to her. Mr. Fitzpatrick was paid $45,000 of our tax money for his services. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a cocaine addict. Remember, it's the 1990s now: same as it ever was. American citizens are just pawns to be manipulated by the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Dirt. Or worse. * "Above the Law", by David Burnham, ISBN 0-684-80699-1, 1996 * * At 4:00 A.M. on December 4, 1969, for example, a special fourteen-man * squad of Chicago police officers raided a house used by the Black * Panther Party. During the shoot-first-ask-questions-later raid, police * fired at least ninety-eight rounds into the apartment. Illinois chairman * Fred Hampton and Peoria chairman Mark Clark were killed. * * An FBI informant gave the bureau specific information about where * Hampton was probably sleeping, and a detailed floor plan of the house * which the special squad used during its raid. * * Thirteen years later, in November 1982, District Court Judge John F. * Grady determined that there was sufficient evidence of an FBI-led * conspiracy to deprive the Panthers of their civil rights, and awarded * the plaintiffs $1.85 million in damages. : 5/30/97 MSNBC : : After more than a quarter of a century in prison, a Black Panther : activist has won the right to a new trial. A judge ruled there had : been prosecutorial misconduct. The judge overturned the conviction : when it was disclosed the government prosecutors withheld critical : evidence: : : o They never said the informer was working with and paid by : the FBI. : : o A former FBI agent also agrees with his alibi: that he was : in the Black Panther HQ at the time of the murder. That the : FBI knew this because they were monitoring the HQ. : : o And the jury never knew the eyewitness, who has since died, : had misidentified people in other cases. : : He has been turned down for parole 16 times, and had been in prison : longer than most murderers. : : : 6/10/97 MSNBC: Mr. Pratt has been freed over the U.S. Attorney's : objections. His first minutes of freedom were spent with his : 94-year-old mother. : : Court TV: : : Judge Dickey overturned the conviction last month, ruling that : prosecutors failed to tell the defense that the key witness against : Pratt was an infiltrator and paid informant for the FBI and police. : *** This primary "witness" had claimed Pratt confessed!!! *** : : "It's madness in there," Pratt said after walking out of jail : on $25,000 bail. "You have political prisoners on top of political : prisoners. I'm only one of a great many that should be exposed, : should be addressed." : : The same judge who presided over Pratt's original trial set him free. : Johnny Cochran said Pratt spent the first eight years of his sentence : in solitary confinement. That's a long time to sit in jail just because the FBI didn't want to reveal its monitoring operations, isn't it? It's 1997 now: same as it ever was. And his imprisonment had the same slimy quality as the vicious attack on Qubilah Shabazz, whom the government at first claimed they "had enough on her to put her away for 90 years". And just how do domestic civil rights organizations get labelled terrorist or under the influence of foreign agents? Why was Qubilah Shabazz's father considered a terrorist? : "Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency" : by Stephen F. Knott, 1996, ISBN 0-19-510098-0 : : Both presidents Johnson and Nixon had been convinced that Communist : nations were bankrolling or directing the antiwar movement and had : ordered investigations into this possibility. : : The CIA's investigations, which included operation CHAOS, found no : evidence of external control or funding of the antiwar movement, the : Black Panthers, or the Students for a Democratic Society. * "The Rise of the Computer State", David Burnham, 1984 * * p128: Federal authorities were concerned that foreign governments MIGHT * try to influence civil rights leaders in the United States. The list * of Americans monitored ballooned as political groups, celebrities and * ordinary citizens were added to the 'watch lists'. The NSA surveillance * was illegal and was instantly stopped [years later] when it appeared * that Congress might learn about the eavesdropping. Fear, loathing, suspicion and monitoring of civil rights movements. All it took was the thought that foreigners were influencing Americans. That's all it took to make the massive surveillance "legal". Of course, massive surveillance means more than just surveillance: * Main Justice, by Jim McGee and Brian Duffy, 1996, ISBN 0-684-81135-9 * * The FBI had been spying on members of the civil rights movement * to discredit Martin Luther King and destroy the civil rights * movement, government files showed. There had been burglaries * and illegal wiretapping on a grand scale. Even after FISA legislation, with its strict "minimization" requirement, CISPES & Co. happened. Sometimes their suspicion of terrorist/foreign agent activity is laughable. * "Above the Law", by David Burnham, ISBN 0-684-80699-1, 1996, short version * * It was just before April Fool's day, and Virginia Bernard thought the * caller was one of her friends pulling a practical joke. Her husband, an * ex-IRS official got on the phone, and after a brief discussion was * convinced the man really was an FBI agent. * * Agent Emmett arrived: The seventy-three-year-old part-time teacher was * asked: "why did you subscribe to 'Soviet Life' and why did you write to * the Soviet embassy?" * * "I need to clear this up. It's in the interest of national security." * * With the invocation of the sacred words "national security," one of * the most powerful mantras of the long-lived Cold War, Mrs. Bernard's * seventy-nine-year-old husband burst out laughing. At any time, it * would have been hard to imaging the connection between his wife and * the fearsome world of espionage, the arms race and Check Point Charlie. * * But the wall had fallen, and Russia had a complete upheaval too. The FBI * agent's linkage of his wife to "national security" seemed absurd. The * agent, however, did not share George's amused astonishment. * * "Don't mock me," the couple remembers Emmett warning them. * * She had subscribed to the magazine for its impressive photography, and * had written to the Soviet embassy to thank them for sending an icebreaker * to free some whales, as suggested by a television show host. How foolish of her to put her real name and return address on the letter. * "Teen Sues FBI, Wants FBI File Purged", NYT, 11/12/89 * * Todd Patterson, 17, became the object of an FBI investigation when he * wrote to foreign governments as part of a sixth-grade project. He says * he is interested in a Foreign Service career and worries about the * effect the FBI files might have on his chances of obtaining security * clearances. [snip] * * The Pattersons said that they began hearing interference on their * telephone, including voices, after the visit by the FBI agent and that * about 50 pieces of mail Todd received from foreign governments from 1983 * to 1988 showed signs of tampering. * * But a Justice Department lawyer told the court, "Just because they heard * funny noises on their telephone and some foreign mail was damaged doesn't * mean we should start rummaging through agency files and asking if there * was a wiretap. The FBI insists on keeping a file ("but we 'closed' it") on him even though they should have seen he was not a threat to national security. Fear, loathing, hysteria, and spying on our reading habits: The FBI also had their counter-intelligence unit start a "Library Awareness Program", which meant they wanted to know everyone who checked out certain books. What a bunch of peeping tommy guns! * "LIBRARY SPY HUNT IS CURBED BY FBI", By Herbert Mitgang, NYT, 11/11/1988 * * Bowing to pressure from a House subcommittee and continued resistance from * librarians, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has set limits on its * program seeking the help of librarians in "detecting Soviet spies." * * Under the Library Awareness Program. which the FBI says has been in exist- * ence for years, librarians have been asked to report suspicious-looking * people who might be Soviet spies, to be alert to which books and periodi- * cals such people read or check out and to disclose the names and informa- * tion about book borrowers suspected of using libraries for espionage * purposes or recruiting library users for espionage [what???]. * * FBI Director William S. Sessions said the bureau would continue to contact * public, university and corporate libraries in the New York City area about * "hostile intelligence service activities at libraries." [fuh-gedda-boutit] Of course, they know all the books you've ever bought using credit cards. Fear, loathing, hysteria, and a loosening of the rules for "national security": * "Above the Law", by David Burnham, ISBN 0-684-80699-1, 1996 * * After the Oklahoma City bombing, Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick * and FBI Director Freeh announced that they had decided to reinterpret * twenty-year-old Justice Department guidelines originally put in place to * restrain the FBI from violating the constitutional rights of political * dissidents. * * "If those guidelines are interpreted broadly and proactively, as opposed * to defensively, as has been the case for many many years, I feel confident * ...we have sufficient authority," Freeh told a Senate Committee. * * William Safire, the conservative New York Times columnist with libertarian * leanings, was appalled, asking if there wasn't anyone in the government * who remembered how the FBI played the game in the bad old days? * * "To the applause of voters fearful of terrorism," Safire wrote, "the pro- * activists declare their intention to prevent crime. This would be followed * by surveillance of suspect groups by using new technology, the infiltra- * tion of political movements deemed radical or violence prone; and the * stretching of guidelines put in place 20 years ago to restrain yesterday's * zealots." Fear, loathing, hysteria, and a massive misdirection of resources: * At about the same time that the FBI agent was knocking on Mrs. Bernard's * door, the bureau had 21,000 allegations of savings and loan fraud it was * unable to investigate, and at least 2,400 inactive financial crime inves- * tigations awaiting consideration. In the San Diego area, for example, * lack of available agents meant the FBI would not even consider investi- * gating bank fraud cases unless they involved losses of at least one * million dollars. ****************************************************************************** War #5 - Hackers --- -- ------- o Secret Service: Harassment of 2600 o Secret Service: Vile Persecution of Ed Cummings o Secret Service: Harassment of Steve Jackson Games * The New York Times, CyberTimes, June 20, 1997 * * Panel Chief Says Computer Attacks Are Sure to Come * * By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS * * WASHINGTON -- It is "only a matter of time" before critical U.S. computer * systems face major attack, the head of a White House panel on the nation's * infrastructure systems warned. * * Robert Marsh is the head of the President's Commission on Critical * Infrastructure Protection. Whatever should we do about those nasty hackers? ****************************************************************************** Secret Service: Harassment of 2600 ------ ------- ---------- -- ---- A group of above-ground hackers associated with 2600 were having a lawful peaceful public meeting at the Pentagon City Mall on November 6, 1992. The meeting was busted up by mall police for no apparent reason. Identification was demanded from everyone. Bags were searched. It's the 1990s now. The harassment was publicized by 2600, and a reporter talked to the head of the mall's security: he let slip that the Secret Service ordered them to harass 2600's lawful peaceful public meeting. That was definitely news. The mall security manager then denied what he said about Secret Service ordering the harassment: luckily the reporter recorded his conversation. CPSR [Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility] and Marc Rotenberg of EPIC [Electronic Privacy Information Center] began FOIA [U.S. Freedom of Information Act] proceedings to find out about this incident. The case raises significant issues of freedom of speech and assembly, privacy and government accountability. In response to an FOIA asking why this happened, the Secret Service responded: "We are sure no one knows why we had the meeting disrupted". They have made a mockery of FOIA. This mockery of FOIA is still being litigated by EPIC. An intentional illegal government surveillance just never stops. Marc Rotenberg has gotten the Secret Service to admit in court that this was done to "investigate hacking into a company's telephone switch." Since when did the "investigative" techniques used by the Secret Service become valid for use in the United States? Going up to a bunch of mall patrons and DEMANDING IDENTIFICATION from them and searching them? How exactly was this supposed to further investigate a switch hacking? For extended details of this governmental persecution of the politically incorrect, see ****************************************************************************** Secret Service: Vile Persecution of Ed Cummings ------ ------- ---- ----------- -- -- -------- Source material from, by someone calling themselves "Emmanuel Goldstein", which in the book '1984' was known as the Hated Enemy of the People. 2600, "The Hacker's Quarterly", is unhappy about what the Secret Service did to one of its correspondents, Ed Cummings. > The Secret Service has locked Ed Cummings up with violent criminals for > nearly a year, solely because of his possession of written material, > software, and bits of hardware. In other words, not much at all. First, some background: Ed Cummings was on probation for removing batteries from a tone dialer. > All of this stems from an incident years ago when Cummings and two > friends were being questioned by a Northampton County police officer. > > He had asked them about a tone dialer they had and, while he went into > another room, somebody removed the batteries from the dialer. They were > not under arrest and had not been instructed not to do this. However, > based on this, Cummings was charged with "tampering with evidence" even > though there was no proof that he had been the one to do it. Cummings > refused to say who did and pleaded no contest. He was fined and that > should have been the end of it. Then it happened, in March 1995: A Haverford Township Police officer arrested Ed Cummings. His crime? Talking with African Americans in a parking lot. A heavily monitored group... The *sole* reason Ed Cummings was targeted was because he was talking to black people. What was he arrested for? Suspicion of drug dealing. (I'm guessing here.) Did he have any drugs? None. How do you arrest someone for drugs when they don't have any? I don't know. What did he have? Electronic components: crystals. No, not Starship Dilithium Crystals; just radio shack components. Haverford Police put out word they had Ed Cummings; the Federal government responded that they wanted the state case. It was transferred to the Feds. Specifically, the Secret Service wanted to prosecute him. Why the Secret Service? Because Ed was associated with the 2600 hacker's publication. And because he had photographed a Secret Service agent who had come snooping around. The Secret Service agent was picking their nose. The local TV station showed it. To which the Secret Service agents responded: "Don't fuck with us. We're the biggest gang in town." No other reason. What eventually happened in court? For possession of a 'red box' - a simpleton tone device that can fool telco computers into making free calls even though the same computers spot its usage: > In the words of Ed Cummings, "I was forced to make a deal with the devil." > > The government had found data on a commercial diskette in his possession > which they say was related to cellular fraud in California. While Ed says > he has no idea what it is they're referring to, the odds of a jury being > able to understand how someone could have a diskette and not be held > accountable for every bit of data on it seemed uncomfortably slim. > > Also, by pleading guilty at this point and in this manner, Bernie will be > sentenced in 10 days and will most likely be released at that time since > he has already served the time he would probably be sentenced to. > > Of course, the down side to this is the fact that the federal government > will interpret this as a green light to lock up anyone in possession of > simple electronic and/or computer tools. And, as has been so aptly > demonstrated by the Ed Cummings case, if they choose to treat the suspect > as a terrorist and lock him/her up for six months with no bail, they won't > have much of a problem finding a judge willing to do this. > > Sentencing took place on October 10 and Ed Cummings was sentenced to > seven months in federal prison. The seven month period ended 4 days later. Okay, so he pled guilty to having a red box, and was sentenced to time served. Bad enough that any of that happened in the first place. Now comes the extra vile persecution part... Three months later, Cummings was in court on violation of probation charges, because of his guilty plea on the red box. > When Cummings was originally put on probation years ago, the probation > officer told him he thought the whole thing was a big waste of time. > The only thing he was accused of, after all, was taking batteries out > of a tone dialer that a cop was questioning him about. And the really > ironic part was that Cummings wasn't even the person who took the > batteries out - it was one of his friends. But he was not about to turn > a friend in for something so absurd. After all, this was a very minor > thing - he paid a fine of nearly $3,000 and was put on probation and that > was it. > > When the Secret Service threw Cummings in prison for possession of a red > box in early 1995, they knew he could be screwed again when he finally > got out since being arrested is a probation violation. > > And Special Agent Thomas Varney spent a great deal of effort to see that > this is exactly what happened. He made multiple trips to Easton and > convinced the local authorities to lock Cummings up as if he were the > most sadistic of killers. > > On Friday, Cummings' probation officer did an aboutface and told the > court that he thought Cummings represented a very great danger to the > community. Outside the courtroom, he and the other local law enforcement > people crowded around Varney like kids surrounding a rock star. He was > their hero and maybe one day they would be just like him. Well, isn't that strange: the Secret Service taking a strong interest in the probation violation hearing of Ed Cummings for taking batteries out of a tone dialer. Not only were they interested, they testified against him! > HERE WE GO AGAIN > > 1/12/96. In addition to the judge, Northampton County probation officer > Scott Hoke, Secret Service agent Tom Varney, and Haverford Township > detective John Morris were in attendance. Varney and Morris arrived > in the same car. > > Tom Varney of the Secret Service then told the judge that he believed > Cummings to be a major threat to society and that he was concerned > because of the upcoming presidential campaign. It was unclear if he > was actually implying that Cummings would somehow be a threat to the > president but the judge and the police listened intently. > > This was the first time a Secret Service agent had come to their town. > Varney continued to describe the threatening items that had been found > in Cummings' residence: a copy of The Anarchist's Cookbook, publications > from Loompanix, a mag stripe read head (no electronics) which "could have > been used" to commit fraud, and material thought to be C4 but later > proven not to be. However, Varney said, the fact that it could have been > showed how serious this was. Nobody questioned his logic. Wow, I'd better throw out my copy of "The Anarchist's Cookbook", eh?. Oh wait: it would be more fitting if I blew it up. * C-SPAN Television, Wednesday June 5th, 1997 * * Andrew Grove, Chairman & CEO of Intel Corporation, is asked whether * bomb-making information should be censored from the Internet. * * "No. The same information is available in libraries, and we don't * censor libraries, nor should we. When I was thirteen I built a * nitroglycerin bomb. It was an incredibly stupid thing to do, * and I knew someone who had their hand blown off, but I am * adamantly against censoring such material." * * "And unlike a library, a parent can buy a program that uses keyword * monitoring to disallow Internet traffic per the parents' wishes. * Such a program is available now, and costs only $29." I think I looked at it for all of 30 seconds before putting in my bookshelf. I don't remember the bomb-making details in it. I have a vague impression of a lot of squiggly lines, suitable for a really bad coloring book. I also purchased a variety of odd privacy-related publications from Eden Press. What is the Official Federal Dangerous Book List? What books did they check on for their 'Library Awareness Program'? How was it determined these books made people dangerous? Who approved this Fahrenheit 451 persecuted-for-books program? The Thought Police had testified in court against Ed Cummings. The judge rules on whether Ed is guilty of probation violation: > The judge determined that a probation violation had indeed taken place > and that Cummings should be held and a sentencing date scheduled within > 60 days. The judge had just done the same thing for a man who had just > committed his third DWI offense. In fact, he had killed someone. The > judge ordered that person held on $50,000 bail. Ed Cummings, however, > was another matter. The judge ordered Cummings held on $250,000. > > So Cummings was being held on a quarter of a million dollars because he > was thought to have taken batteries out of a tone dialer years ago. He's > in a 5 by 8 holding cell 22 hours a day with no windows and no clock. > He never knows what time it is or whether it's day or night. > > The temperature reaches a maximum of sixty degrees and he has only one > layer of thin cotton clothing and one blanket. To add to his misery, > he was just notified that the Haverford Township police will destroy > the property they seized from him last year unless he picks it up by > Friday, January 19. > > The prison itself was built right after the Civil War. There are tons of > roaches and graffiti in all the cells which dates back to the fifties > - the last time it was painted. There are 1200 inmates. > > Currently Cummings is imprisoned in the maximum wing of the prison where > people with the highest bail are kept. He's with murderers and rapists. > Conditions are appalling. One of the prisoners is on death row - his name > is Joseph Henry and he bit off a woman's nipples and clitoris before > strangling her with a slinky. These are the kinds of people the Secret > Service has condemned Cummings to be with. Wow. Pretty heavy for taking batteries out of a dialer. This outcome is ENTIRELY DUE TO THE SECRET SERVICE. Specifically: Special Slime Agent Thomas L. Varney, 215/597-0600 main# in PA. Next, Ed Cummings is sentenced for taking batteries out of a tone dialer, after even more Thought Police input from the Secret Service: > Throughout the hearing, the main issue was whether or not Cummings was a > threat to the community. Varney was ADAMENT in his assessment of Cummings > as a danger but when pressed by Trujillo could come up with nothing more > substantive than the BOOKS found in Cummings' home. > > These books came from publishers like Loompanix and dealt with such > things as making bombs and establishing false identities. The other > damning evidence was a list of Secret Service frequencies (from an > issue of Monitoring Times), a copy of a magazine article that listed > Secret Service codenames for President Reagan (dated 1983), and a > material that the Secret Service had suspected was C4 explosives but > which later turned out not to be. > > For some reason they feel COMPELLED TO MENTION THIS AT EACH HEARING as > if C4 had actually been found when in fact the substance was something > dentists use: DENTURE MOLD (the owner of the house was a dentist). > > The Secret Service specifically complained about his affiliation with > 2600 Magazine (not a secret and not a reason to label someone a criminal). [ The Secret Service is apparently unaware that 2600 magazine is the world's preeminent above-ground hacker zine, subscribed to by members of security departments all over Wall Street (at the least). It is filled with fascinating information, highly useful for securing one's systems. Here's a random sample factoid from 2600: although on-site company switches are commonly programmed to block '900' number calls, there is a hole in the programming logic that always lets '555' exchange numbers through. ("Information wants to be free") Companies that advertise 900 numbers take advantage of this. For example, even though you can't dial most 900 numbers, you can still call numbers like USA Today's 1-900-555-5555, which are specifically chosen to get around the 900 programming restrictions. Oh yeah: I remember another one that triggered firm-wide security checks: 2600 described a hole in DOS that could allow others to execute commands on your system by virtue of defining function key contents (F1, F2..) on the fly AND THEN EXECUTING THEM. ] > Cummings apologized to the court for his "odd curiosity" of the past, > insisting that he merely collected books and information and never > caused harm to anyone. His lawyer pleaded with the judge to allow > Cummings to pick up the pieces of his life and not be subjected to > any more inhumane treatment. [ I feel sick upon reading he felt compelled to apologize for books. ] > Judge Panella passed sentence: 6 to 24 months plus a $3,000 fine. > > We have also learned of a very similar case that took place in Kentucky > late last year where a man was accused of the same offense that Cummings > was. In this instance, however, he was accused of actually selling the > black box that allowed cellular phones to be cloned. > > This was far more than Ed was ever accused of - he merely sold kits that > could be built into boxes. The man in Kentucky decided to fight the > charges and he showed how there were many legitimate uses for cloned > phones. In front of a jury in Kentucky, he won the case. Unfortunately, > Cummings' lawyer knew nothing about this and Cummings was forced to plead > guilty last year in the mistaken belief that he would never be able to > convince a jury that he hadn't committed a serious crime. Had he been > found innocent, there never would have been a probation violation and > Ed would be free today. How absolutely disgusting of the Secret Service to persecute Ed Cummings. The Secret Service are the same bunch of Cro-Magnums that put on rubber gloves to search gay members of Congress visiting the President. They didn't want to catch any gay cooties. The President ordered all Secret Service members to take "sensitivity" classes. There are two more things to know about this case of persecution. One: 8/30/96 Ed Cummings was savagely beaten by another inmate. His jaw is shattered, and his arm is also completely shattered. He had surgery on both his arm and his jaw. His jaw was so shattered, they had to "slit my throat in two places" to put the metal in to hold it back together as it mends. His mouth will be wired shut for 2-3 months. There is also a chance of nerve damage which might leave him with permanent droops in his face. And two: Cummings was imprisoned under a little known attachment to the Digital Telephony bill allowing individuals to be charged in this fashion. Cummings was portrayed by the Secret Service as a potential terrorist because of some of the books found in his library. Ed Cummings was not a terrorist, yet was portrayed as such by the Secret Service. CALEA gave them the power. ****************************************************************************** The Abyss has already begun swallowing American citizens. It's not a pretty sight, is it? ****************************************************************************** Secret Service: Harassment of Steve Jackson Games ------ ------- ---------- -- ----- ------- ----- Another BIZARRE hacker witch-hunt. See for this story. ****************************************************************************** There are other wars too. Against pornography. * "Judge Says Military Bases Can Sell Sex Material" * By John Sullivan, The New York Times, January 23, 1997 * * A Federal judge struck down the Military Honor and Decency Act of 1996, * which Congress described as a law promoting "honor, commitment and * courage" among American troops. * * Playboy and Penthouse will continue to be sold at Military bases. # "Pornography and Laughter", The New York Times, undated # # Most bold new ideas in Government circles are either ignored or shuffled # off into the bureaucratic process never to reappear, but once in a while # a suggestion is simply laughed out of existence. # # The other day, President Reagan was meeting with senior staff members at # the White House, and the recent report by Attorney General Edwin Meese's # Commission on Pornography came up, according to one of the participants. # # The commission majority had concluded that exposure to pornography "bears # some causal relationship to the level of sexual violence, sexual coercion # or unwanted sexual aggression," and Patrick J. Buchanan, the White House # director of communications, proposed that the Administration use this to # ban the sale of Playboy and Penthouse from all post exchanges on military # bases. # # There was a long pause, and then, the source said, another White House # official observed: "Well, that would certainly do wonders for our # recruiting program." # # The room burst into laughter, in which President Reagan enthusiastically # joined in, and then the idea was not raised again. War against immigrants. Imagine directing hospitals to turn illegal immigrant children into the police! War against homosexuals. When the government says it can't handle gays in the Military, it gives the SAME arguments as it did when it said blacks should be kept out of the Armed Forces. How about requiring all new enlistees to agree they can handle being near homosexuals before joining...eventually removing all the people upper Military management claims cannot handle them: within five years drop the persecution of homosexuals. It's that "simple".