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Current drug policies create the evils they are supposed to address

Posted by Bob Newland

They put us in jail. They disrupt our families. They steal our stuff.
They steal our money. They do this, they say, to control crime.

They pursue public policies which serve mainly as price-supports for black-market drug dealers. By driving up the price of illegal drugs as much as 17,000 per cent, they make the illegal drug market attractive to the most vicious people on earth, some of whom use that money to kill US citizens.

That's in addition to assuring that children have access to illegal drugs all the time, everywhere. That's in addition to steadily driving down the age of first drug experimentation. If they get any more successful in their "war on (some) drugs", kids'll be cooking crank in Headstart classes.

That's in addition to cruelly denying a medicine which works for tens of thousands of sick, disabled, and dying patients.

Then they cynically tell us that if we smoke marijuana, we're supporting terrorists. They are bastards.

In the Feb. 26, 2002, issues of "USA Today" and the "New York Times", the Libertarian Party ran ads featuring Drug "Czar" John Walters saying, "This week, I had lunch with the president, testified before Congress, and helped funnel $40 million in illegal drug money to groups like the Taliban."

The result of the ad? Not much. Mainly because Walters and his thugs understood that at $40,000 per crack, the LP wasn't gonna be able to run many ads like that.

The Beltway politicians and bureaucrats feel pretty secure pursuing their cruel, expensive and absurd drug policies. Why?

Because about 95 per cent of elected officials and bureaucrats at every level of government, down to city councils and school boards support the same policies. Election opponents are afraid to address the 1000-lb gorilla sitting in front of them -- current drug policies are a huge disaster, which permeates and pollutes every level of public and private life.

SoDakNORML thinks enough is enough. In a hard-hitting ad in this week's "Panache" magazine (distributed in the Black Hills of South Dakota), SoDakNORML begins a campaign of exposing local lawmakers' and bureaucrats' support of policies which create massive evils while producing no benefits.

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"We at SoDakNORML ( believe that part of the battle for exercise of common sense in drug policy includes demonstrating both to the public and to the lawmakers and cops and bureaucrats how much harm current drug policy is doing to all of us," said Bob Newland, president of SoDakNORML, an affiliate of the National Org. for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

"We think that a campaign such as this ad represents will help do that. At first, they'll call us irresponsible or crazy. Then, maybe, they'll start facing the facts. The facts are, simply, that the laws prohibiting the sale and use of marijuana are absurd, cruel, and counterproductive. Eventually, opponents to current politicians will feel comfortable attacking these policies.

"Alcohol Prohibition ended 70 years ago -- after a disastrous, crime-producing 14 years -- after local politicians began refusing to support the cynical and hypocritical federal policies.

"There is no evidence that the current marijuana laws, which have resulted in over 18 million years of prison time for folks in the US alone, and which currently produce a marijuana arrest every 45 seconds, have deterred even one person from smoking marijuana. There is evidence that the exact opposite result has been achieved. Enough is enough," Newland concluded.

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"If there is a film I would recommend for activists regarding the Jerusalem uprising, this film is it."
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So many wars coming! How can we explain around us their fundamental causes and goals? With solid facts and concrete proof to convince and mobilize our friends.

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Help us spread the news all over the world.  Everywhere all over the world, people are really hungry for solid explanations with basic documents. This book and "Monopoly"  have appeared in French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Serbian, Russian, Finnish editions...  The English version will finally make it available for practically every other country in the world.

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The Media - Let's Make a Fresh Start
1.    Media Tests:  How Good Is Our News Information?    9
-    Geographic Censorship
-    How to Demonize Your Opponent
-    Aspects of Sarajevo Concealed by the Media
-    Rapes, Camps, Enclaves:  The Battle of Media Lies

The Great Powers:  Allies or Rivals?
2.    Germany's Revenge    49
3.    A Recurring Story?    65
4.    Bonn Wants to Become a Superpower    89
5.    "Their Objective Is to Prepare for War"    103
6.    The USA vs. Germany    111
7.    The Four Strategic Stakes in the Balkans    127
-    Control of Oil Routes
-    The Domination of Eastern Europe
-    Weaken and Control Russia
-    The Struggle for Military Bases
8.    NATO:  War or Peace?    159
9.    1991-1995:  Five Years of Rivalry between Bonn and Washington    175

Index    199


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Dr. Christopher S. Hyatt has a new  book available entitled,   Undoing Yourself. There's an article in this book that is a sci-fi/metaphysical/prophetic work of sorts called A Few Words from the Prime Minister (A Short Note from Hell). One of the main morals of the story is how it is up to us to learn all we can from the various "hells" we endure in life so that we may create our own heaven within ourself.

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I am writing to you because I am in the process of reprinting a 64 page illustrated exposé called "Addicted to War, Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism" by Joel Andreas. It is out of print. There were only 7,000 copies printed in 1993, when he wrote it. I am asking for your help in raising money for the reprinting of this book.

I love this book! I find it to be exceptional! In fact, it is the best book I have seen on this subject. It has the ability to enlighten anyone who reads it to the true nature of how our system of government, business and the military really works. He names many of the people and the corporations who have been involved with the control of our society. You learn why we go to war, who benefits and who loses. This is not what we learned in school!

"Addicted to War" is a brilliant comic book! He uses 163 footnotes, many of them coming from A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. He brings it all together in a way that is easy to understand. He quotes many of our leaders, either in the government, the military or from the business world and he takes us through our history of war and intervention, all over the world. I believe this book can help to educate high school and college students, or anyone who happens to read it. Getting it into schools will be a priority.

I would like to send you a copy of "Addicted to War." I am hoping that after you read it, you might want to help with the reprinting by making a contribution. Brian Willson, the Vietnam veteran who is the last segment on my video, likes the book so much he is helping me and is making a substantial contribution himself. Brian will be writing a statement endorsing the book that will be on the new version. We also have the endorsement of Howard Zinn, who wrote The People's History of the United States and Blase Bonpane, of the Office of the Americas. I am waiting to hear from Father Roy Bourgeois, Michael Parenti, Ramsey Clark, and Michael Ruppert for their endorsements.

Joel Andreas is currently in China, getting his Ph.D., studying the Chinese Revolution. He has given me permission to get his book reprinted. He will be writing a short update that will cover some of what has taken place since 1993. For instance; the terrible toll of the sanctions in Iraq, the bombing of Yugoslavia, the occupation and violence being committed against Palestine by Israel, the war in Colombia and the buildup of the missile defense program.

I have never done anything quite like this before. I am driven by the desire to help make the truth available to as many people as possible. I believe that Addicted to War can help in this process. We are not doing this for profit. We plan to sell the book for $5.

Let me know if you would like to see a copy of the book. It will actually be a copy I made at KINKO's. The original has a beautiful color cover. That is how we are going to reprint it, with a perfect binding. If after you have read Addicted to War and you want to make a donation, I will see to it that you receive the number of copies equal to the money you have given. They should cost around $2 a copy to print. If after you have read Addicted to War and you don't feel like making a contribution towards the cost of reprinting, I would appreciate it if you could send $7 to me. That is my cost for the xeroxing and mailing.

If you would like me to mail you a copy of Addicted to War  please send me your address. Thanks for your time and for your concern. Our country is creating so much misery and death all over the planet. Addicted to War tells that story in a way that can be easily understood. The purpose of reprinting it is to help inform those who haven't yet been able to see this truth. I would welcome any comments or suggestions, especially concerning the distribution.


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Culver City, Calif. 90232


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Testimonial for Two Non-Fiction Books~
May 9th, 2001 Dr. Greer announced with irrifutable evidence (at the National Press Conferece, Wa., D.C.) "we are not alone," and E.T's have on numerous occasions prevented divisions of our government from acting with reckless disregard for planet earth. This includes E.T.'s disabling rockets and keeping a majority of weapons from outer space. Could the E.T.'s hold the answer to the energy crisis and how can we sit back and allow US President and 95% of U.S. citizens not  even to be affected at all about E.T./U.F.O. disclosure, presence and advance technology which we need right now. Surely we need to study this new dimension of technology and admit to our space brothers, perhaps friends and foes as well.  Since 5 to 6 varieties visit earth, this is something to reckon with.  Health healings and problems too.  SJ

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Midway through the first scene of Marvin X's videodrama ONE DAY IN THE LIFE, a woman and husband rushed out of the auditorium of San Francisco's Visitation Valley Middle School where the video was being screened. Marvin X happened to be present when the woman and husband came into the lobby. When asked why they were leaving, the husband said his wife couldn't take it; she saw too much of her life on video--and for that matter, he saw his life as well and it was overwhelming. The woman said to the author, "When you were speaking about being is alleys and hotel rooms doing dope, that was me, this week even--so it hit me real hard and I had to leave the auditorium." Marvin X tried to encourage the couple to deal with the pain of their lives, not escape it, but the husband said he would do whatever his wife wanted , plus he had to go to work and didn't want to leave his wife because she still had money and might use, so the couple left, but not before a counselor from Positive Directions Equals Change, Inc. (Recovery Theatre's therapeutic arm) intervened to tell the couple to attend their weekly group sessions. The scene which upset the woman dealt with the crack ho who exchanges sex for dope. The scene goes deeper into the sexuality of addiction when it explores the crack ho's need for sex herself, since she is a "gansta bitch" (dopedealer's woman) who is sexually deprived because her gansta  bitch man is addicted to making money with the package. It also shows the male addict unable to function sexually after getting too high, leaving the woman in total frustration, although in reality many women anticipate this moment in the ritual and come with dildos and other sex toys. Stay tuned for the next date, time and place for a screening of ONE DAY IN THE LIFE, a classic drama of addiction and recovery. Also available on VHS video cassette for $25.00, including priority mailing.

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