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Maptalk-Digest Wednesday, December 12 2001 Volume 01 : Number 327

Year-End Contribution To DrugSense/MAP [FWD]
    From: Richard Lake <>
Fw: ALERT: US Drug Policy Driving Bolivia to Civil War
    From: "RL Root" <>
FW: [ukcia-a] MEP TO BE ARRESTED? 
    From: "Tom Suther" <>
Missiles for terrorists
    From: "Dave Michon" <>
Re: US KY: PUB LTE: Anti-Drug Warriors Think All Drugs Alike
    From: "Jack R. Lebowitz" <>
Elvis letter to Nixon
    From: "Dave Michon" <>
Narconews on Screensavers
    From: "Dave Michon" <>
2nd Johnson/Hutchinson debate online.
    From: Richard Lake <>


Subj: Year-End Contribution To DrugSense/MAP [FWD]
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 11:36:25 -0500

Please Copy And Distribute As You Deem Appropriate

Please Consider a Tax Deductible Year-End Contribution To DrugSense/MAP


Dear Friends:

As  we  approach  the  end  of  the  tax  year, some of you are in the
enviable position of having discretionary income to support
charitable  causes  which you believe are important for the welfare of
our nation and the world.

I  would  appreciate  your  giving  serious  consideration to making a
significant  year  end  donation  to  MAP/DrugSense  to  enable  us to
maintain our work and expand our services in the New Year.

If  we  could  raise  an  additional  $50,000,  this  is what we could

By June 2002

Launch  a  first-ever  extensive and up-to-date media contact database
to enable local media activism on a nationwide basis.

Increase  the  DrugSense  DrugNews archive from 70,000 to 76,000 fully
searchable drug related news articles.

By December 2002

Increase  the  number  of  active  state-  and issue-based drug policy
subgroups from 21 organizations to 35 total groups.

Increase  the  number  of  letter-  and  article-writing  volunteer
activists from 3,000 to 4,000.

Increase  from  $7.6  million  to  $8.5 million dollars the cumulative
value  of media coverage generated on behalf of the drug policy reform
movement by MAP volunteers to date.

Participate  in  at  least  15 new radio talk show and broadcast media

Create  and  distribute  "Five Year Plan to End the Drug War" designed
to  provide guidance, a cohesive strategy, and an overall game plan to
the diverse and growing reform movement.

We  will  also  continue and expand our efforts to provide web hosting
and  support  services  for a wide array of other reform minded groups
nation  and  worldwide.  We  currently  provide  various  types of web
support  to  more  than  50 drug policy reform focused groups. Notable
clients  include  The  Lindesmith  Center/Drug  Policy  Foundation
(TLC/DPF), the National Association for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
(NORML), the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), and the Harm Reduction
Coalition  (HRC)  and  many  others.  For  a more complete list please

As  I  have  mentioned  in  previous  fund  raising communication, our
entire  staff  earn  hourly  wages  that hover around the minimum wage
level,  arguably  even lower in some cases. Our main sustenance is the
knowledge  that  we  are  visited  by twenty-thousand people a day (we
serve  more  than  200,000  files every day!) We have accomplished all
this  on  an  annual  budget  of  under $150,000! You can see that you
would  have  a hard time finding a more dedicated, talented and harder
working group that accomplishes so much with every dollar.

MAP  /  DrugSense is a 501(c)3 organization which means that donations
qualify for charitable deductions on your income tax.

If  you  would  like  more detail as to our accomplishments and future
goals please visit our 2002 On-line Grant Proposal at

For  your  convenience,  your  contribution  can be made on-line using
your credit card at

Alternately  you  may mail a check made our to either DrugSense or MAP
Inc. to

PO Box 651,
CA 93258

We  wish  you  much pleasure during the holiday season and a happy and
successful  New  Year. If you have the discretionary resources, please
help us to have the same.

Mark Greer, Executive Director 


Subj: Fw: ALERT: US Drug Policy Driving Bolivia to Civil War
From: "RL Root" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 10:12:56 -0800

Please visit to send a message directed to policy
makers on this urgent but widely ignored situation.

Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet)
                    Rapid Response Team
    ---- ----

If you're a reader of DRCNet's newsletter, then you, unlike
the US media, are aware that US-imposed drug war policies
in Bolivia have plunged that nation's Chapare region into a
tumultuous conflict.  Farmers, many having no other
feasible way to survive, have insisted that each family be
allowed to grow a modest amount of coca.  Coca has a myriad
of uses besides cocaine, and is grown legally in other
portions of Latin America and Bolivia itself.

US drug war policy in Bolivia has driven that nation into a
deepening civil conflict between the government and its
poverty-stricken peasant population.  Forced coca
eradication policies, which Bolivia's government has
adopted under strong diplomatic pressure from the US
government, have drawn protests, strikes and roadblocks by
coca growers and other laborers in the Chapare region.  The
coca growers aren't criminals; they only wish to grow a
crop that their people have grown for generations, and
which for many families represents their only viable
alternative to make a living and avoid starvation.

Though the cocaleros have been protesting, it is the
government that has initiated the violence, and it has just
exploded to a much greater level.  On Thursday, December 6,
government security forces murdered a union leader, as
verified by eyewitness accounts and an autopsy report:
Casimiro Huanca Colque was shot twice while being detained,
then left untreated to bleed to death.  This murder has
been condemned by Amnesty International and other human
rights observers.  Please visit to speak out
against the outrageous policies of the US and Bolivian
governments that led to this tragedy.

It is deplorable that the US government would coerce
Bolivia into a situation of civil conflict and fund
institutions that commit violence against civilians,
especially at a time when Americans have ourselves
experienced violence firsthand.  In fact, US pressure is
partly responsible for Bolivia's draconian Law 1008, in
which people accused of drug offenses can be held without
judicial review for years, even after being acquitted,
very much at variance with America's own Constitution and

It is equally unfortunate that US drug warriors ignore a
fact that is well known to everyone else -- wiping out the
Chapare's coca crop would only shift the growing to some
other region, in Bolivia, somewhere else in Latin America
or in some other part of the world.  Hence, US policies in
Bolivia are not only reckless and immoral, but are
immensely stupid or dishonest as well.

Our web site will send your communication to the US embassy
in Bolivia, to Secretary of State Powell and President
Bush, as well as to your US Representative and your two US
Senators.  You can send our own prewritten sample letter,
or edit it, or write your own entirely; and you can also
use our site to send a message to your friends about this
urgent issue -- or just forward this alert to spread the
word and mobilize opposition to this destructive policy.

Again, visit to
speak out on this urgent but widely ignored situation.  A
few sources of further information:

    Latest DRCNet Bolivia Update:

    Andean Information Network:

    Narco News (reporting live from the Chapare):

    US Embassy in Bolivia (be skeptical!):

    Report on Cochabamba Alternative Development Conference

Last but not least, DRCNet needs your help if we are to
continue to offer this service.  Please, if you can help
with a donation, large or small, take a few minutes and
visit to make an encryption-
secured donation by credit card or PayPal -- if you want,
sign up to donate monthly and never have to think about it
again -- or use our form to generate a printout to mail in
with your check or money order, or just send those to:
DRCNet, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036.  We are also
now set up to accept contributions of stock -- our
brokerage is Ameritrade, account #772973012, company name
Drug Reform Coordination Network, Inc.

Please note that contributions to the Drug Reform
Coordination Network are not tax-deductible.  If you wish
to make a tax-deductible donation to support our
educational work, make your check payable to DRCNet
Foundation, same address (and let us know this if you're
contributing by credit card or are giving stock).


David Borden, Executive Director
Drug Reform Coordination Network

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Subj: FW: [ukcia-a] MEP TO BE ARRESTED? 
From: "Tom Suther" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 21:34:04 -0800

What a courageous politician.  I sure wished we had a few like this.
Maybe we all need to be arrested so asscroft would have his puritan country.

- -----Original Message-----
From: The GanjaCat []
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 12:11 PM
Subject: [ukcia-a] MEP TO BE ARRESTED?

MEP's Official Press release.
Chris Davies E-mailed his press statement.

11 December 2001
Contact: Chris Davies MEP (07787 504516)


A North West Euro-MP is planning to seek arrest for possession of cannabis
in a protest aimed at supporting the imprisoned owner of Britain's first
Dutch-style 'coffee shop'.

Chris Davies, the Liberal Democrat MEP for the North West, will seek on
Saturday 15 December at 10.00am to be arrested by Greater Manchester Police
for possession of a tiny amount of cannabis resin on a postage stamp. This
is likely to take place at the police station, Lee Street, Stockport.

He wants to draw attention to the experience of his constituent, Mr Colin
Davies (no relation), founder of the 'Dutch Experience' coffee shop in
Stockport. Colin Davies, who admits to helping people with medical problems
obtain the drug to relieve pain, is currently in Strangeways prison on
remand while awaiting trial on cannabis-related offences. He has been
repeatedly denied bail despite never having being convicted of a
drugs-related offence.

Similar 'coffee shops' in The Netherlands have been permitted for nearly 20
years. They are said to have contributed to a fall in the use of 'hard'
drugs in that country, which in any case is much less than in Britain.

MEP Chris Davies has never smoked or used illegal drugs and does not intend
to do so on this occasion. However, he believes that the law is in urgent
need of reform.

The Liberal Democrat will say: "Hundreds of British politicians admit in
private that the law on cannabis is a nonsense. It is time that more of them
spoke out publicly.

"The legal priorities are wrong. Last year some 50,000 people were arrested
for possession of cannabis, a drug which the medical journal The Lancet
claims is less harmful than alcohol. In the same period nearly 800 young
people in Britain died of alcohol-induced cirrhosis of the liver. It is not
surprising that many police officers admit that they have better things to
do with their time than arrest people for a supposed offence which causes no
harm to anyone else.

"Ten years ago I worked for the Shopping Hours Reform Council, sponsored by
Tesco, Sainsburys and the Kingfisher Group to campaign for a change in the
law on Sunday trading at a time. By opening his 'coffee shop' Colin Davies
is doing no more and no less than the superstores did then when they
challenged the law and opened on Sundays to meet public demand."

A Liberal Democrat working group last week called for a national policy of
non-prosecution for possession and social supply of cannabis. The proposal,
which will be debated by party members at a conference in March, is expected
to be endorsed as Liberal Democrat policy.


Subj: Missiles for terrorists
From: "Dave Michon" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 06:27:03 -0600

An interesting letter involving the CIA, drugs, missiles, and Afghans. FYI


Subj: Re: US KY: PUB LTE: Anti-Drug Warriors Think All Drugs Alike
From: "Jack R. Lebowitz" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 08:01:20 -0500

You go, Mike!  Great letter...definitely a front-runner for Digest letter 
of the week, AFAIC!

...all the more sweet because of how **obnoxious** that woman's original 
letter was/[#]!

Good one!


/[#] That was the one me put the note on about the author's 
'non-responsive' slam on Lindesmith/DPF "outsiders/legalizers".

>Newshawk: chip
>Pubdate: Tue, 11 Dec 2001
>Source: Daily Independent, The (KY)
>Copyright: 2001 The Daily Independent, Inc.
>Author: Mike Plylar
>In her Dec. 7 letter, Veronica Nunley attempts to confuse the drug issue
>with misleading statements. Does she really want to improve the lot of
>Americans or is she protecting her little piece of the war against drugs?
>A logical, measured drug policy eludes us because we discuss all illicit
>substances as equals. This is not only untrue, but restricts our ability to
>control even the most harmful concoctions.
>The drug warriors tell us apples are oranges, right is left, and up is
>down, and we quietly accept it, because, after all, it's for the children.
>Anything besides this assault on the U.S. Constitution, disguised as a drug
>war, is "legalization." Pure rubbish.
>Legalization does not mean a full-blown, unrestricted, unregulated scheme.
>If the statistics are to be believed, the Dutch model is the most realistic
>and least harmful drug policy currently implemented by any nation in the
>free world. The Dutch have concluded that marijuana is not heroin and
>heroin is not cocaine. Not exactly rocket science. Each substance is
>completely different and each requires regulation, as varied as the
>substances themselves, based on their actual harm to society.
>One thing is abundantly clear. Remove marijuana from the mix of illegal
>substances, allow the funding generated from its taxed, controlled and
>regulated sale to be directed at prevention, education, and treatment for
>the most dangerous products and the drug "problem" transforms from a raging
>tiger to a malevolent alley cat.
>If all the wasted resources used to "research" and prohibit marijuana were
>directed toward the most harmful substances, legal and illegal, the debate
>concerning "drugs" would end and the "war on drugs" could ascend the trash
>heap of failed social programs, occupying its rightful position alongside
>other anomalies of history, such as alcohol prohibition and the Salem witch
>Mike Plylar
>Kremmling, CO
>- ---
>MAP posted-by: Beth


Subj: Elvis letter to Nixon
From: "Dave Michon" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 07:35:16 -0600

Dear Mr. President,
    First, I would like to introduce myself. I am Elvis Presley and admire
you and have great respect for your office. I talked to Vice President Spiro
Agnew in Palm Springs three weeks ago and expressed my concern for our
country. The drug culture, the hippie elements, the SDS, Black Panthers,
etc. do *not* (underlined in original?) consider me as their enemy or as
they call it the establishment. I call it American and i love it.
   Sir, I can and will be of any service that I can to help the country out.
I have no concerns or motives other than helping the country out. So I wish
not to be given a title or an appointed position. I can and will do more
good if I were made a Federal Agent at Large and I will help out by doing it
my way through my communications with people of all ages. First and
foremost, I am an entertainer, but all I need is the Federal credentials. I
am on this plane with Senator George Murphy and we have been discussing the
problems that our country is faced with.

Sir, I am staying at the Washington Hotel, Room 505 - 506 - 507. I have two
men who work with me by the name of Jerry Schilling and Sonny West. I am
registered under the name of Jon Burrows. I will be here for as long as it
takes to get the credentials of a Federal Agent. I have done an in-depth
study of drug abuse and Communist brainwashing techniques and I am right in
the middle of the whole thing where I can and will do the most good.

I am glad to help just so long as it is kept very private. You can have your
staff or whomever call me anytime today, tonight, or tommorrow. I was
nominated this coming year as one of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young
Man. That will be in January 18 in my home town of Memphis, Tennessee. I am
sending you the short autobiography about myself so you can better
understand this approach. I would love to meet you just to say hello if
you're not too busy.

Elvis Presley

P.S. I believe that you, Sir, were one of The Top Ten Outstanding Young Men

I have a personal gift for you which I would like to present to you and you
can accept it or I will keep it for you until you can take it.

That ends the letter. You can view other docs relating to this at:

This is from a memorandum of the Presley-Nixon meeting which took place on
"...Presley indicated that he thought the Beatles had been a real force for
anti-American spirit. He said that the Beatles came to this country, made
their money, and then returned to England where they promoted an
anti-American theme. The President nodded in agreement and expressed some
surprise. The President then indicated that those who use drugs are also
those in the vanguard of anti-American protest. Violence, drug-usage,
dissent, protest all seem to merge in generally the same group of young


Subj: Narconews on Screensavers
From: "Dave Michon" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 10:42:38 -0600

As I write, Leo and Patrick are talking about the Narconews case on the
'Screensavers' show. Could it be a bone for our 'Cybercrime' posts? Doesn't


Subj: 2nd Johnson/Hutchinson debate online.
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 19:12:49 -0500

Asa Hutchinson, administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration, and 
Republican Gov.  Gary Johnson of New Mexico debated the war on drugs 
Thursday in the Yale, November 15th at University Law School auditorium. 
This was the second debate of a series.

This debate is now available as a Realvideo (tm) file at 


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