McQueen, Alton E_ 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2017
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1 US TX: OPED: Rule Of Law Lost In PropagandaSun, 26 Oct 2003
Source:Amarillo Globe-News (TX) Author:McQueen, Alton Area:Texas Lines:70 Added:10/26/2003

The law-abiding citizens of Swisher County are the real victims in the aftermath of the Tulia drug sting.

They were denied the use of law to protect their community from drug predators. For attempting to do so, their community was vilified in the national propaganda media, the reputations of their local officials were trashed, and both the community and its officials face civil litigation (at least) for years to come.

The eight people convicted of drug crimes by juries and the 27 who pleaded guilty to similar crimes were greatly benefited by the propaganda campaign. Our politicians of easy virtue released those in prison and pardoned almost all those convicted either by juries or their own pleas.

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2 US TX: OPED: Release And Pardons Make Search For Justice HarderSun, 07 Sep 2003
Source:Amarillo Globe-News (TX) Author:McQueen, Alton E. Area:Texas Lines:77 Added:09/09/2003

The movement to free the Tulia residents convicted of drug offenses in 1999 finally played out, not as the promised judicial drama, but as political farce.

What happened to the Court of Criminal Appeals which, according to the Globe-News, was expected to exonerate the 35? As a guess, the court which initiated the unprecedented hearing to discredit the key prosecution witness was unwilling to do even more damage to the rule of law by exonerating the 27 people who pleaded guilty. In any case, don't expect your local guardians of the First Amendment to tell the story.

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3 US TX: OPED: AGN Part of Masterful Propaganda CampaignTue, 15 Jul 2003
Source:Amarillo Globe-News (TX) Author:McQueen, Alton Area:Texas Lines:71 Added:07/16/2003

Allow me to congratulate the Globe-News on your successful propaganda campaign to release most of the convicted Tulia drug pushers. It was as mendacious and misleading as any I have seen in 40 years of interest in propaganda technique.

You, like the national media, ran the endless allegations that the fact 39 of the 46 people arrested in the sting were black proved that racism was the motivation. Your April 3 front-page story about the charging of 26 people in a drug task force amphetamine investigation was of similar interest. Of the 16 individuals named in the article, 12 had Hispanic names.

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4 US TX: OPED: Discrimination Didn't Factor Into Tulia Drug StingMon, 07 May 2001
Source:Amarillo Globe-News (TX) Author:McQueen, Alton E. Area:Texas Lines:72 Added:05/07/2001

When the Rev. Charles Kiker said, in his April 27 guest column regarding the war on drugs, that I "opined," I was ready to come out swinging.

However, when I consulted the dictionary, I found he was right. I did opine.

The Rev. Kiker will probably be surprised that I, too, am critical of the war on drugs, but not that tiny corner of it that involved the Swisher County drug sting.

I think the law needs to be reformed. What the Rev. Kiker and I disagree on is the means to achieve that end.

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