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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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
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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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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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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