Drug War Chronicle, Issue #834 (short version)

Subject: Drug War Chronicle, Issue #834 (short version)

a publication of StoptheDrugWar.org Issue #834 – 5/15/14
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Help us legalize marijuana in DC!

1. TENNESSEE’S SCARY NEW LAW CRIMINALIZING DRUG-USING PREGNANT WOMEN [FEATURE]
A new designed law proponents say is designed to help babies will actually hurt drug-using pregnant women, advocates say. It’s bad science and bad policy, they say, and they will keep fighting it.

2. GOP CONGRESSMAN THREATENS TO BLOCK DC DECRIM LAW
A Louisiana congressman is threatening to try to undo DC decriminalization law after a House hearing today.

3. DEA PLAYING GAMES WITH KENTUCKY’S HEMP SEEDS — STATE SUES
First it said Kentucky could have its hemp seed for research purposes. Then it said it couldn’t. Kentucky is getting fed up with the DEA, and is now going to federal court over hemp seed imports.

4. HELP US LEGALIZE MARIJUANA IN WASHINGTON, DC!
An initiative in the District of Columbia seeks to legalize marijuana this November, and StoptheDrugWar.org has joined the team.

5. ALABAMA MAN KILLED AFTER COPS INTERRUPT DRUG DEAL
An Birmingham, Alabama, man becomes the 15th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year after a deputy shot him as he drove off from an interrupted drug deal. Police said he tried to run them over.

6. TEXAS OFFICER SHOT LEADING SWAT DRUG RAID DIES
A Texas police officer has died after being shot Friday in a pre-dawn SWAT drug raid. The last time that happened, a grand jury refused to indict the shooter.

7. THIS WEEK’S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
Strange goings on in Phoenix, some Philly narcs get their hands slapped, another prison guard gets in trouble, and a couple of crooked cops head for prison.

8. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 8, 2014
Another poll has marijuana legalization at the tipping point, a Colorado bill to form credit co-ops for pot businesses passes, an Illinois bill to let kids with epilepsy use medical marijuana is moving, a New York naloxone bill passes, Pittsburgh needle exchanges get some breathing room, and more.

9. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 9, 2014
House Republicans were "concerned" about DC’s decrim at a hearing this morning, an Oregon poll shows a majority for legalization, harm reduction measures move in three states, an Oklahoma medical marijuana initiative is about to start signature-gathering, and more.

10. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 12, 2014
Elderly senators grumble about new-fangled rules allowing legal marijuana businesses to use the financial system, there are more legalization polls, an Oklahoma US Senate candidate is talking marijuana reform, there is medical marijuana initiative news, Minnesota passes asset forfeiture reform and the governor signs it, and more.

11. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 13, 2014
The DC marijuana legalization initiative picks up some welcomed support, there’s a legal challenge to Washington state’s ability to collect marijuana taxes, a Republican US senator talks drug reform and takes some jabs at Obama, fentanyl-laced heroin in killing people in Philadelphia.

12. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 14, 2014
The NFL is about to adopt a more sensible marijuana policy, the DEA will unblock imported hemp seeds so Kentucky can do some research, Minnesota legislators try to reach a compromise on medical marijuana, the rate of prescription overdose deaths is up, and more.

Drug War Chronicle, Issue #834 (short version)

Subject: Drug War Chronicle, Issue #834 (short version)

a publication of StoptheDrugWar.org Issue #834 – 5/15/14
Subscriptions | Archives | Speakeasy Blog | Chronicle main page | Donate StoptheDrugWar.org/chronicle

TABLE OF CONTENTS

dc-map-200px_0.gif
Help us legalize marijuana in DC!

1. TENNESSEE’S SCARY NEW LAW CRIMINALIZING DRUG-USING PREGNANT WOMEN [FEATURE]
A new designed law proponents say is designed to help babies will actually hurt drug-using pregnant women, advocates say. It’s bad science and bad policy, they say, and they will keep fighting it.

2. GOP CONGRESSMAN THREATENS TO BLOCK DC DECRIM LAW
A Louisiana congressman is threatening to try to undo DC decriminalization law after a House hearing today.

3. DEA PLAYING GAMES WITH KENTUCKY’S HEMP SEEDS — STATE SUES
First it said Kentucky could have its hemp seed for research purposes. Then it said it couldn’t. Kentucky is getting fed up with the DEA, and is now going to federal court over hemp seed imports.

4. HELP US LEGALIZE MARIJUANA IN WASHINGTON, DC!
An initiative in the District of Columbia seeks to legalize marijuana this November, and StoptheDrugWar.org has joined the team.

5. ALABAMA MAN KILLED AFTER COPS INTERRUPT DRUG DEAL
An Birmingham, Alabama, man becomes the 15th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year after a deputy shot him as he drove off from an interrupted drug deal. Police said he tried to run them over.

6. TEXAS OFFICER SHOT LEADING SWAT DRUG RAID DIES
A Texas police officer has died after being shot Friday in a pre-dawn SWAT drug raid. The last time that happened, a grand jury refused to indict the shooter.

7. THIS WEEK’S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
Strange goings on in Phoenix, some Philly narcs get their hands slapped, another prison guard gets in trouble, and a couple of crooked cops head for prison.

8. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 8, 2014
Another poll has marijuana legalization at the tipping point, a Colorado bill to form credit co-ops for pot businesses passes, an Illinois bill to let kids with epilepsy use medical marijuana is moving, a New York naloxone bill passes, Pittsburgh needle exchanges get some breathing room, and more.

9. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 9, 2014
House Republicans were "concerned" about DC’s decrim at a hearing this morning, an Oregon poll shows a majority for legalization, harm reduction measures move in three states, an Oklahoma medical marijuana initiative is about to start signature-gathering, and more.

10. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 12, 2014
Elderly senators grumble about new-fangled rules allowing legal marijuana businesses to use the financial system, there are more legalization polls, an Oklahoma US Senate candidate is talking marijuana reform, there is medical marijuana initiative news, Minnesota passes asset forfeiture reform and the governor signs it, and more.

11. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 13, 2014
The DC marijuana legalization initiative picks up some welcomed support, there’s a legal challenge to Washington state’s ability to collect marijuana taxes, a Republican US senator talks drug reform and takes some jabs at Obama, fentanyl-laced heroin in killing people in Philadelphia.

12. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 14, 2014
The NFL is about to adopt a more sensible marijuana policy, the DEA will unblock imported hemp seeds so Kentucky can do some research, Minnesota legislators try to reach a compromise on medical marijuana, the rate of prescription overdose deaths is up, and more.

Kentucky: CBD-Only Marijuana Oil Bill Won’t Help Patients For Years, If Ever

Submitted by steveelliott on Thu, 05/15/2014 – 17:53

CBDCannabidiol

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

In the past few months, a wave of "CBD-only" marijuana oil bills has passed, particularly in more conservative states where an actual medical marijuana bill might have found it difficult going. But unfortunately, many of these hastily passed pieces of legislation were so poorly crafted as to help no patients at all for months, years, or maybe ever, and Kentucky’s new law is one of those.

Rita Wooton of Louisville’s story of her son Eli, who has frequent seizures, and the promise of CBD (cannabidiol) oil to treat it, helped convince the Kentucky General Assembly to pass the bill, reports Gregory A. Hall of the Louisville Courier-Journal. But now doctors and researchers are telling Wooton and other parents that it could take years to even begin trials treating children such as Eli with the oil.

"We’re really, really heartbroken," Wooton said. "It’s just really sad that everyone put that much time and effort and energy into it and now it’s going absolutely nowhere."

"For people like us and Eli, who have intractable epilepsy, seizures that are nearly impossible to even control or get a handle on, our hope is gone," Wooton said.

Some of the many issues surrounding implementation of the bill include the availability of CBD oil, the possible need for FDA approval, and the expense of studies, which preliminary estimates indicate could be $10,000 per patient.

But some doctors hoping to conduct the trials are still hopeful.

"I am extremely excited about it," said pediatric epilepsy specialist Dr. Karen Skjei of the University of Louisville, citing anecdotal reports of the oil reducing seizures when traditional pharmaceuticals can’t.

According to supporters, the oil can provide relief to children who have severe epilepsy. It contains low levels of THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis. CBD isn’t psychoactive and therefore doesn’t get the kids high.

Senate Bill 124, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton (R-Louisville), allows "trials" of the CBD oil at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky’s medical schools or through FDA trials. But passing the bill is "just the initial part of the puzzle," according to Dr. Christopher Shafer, who specializes in adult epilepsy at the University of Louisville.

"Dr. Skjei and I want this for our patients, probably, almost as badly as the patients want it themselves," Dr. Shafer said. "And it’s really discouraging for us to not be able to tell them that we have it available. It’s going to take some time."

"While there is certainly an interest in this initiative, there are significant issues that remain to be addressed," said spokesman Jay Blanton of the University of Kentucky. "Additional research, the securing of funding and support, as well as support from the appropriate regulatory body, all would be required before a trial could be conducted.

"That process could likely take months, if not years," Blanton said.

Currently, the oil isn’t being legally manufactured in Kentucky, and shipping it across state lines violates federal law. Discussions are ongoing with one "West Coast businessman" about setting up a Kentucky dispensary, Skjei said.

"As of right now, there’s really nowhere to get it," she said.

"I feel their desperation," Shafer said of the patients, adding he wishes he could start prescribing it tomorrow. "Everybody who asks me about it, I’m keeping a list and I have a long list already."

"I still have patients that are talking about moving to Colorado, because they understand it’s going to be awhile before this is up and running," Skjei said.

What’s Up With CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD as it’s more popularly known, is the new darling of lawmakers in conservative states who sense the rising tide of popular support for medical marijuana — and would love to appear to be "doing something" — but lack the political courage or will to advocate for an actual medical marijuana law.

CBD is politically safe because, as a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, it doesn’t get anyone high, and better yet, it helps to quell seizures of the kind often found in pediatric epilepsy. So the combination of "helping kids" and "it doesn’t get you high" has proven an "in" for medical marijuana in what would otherwise have been quite forbidding places, such as the halls of power in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and now Kentucky.

The disquieting fact about these no-political-risk types of laws (Alabama’s passed unanimously in both chambers, amidst much self-congratulation) is that (a) they are written so narrowly as to help only a handful of children, or perhaps none at all, according to some critics; and (b) all of the dozens of cannabinoids found in marijuana work most effective in a synergistic fashion, potentiating each others’ medical benefits in what Dr. Sanjay Gupta has called the "Entourage Effect."

Additional important information of which the legislators seem to be unaware is that, as first reported on Toke Signals, it doesn’t even have to be a high-CBD strain to treat pediatric seizures without getting kids high. THC which hasn’t been decarboxylated — that is, THC acid (THCA) which hasn’t been exposed to heat — is also effective against seizures, and it isn’t psychoactive, either.

That’s important information for struggling parents who may not be able to afford the sky-high prices of CBD oil which are unfortunately occurring due to the media frenzy over cannabidiol; THC-rich strains of marijuana are much more affordable.

– See more at: http://hemp.org/news/content/kentucky-cbd-only-marijuana-oil-bill-wont-help-patients-years-if-ever#sthash.ihqsdrBt.dpuf

Kentucky: CBD-Only Marijuana Oil Bill Won’t Help Patients For Years, If Ever

Submitted by steveelliott on Thu, 05/15/2014 – 17:53

CBDCannabidiol

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

In the past few months, a wave of "CBD-only" marijuana oil bills has passed, particularly in more conservative states where an actual medical marijuana bill might have found it difficult going. But unfortunately, many of these hastily passed pieces of legislation were so poorly crafted as to help no patients at all for months, years, or maybe ever, and Kentucky’s new law is one of those.

Rita Wooton of Louisville’s story of her son Eli, who has frequent seizures, and the promise of CBD (cannabidiol) oil to treat it, helped convince the Kentucky General Assembly to pass the bill, reports Gregory A. Hall of the Louisville Courier-Journal. But now doctors and researchers are telling Wooton and other parents that it could take years to even begin trials treating children such as Eli with the oil.

"We’re really, really heartbroken," Wooton said. "It’s just really sad that everyone put that much time and effort and energy into it and now it’s going absolutely nowhere."

"For people like us and Eli, who have intractable epilepsy, seizures that are nearly impossible to even control or get a handle on, our hope is gone," Wooton said.

Some of the many issues surrounding implementation of the bill include the availability of CBD oil, the possible need for FDA approval, and the expense of studies, which preliminary estimates indicate could be $10,000 per patient.

But some doctors hoping to conduct the trials are still hopeful.

"I am extremely excited about it," said pediatric epilepsy specialist Dr. Karen Skjei of the University of Louisville, citing anecdotal reports of the oil reducing seizures when traditional pharmaceuticals can’t.

According to supporters, the oil can provide relief to children who have severe epilepsy. It contains low levels of THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis. CBD isn’t psychoactive and therefore doesn’t get the kids high.

Senate Bill 124, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton (R-Louisville), allows "trials" of the CBD oil at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky’s medical schools or through FDA trials. But passing the bill is "just the initial part of the puzzle," according to Dr. Christopher Shafer, who specializes in adult epilepsy at the University of Louisville.

"Dr. Skjei and I want this for our patients, probably, almost as badly as the patients want it themselves," Dr. Shafer said. "And it’s really discouraging for us to not be able to tell them that we have it available. It’s going to take some time."

"While there is certainly an interest in this initiative, there are significant issues that remain to be addressed," said spokesman Jay Blanton of the University of Kentucky. "Additional research, the securing of funding and support, as well as support from the appropriate regulatory body, all would be required before a trial could be conducted.

"That process could likely take months, if not years," Blanton said.

Currently, the oil isn’t being legally manufactured in Kentucky, and shipping it across state lines violates federal law. Discussions are ongoing with one "West Coast businessman" about setting up a Kentucky dispensary, Skjei said.

"As of right now, there’s really nowhere to get it," she said.

"I feel their desperation," Shafer said of the patients, adding he wishes he could start prescribing it tomorrow. "Everybody who asks me about it, I’m keeping a list and I have a long list already."

"I still have patients that are talking about moving to Colorado, because they understand it’s going to be awhile before this is up and running," Skjei said.

What’s Up With CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD as it’s more popularly known, is the new darling of lawmakers in conservative states who sense the rising tide of popular support for medical marijuana — and would love to appear to be "doing something" — but lack the political courage or will to advocate for an actual medical marijuana law.

CBD is politically safe because, as a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, it doesn’t get anyone high, and better yet, it helps to quell seizures of the kind often found in pediatric epilepsy. So the combination of "helping kids" and "it doesn’t get you high" has proven an "in" for medical marijuana in what would otherwise have been quite forbidding places, such as the halls of power in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and now Kentucky.

The disquieting fact about these no-political-risk types of laws (Alabama’s passed unanimously in both chambers, amidst much self-congratulation) is that (a) they are written so narrowly as to help only a handful of children, or perhaps none at all, according to some critics; and (b) all of the dozens of cannabinoids found in marijuana work most effective in a synergistic fashion, potentiating each others’ medical benefits in what Dr. Sanjay Gupta has called the "Entourage Effect."

Additional important information of which the legislators seem to be unaware is that, as first reported on Toke Signals, it doesn’t even have to be a high-CBD strain to treat pediatric seizures without getting kids high. THC which hasn’t been decarboxylated — that is, THC acid (THCA) which hasn’t been exposed to heat — is also effective against seizures, and it isn’t psychoactive, either.

That’s important information for struggling parents who may not be able to afford the sky-high prices of CBD oil which are unfortunately occurring due to the media frenzy over cannabidiol; THC-rich strains of marijuana are much more affordable.

– See more at: http://hemp.org/news/content/kentucky-cbd-only-marijuana-oil-bill-wont-help-patients-years-if-ever#sthash.ihqsdrBt.dpuf

Schapelle Corby Newsletter

Subject: Schapelle Corby Newsletter

A few issues to report this month:

1. Schapelle had another traumatic day this week when she was again paraded before the media in the parole office. She was clearly very distressed as she left. Pleas to the authorities and to Canberra has so far gone completely unanswered.

2. The following was reported on the Facebook group last week. It is positive, but frustrating at the same time.

INDONESIAN SUPREME COURT JUDGE: “SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ACQUITTED”

In September 2013, Supreme Court Judge, Andi Ayyub Saleh, called for the immediate release of Schapelle Corby. He told reporters that "Corby is not only deserving of parole, but she should have been acquitted".

He also referred to the AFP, as reported by the Indonesian News Agency, Tempo:

Ayyub said the case possesses several anomalies, including the chronology of marijuana discovery in Corby’s bag. It was presumed as a mere police setup since Corby has never opened the bag since leaving Australia.”

In preparing input for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, regarding the clemency application, Mr Ayyub Saleh was studying files relating to Schapelle Corby’s case, including material obtained by The Expendable Project.

Tempo reported this here (Indonesian):

http://www.tempo.co/read/news/2013/09/26/063516748/Hakim-Agung-Ayyub-Corby-Harusnya-Bebas

However, this hugely significant development was not reported by any Australian mainstream media outlet. Not one.

As usual, they were collectively pushing appalling smears against her family: blatant fabrications which were so flagrant that they had to be channelled through Schapelle Corby’s father, under the protection of “dead men can’t sue”.

Hard relevant news, and centrally important comments by a Supreme Court Judge, examining the real case for the President, were not presented to the Australian public at all. They were censored.

This is far from the only recent development in Indonesia.

Gerry Georgatos is famed for his tireless and courageous campaigning for the Indonesian children who were held in Australian adult jails. During this process, he built a number of relationships within the Indonesian government.

One such government official told him directly that:

Schapelle Corby is probably innocent, many of us (in Indonesia) believe or know this but the fault for this is Australia. Why is it so easy to plant illegal drugs in luggage in your airports?”

Whilst the doors in Indonesia appear to be open, the ranks amongst Australian politicians remain firmly closed.

Regardless of how incontrovertible and how conclusive the new material is, they remain silent, protecting their own. Further information on this culture of prejudice and self-interest corruption is available via the newly published ‘Business As Usual’ report:

http://www.expendable.tv/2014/04/background-briefing-business-as-usual.html

3. And developing news from earlier today, via the following shocking article:

AUSTRALIA BANS YOUTUBE VIDEOS AFTER GOOGLE REFUSES TO REMOVE THEM

Take a look at this video: . If you are under Australian jurisdiction, you will be presented with the image below. If you are anywhere else in the world, you will see it, and hear it, perfectly normally.

Another example? Try this one: . There are a growing number like this, produced by The Expendable Project, which are censored from the Australian people, and ONLY from the Australian people.

Google, the owners of YouTube, having refused to remove them, were forced to block them from Australian IP addresses courtesy of the Australian authorities.

Why?

What is it they don’t want the people to see?

What is it that threatens the Australian establishment, and its media?

What are they so scared of?

They are afraid that the people of Australia might learn the truth: learn how corrupt they are, who they govern for, and what they are prepared to do to anyone who gets caught under the wheels of their greed.

In a nutshell, they fear an innocent and courageous woman who DID get caught under those wheels.

Her name is Schapelle Corby, and The Expendable Project has published hundreds of government cables, including dozens of items of ministerial correspondence, which exposes them, by their own hands. It proves exactly what they did to her to protect their own interests.

It has also recorded and published dozens of interviews with whistleblowers and insiders, like the ones in those YouTube clips above, which are censored.

SCHAPELLE CORBY
For the nine years and four months that Schapelle Corby suffered in an Indonesian prison, the Australian government, the AFP, and others within the establishment, knew that she was innocent. But more, they actually suppressed the conclusive proof of this: they buried it and sought to bury her to protect themselves and the commercial interests of Sydney Airport, Macquarie Bank, and those who were funding their gravy train.

The media went into overdrive to poison public perception, censoring and fabricating at every turn. They have vilified, lied directly, and abused her family and loved ones on a scale which beggars belief. This worked perfectly… at least until the material facts began to appear on the Expendable website.

Much of this is explained in Max Igan’s must-watch video, which isn’t yet censored:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DmSREvTQhk

THE GAGGING OF SCHAPELLE CORBY
On 10th February 2014, Schapelle was released on parole. But she isn’t free. She has to stay in Bali until the end of 2017: trapped in her sister’s home, with the media stalking and hounding her outside, 24×7. It gets worse…

She is gagged.

If she speaks and exposes the truth, she will be sent back to prison for over three years. Even if her sister speaks, Schapelle will still be sent back to prison for those years.

This is a clear breach of her human rights, but everyone is happy and relieved. The government, the media, and the corrupt Australian human-rights industry: all are happy, and silent.

She has no-one to turn to

The crimes referred to above remain hidden from the people: the nature of the government and those who control society remains hidden. Indeed, much of the public believe the misinformation they have been fed about Schapelle and her family, and are happy to repeat it online at every opportunity.

The truth may remain buried, but it remains a serious and significant threat: hence the continued censorship by the media, and the current efforts of Australian authorities to censor YouTube and other networks.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The first and most important step is to learn the truth for yourself. See it with your own eyes. KNOW what they did. When you have watched Max’s introduction, take a look at the website.

A good report to read is the following, which demonstrates the corruption in all its glory:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7MjwfM7HGBgb0luLTFld2RkNWs/edit?pli=1

But take a look at some of the cables, in the reports:
http://www.expendable.tv/p/expendable.html

Or watch the full film on the front page:
http://www.expendable.tv/

Most importantly… please mirror and spread the material and information, to prevent it ever disappearing. Place the films on social networks across the world, to counter the censorship.

You can download Max’s introduction from here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_-17H7xsbB1Ri1hdWxnTWRub3M/edit?usp=sharing

The Expendable Documentary can be downloaded from here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_-17H7xsbB1Rm02c1hIaHoxd3c/edit?usp=sharing

Schapelle Corby has been abused, vilified, smeared, and traumatized for almost ten years, but her remarkable courage has created a window of opportunity, not only to make sure that this never happens again, but to open eyes, and to change society for ever.

Please help to achieve this by taking the truth to the world, and overcoming the censors.

Finally, the YouTube video interviews demonstrated at the start of this post can be viewed, via a Chinese server, on the following web page:
http://www.expendable.tv/2014/05/the-media-insider-interviews-stream.html

4. Finally, please don’t forget that there is a Facebook page where you can leave messages for Schapelle herself. It is moderated to keep haters and trolls out, so she can access it without fear:

https://www.facebook.com/SorrySchapelle

Thank you for caring for her.

J

Kathryn

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Schapelle Corby Newsletter

Subject: Schapelle Corby Newsletter

A few issues to report this month:

1. Schapelle had another traumatic day this week when she was again paraded before the media in the parole office. She was clearly very distressed as she left. Pleas to the authorities and to Canberra has so far gone completely unanswered.

2. The following was reported on the Facebook group last week. It is positive, but frustrating at the same time.

INDONESIAN SUPREME COURT JUDGE: “SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ACQUITTED”

In September 2013, Supreme Court Judge, Andi Ayyub Saleh, called for the immediate release of Schapelle Corby. He told reporters that "Corby is not only deserving of parole, but she should have been acquitted".

He also referred to the AFP, as reported by the Indonesian News Agency, Tempo:

Ayyub said the case possesses several anomalies, including the chronology of marijuana discovery in Corby’s bag. It was presumed as a mere police setup since Corby has never opened the bag since leaving Australia.”

In preparing input for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, regarding the clemency application, Mr Ayyub Saleh was studying files relating to Schapelle Corby’s case, including material obtained by The Expendable Project.

Tempo reported this here (Indonesian):

http://www.tempo.co/read/news/2013/09/26/063516748/Hakim-Agung-Ayyub-Corby-Harusnya-Bebas

However, this hugely significant development was not reported by any Australian mainstream media outlet. Not one.

As usual, they were collectively pushing appalling smears against her family: blatant fabrications which were so flagrant that they had to be channelled through Schapelle Corby’s father, under the protection of “dead men can’t sue”.

Hard relevant news, and centrally important comments by a Supreme Court Judge, examining the real case for the President, were not presented to the Australian public at all. They were censored.

This is far from the only recent development in Indonesia.

Gerry Georgatos is famed for his tireless and courageous campaigning for the Indonesian children who were held in Australian adult jails. During this process, he built a number of relationships within the Indonesian government.

One such government official told him directly that:

Schapelle Corby is probably innocent, many of us (in Indonesia) believe or know this but the fault for this is Australia. Why is it so easy to plant illegal drugs in luggage in your airports?”

Whilst the doors in Indonesia appear to be open, the ranks amongst Australian politicians remain firmly closed.

Regardless of how incontrovertible and how conclusive the new material is, they remain silent, protecting their own. Further information on this culture of prejudice and self-interest corruption is available via the newly published ‘Business As Usual’ report:

http://www.expendable.tv/2014/04/background-briefing-business-as-usual.html

3. And developing news from earlier today, via the following shocking article:

AUSTRALIA BANS YOUTUBE VIDEOS AFTER GOOGLE REFUSES TO REMOVE THEM

Take a look at this video: . If you are under Australian jurisdiction, you will be presented with the image below. If you are anywhere else in the world, you will see it, and hear it, perfectly normally.

Another example? Try this one: . There are a growing number like this, produced by The Expendable Project, which are censored from the Australian people, and ONLY from the Australian people.

Google, the owners of YouTube, having refused to remove them, were forced to block them from Australian IP addresses courtesy of the Australian authorities.

Why?

What is it they don’t want the people to see?

What is it that threatens the Australian establishment, and its media?

What are they so scared of?

They are afraid that the people of Australia might learn the truth: learn how corrupt they are, who they govern for, and what they are prepared to do to anyone who gets caught under the wheels of their greed.

In a nutshell, they fear an innocent and courageous woman who DID get caught under those wheels.

Her name is Schapelle Corby, and The Expendable Project has published hundreds of government cables, including dozens of items of ministerial correspondence, which exposes them, by their own hands. It proves exactly what they did to her to protect their own interests.

It has also recorded and published dozens of interviews with whistleblowers and insiders, like the ones in those YouTube clips above, which are censored.

SCHAPELLE CORBY
For the nine years and four months that Schapelle Corby suffered in an Indonesian prison, the Australian government, the AFP, and others within the establishment, knew that she was innocent. But more, they actually suppressed the conclusive proof of this: they buried it and sought to bury her to protect themselves and the commercial interests of Sydney Airport, Macquarie Bank, and those who were funding their gravy train.

The media went into overdrive to poison public perception, censoring and fabricating at every turn. They have vilified, lied directly, and abused her family and loved ones on a scale which beggars belief. This worked perfectly… at least until the material facts began to appear on the Expendable website.

Much of this is explained in Max Igan’s must-watch video, which isn’t yet censored:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DmSREvTQhk

THE GAGGING OF SCHAPELLE CORBY
On 10th February 2014, Schapelle was released on parole. But she isn’t free. She has to stay in Bali until the end of 2017: trapped in her sister’s home, with the media stalking and hounding her outside, 24×7. It gets worse…

She is gagged.

If she speaks and exposes the truth, she will be sent back to prison for over three years. Even if her sister speaks, Schapelle will still be sent back to prison for those years.

This is a clear breach of her human rights, but everyone is happy and relieved. The government, the media, and the corrupt Australian human-rights industry: all are happy, and silent.

She has no-one to turn to

The crimes referred to above remain hidden from the people: the nature of the government and those who control society remains hidden. Indeed, much of the public believe the misinformation they have been fed about Schapelle and her family, and are happy to repeat it online at every opportunity.

The truth may remain buried, but it remains a serious and significant threat: hence the continued censorship by the media, and the current efforts of Australian authorities to censor YouTube and other networks.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The first and most important step is to learn the truth for yourself. See it with your own eyes. KNOW what they did. When you have watched Max’s introduction, take a look at the website.

A good report to read is the following, which demonstrates the corruption in all its glory:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7MjwfM7HGBgb0luLTFld2RkNWs/edit?pli=1

But take a look at some of the cables, in the reports:
http://www.expendable.tv/p/expendable.html

Or watch the full film on the front page:
http://www.expendable.tv/

Most importantly… please mirror and spread the material and information, to prevent it ever disappearing. Place the films on social networks across the world, to counter the censorship.

You can download Max’s introduction from here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_-17H7xsbB1Ri1hdWxnTWRub3M/edit?usp=sharing

The Expendable Documentary can be downloaded from here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_-17H7xsbB1Rm02c1hIaHoxd3c/edit?usp=sharing

Schapelle Corby has been abused, vilified, smeared, and traumatized for almost ten years, but her remarkable courage has created a window of opportunity, not only to make sure that this never happens again, but to open eyes, and to change society for ever.

Please help to achieve this by taking the truth to the world, and overcoming the censors.

Finally, the YouTube video interviews demonstrated at the start of this post can be viewed, via a Chinese server, on the following web page:
http://www.expendable.tv/2014/05/the-media-insider-interviews-stream.html

4. Finally, please don’t forget that there is a Facebook page where you can leave messages for Schapelle herself. It is moderated to keep haters and trolls out, so she can access it without fear:

https://www.facebook.com/SorrySchapelle

Thank you for caring for her.

J

Kathryn

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Kentucky Death Match: A Battle for the Republican Party in Coal Country | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Kentucky Death Match: A Battle for the Republican Party in Coal Country | Politics News | Rolling Stone.

Every March, across the commonwealth of Kentucky, the Republican Party throws a series of Lincoln-Reagan fundraising dinners. Candidates for state and federal office are expected to attend, hobnob, serve themselves from a hot buffet, perhaps enjoy an alcoholic beverage (depending on the wetness or dryness of the particular county), certainly remain standing after “The Star-Spangled Banner” for a rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home” (which even non-Kentuckians agree to be hands down the greatest of state songs) and, of course, solemnly bow their heads while a local reverend offers a blessing. At the Lincoln-Reagan dinner held this year in Murray, in southwestern Kentucky, the reverend took note of daylight saving time and wondered, “Maybe we should think of national savings time? Father, help us save this nation!”

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The most Midwestern of the Southern states, Kentucky ranks near the top of the nation in drug-overdose deaths and income inequality. Since Bill Clinton left office, Kentucky has been consistently red when it comes to presidential elections, and the long, slow death of the coal industry, accelerated in recent years by competition from cheap natural gas and regulatory threats from the Obama administration, has made the political landscape only more treacherous for liberals. Yet the state’s most popular elected official, Gov. Steve Beshear, is a Democrat who cannily figured out a way to design one of the most successful state health exchanges in the nation, despite the toxicity of President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky. (Beshear is the only Southern governor who did not reject the Obama­care Medicaid expansion.)

Back in Washington, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, once dismissed as a joke from the libertarian fringe, has become the fastest­rising freshman senator since, well, Obama, much to the horror of the Republican establishment. That establishment happens to be more or less embodied by Kentucky’s other senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who now faces his toughest re-election in decades, despite his opportunistic embrace of his junior colleague. Could the deep fissures rending the modern GOP, its stumbling old guard versus the ascendant insurgency, be encapsulated more perfectly by any two men?

The Lincoln-Reagan dinner took place in a ballroom on the campus of Murray State University. There was exactly one African-American in the audience, pitchers of water and iced tea graced every table (the county is mostly dry), and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, flown in as keynote speaker, worked the room. Passing my table, Perry, who now sports chunky black glasses, leaned over and gave me a hearty attaboy backslap, most likely mistaking me for a western Kentucky Republican. A friendly couple seated at the same table had just been giving me driving directions to Louisville, using the largest gun store in the state (Whittaker’s, in Owensboro) as a landmark. The band was playing Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.”

Report on America as a Prison Nation, More Criticism of War on Drugs – TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime

Report on America as a Prison Nation, More Criticism of War on Drugs – TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime.

Human Rights Watch has a new report, A Nation Behind Bars, with facts on the current state of our prison nation and recommendations to reduce our over-reliance on incarceration.

Some facts:[More…]

 

  • In 2011, more than 95,000 youth under the age of 18 were held in adult prisons and jails across the United States;
  • Over half (53.4 percent) of prisoners in state prisons with a sentence of a year or longer are serving time for a non-violent offense;
  • For every 100,000 Americans in each race or gender group, there are 478 white males, 3,023 black males, 51 white females, and 129 black females incarcerated in state or federal prison;
  • Almost one-third of those serving life sentences—49,081 as of 2012—have been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole (LWOP);
  • In 2010, 26,200 state and federal prisoners were 65 or older, up 63 percent from 16,100 in 2007;
  • Today, immigration offenses account for over 40 percent of all federal criminal prosecutions and almost 30 percent of new admissions to the federal prison system.

The recommendations:

  • Ensure that the severity of the punishment does not exceed the gravity of the crime;
  • Reform or eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing laws that prevent judges from being able to tailor sentences to the individual crime and the particular defendant;
  • Ensure that adolescents and children are treated in a manner appropriate to their age and capacity for change, and that they are not subjected to all the same criminal procedures and sanctions as adults;
  • Reduce or eliminate criminal sanctions for immigration offenders, especially those who have done nothing more than enter the country illegally;
  • End criminal sanctions for possession of illegal drugs for personal use; and
  • Ensure that criminal law is not by its terms or enforcement biased against any racial, ethnic, or religious group, as for example, in the disproportionate enforcement of drug laws against black people in the US.

I would add one more:

Stop the extradition of drug traffickers from Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and everywhere. Let their home countries jail them and spend their dollars, instead of ours. Curtail the DEA. We don’t need a global police force. If the home countries won’t act, then perhaps it’s time for our government to finally admit that the War on Drugs is a failure. It breeds violence and doesn’t put a dent in drug trafficking.

Colombia’s police chief recently called on the U.S. to strengthen extraditions. The U.S. should just say no.

The London School of Economics today is releasing a report on the failed war on drugs. It concludes the war has done more harm than good.

George Soros has an op-ed in the Financial Times, “A Futile War on Drugs that Wastes Money and Wrecks Lives.” He says it’s a $1 trillion failure. Here’s a snippet:

Drug prohibition has created an immense black market, valued by some at $300bn. It shifts the burden of “drug control” on to producer and transit countries such as Afghanistan and Mexico. This approach also fails to grapple with a basic truth: drug markets are highly adaptive. Repress the business in one country and it springs up elsewhere.

Consider Colombia. When its law enforcement agencies made progress cracking down on the country’s cocaine trade, much of the criminal business and the violence that goes with it moved to Mexico. The LSE report estimates that after 2007, Colombia’s interdiction policies accounted for more than 20 per cent of the rise in Mexico’s murder rate.

Bogotá had a lot of mayhem to export. The explosion of the illegal drug market between 1994 and 2008 “explains roughly 25 per cent of the current homicide rate in Colombia. That translate into about 3,800 more homicides per year on average that are associated with illegal drug markets and the war on drugs”, according to the report. This type of violence takes a massive economic toll; corporations relocate, foreign investment dries up, industries decline and citizens flee in search of a better life.

Aside from the cost of investigation and prosecution, we spend $25,000 or more per year to incarcerate each one in our federal prisons, and there are thousands of them, many of whom are serving double digit sentences or longer. The extraditions may also be fueling violence.

By the numbers: From the State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report Volume I, Drug and Chemical Control, March 2104:

  • Since 1997, Colombia has extradited over 1,600 individuals to the United States. In 2013, Colombia extradited 132 persons to the U.S., most of whom were drug traffickers.
  • Mexico extradited 54 people to the United States in 2013 and 115 individuals in 2012.
  • The Dominican Republic is the fourth most active extradition partner to the United States. It extradited 31 persons to the United States in 2012, and 29 through the first 10 months of 2013.
  • Guatemala extradited 4 drug traffickers in the first 10 months of 2013.
  • The Haitian Constitution prohibits extradition of Haitian nationals, but the Government of Haiti has willingly surrendered Haitians and other nationals under indictment in the United States to U.S. law enforcement agencies.
  • The 1999 Venezuelan constitution bars the extradition of Venezuelan nationals. Venezuela periodically deports non-Venezuelan nationals to the United States to face drug-related charges.
  • In Panama, the Constitution does not allow extradition of Panamanian nationals. Panama has agreed to prosecute wanted individuals in Panama in lieu of extradition. (Why don’t we work towards having those agreements with all these countries?)

How’s this for irony: The report says the U.S. is helping El Salvador develop a new classification system to reduce prison overcrowding. Yet it does nothing at home.

The report has a special section on the DEA. The DEA has 86 foreign offices in 67 countries. In 2013, DEA conducted bilateral training seminars for approximately 14,070 participants from 94 countries.

How about our border patrol? There’s a special section on them in the 2014 report as well.

CBP deploys approximately 46,346 law enforcement officers daily in 26,000 tactical vehicles, 260 aircraft, 290 watercraft, 367 horse patrols and 1,580 canine teams to keep our border secure…. The Office of Field Operations (OFO) oversees nearly 28,000 employees with more than 21,775 dedicated officers and 2,414 Agriculture Specialists that protect U.S. borders from 20 Field Offices, 329 ports of entry, 15 preclearance stations in Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean and 58 Container Security Initiative Ports.

The Office of Border Patrol (OBP)… drug interdiction activity includes staffing 139 stations within 20 sectors, with 31 permanent checkpoints nationwide.

The Office of Air and Marine (OAM) engages in air and marine interdiction, law enforcement, and air domain security. It targets the conveyances that illegally transport narcotics, arms, and aliens across U.S. borders and in the Source, Transit and Arrival Zones.

….In FY 2012, the P-3 Air Wing accounted for 117, 103 pounds of cocaine either seized or disrupted with a value of $8.76 billion. The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flew a record 5,737 hours in FY2012, the most in the program’s history. UAS missions contributed to the seizure of more than 66,500 pounds of narcotics.

Let’s not leave out the Coast Guard:

In 2013, the USCG expended over 2,900 cutter days, 900 Airborne Use of Force capable helicopters days, and 8,000 surveillance aircraft hours on counterdrug patrols. USCG also deployed 17 LEDETs aboard U.S. Navy, British, Dutch and Canadian warships. As a result, the USCG disrupted 144 drug smuggling attempts, which included the seizure of 64 vessels, detention of 230 suspected smugglers, and removal of 88 metric tons (MT) of cocaine and 37 MT of marijuana.

We’re spending money like drunken sailors on the war on drugs abroad and seizing massive quantities of drugs and dollars, yet drugs are as readily available as ever. We stop the labs in Colombia and they just move to Peru. We deal a crushing blow to one drug organization and another steps up to take its place, leaving scores of persons dead in the fight for dominance.

The U.S-driven global war on drugs is nothing but a losing proposition, feeding our prison over-population problems and bleeding us dry.