This is an excerpt from my Memoirs of a Drug Warrior, which I have been writing for several years. Since no one is kicking down my doors to print the thing, I have decided to publish some experts. I don’t know how this will work, but I believe much of the information and history I have experienced in the War on Drugs needs to be exposed and brought to light. I hope to be around long enough to tie all this together into something cohesive. But, until then, suffer or ignore.
The following is from newspapers about the Kerry Committee Hearings:
WASHINGTON — A pilot told a Senate hearing Wednesday that his firm contracted with the State Department to fly clothing to Nicaragua’s Contras in 1986 at the same time he was operating as an undercover drug smuggler for two federal agencies.
Michael Palmer, appearing under heavy guard, said that before he started working for the government in his extraordinary dual role, he had illegitimately smuggled $40 million worth of marijuana into the United States from South America over an eight-year period.
Yesterday, convicted marijuana smuggler Michael Paul Vogel told the Senate panel that in 1979 or 1980 he and a Cuban associate met with then-Panamanian leader, Brig. Gen. Omar Torrijos, and Noriega, then head of Panama’s military intelligence, to discuss smuggling drugs from an island off Panama to the United States.
Vogel said that during 14 years of drug trafficking, he made numerous payoffs to government and law enforcement officials in Colombia, Mexico, the United States and elsewhere.
But Vogel said the two Panamanian leaders were “extremely greedy,” and wanted $100,000 per trip, so Vogel and the Cuban rejected the deal. (LA Times April 07, 1988)
For several years, after my audit, I had little income. I survived, but barely. I had to close down my office after all my equipment was seized. The only thing after 87 weeks of tax audit and interviewing my clients did was alienate my clientele, wreck my business, cause clinical depression and assess a penalty of $7000, 80% of which consisted of penalties and interest. I didn’t keep adequate enough records for the IRS regarding mileage. Even though the dumbest simpleton could look at my calendar and see what cities I drove to for court, since I didn’t’ write beginning and ending odometer readings, the mileage wasn’t allowed I could appeal, but I had to pay the assessment before doing so. Essentially, I was screwed. I was shunned and avoided by colleagues with every nut case trying to get something on me for the reward. I learned the hard way about the realities of law and lawyers, which was vastly different from the views I had until then. The idea of a profession, promoting the greater good had died, replaced by billable hours, business building and profit.
However, during this time strange things kept happening. I ran into strangers who told me interesting facts. Reports would turn up mysteriously in my mailbox and I started to be inundated with information, some good and some false, forcing me to analyze and investigate. I started to get referrals from strange sources, including law enforcement who were concerned with corruption and misdeeds. I soon found myself head of a group consisting of criminals, citizens, police and others concerned with the integrity of police and government. The main focus was on the Central Intelligence Agency and its various factions. I was about to enter the looking glass, and unlike contemporaries, without the aid of LSD.
One such client was a young aviator from Detroit whom I will refer to as the Zoo-Keeper. The reason for this moniker is that I met him at the zoo and he strip searched me in the restroom for a mike or recorder. After that, we walked around the zoo, talking about his problems, situation and some solutions.
About that time, I was subject to collection actions by the IRS. Anytime I would get out f the red, I would have funds seized by the Government. During this time, I was served a subpoena to appear before a grand jury in Detroit. It concerned the Zoo-Keeper. I took the position that it was invalid because it was a privileged communication between attorney and client. The Government disagreed. I took the position that I did not practice in Michigan. They said it didn’t matter. Their claim was that under Michigan law, they could enquire about the nature of the employment and whether I was his lawyer.
They finally served me with a subpoena. I didn’t show up. An irate US Attorney called and threatened me with contempt for not showing up. The following is a dramatization of the conversation with the US Attorney in Michigan.
“Mr. Blewitt. Why didn’t you appear in Court yesterday? Your ignoring the subpoena could have serious consequences for you.”
“I know that.”
“Why weren’t you here?”
“I had no way of getting there.”
“We reimburse you when you arrive in Detroit. Just put it on your credit card and give us the receipts and we will issue a check for your expenses and some per diem.”
“I don’t have a credit card.”
“Oh, we will send you the money.”
A week later, a check and subpoena arrived, delivered by a marshall. I didn’t appear on that date and had another conversation with the US Attorney.
“Mr. Blewitt. Why didn’t you appear this time?”
“I had no way to get to the airport.”
“Mr Blewitt, you are treading on thin ice here. We will advance expenses next week for travel, food and lodging. You had better show up.”
The check arrived the next week, along with another subpoena. I deposited the check in my account which was the subject of a seizure action. The Government, as I predicted, gobbled up the check and I missed another flight.
The prosecutor must have been pretty mad because, next thing I knew, a US Marshall arrived at my door to escort me to their office in Denver. When I got to the holding cell, I was told to call the prosecutor in Detroit.
“What’s your excuse this time? It better be good or you will have an escort from the Marshall’s office to Detroit, and it won’t be by commercial airline.”
I couldn’t go because you people seized the deposit of the check and I had no money. I wish you would make up your minds. First you give me a check and then you attack my account and take it away. I think you are trying to deliberately drive me crazy or to suicide.”
I said the magic words. I had just read a bulletin from the IRS for agents to closely watch for possible suicides, which woud be bad publicity. Knowing this, I thought I would give them something to think about.
In any event, the Marshall talked to the prosecutor who then talked to me. I then talked to the Marshall, etc., untill a resolution was provided. I was to be provided cash for the ride to the airport, from the airport to Detroit, then a cab from the airport to the hotel, the hotel, from the hotel to the courthouse and then the return to Boulder. Since I was arrested, I demanded that I have my attorney present with me in Detroit. I also wheedled some expense money from them. It was all in cash. The marshall’s office booked the flight, which was first class due to the last minute reservations. I got round trip for both my lawyer and myself. Two days later, we were on the way to Detroit, which was to change my assumptions from Riha and Tannenbaum being the causes of my problems, to concluding that it was because of knowledge of Government drug sales that I was receiving all this publicity and harassment
TO BE CONTINUED
D.I Blewitt, j.d.
At the risk of totally boring my audience by beating the Green Tongue topic to death, I feel this insatiable urge to write further on the subject. Mainly, because I keep having these flashes and hallucinations which cannot be due to any chemical inhaled or ingested. Nor can it be due to anoxia, because, unlike some people, I am aware of where I have my head. I was told that by my clients that dropping acid would cause hallucinations and visions, both pleasant and unpleasant.. However, I have the feeling that the rest of the world is tripping, and not thinking, driven by addiction. The addiction is not to drugs, but to money. My latest experience demonstrates the convergence between the Green tongue phenomenon and law enforcement’s decade’s long addiction to drug money. It became clear on a Friday, when I drove to rural Colorado, for a hearing involving green tongue. It was a
long drive and gave me time for reflection. It also caused me to contemplate what has caused my apparent disconnect with the establishment and their thinking as well as contemplating my navel..
My client was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana. There seems to be a lot of that going around lately. It is strange that there was very little prosecutions in the days of psychedelic hippy vans and stoners driving around. He was arrested, searched, booked, told to pee in a bottle. Now he faces fines and imprisonment for a questionable criminal offense. The defendant, after passing a parked highway patrolman staking out a rural post office watching for seatbelt violations and looking for other revenue generating violations, was arrested for not wearing a seat belt. He was pulled over and ticketed for defective vehicle and not having his seat belt fastened, both twenty-five dollar fines. While stopped, he was also cited for driving under the influence of marijuana, taken to jail, forced to publicly pee in a bottle, have his old car impounded and wait until his mother could drive him home. All because the officer smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana and a faint odor of burnt marijuana coming from the car. Although the patrolman followed the defendant for the full mile during which the officer observed absolutely no erratic driving, he was convinced that the defendant drove his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. How can he be so sure? Well, that’s easy. When he smelled the raw marijuana, he asked the driver if he had been smoking any. The driver said no. The patrolman told the driver to stick out his tongue. And, as the officer testified in court, the tongue was green, which meant, according to the classes he took from the state patrol, meant that the person had smoked marijuana (or medicated himself, using the new terminology) within the last two hours. The officer’s testimony was followed at the hearing by a drug recognition expert who, as an expert, arrogantly testified under oath that since the defendant’s tongue was green, he was driving under the influence of marijuana. Just to make sure, the district attorney presented the toxicology laboratory director from the Colorado Department of public health, laboratory services division. Although only a urine test was given to defendant, and it is commonly agreed by forensic chemists in civilized jurisdictions that urine tests measure nothing but the metabolite and not the active ingredient of marijuana, the state of Colorado expert testified that she could still state beyond a reasonable doubt and with scientific certainty that the defendant drove while under the influence of marijuana. Say what? Yes, because officers never lie, they had a drug recognition course, and because she reviewed the reports of the officer and the drug recognition expert who both wrote in their reports that the defendant had a “green tongue.”
She testified that she was a forensic chemist but admitted only having two chemistry courses, both at a lower division level. She also admitted that she was not a chemistry major at New Mexico State. She then said she was confused because she was a double major in chemistry and biology. When that didn’t sell, she said she had exaggerated at other hearings because her degree was in biochemistry. She also stated that she was an instructor of drug policy at the University of Colorado, which he admitted under cross-examination may have been exaggerated because she was a graduate student instructor, who dropped out of a Ph.D. program in pharmacy. (With 2 chemistry courses?) She was a director of a lab, not because of her great chemical or forensic ability, but because she had a masters of public administration.
Years ago a client of mine whose escapades were described by a Federal Court of Appeals Judge as a “foray by the defendant to fleece the lambs of the land,” counseled me to never get into a game where they’re using a stacked deck. Since he was a card mechanic, I knew that he knew to what he was referring and I have always tried to follow his sage advice. And, because he wised me up quite a bit in the ways of the world, I assumed that I would never see a stacked deck, or at least be in a game where one was used. I. I was wrong. Not only was the court hearings the functional equivalent of a deck stacked from top to bottom, but they were dealing from the bottom. All players were in on the rigging of the game except the defendant and me.
A sociologist at the University of Colorado tracked down the origin of the Green tongue, establishing that it was what lawyers refer to as “VooDoo science.” Needless to say, that the myth didn’t come from any people with field experience or first-hand experience with the subject matter. I suppose that is because stoners can’t write or hang out with uptight police type, and, as I have often observed, can’t put a coherent sentence together. The source identified was a training manual for drug recognition experts, developed and presented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Police can enroll in courses and become drug recognition experts, taught by police, with materials written by police, paid for by police and participation restricted to police. No one not affiliated with law enforcement can attend any of these classes and become a drug recognition expert. Therefore, there aren’t any outside controls or feedback on the curriculum. The University sociologist traced the rumor to a doctor Barry Logan, in an NHTSB publication known as “Drugs and Human Performance Fact Sheet.”
Logan is associated with Frederic Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation of
Pennsylvania. Logan immediately contacted to the real writer, a Chuck Hayes. He then wrote a self-serving warning that they should be very careful about stating that these are listed under “possible indicators.” They also amended the instructor manual to read, “Point out that there are no known studies that confirm Marijuana causing a green coating on the tongue.” I bet. The statement wasn’t taken out, it was just modified with a CYA statement to ward off future ass bites. It was done in such a way that a Drug Recognition Expert could still make the statement and qualify it if caught on cross examination, by stating that it was not based upon research but reported by many class attendees.
The reason this type of situation occurs is that the system is corrupt and based upon a false hallucinogenic premise that businesses good and government as bad. Business can be efficient because businesses have no courts to deal with and experience very little oversight. Business people and government officials feel stifled by a court and when the courts don’t agree with their plans, they claim that the courts are staffed by activist judges. It was these same activist judges that let the corporations such as Blackwater kill people, torture people, and steal. The corporations operated with impunity because there was no oversight by the courts. The same reasoning allows the confiscation of cars boat and houses that are used in the drug trade. Small jurisdictions are having difficulties maintaining all the court ordered programs for DUI, drugs, shoplifting, domestic violence, etc. These people believe that offenders should pay the costs of law enforcement. This dynamic is most obvious in the drunk driving laws, where the thresholds for the offense are lowered every time the legislature meets. As one former Department of Revenue director once stated, the system has pretty much contained the problem drinkers and generally have removed them from the streets. Now, we are starting to arrest and process middle-class people because we have run out of subjects. The former director was so indoctrinated by his employer that he failed to see that arresting and processing middle-class people is what is necessary to keep the programs running. Poor people can’t pay for all of the therapy treatment and programs. They cost the system money. In order for private enterprise to thrive in replacing government is to deal with people with money. The government has gone from a service model to a business model, with traffic courts as great profit centers. So, although it’s been established in many courts that the forensic chemist witness has exaggerated or even committed perjury, she was still allowed to testify resulting in conviction or jail. Right outside the door of the courtroom in which officials testified, was a poster that asked a
question, “can you afford $10,000?” If not the sign states, don’t get arrested for drunk driving.
Years ago the government did a sting operation called “operation swordfish.” Agents, posing as bankers, talked drug traffickers into giving them large amounts of cash for processing or, as the government likes to refer to as money laundering. My client was recorded on an audiotape counting out $1.3 million in cash to a government agent at a meeting in a local Hotel. The agent took the money out into the hall, and after walking 2 doors away took an elevator to the lobby. The agent walked through the lobby and out into the parking lot and turned the money over to another agent who was monitoring the transaction in the car. You could hear the agent counting on that tape, but when she got to $800,000 she stopped. On cross examination, when asked what happened to the $500,000, the agent replied that “counselor, your client was stoned and couldn’t count.” Now, I have known that many stoners in my career, but none of them could not count or account for a half million in cash, no matter how stoned. Just to make sure that the agent didn’t lie and lost the money between the room and the car, I filed a motion to dismantle the hotel elevator to assure myself that the half million dollars were not lost there. Of course, that motion was denied.
One would seem, in light of the recent election in which some Larimer County judges were not reelected to office because of overzealous prosecution, (in that case hiding favorable evidence and possibly committing perjury) that prosecutors would be more careful. However, they are not. Prosecutors are rarely sanctioned or prosecuted. If it weren’t for the fact that the two Larimer County judges cost the county at least $8 million they would probably still be sitting on the bench today. The fact of the matter is that the trial judge presiding at the trial allowed them to present groundless evidence and withhold evidence from the defense was not doing the job as an independent third branch of government. Prosecutors knew they could cut corners, because all prosecutors know that the Judiciary tends to be pro-prosecution, because of the fixation on efficiency and all the law and order cop shows on TV. All a person has to do is look at the questionnaires that are given lawyers and public about judges to see what the priority is. They ask about demeanor and how well the judge can handle his docket. Fairness is not mentioned. The Larimer judges were comfortable because the lawyers in Larimer County were afraid to cross the judges for fear of retaliation against clients when they appeared in front of them. The judges probably wouldn’t do anything to the lawyers, but they might be tempted to punish the lawyer’s client.
So it would appear that people appearing in the County Court, unlike Mr.
McMasters will continue to get framed and have to pay out thousands of dollars because their cases neither are highly publicized or blatantly egregious. As the chemist said in court, 90% of the drug recognition cases resulted in the experts recognizing the drug. Now, if there is a 90% chance that a defendant took the drug, the overall probability is the taking and impairing is 81%. If the probability of another element of the offense again is 90%, the total probability of guilt is 72%. That doesn’t look like very good odds to me, nor does it look like proof beyond reasonable doubt particularly if there were 2 more variables calculated at 90%. The chances of guilt then go down to 50%. The only way my poor client has a chance is because Law Enforcement Against Prohibition expressed an interest in participating in the case as well as a San Francisco group referred to as Safer Access Now. Even with those organizations entering as amicus, the defendant stands a pretty fair chance of conviction. Not because he is guilty, but because it is safe to think that the monster that has been created called the Justice system protects us. Someday, the people might get interested in what is happening to their fellow citizens without the occurrence of a false imprisonment for many years and having to pay several millions of dollars to the citizen. It is also possible that judges again try for fairness rather than placating the press. If a defense attorney did what the Prosecutor and Judge did in the green tongue case, he would be disbarred, but not prosecutors of police.
Why? Because of simulacra. The real world can’t live up to the fantasy one created by the media in which all prosecutors are saints, arrestees are always guilty, policy doesn’t have to be debated and officials obey their oaths of office. Until then, image will take precedence over justice.
GOVERNMENTAL DESTRUCTION OF JUSTICE,
Since legalization, there has been a marked increase in the prosecution of marijuana driving cases. We investigated the origin of the “green tongue” described by “drug recognition experts” in order to establish probable cause or justification of prosecuting citizens for the imaginary offense of driving under the influence of marijuana. Five decades of criminal defense practice spread out over one-half of the United States has given me a unique perspective on the criminal justice practices in the U.S. I also received a classical education including music and Latin, Both sides of my family had ancestors imprisoned in the Tower of London because of unpopular political statements and actions. They were barristers trained in the Inns of Court in London and fled to the new world when they were released. Lawyers date back to the 1100’s with some good and some bad. However, since I lived in the country and was educated by grandfather and the school system I learned more about medieval history than most.
In the present day state of affairs, that matters not. While Europe has evidence based policy, the United States policy is based upon propaganda and public relations. The result is that the peasantry gets screwed. Policy and votes are bought rather than earned. Polls replace scientific research. I believe the people can see this but are too ignorant or stupid to absorb or incorporate ideas into their bigotry. The most frustrating is the senseless rise of incarceration in the United States and the destruction of the Constitution and the law as a consequent. This policy is primarily based on fear and ignorance. Throw in a dab of bigotry and social Darwinism, and you have a pretty dismal state of affairs.
Various interests have been attacking our constitutional protections and tradition of our laws for the last 70 years. We have created a system for corporate interests steal from the citizenry in order to hoodwink the citizenry, they convinced the population that taxes are too high, and all Government is too big. The citizenry doesn’t realize that the money isn’t going for government is going to the munitions in the by and large multinational corporations. So the propaganda machine has convinced the citizenry that criminals should pay their own way for their crimes. Consequently, we created a police state funded by extra-legal revenue streams such as traffic fines, confiscations, and another administrative gouging.
After several decades of this wholesale exploitation, and the franchising nonscientific counseling centers and other programs which squeeze more money out of the public, the rulers have decided to up the ante. So when the citizenry of the state of Colorado decided to legalize marijuana, the police state retaliated with a fear campaign about the dangers of marijuana and driving a motor vehicle. They even made up some science to justify this. Many people didn’t fall for this bullshit, but there were enough people to be scared into letting the police negate the Constitution. Colorado was accepted and stayed with the vision that the citizen could initiate legislation and that the citizens were supreme. Visual didn’t care about the Constitution of Colorado, because they knew what was good for us, and never got over the reefer madness propaganda of the previous decades, even though officials of the administration finally admitted that the whole drug scare was fabricated to keep citizens in line, with the purpose of pursuing an illegal war in Vietnam.
So several years ago Dr. Waterworth and I researched the training of drug recognition officers and the origin of green tongue. Dr. waterworks, in communication with Department of Transportation, got the publishers of the drug recognition curriculum to admit that the teaching wasn’t based on any science. The worst example of the corruption of the system was in the establishment of “green tongue” as a reading reason to justify the arrest and conviction of marijuana impairs drivers. The following is an article I wrote several years ago about this problem and, unfortunately, the problem exists today and might even get worse under current Atty. Gen. policies. Therefore, I re-post the following.
THE PURPOSE OF GREEN
Post- Modern Reefer Madness
After days of sobriety combined with prednisone, I’ve finally solved the puzzle of the green tongue. It is a natural consequence of our addictive society. We usually think of addicts as green-eyed monsters, hiding from public eye, secretive in their ways, lying, cheating and stealing in a desperate attempt to get their next fix, while preying on our innocent children, stealing our property, leering at our wives, daughters and girlfriends, generally instilling fear in hearts of all. Creepy like the beginning of the radio show “Inner Sanctum” or mystical like “The Shadow”.
The problem with the popular perception or addiction is that the media only applies this definition to the “other.” But, as any idiot can see, there is another group that isn’t “the other” that fits this definition. They are universally feared and every bit as dangerous to our society as heroin addicts. It is this group that needs to be discussed, particularly in the context of the mythical self-regulating “free market” invented by the rulers to maintain their power. This group of addicts is addicted to money. Their addiction causes them to lie, cheat, steal, murder, and act in a generally lawless fashion in a mad power grab on behalf of our occupiers. These addicts have manipulated their way into our society and now act like a cancer on it, feeding and growing on our irrational fear and collective insecurities. The more fearful they can make us, the more they can extort to feed their ugly money habit. They have built up an extortionate infrastructure to aid in this shake down. It is not based on science or reason, it is based on fear, panic and an attempt to appear to be doing something about perceived problems to show control.
For instance, program reports in the news show that the DUI treatment programs set up in response to the MADD hysteria are in trouble. With designated drivers and more moderation, there are fewer arrests for drunk driving. The public is starting to question the rationale and basis for some of the arrests for drunk driving. The fraud on the public is ongoing and gets more brazen by the year. This started twenty years ago when police had videos in their stations, filming arrestees performing sobriety tests. The problem was that after the testimony of the officer, the jury saw the film. Inevitably, the videos showed the exaggeration by the police. Prosecutors learned that they could achieve more convictions without the films than with them.
With the advent of programs paid for by the arrestees and not the government, and with reporting and record keeping replacing any correctional counseling, turning ancillary court services such as probation into profit centers, the system needed paying bodies to keep it going and to support the false premises of privatization of crime and citizen control. Privatization is a failure and extremely anti-democratic. It brings out the predatory nature of business and destroys the traditional altruism of the civil servant. It shifts the cost of governing from the rich who need protecting to the poor, who can least afford it. Such is the Oligarchy.
So, what the hell am I talking about? What has all this to do with green tongue? To what green am I referring? Is it the money that turns tongues green. I need a few drinks to really think this through, but, since I am on meds that proscribe it, I will try. At least I hope so. I may be trying, but what the hell.
There have been many accounts of warnings to police that more bodies are needed to keep these programs running. There are programs for addiction, alcohol use, domestic violence, anger management, assertiveness training and other programs waiting to be fed. This wasn’t a problem when the government was running them. The government did not have to make a profit then. Now, not only does a government have to make a profit, it has to operate in a way to prove that privatization is efficient and good for the people and making the corporate masters both beneficiary and in control for our protection. (defined as the occupation force)
Alcohol related traffic enforcement has been a good source of income for the state and private entrepreneurs working in tandem. To keep the assembly line going, the legislatures co-operated by continually lowering the alcohol level necessary for conviction to keep the priva-teers in business. Bolstered by the advertising, groaner tales and public relations of MADD, programs have opened and expanded all over the country.
Additionally, science and math is deliberately falsified and erroneously presented to reinforce the problem and solution. The police PR department and MADD report “alcohol related” offenses. The question doesn’t inquire or require any facts because, just like Marc Anthony’s description of Caesar, the cop is an honorable man. He should be praised. He should be rewarded. He should be followed with unquestioning loyalty. If not, he will contract blue flu or some other loathsome disease that threatens the funding and the furtherance of the police state. What isn’t reported is the number of accidents CAUSED by drunk drivers. The reporters are very clever. They report data as “alcohol related.” Many traffic violations are alcohol related because the victim had a drink, not the driver. The lying bastards don’t even explain the term alcohol related driving. additionally, there is no records kept on the conditions of the roads, grades or physical condition of the drivers. Using this form of logic, one can say that all traffic fatalities are related to breathing.
In addition, there are the great crack-downs like the Heat is On to shuffle money to the predatory program owners, which rewards such cooking of the books. Obviously, the police and Court PR learned this from watching Wall Street manipulate the stock market. Additionally, the push against alcohol has closed one of the great community centers for the exchange of political opinion and information, the bar. A Wisconsin Criminologist did a 9 volume tome about the function of bars as a point of transmitting culture and of socialization. With the pressure in bars and taverns, more and more people are drinking at home in isolation from society, bonding with their TV sets and stagnating so-cially and intellectually.
Some don’t drink at home. They toke at home. However, this activity is generally a solo activity and not a part of social discourse. We know why this isolation leading policy has been encouraged by the government. It is to make certain that information is transmitted by television and that TV commentators and advertisers set agendas and transmit well-formulated ideas to serve the corporate masters.
However, it takes money as well as the power to fund a police state and to control a population. And the money is the necessary by-product of these programs. It is generated and the flow sustained by increasing the nature and substance of crime.
Additionally, the Court system is set up to shake down the citizen. Trials are the exception, not the norm, creating absolutely no feedback to the rulers. Citizens are forced to abandon and denounce rights guaranteed under any Constitution by creating a legal fiction that to be allowed to drive a car, one has to waive his rights under the Constitution which was intended to prohibit just that sort of thing by a State.
So, the problem is how to keep these programs going in light of an aging population and decline in drinking and socialization. Well, our masters have solved the problem. The solution is to charge drivers with driving under the influence of marijuana. This has not been serious problem or offense, but that doesn’t matter. The monster has to be fed. And no amount of science, statistics, justice or any other obstruction is going to stop the feeding frenzy.
Driving under the influence of drugs is the new scourge on our society, according to the chicken littles. The flock does not recall the days of the hippie van with the stoner driving down the street, impeding traffic. The press has cited some estimates by the government, but no hard data based upon valid research design. Instead, the problem is created, so that a magic bullet can be found to treat it and more money extracted from the peasantry. This writer does peer review for the International Journal of Drug Policy and recalls a recent review concerning drug policy in the European Community. The European Community has enacted a policy that social policy and law must be research based. The UK tried to increase penalties for marijuana possession after a change in administration. It couldn’t be done. There was no research on which to base the policy. In fact, research tends to prove the opposite. It is pointed out that legislatures in the United States are not bound by such restrictions. In the US, the authorities go to the press, print an anecdotal story and apply it as the common condition, appeal to jealousy, hysteria and fear, thereby greasing the legislative procedure for passage through the legislatures, executive branch and a Court endorsement. That is because no one in the system has the courage or possibly the intellect to challenge the process.
So, without any research or reason other than a request by the occupation to do so, legislation is being proposed to put a numerical value on tests for cannabis. With a magic number of THC in the blood, proof of a driver’s behavior isn’t necessary. The number product of the test becomes the guilt determinate and can’t be cross-examined or questioned. The council of Chief Judge, Public defender and District Attorney will meet and determine how to implement the policy and what reasonable dispositions will be. There will be no debate or test cases. There will be no research. Someone will come up with a rehab treatment for marijuana. The monster gets fed.
Ironically, the legislation is being proposed by a State Legislator from Boulder. One has to wonder if the legislator slept through her school days and afterlife in Boulder. Upon checking, it is easy to explain her position. She wasn’t in Boulder when hippies in psychedelic looking Volkswagen buses wandered around town. She was too young. She didn’t pay any attention to the Stoners driving because they didn’t constitute a problem. Suddenly, they are a problem. Why? Because the programs are in trouble. No one has noticed a problem. There is no data to rely on. There is just the need to control, the need for money and the need to project the illusion of someone doing something.
There is one small problem that has not been addressed, however. That is how to design a program to treat the marijuana problem and how to counter the research from the UK and Canada departments of transportation, as well as the experience of a great percentage of the public who know better. Also, how can the impairment be established without any discernable erratic driving? Well, the answer is simple. Stop the car and tell the driver that marijuana is smelled. When asked if he has as patient card the cop can then ask when the last time the person medicated. At that point, the driver is told to stick out his tongue and is told that it is green. Since the driver can’t see his tongue and the color is imaginary, the officer can confront the driver and he will confess. He will then fail “voluntary” roadside tests, to then be passed on to a drug recognition expert, trained by prosecutors to get convictions with unassailable testimony and conferred with voodoo science credentials. He then will be told he must submit to a bodily fluid test or immediately lose his driver’s license and “privileges.”
The test will show a certain content of drugs and a conviction becomes automatic without any relationship to driving ability or performance. Of course, there is no visual record of any of this. The defendant must rely on the absolute honesty and integrity of the arresting officer. They are honorable men. That is, of course until a program becomes threatened or if the electorate votes something into law that the police don’t agree with or approve of. The officer reads from a script about the stop and tests. Unlike science experiments, these tests can’t be redone by others. They can’t be replicated or even questioned in any objective fashion. Then comes the Drug Recognition Expert, who testifies that, as an expert, the driver was a menace to himself and society.
The interesting thing about this procedure is that the proposed test is for either THC or the inactive cannabinoid, THE-COOH, which can stay in the system for weeks. Urine tests, which are relatively cheap, only tests for the cannabinoid, and not the active ingredient will be the test of choice of greedy counties. Therefore, if anything shows up, there can be a prosecution.
The other good thing for the police and prosecutors about the numerical value is that the body’s tolerance level and other factors won’t be considered. Most pain management physicians, and in fact, most MDs and pharmacologists know about the adjustment factor with medications. That is why most FDA warning labels caution against operating machinery until the effects can be measured and use adjusted to the dosage. There are many instances, for instance, where addicts on methadone and oxy-contin operate vehicles and even precision machines without incident. But, that fact can be ignored as inconvenient. Also, metabolic rates can be ignored. There is a relatively simple calculation that can be made to calculate the last dosage of THC, which is commonly ignored. That would be disastrous. The sole purpose is to make money and justify the billions spent over the last few decades on the drug war. It isn’t about drugs, it is about a philosophy and belief structure. Marijuana is irrelevant. Cultural survival is at stake. We know what reality is. We experience what we believe and then we confirm with our minds. The true believers actually see green tongue. They actually see a drug threat. They actually see danger and feel compelled to kill for protection. There is no answer in light of the overwhelming prejudice and ignorance. The only answer is to recognize things as a structural matter and strive to change the structure. A good place to start would be to just vote no on all judges. Next, abolish all the oppressive legislation of the last five decades. Policy should be research based. And, it should be a felony to lie to a citizen like it is for a citizen to lie to a policeman or Federal agent. Then maybe there will be some benefit of law to the people and not the occupation force and rulers. If not forfeit their pensions.
Who’s in charge? Bureaucratic war leaves us at the mercy of snake oil salesmen and spooks 3-30-17
According to Corporate Watch’s profile, Hill & Knowlton opened offices all around the world from the mid-1950s. Susan Trento, the author of The Power House, a biography of Hill and Knowlton’s Robert Keith Gray, writes that they opened many overseas offices on the advice of then-CIA director Allen W Dulles. Gray also used to brag about checking major decisions personally with CIA director William Casey, whom he considered a close personal friend. Hill and Knowlton’s overseas offices were the perfect cover for the ever-expanding CIA. Unlike other cover jobs, being a public relations specialist did not require technical training for CIA officers. This, in its description. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. I believe we are witnessing an all-out bureaucratic civil war between intelligence gathering factions.
While editing my memoirs, and reflecting upon this year’s bizarre election, a speculation occurred to me regarding the FBI’s interference with the election and the democratic process. Now I admit my theory is somewhat far-fetched, but there is ample evidence to support it. Several assumptions regarding her postmodern society need to be made as does an understanding of the works of modern-day social and political theorists.
My first assumption is that the elected leaders of this country are not the real policymakers or power in our government. They reign over a government which functions by itself and operates cultures that, over the decades and centuries, define the particular department, bureau, or agency. Of course, elected officials have us some influence but only to the degree, they are allowed by the culture of the institution or the leaders that make most of this of the decisions. What I am speculating here is that because of security clearances, a culture of fear and other reasons, no outsider could fully control a particular agency or department.
One of my first clients was a woman named Gayla Tannenbaum. She was referred to me by a friend who practiced law in Chicago. That experience was to define my career and life since that fateful day.
The saga of Mrs. Tannenbaum and another of my clients named Professor Riha was in the news for over a year. Much has been written about the Riha affair. The affair exposed myriad intelligence activities and agents at the University of Colorado, including a story that the CU president was an agent of some sort. There were stories about the infiltration of student groups by CIA operatives; there were stories about agent provocateurs; there were stories of death and destruction of student activist, and there were stories about massive conspiracies and gemstones.
Those of you that have known me over the last four decades realize how devastating this affair was, not only for me but for the nation. Briefly, the following events occurred. Thomas Riha, a University of Colorado Political Science disappeared after marrying the niece of the Czech STB, (equivalent to Russian KGB). Many incidents were reported in the local papers. Mrs. Tannenbaum, some sort of operative either for ONI or some other military intelligence unit was accused of causing Riha’s disappearance. Police and prosecutors in two jurisdictions got involved and Mrs. Tannenbaum was prosecuted for related offenses in Denver and Boulder. She was declared insane in Boulder District Court and sent to the state hospital in Pueblo, Colorado.
David Wise of the Washington Post wrote about this in his book, Politics of Lying, that this scuttled the Huston plan to combine all intelligence agencies and brought down the Nixon Government. Several Senate and Congressional committees investigated this including the Pike and Church committees. After publishing several reports on abuses of citizens by the U. S. intelligence agencies, Congress legislation saw to it that we would never find out as much as we did at that time about Government misconduct. Several other congressional investigations further chronicled governmental misconduct which was promptly ignored by the press or buried in the papers. We are facing a similar situation between the House and Senate intelligence committees, grid locking any investigations.
The result was that the FBI-CIA war was left behind in the news in favor of Super bowl, Dancing with the Stars, other TV shows and trivia that sells news and advertising. However, the battle raged with the FBI losing with the loss of J. Edgar Hoover and various revelations by congressional committees and investigative reporters who lived long enough to report, unlike Gary Webb and Danny Casolaro who died of mysterious suicides.
With the Trump candidacy, the FBI saw their chance. The campaign made an issue over Mrs. Clinton’s emails while Secretary of State. She had used a private server which may not have been secure. Driven on by cheerleaders crying “lock her up,” the FBI dreamt up a way to capitalize on the issue and sabotage the CIA. The CIA was probably blackmailed into not interfering with the Clintons since, according to Terry Reed’s Compromised, the CIA ran an Iran-Contra cocaine-weapons operation out of Mena Arkansas when Bill Clinton was Governor. Leaks and slanderous allegations against President Clinton didn’t’ seem to weaken the CIA’s position. Nor did various investigations. The “Octopus” or “Enterprise” was making too much money from operations and proprietaries to be shut down. Essentially, they were too big to control and too secret to govern. So, the FBI bided its time until recently.
Now, dear reader, I ask you to suspend preconceived perceptions, views, and prejudices and let your imaginations roam, just as Eco has you do in Foucault’s Pendulum and just look at events in historical context. Suspend judgment on conspiracy theory, speculation and the view of a benevolent government run by altruistic citizens, and ask the question of “Who Benefits?” There are no conspiracies. That is a fiction sold by the masters to conceal the fact that all the bad things we see are structural.
Many want to believe in conspiracies. This is what the rulers want because it keeps the citizenry from thinking and talking about “structure. “When I first identified participants in the practice of packing corpses of soldiers shipped from Viet Nam to the states, I thought in terms of conspiracy. Now, after four decades, I see the same behavior with different players. That must be structural.
How can such a thing be structural? Because we allow it to be so by our neglect and selfishness, encouraged to be ignorant and amused with games and trivia. We are distracted and encouraged to be ignorant. We need to wise up and pay attention.
There has been a Coupe d”etat. People are afraid, angry, controlled by irrational fear and ignorance as libertarianism becomes the new God.