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001 Re: LEAP does not endorse 'Never Get Busted Again'
    From: "SHeath (DPF Florida)" <>
002 Web: Year in Review: DrugSense Weekly, Dec. 29, 2006 #480
    From: Richard Lake <>
003 Web: 2006 The Year in Review
    From: Richard Lake <>
004 Fwd: Nov-L: Lies Damned Lies - hot off the press
    From: "Jack R. Lebowitz" <>


Subj: 001 Re: LEAP does not endorse 'Never Get Busted Again'
From: "SHeath (DPF Florida)" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2006 15:02:20 -0800

While the LEAP press release of Dec 27 was not as well written as "I" would 
have written it (friendly smile), the gist is simple.

1) Cooper represented himself as a LEAP Speaker when in fact, he is not a 
LEAP Speaker and also after being told direcly NO to including mention of 
such an affiliation in his promos for the DVD.

2) He may indeed state verbally (once) and in print at this website that he 
"is not advocating breaking the law", but this is fluff when presented in 
contrast to the overall message of his video.

"How to carry drugs and never get busted" would be a more accurate title.

This is in contrast to the FlexYourRights video which is "Your Rights 
During a Traffic Stop".

3) A lesser reason, but nonetheless important from a legal tax 
consideration is that LEAP does not want to  be included in such a 
presentation which could be a very profitable venture for Mr. Cooper.

Here's hoping he makes a mint and that he then takes responsibility for 
appropriate taxes etc

The wording in the LEAP press release about "impeding the work of the fine 
men and women in LE"...etc was a bit overblown, in the personal opinion of 
STEVE H, and that may be what is distracting many readers from the three 
far more urgent complaints listed above.

Steve in Clearwater

At 03:05 PM 12/29/2006, Steven Nolin wrote:
>i was wondering if the busted video the aclu did would
>constitute showing people how to break the law? or if
>it was just the commercial aspect of this other video.
>i think you can buy the busted video also.
>--- "> wrote:
> > The release of  "Never Get Busted Again" by former
> > narc Barry Cooper (now
> > living in Texas) has provoked a lot of heated
> > discussion and disagreement
> > on the reform lists.
> >
> > For the moment, this seems to sum up many of the
> > issues pretty well.
> >
> > JE
> >
> >
> > ----------
> > From: Herb <>
> >
> >
> > I think the issue for activists is: What are the
> > rules (including
> > ethics and business models) for someone representing
> > a group?
> >
> > The problem is that the LEAP rules are not always
> > clear. In fact,
> > rules for any group are seldom ever clear.
> >
> > Is a LEAP speaker allowed to have a private
> > business? It's not clear to me.
> >
> > It appears that it depends on the type of business.
> >
> > Here is what the LEAP press release said:
> >
> > LEAP feels that Mr. Cooper could not speak for LEAP
> > without his product
> > automatically being associated with us. We cannot
> > have that so we are no
> > longer listing Barry Cooper as a LEAP speaker.
> >
> > In other words, LEAP does not want to be associated
> > with his
> > particular private business.
> >
> > If he had written a cookbook, I assume there would
> > be no problem.
> >
> > Can activists keep their private lives & businesses
> > separate?
> >
> > Barry's use of LEAP logos on his website to promote
> > his private
> > business was inappropriate.
> >
> > Here is another example of unclear rules.
> >
> > The LEAP Press release said:
> >
> > LEAP does not endorse "Never Get Busted Again"
> >
> > While LEAP is in sympathy with millions of people
> > who have their lives
> > damaged or destroyed by the failed policy of drug
> > prohibition, LEAP in
> > no way endorses the violation of the law, or any
> > efforts to frustrate
> > the hard work of those sworn to uphold the law.
> >
> > This implies that the "Never Get Busted Again" video
> > does not support
> > the above LEAP position.
> >
> > How it does not support the above position is not
> > made clear.
> >
> >  From Barry Cooper's website:
> >
> > Q. Is Barry teaching us how to break the law?
> >
> > A. Absolutely not. Barry explains and shows in
> > detail how he made
> > arrests and what factors contributed to the arrests.
> > Barry
> > discourages any person from breaking the law.
> >
> >
> >
> > Bottom line > The video is too controversial for
> > LEAP to handle and
> > people will incorrectly associate the video with
> > LEAP.
> >
> > LEAP does not want to be seen as "helping" marijuana
> > smugglers
> > because "LEAP in no way endorses the violation of
> > the law, or any
> > efforts to frustrate the hard work of those sworn to
> > uphold the law".
> >
> > Fair enough.
> >
> > btw > What is an example of "frustrating the hard
> > work of those
> > sworn to uphold the law"? How clear is that?
> > 
> >
> > Herb
> >
> >
> >
>Steve Nolin


Subj: 002 Web: Year in Review: DrugSense Weekly, Dec. 29, 2006 #480
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2006 22:13:44 -0800

Newshawk: DSW - The Original On-Line Drug Policy Weekly
Pubdate: Fri, 29 Dec 2006
Source: DrugSense Weekly (DSW)
Note: Below is the Table of Contents for today's issue of the 
DrugSense Weekly. Please use the links below to access the DSW sections.

DRUGSENSE WEEKLY, DEC. 29, 2006 #480

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Our last issue for 2006 of DrugSense Weekly is dedicated as a Year in 
Review. Our Drugnews Archives now contains over 175,000 clippings and 
we truly appreciate all our contributors, editors, NewsHawks and 
letter writing activists who dedicate their time and efforts to make 
this possible.

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* This Just In

(1) 'Here We Are Prisoners' (2) Court Overrules Church's Use Of Pot 
As Sacrament (3) Philly's Drug Dealers: Younger All The Time (4) 
Senator Son Of Slain Colombian Cartel Fighter Proposes Drug Legalization

* The Year's News in Review

Drug Policy

(5) Editorial: The Politics Of Pot (6) Editorial: DEA Should Keep Out 
Of State Politics (7) Editorial: Don't Drug Test Our Innocent 
Children (8) Editorial: War On The Constitution (9) Editorial: 
Government Harasses Us Again

Law Enforcement & Prisons

(10) Vice Squad (11) Former Cop To Sell Video Showing Drug Users How 
To Avoid Police Detection (12) The House Of Death (13) OPED: Local 
Swat Teams Can Do More Harm Than Good (14) Mountain States Set Pace 
In Imprisoning Women (15) Editorial: Drugs And Racial Discrimination

Cannabis & Hemp

(16) Nimbin Police Smoked Out At The Mardi Grass (17) Column: 
Confused About Cannabis? You Bet (18) Police Crack Down On Marijuana 
Users (19) Mexico Troops Find Hybrid Marijuana Plant (20) Pot Is 
Called Biggest Cash Crop

International News

(21) War On Drugs 'Has Failed' (22) Bolivia's Knot: No To Cocaine, 
But Yes To Coca (23) Colombia's Coca Survives U.S. Plan To Uproot It 
(24) Important To Know Truth About Drug War (25) RCMP Puts Insite In Its Sights

* Hot Off The 'Net

Why Smoking Marijuana Doesn't Make You A Junkie

2006 In Review -- NORML's Top 10 Events That Shaped Marijuana Policy

Cultural Baggage Radio Show

Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Studies Bulletin

An Interview With Jerry Cameron Of LEAP

Country Profiles On Opioid Availability Now Available

* What You Can Do This Week

Make A Difference

* Letter Of The Week

Drug War Worse Than Iraq / Redford Givens

* Feature Article

2006 The Year In Review

* Quote of the Week

DrugSense needs your support to continue this newsletter and many 
other important projects - see how you can help at 


Subj: 003 Web: 2006 The Year in Review
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2006 22:43:21 -0800

Newshawk: DSW - The Original On-Line Drug Policy Weekly
Pubdate: Fri, 29 Dec 2006
Source: DrugSense Weekly (DSW)
Section: Feature Article


Below is a list by month, title, and newspaper with a link to the 
articles of the first and second most accessed articles in the MAP archives.


Dutch Take Sober Look at Pot Laws, Philadelphia Inquirer

Lawmakers Consider Medical Marijuana, The Eagle-Tribune


Hemp: A Growing Need?, Bradenton Herald

Musings About The War on Drugs, Wall Street Journal


A Baggie Full of Trouble, Hamilton Spectator

Raids Net Pounds of Pot-Laced Candy, Oakland Tribune


Officer Posing As High Schooler Leads Drug Sting, Boston Globe

The Politics of Pot, New York Times


Pot's Low Cancer Risk a Surprise Finding, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Vancouver's Free-Heroin Experiment Wins Praise, Vancouver Sun


One Soccer Mom's Take on the Drug War, Denver Post

It's Time to Enact New State Marijuana Policy, Lahontan Valley News


Officials Worry After Drugs Are Found in Gumballs, Baltimore Sun

San Diego - An End to Pot Dispensaries?, San Diego City Beat


Denver DEA Rep: Don't Legalize It, Daily Camera

The Czars' Reefer Madness, New York Times


Marijuana Aids Therapy, Washington Post

Should Drugs Be Legalized?, Buffalo News


The Immoral Majority, New York Times

Study Finds Another Use for Marijuana, University Leader


How Do We Win the War on Drugs?, The Herald

Canada Going All to Pot, Red Deer Advocate


End the Other War Too, Baltimore Chronicle

Why the U.S.  Is Losing the War at Home Too, New Zealand Herald

We have also created lists by areas of the world listing the top 100 
most accessed articles of 2006 as follows.




Latin America

United Kingdom

United States



Subj: 004 Fwd: Nov-L: Lies Damned Lies - hot off the press
From: "Jack R. Lebowitz" <>
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 12:55:49 -0800

I'm ordering this looks like a good one!


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Nora Callahan <>
> Date: December 30, 2006 11:42:29  PST
> To: 
> Subject: Nov-L: Lies Damned Lies - hot off the press
> Reply-To: Nora Callahan <>
> Hello Friends:
> I'm forwarding a message from Professor Robinson, but first need to  
> put in a personal plug as our staff was privy to early manuscripts  
> and research findings. This is a superb book!
> Calling your public library and requesting they purchase a copy is  
> a good way for grassroots activists to promote important projects  
> like these.
> Dear War on Drugs educators, scholars, activists, and truth-tellers!
> Well, it has FINALLY happened!  Our book, Lies, Damned Lies, and  
> Drug War Statistics, will published in just days by the State  
> University of New York Press. Here is the web site for the book:
> Below is a summary of the book, along with comments from reviewers  
> who saw the original study.  Please help us get the word out about  
> the important study contained within the book!  Spread the word!   
> We really believe this book could help bring about serious change  
> in the drug war, but only with your help!
> Sincerely,
> Dr. Matthew Robinson
> Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
> Appalachian State University, part of the the University of North  
> Carolina public university system
> Boone, North Carolina
> (828) 266-9803
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> SUMMARY-- Lies, Damned Lies and Drug War Statistics provides a  
> brief yet complete background on the major issues pertaining to  
> America's war on drugs.  It covers topics such as the role of  
> ideology and claims-making in drug war policy formation, how to  
> analyze policies such as the drug war, the history of America's  
> drug war at home and abroad, goals of the drug war, agencies that  
> fight the drug war, and the drug war budget.
> The book also presents a study of seven years (2000-2006) of the  
> Office of National Drug Control Policy's (ONDCP) National Drug  
> Control Strategy which "directs the Nation's anti-drug efforts and  
> establishes a program, a budget, and guidelines for cooperation  
> among Federal, State, and local entities."  The Strategy is the  
> primary mechanism through which the White House and the federal  
> agencies involved in the war on drugs communicate with the American  
> people about the drug war.
> The authors were interested in how ONDCP uses statistics to make  
> claims about the nation's drug war, and whether these claims are  
> accurate, honest, transparent, and justifiable.  Since ONDCP  
> regularly presents graphs and figures to depict important drug war  
> statistics, the authors critically analyzed how ONDCP chooses to  
> present drug war data visually.
> The book offers the methodology and findings of the study,  
> including claims by ONDCP related to its goals of reducing drug  
> use, healing drug users and disrupting drug markets, and reducing  
> costs of drug use & abuse.  The authors show the specific ways in  
> which ONDCP inappropriately uses statistical information and  
> visually presents graphical information in order to continue to  
> promote a drug war that consistently has failed to meet its stated  
> policy goals.
> The book concludes with a fair assessment of America's drug war,  
> including both the costs and the benefits.  The authors also offer  
> conclusions from the study and suggest policy implications of it.
> The book contains the following chapters:
> Preface
> Chapter 1: Introduction
> Chapter 2: About the Drug War
> Chapter 3: Methodology
> Chapter 4: Claims of Success in Reducing Drug Use
> Chapter 5: Claims of Success in Healing America's Drug Users and  
> Disrupting Drug Markets
> Chapter 6: Costs of the Drug War
> Chapter 7: A Fair Assessment of the Drug War
> Chapter 8: Conclusions and Policy Recommendations
> What the reviewers say:
> “Robinson and Scherlen make a valuable contribution to documenting  
> how the Office of National Drug Control Policy fails to live up to  
> basic standards of accountability and consistency.” -- Ethan  
> Nadelmann, author of Psychoactive Drugs and Harm Reduction: From  
> Faith to Science, and Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance  
> (
> "Dr. Robinson and Dr. Scherlen have performed a valuable service to  
> our democracy with their meticulous analysis of the White House  
> ONDCP public statements and reports.  They have pulled the sheet  
> off what appears to be an official policy of deception using clever  
> and sometimes clumsy attempts at statistical manipulation.  This  
> document, at last, gives us a map to the truth." -- Mike Gray,  
> Author, Drug Crazy, and Chairman, Common Sense for Drug Policy  
> (
> "'LIES' is a thorough indictment of ONDCP.  Much of Robinson and  
> Scherlen's analysis reads like prose, revealing the indignation of  
> scientists exposing insidious lies, unaccountable policies and  
> failed objectives –– all supported by federal tax dollars." -- Nora  
> Callahan, November Coalition (
> “[I]n a word it is magnificent.  While the book is quite thorough,  
> it is also amazingly concise and easy to read ... an excellent job  
> of completely deconstructing and debunking everything the ONDCP  
> claims.” -- Brian Bennett, Former US Intelligence Analyst and  
> author of truth: the Anti-Drugwar (
> “This is an impressive compendium.  I think it’s especially  
> effective when you rebuke the ONDCP’s claim slide-per-slide.  Also,  
> I’m glad you brought up the fact that the agency has recently  
> restructured their budget numbers to give the impression that there  
> is nearly equal funding for treatment vs interdiction.” -- Paul  
> Armentano, NORML | NORML Foundation (
> "... rather impressive –– very thorough ... I was especially  
> interested in your use of ‘ideology’ as a jumping off point for  
> your critique.  As a philosophy student, I appreciate your pointing  
> to the substance behind ONDCP's madness ––  i.e., it is all  
> political based on the dominant culture's morality.” -- Joseph  
> White, Change the Climate (
> ___
> Nora Callahan
> Executive Director
> November Coalition Foundation
> 282 West Astor
> Colville, WA 99114
> (509) 684-1550
> Working to end drug war injustice, the November Coalition is  
> nonprofit educational foundation -- donations are tax deductible.
> Visit us on the web at

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