Pubdate: Fri, 26 Aug 2005
Source: Stephenville Empire-Tribune (TX)
Copyright: 2005 Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Author: Colleen McCool
Note: Headline created by newshawk


We love our troops!  They have been misled.  Many churches back the
war in Irag and most back the drug war. War is a tool governments use
to make us more docile, more accepting of their waste of our precious
lives and resources. I hope, local church leaders and the community
will consider this information:

The United States has about 500,000 non-violent drug offenders behind
bars, more people than are imprisoned in the European Union for all
offenses and they have 100 million more people. As of June 30, 2004,
the U.S. incarceration rate was 726 per 100,000 residents. That is
about 7 times the rate of imprisonment in Europe and Canada.

Incarceration is far from equal along racial lines. The White
incarceration rate was 393 per 100,000, Latino-957 and Black-2,531.
Texas number of offenders supervised per 100,000 is 36.5% higher than
the national average and 50% of those imprisoned for drug offenses are
black, 42% Hispanic/other, while only 8% are white.

It is a scandal, the racism, corruption and uncaring destruction of
young lives to make a buck or feed an addiction to power. Politics and
money is there a way to separate them? Our politicians have excelled
at distorting reality for years. Big corporations control our government.

Oil and finance back the Iraq war against their competitors, just as
tobacco, pharmaceuticals, alcohol back the drug war against some drugs
that might compete with them.

Yet, pharmaceuticals, alcohol and tobacco account for almost a full
quarter of all those who die each year in the US.  Illicit drugs
account for less than 1% of total deaths! No deaths attributed to
marijuana. A smokescreen to take our eyes off the real killers who we

This is a lot bigger deal than sex in the oval office! The agenda is
plainly:  get rid of undesirables - minorities and those smart enough
to think for themselves and blow the whistle on the big picture. They
have shamed, destroyed families, locked up, even killed so many for a
wiser health choice in a recreational drug.

Daniel Rocha was shot in the back by Austin Texas police earlier this
year! Witnesses say he was on the ground defenseless. Daniel smoked
marijuana sometime in the last month before he died.  Recently police
seized 2 ounces of marijuana at the Sunrise Florida home of Anthony
Diotaiuto after shooting him 10 times.

A total of at least 43 Americans have been abducted in the last 12
months in Nuevo Laredo. Many in Enforcement have been hurt or killed.

Shame on our system, it reeks!

It is obvious our drug policies are more about corporate/physician
profit than the well being of the individual.  Look at the cost of our
medical care compared to our neighbors in Canada and Mexico.  Leaders
responsible for the current senseless policy will have to answer to a
higher power for their crimes against humanity.

Look at a petition to the government to promote open discussion at:


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