November 29, 2000

Miscellaneous Subjects #46: Police Chief Blasts Drug War + THE LONGEST WAR: The short, sad story of the long war against drugs + Annan Asks for $2.26 Billion Emergency Relief Aid + HIV/AIDS Infections Rise to 36 Million in 2000 + Official Rules Out U.N. Return to Chechnya + Winning by intimidation: A Republican riot squad in Miami shows GOP will try to win at all cost + Bush Thanked Rioters - and much much more!

Hello everyone

The situation of drug users caught in the US judiciary system and punished by imprisonment instead of being helped and treated humanely is dismal and should now come under sharp scrutiny and the system should be reformed. A tough call since so many people make huge profits out of this human tragedy. This issue is discussed below. And then you will find some others critical issues hardly making the headlines these days: the urgent appeal for aid money by Kofi Annan to come to the rescue of 35 million victims of floods, drought, disease and wars around the world; the unabated AIDS epidemic killing millions of people, especially in Africa; the continuing humanitarian disaster in war-torn Chechnya; the ruthless pursuit of the White House by Bush and his acolytes.

Well, you get the picture...

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
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From: "Kerry Boytzun" <successmachine@home.com>
Subject: Police Chief Blasts Drug War
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000

This is great! From a real life police chief, not a "theory"-arm chair
expert...this person has been there and done it.

Well done. There is hope yet for humans...

Kerry

Read all of this !!! I think you'll find it eye-opening

Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/

Author: Joseph D. McNamara

Note: Joseph D. McNamara, retired police chief of San Jose, is a research
fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has written
hundreds of articles on criminal justice. He wrote this article for
Perspective.

Bookmark: Items about or by Joseph McNamara
http://www.mapinc.org/mcnamara.htm

CITIZENS QUIETLY REBEL AGAINST DRUG WAR

Public Tries New Options As Prosecution Appears To Harm, Not Help, Users
California voters approved a radically different approach this November to
dealing with the drug problem. By a difference of 61 to 39 percent, or by
roughly 2 million votes, people backed probation and treatment instead of
jail for non-violent crimes of drug possession or drug use.

Contrast that generous margin with the closeness of the presidential
election. Some day, I believe, the passage of Proposition 36 may be
compared to the collapse of the Soviet Union and the tearing down of the
Berlin Wall.

Those two stunning political reversals seemed to occur overnight, to the
bewilderment of most experts. In retrospect, the collapse of the Soviet
bloc was not that sudden.

We simply missed many of the early signs of deterioration within the Soviet
Union. Proposition 36 and other drug-ballot initiatives passed by American
voters during recent years are signals of a similar erosion, signs that the
public commitment to the "war on drugs" is deteriorating.

A similar public disenchantment with the drug war could be seen in the 1996
presidential election. Proposition 15, which legalized the use of medicinal
marijuana in California, received a half-million more votes than Bob Dole
and 250,000 more than Bill Clinton got in this state, despite dire messages
of opposition from the federal government, prominent politicians and law
enforcement groups.

Since then, eight other states and the District of Columbia have passed
medicinal-marijuana initiatives or laws. In the last election, Oregon and
Utah passed initiatives that limited the ability of law enforcement agencies
to seize property they suspected was used in a drug crime, sell it and keep
the proceeds for their departments. At the same time, Nevada and Colorado
passed medicinal-marijuana initiatives.

A few years ago, Arizona voters approved an initiative that is even stronger
than Proposition 36, and also is meant to get drug users into treatment and
keep them out of jail.

I endorsed Proposition 15 and Proposition 36 because, during my early years
in policing, I arrested many drug users for petty drug crimes without seeing
any indication that those arrests helped them or lessened the community's
drug problem.

In fact, as my academic studies of drugs grew and my police career
progressed, I became convinced that arrests for such minor offenses did more
harm than good.

I served about 18 of my 35 years in policing as police chief of two of
America's largest cities, San Jose and Kansas City, Mo. As chief, it became
even more apparent to me that an overwhelming percentage of drug arrests
disrupted school careers, caused defendants to lose their jobs, exposed them
to brutal incarceration experiences and often led many to become career
criminals and addicts.

On the other hand, a large number of people who used illegal drugs seem to
have grown out of their youthful drug experiments and led productive lives.
In fact, most of the police applicants I hired had admitted to some drug use
in their youth. If we had automatically disqualified them, we would have
severely damaged their lives and lost many fine police officers.

The California legislative analyst indicated that Proposition 36 would save
the state between $100 million and $150 million annually in saved
incarceration costs, plus about $450 million to $550 million in
prison-construction costs and an additional $40 million annually for local
governments. More important, the legislative analyst estimated that the new
law would keep as many as 34,000 non-violent drug offenders out of state
prison each year.

Measure Opposed By Many

Despite these enormous benefits, Gov. Gray Davis, Attorney General Bill
Lockyer and almost every law enforcement organization in the state opposed
the measure. Proposition 36 was also opposed by almost every newspaper
editorial board in California.

There were many arguments for and against the measure. The principal
argument advanced in opposition was that the measure would send the "wrong
message" to children and result in more drug use and crime.

Yet, crime has been declining in California and the other states that have
passed drug-reform initiatives. And, since the passage of Proposition 15,
there has been no increase in marijuana use by teenagers in California,
whose rate is 2 percent below the national average.

Quite frequently, opponents of the drug-reform measures, instead of sticking
to the issues, launched personal attacks on three men who have contributed
around $4 million to state campaigns for drug reform.

The naysayers imply that three secretive wealthy men duped the voters into
believing that the various initiatives were beneficial. Actually, Peter
Lewis, a car insurer, John Sperling, who founded Phoenix University, and
financier George Soros were quite open about their contributions, which were
a matter of record.

Answering attempts to attribute sinister motives to them, the three said
their intent was similar to that of thousands of other volunteers, myself
included, who feel that the drug war has failed and is eroding our civil
liberties. (I am an unpaid board member of the non-profit Lindesmith-Drug
Policy Foundation in New York, which distributes $3 million a year in
grants, some of it from George Soros, to further drug research, education
and hygiene programs.)

The federal government probably spends more than $1 billion a year in
efforts to boost public support for its war against drugs; nevertheless, the
much-smaller sums contributed to drug reform have energized many Americans.

Costs Of Drug War

Almost all of the opponents of these measures argued strongly that holding
the threat of jail over the heads of drug users was essential to
rehabilitation. But this contention has been advanced without any
substantiation ever since President Richard Nixon first mentioned a "war
against drugs" in 1972. Since then, the annual federal budget for the drug
war has risen from roughly $100 million to more than $19 billion. When
state and local costs are included, the drug war costs us over $40 billion a
year.

Here's another way of looking at it: The average monthly Social Security
check in 1972 was around $177. My research shows that, if Social Security
benefits had increased at the same pace as drug-war spending, the average
check today would be more than $60,000 a month, instead of around $800.
Despite this hurling of money at drug enforcement, foreign production of
heroin and cocaine has significantly increased.

Some 90 percent of illegal drugs entering the United States come in
undetected.

The drug war has not sheltered our children from being exposed to drugs. In
fact, the vast profits increase the marketing of drugs.

This is the result of a roughly 17,000 percent markup for illegal drugs as
they move from raw products in Peru, Colombia, Brazil or Mexico to retail
sales on American streets. The corruption and violence associated with
prohibition is staggering. More than 400,000 Americans, disproportionately
low-income minorities, have been jailed for non-violent drug crimes.

Change Of Public Mindset

Voters may not have all of these details at their fingertips, but they are
well aware that the law of supply and demand is far more powerful than laws
passed by Congress.

In 1990, a nationwide Gallup Poll indicated that 94 percent of those
responding did not believe that the best way to handle the drug problem was
to jail drug users. California's propositions 15 and 36 and other states'
similar initiatives seem to be votes against the government holding jail sen
tences over the heads of people ingesting certain chemicals, but not others
that can be equally dangerous, such as alcohol and Valium.

It frightens drug-war hawks that voters may be beginning to think about
drugs as social and medical problems, as we did before Congress introduced
criminal prohibition of drugs in 1914.




Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000
From: Palden Jenkins <palden@globalnet.co.uk>
Subject: The Longest War

Dear friends

I have great pleasure in announcing the recent publication of a new, rather
hot book on the Glastonbury Archive...

THE LONGEST WAR
The short, sad story of the long war against drugs
by Keith Evans

From: http://www.isleofavalon.co.uk/longestwar.html

The book outlines the story of the 'war against drugs', which Keith Evans
contends to be the longest war in recent history - still going on. The
Longest War is rich in information and history, going back to the Opium and
Spanish-American Wars, painting a very clear overview up to this day.

Keith has been a barrister and attorney working in borderline legal areas
including drugs cases, from the 1960s to the 1990s. He left UK during the
Thatcher period because his work in the English High Court was becoming
fruitless and a little personally risky. He spent ten years in USA
teaching and advising on advocacy, where he had earlier trained as a
California attorney. He has written several books on law and advocacy.

If you met Keith, you'd think him a full-scale 'Cambridge man'. Or, at
least, he was like that, but nowadays he's a changed man. He's Welsh by
origin, and his mother was a psychic - and Keith often took advice from her
inner source. He has now returned to Wales.

He and I have been close friends for 15 years. "I'll cover the public law
aspect for you, and you cover the cosmic law aspect for me!", he once said
in the 80s. It's not just because of our friendship that I have published
this online book - free, by the way. It's because it's an exceptional
book, in readability and content, on an important subject - about one of
the most shameful shadows of modern civilisation. Publishers rarely
explain why they reject books, but I suspect it was because Keith relates
the continuing 'drug wars' to American geopolitical hegemony.

He shows how USA created the 'drug wars' and the modern drugs trade -
including the creation of heroin, crack and other very destructive
drugs. He favours legalisation of cannabis. He has reservations over
further drug legalisation, for reasons he states in the book, but he
advocates a radical change of approach, ratcheting down the war. Keith has
met and legally defended some of the 'big guys' in the 'drug wars' - he
knows his stuff from the inside, including things not said in court. He
has also (unusually) listened to his kids and their friends.

Permission is given to print off single copies for personal use, study and
review, in fair play. The book is copyright.

It's free. It's not very long. Go get it! And please recommend it to
friends you believe might appreciate it. It's a timely contribution.

With lots of love

Palden Jenkins
publisher, the Glastonbury Archive
http://www.isleofavalon.co.uk/archive.html




From: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001128/wl/un_appeals_dc_2.html

Tuesday November 28

Annan Asks for $2.26 Billion Emergency Relief Aid

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed to rich nations on Tuesday to contribute $2.26 billion in 2001 to aid 35 million victims of floods, drought, disease and wars around the world from Angola to Afghanistan.

The total request, Annan said, amounted to ``less than the world spends on military purposes in a single day.'' Under the rubric of ``Women and War,'' the agencies dealing with refugees, children, food, population, health, education and development want governments to pay special attention to women and children, who represent about 80 percent of the world's 40 million uprooted people.

``These women, children and men are the disenfranchised, the displaced, the targets of conflicts and the victims of natural disasters,'' Annan said in his appeal to potential donors. ``They look to us, here and now, not only for protection and life-sustaining support today, but also for assurances that they -- and their children -- can live their tomorrows in dignity and security,'' he added.

This year's annual inter-agency appeal to governments is for 19 hardship areas -- most of them in Africa, including Angola, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Democratic Congo, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Tajikistan, North Korea, refugees from Chechnya and Indonesia's troubled Maluku island are also on the list.

The new appeal total of $2.26 billion is lower than the $2.3 billion sought for the year 2000, which so far has resulted in a 55.6 percent response, U.N. officials said. The United States, Japan and Europe Union were the biggest donors in terms of dollar value.

Carolyn McAskie, the deputy director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told Reuters she expects the final tally for 2000 to reach approximately 65 percent of projected funding needs. Annan said the donor community has expressed satisfaction with the U.N.'s improved ``synergy'' between its various emergency agencies, ``but still has not given us the material support we need.''

Last year at this time, the U.N. had received 67 percent of the total needed to run its emergency aid efforts, with the drop-off for its coordinated appeal matching a broader reduction in international humanitarian support.

He warned that direct bilateral support between donor and recipient, while welcomed, should not come at the expense of multilateralism because it runs the risk of marginalizing the U.N. and its partners.

Without coordinated efforts between the different U.N. led aid agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Annan said there is a ``risk of returning to the days of uncoordinated efforts ... without common standards and practices.''

Several Balkan nations, ravaged in recent years by wars that have caused floods of refugees, are earmarked to receive $429 million. Another large appeal, $386 million, is for North Korea, which faces its seventh consecutive year of food shortages, following floods and then drought. Most of the supplies for Pyongyang are funneled through the Rome-based U.N. World Food program.

The U.N. has slated $229 million for Afghanistan where two decades of warfare and a recent drought have devastated the country, swamping neighboring nations with 2.6 million distraught refugees.

Mine clearing, particularly in Afghanistan and Angola, were top priorities in those countries, while HIV/AIDS awareness, particularly in African nations and the repatriation of refugees from wars was a widespread goal across all areas.




From: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001128/sc/aids_world_dc_1.html/a>

HIV/AIDS Infections Rise to 36 Million in 2000 (Reuters)

The HIV/AIDS epidemic has tightened its grip on the planet, surprising experts with the speed at which it has infected 36 million people and outstripped even the worst predictions, the U.N. said Tuesday. More than five million new cases were reported this year alone, according to new figures released by UNAIDS, the United Nations agency that spearheads the global battle against AIDS.

``It has killed more people this year than any other year before,'' said Dr Peter Piot, the executive director of UNAIDS.``Now it is clear the world has to wake up,'' he said in an interview.

HIV/AIDS has claimed three million lives in the past two decades, UNAIDS said in its latest report.
The agency said cases of the HIV virus and AIDS were 50 percent higher than medical experts a decade ago had predicted they would be by now, despite advances in both treatments and prevention.

``The world clearly underestimated how rampant this epidemic would become,'' Piot told Reuters.
``We've got far more cases than the worst case scenario than thought out 10 years ago. It is the number one cause of deaths in many, many parts of the world,'' he said.

In Africa, the worst-hit area, infection rates have fallen slightly but only because so many people have already been struck down by it. One million more people in sub-Saharan Africa were infected this year, a decrease from the previous year, bringing the total in the region to 25.3 million. In some African nations one in three adults has the virus.

There has been an explosion of new cases in Russia and Eastern Europe, with the number of infections nearly doubling in just one year from 420,000 to a conservative estimate of 700,000. New infections are on the rise in North Africa and the Middle East, the disease is gaining ground in Latin America and prevention efforts have stalled in Western Europe and North America.

Catastrophe In Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa is by far the worst hit by AIDS. It is home to 70 percent of the adults and 80 percent of the children living with HIV. It has also buried three-quarters of the more than 20 million people worldwide who have died since the AIDS epidemic began.

``The AIDS situation in Africa is catastrophic,'' said Piot. ''One of the greatest causes for concern is that over the next few years, the epidemic is bound to get worse before it gets better.''
In addition to the devastating toll of lives, the epidemic looks set to devastate African economies.

UNAIDS predicts the economy of South Africa, which has the highest absolute number of infected people in the world, could be 17 percent smaller in 2010 than it would have been without AIDS scything through its workforce. The country's population will also shrink by 2015 and close to a third of all semi-skilled and unskilled workers will be HIV-positive by 2005. HIV/AIDS has gained such a strong foothold on the continent for a variety of reasons including poverty, poor sanitation, crumbling health systems and sex.

``You certainly won't find it in any U.N. material, but the scientific community is rapidly accepting the reality that there is more sex in Africa. There is no other affordable leisure activity,'' a U.N. AIDS official told Reuters. But UNAIDS estimates that $3 billion, which is only a fraction of the $52 billion spent annually in the US on obesity, could turn the situation around. ``This seems like a small price to pay to help a whole continent to avoid a future dominated by the social disruption that defines the AIDS era,'' the report said.

Disease With Many Faces

In Eastern Europe, Russia, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia the disease is fuelled by a combination of injecting drug users and through homosexual and heterosexual sex, the report says. Despite improvements in antiretroviral therapy that stop the virus from replicating and intense efforts to develop a vaccine, education and prevention remain at the forefront of efforts to control the epidemic.

The head of the UN children's agency UNICEF (news - web sites) Carol Bellamy, called for better efforts to prevent mothers from transmitting the virus to their children at birth or through breastfeeding.

Of the five million people infected with HIV/AIDS in the past year, 600,000 were transmitted from mothers to their children. UNICEF is pushing for better screening, education and drugs to prevent babies from getting the virus from their mothers.

Read also "U.N. Warns of AIDS Complacency" at:
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001128/wl/un_aids_1.html

In-depth coverage about AIDS - HIV at
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/Health/AIDS___HIV/




From: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20001124/wl/russia_chechnya_dc_2.html

Friday November 24

Official Rules Out U.N. Return to Chechnya

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Continuing bloodshed in Chechnya makes the breakaway republic too dangerous for U.N. aid workers and is holding up a mass return of refugees, a senior United Nations (news - web sites) official said on Friday. Aid could not be used as a carrot to entice refugees home, Carolyn McAskie, acting U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, told reporters the day after returning from a fact-finding mission to the Chechen capital Grozny. The Canadian diplomat also called for the two sides to negotiate a peaceful end to the conflict in the North Caucasus republic, which has been raging for more than a year. While the situation in Chechnya had improved, McAskie said her trip had convinced her that the time was ``not yet right for U.N. organizations to operate freely inside Chechnya.''

CLIP

An estimated 160,000 refugees are living in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya, many with relatives or friends, the remainder crammed into tented villages and railway carriages which lack basic amenities. A Council of Europe parliamentary delegation which has just returned from the North Caucasus said that the medical situation remained woefully inadequate in the camps despite improvements, Interfax news agency reported. Some 90,000 have returned to rebuild their homes destroyed in the war, but conditions inside Chechnya remain harsh.

CLIP

From: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001124/wl/russia_chechnya_2.html

Report: Russia, Chechen Rebels Talk

A senior Russian official said Moscow was in talks with a top Chechen rebel commander, contradicting earlier Russian assertions that it is winning the war in Chechnya and doesn't need to negotiate with rebels, according to a newspaper report Friday.

From: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20001128/wl/osce_russia_1.html

Summit Feels Cold War-Style Acrimony (Tuesday November 28)

VIENNA, Austria (AP) - A two-day conference of Europe's main security organization ended Tuesday in Cold War-style acrimony, with the United States and Russia accusing one another of scuttling agreements on Chechnya and the rights of children. The foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (news - web sites) in Europe were to have adopted unanimous declarations on major issues on the continent. But the 55 member states could agree only on an eight-point statement of support for democratic change and stability in the Balkans. On Monday, Yugoslavia was admitted to the organization. Russia refused to accept a specific deadline for the return of the European organization's observation mission to Chechnya. Moscow agreed at the organization's summit last year in Istanbul to accept such a mission, but the members have been unable to reach the war-torn region. CLIP

In-depth coverage about the Conflict in Chechnya at
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/World/Caucasus/

Human Rights Watch: Chechnya - press releases/reports on the Russian activity into Chechnya. Includes an October 2000 report on arbitrary detention, torture, and extortion.
http://www.hrw.org/campaigns/russia/chechnya/




From: http://www.msnbc.com/news/494375.asp?cp1=1

Winning by intimidation

A Republican riot squad in Miami shows GOP will try to win at all cost

GOP protests, under the direction of a mobile strategy team, shifted from Miami to Broward County Friday. A sheriff's deputy holds back a crowd of Bush supporters as Democratic congressman Peter Deutsch tries to speak to reporters.

Nov. 24 — It’s getting harder and harder to believe one’s eyes and ears as George Bush, James Baker and the Republicans grow ever more brazen in their effort to seize the presidency with or without a lawful mandate. As amazing as this sounds, it is distinctly possible that the 2000 election will be decided by a bunch of riotous thugs, operating under the direct control of the Republican Party.

What was an uninspired campaign for the presidency has become an absolutely critical fight for democracy. Gore and Lieberman must ignore pundits and party hack who say they must surrender.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT OUTRAGE occurred Wednesday, when ABC News correspondent Bill Redeker discovered that Republican operatives, working out of a Florida-based mobile home, had sent in busloads of hooligans to shut down by force the court-ordered Miami-Dade recount at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center. Republican operatives also set up telephone banks to urge their footsoldiers to join in the riot. Miami’s most important Spanish-language radio station, Radio Mambi, issued a summons to all pro-Republican Cuban-Americans to come stir the pot further, with charges of anti-Latino racism against the canvassing board.

INTIMIDATION AND FORCE

The mob chased down Joe Geller, chairman of the local Democratic Party, because they falsely believed he had tried to steal a ballot. He required a police escort to escape. Louis Rosero, a Democratic aide, says he was punched and kicked by the Republican goons. Others were trampled to the floor as the mob tried to break down the doors of the room outside the office of the Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections where the votes were being counted.

MOBILE TERROR

Do you approve of the GOP's tactics in pursuit of a victory for George W. Bush?

* 28980 responses

Yes. They should use any means necessary to win the White House. 38%

No. They should drop the hostilities and let the courts decide how to resolve voting disputes. 62%

When it was over, the rule of the mob was triumphant. The three canvassers voted to walk away from the recount whose tally would likely have led to Al Gore’s victory over George Bush in Florida and in the presidential election. One of its members, David Leahy, acknowledged the protests were a factor in his decision. The other two, perhaps fearful of their safety, declined all interviews. As the mob celebrated its victory, its Republican Party masterminds transferred their mobile home/base of operations to Broward County, where they employed the same tactics against that county’s canvassers on Friday. Some conservative pundits have gone so far as to celebrate the triumph of mob rule over democracy and rule of law. Paul Gigot, a commentator for PBS’s “NewsHour” and the Wall Street Journal editorial page, praised what he termed the “bourgeois riot.” Gigot reporting from the scene, witnessed John Sweeney, a visiting GOP monitor, telling an aide, “Shut it down,” and thereby inspiring what he called the “semi-spontaneous combustion” that forced the counters to “cave in.” A loyal conservative, Gigot was either unwilling to mention or unaware of the fact that the riot had been pre-arranged by Republican operatives nearby. Nevertheless, he got the sequence he observed right. “The Republicans marched on the counting room en masse, chanting ‘Three Blind Mice,’ and ‘Fraud, Fraud, Fraud’ … let it be known that 1,000 local Cuban-American Republicans — [a group to whom violence as an instrument of political intimidation is not exactly unknown]— were on the way.”

WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE?

November 24, 2000 Sen. Joe Lieberman calls on what he calls GOP-led protesters in Florida to back down.

What’s amazing in the few reporters other that ABC’s Redeker, that have covered this explosive story is the lack of outrage at these tactics? Not until Joe Lieberman came out on Friday afternoon and denounced this dangerous development did the networks and most newspapers even notice the story. Most of the press reports seemed to believe that the Miami-Dade counters had simply changed their minds for no reason at all. In fact, Wednesday’s Republican-sanctioned riot is merely one facet of a campaign that has been remarkably unabashed in its willingness overturn democratic practices and ignore the rule of law in pursuit of victory.

CLIP

NBC’s Kerry Sander reports.

While Al Gore won the popular vote nationwide and would easily have won the Florida vote were it not for the vagaries of the “butterfly ballot,” he is clearly fighting from a disadvantage in this odd electoral aftermath. His party and many of his supporters are of two minds as to whether they even want him to win the presidency. He is being portrayed by the Republican-leaning punditocracy as a sore loser who does not know when to quit. This despite the fact that Gore has abjured many of the avenues open to him through which he might fight the Republicans’ fire with fire, and has called on his opponent to make a joint public appearance and to tone down the rhetoric on both sides. But Bush and Republicans want none of this. They can win, they have decided, because they alone are willing to do what’s necessary: This includes mob intimidation, public attacks on the judiciary, and, if it comes to this, a willingness to discard the people’s vote should it eventually be counted in their opponent’s favor. What was an uninspired campaign for the presidency has become an absolutely critical fight for democracy. And it is for that reason rather than his own political prospects that Al Gore must ignore the calls from the pundits and the party hacks that he and Joe Lieberman surrender. History has finally given the hyper-cautious Gore a chance to become an authentic American hero. All he has to do to become one is take his own advice: Stay and Fight.




Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000
From: Mark Graffis <ab758@virgin.vip.vi>
Subject: Bush Thanked Rioters

From: consortiumnews.com <consortnew@aol.com>

The Wall Street Journal has dug up more details about how Gov. George W.
Bush's campaign and the national Republican Party helped organize the
violent protests in Miami last week.

The Journal discovered that Bush even called the protestors a day later --
on the night of Thanksgiving Day -- as they were celebrating their victory
in shutting down the Dade County recount, which saw 10,750 votes discarded.

"The night's highlight was a conference call from Mr. Bush and running
mate Dick Cheney, which included joking reference by both running mates to
the incident in Miami, two [Republican] staffers in attendance say,"
according to the Journal. [Nov. 27, 2000]

The Journal also reported that the assault on the canvassing board was led
by national Republican operatives "on all expense-paid trips, courtesy of
the Bush campaign." After their success in Dade, the rioters moved on to
Broward, where the protests remained unruly but failed to stop that count.

CLIP - Read the rest at http://www.consortiumnews.com

See also "Florida Democratic Congressman Received Death Threats" at
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20001127/aponline172504_001.htm

"Best democracy money can buy" at
http://www.observer.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,402957,00.html
(Really "juicy" and brimming with unreported facts - George W. Bush raised $447 million in cash from corporate America for his campaign -- "The key to Dubya's money empire is Daddy Bush's post-White House work.")

"Mistakes Cleaning Voter Databases Might Have Influenced" at
http://www.observer.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,402957,00.html

"13 MYTHS ABOUT THE RESULTS OF THE 2000 ELECTION" at
http://home1.gte.net/rad/13myths/13myths6.html#1

Also highly recommended!
http://www.campaignwatch.org







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