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The First Rule of the War on Drugs is DON’T TALK ABOUT THE WAR ON DRUGS

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Siobhan Reynolds is a vigorous critic of the government’s failed, life-destroying, state-power-accreting, ruinously expensive War on Drugs. Specifically, she’s a critic of the federal prosecution of doctor Stephen Schneider and his wife (and nurse), Linda, in Haysville, Kansas. The government said the Schneiders were illegally dealing pain pills to their patients, encouraging addiction and abuse. The Schneiders, and pain-relief advocates who support them, say the government is full of shit, and is preventing adequate treatment of chronic pain by applying blundering War-on-Drugs mentality. I’m not a doctor, or a drug addiction expert. I don’t know who is right. But I used to be a prosecutor, and now I’m a defense lawyer, and I’ve worked one side or the other of the War on Drugs for sixteen years, and I am inclined to agree with others that the government is full of shit.

But it shouldn’t matter whether critics of a prosecution are on the mark or off of it. Their right to criticize the government for such prosecutions should be above question. But, in reality, apparently it isn’t. Assistant United States Attorney Tanya Treadway was enraged by the criticism of Siobhan Reynolds and her Pain Relief Network. Treadway took the astounding step of demanding that a court gag Reynolds and her organization, asserting that Reynolds had “a sycophantic or parasitic relationship” with the defendants Treadway was prosecuting, and that she was using the case “to further her own personal interests.” To Treadway, speech ought not be free if the speaker is advancing a personal interest. That’s an odd interpretation of the First Amendment, and not one that the judge was willing to accept.

Treadway was not deterred by the federal judiciary’s minimal resistance to her efforts at censorship. Having failed to use one tool — a gag order — she resorted to the federal prosecutor’s favorite tool: the grand jury.

Let me pause and offer you a dark confession. I miss the grand jury. When I want documents or evidence now as a criminal defense attorney, I have to ask the government for it, wait for them to laugh and refuse, and then run to court and try to convince a judge to order the government to abide by its obligations. As a civil litigant, I have to write long, complicated demands for documents and information, wait a month for a response, get a response refusing most of what I asked for, engage in a letter-writing campaign, and eventually go to court seeking an order making the other side give me the documents, often months later. Oh, to use the grand jury again! As a federal prosecutor, I could just issue grand jury subpoenas. I could refuse extensions at my whim. I could ask for whatever the hell I wanted based on the most remote suspicion that it might be relevant to a federal investigation. I could demand compliance with confidence, knowing that it is extraordinarily rare for a federal court to grant a target’s motion to quash or limit a subpoena. And I could do all of this under the ridiculous fiction that I was acting on behalf of a grand jury so long as, occasionally, I stepped into the grand jury room and had a federal agent testify briefly that “Hey, we’ve got an investigation going into [vague subject], we issued subpoenas in your name, we got these documents, the investigation continues.” 99% of the time, the grand jurors wouldn’t look up from their newspapers, hoping they’d get let out early that day. Were the grand jurors a check on government abuse of the subpoena power? Don’t make me laugh until I throw up.

Tanya Treadway knows all of that. So, thwarted in her demand for a gag order to silence the critics of her little battle in the Great War on Drugs, she turned to the more reliable weapon of the grand jury.


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Attention musical infowarriors. One good song can awaken millions, thats why they killed John Lennon. Record this free song using either your real or an alias name and post it on the net. To remain anonymous use,, and Think what would happen if thousands of musicians posted this song on the net/blog/netsite. The NWO would end tomorrow! Are you thinking of taking residence in a foreign country? Think again, TPTB have corrupted ALL countries. Said another way, there`s MAJOR flaws in all countries.

So if you`re really serious about attaining freedom, then dust off your instruments and take action while you still can.

Relax, i`m a professional song writer and i`ve done the hard work for you. If you`re not a musician, then at least make a sign and attach it to a structure along the side of the road.

“Message from a slave” Jukit Babalu 12-18-2010

This is a free song that anyone can copy and record using any arrangement they like but please credit me as being the composer.

Beat = Talk, Blues an fast Rock

Time = about 3` 59“


Talk = Day after day you watch this – monstrosity

Who oddly has human facial features

Cut another slice of flesh from yer bosom

And feed his chops and his fellow cannabals just for fun

And because this alien has burned a hole in yer soul an ruined yer DNA

You sit there contemplatin suicide

Thinkin there`s no way this monster can be defeated

Well think again – an sing along with me

Message from a slave – let `em all go

Political prisoners – Bradley Manning – Guantanamo

Ed and Elaine Brown – Sherry Jackson – Irwin Schiff

Ya better set `em – free (begin slow blues beat)

No but – no maybe – baby – no if (beat changes to fast rock)

Exposing the Najis – evil plan

Alex Jones – Doctor Stan

Ernie Hancock – David Icke

Knockin the mask – off this Reich – Chorus = the 4th

They got the kleptomaniac – yakety yaks – on the run wettin their bloomers

With the homicidal medical quacks – an a big – fat – mess – of gloom an doomers

Neil Young – John Fogarty

Debunkin them – with Yikes Mcgee

John Pilger – sheriff Mack

Stuffin the snakes – in a sack

They got the kleptomaniac – yakety yaks – on the run wettin their bloomers

With the homicidal medical quacks – an a big – fat – mess – of gloom an doomers (put 18“ instrumental here)

Lew Rockwell – Doctor Paul

Poisoned the ground – where they crawl

Jimmy Vaughn – Don Henley

Wakin the sheeple – sea to sea

They got the kleptomaniac – yakety yaks – on the run wettin their bloomers

With the homicidal medical quacks – an a big – fat – mess – of gloom an doomers

Chorus = With messy bloomers – standing ovation

Chorus = Of gloom and doomers – Oathkeepers – Max Igan

Chorus = With messy bloomers – Jesse Ventura – Charlie Sheen

Chorus = Of gloom and doomers- Luke Rudkowski – Willie Nelson

Chorus = With messy bloomers – Adrian Salbuchi – Tommy Cash

Chorus = Of gloom and doomers- Katherine Albrecht – Cindy Sheehan

Chorus = With messy bloomers – Ian Crane – Larken Rose (band stops ~ begin slow blues beat)

Wreckin the playhouse – of these mutated – false – heroes



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