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July 2004



Joel Miller knows the truth.

Joel keeps getting me to link to his new book, but it’s worth it. His latest article at World News Daily titled “Kill zone” is excellent and draws more material from his new book. The article deals with victims of the drug war, many of whom I’ve discussed on my Drug War Victims page. […]

The California PTA knows the truth

Today’s Los Angeles Times reports: State PTA Backs Ban on Random Drug Testing

Across America, the PTA has long fought to prevent student drug use, but last month its California leaders found themselves sparring with federal drug officials in the state Capitol.

The two sides squared off in an Assembly hearing over a bill that […]

The Dallas News knows the truth.

Today’s Dallas News editorial had some welcome strong words about the investigation into the fake drugs scandal.

Nearly three years have gone by since authorities acknowledged that more than two dozen defendants had been falsely arrested and held in jail for possessing not cocaine but ground-up pool chalk. The scandal wrecked countless lives, including those of the defendants and their families most of them Mexican immigrants.

We’re counting on the city’s investigative body which is made up of two private lawyers and a team from the Dallas Police Department to produce a clear, detailed and thorough report that spells out the role that the department’s personnel and procedures played in the scandal.

Already it is clear that accounting controls and oversight of the narcotics unit were nowhere near adequate. We expect city officials to acknowledge and correct the flaws, regardless of how sweeping the needed reforms may be.

This kind of travesty must never be allowed to happen again. …

We need to get to the bottom of what happened, and the city has every right to dig and dig until it hits the floor no matter how much dust is kicked up in the process.