Tuesday, September 26, 2006

What motivates me.

First:

This story (11 charged under police act )

Allegations Against Officers Include Missing Cash, Narcotics

Internal Probe Grew Out Of $3 Million Criminal Investigation

Missing money and drugs, falsified search warrants, and lying before a judge are among the disturbing allegations in dozens of police services act charges laid against 11 former Toronto drug squad officers.

Details of 83 internal charges against the Central Field Command drug squad investigators were released yesterday by the force at a police tribunal where the officers were to make their first appearance.

None of them appeared in person, but all were represented by lawyers. It's likely a trial date could be a year or more away since five of the officers also face criminal charges stemming from a lengthy RCMP-led investigation concluded in 2004.

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inspired me to write:

Editor,

Will the media question the continued lobbying by police associations for drug prohibition in light of these facts? So now we can add corrupt police to the list of things people are willing to tolerate rather than just tolerate people getting high? (which they do anyway?)

Instead of allowing people access to the whole range of psychoactive substances we tolerate a huge untaxed and unregulated market, continual misrepresentation of facts to support puritan ideology, easily accessed and untraceable funds for criminals and terrorists, massive and widespread disrespect for the law and the authorities that purport to enforce them, prohibition results are reverse of stated aims(more crime, not less), erosion of civil rights, privacy, and corruption that may reach the highest levels.

At the same time, we allow access to some psychoactive substances, whose regulations are somehow unsuitable for other substances which are in available in every city in North America. The demand drives the lucrative market yet the attempted interdiction only inflates the values, encouraging more people to get involved. Advocates of this skewed system often cite symptoms of prohibition as being caused by the substances they attempt to interdict. So-called drug-related crime is caused by the highly inflated prices of now illegal drugs, violence associated with the production and distribution arises due to the lack of any legal means of defense or debt collection.

Supporting prohibition only leaves the market in the hands of crooks while marginalizing the people who have the greatest problems with the illegal substances. Funds that could be utilized to provide medical treatment or addiction recovery services are spent on helicopters and more police instead.

It seems to me that key facts are overlooked in the debate about drugs, overlooked in favor of fear mongering. End prohibition and bring everything into the light. Remove the temptation from the police by removing the sources of illicit funds. Remove the funding sources for terrorists and use taxation of the regulated market to offset the health costs incurred by addiction. Using drugs may be unwise, unhealthy, and downright nuts sometimes, but prohibiting them is an ongoing disaster. It leaves the costs to society and the profits to the criminals.
SIGNED.


Usually, letters to the editor just go off but for some reason I got this:

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Unable to deliver message to the following recipients, because the message was forwarded more than the maximum allowed times. This could indicate a mail loop.

lettertoed@thestar.com



Second:


This is either pure bias or outright propaganda.

The story entitled "Discerning Bums Prefer Ocean Views", (variations "Discerning Indigents Prefer Ocean Views") by Tom Fletcher, ran in the following papers:

Source: Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Goldstream News Gazette
Contact: editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Source: Abbotsford News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Hacker Press Ltd.
Contact: editor@abbynews.com

Source: Campbell River Mirror (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Campbell River Mirror
Contact: edit@campbellriver.vinewsgroup.com

Source: Burnaby Newsleader (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Burnaby Newsleader
Contact: newsroom@burnabynewsleader.com

Source: Kootenay News Advertiser (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Kootenay News Advertiser
Contact: editor@kootenayadvertiser.com

Source: Hope Standard (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Hope Standard
Contact: news@hopestandard.com

Source: Kootenay Western Star (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Kootenay Western Star
Contact: newsroom@kootenaywesternstar.com

Source: Kamloops This Week (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Kamloops This Week
Contact: editor@kamloopsthisweek.com

Source: Lake Cowichan Gazette, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Lake Cowichan Gazette
Contact: editor@lakecowichangazette.com

Source: 100 Mile House Free Press (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 100 Mile House Free Press
Contact: newsroom@100milefreepress.net

Source: Esquimalt News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Esquimalt News
Contact: esquimaltnews@vinewsgroup.com

Source: Maple Ridge News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Maple Ridge News
Contact: editor@mapleridgenews.com

Source: Quesnel Cariboo Observer (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Quesnel Cariboo Observer
Contact: newsroom@quesnelobserver.com

Source: Mission City Record (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 The Mission City Record
Contact: news@missioncityrecord.com

Source: Peninsula News Review (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Peninsula News Review
Contact: editorpr@vinewsgroup.com

Source: Peace Arch News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Peace Arch News
Contact: editorial@peacearchnews.com

Source: Tri-City News (Port Coquitlam, CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Tri-City News
Contact: newsroom@tricitynews.com

Source: Victoria News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Victoria News
Contact: vicnews@vinewsgroup.com

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Now the following letter has been news hawked at mapinc to date published in:

* not in abve list
Pubdate: Sat, 09 Sep 2006
Source: Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006, BC Newspaper Group
Contact: editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Pubdate: Wed, 13 Sep 2006
Source: Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Goldstream News Gazette
Contact: editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Pubdate: Thu, 14 Sep 2006
Source: Burnaby Newsleader (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Burnaby Newsleader
Contact: newsroom@burnabynewsleader.com

* not in abve list
Pubdate: Thu, 14 Sep 2006
Source: Aldergrove Star (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Central Fraser Valley Star Publishing Ltd.
Contact: newsroom@aldergrovestar.com

Pubdate: Tue, 12 Sep 2006
Source: Abbotsford News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Hacker Press Ltd.
Contact: editor@abbynews.com

Pubdate: Fri, 15 Sep 2006
Source: Kootenay Western Star (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Kootenay Western Star
Contact: newsroom@kootenaywesternstar.com

* not in abve list
Pubdate: Tue, 12 Sep 2006
Source: Chilliwack Progress (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 The Chilliwack Progress
Contact: editor@theprogress.com

Pubdate: Thu, 14 Sep 2006
Source: North Island Gazette (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 North Island Gazette
Contact: editor@northislandgazette.com

Pubdate: Tue, 12 Sep 2006
Source: Peace Arch News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Peace Arch News
Contact: editorial@peacearchnews.com

Pubdate: Tue, 12 Sep 2006
Source: Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Contact: pqbedit@vinewsgroup.com

Pubdate: Wed, 13 Sep 2006
Source: Victoria News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Victoria News
Contact: vicnews@vinewsgroup.com

Pubdate: Wed, 13 Sep 2006
Source: Surrey Leader (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Surrey Leader
Contact: newsroom@surreyleader.com

Pubdate: Wed, 13 Sep 2006
Source: Peninsula News Review (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Peninsula News Review
Contact: editorpr@vinewsgroup.com


DON'T MAKE IT EASY FOR DRUG USERS

Re: Bums Prefer Ocean Views ( B.C. Views, Progress Weekend, Sept. 10 )

I have just returned from a two-week holiday visiting my family, most of whom emigrated to B.C. around 50 years ago. I now have two aunts, three cousins and their extended families living in Maple Ridge and I always receive a warm welcome.

I congratulate you on your article, which I read on the Internet. Here in Scotland we have the same problems with the so-called "homeless drug addicts" and we also have the same bleeding heart politicians and social workers with their schemes, projects and solutions to the problems of crime, illegal squatting on private property and vandalism caused by these people.

Throwing public money at them, giving them sympathy, free needles and places to inject, etc. it's all futile. I know -- I'm a civil servant in the Department of Work and Pensions, and the word "work" is simply not in their vocabulary. We have them here too: people who would rather commit suicide rather than do one day's honest hard work in their natural lives.

And why should they? When our government and its agencies give them welfare, so-called community care grants and everything they need to lead a comfortable life and all at the taxpayers' expense?

We live in crazy times, and with increasingly crazy liberal governments not only tolerating these parasites in our midst but encouraging them, things will never change.

Your article was accurate, not only describing the junkie issue in Canada, but throughout the Western world.

By Thomas Toye

Paisley, Scotland

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This smells of fish or rodent. Either

1) the letter writer is also using mapinc and sent the letter to multiple papers. And so far many editors have agreed.

2) The letter was recieved at one of the papers and published in the many.


"When our government and its agencies give them welfare, so-called community care grants and everything they need to lead a comfortable life and all at the taxpayers' expense?"

So living on $500 /month for a single welfare recipient or $850 for a person with a disabilty is a "comfortable life" in this city? Perhaps they are more generous in Scotland?

Why is this letter in so many BC newspapers?

Whatever the answer, the ability to attempt create conformity of opinion in all the diverse reaches of this province on drugs is a perilous power to leave concentrated. That these opinions are lock-step with the conservative party ideology is quite alarming. It is also more telling what is overlooked in favor of the sensationalist idea of the day. If you trust the media in BC you will be uninformed and/or misinformed.

Well I would not line a bird cage with either of the big newspapers here for fear I would return to find one bird hoarding all the food and water, selling it to all the rest for providing him with luxury.

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