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National Review Cover Story -Feb-12-1996
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The Steven Dons/MTF Fiasco:
DEATH OF COP & SUSPECT PART OF ON-GOING DRUG WAR
by Floyd Ferris Landrath
Portland, Oregon -- For a year now I've asked myself, 'who
really killed Portland Police Officer Colleen Waibel?'
Here's what I've come up with so far.
Marijuana Task Force killed Colleen Waibel.
Mayor Vera Katz and the City Council killed Colleen Waibel.
Police Chief Charles Moose killed Colleen Waibel.
District Attorney Michael Schrunk killed Colleen Waibel.
Governor John Kitzhaber killed Colleen Waibel.
Most of the Oregon House & Senate killed Colleen Waibel.
The Oregonian and Portland media killed Colleen Waibel.
Cultural & racial intolerance killed Colleen Waibel.
Marijuana prohibition, the drug war, killed Colleen Waibel.
In many ways both big and small they have
all conspired to
kill Colleen Waibel, and in the process our Constitution.
That the late Steven Dons may or may not have fired the fatal
bullet will forever remain a mystery. Carried to his grave,
after his supposed "suicide" while in police custody.
Regardless the District Attorney lead
Grand Jury clearance,
and all the police apologists who chimed in, the MTF/Don's
fiasco still leaves a slimy film over the city, similar to
that toothpaste obscuring the camera lens in Don's jail cell.
But even worse, the foreboding realization that it is just a
matter of time until these MTF cowboys screw-up again and get
somebody else killed. Perhaps even an other officer, or an
innocent by-stander. No one is safe while these guys are
walking around packing heat, hiding behind badges, bogus
warrants and illegal wire-taps.
Few, if any in public life will admit it,
much less speak
it but truth be told everyone knows Colleen Waibel died a
meaningless death, in a meaningless war. I defy any one,
especially her superiors that fateful day, to justify
anybody's death over a few lousy pot plants.
Of course I'm sorry she died, and it is
indeed a tragic
loss to her family and friends. The Waibel family is well-
known and respected in this town. But that does not change
the basic fact: Colleen Waibel was not the first and will not
be the last to serve as a blood sacrifice to the false gods
of war; federal, state and local drug war. The same drug war
those named above worship, addicted to its vile mixture of
racism, money, power and corruption.
Incentive? In 1997, the MTF stole $2.3 million
houses, cars, other property and assets it seized, mostly
from small personal use growers and tokers. Yet another
example albeit small in comparison, of the vast financial
incentives that have become institutionalized in our, as Noam
Chomsky calls it, "drug war, prison industrial complex." On
a global economic scale we should remember, the illegal drugs
market is now worth more than automobiles and almost as
much as oil.
The MTF is actually a minor functionary,
orders from the biggest drug cartel in the the world, the
U.S. Congress, the Drug Czar and the National Security
Administration (CIA/FBI/DEA/DOJ/DOD...etc.). What a racket:
outlaw drugs then sell them at outrageous profits to help
finance right-wing terrorists who help maintain the proper
order of things, i.e. the rich get richer and the poor get
I REPEAT: WHAT A RACKET!
How much longer will we tolerate elected
officials, such as
those named above, who promote, gleefully enforce and
recklessly overlook the abuses of these insane drug
prohibition laws that clearly do more harm than good?
How long will we allow this drug war
conspiracy to go
unchecked? How many more kids and cops will we sacrifice to
the drug war demigods, to heroin or cocaine brought into the
country by our own government?
"If drug abuse is a disease, then drug war is a crime."