Microsoft has been asked to hand over emails of a suspected drug dealer stored on a server in Dublin, Ireland. They are refusing:
The company has challenged the government’s search warrant as illegal, saying it involves the search and seizure of e-mails stored exclusively in another country, outside US jurisdiction. Microsoft argues the content in question is covered under Irish law and any request for the data needs to be made through that country.
via How Microsoft’s battle with the Justice Department could reshape privacy laws +video – CSMonitor.com.
Now why, you may ask, should anyone care about a drug dealer’s privacy rights? Well, it’s because government has only specified authority. If you allow government too extend it’s authority beyond where we have granted it to go after a drug dealer then government no longer needs us, the citizens, to grant it any authority. We the people lose our authority over government.
Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson (D-Norcross) has introduced a couple of bills about cannabis for the next session of the Georgia state legislature to consider. One would allow for a wider use of cannabis for medical purposes than the single use legislation considered in the last session and reintroduced for the next session but the other is a bit more interesting,
SB 6 would allow those at least 21-years-old to purchase a “limited” amount of marijuana and taxes and fees from the sale would be split equally between education and transportation infrastructure.
via Bills that would legalize marijuana introduced in Georgia – The Washington Post.
SB 6 would put the question before the voters and would change the Georgia State Constitution if passed, something in the way of how alcohol sales on Sunday were made legal for the state. I asked my state senator, Renee Unterman, on Twitter what she thought the chances of the bill passing would be. Her answer was skeptical and non-committal.
I agree that this bill is a long shot. I would love to see the voters deciding this issue though. I think if put on the ballot it would pass. If you are a Georgia resident what do you think?
When investigators come across evidence that can not be used in a court of law they will sometimes backtrack their investigation to a point where they can recreate the evidence in a way that can legally used to obtain a conviction. The DEA has a whole department set up for doing this with information they have gotten from the NSA. They call this parallel construction.
One former DEA agent describes it like this:
“It’s just like laundering money – you work it backwards to make it clean,” said Finn Selander, a DEA agent from 1991 to 2008 and now a member of a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which advocates legalizing and regulating narcotics.
via Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans | Reuters.
And, of course, we all know that money laundering is illegal.
Please read the article. It shows why we can’t trust NSA surveillance of foreign nationals to remain just surveillance of non-US citizens.
Is there any wonder the US has the highest percentage of its citizens in prison of all nations in the world?
Thanks, Dan, for finding this.
Dan pointed me to this comic that I think raises some important questions about addiction. Rat Park drug experiment cartoon – Stuart McMillen comics.
Dan pointed out this small, placebo controlled trial gives hope for sufferers of Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory disease of the intestines. From what I understand this disease is a real cramp on one’s lifestyle.
….. a short course 8 week of THC-rich cannabis produced significant clinical, steroid-free benefits to 11 patients with active CD, compared to placebo, without side effects.
via Cannabis Induces a Clinical Respo… [Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013] – PubMed – NCBI.
If for no other reasons being able to conduct clinical trials like this without fear of arrest warrants delisting cannabis from the controlled substances list.
A new poll shows that there is a huge national majority supporting the legalization of marijuana. In spite of that and the fact that 24 states and the District of Columbia either have decriminalized personal use of marijuana, legalized it or allowed it to be used for medical purposes the Federal Government continues to spend a tremendous amount of money enforcing Federal laws against its use. I can’t help but wonder how many FAA towers could be reopened with the money being wasted enforcing laws that the majority of the citizens in this country would rather see not enforced. I would wager that every child that has been kicked out of a Headstart program for lack of funds could be reinstated to the program and fed steak and eggs for breakfast every morning with just a fraction of the money spent putting non-violent drug offenders in Federal prison.
Okay, what do you call Jell-O shots with no alcohol?
The answer is “Jell-O”.
In Jefferson Parish, Louisiana an 8-year-old gets suspended for bringing Jell-O to school. She brought enough for the entire class so it wasn’t because she didn’t bring enough to share because she brought thirty individual containers of the snack. No, the reason she was suspended was because the containers she was serving them in resembled the Jell-O shots you can get in some bars.
The girl was suspended for nine days for two violations of the system’s drug policy: having a “look-alike” drug on school grounds and intending to distribute it, Nowakowski said.
I wonder what Bill Cosby has to say about this?