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    J.A.I.L. News Journal ____________________________________________________ Los Angeles, California June 4, 2002 More
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 4, 2002
      J.A.I.L. News Journal
      Los Angeles, California                                           June 4, 2002
      More Fallout From
      Unconstitutional Courts
      Yes folks, we have our courts ultimately to "thank" for allowing this terror to take place in our country. If judges were held accountable to the People for their actions under constitutional standards, these scenarios would not be allowed to take place. At some point, this has got to stop-- and that point is at the judge's bench. If it isn't put to a stop there, it won't be stopped. So-called "law enforcement officers" of all types serve as the attack dogs of the "Usurping Force" in power today. They're "Jes' doin' their job."  --following orders. Now they can't be blamed for doing that, can they?  The Fourth Amendment?  Obviously that isn't part of "their job." And who's accountable for all this? Who raps the gavel and issues the final edict? THINK ABOUT IT!
      Are we, the People, outraged enough yet to start seriously moving toward THE REMEDY??  Or do we still need MORE of this treatment by our public servants?  It's up to YOU!   Read the following and weep-- even if you've already seen it. Read it again and again. Avoiding it won't make it go away.
      -Barbie-  victoryusa@...
      Thanks to WGEN, idzrus@..., and to "ice" ice@... for sending this to J.A.I.L. in February. We finally got to it. We appreciate your patience. But this news is not old-- it continues today. Only the names and locations change. It could be you or your neighbor next.

      This is why the WAR on TERROR is so terrifying - The wrong people are being targeted.
      Jackie Juntti, WGEN  idzrus@...

      From: "ice" <ice@...>
      Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002 13:49:52 -0800
      Subject: Raid a house, kick a dog, plug a suspect
      Reply-To: ice-bucket-owner@yahoogroups.com

      [Why not?  Who has the power to launch reprisals against the government?
      Even if there is a finanacial settlement, it is "paid" by the taxpayers. Meanwhile, mainstream media largely downplays or even ignores these events.  The Establishment mantra drones on: "war on terror ... war on terror ... war on terror" while real domestic terrorists like these go unpunished and are even glorified by the Media and entertainment industry.    Have a good look at the face of evil.      ICE]

      Raid a house, kick a dog, plug a suspect
      Posted: February 22, 2002
      1:00 a.m. Eastern

      © 2002 WorldNetDaily.com

      A family in Pueblo, Colo., is suing the DEA and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations after a no-knock raid resulted in their two sons being arrested and jailed despite the fact no drugs were found on the premises.

      According to the suit, "black-masked, black-helmeted men brandishing
      automatic weapons and wearing all-black uniforms with no insignias suddenly burst into the house unannounced, kicked the family's dog across the floor, ordered the entire family to 'get on the [expletive] floor,' held them at gunpoint, searched the house, found no drugs or contraband, but nevertheless carted off the family's two sons, Dave and Marcos, and imprisoned them illegally and without charges."

      The ACLU of Colorado filed the suit for the family, according to the Feb. 21 Rocky Mountain News. Court documents date the raid Aug. 19, 2000.

      "The next thing we knew," said Dan Unis, the father of the family and a Pueblo County social worker, "there were five or six police with masks and automatic weapons and stuff yelling at us. It wasn't the nicest language in the world. I see my dog go flying across the room because one of them kicked it."

      Unis said he asked them for a warrant, but "they couldn't produce one."

      So far, neither the DEA nor the CBI have had anything to say about the case. But Mark Silverstein, ACLU legal director, said this: "Once again the war on drugs misses the target and instead scores a direct hit on the Constitution. These government agents had no search warrant, no arrest warrant and no lawful authority whatsoever. They carried out this armed home invasion in flagrant disregard of the Fourth Amendment, which forbids unreasonable
      searches and arrests without probable cause."

      "I think it was a bunch of cowboys out having a good time," said Unis. "It was totally unnecessary." And unconstitutional. Police cannot arrest and jail people for days at a time without filing charges; it's called illegal detention.

      While being unconstitutional and unnecessary, many such raids are also foolhardy and deadly.

      Officers of the six-county Capital Area Narcotics Task Force, one of 49 federally funded, multijurisdictional narcotics teams operating in Texas, "were accused of mistaking ragweed for marijuana in May when they raided a Spicewood home and held residents at gunpoint as they ransacked the property and [somebody call PETA] kicked the homeowner's dog," according to a Feb. 4, Austin American-Statesman article. That version of the story, taken from court documents, is denied by the taskforce overseer, but of late CANTF hasn't had much luck in being safe.

      Tony Martinez, 19 and unarmed, was killed by taskforce officers during a raid on a mobile home in Del Valle, Texas, Dec. 2001. He wasn't even the target of the raid.

      Deputy Keith Ruiz was shot dead during a drug raid while breaking down the door of a different Del Valle mobile home Feb. 15, 2001. Thinking there were burglars outside, Edwin Delamore, 21, fired from inside and killed Ruiz. He's now charged with capital murder.

      When Jacqueline Paasch was stirred out of bed at 6:30 a.m., April 7, 2000, by a commotion downstairs in her West Milwaukee home, she probably didn't expect to be gunned down. But, as the Feb. 7 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tells the story, based on an anonymous tip about "possible drug activity at a home in the 1700 block of S. 54th St., and then finding marijuana seeds in a garbage receptacle near the home," a tactical unit of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's
      Department burst into Paasch's home and shot her.

      Paasch, who was hit in the left leg, now has limited use of her toes and needs a brace for walking long distances. The city denies any wrongdoing but did recently agree to pay $700,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Paasch.

      The settlement, said Paasch's attorney, Mark Thomsen, "reflects the reality that the county could not reasonably justify the shooting."

      The same could be said about the settlement for the Sepulveda family of Modesto, Calif., though it was dramatically smaller. Eleven-year-old Alberto Sepulveda was shot dead during a Sept. 13, 2000, SWAT raid that targeted the boy's father. An officer on the scene accidentally squeezed off a shot, killing the boy instantly. Last month, the family settled a federal lawsuit over the death.

      The only question that remains: Can $450,000 replace Alberto?

      If we didn't have so many unconstitutional and reckless drug raids,
      such a question would never have to be answered.


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