Narc vs. Narc 2: The California Cannabis Coup D’etat

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Why was medical marijuana conceived? To quote a great man, it was conceived “to free a plant, to free a people, to free a planet”. Marijuana’s past had been lost in over a century of prohibition brought upon by an extreme belief in the pseudoscience of eugenics, previously used as a medicine to heal the central nervous system and the immune system for thousands of years. Marijuana had nearly come to be free again several times in the 1960’s and 1970’s but, due to financial forces seeking to keep the plant bonded and the people dependent on their products and services, the promised reform never came. The state created an organization called the Drug Enforcement Agency who were given carte blanche to enhance the prison complex by distributing drugs from cannabis to crack throughout the United States to entrap US citizens and confiscate their wealth for four decades. So medical marijuana had to be created, to free the pharmaceutical benefits of a plant, to free a people from an abuse of power and to free the planet from abuse of its resources.

Compassionate Use

Dennis Peron and Jack Herer - Heroes of Marijuana

Jack Herer and Dennis Peron - Heroes of Medical Marijuana

The modern era of medical marijuana reform in the United States began with the passage of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 also known as Proposition 215. The Proposition was created by famous Pioneers of Medical Marijuana Dennis Peron and John Entwhistle Jr. in collaboration with the old Prop 215 gang Anna Boyce RN, Valerie Corral, Dale Gieringer, Thomas Seiler, William Panzer, the infamous Scott Imler, Steve Kubby, and psychiatrist Tod H. Mikuriya. Proposition 215 was organized when Peron united with Los Angeles AIDS commissioner Richard Eastman and Dr. Charles Farthing of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to lobby the State of California to make medical marijuana available to critically and terminally ill patients throughout the state.

Most Americans don’t realize that when Proposition 215 was first created there was a clause that existed within the bill that prevented law enforcement from abusing their powers to turn California into a state of quasi-legality and quasi-enforcement, there was more comprehensive allocations to the patients regarding insurance and general protections from prosecution were clearly delineated. However on the eve of the due date of Prop 215’s ballot signatures, Peron had come to realize that they did not have enough signatures to introduce Prop 215 on the ballot. Peron and the other Pioneers knew that the window of government allowance for such a piece of legislation would be short. They were desperate to find funding and gather enough signatures, Peron found himself without a choice and he turned to the only willing hand, George Soros.

George Soros

George Soros

George Soros had a long held interest in medical marijuana because he has heard rumors that the DEA had buried studies since the 1960s showing that certain strains of medical marijuana could extend life. Soros, already a major shareholder in several large pharmaceutical corporations throughout the world, wanted to dominate the cannabis seed market and take control of literally the entire marijuana market for his own profit, much like how Edison stole many inventions from Tesla so did Soros seek to steal cannabis’ medical secrets from the hippies and masters of medicine like Dennis Peron and Jack Herer. Peron, delinquent on signatures and funding was left with little choice but to cave in to the corporate consortium led by Soros and followed by business magnates like George Zimmer and Peter Lewis.  Soros used his financial and political prowess to immediately dominate the political proceedings for Proposition 215.

Soros quickly worked to build his alliances within the state by promising more leeway to the medical community in the legislation while also cutting a deal with the California Police Unions and Prison Unions to allow law enforcement activities against patients and dispensaries to continue unabated. Both Soros and Peter Lewis saw that it was in their interests to keep a law enforcement loophole open so they could employ gangs, corrupt police and DEA officials to conduct raids against competition, namely his former Prop 215 business partners the Pioneers of Medical Marijuana and the Green Triangle.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis

Soros and Lewis would act upon this ruthlessly during the Bush years as they would soon discover that their dispensaries had trouble competing with the superior growing techniques of the Emerald Triangle and the California Hippies who had been growing themselves since the beginning of the Vietnam War. The hippies believed in the spirit and moral guidance of the original Proposition 215 and they tried to offer the marijuana at lower cost with superior quality to the people of California. This was completely contradictory to Soros’ plan, as he sought to monopolize the finer seeds and utilize them to develop pharmaceutical syntheses that he could patent and control. Soros turned to the Republican Party who had experience from the Sensimilla Wars of the late 70’s to early 80’s in creating intimidation campaigns against growers and doctors in California. Despite Democratic leadership, Republicans had been deeply imbedded in the executive offices of the government since the Nixon and Reagan eras; the DEA was practically a drug running paramilitary wing of the GOP after being utilized by the CIA to run operations in South America in the 70’s and 80s. They were especially loyal to Consortium power brokers like George H.W. Bush whose son, George W Bush, was unfortunately fated to win a controversial election in Soros’ favor in 2000.

The Bush Doctrine

That's Our Bush

That’s Our Bush

When George W Bush came to power, our long national nightmare truly began and to add insult to injury the Bush Justice Department catered to Soros’ demands: eliminate competition within the Emerald Triangle to the best of their ability and deliver the seeds of the hippies to him in which Soros would ensure premium compensation. Bush, on behest of his father Bush Sr. who shared financial interests with Soros in pharmaceutical opium from abroad, sent Dick Cheney to meet with a private group of individuals of which included Peter Lewis, Paul Wolfowitz, George Soros, the Reynolds family, the Seagrams family and a number of other billionaires to discuss the ‘opportunities’ the impending conflict in Afghanistan could provide. Many of the executives in the room were top Anglo-American pharmaceutical interests who were primarily interested in dealing with the Northern Alliance warlords of Afghanistan and acquiring the best opium on the planet to be used to mass produce millions of painkillers throughout America and Europe.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar – Afghan Opium Warlord

Soros and Lewis made their opinions clear at the meeting that they were more interested in the rare sativa and indica found in the regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Along with the new heroin route from the Golden Crescent to the Middle East, it had to be guaranteed that large supplies of rare cannabis and especially cannabis seeds were included. Routes were also created through Pakistan to India and Thailand to ship cannabis and heroin eastward to California.

“…….after American and British troops invaded Afghanistan, removed the Taliban and installed the interim government, the land under cultivation leapt back to 285 square miles (740 km2), with Afghanistan supplanting Burma to become the world’s largest opium producer once more. Opium production in that country has increased rapidly since, reaching an all-time high in 2006. According to DEA statistics, Afghanistan’s production of oven-dried opium increased to 1,278 tons in 2002, more than doubled by 2003, and nearly doubled again during 2004. In late 2004, the U.S. government estimated that 206,000 hectares were under poppy cultivation, 4.5% of the country’s total cropland, and produced 4,200 metric tons of opium, 76% of the world’s supply, yielding 60% of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product.[98] In 2006, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimated production to have risen 59% to 407,000 acres (1,650 km2) in cultivation, yielding 6,100 tons of opium, 82% of the world’s supply.[99] The value of the resulting heroin was estimated at $3.5 billion, of which Afghan farmers were estimated to have received $700 million in revenue. For farmers, the crop can be up to ten times more profitable than wheat. The price of opium is around $138 per kilo. Opium production has led to rising tensions in Afghan villages. Though direct conflict has yet to occur, the opinions of the new class of young, rich men involved in the opium trade are at odds with those of the traditional village leaders.”

-BBC News Aug 2, 2006 “UN Warns of Soaring Afghan Opium”

Soros needed a man to go around the world and arrange a centralized seed distribution system that he could control. The man for that job was someone with whom Soros had worked with before to control cannabis in Holland, Arjan Roskam the so called ‘Strain Hunter’. Roskam was connected globally to drug cartels and could use his connections with South American, African and Asian narco-traffickers to import their strains and also make the seed pipeline more efficient for his benefactor Soros. Watching the most recent marijuana special on Vice News featuring Roskam, it is clear to see that he is connected to narco-traffickers in Colombia.

Arjan Roskam

Arjan Roskam

Soros was able to entrap many of the California growers by introducing exotic seeds from Afghanistan, rare indicas that were not previously available on the shores of California. From a grower’s perspective, how could they pass it up. The potential of the new plants were relatively unknown and the prospect of newer, stronger, healthier, more potent and better pharmaceutical grade plants was impossible to simply just be left alone. After the growers created the strains Soros and his consortium would use their DEA assets to raid the farms and seize the seeds while arresting its creators. This led to large scale friction and distrust of other up in Northern California; the marijuana movement had been contaminated by the corporate oligarchy from its beginning.

Arjan Roskam on Vice News:

George Soros and Peter Lewis next formed three lobby organizations that hired Bush DEA officials in favor of their agenda, the Marijuana Policy Project, Americans For Safe Access led by rogue DEA agent Don Duncan and the Drug Policy Alliance led by Ethan Nadelmann. The goal of all three of these organizations was to use the influence of the billionaires to pressure municipal legislators into enacting legislation that disqualified and disallowed their competition from going into business.

Marc Emery

Marc Emery

Marc Emery was also an individual that came under the influence of Soros and Lewis following the passage of Prop 215 in 1997. Emery, like Peron, had hoped Soros influence would be enough to empower him to defy the Canadian government and bring about marijuana reform in Canada as well. After being raided several times by Canadian authorities Emery was beginning to see the game that was being played, many of his farmers were being sold out by his new business partners to the Canadian government in exchange for their seed hauls which Soros was gobbling up by the truckload.

Emery defied Soros and Lewis by starting a mail order seed service that became the largest in the world, distributing hemp and marijuana seeds to every corner of the Earth in an attempt to stop Soros and Lewis from cornering the global marijuana seed market by taking over Canada and then California. Soros and his partners would inevitably have Emery imprisoned and extradited to the United States in 2005 as punishment for what Soros viewed as the ultimate sin.

Welcome home Marc.

Proposition 19

Rouge DEA - Richard Lee

Rouge DEA Agent Richard Lee

Prop 19, also known as the “Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act” was created to monopolize the California marijuana industry under the power of Soros and his consortium. A new upstart group was formed from Duncan, Nadelmann, Steve DeAngelo, Richard Lee, Cheryl Shuman and some of the more greedy members of the marijuana elite to lead a business coup against the Pioneers of Medical Marijuana in the form of the legislation known as Proposition 19. The group had already made a fortune selling out rival dispensaries and growers to greedy California attorneys and the DEA of which many of them, including Duncan and Lee, were agents of.  Proposition 19 sought to further strip patient protections and entrap many rival growers to  Soros’ & the Consortium’s own group of marijuana cultivators.

Soros intended for Prop 19 to be the ultimate assault upon the Emerald Triangle. Despite importing seeds from around the world, Soros and his consortium failed to stem the dominance of the Green Triangle and its superior quality of medical marijuana. He wanted the ability to seize the marijuana farms of Northern California in a similar manner to that of George Deukmeijian circa 1980.

The Triangle, along with several other entities managed to defeat Prop 19 at the ballot however many marijuana advocates failed to realize that it was a two pronged attack. As Prop 19 failed the vote in 2010, the municipal bans that were planned by Soros and the League of California cities continued to be implemented statewide starting in Long Beach and spreading through California counties like a wildfire. Jack Herer also died that year, fracturing the Pro-Medical movement with the loss of his leadership and giving power over to the new Soros backed movement called Legalization.

Antonio Villaraigosa

Antonio Villaraigosa

The City of Long Beach was the first to take the lead with the fraudulent lottery perpetuated by City Attorney Robert Shannon and Mayor Bob Foster and the brutal crackdowns that followed on anyone that dared to compete with the anointed dispensaries that had paid their lords the proper tribute. Los Angeles attempted to follow suit, spearheaded by the traitorous Antonio Villaraigosa (a professed advocate) and Jose Huizar banning thousands of marijuana dispensaries throughout LA and allowing certain, more favorable dispensaries to remain open; not to mention those of the Mexican drug cartels.

Many dispensaries desperately turned to ASA, MPP, NORML and DPA for help. They found themselves in even worse hands among Soros litter as ASA attorneys drained the dispensaries dry of their financial resources and practically handed them over to county and state prosecutors on a silver platter. Marijuana attorneys made a profitable business out of offering their expertise at very high rates and then underperforming on the court case, often with the intention of acquiring their client’s very profitable medical marijuana dispensary for themselves.

Medical Marijuana vs. The Legal Marijuana Mob

The Marijuana Mafia. as we have previously acknowledged in past posts (see bottom), has a hand that controls its puppet strings and it is, as we also mentioned before, called The Consortium or The Opium Mob. A group of large big business interests that have held control over opiates and pharmaceuticals for well over 100 years and of whose actions are currently being led by George Soros to dominate the global marijuana seed markets so that they may ensure that their financial dominance along with the hegemony of the opium plant (plant of death) over the marijuana plant (plant of life) continue.

Steve DeAngelo aka Steve The Douche

Steve DeAngelo – DC Mobster

The Marijuana Mafia is currently in political struggle with the Pro-Medical patients advocacy groups that are seeking to see marijuana regulated as a medication, not regulated as an OTC intoxicant like alcohol. Pro-Medical advocates stand by the healing potential of the marijuana plant, advocating a potential worldwide multi-trillion dollar industry within ten years if medical research and grower innovation is allowed to continue in accordance with medically oriented regulations like Proposition 215. The Marijuana Mafia is fixated on seed control and short term profit through standard OTC marijuana sales, not wishing to explore or develop new strains but rather produce as much quantity and volume as they can, while stifling competition, innovation, improvement and exploration of the cannabis plant itself. The Marijuana Mafia have been DEA collaborators for the past twenty years, exercising their connections to put good growers like Eddie Lepp in jail so that he couldn’t produce medicine that could actually help the patients because it competed with the Mafia’s bottom line.

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Their latest victory has been the passage of Proposition D in Los Angeles, championed by Villaraigosa and the notoriously corrupt LA County Board of Supervisors as a way to regulate marijuana collectives it has once again fostered an environment of unfair competition, police and municipal corruption and an increase in price while a decline in quality. Current Mayor Eric Garcetti has said nothing in regards to reforming the city or county Marijuana law. Interestingly enough, some of the champions of the law, like Cheryl Shuman, have been shut down under the regulation that they sponsored. Her Marijuana Farmers Market in Boyle Heights was shut down under the pretext of Proposition D, ah irony.

This madness needs to end.

A Glimmer of Hope

With that being said, I am proud that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder recognized Washington and Colorado’s states’ rights to medical marijuana.  De Facto acknowledging California’s right to Medical Marijuana as well along with all other states that have passed their own medical marijuana regulation. The President has brought the country ever a step closer to the golden goal of rescheduling Medical Marijuana to a Class IV or V controlled substance; the final nail in the coffin of 100 years of prohibition and entrapment. God Bless America.

Commander in Chief

Commander in Chief

 

-The Green Chazzan

The Marijuana Mafia 

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/19/the-marijuana-mafia/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/22/narc-vs-narc-the-origins-of-the-modern-medical-marijuana-movement/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/27/the-opium-mob/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/26/the-secret-past-of-marijuana-laws-the-plant-and-the-poppy/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/11/rescheduling-marihuana-and-other-ideas-on-achievable-reform-part-1/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/24/marijuana-and-the-california-water-crisis/ ****That’s right! We reported it first!!!!!!”

Marijuana in Afghanistan

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/legalizing-marijuana-shou_b_5583767.html

 

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The Green Pulpit Update

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Hey guys,

Just wanted to let you know the Green Chazzan and the Green Pulpit Team haven’t forgotten the readers, we have just been spending some time doing some serious historical and journalistic research to provide more content for you on Medical Marijuana. We have some new articles coming out soon, the long awaited article about Marijuana and the 1920′s, Marijuana during the Depression and more. In the meantime check out some of our Secret History of the Drug War Articles Here:

 

Learn About How America Was Built on Hemp and Slavery. Find out how class struggle became the foundation of our history with America: The Venetian Republic

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/27/interlude-america-the-venetian-republic-part-i/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/27/interlude-america-the-venetian-republic-part-2/

 

Learn About America’s Involvement in the Opium Trade and How Marijuana and Opium Came to Be Global Market Rivals with The Secret History of Marijuana: The Plant and The Poppy and The Opium Mob

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/26/the-secret-past-of-marijuana-laws-the-plant-and-the-poppy/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/27/the-opium-mob/

 

Learn Secrets About How The Modern Medical Marijuana Movement Came to Be with Narc Vs. Narc: The Origins of the Medical Marijuana Movement and  The Marijuana Mafia

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/22/narc-vs-narc-the-origins-of-the-modern-medical-marijuana-movement/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/19/the-marijuana-mafia/

Bonus Article: Marijuana and the California Water Crisis 

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/24/marijuana-and-the-california-water-crisis/

 

How We Can Fix It

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/23/where-is-the-medical/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/11/rescheduling-marihuana-and-other-ideas-on-achievable-reform-part-1/

 

-Team Chazzan

 

 

Long Beach Elections Go Full Blown Florida

Courtesy of LBReport(c)

Courtesy of LBReport(c)

No less than 24 hours after the news about City Attorney candidate Charlie Parkin, Long Beach Crime Boss Bob Shannon, the Long Beach police department, and the marijuana extortion rackets hit the papers; a new scandal has emerged in the much heated Long Beach City Council Elections. Pastor Misi Tagaloa, candidate for the 1st district seat of Long Beach city council, and his staff became the target of a recent intimidation and possible homicide attempt on the Tagaloa offices on the night of May 30 last week.

Courtesy of LBReport(c)

Courtesy of LBReport(c)

Armed gunmen were have said to come by the offices between the time of 10pm on the evening of May 30 and 430 am on May 31st, firing at least three shots through the windows of the campaign offices. Campaign personnel stated that office lights were on but luckily all campaign workers had left the office for the night prior to the shooting.

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Pastor Misi Tagaloa

Pastor Misi Tagaloa

Most notably the shooting incident comes within 24 hours of a bombshell news article making the front page of the Long Beach Beachcomber about a marijuana and small business racketeering network being ran out of the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office. Officials implicated in the extortion ring include City Attorney Charlie Parkin, yet to be named members of the City Council (Mayor Foster, Lowenthal, De Long, and Schipske), and members of the Long Beach Police Officers Association aka the Police Union. The Long Beach police have been alleged to have participated in a criminal racketeering network, conducting an extortion scheme via payoff’s, issuing illegal city fines and fees, pay-or-raid scams, illegal business license fees, using gangland intimidation tactics and violence, arming and directing gang hit squads, making threats of bodily harm and death, and using the budget and office of the police department and city attorney to conduct organized crime activities that violates Federal RICO statutes. The author of the Beachcomber article, a retired but prestigious LAPD police chief, stated that candidates sponsored by the Long Beach Police Union were not to be trusted and are most likely involved in the criminal network’s racketeering operations, either as financial interests or political front men.

Beachcomber

Beachcomber

This incident also occurred after a heavy week of politics and controversy in the City of Long Beach as it was revealed that many of the City Council candidates, including Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, Lena Gonzalez, Carl Kemp and Suja Lowenthal were receiving illegal campaign monies directly from Long Beach based marijuana dispensaries that were either owned or supplied by the 5th district candidate, Carl Kemp. All four candidates have received both financial and political support from the Police Union and Mayor Foster.

Kemp

Kemp

The same group of candidates was also identified as being the primary recipients of donations from the Friends of Long Beach, a consortium of donors arranged by Mayor Bob Foster and Councilman Gary De Long consisting of their own companies, Lyon Communities (who are attempting a large scale long beach land grab) Carl Kemp’s Long Beach marijuana monopoly, out of town construction firms owned by associates of Foster, and DOMA property management, who are seeking to imitate Lyon.

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Members of the Long Beach community have alleged in the past that the rackets are not limited to Marijuana alone but also extend to many business projects that Carl Kemp’s firm, the Kemp Group, are associated with including the Long Beach Yellow Cab Co-Op, the city’s taxi cab monopoly which was able to prohibit competition illegally within the city; properties located off of 2nd street and Pacific Coast Highway, like the Shore Ultra Lounge and Legends, which is used for rackets and money laundering like many clubs, bars and dispensaries in Long Beach; Evergreen Shipping, the number one crate/container company in shipping illegal narcotics through the Port of Long Beach; and Lyon Communities, which include apartment behemoths Pine Avenue, the Promenade, the Lofts, Gallery 421, Ocean Avenue skyscrapers and most of Shoreline Village, which have also given sizeable financial support and stash house support to this criminal narco-network to retain power over the city and to ensure support for redevelopment plans over Willmore City and other key real estate locations in the Downtown core.

Mayor Bob Foster

Mayor Bob Foster

The goal is to make Bob Foster the cloistered mayor of Long Beach, retired and gone, but still firmly in control of how city contracts are decided. With a majority of puppets in the City Council, Foster will continue to strip the city of its assets through ‘special’ or ‘friendly’ subcontracts without being impugned. The $1 billion dollar city deficit farce was an act no less than Highwayman banditry, as most of Long Beach’s city bonds were underwritten by the California Farmers and Merchants Bank and Wells Fargo, two of the least impacted banks by the municipal bond crises that hit the market during the AIG scandal in 2008, so where did all of the money go? And why during this period of time, were key areas of downtown land given preferential assessment to Lyon Communities?

The answer is simple, the money was washed through the tax free non-reportable marijuana clubs that were facilitated by the Mayor, Carl Kemp and their Coalition of Corruption which has taken over the city. Since marijuana monies were not taxed by the city both public expenditures and private endowments paid to the Carl Kemp dispensaries went unreported and uncollected by city coffers. The money was actually redirected through different accounts at the same banking institution mentioned above, Farmers and Merchants, through corporate deposits made by Carl Kemp to pay so called ‘vendors’ which included construction firms, legal firms, financing operations, unregistered ‘lobbyists’ like Kemp, members of the City Council for ‘consultations’ and to make illegal drug money campaigns contributions to city candidates like Robert Garcia, Lena Gonzalez, Kemp himself and Suja Lowenthal.

Billions of city tax dollars were funneled through subcontracts and non-profit donations to marijuana businesses and businesses owned and controlled by the Coalition of Corruption including the Long Beach Cab Co-op Subsidies, Housing Subsidies for Private Property Groups, inflated Public Works budgets with Iraq War style money misallocations, and port subsidies that used fixed/rigged bidding to ensure that only companies with shared financial interests could operate on large city contracts. Pay offs to city officials were made through special fines, fees, assessments and other forms of municipal illegality that resemble Tammany Hall style governance.

The most recent, blatant and obvious payoff has been the non-collection of rent on the political offices of Lena Gonzalez, Robert Garcia and Suja Lowenthal. All three candidates have offices in Lyon owned buildings in the very expensive street level floors, expenditures for such pricey properties have NOT been reflected in the campaign finance reports of all three candidates with Gonzalez and Lowenthal holding offices off of Pine Avenue and Vice Mayor Garcia using the entire bottom floor of the Lofts complex in the William Lyon owned Promenande.

The ring leaders of this City Charade are former city attorney and Irish Crime Boss Bob Shannon, Orange County Restaurateur John Morris, Land Baron William Lyon, ‘Edomite Musician’ and Jewish Crime Boss Larry Tischauer, Producer and Naples resident Kevin Kasha, Carl Kemp & The Kemp Group, John Vidovich of De Anza Construction, City Attorney Charlie Parkin, Councilman Gary De Long and Mayor Bob Foster himself. These men have made it their mission to centralize control of organized crime and municipal bureaucracy throughout the city and their method of application has been none other than the Long Beach police department and their pawns within the City Council Suja Lowenthal, Lena Gonzalez and of course De Long himself.

Gary De Long

Gary De Long

Bob Shannon

Bob Shannon

It is critical, if the City of Long Beach is to survive, to vote in the upcoming City Council election. The City is at a juncture where we can choose to either stand up as a city or fall by the wayside to organized crime like Detroit and so many other politically rotted East Coast cities like Chicago, Benton Harbor, and Newark. Minorities, small business and medium business owners alike need to set aside traditional red vs. blue precepts and stand together to stop the Coalition of Corruption from rigging this election on Tuesday. The higher the turnout, the harder it is to rig an election.

-The Green Chazzan

Source Articles:

http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20140531/shots-fired-on-windows-of-tagaloa-campaign-office-in-long-beach

http://www.lbreport.com/news/may14/misisht1.htm

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/campaign-616531-office-damage.html

 

Links to Related Green Pulpit Stories About Long Beach Racketeering:

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/24/long-beach-election-mega-bomb-the-friends-of-long-beach-exposed/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/24/election-mega-bomb-update-lena-gonzalez-takes-marijuana-dispensary-money-in-long-beach-election-campaign/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/03/long-beach-election-update/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/14/420-news-update/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/05/something-is-rotten-in-the-city-of-long-beach/

 

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Long Beach Corruption Unveiled: Local News Connects Police and City Council to Marijuana Rackets

Original Story Found Here: http://www.longbeachcomber.com/story.aspx?artID=4416

Original Story from The Beachcomber:

The Beachcomber 

From Issue: Volume XXII – Number 11
5/30/2014
City Attorney’s Protection Racket
By Stephen Downing

Over the past few months this column has exposed the fraudulent and illegal practices of the Long Beach Police Officers Union (LBPOA) in its attempts to preserve their years of influence and control over the city attorney’s office. The exposures started with a fraudulent letter sent to the entire Long Beach electorate that, among other distortions, stated:

“We need an experienced, dedicated crime fighter like City Attorney Charlie Parkin helping us keep you safe. Parkin is the only candidate for city attorney with a real record of cracking down on crime, drug dealers, prostitution and fraud.”

We clearly established that Parkin is none of that.

Next we exposed that LBPOA board members had violated the law by conspiring with Parkin to pose for campaign photographs while in uniform, using expensive city equipment at their union headquarters in Signal Hill.

This was followed by revealing the LBPOA’s established pattern of deception upon the electorate by spending thousands of dollars on false, misleading and unethical slate mailers designed to dupe voters who were apt to identify with the POA’s “Crime Fighting” candidate based on party affiliation.

When asked about the election law violations clearly evident in the slate mailers paid for by the LBPOA, their president, Lieutenant Steve James, stated that it was an error, as he did not see a proof of the expensive mailer before it was sent to the printer – or the voters. Our response to that disgraceful reach for credibility was, “Pfttt!”

But, by this time it was becoming clear that the police union was struggling to protect its image with the electorate as a result of these exposures. By April 3, we saw for the first time the unblemished results of the spotlight put on their deceptions.

The union messaging designed to promote Parkin as a crime fighter suddenly disappeared. When asked why the LBPOA had spend $165,000 on Parkin’s candidacy their president, Steve James, stated, “The city attorney position is a critical component of public safety. We believe the city attorney is protecting us while we are protecting the public.”

It was finally out. Parkin was no longer their expert crime fighter, but rather their protector.

But, from what?

The history and culmination of a two-year lawsuit for excessive force this past week provides an excellent example of how the protection racket works and has worked for decades:

On June 19, 2012 the Long Beach drug enforcement unit raided the THC Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary, on suspicion of operating in violation of the city’s medical marijuana ordinance, a citable misdemeanor offense. After the front door was smashed open a security camera captured one officer using both feet to intentionally step on the back and neck of Dorian Brooks, a young African American volunteer clerk, after he was ordered to lay prone on the floor.

Brooks cried out in pain when the officer applied his weight. There was no sound accompanying the video, but Brooks alleged that several officers made many racial slurs toward him, including, “you’re a black drug dealer, you should be used to this.” Brooks had no prior criminal record.

A second officer stepped around Brooks without harming him and in doing so, spotted the security camera. It was clearly a threat. A third officer then used an iron pole to destroy the camera by hacking it off the wall, with the falling debris causing additional injury to Brooks.
What the officers did not know is that the camera recorded over the Internet and not at the location. The video soon went viral.

The full city council viewed it in council session, the police department launched a criminal investigation, Dorian Brooks sued the city, the local media told the story and exposed the video to the public and the city attorney went to work obfuscating the incident and threatening those who tried to bring the scope of its horrors to the attention of the public.

The Long Beach Post first wrote about the incident and City Attorney Robert Shannon retaliated by sending a letter to the publisher demanding that the article be retracted, threatening legal action if the publisher failed to do so.

Shannon was most upset by the fact that the Long Beach Post revealed that one of his own attorney’s was present at the raid, which gave rise to the question that the officer’s willingness to use excessive force and destroy property under the color of authority with a deputy city attorney present, suggested that all of it might be read as the officers belief that the city attorney’s office regards such criminal actions as legal.

In response to the tyrannical actions by the city attorney attempting to stifle free speech, Peter Bibring of the ACLU wrote to Shannon. In his letter he stated:

“As an elected official and an attorney, you have both the responsibility to uphold the constitution’s protections for freedom of speech and the press, and the knowledge necessary to do so. Frivolous threats against small, local organizations do not comport with your obligation to abide by the law, as well as enforce it.”
And, with specific regard to the actions taken by the officers in this case, Bibring, who currently serves as a member of the board recently appointed by the Chief of Police to study use of force in the LBPD, further stated:

“No matter how you look at it, it seems to me to violate the Fifth Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment, which bar the deprivation of property without due process of law. For a police officer to take something and smash it is depriving someone of property without due process. […] Cops can’t destroy property. They can confiscate it; they can’t destroy it.”

In my 20 years experience as a police officer, and the expertise I gained as a deputy chief of police with the LAPD supervising misconduct complaints as well as sitting as chair of the department’s use of force board, I concur with Bibring that the property destruction was criminal.

I also concluded, as a result of viewing the video that the assault upon Mr. Brooks was avoidable, intentional and delivered with malice aforethought.

The “protection” of police union members begun by Shannon in this case has continued under his heir apparent and appointed successor, Charles Parkin.

As one example, the Press-Telegram reported just last week the following statements made by the city attorney’s office when responding to questions related to a pending settlement of the Dorian Brooks lawsuit:

“The city continues to maintain that the police officer did not use excessive force and his actions were reasonable” and that, “the camera was destroyed as part of standard procedures during the execution of a search warrant to protect the identities of officers for safety reasons,” positing that, “If there was an organized crime element involved … the officers could be viewed by people with weapons.”

To that, as an experienced law enforcement professional, I say rubbish. The officer’s actions were not reasonable, the use of force was excessive and to raise the idea of an armed threat from “organized crime” is specious.

Police officers make arrests, testify in court, patrol the streets and follow-up on crimes against persons and property countless times while on duty – and are often identified by dangerous people. It goes with the territory.

To rationalize a potential threat from organized crime is hysterical, specious, delusional and something a cowboy cop who needs to be weeded out would proclaim, not a professional police officer or a competent attorney.

In spite of their campaign of denials and obfuscation, the video evidence was strong enough that Parkin settled and recommended that the city pay Brooks $50,000.

On the evening the council was to act upon the settlement recommendation I placed a letter to the mayor and members of the council in the record that stated in part:

I agree that the recommended settlement of $50,000 is a very good deal for the city in light of the brutality, the egregious violations of Mr. Brook’s constitutional rights and the overt destruction of property executed under the color of authority.

However, the city attorney’s letter of transmittal establishes the city’s position that, “The city and the officers deny that any excessive force was used.”

It would be a travesty for this council to let stand the position taken by the city attorney that supports the legitimacy of involved officer’s actions in the eyes of the Long Beach community. To do so would be to denigrate the police department, its leadership and the rank and file professionals whose reputations and hard work have been tainted by those few incompetents who were able to worm their way into the ranks of the police department and remain there because the vested interests of the police union continues to outweigh those of the people.

When the city council took up the matter I attempted to read the letter into the record, but was shut down at the three-minute mark, a council rule imposed by the mayor that had been regularly waived or ignored during earlier council business that evening.

Prior to the vote Parkin once again mislead the council in an outburst proclaiming that, “Mr. Downing is wrong!”

The council voted to approve the settlement and the language of Parkin’s letter: “the city and the officers deny that any excessive force was used.”

The officer’s denial is to be expected. Parkin’s outburst was expected. But, the city council’s actions based upon Parkin’s recommendation were unacceptable.

Once again the city has sent a message to the rank and file police officer that continued impunity by those who should be weeded out will continue to be protected.

There is only one way to bring a stop to this protection racket and that is at the ballot box. We should be suspicious of any and all candidates endorsed by the Long Beach Police Officer’s Association now and in the future.

June 3 is our opportunity to send that message and break the LBPOA’s corrupting grip on City Hall.

Stephen Downing is a Long Beach resident and retired LAPD Deputy Chief of Police.

 

Links to Related Green Pulpit Stories About Long Beach Racketeering:

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/24/long-beach-election-mega-bomb-the-friends-of-long-beach-exposed/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/24/election-mega-bomb-update-lena-gonzalez-takes-marijuana-dispensary-money-in-long-beach-election-campaign/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/03/long-beach-election-update/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/14/420-news-update/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/05/something-is-rotten-in-the-city-of-long-beach/

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Long Beach Election Mega Bomb: The “Friends” of Long Beach Exposed

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Har Har We Stole EVERYTHING!

Hey there, ladies and gentlemen of the good city of Long Beach. Your friend in all things medical, The Green Chazzan, has sent his spies to see what latest election rigging mischief, the miscreant Mayor of Long Beach, Bob Foster, has been up to. As you know, the Chazzan is not happy with Mayor Foster for his deplorable treatment of Long Beach patients, especially the elderly and those with HIV/AIDS, who use medicinal marihuana to assuage their pain and heal their cellular conditions. As previously discussed in several of the Chazzan’s articles on the Long Beach election (see bottom of page) there is obviously something really wrong with how City Hall is handling business in this city. The Mayor’s cabal of developers, property management groups, bar owners, dispensary mobsters, and Hollywood based lawyers have basically stripped the town of its wealth. Where is the wealth going? Some to Orange County, some to DTLA and Hollywood, but none of that wealth is staying in Long Beach to support the citizenry, not a dime.

But Chazzan! You have made many allegations against many candidates in this race! What can you do to tie all the money together and show the people of Long Beach that the Mayor is nothing but a thieving brigand along with his band of Highwaymen including  Lena Gonzalez, and Carl “I Killed Long Beach Marihuana” Kemp? Didn’t you say they are just using the unions like pawns with plans to sell out the union workers to the property management companies that wish to see the Port go by the wayside?

Yes I did, and here is why. I spent some time this month to follow the money and I’m about to expose a little financial political club called the Friends of Long Beach. The so-called “Friends” of Long Beach may have first caught your attention in reports issued by the LB Report (http://www.lbreport.com/14elec/indie/indx2.htm) and (http://www.lbreport.com/14elec/indie/indiemo2.htm) about the corrupt lobby group headed by Mayor Bob Foster, who has assembled his masters in crime for the past 8 years into one mega lobby that would make even Justice Scalia turn pink. Foster’s financial architect of this Grupo De Evil is none other than neighborhood gentrification king and slumlord, Gary DeLong. So let me introduce all of you to the Friends of Long Beach and let it be known that the ‘Friends’ have pledged support for all of the Mayor’s candidates including Lena Gonzalez and Carl Kemp. You will soon see this election is all about the Corporate Land-Lords vs. The People of Long Beach and the rights to their own property.

The first and most powerful contributor within the Friends of Long Beach is none other than the infamous William Lyon, the land baron of Orange County, and his son Bill Jr.; a rotten apple that hasn’t fallen too far from the tree. Lyon has poured over $30,000 into the Friends of Long Beach to ensure the continued gentrification of Long Beach, the end of the Willmore City as a historic preserve, and to ensure that all future property deals in the city for Lyon Communities will be assessed by the city at a discount rate. How much of the city does William Lyon own? A lot. From what I have been able to track down, Lyon Communities owns the entire Long Beach Promenade Area , the Lyon Gateway, the Lyon Promenade, Gallery 421 and 1900 East Ocean and apparently there is more but digging through titles can be tough work for Israeli intelligence. Peter Zak, the Vice President of Lyon Communications has also been ordered to give between $800 to $1200 to support Lena Gonzales, Lyon Communications has also given the same amount to Kemp via corporate representatives of the company performing individual donations on behalf of Lyon. Make no mistake, Lyon dominates this city through ownership of the Promenade, Ocean Avenue properties, Pine Avenue and the Pike and the Gateway Area, aka the Rich Areas of Town.

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William Lyon and Son, Epitome of OC Greed

William Lyon and Son, Epitome of OC Greed

The next thief-in-law from the Friends of Long Beach is the Affiliated Development Group aka The Walker Building aka DOMA Property Management at 401 Pine Avenue. These guys are close and personal with Gary DeLong and they have contributed $5,000, with rumors of up to $20,000 dollars given to the Friends of Long Beach. DOMA would love to see the entire west side bulldozed and built over with their properties, as would DAUM and Lyon. That means the end of a lot of things for many low and middle income Long Beach residents, even those who think they are safe behind a historical designation on their home. These land grabbers have the political muscle to end such rules and regulations very quickly, just like they did in Hollywood, and that is why they all must be stopped.

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De Anza Construction, a general contracting company from the Bay Area of NORCAL has given over $20,000 to the Friends of Long Beach fund with much of that money going to Robert Garcia. This company is owned by one John Vidovich who has managed to funnel contributions to Garcia through his four companies Forge Homestead, Vidovich-Torre, Vidovich-Cupertino, and the Gardena Retail Center. De Anza intends to get all the new demolition and construction contracts after the Foster cabal passes measures allowing for the destruction and gentrification of the Western and Central parts of Long Beach. De Anza has been especially malevolent in supporting the Mayors programs to cut back on social programs like food drives, homeless shelters, foster care, and psychiatric wards in favor of awarding large cost plus contracts with the cities money to De Anza. It should also be noted that De Anza was one of the firms slated to receive a large share of the construction contract for the Mayor’s false scheme to ‘retrofit or rebuild City Hall’ after producing a bogus seismic report. De Anza also contributed to Garcia’s campaign in April.

TMSI, the company owned by Gary DeLong himself has given between $5,000 and $10,000 to the Friends of Long Beach despite the fact that he put out a red herring by verbally supporting Damon Dunn. Obviously DeLong could not put his money where his mouth is, because both funds from his personal company and his property management associates are pouring in large inflows of capital into Garcia, Lena and Carl Kemp’s funds in order to combat new community upstart Damon Dunn. Other contributors to the “Friends” fund include the crate companies Total Transportation and Price Transfer Group. Dunn has given loyalties to none, but to the people of Long Beach, and has spent $700,000 of his own hard earned money to earn the respect of the Long Beach citizens. Long Beach residents should respect Damon Dunn for sacrificing almost three quarters of a million dollars of his own money to earn our trust and fight the Bob Foster Machine that has wreaked havoc upon the city.

Gary De Long Community Super Villain

Gary De Long – Community Super Villain

The Union’s may think they have Gonzales  loyalty but Big Business and Big Property have outspent them 10 to 1 with both Gonzalez and Carl Kemp and no doubt union workers can look forward to getting jobbed out as their contracts are threatened again when Garcia decides to ‘bring waves back to Long Beach’ which is code speak for “wind down the port and increase commercial property development on the coast”.  His corrupt lackey, Lena Gonzalez, who neither has the political qualifications, the community credibility or the moral gumption to assume the District 1 seat, will be there to vote for all of Foster’s whims. Her shameless claims of union support will be immediately turned heel once Ms. Gonzalez takes office and gives the finger to the AFL-CIO in exchange for the William Lyon cash cut.

Does This Look Like A Face You Can Trust?

Does This Look Like A Face You Can Trust?

While we are on the subject of Foster’s foul politics lets it also be known that Foster’s pawns are supported by infamous LA District Attorney Carmine Trutanich, one of the most hated and reviled men in all of Los Angeles County. Trutanich is a self-proclaimed enemy of Medical Marihuana and Medical Marihuana treatment for anyone, regardless of your medical condition because he was a whore for mandatory minimum cases that he loved giving to young adults while he was the DA. Trutanich, which the gay community in Long Beach should know, is also homophobic and recklessly attempted to restrict marihuana care to AIDS patients throughout LA but was thankfully replaced by the infinitely more progressive minded and patient friendly Mike Feuer in a landslide election. Trutanich isn’t the only Los Angeles ex-bureaucratic elite that want to sink their meathooks into the Long Beach community. Matt Knabe, Don Knabe’s son, has aggressively used his firm EKA to support the Lena-Kemp Coalition of Corruption with thousands of dollars going into the Coalitions slush funds. This is no doubt to ensure that the Coalition of Corruption doesn’t forget to throw Don Knabe’s favorite New Year’s “Too Expensive For Normal People To Come” Party on the Queen Mary which is frequently attended by Mayor Foster, Trutanich, the Garcia-Lena-Kemp Coalition of Corruption and all listed within the ‘Friends’ of Long Beach.

LA Hates This Guy

LA Hates This Guy

Big Tobacco has also taken an interest in maintaining the Mayor’s imposed medical marihuana prohibition (No Mr. Mayor, there is no medical grade marihuana in Long Beach anymore and Carl Kemp is a HORRIBLE grower)  by providing several contribution streams in early May to  Lena Gonzalez and Carl Kemp. The incestuous nature of these campaigns is simply disgusting and has no bearing or interest on what the good people of Long Beach need or want; this Coalition of Corruption is going to continue to cut services, continue to indebt the city with obese and unnecessary subcontracts, will continue to skim their own shares of our money right off the top without shame, and will continue to buy up this city like it’s their own damn Scrooge McDuck coin vault to swim in. Even the City Police Chief McDonnell has resorted to plundering the public trove and many residents complain about his orders to underreport crime in order to lower Long Beach crime statistics and become LA County Sheriff. Also a quick note, the rumor is true, Suja Lowenthal’s largest contributor is charter schools, so take any notion of this woman being a liberal and throw it in the trash.

Carl Kemp

Carl Kemp

Carl Kemp has a very strange list of contributors, some of who may even be making federally illegal contributions from their marijuana dispensary earnings. Oh Carl, you just love tempting fate with the DEA don’t you? Kemp is backed heavily by the EK & EK Consulting Firm in San Pedro who have shared interest in Kemp’s marihuana clubs. He is also heavily funded by the former Chronic Pain Relief Center, Percy Ward of Herbal Blessings, a marijuana dispensary in Inglewood, and Westland Industries, a subcontractor with some of the worst ratings ever seen on Yelp for ripping off clients like it was the TV show To Catch A Contractor. Kemp is also quietly backed by Busch, the beer company with a long history of promoting marihuana prohibition while secretly attempting to monopolize the marihuana industry, kind of like how Kemp illegally monopolized the grows and dispensaries of Long Beach, killing our good bud. Let’s also not forget that Kemp is tied to Rogue Texas DEA agent Don Duncan of American’s For Safe Access, one of the most vicious leaders of the Marijuana Mafia and one of the biggest forces behind preventing federal reform of medical marihuana. People like Duncan and Kemp want to keep the price of medical marihuana high, while cheating the patients by offering low quality, non-medical grade, practically scrap, marihuana that is not suitable to administer as medical treatment or even for our misguided hipster locals that wish to use it recreationally. Kemp is shamefully supported by ‘Firefighters For A Better Government’ which upon further research turned out to be a non-firefighter related political scam group from Ventura County that has already been sanctioned several times by the Ventura County courts for election improprieties and bankruptcy issues. Kemp also says he has good relations with the Long Beach gay community, of course this is an utter lie as Kemp has been the only candidate in Long Beach to date to take donations from the notoriously gay hating Chic-Fil-A.

Proof from the Long Beach Clerk About Medical Marijuana Political Donations:

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Clerk File 2

 

Last time I checked using the profits from a sale of Schedule I substance for political contributions and accepting such contributions is a federal crime. So did Carl Kemp, in his bent attempt to defeat Stacy Mungo, commit a federal crime? The answer is yes, using marihuana monies for any election, local, state, federal is absolutely 100% illegal and the irony is, thanks to Kemp’s foolish attempts to stop research and federal reform of medical marihuana, he may end being the victim of his own schemes. Kemp’s marijuana is just horrible, brown, moldy and just simply below Class B quality consistently, atrocious. The Party Van honestly can’t come to town fast enough to get Kemp the hell out of here; but if the Party Van deserves to take anyone to that 9 x 9 Party Room its Mayor Bob Foster.

-The Green Chazzan

***BREAKING UPDATE***Lena Gonzalez also takes Marijuana Cash!

 

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This just in, for all my Long Beach fans and friends it looks like Team Chazzan has struck gold once again, because it seems that Carl Kemp of the 5th District Election race is not the only person who has put his hand in the marijuana cookie jar during this Long Beach campaign season.

It seems that 1st district Candidate Lena Gonzalez also couldn’t help but take a whiff of that sweet medical marihuana cash, and has taken contributions from the Chronic Pain Relief Center and quite possibly the organization behind the ol’Long Beach Green Room. Our members have acquired the following election records showing $200 given from each organization, which is a decent contribution at the district level. As we have discussed before, Long Beach has aggressively tempted fate with the Drug Enforcement Agency by first passing a municipal tax on medical marihuana, which has been a federal crime since 1937 and an overall DEA agitator along with taking in monetary contributions from a drug trafficking or Schedule I drug producing organization which is also federally prohibited.

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You know it’s kind of funny Long Beach, when a conspiracy theory starts becoming a conspiracy fact and it seems that the facts are that not only does Carl Kemp and Lena Gonzalez have the same illegal marijuana contributors, but they also seem to have many other similar contributors from the Coalition of Corruption as well, see for yourself:

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It looks like Lena doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the Long Beach community. Having only lived in the district under a year, this is all really starting to smell.  We are definitely starting to ‘get the drift’ with Lena ‘Graft’ Gonzales, the Bob Foster corporate candidate, going up against the local Christian pastor defending his neighborhood from the forces of gentrification.

-The Green Chazzan

 

Further Reading:

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/05/03/long-beach-election-update/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/14/420-news-update/

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/05/something-is-rotten-in-the-city-of-long-beach/

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Long Beach Election Update

Mayor Bob Foster

Mayor Bob Foster

The 5th District is Screwed

Long Beach’s Fifth District is in deep trouble. Two vile henchmen of Mayor Bob Foster are currently running for the city council seat of former Long Beach City Machine slumlord, Gerry Schipske. The two candidates are Long Beach Marijuana Crime Boss Carl Kemp, touted as a ‘government affairs expert and lobbyist’ to the City of Long Beach and a ‘special advisor’ to Mayor Bob Foster along with Foster’s former lackey Stacey Mungo. The bottom line is the Fifth District is utterly screwed if either of these two criminals win this seat. It’s just another example of Bob Foster ensuring that he will have a personal and permanent retirement package when he leaves the Mayor’s Office.  Foster has ordered Schipske to back Kemp and he has backed Mungo himself to create an air of fairness and deception. The good people of Long Beach, know deep down, that no matter what they don’t win and the Mayor’s unending greed continues.

Let’s start with Long Beach Marijuana Mafia Boss Carl Kemp, we recently discussed Mr. Kemp’s victory during our 420 news update (http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/14/420-news-update/) and we stand by our opinion that Mr. Kemp is one of the vile men in all of Long Beach. The rise to the top of this political phony is built on the backs of the marijuana clubs that were ran out of the city. Many innocent and well intending medical providers were defrauded and robbed of their property and assets by a cabal of local marijuana mafioso’s that include Kemp, Mayor Bob Foster, former City Attorney Bob Shannon, Local Racketeer John Morris, Mayoral Candidate Robert Garcia’s assistant Lena Gonzalez, Councilman Suja Lowenthal, Slumlord Mark Adams and several attorney’s aligned with the city machine including City Attorney candidates Charlie Parkin and Matt Pappas. This cabal functions like a parasite throughout the city, jobbing out small business owners and extorting medium sized ones, rigging bids on property throughout the city to themselves and their slumlord allies, like Schipske and retiring Councilmen Gary De Long.

Carl Kemp

Carl Kemp

We have gone into more detail on the Long Beach Cartel here:

(http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/05/something-is-rotten-in-the-city-of-long-beach/)

Kemp, through his membership in the Morris Cabal, has managed to completely monopolize the marijuana businesses of Long Beach. Almost all delivery services, and all open dispensaries are either owned or controlled by Kemp. How is this possible? Kemp is both the grower and supplier of Long Beach’s awful ‘Medical’ Marijuana. Long Beach, once known to be the Marijuana Mecca of the World watched from 2008-2012 as shop after shop that would not surrender to the Morris Cabal was knocked down, its assets often seized by Mr. Kemps thugs dressed in police uniforms to set up Long Beach police. Kemp and Bob Shannon were the masterminds behind the rigged lottery for the medical marihuana shops in Long Beach; Kemp has also rigged the process as to who may and may not open tobacco vaporizer shops in Long Beach.

Kemp’s medical marijuana is not medicinal at all. He is the supplier to the Disabled Patients Group at Anaheim and Cherry and Mark Adam’s Herbal Solutions off of Broadway. He controls the True Connoisseur collective off of Redondo, this dispensary supplies most of the delivery services in Long Beach and the South Bay. The marijuana at these locations are horrible and many of my friends in Long Beach who could easily be considered Medical Marihuana experts have repeatedly complained that they are forced to travel to Los Angeles, Hollywood and The Valley because the quality of Long Beach’s Marijuana is horrendous.

Under Kemp’s control the amount of mold and plant disease found in Long Beach’s Marijuana has exceeded levels that are well beyond acceptable. Any mom-n-pop marihuana shop that dare try to open in the City of Long Beach will quickly find itself being extorted by either Carl Kemp or Mark Adams in short order. If they refuse to pay the extortion demands, which have been told to be anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 up front and a cut of the yearly profits, Kemp will use his connections with the city machine to have the city shut the clinic down. If the growers make a stand either the city will raid them or Kemp’s gangland connections from uptown will pay them a visit.

Kemp Likes Douchey Photos of Himself Like Stevie D

Kemp Prefers Douched Photos of Himself Like Stevie D

Kemp and Adam’s have pooled their profits with Mayor Foster and the Morris Cabal and have now passed a federally illegal city tax to raise city marijuana prices and launder even more of the patient’s money through illegitimate city programs. Kemp has proposed a rehabilitation of El Dorado Park, which has been contaminated from groundwater pollution and he intends to use the park projects to outsource contracts to associate owned businesses that will help him launder the Marijuana money and several other city funds that could be used for something more important like city infrastructure, environmental cleanup and public safety.

Kemp also claims he is a family man and out to help the families of Long Beach, yet his marijuana clubs have been busted again and again for allowing second-hand sales to minors. He is also responsible for the proliferation of THC wax throughout the city which has become an addiction issue for many of the city’s youth. THC wax has such a high concentration of THC 80%+ that it makes the brain oversaturated and dependent on high levels of THC. Mr. Kemp has known this but has always put profit before public safety; Kemp is also connected to known Wax Bars up in the Pico Area of Los Angeles. Kemp’s former clubs throughout the city which included Naples Wellness and One Love Beach Club, two other notorious dives with bad marijuana, were raided by the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency for narco-trafficking and suspected ties to organized crime.

ASA Scumbag-in-Chief Don Duncan

ASA Scumbag-in-Chief Don Duncan

Kemp is also tied to rogue Texas DEA agent Don Duncan of American’s For Safe Access, one of the leaders of the California Marijuana Mob and a hardened criminal. ASA provided support to Kemp to help cut the original deal with the Long Beach machine to monopolize the Long Beach marijuana dispensaries through the illegal lottery. Kemp has also participated with the Morris Cabal in racketeering many of the cities commercial properties, fixing title transfers, auctions and property sales to their allies and lackeys to maintain a financial grip over the city both privately and publically. Kemp is ALSO a so-called ‘lobbyist for the Long Beach Collective Association’, it’s funny how one can be lobbyist for themselves. Kemp has no real political experience but plenty of organized crime experience. This guy is a grower and a shitty one at that. His Long Beach Collective Association pals are notorious ‘Marijuana Defense’ aka ‘We Job Out Our Own Clients’ Attorney’s Matt Pappas, Rick Brizendine, and Paul Violas; all of these men were involved in the rigging of the Long Beach marijuana lottery and have been the architects of many of the lawsuit scams that were used to keep the competition in check.

ASA Video of Carl Kemp at Long Beach City Council:

OC Weekly was quoted with this Smoking Gun on Kemp:

“The person adding his name to the list of Kemp’s supporters is none other than Robert Shannon, the outgoing city attorney who drafted the since-overturned ordinance that led to Long Beach’s marijuana lottery, a man who seemed incapable of hiding his disdain for the very industry Kemp was representing. After all, none of the clubs that won the lottery ever received a permit to operate, and everyone who invested in the operations–paying expensive fees to apply for permission to set up shop in Long Beach and comply with all the city codes that had to be obeyed–lost everything.

You’d think, therefore that Shannon would be the last person to lend his name to Kemp’s ticket. But this is Chinatown, er, Long Beach, Jack, so go figure. In any case, let’s give Shannon, who shared his love for Kemp with Everything Long Beach.com, the last word:

In my time in the City Attorney’s office, I’ve worked with 29 City Council members, two Mayors, four City Managers, and six Police Chiefs,” Shannon said. “I know when someone will be a real leader for our city. Carl will be the kind of leader who will drive positive change in this community. He says what he means, not just what he thinks people want to hear. He has always held himself accountable to the citizens of this city, and I know he’ll continue to do that on the City Council.

Bob Shannon

Bob Shannon

This is just utterly shameful. Bob Shannon is an Irish crime boss that somehow became City Attorney and he has always been an associate of Kemp just like Bob Foster has been an associate of the Italian Mob. This city has been so bent over and corrupted by these two men alone it would make Los Angeles blush. This endorsement is none other than visceral evidence that Shannon, his cousin Parkin and Kemp helped rig Long beach marijuana permits, shut down and destroyed any competition or opposition to their substandard hoodlum businesses and their SCRAP marijuana.

The Long Beach Fire Department should take another look before going forward with backing Carl Kemp, this man has been responsible for the cutting of the Fire budget and the loss of stations throughout the city. The Morris Cabal is the black hand responsible for the cities $1 Billion dollar deficit, because they have extracted the cities tax revenues through rigged bidding, obese cost plus contracts, overcharged expenses and trips, fake city heritage restoration projects, money laundering through city organizations and museums, money laundering through marijuana collectives, money laundering through Laundromats (old school, serious) and property transactions. Kemp is one of the worst of the worst that this city has to offer and he is nothing but pure evil scum and a curse for the voters of the Fifth District.

 Don’t Forget Stacy

The Internet Did It

The Internet Did It, Vegas?

Foster is backing Mungo to maintain the appearance of his rivalry with Kemp and Schipske, who is backing Kemp to make the appearance of a split between the city’s ‘electoral aristocracy’. We have also seen former Mayor and collaborator Beverly O’Neill come out in support of many of the Mayor’s choices for the city; Beverly has been given plenty of hush money and marijuana tribute money herself over the years. She couldn’t seem to resist a handout from half the city candidates this year in exchange for whoring out her political endorsement to them. Foster is hoping for an election sweep to be able to continue to plunder the city for his retirement. Ideally he wants to see Robert Garcia become Mayor, Lena Gonzalez take the First District, Charlie Parkin remain City Attorney, and Carl Kemp take the Fifth District. The Mayor already was able to place Roberto Uranga in the Seventh District and John McGinnis on the School Board, so part of his plan to continue to retain power over the city is already complete.

The Good News

Damon Dunn

Damon Dunn

The shining light is seemingly coming from Mayoral Candidate Damon Dunn, who has debuted a number of very aggressive anti-corruption ads throughout the city over the last month. He stepped it up on April 26 by filing a lawsuit in court against the Robert Garcia campaign for election fraud. Garcia’s votes from empty houses, grow houses and bussed in Cambodian’s from other parts of Long Beach and Los Angeles were very noticeable on Election Day. Dunn identified that local Long Beach unions were shaken down for election money for Garcia’s campaign, with their union raises and bonuses being held in exchange for contributions from the union’s campaign slush funds. Garcia was also identified as having not paid his business taxes over a period of several years with six existing IRS tax liens totaling almost $10,000 dollars. Garcia also passed thousands of dollars in personal vacations and trips along to the taxpayers of Long Beach, while already receiving thousands of dollars in free trip favors from special interest donors that did not live in the city. Most egregiously Garcia charged over $25,000 to Long Beach taxpayers for the use of his own car.

Tax it and Get Raided

The Mayor of Long Beach has effectively damned the City of Long Beach to DEA Raid Hell by encouraging the passing of his medical marijuana tax scam. Local and state taxes on medications from any Federal Schedule is federally illegal without specific federal legislation approving the tax; furthermore taxing Marijuana locally or via the state is also federally prohibited by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. It’s ok though, because as you now know the ONLY marijuana collectives permitted to exist in Long Beach are those owned by Carl Kemp. Enjoy your continued extortion of the Long Beach patients while you still can Carl,  because you just asked the Narcs to come a knockin’.

DEA

We Raid For Taxes!

 

 

-The Green Chazzan 

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Senate Judiciary Committee Grills DEA Over Cole Memorandum and Marijuana Mafia

DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart

DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart

Watch the Senate Judiciary Committee ask the DEA about their conformity to the Cole Memorandum, Questioning Begins at (45:00):  

http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/oversight-of-the-drug-enforcement-administration

Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Chuck Grassley were interested in the DEA’s conformity to the Cole Memorandum’s prescription and guidance on how DEA’s enforcement of Marihuana in decriminalized and legalized states may proceed.

The Cole Memorandum and the organizations involved with its passage can be found at the following three links:

http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/3052013829132756857467.pdfThe Memorandum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_cannabis_from_Schedule_I_of_the_Controlled_Substances_Act#For_rescheduling - Wikipedia

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/06/narco-respublica-de-solio/About The Groups Involved

Check it out you guy’s it looks like the Number One concern of the DEA about Medical Marihuana is the Marijuana Mafia itself. The DEA affirms everything yours truly said right here:

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/03/19/the-marijuana-mafia/

Here is an article about how we can achieve Marihuana Reform:

http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/02/11/rescheduling-marihuana-and-other-ideas-on-achievable-reform-part-1/

We can resolve this issue by rescheduling medicinal marihuana as a Schedule IV or V substance and regulate marihuana by establishing an agency that oversees a conformity to medicinal quality, public health and public safety. We have to stand against the influences of George Soros, Arjan Roskam, Keith Stroup, NORML, Don Duncan, Steve DeAngelo and the rest of the Marijuana Mafia, because they are not trying to improve the situation, they are only making it worse by continuing to play this interstate/international Winners-And-Losers game with the corrupt DEA agents to keep Medical Marihuana from being federally decriminalized and rescheduled as a legally available medication. They want to keep the farmers in the Emerald Triangle and around the world as their personal plantation slaves, not free the plant and free the people from the global health crisis that has come about from the proliferation of industrial disease. This tragic farce needs to end, We The People have the right to demand that our government works for us and especially on behalf of our personal health. The President’s plan for national health insurance is just the first step in righting the wrongs that have diseased our healthcare system for decades. Medical Marihuana is a medicinal cure and IT CAN be rescheduled, WE CAN demand the right to choose what is best for our healthcare and WE KNOW that with the right message and the right moral intent we will have the government stand with us to Reschedule, Regulate and Restore Medical Marihuana as a medication for all!

-The Green Chazzan 

 

 

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Interlude: America, The Venetian Republic – Part 2

Freedom From Fear

Shay's Rebellion

Shay’s Rebellion

The currency crisis had also created disaffection among the military veterans, who had been paid in Continentals and had watched their war wages fade to nothing following the end of the war. Daniel Shays, an honored soldier and farmer began collaborating with former members of the Sons of Liberty, most prominently Samuel Adams and Colonial Regulators to begin arming veterans for an insurrection against the oppressive post-Revolutionary oligarchical state. Adams had accused the merchant classes of manipulating access to foreign currency to pay down their own debts by reducing specie availability and then increasing the debts of others by increasing the availability of specie when loans were made to farmers. Daniel Shays opposed the local Massachusetts Courts on the grounds of debt relief, but the courts seized his lands and the lands of many others on behalf of the ruling Boston merchants; effectively using debt, taxation and litigation to deprive Shays and the farmers of their property rights in order to deliver their property into the hands of the oligarchy.

The governor, Daniel Bowdoin, had vigorously attempted to counter the policies set by John Hancock as the previous governor which allowed for devalued currency to be accepted in equivalent value to the dollar for payment of debts. This was successful in insulating Massachusetts farmers from the federal currency collapse and allowed for the exportation of devalued currency from the state keeping inflation and new loan interest low. Bowdoin, using the national debt as a political shield, stepped up tax collections and land seizures leading to general protests against his leadership and accusations of collaboration with the merchant oligarchy. Protests led by Daniel Shay’s broke out in what would become known as Shay’s Rebellion; militias assaulted police and tax collectors, shut down the courts and targeted members of the oligarchy for public beatings.

Gov. James Bowdoin

Gov. James Bowdoin

The state of Massachusetts descended into a state of civil war as middle and working class rebels engaged with pro-oligarchical militias throughout the state, by 1786 the situation had grown direly out of control and the oligarchs enlisted 3,000 mercenaries to help them finish the conflict. Samuel Adams, seeing a threat to the power of the landed classes throughout the country, switched allegiances claiming Shay’s was being backed by British agents and that rights to a trial should be suspended on grounds of treason. By early 1787, the mercenary army in addition to the continental army led by George Washington suppressed the rebellion and Marshall Law was declared to maintain control over the state; anyone deemed to have participated in the rebellion was stripped of their rights as Freemen. Bowdoin would use his response to the rebellion to help formulate the Federalist ideology, calling a strong centralized oligarchical government that could prevent the return of what he regarded as ‘peasant rebellions’.  Many of the leaders of the rebellion fled to Canada and Vermont following the conflict leading to the creation of the temporary Vermont Republic and the State of Vermont itself.

President George Washington

President George Washington

The outcome of the conflict led to the collapse of Bowdoin’s abilities to govern and a landslide reelection of John Hancock, who largely granted clemency to all of the rebellions participants. Hancock cut taxes and restructured the state economic system at the expense of the Merchant oligarchy using avoidance of another rebellion as a pretext. Thomas Jefferson did not fear the rebellion spreading further, stating in his infamous ‘Tree of Liberty’ speech that the bloodshed of the conflict was a good thing for maintaining order among the classes and would dissuade further conflicts related to the matter. George Washington on the other hand viewed the rebellion with great alarm, calling for constitutional and government reforms, fearing an eventual civil war and overthrow of the oligarchy by the lower classes; Washington understood the desires of the laborers and farmers, as they had all fought in the Revolutionary War as patriotic equals. Washington was also aware that English espionage with the Native Americans had not ceased despite the end of the war and that some oligarchical entities had considered a bid to return to English rule in despair over the very obvious failures of the Second Continental Congress and the oligarchical states governments. Washington used his influence to bring these oligarchs into the federalist fold, promising a strong central government like that of England’s, which would bring both peace and prosperity through law and order. Federalism and Anti-Federalism would emerge from this conflict among the oligarchical elite, those who wished a new stronger central government and those who wished to retain their power within the competing oligarchical republican states.

In the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Shay’s Rebellion and the threat to oligarchical rule was discussed at length. Those who had previously opposed the formation of a central government and a strong national military under the Anti-Federalist banner abandoned these positions, citing the lack of coordination by both the state and congressional governments in being able to effectively put down Shay’s Rebellion. The ultimate concern of the oligarchs was the preservation of their wealth and power, ideological compromises would have to be made in order to protect their assets from the revolts of the lower classes. What was also addressed was the inefficiency and corruption of the court systems; robbers and vigilantes had used the confederacy system to commit crimes in some states and flee to others for legal asylum, a tactic used by the Southern planter class to destabilize the North for what they called ‘economic warfare’ against the South. The idea of a Popular Vote was immediately rejected at the Convention on the grounds of the rebellion in favor of an Electoral Vote that could nullify the Popular Vote and ensure oligarchical control over the Republic at all times. Initially House Representatives and Senators were to be chosen only by the state legislatures of the oligarchical elite.

The Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention

The model for the Republic of Venice was decidedly adopted over those of the Athenian and Spartan Greek city-states.  A Doge-like executive would be selected as President to be the direct commander-in-chief over the armed forces to clear bureaucratic gridlock and allow for a swift military response to domestic rebellions. A Gran Consiglio of a legislative branch representing the interests of the elite would be created as a counterweight to the President and finally a Venetian Council of Ten or the Supreme Court would be introduced as a third branch judicial body to balance out the other branches. The Republic of Venice was an oligarchical empire that had managed its society through long periods of prosperity through strict laws, political intrigue, domestic surveillance and very strict oligarchical class control. This was assumed to be a more powerful form of government for the American oligarchy and an effective answer to the lack of a strong and willful state. The new Constitution would be created to keep everything the oligarchy had won from their British counterparts, make a compromise on the representation of the middle and lower classes, and create a mechanism of legal control over the populace that could be used to coordinate domestic military operations when needed.

After the Philadelphia Convention, leading figures in the war, Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams and Richard Henry Lee publically opposed the constitution citing Anti-Federalist values, citing a threat to individual rights and the promotion of the Presidential position as a return to monarchy. It should be noted that Adams and Lee had played major roles in the previous government and had concerns about the decline of oligarchical rule in the colonies in favor to the central government of the constitution. Thomas Jefferson, another anti-federalist warned against popular votes and popular politics being manipulated by the constitutional government, citing an impending ‘Tyranny of the Majority’ that would strip ‘Freemen’ of their class interests. Patrick Henry wrote extensively of fears that the Federalists sought to create a new aristocracy that resembled the British peerage system, which was not too far from the truth for many Federalist oligarchs.

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams

The Massachusetts Convention in 1788 was very vitriolic and contentious. Fist fights broke out at the convention between members of the federalist and anti-federalist factions. The impasse between the two groups finally ended when Samuel Adams and John Hancock (also an Anti-Federalist) threatened to unite the Northern farmers against the Convention and overthrow the government of the Confederation unless Constitutional amendments and a Bill of Rights was included. The landed oligarchs took the threat very seriously; Hancock had already made good on several earlier threats and the popularity between Hancock and Adams as ‘men of the people’ would have brought the population behind them. The Constitution was ratified with the debate over the amendments to continue in the 1st US Congress. George Washington was nearly unanimously elected to be the First President of the United States in 1789, viewed by both oligarchical factions and the public alike with immense respect, he would serve as the compromise candidate to get the ball rolling on the new administration of government.

Washington saw his goal as stabilizing the new republic from the past ten years of economic strife. He signed Jay’s Treaty with England, a new trade agreement that would take off some of the international currency pressures against the dollar. Washington set standards for the presidency, only serving two terms to symbolically reject the notion of military dictatorship, and despite being immensely wealthy, accepting the Presidential salary to establish it so less wealthy men could serve in the position. Washington, understanding that he was setting the tone for years to come rejected the use of aristocratic titles for government positions and accepted opposing views in the form of civil debate, rejecting the notion that the Presidency was an office of political violence and potential tyranny, like many of the governors had come to be seen.

Hamilton and Jefferson

Hamilton and Jefferson

The Constitution was largely influence by Alexander Hamilton who had sought to avert the financial collapse of the new republic and contain the potential British influence that could come from it. His initial propositions to have representatives for life modeled after the House of Lords led to accusations of British collaboration which at times were historically murky given the situation at hand. However Hamilton’s proposals to fix the economy as Secretary of the Treasury contradicted this notion, he allowed the federal governments to assume all revolutionary debt from the states in exchange for a centralization of the currency system. Wealthier states and their representatives like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison opposed this debt centralization plan, citing that their taxes would be used as a form of a bail out for less fortunate states; Hamilton saw Jefferson and Madison as being firmly entrenched in their oligarchical beliefs and positions from previous years citing the currency issues that had arisen between the states.

The original three interests of the revolution would firmly split into two camps over the idea of a National Bank:

Madison objected to Hamilton’s proposal to lower the rate of interest and postpone payments on federal debt as not being payment in full; he also objected to the speculative profits being made. Much of the national debt was in the form of bonds issued to Continental veterans, in place of wages the Continental Congress did not have the money to pay. As the bonds continued to go unpaid, many had been pawned for a small fraction of their value. Madison proposed to pay in full, but to divide payment between the original recipient and the present possessor. Others, such as Samuel Livermore of New Hampshire, wished to curb speculation, and reduce taxation, by paying only part of the bond. The disagreements between Madison and Hamilton extended to other proposals Hamilton made to Congress, and drew in Jefferson when he returned from serving as minister to France. Hamilton’s supporters became known as Federalists and Jefferson’s as Republicans.”

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Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson were Washington’s top advisors and bitter rivals; Hamilton who had a close relationship with the landed gentry of England through his own family ties sought to create a national banking system to restore American credit and turn the US into an economic force. Jay’s Treaty with Britain was denounced as a result of Hamilton’s close ties to the British and an affront to the French, who were undergoing a republican revolution of their own. Jefferson and his allies supported the anti-monarch bourgeoisie in France and saw Hamilton’s reconciliations as attempts to thwart their plans. Jefferson’s views were largely oligarchical and he sought to restore the predisposition of the Confederation period stating that he was “in a struggle between the Treasury department and the republican interest.”

Hamilton suggested that Congress should charter the National Bank with a capitalization of $10 million, one-fifth of which would be handled by the Government. Since the Government did not have the money, it would borrow the money from the bank itself, and repay the loan in ten even annual installments. The rest was to be available to individual investors. The bank was to be governed by a twenty-five member board of directors that was to represent a large majority of the private shareholders, which Hamilton considered essential for his being under a private direction. Hamilton’s bank model had many similarities to that of the Bank of England, except Hamilton wanted to exclude the Government from being involved in public debt, but provide a large, firm, and elastic money supply for the functioning of normal businesses and usual economic development, among other differences. For tax revenue to ignite the bank, it was the same as he had previously proposed; increases on imported spirits: rum, liquor, and whiskey.”

Gold and Silver

Gold and Silver

 

The United States owed a national debt of $90 million in 1790, equivalent to roughly 2.3 billion dollars in debt today;  Hamilton came up with a number of alternative solutions to handle the debt that were enabled through various property and excise taxes. Hamilton had also been instrumental in putting the standard for a bimetallic currency in the Constitution to enable the US to mint its own gold and silver coins and finally run the Spanish gold coin out of circulation. Hamilton argued that by undermining gold to maintain a high price and oversupplying West Indies silver imports to keep the silver price low, silver coins would always be readily available to expand the money supply when needed; Hamilton also proposed the minting of smaller value coins of silver and copper for small transaction with the lower classes. He created a naval inspection service called the Revenue Cutters, a precursor to the Coast Guard, whose primary purpose was to crack down and tax interstate smuggling, especially between anti-federalist oligarchical rivals trying to dodge taxes.

Tensions however would rise as Hamilton’s policy popularity led to a number of public declarations in favor of the merchant oligarchy over the agrarian oligarchy, citing French economic theories that pushed for an advanced manufacturing based economy to pay off large debts. The Copper Panic of 1789 would destabilize the Presidency of George Washington, along with Hamilton’s Policy. The Confederation states had minted their own coins using copper to create a hard currency alternative to the devaluing continental; the British had attempted to destabilize the economic markets by having spies introduce counterfeit copper coins into the American market creating a surplus of the coins and lowering the value of copper. The counterfeiting intensified during the period of Shay’s Rebellion, compounded by the fact that states had engaged in following John Hancock’s lead in exporting the fiat Continental currency and borrowing and issuing new loans with the copper currency. This led to debt disparities between the states and states engaging in copper counterfeiting of their own to contain the exported inflation. By 1789, the market was flooded with the debased coins, sharing an inflation rate well over 400% and the ability to do commerce with the coins ceased; state banks tried to stem the currency circulation by issuing new fiat but this was stopped by Hamilton who feared a return to the Confederacy system and its hyperinflationary issues. The copper was taken out of public circulation leading to another contraction in the public money supply and of available credit.

Whiskey Rebellion

Whiskey Rebellion

The Copper Panic and the Whiskey Excise Tax created an uproar among the farming community. Whiskey had been a frontier form of exchange and the new taxes made it less desirable, cutting into the incomes of the poor and farming classes. The farmers outside of the states especially resented the tax because they did not have Congressional representation and farmers who did have representation did not feel fairly represented, leading back to the ‘no taxation without representation’ conundrum that they had spent a decade fighting to free themselves from. A fresh bout of Indian attacks on Western frontier pushed the Ohio Valley farmers into a state of rebellion as they felt the new government was no different from the old despite the progress that had been made. Local Republican oligarchs preyed upon this sentiment politically, hyping up merchant class conspiracies to defraud the poor of their wealth and enlisting them in ad hoc conventions to discuss new types of republican government.  In 1793, hostilities intensified as tax collectors became the victims of lynch mobs, and effigies of local governors were burned publically. In 1791, the Whiskey Rebellion broke out when several rogue distillers refused to pay taxes; Hamilton was accused, even by many modern historians, of exacerbating the controversy by issuing federal subpoena’s to the frontier distillers to create a popular revolt against direct oligarchical taxation that could be crushed by the military to enrich the creditor class at the expense of the taxpayers once the tax system had been enforced. Many historians believed that Hamilton created the excise tax as a means of social discipline against the veterans of the lower classes for the incidents of Shay’s Rebellion and the earlier military payments crisis in 1783.

Western Pennsylvania entered a state of full blown rebellion, peace talks had been a formality by Washington’s government and Hamilton had issued the spread of countryside propaganda to denounce the claims of the rebels. The rebellion demanded concession of rights for the poor and landless Americans but this was refused in favor of military action and domestic policing to suppress the rebellion. Washington empowered the governors to establish deputized militias that would suppress the gathering of any new militias in Western Pennsylvania. Washington led the American army into Pennsylvania to put down the rebellion, appointing Alexander Hamilton the field commander after tactical control of the region was established. Most of the leaders of the rebellion fled west or into Canada, the participants captured were convicted of treason and later pardoned in 1794.

Washington

Washington

Many oligarchs viewed Washington’s actions favorably, demonstrating decisive military action and government authority in stemming rebellions and enforcing the rule of law. Anti-Federalist oligarchs became more accepting of the new Constitution following this incident but played on agrarian fears to create political distrust against Hamilton and the Federalists, promoting the power of Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr as political contenders to replace the President. Jefferson left Washington’s cabinet after the Whiskey Rebellion, the two would never speak again as Washington considered Jefferson as having a financial hand in the rebellion to undermine the Constitution and of being an agent to French interests. Washington did not trust the new French aristocracy of the Jacobins and their policies of ‘Continental Freemasonry’ which Washington felt were against the principles of traditional oligarchical rule and suggested questionable political morals. Washington’s reasoning’s brought about Republican accusations of close ties to British Freemasonry and the British Royal Family, especially following the political events of Jay’s Treaty which Washington had primarily agreed to as a means of controlling debt.

Washington’s Warning

Farewell Address

Farewell Address

 

George Washington’s Farewell Address was an important moment for the continuation of republicanism and for the inspiration of democracy within the new American country. Washington was deeply concerned by the civil-political divisions that Hamilton and Jefferson had generated within the new and fragile republic. Washington warns the American public that their independence from the European powers, safety and domestic peace were dependent on the unity between the states and the people. He said that because of this foreign power and domestic tyrants alike will incessantly and fervently work to divide the country to maintain control over it. Washington warns to be suspicious of anyone that promotes secession or sectionalism as a means to accomplish goals, for they are surely to be under the influence of a foreign power. He urges people to put their identities as Americans above their political, racial, and regional identities, place liberty and unity above all else as one. Washington cites several examples of how American unity benefits the welfare of the country and then warns against an overgrown military establish, which he regards as a threat to liberty and a path to military tyranny. Washington warns against anyone who states that the United States is too large to be ruled by one government or that any further state divisions are needed. He then offers strong warnings that the true motives of a sectionalist are to create distrust or rivalries between regions and people to gain power and take control of the government.

Washington points to two treaties acquired by his administration, Jay Treaty and Pinckney’s Treaty, which established the borders of the United States’ western territories between Spanish Mexico and British Canada, and secured the rights of western farmers to ship goods along the Mississippi River to New Orleans. He holds up these treaties as proof the eastern states along the Atlantic Coast and the federal government are looking out for the welfare of all the American people and can win fair treatment from foreign countries as a united nation.” He continued on supporting the Constitution over the Articles of Confederation….“and reminds the people that although it is the right of the people to alter the government to meet their needs, it should only be done through constitutional amendments. He reinforces this belief by arguing that violent takeovers of the government should be avoided at all costs and that it is in fact the duty of every member of the republic to follow the constitution, and submit to the laws of the constitutional government until it is constitutionally amended by the majority of the American people. Washington warns the people that political factions who seek to obstruct the execution of the laws created by the government, or prevent the constitutional branches from enacting the powers provided them by the constitution may claim to be working in the interest of answering popular demands or solving pressing problems, but their true intentions are to take the power from the people and place it in the hands of unjust men. Despite Washington’s call to only change the Constitution through amendments, he warns the American people that groups seeking to overthrow the government may seek to pass constitutional amendments to weaken the government to a point where it is unable to defend itself from political factions, enforce its laws, and protect the people’s rights and property. As a result he urges them to give the government time to realize its full potential, and only amend the constitution after thorough time and thought have proven that it is truly necessary instead of simply making changes based upon opinions and hypotheses of the moment.”

Washington strongly warns against the influence of political parties and their influence on a man’s right to vote. He derides them as oligarchical special interests that do not have the interest of the republic or the common good at heart. Washington was clearly referring to the oligarchical regionalism that was promoted by Thomas Jefferson which sought to benefit the Southern Planter oligarchy and prohibit Merchant Class relations with England. Washington also advocated neutrality between France and Britain, something neither party wanted to do.

“While Washington accepts the fact that it is natural for people to organize and operate within groups like political parties, he also argues that every government has recognized political parties as an enemy and has sought to repress them because of their tendency to seek more power than other groups and take revenge on political opponents. Moreover, Washington makes the case that “the alternate domination” of one party over another and coinciding efforts to exact revenge upon their opponents have led to horrible atrocities, and “is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.” From Washington’s perspective and judgment, the tendency of political parties toward permanent despotism is because they eventually and “gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual.” Washington goes on to acknowledge the fact that parties are sometimes beneficial in promoting liberty in monarchies, but argues that political parties must be restrained in a popularly elected government because of their tendency to distract the government from their duties, create unfounded jealousies among groups and regions, raise false alarms amongst the people, promote riots and insurrection, and provide foreign nations and interests access to the government where they can impose their will upon the country.”

Washington continued on in the speech to promote the new system of Venetian Government as a means of controlling the oligarchical interests, exalting the system as being able to maintain an oligarchical balance in the interest of power. He warns against the use of force and pushes the use of amendments in changing the nature of the government, referring to the violence and terror of the French Revolution occurring at the time. Washington calls for the diffusion of knowledge to prevent an uneducated populace and calls for a maintenance in ethics and morality to ensure the prosperity of culture:

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” – George Washington

Washington continues with declaring that public credit is a source of strength and security. He urges the preservation of credit through avoiding war, unnecessary borrowing, and paying off war debts as quickly as possible in times of peace to prevent economic decline. He also implies that the government should choose carefully how to tax to pay off debt and that some goods and services are better left untaxed, alluding to the rebellions over Federalist excise taxes. Washington once again warns of foreign nations using espionage to influence domestic events, citing good diplomatic relations as key but that only ‘real patriots would remain uninfluenced’ by the desires and recommendations of foreign governments who would seek only their own gain. Washington warns against ‘entangling alliances’ alluding to the royal families of Europe and their warlike ambitions, recommending only treaties of convenience and trade not military commitment. He defends the neutrality of the United States and states that the US ‘has the right’ to remain neutral in foreign politics. He concludes the address by asking the American peoples to forgive his sins and failures, hoping that they will pay heed to his final warnings.

As we look at America today, we must take Washington’s warnings to heart. The state of the republic reflects that of the Articles of Confederation with oligarchical tyranny and corruption of institutions being the law of the land; Washington’s desires for the people to be able to change their government has not come to pass with ease and many age old outlying problems of the republic goon without being addressed. Solutions are stifled by the Republican and Democratic parties, owned by oligarchical entities now more than they ever were, with two studies from Princeton and a French author showing that public influence over government decisions is practically non-existent. The political parties today represent the oligarchical elite of international business with hardly a landed class or a merchant class to be represented among the internationalist power elite. They manipulate the value of our currency and the cost of goods and services in order to establish class domination and rule over government, clearly just as they always have. The Middle Class of America must come to a realization that their existence is not natural, but economically and politically unique; and that in order to retain their position of society they must keep to Washington’s warnings of vigilance about the fragility of republicanism and democracy especially among the midst of oligarchical corporate predators. Consider how far we have come since the Days of the Articles of Confederation, and ask yourself sociologically what has changed? Why do we continue to pass our decision making on to oligarchical elites? When will we be prepared for direct democracy ourselves, not held hostage by the cheque  of an elite electoral college but of a true rule by the majority, by the greater interest of the people? Shouldn’t the United States be the tyranny of the majority, a class of true freedom and liberty? Or will we forever be hostages of the wealthy’s paradise, a Venetian Republic.

-The Green Chazzan

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Interlude: America, The Venetian Republic – Part I

Republic of Venice

Republic of Venice

America had always been somewhat modeled after the Republic of Venice. The Founding Fathers initially saw a two class society under the Articles of Confederation, with 13 states to be ruled by their own respective landed gentry and merchant class oligarchy. The Articles of Confederation system was modeled much like the Greek city-states of the ancient world with a large slave population for manual labor, an indentured servant class to manage the slave population, a freeman class for administration and merchant labor, and the oligarchical rulers themselves owners of vast swaths of land and vast swaths of people. However the uniqueness of the American Revolution in its alliance of class against a foreign monarchy and foreign gentry left a desire for freedom and culture that forced the oligarchical rulers to accept a Constitution that was modeled similarly to that of the ancient Republic of Venice. Venice itself being an oligarchical republic of cheques and balances; with a President, a Congress and a council of judges who would all be placed in constant struggle over who would rule the economic juggernaut.

American’s often forget that America was founded as a penal labor colony for England and that many white Englishmen were originally sent to the America’s to work as indentured servants or to fulfill the obligations of their criminal convictions. The first signs of a potential Middle Class, embodied with the values of God, country and freedom, emerged from the Puritan separatists that had sought religious liberty from the machinations of the Anglican and Catholic churches.

America’s history is the embodiment of class warfare; since America’s founding class struggle has emanated and ended with the United States of America. Our founding is embedded in the historical fight for freedom, the serf against the monarch, the slave against the pharaoh; American citizens from when they are born find themselves immediately fighting this struggle and they continue to do so throughout their days, bringing about their own lot to open up yet another front against the old oligarchy and the greed of aristocracy.   It is lamented upon well by many Greek scholars of old, how a republic struggles to stand between the desires of its money class and the desires for democracy from its people.

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The Puritans

The Puritans

The 13 colonies began as an overseas farming plantation for hemp, cannabis, and tobacco. In the early 1600s religious strife had wreaked havoc across Europe as the Reformation swept the continent. New interpretations of biblical law surfaced challenging the class structures of the day; the Puritans in particular demanded unlimited access to the Jewish Torah, something the Catholic Church had long forbade without strict priestly interpretation and something, James the First the King of England, was not going to simply allow without his own interpretation involved in the matter. As a result many Puritans, separatist and Calvinist-based religions fled Europe to the ‘New World’ of the 13 colonies to practice their interpretations of the bible in their daily life. Europe in their eyes had become to depraved, religion was openly mocked by the aristocracy and greed warped state institutions into a permanent societal existence of corruption that had simply crushed the faith of the peasantry.

James the First had come to fear the political power of the Puritans. The new interpretations of the Old Testament called for the abolishment of ‘inequity’ and at many times called for the death of corrupt ancient kings for bringing God’s wrath or evil, onto their lands. The religious warfare and strife was widely viewed as a consequence of God’s wrath and thus the King was for the first time in many centuries held to blame for the downfall of the kingdom. James the First however was not one to be taken as a fool; in order to secure control of the colonies in 1604 he ordered that each farmer set aside a mandatory plot of land for the production of hemp and cannabis. The order would carry out two functions: it would expand the hemp production capability necessary to stimulate a naval buildup, for England desperately needed to combat the power of the Spanish Armada and the Spanish Empire which had been at the apex of its power; and the proliferation of cannabis throughout the colonies would stave off rebellion from the growing number of Puritan colonists. James, however would make a mistake in specifying growing Cannabis Sativa in his edict, unaware of the various psychoactive suggestive properties of the ancient remedy. Exposure to Sativa would bring about revolutionary ideas on the relations between the citizen, the government and the crown.

King James I

King James I

The Puritans became a major political power within the English parliament by 1625. Charles The First, heir to the throne viewed the challenge to his powers as a monarch with contempt and further persecuted the Puritan religions using the state apparatus. John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts led a large contingent of Puritan colonists to the New World to escape Charles rule. Between the 1620s and 1640s, England became very religiously oppressive with King Charles and the Church of England censoring the Bible and issuing edicts restricting religious freedom. The Puritan colonists, finding wealth from freedom in the colonies were able to send back their gains to their brethren in England to support a revolution against the crown. The English Civil War broke out in 1642 between the Royalist oligarchy and the Puritan Republican Oligarchy led by Oliver Cromwell; the Royalists were composed primarily of the landed gentry upper class and were thus required to import German mercenaries to counter Cromwell who led the lower bourgeoisie and the Puritan/Presbyterian peasantry.

Execution of Charles I

Execution of Charles I

Cromwell invented a new military concept called the New Model Army, the first non-militia based national army of its kind which allowed for greater organizational and tactical advantage over the traditional militia based regiments of the English nobility. The Army was composed of an uneasy alliance between the Presbyterian Parliamentarians and a set of semi-royalist and uneasy nobility. After several years of brutal civil war, in 1646 Cromwell drove Charles into the highlands of Scotland which followed with a two year peace of two-state Republican rule. In 1648, the King counterattacked leading to the second stage of the civil war which was largely a series of noble revolts around England as the New Model Army had been able to consolidate its grip on England. In 1649, Cromwell overthrew the monarchy of Charles I, had him tried for war crimes and executed; establishing a new Republic under the control of the English puritanical oligarchy. The return on war loans to colonial Puritan planters would enrich them beyond expectation.

Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell

The English Interregnum was a period of rapid economic growth for the colonies and a time of great religious diversity for England and its protectorates. The Anglican Church was decentralized and independent church establishment was widely proliferated. The diversity of religion eventually led to political rivalries within just a few short years; parliament was dominated by the officers of the New Model Army and eventually in 1653 a permanent oligarchy was established under the officer corps, eliminating the prior parliamentarian promises of Cromwell. A pseudo parliament of the oligarchy was adopted for two more years until a military junta under Cromwell was established in 1655. Austere life was imposed upon the English citizenry to conform to the Puritan standards for social conduct; this had actually been a major goal of the revolution given that many felt England under the monarchy had descended into godlessness. Many left wing parliamentarian groups persisted after the war like the levelers and the diggers, seeking to bring about greater social equality as one of the pillars of the religious revolution.

The Puritan/Presbyterian oligarchy, following Cromwell’s death in 1859 saw a large power vacuum that was quickly being filled by a new religious bourgeoisie class that was calling for greater social equality and representation in parliamentary affairs. The oligarchy had attempted to impose one Puritan standard throughout the country but had failed to do so and thus began to believe that a restoration of the monarchy would be required to retain power. Charles the Second was restored in 1660, immediately executing 50 of the rebel leaders and imposing royal control over all aspects of government. Royal views of the colonies would never be forgiven as the purge of Puritan power throughout England commenced with the restoration of the monarchy. A series of subsequent parliamentary acts and royal decrees would restore the Anglican and royalist supporters of the monarchy and all but abolish Puritanical power from the English isles.

Issues in the thirteen colonies continued between the upper class families that believed in religious predestination and the concept of divine election versus middle and lower class families that believed in equality, judgment and divine forgiveness. Religious competition and bids by the Puritan authority to consolidate power had much to do with colonial management:

Those who created the colonies were the most fervent in their religious beliefs, and as their numbers began to decline, so did the membership of churches. The demographics of the churches changed because fewer men were joining. The resulting decrease in male religious participation was a problem for the established church (that is, the colony’s official church for which people were taxed and which they were expected to attend), since men were the ones with secular power. If the men who wielded secular power in the colony were absent from the church, its legitimacy would be undermined.”

Slavery was widely promoted by the Protestant upper class, citing that it was permitted in the Old Testament and thus not a sin against God. The Slave-Rum-Tobacco trade between Africa, the English Colonies and England came into formation during this time and formed a political and economic cartel that primarily functioned out of the Southern United States. Divides between the Northern and Southern United States would also begin in the late 1600s to early 1700s:

Puritan oppression, including torture and imprisonment of many leaders of non-Puritan Christian sects, led to the (voluntary or involuntary) “banishment” of many Christian leaders and their followers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. This impact of Puritanism on many new colonists led or contributed to the founding of new colonies—Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New Hampshire, and others—as religious havens that were created for those who wanted to live outside the oppressive reach of the existing theocracy. The power and influence of Puritan leaders in New England declined further after the Salem Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1690s. Beginning as a trial of one or several self-avowed witches who admitted to practicing voodoo-type rituals with malicious intent, the trials ended with a number of innocent people being falsely accused, found guilty, and executed. “

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American Plantation

American Plantation

 

The Thirteen Colonies became the richest European entity by the early 1700s. Europe had been bankrupted by several expensive wars of religion that lasted for almost the span of a century. The Thirteen Colonies had become dominated by enterprising Puritan interests who often defied English trade laws through local smuggling. During the English currency crises that followed the Restoration of the Monarchy, Great Britain imposed stricter mercantilist policies to stem the smuggling in the Americas, but religious conflicts at home made these policies impossible to enforce. The colonies had resorted to utilizing their own local fiat currencies over the British pound, and the secondary economy had become widely accepted and very profitable as a covert means of making transactions with other nations like France and Spain.

In 1688, King James the Second was overthrown in the Glorious Revolution by an alliance between the Parliamentarians and William of Orange-Nassau, the King of Holland. This war was funded by Puritan and Calvinist groups from both the Americas and Holland. William of Orange had seized power following the end of the Eighty Year’s War and had been behind two rebellions with England following the ascent of James II to the throne just three years prior. James II began expanding military buildup to counteract William’s already large standing army coming out of the Eighty Years War; he disbanded parliament completely and passed laws allowing complete religious freedom, even for Catholics. The appointments of Catholics to high political positions immediately triggered hatred among the Protestant oligarchical elite and another parliamentarian coup plot was hatched. The birth of the King’s son as a Catholic triggered immediate call for a coup d’etat to prevent Papal control of the English throne and an alliance with France. William of Orange invaded England, defeating the English Army and displacing the House of Stuart from the throne, becoming William III of England or William the Conqueror. Anti-Catholic riots wiped out what was left of the emerging Catholic power base and English parliament was restored under its new Dutch masters.

William of Orange

William of Orange

A new Bill of Rights was created promoting more social freedoms that had ever been allowed before. Difficulties in maintaining colonial government necessitated that voting be permitted among the white male land owning class in the colonies to make general legislative decisions; this led to the foundation of independent governance in the American colonies. Land ownership was widespread and half of all men who were not slaves were eligible to vote. The Seven Years War, also known as the French and Indian War, started in 1754 brought the colonies to the peak of their prosperity, becoming both the frontline supplier and economic middleman of another war between the imperial powers. Domination by the rich southern planters in American politics had given impetus for the northern merchant class to expand their lands into the Ohio River Valley, this led to promotion of a colonial war with the French by the American aristocracy in collusion with the British military who was already leading a series of colonial conflicts against the French. The French were outnumbered and forged an alliance with the Indian tribes to fight against the British, a rivalry which has already existed since the arrival of British colonists. The American British aristocracy, which included George Washington, the largest landowner in the entire Thirteen colonies to lead failed attacks against the French Forts in the Ohio River Valley provoking a wider war. Ironically many of the leaders of the revolutionary war would lead side by side with their soon to be mortal enemies within the high command of the British military.

Seven Years War

Seven Years War

The British would continue to suffer military defeats until 1757, when the British adopted spreading smallpox into the Indian villages. The British military blockade, which was built on premium American hemp, was successful at limiting French shipments, causing the French military to rely on shady American smugglers who often double-dealed the French transports. The Treaty of Paris in 1763, ceded Eastern Canada and the territory to the Mississippi River to the British. The presence of the British military began to heavily impact colonial life as British military officers began to commandeer homes. Lands that had been sought for expansion were restricted by the crowns as “Indian Territories” and taxes and levy’s on goods and services were increased. The crown and British Parliament had become indignant towards colonial smuggling; it had proven to be a military detriment during the Seven Years War and the British intended to stamp out the problem.  It’s highly questionable as to whether or not the Founding Fathers smoked hemp, George Washington was known to have intense gum disease and false teeth from tobacco use. Hemp was however widely used as the number one cash crop in the colonial period with the Ohio River Valley and Kentucky regions being the most prosperous.

British Parliament established the first direct tax known as the Stamp Act to stem the currency problems in the colonies; this required a British stamp on all legal documents including medications like medical cannabis, contracts, mortgages, titles, newspapers and many other official items. This allowed Britain to collect the colonial currency and take it out of monetary circulation. “In 1764 the British Parliament enacted the Sugar Act and the Currency Act, further vexing the colonists. The following year, the British enacted the Quartering Acts, which required British soldiers to be quartered at the expense of residents in certain areas.” Colonists objected to this as well. The British were turning the colonies into a de facto military colony. Britain would impose the debts of the Seven Years Wars on the colonies as an excuse for the military expansion.

13 Colonies w/ Ohio Rivery Valley

13 Colonies w/ Ohio Rivery Valley

In 1765 the Sons of Liberty formed. They used public demonstrations, violence and threats of violence to ensure that the British tax laws were unenforceable. While openly hostile to what they considered an oppressive Parliament acting illegally, colonists persisted in sending numerous petitions and pleas for intervention from a monarch to whom they still claimed loyalty. The Sons of Liberty were middle class unionists and tradesmen, lawyers, and political thugs; a small minority that had come to benefit from guild like organizations that played off the competition between the industrialist and the plantation class. They would recruit members of the lower classes to brutalize, tar and feather, lynch and publically execute British tax officials to encourage colonial violence against the authorities. The colonists felt they were being punished for being British citizens and the American oligarchy did not like what they viewed as attempts by the crown to lean on their hard earned wealth. The Townshend Acts would impose tariffs on all supplies from Britain, a move of economic subjugation in the mercantilist system. Boycotts of British goods became the colonial response including a restriction on the production of hemp, a very severe detriment to the health of the British navy which had come to rely on American hemp for ships and sails.

Duties were repealed except the one on British Tea because the British East India Company needed a bailout; Britain subsidized the tea price well below the American price and this was met with hostility by the American public. The economic warfare instigated by British parliament along with the colonial violence led to events like the Boston Tea Party and various militia revolts throughout the colonies. British parliament was split between the Tory (Conservative) and Whig (Liberal) parties who were split on the issue of the colonies; the Tories wanted direct control over the colonies while the Whigs favored subordinate but independent government. Whig party leaders however were from the British military and they had interest in establishing colonial America firmly in the military interests of Britain; the Tories were led by Lord Frederick North, The Earl of Guilford. North had ridden the success of Tory influence in the victory of the Seven Years War and had good relationship with King George III. North had experience in handling colonial wars with the first Falklands War over the South American island group with Spain. North was able to obtain French allegiance in the matter and the threat of war forced Spain to retreat from the Falklands and estranged them from France.

North viewed the colonies with contempt, as a Tory he was a royalist and had come to blame the Puritans, which now represented the colonies to most Britons, for the problems of the British Empire during the period following the Eighty Years War. In response to the Tea Party and the various American rebellions, North abolished the Massachusetts government and imposed a military dictatorship under General Thomas Gage in 1774. Gage began a campaign of disarmament throughout Massachusetts, provoking an event known as the Powder Alarm when dozens of American patriots sprang into action to ambush British troops and move supplies to new locations. This would eventually lead to the Paul Revere Incident and the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

Lexington and Concord

Lexington and Concord

The final insult would come with the Quebec Act that extended Canada’s boundaries to the much desired Ohio River Valley to the oligarchy this was the last straw. The American War of Independence would begin, as American oligarchs from both the planter and merchant class aligned to separate themselves from England. They knew that the conflicts with the British military could only increase from here, they had become far wealthier than their British counterparts abroad and did not see eye to eye religiously or politically with them. They had all descended from families that had wished to establish a new world of societal and religious freedom and that chance had finally come; the economic blockades had been effective in keeping supplies balanced, winning the war was a matter of strategy and overcoming the British military experience.  They had attempted to convince the Quebecois to join them during the First Continental Congress but they had turned down the new American oligarchy. The Second Continental Congress would convene in 1775 with representative plantation and merchant oligarchs from all 13 colonies being present.

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Articles of Confederation

Articles of Confederation

 

The Articles of Confederation were the law of the land by 1777, however the period of the Articles was very different than how most Americans believe the founding of the country occurred. Many Americans believe following the revolution, the United States was an immediate democracy, but this is very far from the truth; the United States was originally established as an oligarchical republic under the rule of wealthy landlords descended from English nobility. American nationalists led by Samuel Adams would come to reject the Articles of Confederation as a period of oligarchical tyranny and unrest. The oligarchy had intended to formalize an administration over the inter-colonial currency system Benjamin Franklin had created. Governmental developments occurred throughout the revolutionary war and to look at the politics of the provisional government of the Second Continental Congress is key to understanding the ideologies of the upper class during this period.

The idea behind the Second Continental Congress was to form an independent government and coordinate the rebellion that had broken out at Lexington and Concord. The Continental Army was formed under the leadership of George Washington, financing from France and Holland would be provided by John Hanson, a landowner almost equal in wealth and influence to Washington. They began issuing paper money called Continentals to counter the influence of British currency and counterfeiting in the colonies. The Declaration of Independence was passed, along with the Model Treaty, a free trade agreement and the Articles of Confederation which created an oligarchical, Republic of states with a highly decentralized government composed of the reigning landed gentry. Foreign policy from the central government was impossible and state governments began to establish their own trade policies and foreign policies to suit the needs of their local oligarchies. The Second Continental Congress was highly criticized for its inability to impose taxes for military spending and were thus unable to recollect dispersed continentals to stave off inflation from over-circulation. However the Northwest Ordinance which was to establish American dominion over the Ohio River Valley was accomplished and the interests of the American oligarchy to take over the farming prospects of that area had been accomplished.

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

The mistaken perception is that many of the American oligarchs wanted the government to work during the war, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Oligarchical interests were split into three camps that competed and sabotaged processes in the interests of power. The first camp sought an independent set of nation-states based on the 13 colonies, each would be governed by its own oligarchical collective that would have a shared military interest but independent economies that would trade amongst each other favorably to retain economic advantage over Europe, who had come to depend on the colonies for trade. Another aspect of this group were the nationalists, who were primarily nobles who were military officers, who felt that their risk for independence was not only a religious duty but an ‘all or nothing’ task. The first group primarily consisted of the Northern landowners who were heavily vested in manufacturing, the middle class and small domestic plantations. The second camp sought to make war against Britain to vie for an autonomous state within the British Commonwealth that would remain in the British Empire but have nearly autonomous economic freedom and be under the rule of the landed gentry that was tied to the British aristocracy. The second group consisted of large noble landowners who feared threats to their property rights from both British parliament and the merchant class, they were largely southern planters and large Northern plantation owners. The third camp sought to ride the fence and manipulate both sides to ensure the most favorable outcomes to both their lands and loans.

The new government was highly decentralized and allowed state oligarchs to retain the most amount of power as possible. Society was stratified among the white male landowners, white merchants, white laborers and farmers, indentured servants and slaves. Taxes were not allowed to be collected and the oligarchs were content as such, believing that their position in the New World gave them strategic advantages unshared by anyone else in the world and that the civilian militias would be sufficient in repelling Indian and foreign attacks. They also believed in having a manipulative foreign policy with states having the ability to make and break treaties on their own, even at the expense of other states. The Continental Congress was supposed to retain the domain of foreign policy, but this was hardly honored by the ambitious local oligarchs who sought to use treaties to improve their financial standing.

The states themselves were viewed almost like competing oligarchical corporations operating under one confederation. They each retained their own laws, legal courts and jurisdictions that were maintained by the local oligarchs; so called ‘freemen’, which came from the English term for a man who was not bound by debt, servitude or enslavement were permitted to openly travel between the colonies and received equal treatment within each state; people considered ‘paupers, vagabonds and fugitives’ were not permitted freedom of movement and became a discriminated class, not sharing the same rights as the freemen. It was essentially a society drawn upon rigid class distinctions, much like the Republic of Venice and Greek city-states like Athens and Sparta, where being poor had been practically outlawed. The Articles outlined the collection of monies through a property tax but the sovereignty of the states allowed them to nullify the tax, disproportionate currency allotments and inter-state debts also created economic friction between the states.

In order to better control civil order, the position called The President of the Congress was enhanced, borrowing from the idea of a position in the Republic of Venice known as the ‘Doge’, with President’s only being allowed to serve one year terms. The Republic of Venice was a model for much of the American government, drawing from their congressional system known as the Gran Consiglio which was a congressional body of competing oligarchical factions; a rigorous anonymous voting process would occur to pick a member of the Consiglio to become the Doge or President and they would have the ability to administer the government and make military decisions. The Doge was almost always in constant state of political struggle against rival factions seeking to trump each other’s power within the Gran Consiglio, America’s government would be no different.

The President would be elected by the oligarchical representatives of the Second Continental Congress to make administrative decisions and settle disputes between the states; the President would also be responsible for collaborating the military generals to oversee the administrative affairs of the military. Prior to this, the position had been a congressional ceremonial role that was largely administered by John Hancock and John Jay in the First Continental Congress. The first President was Samuel Huntington who had been elected for his effective oratory and meeting skills. He regarded his position as highly ceremonial at first but soon realized the impending crisis between the cost of war debts and the increasing currency crisis that was being created between the colonies. He struggled between 1779 and 1781 to not only get the colonies to ratify the Articles but to also pay taxes and war debts to keep fighting Great Britain. Ill health forced him out of office in mid-1781 to be temporarily replaced by the lawyer Thomas MacKean who oversaw the office until the end of the Revolutionary war hostilities later that year.

John Hanson

John Hanson

Ratification of the laws would occur from 1777 to 1781, with Maryland holding out under the influence of the very powerful John Hansen who had been responsible for much of the financing of the war. Hansen was the second richest man in the colonies and controlled the decisions of the Maryland House of Delegates, its colonial government; he had competed intensely with his rival John Hancock for power within the new government. Hancock had influence within the American military for financing the armaments of the minutemen and his wealth nearly rivaled that of both Hansen and George Washington. The Continental Congress had struggled to govern and the inflation crises generated by the Revolutionary War and the lack of tax collection called for restructuring of the government. This could not be accomplished until all states had ratified the Articles of Confederation. Hansen desiring a position of power within the federal establishment bargained the President of the Congress in exchange for Maryland’s signature barring John Hancock’s ambitions for the position post-war. Hanson would dominate Congress for the following year, implementing his vision of what the Articles of Confederation meant, being a rigid oligarchical society largely built on the economy of slavery. His close relationship with George Washington was effective in spreading his influence and they often worked together politically to reach post-war goals. Hansen was known for his harsh attitude towards slaves, with slave escape attempts from his own plantation occurring even during his presidency.

Hansen’s economic policies from 1781 to the end of 1784 were exceedingly brutal for the American people. The anti-tax stance of the American oligarchy, not wanting to part with silver & gold specie payments to foreign creditors, led to decisions by the Continental Congress to allow the Continental currency to effectively devalue and default. Hansen allowed oligarchical debt to be consolidated with the national debt to stimulate competitive devaluation which led to a period of sharp food and goods inflation. The lower and middle classes, who had primarily used the continental as a means of commerce through the war suddenly found themselves with a valueless currency amidst a sharp increase in the cost of living expenses. Oligarchical entities continued their lives untouched by the economic chaos as their debts were being guilefully transferred to the state and they were able to make payments with traditional hard currency. Hansen and his influenced predecessors Boudinot and Mifflin would continue these policies by implementing austerity on the federal government as inflation increased and tax receipts continued to decline; Hansen did not believe these policies would come to affect ‘Freemen’.

At the end of his term Hansen and Washington chose Elias Boudinot, a lawyer and banker from New Jersey to succeed Hansen. Military engagement with the British had ended prior to Hansen’s term at Yorktown but the war continued on as France. America’s ally in the war, engaged in full conflict with England. Boudinot would work with the British to end the blockade and create preliminary agreements to the Treaty of Paris, his successor Thomas Mifflin would sign the Treaty the following year in 1783 but only after great difficulty in getting all of the states to ratify it.

Richard Henry Lee

Richard Henry Lee

Richard Henry Lee, a colonial aristocrat would take over the position in late 1784; his position in society was much higher and he was able to govern more independently without sponsors. Lee would attempt to resolve the economic crisis that afflicted post-war America; he tried to resolve the currency crisis by pegging the Dollar to the Spanish Dollar of the Spanish Empire. By the time Lee took office, the Continental currency had collapsed and had to be replaced by the US dollar which Lee argued could no longer be backed by collapsing public credit. Oligarchs were unwilling to adopt central banking initiatives which called for a backing by gold and silver specie. Lee negotiated the end of the British blockade and restored the American trade system to bring in more foreign currency.

Lee also denied claims by states to the Ohio River Valley, a highly contentious issue among the state American oligarchies seeking westward expansion; instead Lee claimed the land to be property of the government to be sold back to the oligarchy in a bid to reduce war debts. Lee argued the land grab was necessity because the United States had reached the limit of its foreign credit and he, like many of the oligarchs, refused to implement taxes. Lee, however found it difficult to enforce the new land ordinances without a large standing police force or frontier military to fight Indian raids and enforce laws. The economy continued to deteriorate due to foreign and domestic economic conditions despite the currency pegging agreements; mercantilist policies of both the Spanish and English empires led to price manipulation and a cabal of oligarch’s which included Lee himself used the power of Congress to transfer their own trade debts onto the state. They also nullified interstate debts using their position which led to increased financial friction and rivalry within the Union.

John Hancock

John Hancock

Domestic unrest began to intensify during Lee’s reign over opposition to the abuse of Congress and the oligarchy. The economic disparity between rich and poor had reached an unbearable state within just a few years of America’s infancy and fractured the class alliances which had formed the backbone of the American military during the Revolutionary War. John Hancock, a nationalist who had entertained a strong patriotic reputation along with George Washington, was brought in to be President of the Congress to attempt to resolve the deteriorating situation in the middle of 1775. Hancock, however, had come to resent the Congressional body as an oligarchical dictatorship and declined to attend despite his position due to excuses of ill health and political unrest. Hancock’s subtle but open disdain for the Congress led to organizations of groups that had come from nationalist factions of the government to overthrow the perceived oligarchical threat to their freedom. Following Hancock’s resignation, the President of Congress was assumed by Nathaniel Gorman in the summer of 1786, a member of the Massachusetts elite with close ties to the past regimes. During the same summer, currency pressures would intensify as a shortage of hard currency would prompt a bout of severe deflation, economic depression and heavy handed policies of domestic austerity by oligarchical governments of the states.

In Massachusetts, a large majority of the population were farmers and the deflation had forced them to sell their lands in order to raise money to buy goods and pay debts. The oligarchy used specie to buy these lands at cut rate prices and the currency manipulation became widely viewed as an attempt by the merchant oligarchy, who thrived on the import/export business, to conduct a land grab.  Also foreign debtors became wise to the attempts at competitive devaluation and demanded payment of debts in hard currency, new issuance of credit would not be permitted unless debts would be settled this way going forward creating an economic problem for the merchant class.

Despite the continent-wide shortage of hard currency, merchants began to demand the same from their local business partners, including those merchants operating in the market towns in the state’s interior. Many of these merchants passed on this demand to their customers, although the popular governor, John Hancock, did not impose hard currency demands on poorer borrowers and refused to actively prosecute the collection of delinquent taxes.”

Hancock viewed this problem as self-created by the merchant class for adopting economic policies that punished and ostracized the poor as well as refusing to make good on the merchant classes debts. After resigning his position in the Continental Congress he refused to take on another government position citing government and merchant class corruption; he was already engaged in a rivalry with the landed oligarchy, especially an ally of Richard Henry Lee, James Bowdoin, who had competed on behalf of the merchant class against Hancock for the governorship of Massachusetts.

Gov. James Bowdoin

Gov. James Bowdoin

New tensions also arose between the northern and southern states, as the Southern planters who depended on the value of food prices saw their profits crushed by the deflation and that the Northern merchants were beginning to dominate economic decision making via their access to foreign currency through trade.

The rural farming population was generally unable to meet the demands being made of them by merchants or the civil authorities, and individuals began to lose their land and other possessions when they were unable to fulfill their debt and tax obligations. This led to strong resentments against tax collectors and the courts, where creditors obtained and enforced judgments against debtors, and where tax collectors obtained judgments authorizing property seizures”.

Historian Howard Zinn quoted a farmer from that period as stating:

I have been greatly abused, have been obliged to do more than my part in the war, been loaded with class rates, town rates, province rates, Continental rates and all rates … been pulled and hauled by sheriffs, constables and collectors, and had my cattle sold for less than they were worth … The great men are going to get all we have and I think it is time for us to rise and put a stop to it, and have no more courts, nor sheriffs, nor collectors nor lawyers.”

Part 2: http://thegreenpulpit.com/2014/04/27/interlude-america-the-venetian-republic-part-2/

-The Green Chazzan 

 

Sources:

Murrin, John M. (2008). Liberty, Equality, Power, A History of the American People: To 1877. Wadsworth Publishing Company. p. 187. ISBN 978-1-111-83086-1.

Jensen, Merrill (1959). The Articles of Confederation. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-299-00204-6.

Ketcham, Ralph (1990). Roots of the Republic: American Founding Documents Interpreted. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 383. ISBN 978-0-945612-19-3.

Burnett, Edward Cody (1941). The Continental Congress. New York: Norton.

Fowler, William M., Jr. (1980). The Baron of Beacon Hill: A Biography of John Hancock. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-27619-5.

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Narc vs. Narc: The Origins of the Modern Medical Marijuana Movement

The Origins of the Modern Medical Marihuana Movement

Ok, so I’m totally screwed for telling you all this story; the Chazzan here, guilted me into it over Easter and I figure hey, World War III is probably going to break out this year so what the hell, why not? This is the story about the mysterious truth of the medical marihuana movement; I’m doing this for my friends, in honor of them and their commitment to us all so nothing is in vain.  

The true stories behind the modern medical marihuana movement have been shrouded in a cloud of haze, like a decades long 420 session that never ended with mysterious characters, hippies, smugglers, presidents and secret agents all walking about through the pleroma of chronic. In my honest opinion, we will never really know the truth as to why the hippies started smuggling marihuana seeds into the US in the late 1950s and early 1960s, but here is the story as far as I know.

It’s funny how things happen, something just never comes from nothing in this world. Everything has a beginning and an end, one way or another. I don’t know why it had all had to happen, millions dead, billions made; it’s not sane but war never is.  Maybe it’s about money, maybe its power, fortune and fame; for a select few it was about love and compassion, but in the end it ended up being about greed.

Vietnam

Vietnam made it easy to ship drugs from Asia to the United States, Mexico and South America. The US was always the final destination of course, but it was a new market and a new dawn for the American conservative power elite. Finally they would get the chance to play games with their own people just like the crown of England, by importing the rarities of Asia through the flag laden caskets of the Vietnam War dead. The Jedbergh Team were some of the best trained commandos the United States had to offer, originally trained for special forces suicide missions in World War 2, Vietnam was fresh meat on the table compared to what they had become accustomed to. The French had been using Indochina for opium production for years, but had become unable to maintain their colonial empire after the end of World War 2; the French OAS had worked with the Jedbergh teams to ship opium into Nazi Germany during the war and agreed to cut a deal with them to take over the OAS’ operations in exchange for autonomy to operate in the African diamond regions.

Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle

Indochina was divided into three parts, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia; the best opium came from Laos and parts of Northern Burma so it was imperative that a corridor be made available through Vietnam in order to open up the west coast of North America for drug imports. However one problem stood in the way, Ho Chi Minh and the communists of North Vietnam, who derided the opium trade as a tool of imperial oppression. The rejections of attempts to make peace with the United States told Minh that the US intelligence agencies intended to reestablish the French opium corridor at their expense, with the help of the Italian Mob, which included turning the entire country of Vietnam into an Asian client of the US, as had been demonstrated under Ngo Dien Diem in South Vietnam.

The Consortium

The Black Hand

The Black Hand

The Consortium, which is what the Chazzan has called the Opium Mob, are the movers and shakers of the drug world. The Consortium is made up of the Big 5 interests or the Black Hand: Big Pharma aka The Opium Mob, the Drug Cartels, Tobacco, Alcohal and the Oil/Chemical Industry. The large shareholders and owners of many of the largest industries in these sectors form a group of interests that have controlled large portions of the drug trade for over a century. Like the Chazzan pointed out, they have an entrenched interest in the Republican Party and the Democrats to some extent, going back 100 years to the Robber Barons of old.  They are the Consortium, the Anglo-American Opium Cartel and one of the most powerful political forces on the planet today.

The Consortium had been laid low by the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his New Deal, but it experienced a resurgence through the establishment of the National Security Act of 1947. The Russell Trust Association, which the Chazzan talked about, originated from the Anglo-American Opium fortune of William Huntington Russell and it owns the Skull and Bones Fraternity where the first agents of the Central Intelligence Agency were recruited from. The interests of this business saw their rebirth by placing loyal interests within the agency who would steer agency policy to aid their international cartel. The Consortium also had ready distributors in the American Mob, Naval Intelligence had worked extensively with the mob to sabotage the regime of Benito Mussolini through the OSS and many of those relationships persisted among the OSS officers who continued on to work with the CIA.

Skull and Bones

Skull and Bones

The Consortium and the conservative Eastern moneyed class had felt utterly defeated under the New Deal reforms, which had created something never seen before, a Middle Class. FDR empowered the people to be able to have access to jobs, education, as well as economic opportunity and following World War 2, the expansion of industrial production turned these attributes into purchasing power. The right wing extremism of McCarthyism drove people away from the anti-communist/hypernationalist rhetoric that the moneyed class had used to enthrall the people since the 20s. New left wing ideals emerged regarding healthcare, welfare, race, and poverty, represented in the movements of Martin Luther King, the Hippies, and so many others that finally began to question the structure of class and power in the United States.

California was the test tube for a lot of these new ideas; it had been heavily militarized during World War 2 and the transfer of military assets had brought a new economy to California. The Jedbergh trade from Vietnam also reintroduced the use of narcotics into popular culture in California as well. The Eisenhower administration didn’t think much of it at first, especially VP Richard Nixon; he figured the heroin was only being used by blacks and Mexicans and that use wouldn’t go any farther than it had in the 1950s. He was wrong, the Opium Mob, who had embedded itself in the defense industry and in the intelligence community as well, fully intended to recreate what they felt had been stolen from them; an international opium trade.

JFK

Joh Kennedy

JFK

John F. Kennedy was a good man, he had grown up privileged but his father gave him a mature outlook on the mafia world he had known as a youth. His father and his experiences fighting in World War 2, proved to Jack Kennedy that the America his father had lived in could not last; the US deserved more democracy and less republicanism, more freedom less oligarchy, more opportunity less subjugation and Jack Kennedy knew his history. He knew that the racial views of the past had been responsible for two world wars. The beliefs of eugenics, of survival of the fittest, of race and class had created the first Great War cataclysm and the apocalypse that followed with the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler, who had represented the evolution of an evil steeped in Anglo-American aristocratic tradition. He knew that all of this had to end, and that he had to protect the Middle Class that had been created from the dreams of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

JFK knew that by the mid-1950s that opium addiction was not limited by its race and that the opium trade targeted the lower and middle classes; he was also aware through his father that cannabis had been effective at combating the effects of the opium poppy in the plants. Secretly, the president and his brother Robert, commissioned a group of trained hippies to start distributing cannabis across the country as an experiment in curing the spread of opium addiction, and it was effective. Interest in cannabis skyrocketed over the interest of opium and cocaine, addiction rates dropped and people’s cultural anxiety began to slip away into the various interests and cultures of the 60s. At the same time JFK began to defund projects of the Bureau of Narcotics, a long time collaborative agency of the heroin trade by force retiring Anslinger and reallocating their budgets to FBI and DOJ investigations.

Robert Kennedy knew their arch enemy was the Consortium who had begun to align their power behind the characters of Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon to create a radical right wing opposition to the policies of the president. In their view the government had become not one but two entities within one institution, the Republicans had come under the financial control of the Big 5, the five factions of lobbying groups that had aligned to preserve their financial and industrial interests and held immeasurable influence within the GOP since the death of Lincoln. These interests were very old industries worth billions of dollars that have held a historically incredible amount of political influence and decision making for over half the countries age.

The Consortium

The Consortium

Many will be quick to blame the banks, but one had to remember that the Big 5 already diversified into banking during the 20s and had enough assets to leverage whatever political endeavor they had wanted; one of these banks is well known as Browns Brothers Harriman for its Harriman Railroad, Walker Family and Bush Family stewardships. They were all under threat in the 60’s by the emergence of marihuana in popular culture; marihuana was cheap, it got people off of heroin and reduced alcoholism, hippies made clothes out of hemp, pushed hemp products, people started using alternative medication and marihuana as a medicine instead of prescription pills, and everyone suddenly began to question these industries abuse of both the people and the environment. Marihuana countered the power of the establishment in a way that they had not expected and unfortunately in ended in tears with the assassinations of several of the left wing leaders.

The conservative upper class establishment had felt utterly threatened by JFK, he had empowerment by the Middle Class and held mass favorability among the people. He had prevented them from pursing war with the Soviet Union, he protected MLK’s movement and advocated an end to the racial class distinction; more importantly he had ruined their ability, along with the mobs, to recover their tax haven monies and gold stored in Havana. That money was confiscated by Castro to pay for 50 years’ worth of Communism. The Consortium had stored much of their ill-gotten heroin gains from the 1950’s there and it had all but vanished with the success of Castro’s Revolution. They used their power within the intelligence community, in a group known as Operation J/M-Wave, which had been led by many of former Jedbergher’s, to push for war with Cuba but JFK had successfully thwarted them with botched intelligence operations and skilled diplomacy.

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

The Big 5 decided it was too much when JFK threatened to end the Gold Standard by reintroducing bimetallism as a way to control war inflation from Vietnam and began to announce intentions for draw downs in military operations in Vietnam. This would cripple the plans of the international opium trade that relied on gold payments to function; JFK knew that the gold was being shipped abroad through the war inflation and the drug trade, effectively leading to the bankruptcy and subjugation of the United States. He would, along with MLK and Malcolm X, in short order be assassinated; ripping the heart of the American social fabric apart as the Middle Class saw to what ends the establishment was willing to go to retain control.

Crisis

LBJ found himself caught up in something that he had not really expected; the Big 5 had effectively staged a coup along with certain members of the intelligence and narcotics agencies that were under their influence. He was well aware of what had been going on in Vietnam, and he did not want to be the next dead President; he responded to the rage of the working classes over the death of their leaders by passing the Civil Rights Act, which in turn enabled him to defeat Barry Goldwater in the upcoming election. The Barry Goldwater defeat was taken with great shame among the wealthy conservative establishment; they felt that their time was truly coming to an end, unless radical changes were to take place to stop the rise of the Middle Class and the democratization of the country. The country had rejected the ultra-nationalist racial-religious rhetoric that they had used to dominate the nations psyche for the last 50 years; the country had rejected continuing the war in Vietnam, knowing that their own were dying in a war for the wealth’s profit, for an empty “us vs. them” rhetoric that had nothing but greed at its heart.

Barry Goldwater

Barry Goldwater

LBJ’s shared guilt in JFK’s assassination made it impossible for him to stand against Robert Kennedy, who now eyed the presidency with a vengeance for the 1968 general election against the tool of the Big 5 and the Defense Industry, Richard Nixon. The American people’s disillusionment under LBJ over the war in Vietnam was understandable but Nixon’s promises to end the war was nothing but smoke and mirrors as he represented the largest and more aggressive benefactors of the war. LBJ was fully aware of his mortality in his position as President, and took measures using Kennedy sympathetic agents within the FBI and CIA to start investigating the activities of the Bureau of Narcotics (BNDD), whom he had suspected were working with the Chinese government through the Laotian government to back Nixon. He gambled that maybe he could dismantle the conservatives grip on government money power if he continued JFK’s tactics but more covertly instead of openly. He also knew of Nixon’s deep ties to the mob, through his pal Bebe Rebozo who had been a smuggler with Meyer Lansky during World War 2.

The War on Drugs is the brainchild of Barry Goldwater, he called it ‘the second segregation’ with great pride as he knew that this form of segregation would transcend both race and class and target what the upper class had deemed as ‘lower forms’ ideologically for several decades. The Consortium was quick to back the idea, familiar with controlling markets through drug control, they saw a golden opportunity to reform large institutions as they saw fit. Richard Nixon would be the man to carry out this mission after Goldwater’s failure, he was an insane man but had buttons that could be pushed which allowed him to be managed. He would play on the apprehensions and disaffections of the Middle class, by presenting a new form of Republicanism that was more moderate than years past but still able to conjure the prejudices of the South.

Nixon Rally

Nixon Rally

The Republicans were able to depose of LBJ in 1968 by using the Southern Strategy to market the Democrats as traitors to the racial-religious values that the South had seemingly redeemed itself through since the Civil War. They promised a return to racial classism and the end of the hippies through ‘law and order’. This didn’t come naturally or organically however; the Bureau of Narcotics, agents of the Big 5 in their own right, had been issued to create a counterweight to the emerging left wing counter culture that had resulted in the resounding defeat of Barry Goldwater. Their mission was to brutally enforce the marihuana trade and take control of it, while at the same time clearing the path for opium and other government made drugs like LSD. Robert Kennedy’s assassination cleared the way for any opposition left for Nixon; the social situation had been turned upside down and the Watts riots spread fear and terror throughout the country.

Vang Pao

Vang Pao

Nixon’s ascension to the Presidency was the beginning of the American Narco state as we know it today. The Bureau of Narcotics formerly took Santo Trafficante, the Mobs representative out of Florida, to the jungles of Laos to meet General Vang Pao. Mussolini’s reign had badly damaged the Sicilian opium trade out of Turkey, and the power of that trade had been transferred to the Corsican Mob (The French Connection) which extracted a high tariff on American heroin imports. Asian white heroin was better than Turkish heroin and easier to refine of which the mob approved; Nixon promised to redirect US law enforcement against the Corsicans while allowing the American Mob to set up operations in Asia, Mexico and the US. The Mob would be allowed exclusive control over the drug trade with the ability to control prices, drug control laws would be passed to exempt Big Pharma, cigarettes and tobacco would be the only legal form of vice, and Nixon would pass a crime control act and drug war laws that would allow for the criminalization of minorities and the working poor. The second segregation would be achieved and all parties would be enriched for it.  The Mob would back Nixon’s bid for the presidency along with the Big 5 and assist the Republicans in the process of rigging the polls.

Nixon and the DEA

Nixon

Nixon

Nixon brought about the end of 40 years of economic liberalization and democratization in the United State. He filled his office with Big 5 cronies, all who had been carefully crafted and selected to manage Nixon to perform their bidding. Nixon’s aides Egil Krogh and E. Howard Hunt established the Office of National Narcotics Intelligence or ONNI. Hunt staffed the agencies with members of the Jedbergh teams that had worked with the intelligence agencies and the BNDD to move heroin out of Vietnam; empowering former OSS officer Lucien Conein to centralize the foreign operations. G. Gordon Liddy, another Big 5 operator would create Office for Drug Abuse Law Enforcement or ODALE to coordinate the domestic activities of the operation. Nixon then ‘burned’ (or disavowed) all of JFK’s marihuana agents with the execution of Operation Intercept; the Mexican border was sealed and all narcotics agents that had been carrying on JFK’s mission found themselves without an identity and identified as outlaws by their own country under Nixon’s new drug regime. The new US narcs proceeded to wipe out the Corsican’s French Connection, while in Vietnam pot sniffing dogs ran marihuana out of the barracks while heroin from Laos became plentiful from Special Ops missions.

The CIA, DEA, BNDD and ONNI agencies would also extend their influence into South America, recruiting former German intelligence operatives through Consortium WWII relationships to overthrow democratic regimes throughout South America and install fascist military dictatorships starting with Argentina and working their way up through Central America. The idea was to use this new ‘School of Americas’ dismantle any international competitors to the opium trade and to also seize control and develop the cocaine trade. Civil opposition was held down by government dirty wars against communists and socialists that killed millions of people. All governments would be puppets and clients of the US narcostate, ensuring that drug flows of cocaine would run smoothly northward to the United States. The purpose of preparing these routes was a long term strategy for the international drug consortium, they knew the Vietnam War could be not be continued for much longer and that when the war ended the price of heroin would go up and demand would fall eventually.

DEA

DEA

After 1971 and the passage of the Controlled Substances Act and the consolidation of the drug agencies under the DEA, all-out war broke out within the narcotics intelligence community. The CIA and the Kennedy loyalists within the BNDD watched as the Republican upstart agencies controlled by the Consortium: BNDD, ODALE, ONNI and Customs Intelligence, were merged into the DEA.  The burned members of JFK’s marihuana unit had resorted to engaging in a smuggling war throughout Mexico and South America; they trained Mexican smuggler Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo with the Mexican government and socialist organizations to manufacture and smuggle marihuana into the United States with the sanction of CIA director Richard Helms who had come to view the drug consortium as detrimental to US national security. Gallardo would later go on to become the leader of the Guadalajara Cartel, Mexico’s first and largest drug cartel.

On the other hand, E. Howard Hunt and Col. Lucien Conein, the DEA founders, had been training fascist death squads all over the world to crush socialism including Italy’s P2 Lodge, Juan Peron and Jose Lopez Rega of Argentina, Pinochet of Chile and many others. They used the CIA’s Cuban assets from Operation J/M-Wave, who had participated in the Bay of Pigs, to train Spanish speaking death squads all over Latin America. The original DEA teams consisted of 50 disloyal CIA agents, the Cuban assets, 500 customs agents and the reliable teams G. Gordon Liddy had handpicked for ODALE. Helms had found himself engaged in a covert war against the DEA led by Conein and Hunt; their operators were infiltrating his Latin American intelligence groups and turning agents over to their control. These agents in turn were carrying out assassinations of CIA assets and democratic leaders in the name of the agency. By 1974, the DEA had almost completely taken over the CIA’s Latin American apparatus and were leading a reign of terror across the South American continent.

Col. Conein

Col. Conein

Watergate

Nixon however faced a dilemma, the narcostate inherently functioned as an economic vacuum removing dollars and wealth from the real economy through illegal drug sales. The Consortium and their intelligence collaborators were using an intricate system of international finance to take the money from the drug sales and ship it out of country where it could be deposited in corrupt foreign banks, then the money could be transferred to Opium Mob owned banks in London where it could be used to buy US gold. Nixon could not maintain the opium corridor without performing adjustments to the US militaries position in Vietnam but he could not continue the war without increasing gold payments that would lead to the bankruptcy and economic collapse of the US much like what had happened because of alcohol prohibition in the late 1920s. Nixon decided that he would abandon the Gold Standard and adopt a fiat dollar that was backed by the credit of the US; the creditors would be England, France, Japan, Saudi Arabia and most importantly China. Nixon reorganized the economy by imposing artificial price controls in the name of staving off the ensuring war inflation that came with leaving the gold standard.

Nixon Cabinet

Nixon Cabinet

The idea to implement the fiat currency was actually Kissinger’s. Kissinger calculated that US drug sales would increase dollar exports and in turn increase US diplomatic influence by easing the terms of dollar-currency payments thus making the dollar more liquid and easier to use for transactions in foreign countries. This would increase dollar demand in the third world, which China saw as a way to bring in investment income to start building the Chinese economy and the US saw as an almost limitless credit card, as dollar demand expanded so would demand for US credit and bonds by the nations of the world. The wealthy would be able to expand their own financial power through fiat inflation.

Other members of the Eastern Establishment, however, did not like Nixon’s ties to the Chinese and the Italian Mob, they viewed the Cosa Nostra as an upstart elite organization compared to the other traditional big business powers and they feared the intentions of the Chinese despite the financial benefits of outsourcing to China to counter union power. Even the Consortium who had arranged for Nixon’s rise became despondent because the Italians were muscling in on even the Anglo-American markets. Nixon had also become unhappy with the influence of the Consortium in his presidency, he felt like he had lost control of the narcotics agencies that had done his dirty work, that the Kissinger clique had usurped his authority and he had not forgotten what had happened to the two presidents before him. Ford, he knew, was a contingency plan in case Nixon decided to go off the reservation or too far out of Kissinger’s influence. The Ford family has close ties to the Big 5 from their financial alliance to back Hitler in the 30s and was a perfect representative for the interests of the 60 families of the old oligarchy in the event of Nixon’s demise.

G Gordan Liddy

G Gordan Liddy

The Watergate Scandal had been carefully crafted by the Consortium to trick the entire Eastern Establishment into deposing the power of the Executive presidency. Nixon had become the most powerful president since FDR to hold office and had expanded government power in such a reckless manner that they had come to believe that they would soon be a target of his repressive programs. Members of his cabinet loyal to the Big 5 interests were the primary perpetrators of the Watergate break-in but the purpose was not so much as to ensure a Democratic defeat but to ensure the fall of the President himself. The Consortium had already removed several US presidents throughout history and just because Nixon was their man didn’t make him an exception to the rule, ultimately he was an outsider to them and Ford could be trusted to finish the economic and social transitions they had wanted. They were also threatened by how efficient the Nixonian narcotics agencies had been in establishing dominance over the world’s narcotics markets. The Lopez-Rega AAA death squad and Pinochet controlled cocaine, Gallardo controlled marihuana and cocaine, the Mob controlled heroin and the DEA controlled the distribution of synthetic drugs. Nixon in effect could use his power over these agencies to exert financial pressure on his own handlers if he so chose. When the scandal broke in 1973, Helms was deposed along with Nixon and any other White House staff considered too close to Nixon including E. Howard Hunt.

The Neo-Cons

Neo-Cons

Neo-Cons

“The Great Heroin Coup” as it became known in hippie circles had been accomplished. The Watergate Scandal as a national nightmare and embarrassment; the power of the presidency immediately declined as suspicions of dictatorial initiatives hounded the media waves throughout the country. Congress would reassert its power now, which was exactly what the American oligarchy had desired since the reign of FDR 40 years prior. With a weak President the interests of the middle class and reform measures against their power did not have chance against their congressional blocs and influenced courts. Ford brought in the Neo-Conservatives, the political front men and masterminds of the Anglo-American Opium Mob, for the first time to take over the government since the 1920s. Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Nelson Rockefeller, Casper Weinberger and many other notorious names were brought in to join Kissinger and guide Ford’s transition presidency.

The Drug Consortium of Neo-Conservatives (The Consortium), who also represented the ownership stakes of the Big 5, took over stewardship of the United States and sought immediately to make war against the Middle Class to restore Establishment power, reestablish racial-class divides, destroy the left movement and the labor movement and extend their control throughout the world. The Opium Mob was back in power and stronger than it had ever been. The Consortium proceeded to terminate the Italian Mafia’s usefulness by creating drug rivalries among the Italian families using their control over the regulatory agencies; this was done through the complete annihilation of the European opium trade through deception. The Consortium had decided to switch their focus to Cocaine, it was more profitable than and just as addictive as heroin, and they didn’t have to rely on Italian underworld connections anymore if heroin wasn’t big on the street.

The DEA under the guidance of Mitch Werbell, would adulterate the Asian opium in Mexico into black tar heroin to lower the overall quality of the street product to push users toward Cocaine. Werbell, a former Jedbergh agent himself worked with fellow Jedbergh officer Major General John Singlaub to form commando teams that could train Central American guerillas to improve the cocaine networks, this organization would later be known as one of the Iran-Contra Death Squads called the World Anti-Communist League. This organization would pioneer the guns-for-weapons trade that has now become an international sub-enterprise of the global narcotics trade. They would use music and Hollywood front men to promote the distribution of Cocaine in major urban centers. Marihuana and discrediting the Left Wing movements were to be the number one domestic targets of the narcotics agencies under the Consortium’s control. The CIA would also be subjugated to the will of the Consortium with the appointment of Bill Colby, a Phoenix Project loyalist

Gen. John Singlaub

Gen. John Singlaub

Discrediting the Left Movement through psychological terrorism and drug use was the key focus of the DEA during the late 1970s. LSD was used as a brainwashing tool to create terror cults like Jonestown/Peoples Temple, the Manson Family, the Moonies and other messianic cult groups that used LSD heavily to indoctrinate members. Murders surrounding these groups spread terror throughout the American populace, and Evangelical groups that held old alliances with the Consortium  from prohibition days were empowered to guide the American populace like a malicious Shepard guiding his sheep toward the loving slaughterhouse of conservative government. The left movement and the Democratic Party had been largely infiltrated by DEA saboteurs as well, creating Left Wing extremist organizations like the SLA, and factions of the YIppie and Zippie movements to discredit all aspects of the Hippie ideal through acts of terrorism. Right Wing counter reformists like Lyndon LaRouche used the US Labor Party and the National Caucus of Labor Committees to steer unions toward more right wing points of view and away from criticism of drug policy. LaRouche would ironically be later indicted by the same individuals that empowered him in the late 80s.

Carter

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

However, despite these cultural terrors the American people hated Ford and his Vice President Rockefeller; it was clear they were oligarchical candidates and they shared the taint of Nixon’s villainy even though he had become their political effigy. The neo-conservatives turned to liberals that they could control and President Jimmy Carter was suitable for that task. He could be marketed as a ‘Mr. Smith Comes to Washington’ figure but would be rendered powerless by the political situation and if worse came to worse he could be controlled through blackmail. Carter had traded favors to the CIA for power to help bring Cocaine into Atlanta and that had been held against him even after he became President. Carter didn’t understand why his presidency had become such a failure until halfway through his term; the very people he had trusted to govern were doing their best to ensure that he failed. The neo-conservatives were using their financial connections with governments that had participated in Nixon’s dollar scheme to create economic instability during his tenure, no doubt to further devolve presidential power. The Consortium was also fermenting a civil war in Iran, funding both sides of the conflict as a favor to both China and Saudi Arabia.

Carter, like the Democrats before him turned to the same marihuana agents JFK had relied upon to stop the Opium Mob before. He realized he was not in a position to stop them directly but if he could commission this group to aid the marihuana rights group NORML in decriminalizing marihuana throughout the United States, there may have been a way to battle the heroin/cocaine revolution that was being brought about by the conservatives. The technique was initially a resounding success, with 9 states decriminalizing in 1976. However this tale of marihuana freedom was to be short lived.

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Keith Stroup and NORML had been in a vicious court battle with the DEA over marihuana and had made some head way with the Office of National Drug Control Policy in early 1978. Jimmy Carter in order to combat the Consortium had finally considered rescheduling marihuana to a different classification other than a Schedule I substance. This seemed like a major victory for Stroup, the Yippies and Thomas Forcade of High Times, who had all pushed for marihuana legalization and decriminalization. Stroup was approached prior to the meeting by DEA asset Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers who had become a big mule for cocaine and had been a close friend of Keith Stroup. Greg warned Keith that the money that he had built his organization on would no longer be there after marihuana was decriminalized because the price would bottom out. Stroup could do what Allman and some of the other rock stars, like John Entwhistle of The Who, which was act as both distributor and informant to maximize their return from the drug game. Stroup was turned on to the idea, Greg gave Keith some cocaine for his Washington DC trip to ‘give to the president’, a warning to Carter about his past and what could happen to him politically if he was to disobey.

Keith Stroup

Keith Stroup

On the day of the meeting Stroup met with Jimmy Carter and the JFK-BNDD marihuana squad ready to change history and reverse the damage brought on by Harry J Anslinger and Richard Nixon. Stroup sat down alone in Carter’s office awaiting Drug Czar Peter Bourne as Carter left the room to attend to some other matters with Zbigniew Brzezinski. Stroup opened his pocket and removed the small amount of Cocaine that Greg Allman had given him. He walked over to the president’s chair and sat down in it, pouring the white powder from the vial into a straight line across the President’s mahogany desk. Stroup put his down and began to sniff, inhaling the white power loudly and deeply as Peter Bourne walked in. The Director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy was outraged, Stroup had defiled the desk of the presidency and with Cocaine no less. Marihuana reform was dead instantly, Stroup and NORML were effectively blackballed forever. Carter himself would fall along with the American economy and the state of Iran.

The California Coup

The Sensimilla Wars is worth mentioning here, that was a conflict between the California state liberals and the neo-conservatives in 1979. George Moscone and Harvey Milk had been assassinated in San Francisco a year before for looking into the DEA’s relationship with the Peoples Temple and its connection to members of the San Francisco City Council including one Dianne Feinstein. Harvey’s issue was that he thought they wouldn’t go to the lengths that they were always willing to go. Feinstein was agent of the Chinese interests and you have to remember, its late 1978, the conservatives are trying to bring the Democrats down at this time, Carter’s under fire; the country was on the verge of a major Republican takeover. Milk thought the People’s Temple was going to help him runs thing up north, he had everyone up there all brainwashed with religion and endless toke, but after Jonestown that all fell apart. The Republicans told Feinstein she could have her cake and eat it too if she helped them take out Milk and let them take over the northern marijuana fields.

Feinstein

Feinstein

So yeah Harvey Milk was killed so Feinstein could become the Mayor of San Francisco during the Reagan years, she was their gal so to speak and in return the Republicans under California Attorney General and Governor-to-be George Deukmejian began waging his own little private war against the Emerald Triangle throughout all of 1979. Feinstein was already banging Richard Blum around that time, her husband Bertram Feinstein mysteriously died while she was in Nepal with Blum helping secure some secret drug agreement with the Chinese.  Feinstein supposedly found the body of Harvey Milk which was able to clear her away from implications in the assassination but Ill tell you for certain that she was the one who ordered that trigger to be pulled. Her and her husband’s Chinese connection now runs San Francisco and California in many ways.

The Sinsemilla Wars started immediately after Milk died. Republican banks used their powers to lean on Emerald Triangle landowners, drive them off their lands; the interest rate hikes broke everyone too back then. All of the CAMP raids started that year, the Sheriff raids, the helicopters, the plant seizures; those farms had been there for years and now Feinstein and Deukmejian were taking control of it. Jerry Brown sold us out to them, he was complicit just as he’s always been; working for the prison guards unions and the DEA to jail us all out here in California.

Operation Sensemilla was the official name of the attack on the Emerald Triangle, and really that initial raid changed the game forever. It made all the growers and hippies paranoid and scared of the narcs; it was the Robespierran Reign of Terror if there ever was one for all of those growers. They went up and down the coast terrorizing all the farmers for even the most meager crop of plants. That was the first big raid of the mountain and that’s why everyone who lives up there now is a hardcore anti-government libertarian, its because the Neocons burned them all so bad to enslave the place. Now everyone up there is subject to the tributary system under the middlemen we have now.

New World Order

Reagan

Reagan

The second coup d’etat of the neo-conservatives would enter its primacy along with the rise of Ronald Reagan, the RICO statues and the Age of Cocaine that was the 1980s. Oliver North sold crack into the ghettos of Los Angeles to pay for CIA-DEA operations in Central America and Iran to further expand the trade. Joe Biden was key in legislation that expanded drug tasks forces and empowered DEA front groups like Wackenhut, which started setting up warehouse style prisons to begin housing all of the ethnic and lower class drug inmates that would be brought in by Reagan’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws. The AIDS epidemic would begin wiping out the gay population in 1981 and would soon spread to larger portions of the population by the late 80s. The wealth of the American conservative establishment would grow at the same rate of incarcerations throughout the 1980s as ‘supply side economics’ reallocated the peoples assets to the top and little by little started etching away at the social protections of the New Deal. The Republican’s would reach their apex with the election of George H.W. Bush, a member of the Consortium himself by birth, who had already governed as de facto President throughout most of the Reagan years and held an iron grip over the intelligence and narcotics intelligence communities. The effects of Reaganonmics, wealth inequality, the drug war, AIDS and many other issues would lead to his undoing in the 1992 election with his loss to Bill Clinton.

Clinton had seen enough destruction under the rule of the Republicans during his reign as Governor of Arkansas. His state had been used as a major cocaine transportation corridor for Atlanta and the economic impact has made it very difficult to govern. The AIDS crisis was also intensifying and pharmaceutical treatments were not working as the Big 5 intended. Clinton became aware of the buried pharmaceutical studies that had indicated possible retroviral effects from the cannabis plant but it needed to be explored further, once again the group of JFK hippies were reached out to  form Cannabis Buyer’s Clubs that AIDS/HIV and cancer patients could join to participate in a ‘government experiment on cannabis treatment’. These figures, which included well known marihuana figures became known as the Pioneers of Medical Marihuana. They were tasked with recruiting suitable marihuana growers to create a network of collectives throughout the United States that could offer marihuana treatment to the sick in need. This is where Medical Marihuana as a political term came from.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

However the marihuana renaissance under Clinton was not meant to last when the 2000 election was rigged in Dade County Florida in favor of George W. Bush. The country had slipped too far out of the hands of the conservative elite, the rise in popularity of marihuana in the 1990’s along with the toppling of the Medellin and Cali cocaine cartels led to a steep decline in the use of Cocaine. Even an attempt to bring in foreign heroin through Canada had not been as effective as the conservatives has hoped in socially discrediting the liberals. Bush immediately put the DEA to work into taking over the medical marihuana movement by exercising their relationships with NORML to open DEA controlled medical marihuana dispensaries in California. Don Duncan, a DEA agent from Texas and loyal servant to the Bush family, was brought in to head Americans For Safe Access which would serve as a political front group for the DEA’s marihuana operations. Other DEA assets like Marc Emery were utilized in Canada to create an influx of marihuana seeds into the US market and then subsequently jobbed out once the Opium Mob took control of the seed market. Even some of the old Pioneers who had been loyal to Clinton were successfully intimidated into playing double agent for the Bush DEA just to stay out of prison themselves. George Soros of the Quantum Fund, who had performed banking services for the Opium Mob in London and Peter Lewis, the Progressive Insurance magnate and agent of the Guggenheim Estate, were brought in to establish the Marihuana Policy Project and the Drug Policy Alliance, along with Richard Lee. Select informants from the Italian Mob such as Steve D’Angelo were also empowered by the DEA to set up middleman rackets throughout California and create a patronage system among the hippie growers in the mountains of Northern California.

ASA Scumbag-in-Chief Don Duncan

ASA Scumbag-in-Chief Don Duncan

Under the Bush regime the growers would be forced to sell their marihuana to this new Marihuana Mafia of dispensary middlemen at pennies on the dollar to be sold for several metrics larger at the dispensaries themselves; the middlemen would feed a sacrifice to the DEA on an annual basis, selecting a few of their more expandable growers to be victims to DEA camp raids while the D’Angelo, ASA, NORML, MPP and DPA controlled marihuana clubs such as Harborside were continued to operate with impunity. Patients, growers and caregivers alike throughout the Bush years were victimized by these so-called stalwarts of pot legalization who had in fact been DEA assets participating in the entrapment of the patients within the Reaganite mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Innocent people were given stiff federal charges, had their kids taken away, their homes, their cars, all of their money; everything they knew and loved were stripped away from them because of the greed of these DEA Marihuana Mobsters.

"El Generalissimo" Miguel Lopez

“El Generalissimo” Miguel Lopez

The current state of marihuana is now in flux. President Obama, seeking to end the AIDS crises has re-empowered the old marihuana group with some new blood to push for the rescheduling of medical marihuana. In their way stands the DEA sponsored legalization movement which is still represented by Steve DeAngelo and Don Duncan, but also has new faces from the Mexican Cartel, like the 420 Rally leader, Miguel Lopez; these men are informants and agents of the DEA and their purpose is to create profits for the DEA’s illegal seizures and to create entrapment like situations for growers, caregivers and patients alike.

The only way this whole charade is going to end is through the rescheduling of medical marihuana and the removal of the marihuana from the black market. By changing marijuana from a Class I substance to a Class IV or V substance, it can be federally regulated as a medicine and the people who control the Marijuana Mafia can be held accountable for their actions in adulterating the medicine, violations of the RICO statues, violations of Anti-Money Laundering law, and in patient abuse and protection laws. This cabal of gangsters can no longer be allowed to remain on the body of American liberty like a disease bearing parasite, eating away at the fabric of American life by dissolving our wealth and sending it to faraway lands. We must reschedule not just to free the plant but to free ourselves.

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