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(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)

Issue #397 -- 7/29/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Capitol Hill vote shows progress and challenges for HEA campaign
  1. EDITORIAL: CLEAR THINKING
    The new "meth baby" issue illustrates some of the obstacles to clear that are built into our issue.
  2. THE SENSENBRENNER EFFECT: FEAR, FIRING, AND FALLOUT ON THE HILL
    A Congressional staffer who was the root of much drug war evil for more than 10 years has apparently been fired -- but no one wants to talk about it.
  3. CONGRESS: HOUSE TURNS BACK REPEAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION ACT DRUG PROVISION, BATTLE RETURNS TO SENATE
    Progress was made amid defeat in a House committee markup vote last week.
  4. METH AND MYTH: TOP DOCTORS, SCIENTISTS, AND SPECIALISTS WARN MASS MEDIA ON "METH BABY" STORIES
    More than 90 physicians, scientists, researchers, and treatment specialists Monday issued an open letter to the mass media calling it to task for "alarmist and unjustified" reporting on so-called "meth babies" and "ice babies."
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: BREAKING RANK: A TOP COP'S EXPOSE OF THE DARK SIDE OF AMERICAN POLICING
    Seattle's former top cop calls foul on the state of affairs in American policing today.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's mainly good, old-fashioned larceny this week, with sticky-fingered cops in Kansas, New Mexico and Texas making the news, while a Louisiana justice of the peace was trying to earn a little on the side.
  7. THE FEDS: DEA DOESN'T FOLLOW OWN RULES ON SNITCHES, INSPECTOR GENERAL SAYS
    The DEA makes extensive use of confidential informants in their busts and prosecutions -- but does a poor job of judging their credibility or keeping track of how much they've been paid.
  8. METHAMPHETAMINE: CONGRESSIONAL DRUG WARRIORS KEEP UP PRESSURE ON DRUG CZAR
    Republican drug warriors used a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday to renew their criticism of the Bush administration for proposed budget cuts that would affect programs that target methamphetamine.
  9. ASIA: PLAN TO LEGALIZE AFGHAN OPIUM PRODUCTION DRAWING ATTENTION
    A proposal to deal with Afghanistan's opium crop through purchase for medical uses rather than eradication may see pilot projects start as soon as next year.
  10. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: FLEX YOUR RIGHTS PROVIDES CITIZENS' GUIDE TO REFUSING NEW YORK SUBWAY SEARCHES
    The controversial new random search policy in New York City has prompted a controversial new web site section from the civil liberties organization training organization.
  11. DRUGGED DRIVING: NO CONVICTION BASED JUST ON MARIJUANA TRACES, MICHIGAN APPEALS COURT RULES
    Prosecutors in Michigan will have to prove that drivers were actually intoxicated to convict them under the state's drugged driving law, a court has ruled.
  12. MEDIA SCAN
    Time and New York Times on Pain, Nadelmann on Controlling Medical Marijuana
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. JOB OPPORTUNITY: OUTREACH COORDINATOR, STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY
    Youngish activists might want to apply for this position to work with students from around the country!
  15. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's listings for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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