Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2002 14:25:10 -0500
From: ("Leon")
Subject: FEAR: Fwd: Re: ARO: MI - Conyers Blasts DEA for Lobbying

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On 8/24/2002 at 10:55 AM Mark Greer <> wrote:

>Ahh! An answer at last. On 6/22/02 I posted the message below to ARO. It
>seems Conyers has the same general feeling. :~)
>What can/should we do to take legal action based on Dan Forbes' expose of
>Ohio's Governor, Taft the Sembler's, Hutchinson et al in conspiring to
>undermine Prop 36 style initiatives? This has to be illegal in all kinds
>Could RICO conspiracy charges be filed against them?
>NLG? Kevin? Any others with legal know how.
>At 04:53 PM 8/23/2002 -0700, Dave Fratello wrote:
>> From the office of:
>>Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
>>Fourteenth District, Michigan
>>Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee
>>Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus
>>Contact: Deanna Maher (313) 961-5670 Cell: (313) 737-7944
>>Ted Kalo, Judiciary Committee
>>(202) 225-6906
>>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 23, 2002
>> Detroit, MI - Congressman John Conyers, Jr. has requested an
>>immediate investigation by the head of the Drug Enforcement Agency of
>>the U.S. Department of Justice, Asa Hutchinson, of DEA's possible
>>misuse of federal funds without proper authorization by Congress and
>>in contravention of existing law..
>> Conyers said: "It appears that the DEA has been actively
>>engaged across the country in collaboration with groups who are
>>opposed to ballot proposals involving reform of our drug laws.
>>Michigan is one of the states which will have a proposal of this kind
>>on its November ballot. Citizens opposed to this kind of ballot
>>initiative clearly are permitted to campaign and lobby in support of
>>their point of view in an effort to win public support for their
>>position. This is what our democracy is all about. But it is far
>>from clear whether federally funded agencies and their employees can
>>be used to spread a message or promote a campaign for or against a
>>ballot initiative, on federal property and on government time."
>> "The use of our local DEA office by those opposed to the Drug
>>Reform ballot initiative seems clearly in violation of Section 601 of
>>Public Law 107-77 (Novembr 28, 2001), which clearly states that no
>>part of any appropriation for DEA can be used for 'publicity or
>>propaganda purposes' not authorized by Congress".
>> "I am concerned that DEA has actively been involved in a
>>campaign, both locally and nationally, to oppose drug reform
>>proposals which have been properly and legally put before the
>>citizens of this state for their approval or rejection. There seems
>>little doubt that the appropriations for DEA are specifically
>>prohibited from being used for this purpose. This apparently
>>unlawful involvement of the DEA to promote a political agenda must
>>cease immediately. We cannot allow the integrity of our national
>>government to be compromised for any purpose, regardless of the
>>intent of these over zealous federal activists. I am shocked that
>>judges in violation of their Canon of Ethics would participate as
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