|The Hive would like to thank
the NBC family for their continued show of support. With
each airing of a DatelineTM exposé featuring
the HiveTM, our membership soars to new levels.
People come here to educate themselves, and each new member
pounds another nail into the coffin of the unethical War
|DRUG SCANDAL ROCKS
Sergeant WILLIAM BARRY says, "There are all sort
of rumours that cast and crew of such shows as Friends
and ER, as well as high-profile producers, were involved
in this bust.
Are Collateral Casualties of N.Y. Drug Laws 124,000
Children Have Lost Parents to Prison
year old Philip Gaines, Orphan of the War on
drugs letter to the judge "I
will cut your grass and wash your car everyday
just don't send my mom
Please Please don't!!!"
a Party and Go To Jail.
The Ecstasy Awareness Act (H.R 2962) will make it a federal crime - punishable
by up to 20 years in prison - for organizing raves or similar electronic
|ET TU, BRUTE?
The Corcoran Prison Guards staged "Gladiator
Fights" among inmates, and netted 7 kills and a surprise aquittal in
31 shootings of unarmed prisoners
7 inmate fatalities
1 Aquittal of all involved
BOTCHED DRUG RAID MARKSMANSHIP
Officer David Hawn, who had previously distiguished himself
as an expert weapons handler by shooting the body of a man who was already
dead, shot 11-year-old Alberto
Sepulveda in the back with a shotgun as he laid spread eagle on the
1 dead unarmed 11 year old
No charges, Declared accidental
Officer Tony Gonzalez fired three fatal
shots into the head of unarmed Jose Colon.
1 dead unarmed man.
Corporation of America makes $1 billion off of American
rake in HUGE PROFITS from US slave prison labor.
According to the Pittsburgh
Press, over 92% of all cash in circulation in the US
now shows some drug residue. That means even if you don't
do drugs, your money will probably alert a drug dog,
which will enable the police to envoke forfeiture laws
to confiscate all of your cash for the protection of
1986 Congress enacted mandatory minimum sentencing
laws, which force judges to deliver fixed sentences
to individuals convicted of a crime
The government seizes $2 billion
worth of property from people a year. 80%
of those people are not found guilty of any
crime. They don't get their money back.
Prosecutors may seize a person's property without
the necessity of proving that the person has
committed a crime... In fact, no criminal arrest
or charge is necessary to subject property
America, the Drug Enforcement
Administration is seizing
the luggage, cash and
cars of hapless travelers.
Under America's new civil
forfeiture laws, mere
possession of a large
amount of cash or a drug
dog barking at your luggage
is sufficient probable
cause for police to legally
seize everything you
info about Forfeirture
The United States, with a population
of 286 million, imprisons more people than any other
country by a considerable margin. In fact, 25% of the
entire world's prison population is housed right here
at home, staggering considering our population only accounts
for 5% of the entire global population.
|Most people go to jail
when they violate drug laws, but not everyone. The A-List
is a list of people in America who are free to violate
drug laws with impunity. The 'A' stands for ABOVE THE LAW.
If you don't see your name on this list, DON'T GET CAUGHT!
GEORGE H.W. BUSH 1 2
The most successful drug trafficker of the 1980s - No charges brought!
GEORGE W. BUSH 1 2
Arrested in 1972 for cocaine use, or maybe he wasn't. Who knows? His record
was expunged by a judge friend of Bush Classic. Multiple pull-overs for
JENNA and BARBARA BUSH 1 2 3
Repeat offenders for underaged drinking, one while on probation. One possession
of a Fake ID. They did some community service, probably volunteering at
NOELLE BUSH 1 2
Not as lucky as the rest of the Bush clan, but still better off than those
not on the A-List. She has served time, but nothing you would consider
a "sentence". 10 days here, 3 days there for things that would
have put most people away for 7-10 years, like forging perscriptions, multiple
probation violations, and possession of crack. But if she's a good girl
and finishes treatment, some of those charges will just disappear!
RUSH LIMBAUGH 1 2
Bought thousands of OxyContin on the black market. Checked himself into
rehab and avoided jailtime.
WANT TO JOIN THE A-LIST?
If your name isn't on the A-List, you're RISKING YOUR FREEDOM! But
don't worry, you can join the A-List today by completing this
If you know of anyone else who has avoided harsh drug law penalties due
to their political connections or fabulous wealth, contact
us and we'll add them to the A-List!
*Note: To be eligable for the A-List, you must contribute at least $100,000.
Is that too much to ask for your freedom?
Legislature Repeals Draconian Mandatory Minimum
86% of Federal Judges call for outright
abolition of mandatory sentencing. Some
refuse to hear drug cases.
Judicial Conferences of all 12 federal
circuits have urged the
repeal of mandatory minimum sentences,
after concluding that they are unfair
divided Supreme Court, noting the evils
of mandatory minimum sentencing, today
signaled that Congress should abandon
such laws in the face of widespread criticism.
When will the poltiticans listen? Probably when it becomes more profitable
than locking people up.
Attempting to capitalize
on the deaths of over 3000 Americans, the Bush administration
has declared drug money to be the source of terrorist
funding. In over 30 years of prior drug investigation,
the government never made any correlation to terrorism.
Were they just not looking? If so, that probably wasn't
tax money well spent.
Of course, the connection between drug money and terrorism
isn't exactly a revelation. During the 1980s, Bush
Classic funneled millions of dollars from the Los Angeles
drug trade to the Contras. It's not terrorism as long
as the Whitehouse approves and the terrorists are on
our side. It wasn't until 3 planes fell out of the
sky and the government realized they were missing a
financial opportunity that they decided to take notice.
"Drug money funds terrorism" according to
One can extrapolate then, that it is your patriotic
duty to become a self-sufficient producer. Manufacturing
drugs for your own consumption will keep money out
of the black-market drug economy, preventing the advance
of terrorism. Home-made drugs are purer than the mass
produced imports the government smuggles in from South
America to keep the War on Drugs going, and you'll
be removing yourself from the dangers of getting shot
during a sour drug deal.
Home manufacture: It's better for you, it's better
|“Those who cast
the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide
-- Joseph Stalin
Election Systems, A Top Fundraiser For The Bush Campaign, Wants Your Vote
Election Systems is under fire for e-voting security vulnerabilities
and uncertified system patching.
an embarrassing leak of its proprietary software
over a file transfer protocol site last January,
the inner workings of Diebold Election Systems
have again been laid bare.
VOTING: BALLOT TAMPERING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
contracts work for sharholders.
Despite scandal, Halliburton shares keep rising.
Releases War Profiteering Report to Shareholders
Income Report Highlights
Fuel overcharges - $61 million
Meal overcharges - $24.7 million
Kickbacks - $6.3 million
Total contracts so far - $9 billion
Expense Report Highlights
Bribes to Dick Chaney - $150,000/year
Bush Administration Contributions - $700,000.
Taxes - $15 million (Not bad for a multiBILLION dollar
OF THE WEEK
Bush liberates another Iraqi!
The same Tomahawk missle that blew off her feet made Dick Chaney's buddies
at Halliburton $1.2
NBC's parent company, General Electric, is a Drug War Profiteer.
Prison financing might seem like an unlikely
venture for a company that is better known for its lightbulbs,
but GE is just one of the mega corporations cashing on the
War on Drugs.
million people are currently behind bars in America.
By comparison, there are more people in prison than there
are in the individual
states of Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana,
Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota,
Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The prison population is about equal to the state population
You can blame these figures on the War on Drugs, a fictitious "battlefield" that
exists only in the minds of policy makers. The war may be
make believe, but the casualties are very real - they are
your friends and family, dying in prisons. Their dreams have
been destroyed, their futures erased, and their families
are forced to carry on without them. They may not be dead,
but their lives are certainly over. Like all wars, its purpose
is to generate wealth for those in power at the expense of
those who are not.
"When there aren't enough criminals, one makes
them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes
impossible for men to live without breaking laws." -
Violent crime has been on a downward
trend for the passed 30 years. While most people would
view a reduction in violence as a move forward, from an
economical standpoint, this reversal in "market growth" is
detrimental to the earnings potential of the government's
vast prison industry. If the percentage of violent offenders
never grows, the profit potential from incarcerating them
Recognizing this downward momentum since the early 70s,
the government unveiled a new product (the War on Drugs)
in hopes of tapping a new market (the non-violent drug offender).
The government had always half-heatedly combated drug use
as a method to lock up minorities, but it wasn't until prisons
were actually emptying out that they approached it with wild
abandon, despite the historical failure of the Prohibition.
The rate of incarceration quadrupled during the 1980s, at
the same time the violent crime rate was dropping. The majority
of these new criminals were non-violent drug offenders,
quite a paradox from the image portrayed by the government
of drug offenders as murderous thieves. The government latched
onto a major revenue generating cash-cow, and the plan worked
better than even they could have imagined. Not only were
they raising massive amounts of money to combat this new
'threat', but they had created the perfect opportunity to
begin stripping away the rights of citizens under the auspices
of "drug enforcement".
was born the era of proactive law enforcement, with
it's underlying premise that if a crime doesn't present itself,
go out and look for one - or alternately, create one. Drug
offenses are victimless crimes. If the police had to sit
idly by waiting for victims of drug offenders to appear,
only way to catch these viscous criminals was by invading
the privacy of vast numbers of people and stumbling across
a few who used drugs. It was a pretty safe gamble. Drug use
has been a prevalent and normal part of civilization for
thousands of years, so it was just a matter of time before
Forfeiture Laws, the Government Taketh
The government claims to be protecting all of society, as
if society might crumble down around us because someone smokes
a joint in the privacy of their own home. They took great
steps to ensure the safety of the public not the least of
which was an overhaul of the principal 'innocent until proven
guilty'. Guilty until proven innocent is a much
more lucrative method of law enforcement, and ushered in
gross abuses of 'probable cause' searches that invaded the
privacy and destroyed the lives of thousands of people in
But being the overzealous defenders of liberty they were,
the government didn't stop there. With the reintroduction
of forfeiture laws (a medieval ritual of government-sponsored
theft that laid dormant in this
country for 150 years), they topped themselves with the credo
of guilty until proven innocent; and if proven innocent,
still guilty most of the time.
Forfeiture laws allow police to confiscate assets of people suspected of
being engaged in illegal activities. No conviction necessary,
and in fact they abolish the whole bothersome trial completely.
You're found guilty on the spot, and sentenced to the loss
of your property. The police became judge, jury and executioner.
Forfeiture is the government's nuclear arsenal in
the War on Drugs. Even worse than the threat of a thirty
year jail sentence, where you would at least have
a chance to defend yourself during a trial, forfeiture allows
the government to take everything you worked for your entire
life without the benefit (and Constitutional right) of due
process. It gives police an incentive to steal, and the authority
to do so.
The government rapes people of over $2 billion worth of
property every year. Eighty percent of those people are either
innocent or never charged with a crime, but most of
them won't get their money back. The police will sell those
possessions and use the proceeds to buy themselves
innocent people in botched drug raids. You could, if
you had any money left, sue to recover your possessions,
but the likelihood of winning such a lawsuit
is quite slim. Nevertheless, it's in law enforcement's
best interest to make sure they get every dollar you have,
in case you get cocky and decide to fight for your property.
The government and private companies cash in
During the 70s and 80s, the bureaucracy that grew out of
the Drug War exploded with such force that Home Depot ran
out of red tape. The newly created DEA sucked up a good portion
of the country's tax dollars. The DEA had existed in
lesser potent incarnations in the past, but the War on Drugs
revitalized it enough to warrant a name change and the injection
of several hundred million dollars of tax money. States set
up their own agencies to deal with the "drug problem",
and also to capitalize on their own forfeiture laws adding
another level of complexity to the criminal code. Both federal
and state agencies were staffed with the close personal friends
of whatever politician created them. Their experience may
have been questionable in some cases, but that didn't affect
their fat government paycheck. To the victor belong the spoils.
Somewhere along the line, raising money for prisons took
a back seat to raising money for salaries and new PT Cruisers
with the D.A.R.E. logo on them (though some of them were
plunders of forfeiture). Prisons are now over crowded, sentences
are longer, and more and more people are being busted every
year for non-violent offenses with no signs of a slow down.
During this time when one might think the government should
pause and reflect upon the failures in their drug policy,
instead they are going ahead full force with even stricter
laws and harsher penalties.
Today, only about 375,000 of the country's 2 million prisoners
have committed violent acts that warrant imprisonment.
They rest of the over 1.6 million are there because they
broke laws that were specifically created to incarcerate
non-violent people. If recent incarceration rates remain
unchanged, it's estimated that 1
out of every 15 people will serve time in prison.
Everyone reading this knows at least 15 people. One of them,
quite possibly yourself, will be going to prison for the
non-violent 'crime' of possessing a 'controlled substance'.
You might as well start picking out your accommodations now,
because there is practically no escaping it. The government
is hell-bent on sending everyone to jail at some point, even
if they have to create new crimes and revoke your rights
to do so. To help you get started, here's an overview of
3 popular government lodgings:
The illustrious jails of Chicago boast unprecedented levels
Lucky inmates will be one of the hundreds forced to sleep
like animals on the floor because they don't have enough
beds. One year's cost to your family, friends, and other
tax payers: $21,900/prisoner.
If snow isn't your thing, you might want to book ahead with
Los Angeles County. The Auschwitz of American penal colonies
is largest in the country, featuring more overcrowding and forced
prison labor. Carrying on the tradition of other notable
concentration camps, they also have a gas chamber a short
drive away. Annual cost to taxpayers: $24,000/prisoner.
For those who demand luxury, nothing but the best will do. New
York sports all-inclusive suites to the tune of up
to $59,000/prisoner each year, billed to the tax-payer's
The prisoners don't get much for the hard-earned money extorted
from tax-payers, but the State sure does. So do the private
companies now working in the lucrative prison industry. Corrections
Corporation of America, the largest private-sector prison
company, made $1
billion dollars last year by providing people just like
you with one-star accommodations in any of their 64 correctional
facilities. $78.8 million of that will go to wealthy shareholders,
who could really care less about your rehabilitation, because
a rehabilitated criminal represents lost dollars. You can
see how much the officers of CCA are making off of your pain
and suffering here.
In a report on CCA, Prudential Securities wrote, "It
takes time to bring inmate population levels up to where
they cover costs. Low occupancy is a drag on profits," but
went on to note that "company profits would be strong" if
facility populations were jacked up at an "acceptable
Phone company giants like AT&T are
cashing in as well, by providing overpriced phone service
calling home. Half of the money goes to the phone company,
and half goes to the State Treasury. New Hampshire has received
in "commissions" since they signed with Worldcom.
Collect calls from prison are typically 4 to 6 times higher
than regular phone calls, and normally impose a 'connect
of $3 or more. The government actively pursues
and tries to shut down companies that wish to compete
with the telecommunications monopolies by providing cheaper
phone service to inmates.
Companies like General Electric and American Express are
cashing in too, by financing prison building in Tennesee
and Oklahoma. GE, makers of lightbulbs and jet engines,
also manufacture secure
entry and surveillance systems that are used in prisons,
as well as drug
detection systems. Proceeds from the Drug War are just
part of the company's $134.2 billion revenue.
Part of the high cost of jailing people is providing them
with medical treatment, and it's no surprise that politicians
turn to their wealthy golf buddies in the private sector
to provide it - at drastically inflated prices. One such
company is Prison
Health Services, Inc, (PHS) a wholly owned subsidiary
Services Group, that currently has over
1,000 lawsuits pending against them resulting from prisioner
deaths and improper treatment.
America Services Group did $549.3 million worth of business
with the government last year, a fraction of the $7
billion industry of providing healthcare to inmates,
of which an estimated 40% is outsorced to private companies.
Buddies or not, occassionally budgets need to be trimmed,
and health care is the first area to be slashed during a
budget cut. Another area is housing, which results in overcrowding
and contributes to prison violence. These things may effect
prisoner wellfare, but at least the bottom-line is protected
for the wealthy profiteers. There's only one expenditure
of the corrections industry budget that is sacred and immune
from downsizing: the salaries of corrections officers and
facility managers. In fact, their earnings typically grow
every year, despite cut backs in other areas.
The median salary for
a corrections officer in the United states is $29,478. In
Chicago, where inmates are sleeping on floors due to overcrowding,
the average corrections officer salary is $32,121 and can
go above $40,505.
Prison costs will only increase. The government has made
sure the number of inmates continue to rise by eliminating
parole options, reducing time off for good behavior, and
worst of all, legislating mandatory minimum sentences. Longer
prison sentences mean older prisoners with more expensve
health care needs. If you don't have any kids now, you should
have some as soon as possible. Their tax money will be needed
to pay for your retirement in prison, and besides, we need
new fodder for the next generation of politicians.
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
If the government turned their backs on the Constitution
with the reintroduction of forfeiture laws, they dropped
their pants and shit all over it with the passing of mandatory
minimum sentencing 'guidelines'. This legislation usurps
power from our judges and places it in the hands of the legislators.
For those of you who may have forgotten
your US history (which is appearently every member of Congress),
our three branch system of government was designed to prevent
this sort of injustice from occurring. In fact, it was one
of the highest priorities of our forefathers when they wrote
the Constitution. The legislature makes the laws, the judiciary
interprets them and passes judgement. At least, that appeared
to be the original concept until the age of the Drug War.
But no more. Judges no longer have the power to sentence
people in proportion to their crimes. The State has already
decided what your punishment should be, mitigating circumstances
be damned. A trial before a judge is now a mere technicality
played out before a black robed symbol of what our judicial
system once was.
Don't think the judges are too happy about it either. You
can read the dessenting opinions of many of them here. However,
dissent as they might, they can't change drug policy.
I would be remiss to insinuate that everyone convicted of
drug offenses is subjected to the draconian sentencing policies
of America's unconstitutional drug legislation. If your last
name happens to be Bush, things like cocaine use, underaged
drinking, drunk driving, perscription forgery, and multiple
drug probation violations will get you no more than a slap
service, and likely your court records will be sealed or
completely expunged by corrupt judges who were elected with
the help of your father's political connections.
Being a member of America's aristocracy certainly has it's
prevlidges. "Mandatory" minimum sentences which
are truly mandatory for most people are merely extreme suggestions
never to be considerred seriously when the accused is among
the 5% of America's uberwealthy and politically connected
The more valuable you are to the economy outside of the
prison system, the less likely you are to find yourself trapped
in it. Unfortunately, the vast number of Americans aren't
pulling their weight by the government's standards. If you
aren't making a lot of money, you probably don't enjoy your
freedom anyway, so you shouldn't care if it's taken away.
Freedom is for the rich. For everyone else, there's a jail
cell with your name on it.
Slave Labor, it makes America Work
The government and private prison industry aren't the only
ones capitalizing on the "success" of our country's
conviction rate. Some of the biggest
companies in the world are using forced US prision labor
to lower their bottom-line and reward their wealthy shareholders.
TWA, Chevron, IBM, Motorola, Compaq, Texas Instruments, Honeywell,
Microsoft, Victoria's Secret and Boeing are just a few of
the names you'll recognize profitting from prison slave labor.
Your incarceration makes them money, so don't expect to see
any of these companies lobbying for more sane drug legislation
or civil rights anytime soon. If you value your personal
freedom, you'll boycott these companies and any others that
profit off the work of prison slaves. Ironically, the US
took a vocal stance against China's use of prison labor,
hypocracy of the US government's wealthy elite.
The government touts prison labor programs as being rehabilitating
and preparing prisoners for their release back into society.
But rehabilitation is not a
priority of the US corrections program, and at any rate,
preparing someone for release back into society by sending
them to labor in a sweatshop for 30 years is a gross miscarriage
of justice by anyone's standards. George Bush supports the
death penalty. As the former Governor of Texas, he personally
signed off on the cold-blooded execution of his own countrymen.
It's hard to believe such a person's stance on rehabilitation
is anything other than disingenuous.
It's pretty clear that prison is a driving force in the
nation's economy, and inextricably linked to the bank accounts
of the wealthy. As such, there's no danger of the prison
boom slowing down in the forseeable future. The government
wins, big business wins, the only people who loose are you,
but you don't matter anyway. This country was designed for
the rich, and it's your duty to serve them. You should be
honored that your years in prison will put food on the table
of our politicians and CEOs.
You'll probably notice that the government's prison system
doesn't place much emphasis on rehabilitation. Rehabilitation
is not a priority, or even a desirable pursuit. They do speak
highly of the good job they are doing with rehabilitation
programs because it's the politically correct thing to do.
But in reality, rehabilitation of prisoners is not a goal. "Treatment" means
incarceration, and the longer the jail sentence, the more
successful the treatment.
People in jail equals money for the government. A rehabilitated
prisoner released back into society costs the government
tax dollars. But rehabilitation works. It works in other
countries, and it even works right
here at home in the few pilot programs the government
allows in order to keep up appearences. It costs less tax
payer money, and results in lower repeat offenders - two
things the government fears more than anything, which is
aren't looking too hard for alternatives to jail time.
The DEA also speaks of the lofty goal of a drug-free America.
But how many people would go to work everyday with the goal
of undermining the need for their employement? A drug-free
America would force thousands of government workers out of
their jobs and that would be bad for the economy. The Drug
War is a safe battle because it can never be won, therefore
those fighting it will never outlive their own perceived
When will it all end
You may wonder what you can do to curb the government's
wreckless abuse of power, to protect your Constitutional
rights, and to free the two million hostages from our country's
prisons. Suprisingly, you can do quite a bit. Unfortunately,
you'll likely do nothing. The government knows this, and
in fact they are counting on it. In America, fewer people
vote than in any other democracy in the world because they
can't be bothered.
The United States is now a police state, but it didn't happen
overnight. It happenned in plain view right before your
eyes over a period of 30 years. If you weren't too self-absorbed
to care, you might have been able to stop it.
Now, it might be too late. Diebold Corporation, headed by
CEO, Walden O'Dell (an open and avowed Bush
supporter) is going to make a nice profit by producing
the new paperless electronic voting machines that
President Bush will use
to steal the next election.
The government has now linked terrorism to the War on Drugs
and inacted the Patriot Act, which has effectively become
the country's new constitution. Any freedom and rights you
thought you once had, you no longer do.
You might think I'm being a bit hard on you for placing
all the blame on you, but since it is in fact your fault,
I really don't care. I hope you'll get mad enough to prove
and do something about it, but I know that you won't.
You'll forget all about this by November, which is exactly
wants. You'll continue to think "it can't happen to me",
so why bother? Two million people in jail thought it would
never happen to them either.
You probably won't don't click on the links at the bottom
of this page that will take you to organizations fighting
the War on Freedom. You probably won't bother to get involved
in politics or to vote for sane drug reform if it requires
you to get off your ass and take action, and you probably
won't bother to stand up and let your voice
be heard. That is, after all, the American way.