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ANOTHER NOTE ON CLACKAMAS COUNTY'S DRUG WAR

A DRUG IS A DRUG IS A DRUG. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY SUPERCEDES ALL ISSUES CONCERNING LEGAL / ILLEGAL.
If we take the huge profits out of illegal drugs and fighting them, maybe we can get a grip on the crime that resides on both sides of this issue.
The fact that those charged with enforcing drug laws have escaped accountibility for so long in Clackamas County is surely one of those absurd facts that history will regard as evidence that few people payed attention to what their government was doing during our time. Although we now know that our government and the DEA in particular are more responsible than anyone else for the presence of meth in our communities, we continue to allow them to manage poorly thought out drug programs that lie to our children and citizens. Maintaining a presence in our communities, our government is still telling the same lies about law enforcement being the line between a healthy community and drugs as they always have.. As aldults we all realize what folly this is and that cops are as suseptable to drug abuse as anyone else is. While we inch our way towards a total police state ran by facsist authoritarians, our societies drug remain unaffected.
Lots of people benefit from this failed drug war but the same problems still persist. Clackamas County recieves countless dollars from the feds each year to fight drugs but there is no evidence that they are gaining ground. In fact, I believe that an honest accounting would show that drug siezures have went way down per dollar spent on enforcement over the last several years, and that we suffer more drug crime now than we did before we began getting all this new fedral drug money. It's beyond me why we continue to approve new spending levys when our sheriff is failing to uphold our laws with the millions already being spent. I can't think of too many other endeavors that continue to reward failure by throwing good money after bad money, except perhaps our military. I am convinced that it is mostly about organized crime, tax theft, and maintaining cushy jobs and county budgets.. I think the next big step for those of us interested in fighting the real crime in our community is going to be a full accounting of all the drug money being spent in Clackamas County, both federal and local.

Our local grant seeking, tax spending, anti drug coalition on Mt. Hood has spent huge sums of money on propping up local law enforcement with advertising and empty propaganda, at the same time that we have had drug addict deputies out robbing banks and drug stores. The members of Mt. Hood Coalition Against Drug Crime like to get together with the cops and politicians that accept huge sums of money from the pharmeceutical companies at election time, and have lavish dinners and balls at the local resort where they congratulate themselves on their acomplishments and a job well done. Meanwhile, our community suffers from the same drug related problems. From my point of view the main benefactors in our local war on drugs have been the Resort At The Mountain where these glad handers meet, the few people that recieve and administer the grant money, and the real estate hoars that steal siezed & distressed property. Now that we have suceeded in forcing our local deputies into drug testing, I believe our next big task is a full and complete accounting of all the money that has been spent by Mt. Hood Coalition, and Clackamas County on drug enforcement over the last five years. I have a feeling that if we get to the bottom of this one there may be some officials and citizens going to jail. My opinion is that the citizens of Clackamas County probably should have voted down this latest levy, at least untill they saw the bill that will likely result from the lawsuit against our county for the murder of Fouad Kaddy.