Alternet…a Story on Police Intrusion.

Sick: Young, Undercover Cops Flirted With Students to Trick Them Into Selling Pot.

Working at the Drug Policy Alliance for the last twelve years I have read and heard countless stories of people having their lives ruined because of our country’s cruel war on drugs. Last weekend, the nationally syndicated show This American Life highlighted a story that is so insane, you don’t know whether to laugh or puke.

Last year in three high schools in Florida, several undercover police officers posed as students. The undercover cops went to classes, became Facebook friends and flirted with the other students. One 18-year-old honor student named Justin fell in love with an attractive 25-year-old undercover cop after spending weeks sharing stories about their lives, texting and flirting with each other.

One day she asked Justin if he smoked pot. Even though he didn’t smoke marijuana, the love-struck teen promised to help find some for her. Every couple of days she would text him asking if he had the marijuana. Finally, Justin was able to get it to her. She tried to give him $25 for the marijuana and he said he didn’t want the money — he got it for her as a present.

A short while later, the police did a big sweep and arrest 31 students — including Justin. Almost all were charged with selling a small amount of marijuana to the undercover cops. Now Justin has a felony hanging over his head.

This story is not unique to Florida and it reminds me of an 18-year-old Mitchell Lawrence, a young man from Great Barrington, Mass., who served two years in jail for selling a joint to an undercover cop. The officer befriended Lawren…and etc.

Quiet indecent and happening to oldies in Queensland also. Whilst a tenant in a public housing precinct I exposed and ridiculed two “eviction” tenants, one an eloquent, older Noel Coward replica, the other a pushy larger lady who squats on the outside veranda alternatively scooping porridge into her maw and screaming into a mobile phone. Designed to antagonise; their very raison d’etre is to harass and bully decent tenants who have unwittingly offended vindictive Housing staff and induce them, by constant bullying, to move away. Methods employed include offensive odours like two or three simultaneously burning mosquito coils, cars so strategically placed their exhaust gas drifts into downwind flats, dittto cigarette smoke, hobby toxin stink and theatrically loud phone calls.

Two Housing staff threatened eviction when I commented on the tactics of these antagonists. Then police called, supposedly responding to a false report that I had spat towards one of these creatures. The threat I must stop sending-up and otherwise reporting on the stasi-like duo or a mental evaluation test would do the job for me, was followed by another; ” We’re going over your stuff (blog posts) tonight, and we’ll find out just how intellectual you are,” adding, “We’ll be back if we find anything,” An inane and unnecessary remark obviously designed to demean, for I often remind readers of my lack of schooling and dearth of degrees.

That night there was almost 80 hits on relevant posts and no, the wallopers didn’t return. It is so easy in Queensland to destroy a clean person’s integrity and credibility. Worse though, is the mental home threat and the ease of censoring anti-government comment. They got their way, I moved. Injustices to citizens in Western democracies isn’t confined to the US of A.

Cheers, Les Johns.



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