[Ibogaine] Emery seized by Forces of Satan; Sacrament of Transition Declares Him Martyr and Candidate for Sainthood

Preston Peet ptpeet at nyc.rr.com
Sun Jul 31 22:58:44 EDT 2005


In 1981 in Florida a friend of mine was caught at school with seeds but no pot- the police could not arrest him because seeds were not illegal.
Weird.


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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ron Davis 
  To: ibogaine at mindvox.com 
  Sent: Sunday, July 31, 2005 1:08 PM
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  In Federal Court in the US, the accused is prosecuted on the yield of the seeds. A handful of seeds is tantamount to hundreds of kilos of reefer...end result, life sentence unless one rollsover.  Bill of Rights, scratch it.   Sentencing guidelines handcuff judges and the US attorney gets to play god.ron
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Dana Beal 
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    Sent: Friday, July 29, 2005 8:09 PM
    Subject: [Ibogaine] Emery seized by Forces of Satan; Sacrament of Transition Declares Him Martyr and Candidate for Sainthood


    I can do that, you know.

    Dana/cnw
    North American Apostolic Delegate, Sacrament of Transition


    EMERY EMPIRE RAIDED AT REQUEST OF UNITED STATES
    Cannabis activist and two others arrested
    By Jennifer Garner

    Canadian police acting under orders from US officials raided the
    headquarters of the British Columbia Marijuana Party (BCMP) in Vancouver
    today (Friday, July 22).

    The search warrants were authorized at the highest levels of the
    provincial government in concert with a cross-border US-Canada law
    enforcement pact authorized by the a US-authored Mutual Legal Assistance
    in Criminal Matters treaty (MLAT) between the US and Canada.

    The US has issued extradition orders for Marc Emery, who was arrested
    while traveling in Halifax to a hemp festival, as well as two others who
    work with Emery on television productions and other endeavours.

    American officials accuse Emery of “a conspiracy to produce marijuana
    and distribute marijuana seeds, and money laundering.”

    The DEA and other agencies are claiming that by selling seeds to
    pot-growing Americans, Emery is engaged in a criminal enterprise with
    the growers.

    "Their activities resulted in the growing of tens of thousands of
    marijuana plants in America,” claims US federal attorney Jeff Sullivan.
    “[Emery] was involved, allegedly, in an illegal distribution of
    marijuana in [the United States.] He is a drug dealer.”
    Vancouver police armed with a search warrant raided the legendary store
    in the heart of Vancouver’s “Vansterdam” district.

    Chris Bennett, manager of Pot-TV who was onsite when the BCMP center was
    raided today, said he is particularly angry that Canadian police were
    acting as enforcers of American drug laws.

    “They're taking him down to face charges in the United States of
    America, where sentences are much harsher that one would face in
    Canada," said Bennett.

    Emery has been arrested for marijuana-related “crimes” many times
    before, but those other arrests involved local Canadian charges and
    jurisdictions. Today’s charges are far more serious because they involve
    US federal laws that stipulate mandatory minimum sentences of 20 years
    or more.

    Last year, Emery served 90 days in a Saskatoon, Canada jail for passing
    a joint.

    American officials are seeking Emery's extradition, which could take six
    months to a year. If they do seek to extradite him, he will become
    another high-profile cannabis activist seeking to fight off American
    attempts to prosecute him.

    Renee Boje, whose husband works for Emery at BCMP, has been fighting for
    years to quash a US extradition order that seeks to take her from Canada
    to face prosecution for cannabis in America. Her legal costs have been
    funded by Emery.

    According to witnesses, police have chained the BCMP doors, put barriers
    on the windows, and are dismantling the store to seize business records,
    seeds, computers, and other materials.

    The raid took place at 11 am. As of late Friday afternoon, there was no
    official statement from Emery or any of those arrested with him.

    If past behavior is any indication, however, Emery is likely to be
    unrepentant, and will fight the charges and extradition vigorously in
    front of judges and in the court of public opinion.

    The law enforcement treaty (MLAT) that snared Emery and his compatriots
    is part of a global American network of treaties allowing the US to use
    foreign police agents to investigate and arrest foreign citizens.

    MLAT’s help the US to violate civil rights protections and other
    constitutional protections that would normally be afforded to citizens
    by their own countries.

    The first US bilateral MLAT entered into force with Switzerland in 1977.
    The treaties are seen as a powerful tool of US foreign policy and
    hegemony. Dozens of countries have entered into MLAT’s with the US since
    1977, and the treaties are seen as a way for US police and prosecutors
    to arrest people no matter where they live, and even if they are not
    guilty of a serious crime in their home country.

    The treaties favor prosecutors and police, and make it virtually
    impossible for defense attorneys to advocate for clients snared by MLAT
    operations.

    MLAT’s have been criticized in other countries. Critics say US MLAT
    actions against foreigners violate international law, compromise human
    rights, and violate national sovereignty.

    The Irish Human Rights Commission has complained about a US-Ireland MLAT
    that allows CIA agents to secretly question Irish citizens on Irish soil.
    The MLAT signed by Minister for Justice Michael McDowell and the US
    Ambassador to Ireland James Kenny, gives sweeping powers to US
    authorities operating in foreign countries, including the right to seize
    documents, check bank accounts and carry out searches of property.

    The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said it would be examining the
    agreement, which was pushed through with the promise that it would only
    be used to assist the US “war on terror.”

    Human rights activists in Ireland are particularly concerned that
    interrogations can be carried out in secret, and that the costs of CIA
    operations in Ireland will be paid by Irish taxpayers.

    The cross-border MLAT efforts sometimes involve enforcement of the
    United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and
    Psychotropic Substances that was finalized worldwide on November 11, 1990.

    It is possible that Emery and his associates would be charged with
    violating this Convention. In past years, UN officials have condemned
    Emery by name.

    The raids leave many questions unanswered.

    Although Emery is the highest profile marijuana activist in the world,
    who publicly airs reality television shows portraying all aspects of
    marijuana culture and who hosts marijuana connoisseur events like the
    Toker’s Bowl, he is by far not the only person selling marijuana seeds
    across international boundaries.

    Vansterdam insiders note that while police were raiding Emery’s store on
    West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver, other marijuana seed
    businesses were still open for business, and people were smoking
    marijuana while watching the raid.

    The issue of selective prosecution is also raised by insiders who note
    that US and Canadian officials are aware of massive cross-border
    organized crime operations that involve guns, hard drugs, and other
    illegality on a scale that dwarfs Emery’s marijuana seed business. And
    yet it’s Emery, who donates all the money he earns to non-profit
    pro-marijuana causes, who is targeted in an unprecedented raid ordered
    by the US.

    Protesters are on hand at Emery’s store in Vancouver. The man who has
    provided bail money, attorneys, and other support for so many marijuana
    arrestees now finds himself in the clutches of the US government which
    he, his magazine, and his website so accurately describe as a
    totalitarian and imperialist hit squad.
    For the man who is often called “The Prince of Pot,” today’s arrest is
    the ultimate showdown.

    After leaving jail last year, Emery said, “Once you get over your fear
    of whatever they can do to you, you become empowered to just live as if
    marijuana is legal, without much concern for the consequences they
    threaten you with. Whatever they do to me- arrest, incarceration, even
    if they kill me- it’s not going to make me live in fear. We’re going to
    continue to show them that marijuana should be legal, that our culture
    is harmless and vibrant, and that it is the drug war, not the cannabis
    culture, which threatens public order and safety.
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