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2002 Cognitive Liberty News

December 19, 2002
CCLE Files Freedom of Thought Brief 
in Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case

The image of a government agent, with a syringe filled with mind-altering drugs in hand, advancing on an unwilling and helpless citizen is one of the darker motifs in modern science fiction. But this very issue is facing the US Supreme Court in a current case, Sell v. U.S., No. 02-5664, briefed by CCLE today. The CCLE argues that the freedom of thought at stake in this case is comparable to the reproductive freedom granted to women by the Roe v. Wade decision. “Where Roe v. Wade established fundamental rights with regard to the body, notes Boire, “this case will decide what protections a person has over his or her own mind and thought processes.”  >> Read More

December 2 , 2002                                                                
The Needle and the Damage Done:
Supreme Court Will Hear Forced Drugging Case
On Nov. 4, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Dr. Charles Thomas Sell, a dentist who the government seeks to forcibly inject with mind-altering drugs. The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in support of Sell. Unlike other parties before the court, the CCLE argues that this case raises core First Amendment issues governing freedom of thought. The author of the center's brief, attorney Richard Glen Boire, notes that "if the government can manipulate thoughts, it need not manipulate expression; freedom of speech is, so to speak, nipped in the bud."  >>Read More

November 14, 2002

You Are a Suspect
By WILLIAM SAFIRE (c) New York Times Nov. 14, 2002

If the Homeland Security Act is not amended before passage, here is what will happen to you: Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend — all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as "a virtual, centralized grand database." >> Read More

November 5, 2002
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Forced Drugging Case
The US Supreme Court yesterday [Nov. 4] agreed to hear the case of Dr. Charles Thomas Sell, a dentist who the government seeks to forcibly inject with mind-altering drugs.
The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE) filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court in support of Dr. Sell. "When the government invades a person's body in order to manipulate the mind," says Richard Glen Boire, legal counsel for the CCLE, "even more than bodily integrity is at stake. This case raises the very important issue of cognitive liberty—what rights a person has to resist forced manipulation of his or her thinking." >> Read More

October 28th, 2002
Knockout Gas Proves Deadly in Moscow
The two-day hostage siege in a Moscow theatre, where 50 Chechen rebels held 750 people captive in a desperate act to draw public attention to the ongoing war in their province, ended in a cloud of knockout gas. The military rescue authorized by Russian President Putin began the raid by pumping an unidentified gas into the theatre ventilation system, which debilitated or rendered
unconscious almost everyone exposed to it.
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October 24, 2002
Trial Ordered In Case of Hallucinogenic Plants
A man accused of illegally importing into Atlanta jungle vines and leaves to brew a hallucinogenic tea must stand trial, a federal magistrate ruled Wednesday. U.S. Magistrate Alan Baverman declined to dismiss an indictment against Alan Thomas Shoemaker, whose lawyer contended the vines and leaves are legal substances. >> Read More

October 21, 2002
Federal Bill Seeks to Outlaw Salvia Divinorum
A bill introduced in Congress on October 10, seeks to make the Mazatec ceremonial plant Salvia divinorum and its active principle,  salvinorin A, the next outlawed drugs under federal law. Termed "The Hallucinogen Control Act of 2002," HR 5607 seeks to place the plant Salvia divinorum and salvinorin A into Schedule I (the most restrictive schedule) of the federal Controlled Substances Act.
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October 14, 2002
Censorship In Paradise: New Zealand Thought Police Seize Books From Loompanics
By Russ Kick
In 1997, Loompanics published The New Zealand Immigration Guide, which spoke very highly of the beautiful, secluded island-nation. Apparently, New Zealand will not be returning the compliment. The government of New Zealand has decided that publications from Loompanics are not welcome in the country, and it's currently persecuting a married couple for the "crime" of ordering some books.
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September 27, 2002
CCLE Announces Launch of New
“Cognitive Liberty & Neuroethics” Curriculum

The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics is pleased to announce that its new "Cognitive Liberty & Neuroethics" curriculum is now available on our website. Many academic institutions fail to discuss the topic and importance of cognitive liberty (the right of each individual to think independently, to use the full spectrum of his or her mind, and to engage in multiple modes of thought), even though in today's drug and technology saturated world the topic of cognitive liberty is of utmost importance to anyone interested in living in a society where one has the ability to think freely. >> Read More

September 23, 2002
Celebrate Cognitive Liberty
and the Freedom to Read:

CCLE’s Readers’ Rights Project Announced

In conjunction with the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual Banned Books Week, the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics is launching its Readers’ Rights Project. This year’s Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Freedom to Read—is the twenty-first anniversary of the ALA’s annual celebration of intellectual freedom. Events and read-outs will be held nationwide to raise awareness about censorship and the right to access books. As Judith Krug, director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, says, “The ability to read, speak, think and express ourselves freely are core American values.”  >> Read More

September 9, 2002
CCLE Update for August 2002
As a service to all those interested in cognitive liberty issues, our monthly updates present comprehensive yet concise coverage of recent events and noteworthy projects of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics. >> Read More

September 5, 2002
Report Shows Almost 16 Million Americans Currently Use Illegal Drugs
Today (September 5, 2002), the US government released the results of the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, the primary method of estimating the prevalence of illicit drug, alcohol and tobacco use in the US. According to the Survey, in 2001 15.9 million Americans age 12 and older used an illicit drug in the month immediately prior to the survey interview.
This represents an estimated 7.1 percent of the population in 2001, compared to an estimated 6.3 percent the previous year. Additionally, the Survey found that 1.9 million persons used Ecstasy (MDMA) for the first time last year, and that an estimated 8.1 million persons have tried MDMA at least once in their lifetime. >> Read More

September 4, 2002
Canadian Senate Committee Calls For Legalizing Marijuana
The prohibition of marijuana use must end, proclaims a report to be released today by the Canadian Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs.
The unanimous report hopes to bring Canadian policy into the new millennium and out of the politically motivated and costly US-led War on (Some) Drugs. "Scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue,” explained Senator Pierre Nolin, the committee’s chairperson. >> Read More

August 22, 2002
CCLE Files Comments with the DEA 
Concerning the Agency's Intention to Schedule 2C-T-7

The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE) has submitted written comments to the DEA opposing the agency’s intent to schedule the compound 2C-T-7. This compound, was first synthesized by Dr. Alexander Shulgin in 1981. In July, the DEA filed a Notice of Intent to place 2C-T-7 on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, contending that 2C-T-7 is a dangerous drug of abuse with no medical value. >> Read More

August 20, 2002
CCLE Files Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court
Today, the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE) filed an amicus curiae brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a St. Louis dentist.  Dr. Charles Sell  is appealing to the Court to stay a lower court’s decision to have him forcibly drugged in order to stand trial. In May, the Eighth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruled that Dr. Sell could be injected with psychotropic drugs in order to make him “mentally competent” to stand trial for insurance fraud. 
     CCLE counsel and author of the amicus brief Richard Glen Boire sees this case as a freedom of thought issue, one that the Supreme Court has previously located within the First Amendment. “If government agents, with the concurrence of the courts, can constitutionally order the forcible manipulation of Dr. Sell’s mind in order that he may stand trial,” states the brief, “then any accused defendant…is also at jeopardy of losing his or her First Amendment right to freedom of thought.” >> Read More

August 19, 2002
NASA Plans to Read Minds at Airports
Officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have told Northwest Airlines security specialists that the agency is developing brain-monitoring devices in cooperation with a commercial firm, which it did not identify. Space technology would be adapted to receive and analyze brain-wave and heartbeat patterns, then feed that data into computerized programs "to detect passengers who potentially might pose a threat," according to briefing documents obtained by The Washington Times. NASA wants to use "noninvasive neuro-electric sensors," imbedded in gates, to collect tiny electric signals that all brains and hearts transmit. >> Read More

August 15, 2002
The Mouse That Roared: Calling for an End to the War on Drugs 
By Daniel Forbes
The small, influential Unitarian Universalist church has issued the rather remarkable call to: “Make all drugs legally available with a prescription by a licensed physician, subject to professional oversight.” ... [T]he statement is clear in its rejection of the stark zero tolerance policies that have sprung up in so many settings. It contends that use “does not necessarily mean” abuse or addiction. ... Distinguishing between use and abuse raises the thorny issue of cognitive liberty, the right to control one’s consciousness. >> Read More

August 13, 2002
Federal Court Rules in Favor of Ayahuasca-using Church
Members of the ayahuasca-using religious group known as the Uniao Do Vegetal (UDV), won a major legal victory on Monday, when a federal court ruled that the group’s use of ayahuasca was likely protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). >> Read More

August, 9, 2002
Scientist's Death Haunts Family
The death in 1953 of a government scientist, Frank Olson, in a fall from a New York hotel window, is one of the most notorious cases in CIA history. Only in 1975 did Olson's family learn that the CIA had slipped LSD into his drink, days before his death. President Ford apologized for an experiment gone awry, and promised that the government would reveal everything about the case. But newly obtained documents show. . .two of the key officials involved in the decision to withhold that information were White House aides Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, today the nation's vice president and secretary of Defense. >> Read More

July 26, 2002
Douglas Rushkoff Joins CCLE Board of Advisors
The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics is very honored to welcome Douglas Rushkoff as the newest member to its Board of Advisors. >> Read More

July 22, 2002
Blockbuster Depression: Drug Deals for Drug Makers
Last Sunday (July 14th, 2002), in an unprecedented alchemy of corporate drug deals synthesized behind closed doors, a $60 billion transaction allowed Pfizer Inc. to acquire Pharmacia Corporation, creating the largest pharmaceutical company in the world. With anticipated annual revenues of $48 billion, the newly concocted Pfizer-Pharmacia mega-company will have unsurpassed global dominance on some of the most lucrative pharmaceutical drugs available on the market. The potential side effects of the merger on consumers, seems to have gone unnoticed. >> Read More

July 18, 2002
DEA Moves to Schedule 2C-T-7
The US Drug Enforcement Administration today published notice that it intends to place the drug 2C-T-7 into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. 2C-T-7 is being scheduled pursuant to the DEA’s emergency scheduling powers, meaning that the scheduling could take effect in as early as 30 days (August 17, 2002). >>Read More

July 16, 2002
Who's Reading Over Your Shoulder?
I hate the feeling of someone reading over my shoulder. Not only is it superficially distracting, but it often affects how I respond to the text. Being conscious of being watched inhibits my thinking because I find myself reading through my watcher’s eyes.  It makes me suddenly self-conscious, wondering if the stranger is making faulty suppositions about me based on the book in my hand. The bored businessman next to me on the train isn’t a big deal, but the thought of the FBI peering over my shoulder in the public library definitely puts me on edge. >> Read More

July 8, 2002
Mailed Prozac Causes Stir
The following article discusses the latest tactic in psycho-pharmaceutical marketing; direct-to-consumer mailing of drugs. Millions of people say they have benefited from taking Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors like Fluoxetine hydrochloride (the active ingredient in Prozac). But marketing practices like the one discussed in this article, in addition to showing the aggressiveness with which major pharmaceutical companies seek new customers/consumers, raise disturbing issues concerning corporatized “drug pushing,” and medical privacy. >> Read More

July 5,2002
Dangerous Lessons
Last Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, giving public school authorities the green light to conduct random, suspicionless, drug testing of all junior and senior high school students wishing to participate in extra-curricular activities, teaches by example. The lesson, unfortunately, is that the Fourth Amendment has become a historical artifact, a quaint relic from bygone days when our country honored the “scrupulous protection of Constitutional freedoms of the individual.” >> Read More 

July 2, 2002
CCLE Update for June 2002
As a service to all those interested in cognitive liberty issues, our monthly updates present comprehensive yet concise coverage of recent events and noteworthy projects of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics. >> Read More

June 27, 2002
Supreme Court OK's Random Drug Testing in Public High Schools
Today the United States Supreme Court ruled that students in public high schools can be forced to submit to random drug tests as a prerequisite to participating in any after-school activities. The 5-4 decision held that a student’s right to privacy must give way to a school’s interest in detecting and preventing drug use among its students. >> Read More

June 21, 2002
CCLE Welcomes 
me:me sous rature as the Summer Fellow, 2002

The Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics is happy to announce that me:me sous rature (aka Mark Bryan) will be serving as our 2002 Summer Fellow. me:me recently completed his studies in Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Under the name Mark Bryan, he successfully developed a student-led a course entitled Cognitive Liberty: Psychedelic Perspectives.
As a Summer Fellow at the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, me:me will be organizing curriculum and developing teaching modules for cognitive liberty courses. He will also be preparing the way for these courses to be introduced in universities across the US, and eventually in other countries as well. >> Read More

June 17, 2002
Brain Fingerprinting Feature
Last Friday, (June 14, 2002) the CBS network show, 48-Hours,  featured a report on "Brain Fingerprinting." Also known as "computerized knowledge assessment," this law enforcement tool raises the chilling issue of just how far such mentally-invasive techniques could go in government and private sectors. >> Read More

June 10, 2002
Cognitive Liberty in the Classroom
A unique course recently offered in the Philosophy Department of the University of British Columbia explored the historical precedent and current applications of cognitive liberty. UBC student Mark Bryan was prompted to design this course after years of working within an academic system that ignored any connection between freedom of thought and altered states of consciousness, particularly those engendered by psychedelics. “It always seemed odd to me that the university, a place where freedom of thought is championed, will deal with an immense range of subjects, yet will pretend that psychedelics do not exist. Academic freedom was being hindered by the belief that a certain portion of human thought and activity could be swept under the carpet,” stated Bryan. >> Read More

June 1, 2002
CCLE Update for May 2002
As a service to all those interested in cognitive liberty issues, our monthly updates present comprehensive yet concise coverage of recent events and noteworthy projects of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics. >> Read More

May 31, 2002
Salvia Divinorum Outlawed in Australia
Effective June 1, Australia becomes the first country to make the plant Salvia divinorum a prohibited drug. Pursuant to a ruling by Australia’s National Drugs And Poisons Schedule Committee (NDPSC), both Salvia divinorum and its active principle salvinorin A, will be added to Schedule 9 of Australia’s Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons (SUSDP). Australia’s action raises fears that other governments may soon follow suit. >> Read More

May 29, 2002
Federal Court Rules in Rastafarian Case
In an opinion issued Tuesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, some marijuana-using Rastafarians may be protected under a religious-freedom law passed by Congress in 1993. >> Read More

May 28, 2002
The Future of Mind Control
The May 23, 2002 issue of the Economist, has several articles constellated around neuroethics and the future of cognitive liberty. >> Read More

May 23, 2002
A Piece of Mind
A new bookshop caters to those interested in cognitive liberty and brings a new meaning to "head shop."
Brad Willard has long been a student of cognitive science and of literature supporting cognitive liberty (the radical idea that we, as individuals, should have sole control over the way we think). A few months ago, Willard, part owner of the successful Belmont Street cafe The Pied Cow, decided to open a cafe-cum-bookshop devoted to the subject. His new venture is an attractive specialist bookshop of the type one thought Barnes & Noble had murdered. >> Read More

May 22, 2002
The Neuroethics of New Drugs and Technology
It's another sleepless night at Stanford University. But unlike the legions of students dozing over textbooks, volunteers at the Stanford Sleep Disorders Lab have pharmaceutical help: a controversial new drug called Provigil. The medication, whose name is an abbreviation of the words "promotes vigilance,'' keeps the mind fully awake and attentive without the euphoric "buzz'' or jittery nerves of amphetamines and caffeine. ... The tools and technologies -- from drugs like Provigil to implantable brain chips, neuro-imaging techniques and brain-scan lie detectors -- offer new ways to alter and explore human cognition. But what's safe? What's ethical? >> Read More

May 21, 2002
Why A High Society is a Free Society
By Dr. A.C. Grayling
One measure of a good society is whether its individual members have the autonomy to do as they choose in respects that principally concern only them. The debate about heroin, cocaine and marijuana touches precisely on this. In my submission, a society in which such substances are legal and available is a good society not because drugs are in themselves good, but because the autonomy of those who wish to use them is respected. For other and broader reasons, many of them practical, such a society will be a better one. >> Read More

May 6, 2002
Brain Probes Give Rats Their Marching Orders
Implants can direct behavior. "Implications are scary," an expert says
Transmitting wireless signals directly into the brain, a group of scientists has produced the ultimate lab rat--an animal that can be guided by remote control over fences, up trees, through pipes and across rubble at distances up to a third of a mile. >> Read More

May 3, 2002
CCLE Update for April 2002
Our bi-monthly updates present comprehensive and concise coverage of recent events and noteworthy projects of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics. >> Read More

April 30, 2002
Another Federal Court Okays Forcible 
Administration of Mind-Altering Drugs

Evidencing a disturbing trend, another federal court has ruled that persons awaiting trial may be forcibly administered mind-altering drugs by the government in an effort to re-form their thinking and make them “competent to stand trial.”
    Earlier this month, the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics filed an amicus brief in a similar case (U.S. v. Sell), arguing that such forced drugging by the government violates the fundamental right to cognitive liberty, makes a mockery of the “presumption of innocence,” and is contrary to other basic principles underlying the Constitution and the judicial system.
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April 25, 2002
Junk Science in Service of Junk Drug Policy
Study Finds that Flawed Studies of Ecstasy-Users' Brains Have Been Exploited to Fuel the War on Drugs 
The British magazine New Scientist recently asked the question "Ecstasy: How Dangerous is it Really?" The answer, found New Scientist, is that no one really knows. Further, the magazine found that any answer to the question is likely based more on politics than on science. 
    After a thorough re-examination of the brain scans that have become the centerpiece of the U.S. government-led "war on ecstasy," New Scientist concluded "certain high-profile studies claiming ecstasy causes lasting damage are based on flawed brain scans." The war on ecstasy has been built on junk science. >> Read More

April 8, 2002
CCLE Fights Government's Forced-Drugging of Dentist
Today, the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to reconsider its recent decision permitting the government to continue forcibly injecting a St. Louis dentist with mind-altering drugs. >> Read More

March 22, 2002
Nixon's Prejudices: 30-Year Anniversary of Federal Commission's Call to Legalize Marijuana

Thirty years ago today, the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse ("the Shafer Commission"), appointed by President Nixon, released its landmark report, "Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding."    Nixon’s rejection of the Shafer Commission’s decriminalization recommendation has resulted in the arrest of 15 million Americans since 1972.  >> Read More

March 19, 2002
Forced Drugging OK'd By Federal Court
Defendants can be forcibly drugged even though they haven’t been convicted of any charges and pose no danger to themselves or others. That’s the ruling issued March 7, 2002, by the Federal Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in the case of United States v. Charles Thomas Sell. The 2 - 1 split decision establishes government power to forcibly medicate a person with mind altering drugs even before trial. >> Read More

March 15, 2002
Government Admits Spying on Drug Reformers
According to a report issued by the National Drug Intelligence Center in December 2001 and recently made available on the NDIC Web site, the government has been monitoring 52 Web sites in search of individuals and groups who use the Internet to "promote or facilitate the production, use, and sale of MDMA, GHB, and LSD." The report, titled "Drugs and the Internet: An Overview of the Threat to America's Youth", acknowledges that a majority of the sites monitored (32 of 52 sites) were "probably operated by drug legalization groups.">> Read More

March 12, 2002
The Process is Part of the Punishment: 
Arundhati Roy Jailed for Thinking Differently
Internationally renowned author Arundhati Roy is a vocal critic of the Indian government's anti-democratic policies, most recently in regard to the controversial Narmada Dam project. Roy was jailed over her affidavit comments to the Indian Supreme Court wherein she called attention to "a disquieting inclination on the part of the court to silence criticism and muzzle dissent, to harass and intimidate those who disagree with it." >> Read More

March 7, 2002
Distinguished Harvard Law Prof. Speaks 
Openly About His Use of Marijuana & LSD
Professor Charles Nesson of Harvard Law School is one of the country's leading authorities on evidence law and a maverick in encouraging his law students to go beyond status quo legal thinking, to challenge authority, and to fearlessly innovate. >> Read More

March 4, 2002
Is Taking a Psychedelic an Act of Sedition?

The March-April 2002 issue of Tikkun Magazine has an interesting article by Charles Hayes in which he explores cognitive liberty and psychedelics. His article examines the multiplicity of possible individual and social contexts for taking psychedelics, and some possible meanings of the act post 9/11. >> Read More

March 1, 2002
John Perry Barlow Speaks
The co-founder of the 12-year-old Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) [and Alchemind Society Advisor] tries not to be bleak. But he sincerely worries that Microsoft will usurp e-commerce and AOL Time Warner will seize media, and the two forces will extinguish dissenting voices in a "diabolical" plot to own the economy and the human mind. >>Read More

February 15, 2002
The Strange Case of Mark Niemoeller
By Travis Dunn, Alternet
Mark Niemoeller, 46, of Columbus, Ind., decided to give up farming in 1987. With money loaned to him by a friend, Niemoeller set up a mail-order business that he ran from his family farm. The business, JLF Poisonous Non-Consumables, began with the sale of one product: Amanita muscaria mushrooms. ...Then on Jan. 28, police arrested Niemoeller and served him with a 13-count federal grand jury indictment. Niemoeller spent the night in the Marion County jail. On March 18, he will stand trial in a federal district court in Indianapolis. >> Read More

February 8, 2002
35 New Phenethylamines Outlawed in UK
While most of Europe is easing drug prohibitions, and the UK is considering downgrading the legal controls on Cannabis, a new amendment (effective February 1, 2002), outlaws 35 new phenethylamines, most of which were originally created by Dr. Alexander Shulgin. >> Read More

February 7, 2002
Citing Free Speech Rights, Louisiana Court Rejects Government's Extremist Tactics in Culture War Against Raves
NEW ORLEANS--In a ruling the American Civil Liberties Union called a "major victory" for free speech rights, a federal judge on February 5, permanently blocked federal agents from banning masks, pacifiers, and glow sticks at a local dance venue as part of its nationwide war against rave concerts. >> Read More

February 1, 2002
Pricey Prime Time Propaganda:
Anti-Drug Adverts and the Super Bowl
As approximately forty percent of American households are gearing up for game day, the Drug Czar and his Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) are prepared to make use of the Super Bowl’s enormous audience to disseminate a damaging and discriminatory message: if you use illegal drugs, then you support terrorism. The ONDCP has reportedly purchased two 30-second spots for the whopping price of $1.6 million apiece. Touted as being the biggest single-event government advertising buy in U.S. history, it is clear that this campaign means business. >> Read More 

January 18, 2002
Report Says Federal Ecstasy Bill
Targets Raves And Violates Civil Liberties

CALIFORNIA – A report issued by the nonprofit Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, finds that the Ecstasy Prevention Act, which is currently before Congress, unconstitutionally profiles electronic music listeners, misappropriates federal funds to communities willing to outlaw “raves,” and perpetuates a failed and harmful “lock ‘em up” policy with respect to those who use the popular drug MDMA (Ecstasy).
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January 16, 2002
California Senate Ecstasy Bill Dead; Assembly Bill Weakened
On Tuesday, January 15, 2002, the California Assembly and Senate Public Safety committees held hearings on AB 1416 and SB 1103. Identical in content, these bills not only proposed to class Ecstasy as a Schedule I drug, they also threatened to impose a 90-day mandatory minimum sentence for using or being under the influence Ecstasy.  Attorney Richard Glen Boire, of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, joined representatives from several organizations, including the Drug Policy Alliance, in opposition to the bills. >> Read More

January 14, 2002
Drug Squad Fumes As Bookshop Shields Reader
Prize-Winning US Writers Queue Up To Defend Privacy Of Customer Who Bought Uncle Fester's Illicit Manual
It never won a Pulitzer or appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists but a 400-page book about the manufacture of illicit drugs by an author known as Uncle Fester is at the center of a legal battle over the privacy of the US book-buying public. In what has been described as a landmark case for the US book industry, the Tattered Cover bookshop in Denver, Colorado, has spent 18 months resisting the attempts of both police and courts to obtain the identity of a customer who purchased Uncle Fester's opus, Advanced Techniques of Clandestine Drug Laboratories. >> Read More

January 9, 2002

Liberty & LSD
By John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and member of the CCLE's Board of Advisors
Over the last 25 years, I've watched a lot of Deadheads, Buddhists, and other freethinkers do acid. I've taken it myself. I still do occasionally, in a ritual sort of way. On the basis of their experience and my own, I know that the public terror of LSD is based more on media propagated superstition than familiarity with its effects on the real world. I know this, and, like most others who know it, I have kept quiet about it. >> Read More

January 4, 2002
California Renews Effort to Add 90-day Mandatory Minimum for Using or Being "Under the Influence" of MDMA (Ecstasy)
The California legislature has renewed its efforts to pass a bill (SB 1103) that threatens to: (1) make it a crime to be “under the influence” of MDMA (Ecstasy) anywhere in California, and (2) make MDMA a Schedule I controlled substance in California. Those convicted of being “under the influence” of MDMA anywhere in California would be punished by a mandatory minimum of 90 days in county jail (and up to a maximum of 1 year in jail). >> Read More