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Political acts of terrorism under color of law

Date: 19 January, 1999

By: Chief & N.C.

Imagehere is a pattern of behaviour becoming apparent in the United States .... a terrifying pattern. It is reminiscent of soviet Russia, nazi Germany and fascist Italy. It is a pattern that prevails yet today in countries such as communist China, communist North Korea and Cuba. This is a pattern of repression of freedom of choice by the major political organ or organs of the country — in short, political terrorism.

Here in the U.S. we have both some fairly high profile and some lower-key political candidates who are not members of the two major political parties. They are neither Republican nor Democrat.

Governor Angus S. King, Jr. of Maine is relatively low-key. He is a member of the Independent Party, and recently won re-election to his second term as governor.

Governor Jesse Ventura of Minnesota is very high profile. He is both a retired professional wrestler, and a former Navy SEAL. His campaign and subsequent election as governor of Minnesota was widely covered by national news media. He is a member of the Reform Party.

California's gubernatorial election had a prominent third party candidate as well. Steve Kubby, a member of the Libertarian Party, has been politically active in California for some time. He helped to make Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative, a reality. He is outspoken in his support of personal freedom, and against governmental intrusion into the lives of citizens. He is also an oncology patient who suffers from adrenal cancer. As such, he knows from personal experience the value medical marijuana has for people who are extremely ill and for whom conventional treatment has failed.

For those of you unfamiliar with it, Proposition 215 was a ballot initiative passed by a majority of California voters in 1996. This law, in brief, says people who have a medical need and a prescription from a licensed physician may possess marijuana for personal medical use.

That same year, 1996, there was another important initiative on the ballot concerning freedom of choice — the open primary proposition. This was also passed by a majority of the voters in California. This one allows for an individual to vote across party lines in primary elections. Heretofore one has been able to vote for only Republican or Democrat candidates in primary elections. If you were not registered as Democrat or Republican, you could not vote for candidates in the primaries at all. The majority of Californians did not like that restrictive system, and so voted to allow selection of candidates by all voters.

Therein lies the rub for the two major political organs. They want so badly to maintain their comfortable status quo that they are now attempting to override the open primaries the people have so definitely demanded. Bills are being pushed through the senate in the state government to gut the open primary law. These bills are not being put before the people for vote. The politicians, consumed by the ultimate aphrodisiac — power, are attempting to completely subvert the will of the people.

The state government is also trying to completely overthrow the medical marijuana law. They have closed cannabis buyers' clubs, arrested people for providing marijuana to those in need — even though they were doing so in strict accordance with the law — and have worked with the federal government to try to have the law overturned court.

With the passage of initiatives like the two mentioned here, and the increasing number of votes for third party candidates, it is becoming apparent that the citizens want to regain their voice. They want at least a modicum of control over the government. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson: if the government fears the citizens there is liberty; if the citizens fear the government there is tyranny. National news coverage for the last several months has targeted misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance of duty by our elected officials. We've had sufficient 'shenanigans' in the White House to cause impeachment of the President for only the second time in U.S. History. People have been nominated for powerful positions, only to withdraw in an attempt to avert close scrutiny of their past conduct. The list of expose´s rolls on, ad nauseum. The citizenry is showing its disenchantment with the two major political organs at the ballot box. The public is awakening to the fact that we are not living in the Elysian fields. They are seeing, daily, the elected officials from the two major parties attempting to sodomize that inviolable document, the Constitution of the United States.

One can feel the consternation in both the Republicans and the Democrats throughout the country. Governor Ventura has, so far, been the only individual I have heard intrepid enough to vocalize that consternation, rather derisively, to their faces. The 'third' parties now have legitimacy. The Republicans and Democrats can denigrate the other parties as small and meaningless all they like. The fact remains that the other parties are gaining in power and importance while the Republicans and Democrats are eroding themselves into oblivion with actions prompted by their belief in being untouchable. Every vote for a third party candidate is one less vote for a Republican or Democrat. This is altering the face of elections at every level of government.

Now the crux of the biscuit. The Republicans and Democrats are finding themselves in a struggle for power, not against each other, but against 'outsiders'. While the Republicans and Democrats bluster into the microphones and TV cameras, the 'little guys' are creeping up from behind to take their binkys. They can no longer ignore, they are being forced to react. Their retaliation, at least in some cases, smacks of political terrorism.

The aforementioned Steve Kubby, cancer patient and California gubernatorial candidate, has been arrested and charged with growing marijuana for sale. Under the current medical marijuana law in California Mr. Kubby is legally allowed to possess and use marijuana for the intractable symptoms of his illness. Since the state has closed down most of the cannabis clubs in the state, Mr. Kubby was growing plants in his own home for his personal use. On January 19, 1999 Steve and Michele Kubby were arrested at their home in the Lake tahoe area for "investigation of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and conspiracy."

In subsequent interviews, statements, and newspaper articles it has been revealed that law enforcement agencies have been monitoring Mr. Kubby's internet communications, watching Mr. & Mrs. Kubby through the windows of their home (I thought peeping toms were subject to arrest!), listening to the Kubbys through the walls of their home and digging through their trash. To effect the arrests of one woman and one ill man, it took a North Tahoe Task Force which included law enforcement personnel from the state of Nevada, from Placer county in California, and DEA agents. It would appear that the Lake Tahoe area has more than a passing resemblance to Tiananmen Square. Of great interest is the fact that the search warrants were issued while Mr. Kubby was running for governor.

In addition, Dennis Peron, another third party gubernatiorial candidate and medical marijuana activist was also targeted for 'legal' harassment during his campaign.

The political machinations behind these incidents is still below the pond scum on the surface, but they are beginning to show through. The 'Big 2' are beginning to sweat. Other parties are entering candidates into the political races. Rather than being subsumed into the two major parties We the People are being given a choice. The juggernaut of the two party system is grinding to a halt. The Republicans and Democrats have to keep it rolling. They cannot allow the reins of power to fall into anyone else's hands.

Is this why we are seeing what appears to be political terrorism directed towards third party candidates? In an effort to preserve an archaic, outmoded system and deny the will of the people, are individuals in the two major parties promoting acts of terrorism under color of law?

If I were considering running for any political office as a third party candidate, I would be very wary of possible repercussions of my candidacy from the Republicans and Democrats.

As a citizen of this country, I am appalled and dismayed by the apparent indifference, nay, the reprehensible and total disregard the two major parties are showing for our freedom of choice.

Benjamin Franklin, with his usual eloquence, said:

"Those who are willing to trade liberty for temporary security deserve neither."

We the People are the only ones who can bring political terrorism to a halt. We have three options in which to accomplish this, the:

[Ed note: This story was slightly reformatted and updated on 01 April, 2015.]

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