James L. Mooring, POW: Greetings to the Conference
Editor's note: Les Mooring was invited to make
a statement for distribution at the Conference. The following
is the message that he sent.
"I am currently in the middle of a 10 year federal
prison sentence in Texas for growing marijuana in Arkansas.
I must do 85 percent of this 10 year sentence before being released.
This amounts to 8½ years. I will spend more time in prison than
most rapists, murderers, and thieves. I am a non-violent offender.
When I was growing, I had no idea how seriously the DEA pursues
indoor marijuana growers. I thought, mistakenly, that cocaine,
heroin, and methamphetamine had enforcement priorities over
marijuana. Wrong. The majority of drug prisoners in federal
prison are here for marijuana (over 20,000). Of the 100,000
Americans arrested every MONTH for illegal drugs, over 50,000
are for marijuana alone. Never in American history and seldom
in world history has there been such ongoing, continuous, systematic
mass arrests. Texas and California, with hundreds of prisons
and hundreds of thousands of prisoners, are world class penal
colonies. America is rapidly turning into a gulag. And it is
all about the Drug War.
So why the emphasis on marijuana? With over 25,000,000
users, marijuana is America's drug of choice and the backbone
of the Drug War skeleton. Without marijuana arrests, the Drug
War expenditures (18 billion per year and rising) cannot be
justified. Plus, the DEA loves marijuana arrests. They are generally
non-violent, easy busts with, most importantly, considerable
asset forfeitures. A drug that is essentially "harmless," according
to a Harvard Medical School authority, is being exploited to
imprison and arrest Americans to perpetuate a rotten, corrupt
Drug War. That is the real "crime," and history will see it
as the real crime.
Thank you for listening.