- End the drug war
- "Hey, Daddy, there's a bunch of guys outside with
- How would you like to hear that from your 9-year-old
son some fine morning? That's what Clyde Highbarger heard in his Cave Junction,
Oregon home 8 a.m. Jan. 27 from his boy, Christopher.
- Then came the knock on the door.
- "Police. Search warrant. Open the door."
- For the next five and a half hours, the Highbarger family
experienced what all too many innocent Americans have begun to experience
lately -- state-directed police terror.
- Highbarger and his wife, Ruth, were handcuffed by dozens
of federal, state and local police wearing combat-style uniforms, helmets
and visors. The Highbargers' four children -- Christopher, 9, Laurel, 14,
Robin, 7 and Madeline, 2, were forced to stand in the chill morning air,
some still in their night clothes.
- Mrs. Highbarger, holding Madeline, who is nursing, was
ordered out of bed at gunpoint and told to keep her hands up. The toddler
wore a thin nightgown. The mother wore a long shirt and underwear. As Mrs.
Highbarger headed for the front door, baby in her arms, an officer aimed
a semiautomatic handgun.
- "I'll thank you to not point your gun at my daughter's
room," she said.
- "I'm just doing my job," said the officer.
- Yeah, just doing my job. Where have we heard that before?
- You know, sometimes, to understand what's happening in
our country, you have to get away from the TV talk shows and the network
newscasts and turn your attention to your local weekly newspaper where
police stories still rule.
- What happened to the Highbargers' last month is not unlike
what has happened to hundreds of other innocent families throughout the
country in recent years. The cops came looking for drugs. They didn't find
- Who knows why they came? Maybe they got an anonymous
tip. Maybe the drug informants they employ provided bogus information to
protect their friends. Maybe, God forbid, the drug search was just an excuse
by cops to intimidate and harass what they described as "anti-government"
- The Highbargers are home-schooling Quakers. But the cops,
while on their fruitless search for contraband, let them know they did
not appreciate some of the literature they discovered in the house. There
were videotapes on shooting techniques and magazines about self-reliance.
- One of the cops asked Highbarger why, if he was anti-government,
he just didn't "come out shooting." Maybe the FBI, Drug Enforcement
Administration and other agencies dispatched to this dangerous detail would
have liked that.
- Mrs. Highbarger, on the other hand, simply explained:
"First, we're not anti-government; and second, we're not stupid."
- The harassment of the Highbargers was part of a larger
series of drug raids that took place in southern Oregon last month. About
140 officers from the FBI, DEA, IRS, U.S. Attorney's Office, National Guard,
ATF and lots of local cops took part in serving 20 search warrants for
psilocybin manufacturing plants. It was part of a three-year investigation,
requiring thousands of man-hours, at who-knows-how-much cost.
- The results? The searches produced 10 mushroom growing
sites, two spore labs, one marijuana patch, some peyote plants, 14 pounds
of dried psilocybin mushrooms, several firearms and approximately $10,000
- Wow! Big deal. I have to ask myself if such a haul is
worth pointing one gun at one baby's head? I don't think so. I think our
government is out of control. And the so-called "drug war" has
provided the excuse -- the rationalization for invoking terror on an untold
number of innocent people, depriving them of their rights, invading their
homes and spending a fortune of taxpayer dollars to do it.
- This has got to end -- now.
- Recently, WorldNetDaily told you the story of Donald
Scott, the Southern California man who lost his life at the hands of cowboys
like this. The Highbargers consider themselves fortunate to have escaped
this raid with their lives. Many victims of this kind of government terror
have not been so lucky.
- Enough is enough. The government is merely empowering
the drug lords with its phony "war." America is losing its civil
liberties in the name of law and order. It's time to call off the dogs,
get the federal troops out of our communities and send them packing --
disarmed -- back to Washington where they belong.
- I declare the drug war over.
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