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From HR NG 12/06        Just passing this on .... I'm not familiar with the
Portia Trust group, perhaps some of you are ...... This damn prison industry
is running at full speed ahead, with little or no real supervision. Ronn at Futrsource


Subject: Women prisoners in Texas
From: The Portia Campaign
Date: Tue, Dec 5, 2000 7:32 PM
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I am writing on behalf of the Portia Trust, a human rights organisation based in the United Kingdom. We are extremely  concerned about the conditions of women prisoners in Texas. The following are two examples of the reports of severe human
rights abuses we have received in recent months. Copies of this letter have been sent to all major Texas newspapers and US human rights groups, and have been published on all relevant US internet newsgroups.

Robin Marie Head (#742243) has served five years of a ten year sentence in Texas for owning an escort service (one of the many thousands listed in the yellow pages across the US). During this time she has been

- gassed twice;
- put on 'food loaf' (no food for 7 days) twice;
- knocked into a near coma by the 'riot squads';
- slammed into cement while handcuffed with her hands behind her back;
- handcuffed daily to be led to the showers like an animal;
- forced to share her cell with severely violent inmates.

She was forced to work every day in the torrid heat in mud fields awash in ants, even though her medical file clearly shows she is severely allergic to ants. For the crime of 'work refusal' she has since been denied parole and has now been kept in solitary confinement in a small cell for over four years, with no radio, no outdoors, nothing except air, water, food, and mail.

Another woman inmate in Texas, who wishes to remain anonymous, has sent us the following report:
After my first visit with my father, I came back to my cell revived, only to be pummeled back down. I lay down on my bed going over the visit in my head when, all of a sudden, I am struck with this horrible desire to throw up. Then, a burning inside my throat and nose. Then this intense coughing that had me doubled over, causing me to puke. My eyes were burning and tearing so badly I could barely see. Another one of the fabulous
amenities of living over here, in the MPF [multi purpose facility]. You see, on the opposite hallway the psychiatric offenders are housed. When they don't do or understand what the officials want them to do, well, they are treated with one form of 'use of force'. This particular instance it was a face-full of tear gas. God, I hate that stuff. With the open barred doors now on our cells, we get the full extent of a tear gassing. The poor woman they sprayed in the face? She was so much in that other world that she herself didn't even feel or know the effects of that awful spray until 20 minutes later. Then I heard her choking, gagging, and her yelling that her skin burned. She was dragged to the showers to be doused in cold water to ease the burning effects of the spray. In the meantime, with the air conditioning not working, the pepper spray looks for a hot spot. You got it, it immediately found its way over here. It's been extremely hot over here causing me and another woman to pretty much get the whole effect of the spray, minus the skin burning.

It is inadmissible that such barbaric punishments should still be used (also against non-violent offenders) in a country which considers itself the bulwark of democracy and the advocate of human rights in the modern world. Please put stop to this inhumane treatment at once.

Marco de Innocentis The Portia Campaign ( Durham, United Kingdom
The Portia Campaign against Injustice

Some of this could bypass or in fact cancel out USA privacy and human right's protections. Ronn D.  Futrsource
U.S. Embraces European Computer Crime Proposal
Monday December 4 2:21 PM ET

By Jim Wolf © 2000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has endorsed the gist of a  controversial European drive to tighten cybercrime laws over the  protests of privacy, civil liberties and human rights advocates.

The central provisions of the 41-nation Council of Europe's latest draft convention ``are consistent with the existing framework of U.S. law and  procedure,'' the Justice Department said in a Friday posting on its  cybercrime Web site.

At issue is the first multilateral pact drafted specifically to deal  with the cross-border nature of much computer-related crime. 

When ready, it would be opened for signature worldwide in an effort to  slash the procedural and jurisdictional obstacles that law enforcers say  play into the hands of criminals operating through the Internet.

Targeted are such things as malicious code to disable Web sites as well as computer use for such garden-variety crimes like fraud, copyright  infringement and distribution of child pornography.

The United States will decide whether to join only after the drafting is  wrapped up, probably later this month, and the treaty is opened for  signature, perhaps by the end of next year, the Justice Department said.

But in a ``Frequently Asked Questions'' text, it played down charges  that the pact would stretch the long arm of the police improperly in cyberspace, trample on individual privacy and erode government  accountability.

One key issue had to do with data-retention requirements for Internet  Service Providers, companies that serve as electronic gateways to the  Web.

Worldwide Groups

In an October 18 statement signed by groups around the world, critics  said logs based on such archived data had been used to track dissidents  and persecute minorities.

``We urge you not to establish this requirement in a modern  communications network,'' said a 27-group coalition including the  American Civil Liberties Union, Privacy International and the Internet  Society.

``Police agencies and powerful private interests acting outside of the  democratic means of accountability have sought to use a closed process  to establish rules that will have the effect of binding legislation,''  the groups added.

In its response to these concerns, the Justice Department said there was  no such retention requirement at issue but a data ``preservation''  provision.

``Preservation is not a new idea; it has been the law in the United  States for nearly five years,'' the statement said.

Similarly, it discounted critics' fears that the convention would  mandate surveillance capabilities be built into service providers'  architecture.

But ``there is no prohibition on states imposing such requirements if  necessary under their legal systems,'' the posting said.

The latest draft by a panel of the Council of Europe, the 24th in a  marathon that began in the late 1980s with U.S. support, was released on  Nov. 19. The United States has had a ''real voice'' in the drafting  process, represented by the Departments of State and Justice in close consultation with other U.S. agencies, the FAQ said.

David Sobel, general counsel of the Washington-based Electronic Privacy  Information Center, said the Justice Department was in effect  acknowledging that the treaty could be read ``to require some things  that are very controversial,'' including redesign of system architecture  to facilitate surveillance.

Washington currently exempts Internet service providers from the  Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The law,  crafted largely at the behest of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,  requires other U.S. telecommunications providers and equipment  manufacturers to build in a window for court-ordered wiretaps.

Barry Steinhardt, associate director of the American Civil Liberties  Union, said the pact could force police in the United States to conduct  searches under rules established by treaty ''that don't respect the  limits of police powers imposed by the U.S. Constitution.''

Gassed - British chemical warfare experiments on humans at Porton Down
By Rob Evans © 2000

Military scientists conducted huge germ warfare experiments across large swaths of southern England, including the counties of Hampshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Somerset, Surrey, Wiltshire and Devon. A new book describes how scientists carried out more than 150 highly-secret experiments over large, populated tracts of Britain over
two decades.

The safety of the controversial experiments has recently been questioned, forcing the current government to set up two independent inquires into them.

Gassed - British chemical warfare experiments on humans at Porton Down by Guardian journalist Rob Evans draws on a wealth of documents, including the actual reports of the trials, to tell the story of the trials.

It shows that during the Cold War, scientists at the clandestine chemical and biological warfare establishment at Porton Down, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, wanted to investigate how easily Britain could be attacked by a cloud of lethal germs.

They were worried that Britain as a small, vulnerable island could be devastated by this kind of biological attack from the Soviet Union.

They decided to spray a chemical marker - zinc cadmium sulphide - over large parts of the country to simulate the path of such a germ warfare cloud.

In the first set of trials between 1953 and 1956, the scientists sprayed the chemical up to 80 miles over many towns and villages in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Somerset and Surrey. These places included for example, Winchester, Shaftesbury, Blandford, Warminster, Marlborough, Newbury, Farnborough, and Aldershot.

The trials with zinc cadmium sulphide were then greatly expanded in 1956. Virtually every region within England and Wales was sprayed over the next three years when planes flew long distances, usually 250 miles, along the coast releasing the chemical inland. The planes, for example, flew from a point off Cornwall through the English Channel to a point off Beachy Head in Sussex, dispersing the chemical over the country towards central England.

The second phase of the trials started in the mid-1960s when Porton scientists switched tack and started to spray micro-organisms which they believed to be harmless.

In one set of trials between 1963 and 1968, a military ship steamed around Lyme Bay and Weymouth Bay, spraying these micro-organisms in a five- to ten-mile radius over Dorset, showering Weymouth, Dorchester and the surrounding countryside.

In a more extensive version of these trials, the ship sprayed large amounts of the same organisms over two more counties - Hampshire and Devon - in two arcs 20 to 30 miles inland from Lyme Bay. One arc stretched from Totnes in Devon, over Torquay and along the coast to Lyme Regis in Dorset, the other was from Weymouth as far as Ringwood in Hampshire. These two arcs were spread over an estimated one million
unsuspecting people living in the countryside and in conurbations such as the Torbay area and parts of Poole and Bournemouth.

These trials drew to a halt in the mid-1970s, although the Ministry of Defence has not ruled out the possibility that further trials may be carried out one day in the future.

Two inquiries have been held into the safety of the trials over the past two years :

*   One inquiry looked at the safety of the experiments with micro-organisms, deciding that, while these trials were 'unlikely' to have harmed the 'overwhelming majority' of healthy citizens, 'a small number of individuals had been put at risk'. These included vulnerable people who had underlying lung disease (e.g. cystic fibrosis patients)
or were particularly susceptible to infection.

*   The second inquiry into the safety of the zinc cadmium sulphide trials decided that no-one had been harmed by that particular set of experiments.

The book includes interviews with Porton staff who conducted the trials.

ISBN number : 1-8432-071-8
Author: Rob Evans,
email :
Publisher: House of Stratus
email :
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Press release by House of Stratus publishers via Rob Evans

* Sourced from Surfing the Apocalypse 12/06/00


Drug Trafficking Involving CIA , Mossad, U.S. Presidents Exposed

Exclusive Interview SPOTLIGHT © December 11, 2000

They Stand Accused

Here are the defendants named by attorney Anita Belle in her lawsuit alleging U.S. government complicity in the importation of illicit drugs: . Three U.S. federal agencies, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, and National Security Council; . Former CIA directors: William Webster, Robert Gates, John Deutsch and
the estate of former CIA Director William Casey and sitting CIA director
George Tenet; . Former Attorneys General: Edwin Meese and Richard Thornburgh and the estate of former Attorney General William French Smith and sitting
Attorney General Janet Reno; . Former Presidents: George H.W. Bush and Ronald Wilson Regan; and . Former CIA and/or intelligence community officials (linked to the Iran contra affair): Col. Oliver North; Ambassador Donald Gregg, Felix Rodriguez, Admiral John Poindexter, Duane Claridge, General Richard Secord, General John Singlaub and the estate of Albert Vincent Carone.

Attorney Anita Belle had filed (or otherwise attempted to file) a series of major racketeering lawsuits against the CIA and a host of former public officials, including presidents, attorneys general and former CIA directors.

Like many others investigating this controversy, Miss Belle has concluded that the CIA has participated in the importation of illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine into the United States and that federal law enforcement officials conspired with the CIA to look the other way and allow the importation of those drugs.

For her efforts, Miss Belle has been subjected to repeated abuse by the court system and two attempts on her life. Miss Belle also charges that Israel's Mossad collaborated with the CIA in the drug racket and that the Federal Reserve System has enabled CIA-MOSSAD drug enterprises by laundering their drug money and profits.

Miss Belle visited The SPOTLIGHT editorial offices in Washington where she told of her efforts in an exclusive interview. An edited transcript of the interview with Miss Belle follows. The SPOTLIGHT's questions are in boldface. Miss Belle's responses are in
regular text.

Your lawsuit against the CIA is filed on behalf of victims of drug abuse and their families. But you contend that every person in the country is affected by the importation of drugs.

There are named plaintiffs in the lawsuit who are victims, but the importation of drugs potentially affects everyone in this country. My case is not just for blacks, but for whites, too. Although blacks are the primary victims of drugs, all of this impacts on the white community as well. It's not just happening in the ghetto. . My lawsuit is not motivated by any loyalty to any political party or political persuasion. Although I'm a democrat, I realize that my lawsuit has negative connotations for Democratic politicians as well as
Republican politicians-including both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

How did you get involved in this lawsuit in the first place?

. Back in 1989 when I was in graduate school for clinical psychology I was very interested in drug rehabilitation and I wandered off into the side subject of where the supply of drugs actually came from. The department kept trying to pull me back, saying, "study the demand, study the demand" and I said, "No, there's a big racial impact in the
area of drugs. Most of the people in drug rehabilitation seem to be black and I want to find out why." I figured if the substances were imported, it just couldn't have been a
matter of demand, a natural demand or biological craving. You don't naturally crave something that isn't native to your environment. So that had to be something that was being created.

I wrote a letter to every ambassador to the United Nations, suggesting that the American Government was putting drugs into the black community and creating a demand. I thought that was genocide even before I started law school and I felt that it was a conspiracy, even in the legal definition of the word.

An FBI agent came to my house and asked me: "What is this research that you plan on sharing with the United Nations? We're concerned that it's somehow going to impact on national security."

When you are in clinical psychology and you talk about "conspiracy," you are labeled as schizophrenic and paranoid. So they eventually put me out of the department.

Did somebody from the FBI go to my department and talk to them?

Whatever happened, it cost me a Ph.D. I was naive then. I had a choice of suing or going to where "conspiracy" is a legitimate term, so I registered for law school.
Now that I'm an attorney and pursuing this line, the judge is threatening me with sanctions saying that I have filed "frivolous" cases. They are trying to get me disbarred.
But even if they disbar me, however, I can still act on my own behalf as a plaintiff and they can't stop me from doing that.

Why did you name such a variety of public officials, including former CIA directors and former attorneys general in your lawsuit?

Part of it is because that is something you do in the legal system. If the secret agreement between the CIA and the Department of Justice to overlook the CIA's role in the drug trade started in 1982 onward, until 1995, and you name them as defendants.

However, I found out about a few other people when I did my own research. The last case that I filed involved people who were involved in drug smuggling connected to the Iran-contra affair.

I wanted to say that this drug smuggling was not just something that happened by accident, as some have suggested. I wanted to bring in federal racketeering (RICO) statues and say that this drug importation was a deliberate conspiracy involving drug trafficking. Yes, I am saying that Ronald Reagan, George Bush, CIA figure Felix
Rodriguez, Lt. Col. Oliver North and others-I call them a "gang"-were involved in this.
I call them a "gang" because they say the Bloods and Crips gangs in the black communities are "gangs" but what these others constitute are technically a gang also. They need to suffer the same consequences as the other people who are convicted in drug conspiracy cases.

I can't legally prosecute them as far as criminal charges are concerned. That's the job of the Justice Department, and I don't think the Justice Department is going to prosecute itself. However, we can do it civilly and make them pay damages to the people who have been harmed.

The actions of the CIA and the intelligence community in drug importation shouldn't be protected under the shield of "national security" since their actions have jeopardized the nation's internal security. I don't see how any threat from any other country can
supersede what they have done inside our own country.

You perceive this drug importation as being part of a long-term plan that just didn't happen by accident?

.Heroin was another substance that really had a harsh impact on the black community and we are talking about a drug that was imported. This is not something that was being mixed together in the kitchens of the black community.

Dr. Alfred McCoy released his expose' of the CIA's role in the heroin trade, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, back in 1972 and the CIA worked successfully to suppress the book. Plus the major media did everything it could to suppress his revelations.

The media is protecting the perpetrators and I think you'll find that some of the perpetrators have not just infiltrated the major media. The black media has not reported on this situation (or on my lawsuit, in particular) to the extent that you might think they would have. I do know that Black Entertainment Television (BET) is publicly-traded, so the stock brokers could have a lot of impact on affecting BET's coverage of this issue.

I was so naive. I thought this would be like the tobbacco industry cases and that my lawsuit would be publicized in the major newspapers and especially that black media would embrace this lawsuit with open arms. Isn't drug abuse a problem? Don't black newspapers always talk about all of the black men in prisons because of drugs and what a shame it is? I can't get Ebony, Jet or BET to talk about this. At least they aren't
talking to me.

One of the forums held at the recent national conference of the Congressional Black Caucus dealt with drugs and the involvement of the CIA. You would think that someone would invite me to come to that forum. Not at all. In addition, I heard that there was another private conference on the West Coast addressing this same issue, and I got the distinct impression that they did not want me there. They said I was a "troublemaker."

One of the key players in that conference was Peter Dale Scott. He's wiling to discuss the CIA role in the drug trade, but refuses to mention the key role in the drug trade played by the CIA's allies in Israel's Mossad. Unlike Scott, you are willing to publicly discuss the Israeli connection.

Yes, the Israeli connection to the drug trade is a whole bag of worms. When I started to discover the connection of Israel to all of this, that may also account for some of the problems I have been having. Israel has alot to do with the CIA.

The SPOTLIGHT has learned that Gary Webb, who broke the story of the CIA's role in the crack trade in Los Angeles in the San Jose Mercury News, privately told another journalist that he could "never" report that the Mossad is also big in the drug trade. He said if he ever reported that, he would lose his job, and that he doesn't even want to discuss it. So there are certain limits to examining the role of the intelligence community in the drug trade. Your own experience illustrates that.

If you start mentioning, as I have, the role of the Mossad or even of the Federal Reserve System in drug money laundering, you cross the line. No wonder I'm having all sorts of trouble.

The SPOTLIGHT has repeatedly pointed out that the drug trade couldn't survive without the Federal Reserve's complicity. How did you discover the Federal Reserve role, for example?

It was pretty much accidental. I hadn't heard of The SPOTLIGHT until I was told that The SPOTLIGHT was talking about it. I had actually started looking into conspiracy stories about the Illuminati {and its role in manipulating affairs} and had learned about the symbols on the Federal Reserve Notes. I had never noticed the symbols on the backs of the dollar bills. They don't stay in my hands long enough to read what's on them, and I don't read Latin. So I knew nothing about the New World Order or any of these things.
However, when I started learning about the Federal Reserve and that it wasn't any more a part of the federal government than Federal Express, then I started looking into the role of the Fed in drug money laundering. I had no idea. I stumbled onto it.

You have some ex-CIA sources who have pointed you in the right direction
as you have studied the drug problem.

I came across David Lamb. A former CIA operative, he is incarcerated in federal prison in North Carolina. David talked about the Raulerson Ranch in Florida, which is a CIA-connected drug smuggling area. The Raulerson Ranch must be similar to the Mena Airport in Arkansas that has gotten some publicity in the major media. In fact, I had never heard about the Mena scandal. I,ve been listening to all of the black leaders who keep saying that Bill Clinton is "our first black president." Okay, great, but to find out about Clinton's connections to the CIA's operations in Mena left me very disheartened.

What did you find out from David Lamb about the Raulerson Ranch and the
CIA drug connection?

David told me that the accused killer in the 1990 Gainesville student murders (involving five college students)-where some supposed lone serial killer had done the crimes-was probably protecting somebody. David said it happened that way because one of the five students worked in the local county sheriff's office and that particular girl, Christie Lee Holt, for whatever reason, knew something about the Raulerson Ranch
and they wanted to silence her. So they created a "serial killing" spree. The other four victims were just used in a cover-up.

The progression of your learning is similar to that of many in the patriotic movement who become SPOTLIGHT readers. What have you learned from all of this?

My investigation suggests that the powers-that-be want to use the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to put blacks (and hispanics) into concentration camps indefinitely. It's always possible that there's going to be martial law triggered by
some event that's been created, whether it's a race war or whatever. They could use drug dealers in the black community to orchestrate such a race war. They are trying to bring about a situation of martial law and take away the weapons of law-abiding people. There's also the question of the CIA's involvement in mind control. Mind
control can be induced by drugs. By distributing cocaine and heroin in the black community, you have a situation where you can produce mass mind control over the drug addicts.

You're on target. The SPOTLIGHT's famous expose of the Rex 84 plan, which involved Oliver North and the CIA, explained it was concocted under the cover plan of cracking down on illegal aliens (many of whom are hispanic) and on patriotic political dissidents. All of the people who are patriotic are actually now "suspect" rather than considered law-abiding citizens. People are losing their civil rights and liberties the more they ask for them to be enforced. Throughout your litigation you have suffered a continuing series of "accidents" and "coincidences" in the courts in various states that have
interfered with your litigation.

All of these "coincidences" just keep happening. I've documented about 350 pages worth of these so-called coincidences and asked the judges to put sanctions against the defendants. My efforts have continually been frustrated by the courts. For example,
one of my cases was dismissed because the certified mail supposedly never got to the court. However, the clerk of the court had signed the return receipt and my documents should have been filed since the document was there on time. They keep saying that it's the fault of the post office or the clerk of the court in some district in North Carolina or California or Federal Express or Bell South telephone company. However, if you put all of these coincidences together, you keep finding that it is the same people-the CIA-connected defendants-who are benefiting from all of these "coincidences."

There have been several attempts to make you the victim of traffic "accidents".

Well, one of the things that happened to me was when I was on my way to court on Nov. 15, 1999 in Gainesville, Fla. Someone in a van decided to stop in front of me on a busy highway. I had to cross into head-on traffic to avoid hitting him. There were two highway patrol cars behind me at the time, and even though I was facing head-on traffic they did
not stop. Later, I bought another car in Tampa and the dealership said that they would loan me a temporary car while they worked on my new car to make sure I had a car that wouldn't give me any trouble. Well, the loaner car got a flat tire. That flat tire saved my life. The tow truck driver fussed at me, saying, "What are you doing on I-75 with this car? It has a loose axle. These wheels could fall off at any time and it will be a fatal accident out on this highway." This was a big old white boy wearing a confederate flag patch whom I might have been afraid of otherwise, but he saved my life. I don't know
who he is, but I'd like to thank him. When we got the car to the shop, we found out that besides the axle being loose, the brakes were bad and I also found out that the lug nuts
had been tampered with.

What is your next step?

It's hard for me to quit. The more I talk about this case, the more people know about it. So it's a matter of developing public awareness.

Attorney Anita Belle has suffered numerous problems in Florida while pursuing her lawsuits against the CIA and former CIA Director George Bush. "Well, Jeb Bush is governor. He's the son of George Bush who was involved in all of this drug importation and the Iran-contra business. What could I expect?" Belle said. "If all of the allegations about Jeb Bush and his brother George W. Bush having been videotaped buying cocaine in Miami ever came out, or if Daniel Hopsicker's video evidence about CIA connected drug smuggler Barry Seal's links to the Bush family ever got out to the public, this could affect thing," Belle noted.

"Another leading Florida Republican, Rep. Porter Goss, is a former CIA clandestine services officer. He recently released a report that purported to clear the CIA of involvement in the drug trade. I have been told Goss has family members who are influential in the Florida Bar Association. I don't know if that has anything to do with the fact that they are trying to disbar me and claiming that I am incompetent. I wasn't accused of being "incompetent," until I started these lawsuits against the CIA," Belle said.

For information, contact Miss Belle c/o PO Box 686, Greensboro, N.C. 27402.