The Man in Charge, who happens to be the President; Mr. Obama, has decided to reduce the sentences of those, who happen to be of color, in federal prison that were convicted of non-violent drug offenses and those whose sentence was increased simply because the cocaine was “crack “ verses powder. In 1988 thru 2012, if you were convicted of selling “Crack” cocaine you’d received a sentence that was four or five times what you would have received had you been convicted of selling powder cocaine. What is most disturbing is the fact that the law, which became known as the Mandatory Minimum sentencing, was disguised as a uniform sentencing scheme overwhelmingly supported by the members of the 1987 CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS. In their minds, this was a law that would stop the spread of crack cocaine in the minority neighborhoods. And some how it would resurrect Lyn Bias, the black D.C. College Basketball player who, in 1988, overdosed on “crack” cocaine. However, the bigger issue is how the cocaine walked all the way from Columbia, South America to the District of Columbia in North America.
The unbelievable truth is that the CIA brought cocaine to America on planes and afterwards recruited impoverished minorities to push the drugs in their community and this was somehow linked to the Iran/Contra Arms in support of America’s thirst to stop the spread of Communism at the detriment of its citizens…
Reagan Administration admits Contra-cocaine connections
On April 17, 1986, the Reagan Administration released a three page report acknowledging that there were some Contra-cocaine connections in 1984 and 1985, arguing that these connections occurred at a time when the rebels were “particularly hard pressed for financial support” because U.S. aid had been cut off. The report admitted that “We have evidence of a limited number of incidents in which known drug traffickers have tried to establish connections with Nicaraguan resistance groups.” The report tried to downplay the drug activity, claiming that it took place “without the authorization of resistance leaders.” (wikipedia) On March 16, 1986, the San Francisco Examiner published a report on the “1983 seizure of 430 pounds of cocaine from a Colombian freighter” in San Francisco which indicated that a “cocaine ring in the San Francisco Bay area helped finance Nicaragua’s Contra rebels.” Carlos Cabezas, convicted of conspiracy to traffic cocaine, said that the profits from his crimes “belonged to… the Contra revolution.” He told the Examiner, “I just wanted to get the Communists out of my country.” Julio Zavala, also convicted on trafficking charges, said “that he supplied $500,000 to two Costa Rican-based Contra groups and that the majority of it came from cocaine trafficking in the San Francisco Bay area, Miami and New Orleans.” (wikipedia)
Unbelievable until Maxine Waters
held hearings in support of the real Rick Ross,
not the rapper/imposter, to uncover the truth. During these hearings Americans discovered the myth to be true and as far as I know Oliver North is the only person who w
as released from prison. All the minorities who were ensnared by these acts either did the twenty or some odd years since 1988 or they are still inside prison inching towards their mid 50’s or 60’s while hoping for some justice… Just for a moment let’s forget about the fact that people should not be selling drugs an focus on the common sense approach to the problem. The federal prisons are at their maximum capacity [140 plus prisons]; the majority of the people in federal prison are low-level drug dealers (4 grams to 500 grams of crack) who are aging. As these prisoners become older the cost associated with incarcerations increases expotentually. If the federal prisons are to remain in compliance with the 8th amendment as required by the United States Constitution it has to provide adequate housing and health care for its prisoners least the federal courts will have to take over the federal system… just like with the case of California. As the federal system gets bigger and bigger it becomes more difficult finding ways to pay the bills. Keeping with the status quo would require a tax increase so it stands to reason why our President sought a different approach to the issue. In analyzing the possible solutions the question arose of Why? Why should the sentence for “Crack” cocaine be longer than a sentence for powder cocaine? In this analysis it was found that In order to make “crack” cocaine you need powder cocaine. One part of 100 percent powder cocaine and equal amounts of good ole baking soda, mix it together with some hot water and you have crack.
After you understand this you realize that powder cocaine is actually more powerful than crack since one kilo of crack (1000 grams) is nothing but one kilo of crack, but one kilo of powder can be made into 3 or 4 kilos of crack with the addition of 3 or 4 kilos of baking soda; so why would a person receive a greater sentence simply because they were arrested with crack instead of powder cocaine. The answer was nothing more than that the majority uses powder and the minority uses crack. Thus, it would seem that the law was designed with the majority in mind; there is nothing anyone can say otherwise. Under the law 5 grams of crack would get you a minimum sentence of 5 years, 500 grams about 30 years. Keep in mind that for his conviction on 400 plus kilo grams of powder, Mr. Carlos Cabazes received a sentence of 10 years
) Some Americans are not happy because the President will be pardoning some non violent drug offenders and its mostly the people who complain are the people who profit from prison, yes there is some profit in prisons. And the other people who are angry are the people who profit from people being in prison…o yea, I said that already. Anyway there are people who profit from people being in prison….yes I know… but importantly we as Americans proclaim to be forgiving…Always seeking forgiveness for our wrong doing. Americans have no problem forgiving the crimes of enemies. Americans have no problem with the early release of aliens for deportation, but they do not want to pardon the crimes of their American Brothers and Sisters. Why? I guess that answer would be better left for another place and time but for now I shall say, “Pardon me Mr. Obama, and the hell with what they think.” My country this of thee… What do you think, should the President pardon non violent drug offenders or not?