The US “Drug-Info Ban” bill, officially called the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act, has finally begun receiving some attention in the mainstream media.
The following articles and editorials all cover the censorship aspects of the bill, and the more recent ones also discuss the “secret search” provisions. All of these articles are opposed to the legislation, and warn against the unconstitutional free-speech and civil rights restrictions it contains.
Most of these articles were published very recently, and this marks a dramatic change in media coverage. Typically, this attention comes when the bill is about to be voted upon, rather than earlier on in the process when it would have been more useful.
Nevertheless, this media awareness gives us an opportunity to draw even more attention to the proposed legislation, and provides some hope that public pressure will postpone or stop the bill, or that its harsh provisions will be amended.
Please read these articles, and send these newspapers a quick email supporting their coverage of this unconstitutional legislation, and encouraging them to give this bill more attention.
MAY 26: DC: Editorial: (WASHINGTON POST) The Anti-Meth Bill
MAY 26: DC: Closing Ranks On MAPA
MAY 26: VA: Editorial: Drug-Crazy
MAY 23: TN: Obscure Anti-Drug Provision Could Expand Search, Seizure Law
MAY 22: CA: Column: Bill Is A Sneak Attack On Our Digital Liberties
MAY 15: CA: Editorial: Free Speech And Meth
MAY 15: FL: Editorial: Drug Bill Threatens Right To Free Speech
FEB 1: NY: Washington 451
FEB 1: CO: Free Speech Casualty In War On Drugs
JAN 12: CA: Censoring Pot Messages
Articles from 1999:
SEPT 99: MA: Just say nothing
AUG 99: MI: Editorial: Hatch-Feinstein Act Tramples First Amendment
AUG 99: WIRED: Reefer Madness Hits Congress
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For more general information on the drug-info ban, go to:
‘Secret Searches’ clause added to Anti-Pot Info Bill
Senate Passes Drug-Info Ban:
Congress Plans Pot-Info Ban
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CONTACT MEDIA & POLITICIANS
Now is the time to send a letter to the editor of your local and national newspapers, and to your regional and national representatives, explaining why you are opposed to the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act.
For a comprehensive listing of media websites and email addresses, categorized by region, go to: www.mapinc.org/resource/email.htm
To send your personal email to all US Representatives and/or Senators, go to: www.letterstoleaders.com/
To send an automatic email about the drug-info ban to your US Representative, go to: drcnet.org/freespeech/
To send a free fax to your Representative about the drug-info ban, go to: www.aclu.org/action/meth106.html
Better yet, call your Representative’s office to personally register your opinion on this bill. To get the name and phone number of your US Representative, call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced this bill in the Senate. Call her Washington office at (202) 224-3841, or email her at: [email protected]. Let her know what you think of her bill.
Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, the first openly lesbian woman elected to the US Congress, has proposed amendments which would either strike the censorship provisions, or exempt material otherwise protected by the First Amendment. Contact Tammy Baldwin to express your support for her proposed amendments to the bill: Tammy Baldwin: 1020 Longworth Building, Washington, DC 20515; tel (202) 225-2906; fax (202) 225-6942; email: [email protected]; website: www.house.gov/baldwin/
The House of Representatives Justice Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime is soon to vote on the bill. Mr McCollum, Chairman: tel (202) 225-3926 www.house.gov/judiciary/sub106.htm