you have no freedom!
Busted! lawyer/author shows how you are a casualty of the drug war
Busted!: Drug War
Survival Skills, by M. Chris Fabricant, Harper Collins 2005, 365 pages
Busted!: Drug War
Survival Skills is one criminal defense attorney’s effort to point out
the power of the “War on Drugs,” the PATRIOT Act and any other
government measure designed to weaken the Constitution and, in
particular, your Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and
seizure. His conclusion? We’re screwed.
You have no privacy. If
a cop thinks you look funny, smell funny or act funny, he or she can
pull you over, stop you on the street and bang on your door to demand
answers. If your roommate keeps a sock full of dope in his bureau, it’s
yours by association. If you own a copy of Busted!, even if it came free
and unasked for in the mail, you are demonstrating a familiarity with
the drug culture. You can buy a pipe legally at Good Times but then the
cops can turn around and charge you for owning the damn thing.
The moral of the story,
Fabricant says, is watch your ass. Drugs are illegal, he says, and being
caught with them will open you up to a world of hurt. But if you gotta
have them, he continues, be smart about it.
Busted! is full of
tips, possibly the most important of which is, if the police know you
have drugs don’t do something stupid like getting belligerent or trying
to eat the evidence.
Fabricant is a solid,
informative and funny writer. The humorous tone of the book is enhanced
by the R. Crumb illustrations and a cover testimonial by Tommy Chong.
But underneath the humor is the dark news and proof that our personal
liberties and freedoms are being quickly eroded in the interest of
getting drugs off the street or fighting terrorism.
Sure, the drug users
don’t have any constitutional protection, but neither do you.