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Oklevueha Native American Church: James Mooney on NORML Radio

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Excerpts from a James Flaming Eagle Mooney's on NORML Radio on 07/28/2011

22 Jun 2013

OGDEN -- The war on drugs may have been declared over by national drug czar Gil Kerlikowske in 2009, but the controversy over the laws in place to control drug use continues to incense people on both sides of the legal argument.  According to LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition - the problems caused by America's drug laws warrant enough attention to be kept in the public consciousness.

James Mooney, a former undercover narcotics officer who is now a public speaker on behalf of LEAP, spoke about his experience at Tuesday's Weber County Commission meeting.

"I was about to arrest these people inside a home ...  and I ended up hearing this little boy crying.  I realized that I was about to take away his parents for 10 years and basically create an orphan.  I realized that the basic structure of every civilization is the family, and the war on drugs is decimating our families," Mooney said.

LEAP is made up of former law enforcement officers and criminal justice system members who oppose current drug policies.  The organization sends speakers to various public events to educate people about the judicial system's reasons for continuing the war on drugs.

"The only reason this thing has kept on going is because of money.  The war on drugs is responsible for about 70 percent of all finances in the judicial system.  It is an excuse to violate people's rights, and it is unconstitutional," Mooney said.