Libertarians Mourn Latest Drug War Casualties
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CONTACT: Tim O'Brien
HAZEL PARK. "On September 3 last
year my [US] senate campaign took me to Rainbow Farm," recollected Libertarian
Party chair Michael Corliss. "I remember shaking Tom Crosslin's hand, and
telling him and his supporters that Libertarians fully endorse their right to
grow and use marijuana on their own property."
The Libertarian Party
has, since its founding more than three decades ago, opposed drug prohibition
on principle. "It's shocking to realize," he continued, "that exactly one year
later -- to the day -- federal agents would shoot him to death."
(Tom) Crosslin was killed by an FBI sniper early Monday morning. The federal
agent alleges that the marijuana legalization proponent first pointed a weapon
"Tom was such a gentle soul," Corliss added, "I find it
impossible to believe that he ever threatened anyone. Rainbow Farm is another
incident like Mount Carmel in Waco [Texas] where everyone for miles around said
these were decent, honorable people and good neighbors. There were no
complaints. There was never any trouble -- until law enforcement authorities
decided to make some."
About 100 police, deputies and federal agents
surrounded the farm on Friday after Crosslin failed to appear in court on
marijuana and gun possession charges. There were also several structure fires
on the property, which authorities speculated were deliberately set by Crosslin
and his long-time partner Rolland Rohm rather than permitting the buildings to
be confiscated under asset forfeiture laws.
Rohm was also shot and
killed the day after Crosslin by another federal agent who asserted the same
justification -- that Rohm had aimed (but not fired) first at his killer.
"In view of recent federal atrocities," LP executive director Tim
O'Brien added, "some of us have become more than a little suspicious when there
is not a shred of physical evidence to support official versions of these kinds
of incidents. Isn't it convenient for the FBI snipers that the only two other
witnesses to what transpired in these separate confrontations are both dead?
Does anyone believe," he asked, "that authorities would accept such
uncorroborated claims of self-defense from any of us?"
mourn these needless deaths. "Tom Crosslin," Corliss concluded, "believed that
federal agents had no proper authority, based on the Constitution, to tell him
he could not smoke whatever he wanted, as long as it harmed no one else.
Tragically, he was dead right."