I’ve Been Raided and All I Got Was This Lousy Felony

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This month marks the anniversary of the day my home was attacked in military fashion by my local police, who after breaking down my door and running through my home with automatic rifles while screaming, handcuffed me and took me away to jail while my young granddaughter and daughter watched. Luckily we didn’t have a pet dog or it would have most assuredly been shot. Most know my story but in summary, this dramatic assault occurred for one reason only; I had ordered less than a months worth of some meds online so that I could live, which in theory could be gotten from any doctor. I assure you, there is nothing more to the story as far as why they did what they did and what my “crime” was. It’s a matter of public record.

The attack happened on the 5th of November 2010. To tell you the truth, that day came and went this year without a thought.  Although I didn’t remember on the exact day it actually occurred, it is definitely an event that I will never forget. It was the day my reality was given a huge perspective shift and while not pleasant, it was certainly instructive and cause for growth. I’m a huge fan of growth.

I’ve had a pretty busy year, which included creating a web site full of resources on the topic at hand and also writing and publishing a book. So, I thought in tribute to that life experience, I would list what I’ve learned this past year. Some things I knew about but had not experienced first hand until now.


1. If you can’t afford the astronomical cost for medical testing or treatment you indeed do not get tested or treated. The medical system is about profit only.
2. Millions who suffer severe chronic pain do not get relief because of the prohibition/drug war.
3. American prisons are the fullest in the world because of the prohibition/drug war.
4. The wide spread abuse that goes on in our prisons make GITMO seem like summer camp.
5. Constitutional and civil rights are ignored frequently because of the prohibition/drug war.
6. The wide spread corruption seen in law enforcement is because of the prohibition/drug war.
7. Over 150 military SWAT raids a day (over 70,000 a year) happen on nonviolent citizens because of the prohibition/drug war.
8. A great deal of our crime and violence is because of the prohibition/drug war.
9. Asset forfeiture is used and abused constantly because of the prohibition/drug war.
10. Police corruption is at an all time high because of the prohibition/drug war.
11. The reason we have prohibition and the drug war? Corporation profit and mass funding for those who fight it.

It was a very educational year for me, though what was learned was not pleasant. In fact, its downright scary. There are many things in our society that cause a good deal of damage but the War on Drugs seems to trump them all. And the reasons it continues, despite facts and proof of its damage, are the most disturbing of all.

Thousands of law enforcement officers, ex-narcotics agents, judges, lawyers, prison workers etc. speak out constantly and with great integrity against prohibition and the War on Drugs, having seen the damage it is doing and the lives being lost because of it. They know it does not work. They know the huge cost of its failure. They’ve seen men, women and children killed because of it. They’ve lost fellow officers because of it. They’ve seen families torn apart and destroyed because of it. They’ve seen the system so overburdened that they are not able to focus the real crimes because of it.

“Jailing people because they put certain chemicals into their bloodstream is a gross misuse of police and criminal law. Jailing drug users does not lessen drug use, and incarceration usually destroys the person’s life and does immense harm to that person’s family and neighborhood.” ~Joseph D. McNamara, Former Police Chief, 35 years in law enforcement.

There does seem to be a glimmer of hope as more and more American’s are realizing that things are not as they seem and what they have been told is not always the truth. If only social change were not such a slow process. But 40 plus years of lies are hard to undo. Again, I’m a huge fan of constant learning and growth; so, here is to my year of eduction and here’s hoping my next year will bring more of the same. I only hope its of a less dramatic nature.

I am a 52 year old mother, wife of 34 years, voter, student, web designer and author. (Though my “right” to vote has now been stripped away)

Nancy Rector



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  • Rita

    I was raided the first time in 2003 at the age of 50; to a rap sheet that consisted of one domestic violence misdemeanor in 1988 and 2 dog-at-large tickets in 1998, I now boast 3 drug felonies from 3 drug raids that netted a whopping gram of marijuana, 4 pain pills and 3 grams of meth. I’ve been an outspoken critic of drug laws since the tender age of 18, becoming even more outspoken in 2002 when one of my friends was killed in a raid, but since my own trip through the wonderland of the just-us system have become even more so.

    Please keep speaking up. As often and as loudly as you can.

  • Tom

    It all boils down to cheap slave labor run by the prison industry.


    Here’s number 12. for the list of things you can learn this year. “military style” police raid. Just a heads up to everyone. The police developed a searching procedure for buildings in the 50’s and then 60’s when the 1st swat teams were created. In the 70’s, during the later half of vietnam, and the battle for Hue City. The military discovered that they knew nothing about building or urban warfare and needed to develop some training. Which was later called MOUT( Military Operation in Urban Tarrain). The went to LA and other large pd’s with swat teams and took away from police certain teckniques…

    So.. not quite sure how a police raid, can be related to the military other than the military learned it from us. The military also has schools, so are our schools militarized as well?

    Yep, cops have the heavy vests now. Why? In response to the fact that bad guys have big guns that cut through a normal vest like butter. Oh.. and the police were the 1st to get these vests that were LATER adopted by the military.

    So once again, cops do something 1st, military 2nd, yet people have the backwords view on it.

    History lesson over.

    And Tom, very few prisons do anything but coddle prisoners these days.

  • paschn

    Below is an “eye opener” about the power of controlling public opinion. It relates closely with a seldom heard quote from one of the original despots involved in the eventual slaughter of +/- 50,000,000 Christian/Muslim Russians. His name, Vladimeer Lenin.
    The quote goes something along these lines, “the best way to control the opposition is to lead it”
    All my life I, (along with most others), thought Einstein was a genius, think again.


    This is why common sense and critical thinking is so important. The best way to control public opinion is to control the media.
    We no longer control the media, 5 corporations do, (down from roughly 30 when Reagan came to power). Any way you look at it, when a pig attacks legitimate protesters who have identified corruption in our government and are attempting to awaken those still in a fog, that pig is SUPPORTING that corruption and is 100% part of the problem, period. An honorable cop would STEP DOWN and surrender his badge before following orders which go against his country’s constitution. A filthy sycophant would vigorously follow illegal orders and hide BEHIND that badge.

    Think about that.