MAINE, March 13, 2017 /Re-leaf LLC Kratom New/It's not everyday your going to have to deal with someone who intentionally tries to make you break the law. But, for the average kratom vendor, this happens at a way higher rate. Law enforcement officials aren't too happy about the South Asian leaf being easily dealt online. So, with this angry attitude, comes a focused effort from them, trying to take these vendors out, the only way they can. They will try to get the vendor to incriminate themselves. The person who does this, I call, a "Kratom Cowboy".
At least once a day, I have some peculiar profile, probably an agent of some kind, coaxing me to tell them how to ingest a non-edible product. I might be riddled with paranoia from my past experiences, but sometimes, its easy to spot.
That friend request you received on Facebook just one moment ago, or the follower you just got on Twitter, or, maybe even the subscriber you landed on Reddit, might just be a Federal Agent.
The advent of online undercover federal agent work, being a staple in today's society, was long ago ingrained in our country. For a kratom vendor, the only way to go to jail these days, is by selling your product to someone for consumption. That doesn't mean you won't go to jail. You bet your sweet little ass, thousands of online agents, have gotten that memo that says, "try and get kratom vendors to insinuate ingestion."
By 2017, online undercover work became a norm, with over a quarter of police officers using Facebook daily to help with their investigations. In today's society, online policing has been a main contributor, to many arrests. Thousands of cases have come and gone, with our posts and pictures, or even retweets, proving yet again and again we have limited privacy. In the court of law, your privacy, might just be a after thought. And that, "after thought" might just come in a jail cell, after you've been arrested, for doing something stupid. Like speaking with a fake person, that was really a cop. Hopefully, kratom wasn't involved. But, we all know what they would do to kratom in good ol' Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
In 2012 there were a reported 70 percent of agencies out of 1,200 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies surveyed that said they use social media at some point in their investigations. That info came from a LexisNexis survey. Facebook was by far the most popular network. A whopping 91 percent said they use Facebook for investigations, with everyday use slightly past 26%. And in a very disturbing part of that research, 83 percent of police reported they “have no concerns around the ethics of creating fake virtual identities as an investigative technique."
If there is "good news" in the upcoming paragraphs, it comes in the form of comfort. It could be quite possible, that your friend, "JOnyCOKEnose3", who you thought, invited you to the bar, and told you to "bring the dope". Might not have sold you out. He might have been forced to give up his own identity, logins, usernames, and anything else that would help a federal agent assume his personal online identity. That officer can, in "serious criminal cases" act like someone else entirely. Legally, taking your friends online identity, without his permission, only of course if they broke the law in a "serious" way.
That last part is a laughable statement. I actually laughed out loud when reading it. I'm not quite sure what a "serious" criminal case is, but I'm pretty sure, that it means something different to everyone. To me, the traffic ticket I forgot to pay, that eventually had my license suspended, years ago, was pretty serious. So, how does an officer define his own criminal cases as being serious? Well, that isn't outlined in the manual, and I suppose they drew a line on the ground, and then gave the federal agents their own eraser, and marker.
There is a ridiculous amount of ambiguity, in this now outdated handbook, from 1999. While being archaic, it is still very much in use. For a kratom vendor, this can be a game changing approach. A friend, asking you, "what do I do with kratom?"
Personally, I stalk everyone that approaches me online, and asks me questions. But, I am brutally honest with my friends, hoping they don't turn me in. So, if my friends identity was taken by a cop, they most likely would be able to get some good information out of me about kratom. Of course, I would never insinuate consumption to any human. But, what about a good friend I haven't seen in a couple years? Would I be able to defend that? Probably not, and, they can actually legally login as someone, and trick you. Undoubtedly, it would be extremely suspicious if someone just stepped in my life, from the left field stands. So, personally I am ready for it. But, it is a very real threat. I'll give you the vague explanation, quoted from the learning source itself:
..."appropriating identity is an intrusive law enforcement technique that should be used infrequently and only in serious criminal cases".
In 1999, the Federal Government released a handbook called, "Online Investigative Principles For Federal Law Enforcement Agents", and in that book, conveniently found in the link provided, is some real scary stuff. If you are the "tin foil hat type", you might just defecate yourself, when finding out what the law can, and, are expected to do, in certain "serious" criminal situations.
In certain circumstances, not definitively outlined in the handbook, an officer can actually assume someones identity. Here is an excerpt from a handbook used to teach these principles.
That quote, is from an actual handbook, used to teach people how to "appropriately" investigate people online. While, maintaining some sort of integrity. The word integrity is a huge, expansive word in this situation. The definition of that alone, is very controversial.
America is completely obsessed with being online. All of the agencies that we have governing us, are spending a whole lot more time on the web, then say, 10 years ago. American agents are following the bulk of the country, into the uber popular social media world. They go online, login is as someone else, and communicate with suspects, gathering their private information.
Federal documents are publicly available, making it very clear that U.S. agents are logging in to social networks, and garnering your photos, videos, posts, and even matching up tweets with alibis.
Or imagine, if you happen to rob a bank, or burglarize a home, (I don't support any of these things) and you happen to showcase your extravagant purchases, and/or your stolen items on Instagram. Bad move. Just because you can "unfriend" them or "unfollow" them, doesn't make you untouchable. It makes you incredibly stupid. Actually, doing something like that just increases suspicion. Imagine if you were a cop, and some guy accepted your friend request, then unfriended you, and deleted the suspect pictures. Your ass would be toast. Anyone would see that as a reasonable suspicion, pointing toward your guilt.
Wording things can be tricky, too. For the kratom vendor avoiding the attention of an online DEA agent can be as easy as, not saying something that implicates consumption. Just yesterday my business partner, and future wife, unintentionally worded a couple tweets, a "wee-bit" wrong. Causing us to browse out tweets, and delete the suspect comments. At no point, do we want to go to jail over semantics. The kratom vendor must watch out for the wording of every piece of digital information. This is where they will shove the law, right up your keester.
MAINE, March 6, 2017 /Re-leaf LLC Kratom New/ - Support for kratom is at an all time high, and there is a major contributor to the cause, that is slowly giving us our plant back 100%. The American Kratom Association dreams, that one day kratom will be 100% legal in the united states. And quite frankly, they are doing one "helluva" job. In this article, I will point out a few key statistics, that will detail the A.K.A,. as one of the biggest influences of our lifetime. There is little doubt in my mind, personally, that with out the A.K.A, and its key contributors, our beautiful mitragyna speciosa, would be 100% illegal and warrant its users hard time in prison.
Acting out of proactive necessity, the average kratom user, has become a sort of ammunition, being facilitated by the non-profit weapon, we know today, as the American Kratom Association. Since the announcement of the D.E.A.'s letter of intent, to schedule our wonderful herb, underneath the harsh schedule 1 policy, the aka has been making numerous "calls for action." Using social media outlets, such as, Twitter and Facebook, the A,K,A. has taken an educational approach to redefining what kratom actually means to the general public. Making this substance schedule 1, would be ridiculous. Just take a look at the infographic below, and compare some other schedule 1 drugs to kratom.
In total 26,047 Americans signed a petition, sent directly to the desk of the newly appointed President Donald Trump, urging him to take a reasonable stance on the topic. The A.K.A., their lawyers, and the people, presented overwhelmingly strong evidence for this South Asian herb. With evidence from all sides indicating this miracle tree, be left alone, by the the eager agents, of the nonsensical D.E.A. When using "common sense" in reviewing the D.E.A.'s performance, this government agency, often seems like they act on impulse, and govern themselves, by protecting the amount of work they will have, simply by making things illegal when they want. The cartoon below is satire, but, its probably an exact representation of how the D.E.A. came about writing their letter of intent to make kratom a schedule 1 drug.
As completely insane, as the illustration looks, this how I envision our mighty D.E.A.. The facts presented by the D.E.A. are incredibly loose, and the sources for their information, might just be their own imagination. In the thousand of years, this leaf has been used, you would think, more negative comments would be floating around, leaving tons of digital footprints, and tales of horrible happenings. But, that just isn't the case, at all. Most comments made by the people, were definitely not negative.
A analysis issued by the American Coalition of Free Citizens, and the A.K.A, released in early February, communicated through trusted statistics, that making this plant illegal, is an irrational, unpopular thought. The report presented the public comments, in two categories: pro-kratom and anti-kratom. Almost everyone who was polled, commented positive things about the leaf from the coffee family. The public commenting period further justifies, a call for us, to disband the D.E.A., and its self fulfilling ways. That report showed 99.1% of all comments made about this leaf were positive!
A report that was Issued on November 30, 2016 was long awaited by the kratom community. In it, was key evidence, supporting the innocence of this vilified plant. Dr Jack Hanningfield, vice president of Research, Health Policy, and Abuse Liability at Pinney Associates, reported that there was "insufficient evidence" for the DEA to limit the distribution of kratom. And using the Controlled Substances Act was/is unwarranted. The Dr. went on in his report, to say, the addiction potential and dependence of kratom, was no greater than the legal substances, "nutmeg, hops, St. John's Wort, chamomile, guarana, and kola nut."
Susan Ash made a powerful statement, "We are sending a strong message from the kratom community to the new White House that the attack on kratom producers and consumers must end. There is no room in an Administration committed to limited government and allowing responsible adults to live free lives for the DEA's regulatory overkill response to kratom. Coming as this does just weeks after the DEA comment period attracted 23,000 some comments that were 99 percent opposed to a kratom ban, the message for President Trump could not be clearer.
Here is the actual words from the same petition Donald Trump read:
Understanding any vantage point by the D.E.A. is hard to emulate. The only sensible reason the D.E.A. exists, in my opinion, is to make sure America generates a positive revenue on the war on drugs. Any person that see the numbers presented, in arguments that are propelled by the D.E.A.'s blatant disregard for common sense. Because the DEA, is part of an archaic corporate justice system that needs to be attended to, dearly. We are headed for a very censored life. And, well, If your okay with that, we firmly disagree.
To better understand how much our government takes our opinions, here is another infograph..
How about another?
The last statistic I'm not going to illustrate. It's amount is staggering, alone. In 30 days, when the DEA announced its intent on banning, over 142,000 people signed a petition to stop the ban. That is an amazing amount of people. So, just based guessing, I'd say atleast 90% of kratom users didn't sign anything, and are silent supporters. So, I estimate there are 1.5 million people who use kratom. That's a hefty amount. I really don't think it would be a wise move by the DEA, to continue its witch hunt. Each step further down this road, the DEA looks incompetent and hard to trust. We as people need to become informed, and spread knowledge. I expect all of you to share this article. And, I hope all of you actually hope, people understand the true value of kratom, the wide range in its use, and the harm it would cause to make 1.5 million people criminals over night. Instead of trying establish your job security, Mr D.E.A., why don't you focus on actual drug problems. Kratom is not a drug.
The American Kratom Association, is a non-profit association, and it's here to regulate an industry being abused by the DEA. They set the record straight, giving a voice to ensure our rights, to have, and to use kratom the way we want. The A.K.A. represents every person who buys kratom, and anyone who supports its amazing qualities. There are thousands of people who have made comments, home videos, and even documentaries about its excellence. Thousands of people will be negatively affected if we ban this leaf! We need to stand up now!
I want you all to take a second and think about what just happened. The American Kratom Association, has convinced most everyone, that the DEA is being petty, lying, and just flat out stupid. If you were a part of the DEA, how would you feel, after we dropped off that petition? Pissed. That's how you would feel. It's not over everyone. If you think the DEA is going to lay down, you are sadly mistaken. They had to regroup. They are regrouping, right now. I am sure of it. And recently, everyday I get at least one customer that seems like an agent, trying to have me do 'dumb-dumb' things like, send to an illegal state, or give consumption advice. It's not over people and if you think it is, you aren't helping. In every aspect of this I see the DEA regrouping and making a final push at our beloved leaf! Please don't let that happen!
I am trying to raise at least $10,000 for the A.K.A. to do my part. Below is the official donation link set up by the A.K.A. If you read this entire article and don't donate (if you have money to donate) I am disappointed in you. If you would like to help, share this article, and post about kratom education, and understanding this leaf will help our cause! Please donate today!
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