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Top Cognitive Liberty News
From the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
March 15, 2005


Here's our report of the top cognitive liberty news for the past month and some pointers to some important and fun upcoming events.

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March 14-20, 2005, is Brain Awareness Week! The CCLE joins the Dana Alliance, other organizations and universities worldwide as partners in a global effort to enhance public awareness of the promise and progress of applications in neuroscience. What can you do? Start thinking out-loud about cognitive liberty. Explain to others why brain privacy, autonomy and choice are so important. Learn more about Brain Awareness Week events that may be taking place near you by following the URL above.


The newspaper _The Australian _ reports that "a group of Queensland politicians want the federal Government to investigate giving an anti-junkie vaccination to babies. The vaccination, being considered by British MPs, would render children immune to becoming smokers or drug users."

This follows on a similar proposal made last year by some British MPs. The CCLE worked to educate the British last year, and is now working to educate the Australians: Coercive pharmacotherapy is bad public policy and a flagrant violation of many important legal rights including Freedom of Thought.

Our 50-page Pharmacotherapy Report (See next news item) foresaw this trend last year and we have been working hard to forestall government efforts to enforce social policy by altering the very architecture of the human body. This is a hugely important issue!

INPUT INVITED ON CCLE PHARMACOTHERAPY LAW REVIEW ARTICLE http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/issues/pharmacotherapy.html

Given the importance of nipping coercive pharmacotherapy in the bud, Richard Glen Boire is working to expand the CCLE Pharmacotherapy report into a formal law review article. The goal is to make the report more available for judges, lawyers and policy makers to easily locate and cite in their own legal briefs, rulings, and proposed bills. Please read the report by following the above URL, and send us any suggestions, critiques, corrections, updates, etc., that will help us improve the law review article. Please email your input to us at info@cognitiveliberty.org.


Dr. Alexander Shulgin has answered a new question on the topic of:

"Drug Testing Hair for MDMA (Ecstasy)."

Read Dr. Shulgin's answer and ask your own question by following the above link!

Ask Dr. Shulgin Online is an online public drug education program brought to you by world-renowned chemist, Dr. Alexander Shulgin and the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics (CCLE).



On April 1-2, the CCLE's Richard Glen Boire will be in Philadelphia to present at the 8th National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference on "The Brain and Beyond" sponsored by the UPENN Bioethics Center. Conference discussion will focus on three main topics: human enhancement, human subjects research, and brain imaging. Richard will present a response to the key note address of Dr. Michael Gazzagnia, Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth College. Richard will also make a longer presentation on Cognitive Liberty, highlighting both the challenges and opportunities that society will increasingly encounter. To register for this event, follow the link above.

http://www.esalen.org or call Esalen at 831-667-3305

David Presti, a member of the CCLE Board of Advisors and a Professor of Neurobiology at the University of California in Berkeley, will be teaching a weekend seminar at the Esalen Institute on California's lovely Big Sur coast Friday evening April 2 to Sunday noon April 4. The workshop is on "Drugs, the Mind, and the Body" and will provide a comprehensive overview of the biological, ethnobotanical, psychological, behavioral, and sociological properties of a variety of familiar and perhaps unfamiliar psychoactive drugs. Participants will develop a comprehensive and deep understanding of drugs, the mind, and the body, from molecular and chemical properties to historical and ritual relationships. The workshop will be of interest and value to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge about drugs that influence human behavior. We highly recommend it!

Last week, CCLE Director, Dr. Wrye Sententia, gave a guest lecture on "Civil Liberties Issues: Rhetoric in Public Ethics & Neurotechnology" at Stanford University for a student seminar on neuroethics. The seminar was hosted by Judy Illes, Ph.D., who is the Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics' Neuroethics Program. If you are interested in having a guest lecture at your university, please contact us at info@cognitiveliberty.org

In late-February, Wrye gave a lecture on "Converging Technologies and Evolving Human Rights," before an international audience at a National Science Foundation Conference. To the largely technical audience of engineers & scientists, Wrye addressed challenges in gaining public confidence over novel and convergent applications in nano-bio-info-cognitive science. She suggested the concrete ethics of attacking major global problems, like clean water, as a first proof of concept in claiming the coming benefits of convergent science.

CCLE Planning & Strategy Meeting: The Future of Cognitive Liberty

On March 18, the CCLE will convene the first in a series of small collaborative meetings about Freedom of Thought and the future of the CCLE. The meetings are intended to gain feedback and suggestions in forecasting upcoming key issues for the CCLE to target, and strategies for addressing those issues. Presentations and discussions will focus on assisting Center staff in clarifying the implications of developing human rights and novel neurotechnologies and and on ways in which our small organization can effectively meet the challenges ahead.


Last month the CCLE worked to educate Missouri Legislators bent on outlawing the Mazatec visionary plant Salvia divinorum. See our letter at:


According to Daniel Siebert of the The Salvia divinorum Research and Information Center (SDRIC) http://sagewisdom.org, things have gone from bad to worse in Missouri. According to Siebert, a new bill, HB 633, was introduced to the Missouri State Legislature on February 23, 2005. This new bill not only targets Salvia divinorum and Salvinorin A, but also seeks to add another 12 substances to Missouri's list of controlled substances. In our experience, these combination bills are very hard to defeat. House Bill 633 is sponsored by Representative Scott A. Lipke (R). It is cosponsored by Representative Rachel L. Bringer (D), who was the sole sponsor of the previous bill.

A politician in Louisiana has introduced a new bill (HB 20) that aims to schedule multiple species of heretofore legal plants, including Salvia divinorum. We have never seen a bill of this type, and are in the process of considering options for responding and educating the politicians behind this bill.

MAPS Benefit Auction

Research on empathogenic drugs such as MDMA is in an early rennaisance, largely because of the tireless efforts of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). In order to raise money for this important research, MAPS is hosting an online benefit auction this week, from Monday, March 14 at six p.m. until Monday, March 21 at six p.m. 100 Percent of your donation will go to support MAPS' operational expenses. To see all items, and place your bid, head to the above URL.

Liberty Watch: From Michael Ostrolenk, CCLE Policy Fellow

The REAL ID ACT (H.R. 418), which passed the House will soon be moving to the Senate attached to a supplemental appropriations bill. The bill would force states to issue all adults federally approved electronic ID cards, including driver's licenses. Licenses or identity cards that do not meet the rules could be rejected -- meaning that your access to airplanes, trains, national parks and court houses could be denied.

There are immigration, border control, asylum, and national id provisions within the bill. The bill gives the Secretary of Homeland Security sole discretion to waive all laws as necessary to ensure expeditious construction of certain barriers and roads at the U.S. border. It prohibits courts, administrative agencies, and other entities from reviewing the Secretary's decision.

The id provisions include the requirement for specific data, a common machine readable technology and that as a condition of receiving grant funds or other financial assistance under the title, States must participate in the interstate compact regarding the sharing of driver's license data (the Driver License Agreement). The specific data required include digital picture and primary residence. Both of these requirements might not seem problematic. However, it is a mandate from the Federal government which violates the spirit of federalism, it could violate the privacy of individual citizens who choose not to give their primary residence for their own security reasons (e.g., spousal abuse) and it further entrenches the mistaken notion that free people are required to identify themselves at the will of law enforcement and government bureaucrats.

The common machine readable technology could also lead to the use of radio frequency identifiers (RFID's). This technology is dangerous in that the information stored on the identification card will be transmitted at a distance to be read by those who have the appropriate technology. Think how easy it will be for state and federal agencies to track citizens every move. They will be able to do so without anyone even knowing they are being tracked. The drivers license agreement that is referred to in the bill would set up the conditions for state databases to be connected to Canadian and Mexican databases. It would create a tri-national database system. Fortunately, there is a transpartisan coalition of groups working to defeat the bill once it arrives in the Senate. This diverse coalition whose members have different concerns regarding various provisions include the ACLU, Gun Owners of America, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform and the American Policy Center.


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