Black Rock City is not Baghdad!!! Law enforcement at Burning Man should not include harassment or entrapment of the participants!!! Just because I'm at a private event on BLM land doesn't give the LEOs the right to harass me for changing my camera battery because they think it looks like a weed pipe and threaten to search my camp! Nor does it entitle them to share their fabricated story of recently taking an E-tab, offering to eat random girls out giving a guy a blow job and all told in front of my mom and sister while someone's 9 year old son is in a nearby tent! Just to try to bro down with me to find out what I was taking tonight. Nor does it give the LEOs the right to entrap my neighbors by insisting on trading an apple for a joint and ruin their entire burn! They are getting desperate and hurting innocent people.
Want a job to do? Go catch the f'n aholes assaulting women in BRC!!! After nine years attending BM I plead for the BORG AND FELLOW BURNERS TO WAKE UP!!! Our community is being unjustly harrassed by undercover narcotics officers from the same Prison Industrial Complex that builds more prison labor camps in the US than schools. Is this your idea of an American Dream? I don't care if only a few hundred out of thousands are being busted; thousands are being unjustly harassed, and tens of thousands are being intimidated! Innocent or not, this is wrong!!! This absolutely must be addressed by the BORG and the BM community! Your silence = consent.
"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people."--Martin Luther King, Jr.
For me, Burning Man is based on self-reliance, personal responsibility, and most importantly liberation of the self from the societal conditionings such as social roles, classes and stigmas, sexual orientation, materialism, advertising, news media, TV programming, money, societal taboos, etc. to create an experimental community where the participants can evaluate and question the default worlds failures and successes and test new ways of being.
I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir...but let's be real though; the determining factor of whether a substance is considered legal or illegal is bs. The main factor that determines it's labeling is how much money the pharmaceutical industry will earn from it and depths of desires to financially line the pockets and fund the campaigns of the heavily-lobbied elected governmental officials and appointed gov't agents. Further, any drug, media outlet, or person helping inform people, question our reality and see our path as a civilization and species scares the crap out of the elite, the world bankers, and governmental leaders. Whether it's chemicals, food, water, sex, religion, television programming, entertainment, sports, news, or exercise, everything should be consumed in moderation and with respect to it's power, influence, and stress on the body and mind. Everything is a medicine and a poison. We as a people have authorized our elected government to regulate all foods and substances. However, our democratic government has become corrupted by capitalism and is now a corporate and banker run puppet government. This has led to another a new industry called the prison industrial complex, which is another heavy lobby preventing The LEOs are probably all good people just doing their multi-faceted job. But the majority of their work practiced on the playa is drug law enforcement which includes trying to set our fellow burners up and take anyone in their company down with them. Not investigating the numerous assault cases. Not arresting intoxicated mv drivers. Not arresting bike thieves and camp burglars.
Nearly every morning in BRC, I set my alarm for 5:30 AM to photograph the sunrises. And nearly every morning I have witnessed the LEOs speeding around the playa from one raver to another. I see them driving around in their unmarked SUVs hunting for anything they can hassle people for. Sleeping on the playa at sunrise...GET UP AND GO TO BED. Somebody digging in their pocket...WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR HAND? LET ME SEE WHAT'S IN YOUR POCKETS! I am not f'n kidding. They totally F'N ruined our neighbors first burn because he was in the presence of someone who got SWAT team-style busted for trading a joint for an apple after the undercover absolutely insisted on trading him something. I've been hassled at my camp for even changing my cameras battery that resembled a pipe! WHAT DID YOU HAVE IN YOUR HAND?!!! GIVE ME YOUR PIPE OR WE'LL BRING A DOG IN AND SEARCH YOUR ENTIRE CAMP!!!!! F U jerks!!! It was a camera battery!!! One undercover invited himself into my camp and proceeded to share his story how he had just taken ecstasy, then propositioned some women for sex, then gave a guy a blow job and now he's in my camp asking me what I was on tonight in front of my mom and sister! Nearby my friends nine year old was hanging out in a tent. I almost flipped my f'n lid! They lurk around Opulent Temple with glow sticks and badges asking and looking. I'm F'N tired of this!!! They are running loose without any oversight. I don't even do drugs, I don't smoke weed and I rarely drink or even take Ibuprofen (but that's your decision and responsibility if you do) and I still get harassed because I like to attend Burning Man and dance to electronic music!!! Black Rock City is not Baghdad!!! If you want to play rambo, go join the military. Law enforcement tactics at Burning Man should not include harassment or entrapment! We all work really hard all year and spend a crap load of money to make BRC a sanctuary from that world and don't to be harassed! We deserve better representation by the BM ORG to reduce Law Enforcement harassment and entrapment or we need to move this community onto private lands! I can't continue to support this behavior by the the undercover narcotics officers.