Sunday, October 7, 2007

Letter to Legislators

I have shamelessly used Bill Hue's article Serving the Master to compose a letter to my US senators and house of representative.


Dear Legislator

I am asking for your support and I am asking you NOT to spend money. While there are many issues that need your attention, I must ask you to take a moment and just say no to the funding of the United States Anti Doping Agency and the World Anti Doping Agency. While their mission is important, please recognize that these over zealous bureaucracies are abusing individual’s rights.

In their self proclaimed role as police officer, judge, and jury, the United States Anti Doping Agency and the World Anti Doping Agency are acting in a manner of a Star Chamber. A Star Chamber was first employed by the English Tudor and Stuart royalty to impart swift actions for political offenses. More recently, the United States Supreme Court in Faretta v. California (1975) 422 U.S. 806, 821; 45 L.Ed.2d 562; 95 S.Ct. 2525 wrote that:

“(The star chamber) was of mixed executive and judicial character, and characteristically departed from common-law traditions. For those reasons, and because it specialized in trying "political" offenses, the Star Chamber has for centuries symbolized disregard of basic individual rights.” (Emphasis in
original).



The US Supreme Court, in Faretta, wrote such institutions should be abolished always:

“If our current "courts" wish to behave as if they are above or outside the Law, or as the American equivalent of the English Star Chamber; let us treat them like the British treated the Star Chamber: abolish the "court"”.

The USADA/WADA arbitration system has violated an individual’s rights and has ignored its own “Code.” In the article by Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge, William F. Hue he noted:

“Landis rights under the Code were violated because he was not afforded:
• A timely hearing;
• A Fair and impartial hearing body;
• The right of each party to present evidence, including the right to call and
question witnesses (subject to the hearing body’s discretion to accept testimony
by telephone or written submission);
• A timely, written, reasoned decision.
Landis rights were significantly compromised or unduly criticized in the flowing areas:
• The right to be represented by counsel at the Person’s own expense;
• The right to be fairly and timely informed of the asserted anti-doping rule
violation;
• The right to respond to the asserted anti-doping rule violation and resulting
Consequences.”



Please remember there are 130 death row inmates found guilty by the jury of their peers that have been exonerated by science and DNA evidence. An athlete by the name of Floyd Landis would also be exonerated, if the USADA arbitrators had also used science and reason and not politics to come to their conclusion. The lone dissenting arbitrator, Chris Campbell notes that the WADA system does not safe guard innocent athletes from improper method or procedure.

“1. From the beginning, the Laboratoire National de D├ępistage et du Dopage (“LNDD”) has not been trustworthy. In this case, at every stage of testing it failed to comply with the procedures and methods for testing required by the International Standards for Laboratories, Version 4.0, August 2004 (“ISL”) under the World Anti-Doping Code, 2003 (“WADA Code”). It also failed to abide by its legal and ethical obligations under the WADA Code. On the facts of this case, the LNDD should not be entrusted with Mr. Landis’ career.”



I am not a judge or a lawyer, just a common individual with common sense that can think through issues. Sometimes it takes a common individual to stand up and point out truth.

My request is to withhold money from the USADA and the WADA until a proper independent review can be conducted.