(NaturalNews) The latest victim of federal government and prosecutorial abuse may very well spend the rest of his life in prison, and for doing nothing more than providing people with a safe product that contributes to their overall health.
His name is Daniel Smith, and his odyssey with the Food and Drug Administration, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, began several years ago. Here is his story.
In 2007, after Smith became aware of an inexpensive and natural substance that was known to have cured thousands of cases of malaria in Africa (more on that here), he left his career in technology and founded Project GreenLife.
Between 2007 and 2011, Project GreenLife made various alternative health products available online. One product in particular was the water purifier used in the Ugandan pilot project (see above link). This product is referred to throughout the world as MMS — Miracle (or Master) Mineral Solution, a simple solution of sodium chlorite dissolved in distilled water. A video describing how MMS was used successfully to treat malaria is here.
It should be noted that, during the initial period, the FDA had never issued a warning letter to Smith’s company to stop using the sodium chlorite or to stop marketing MMS.
Suddenly, the FDA found a “new drug“ to regulate
That said, in 2010 Nancy Lord, M.D., a physician and lawyer who was serving as PGL’s attorney, was contacted by the FDA following a “surprise ‘regulatory inspection,'” in which the agency was critical of MMS based on claims by FDA scientists that would actually prove to be false at a latter date. Nevertheless, FDA “asked” that PGL implement a “voluntary recall” of the product, which it did.
In the ensuing period, Smith reorganized PGL into a private member association, but before he did, he wrote the FDA to ask if the agency had any objections to making company products available to private members, under the First Amendment Right of Association clause.
Smith sent a letter to multiple FDA officials, stating that PGL would only reorganize if the FDA had no objection. The agency apparently did not respond, however, leaving Smith to conclude that it had no objections.
But, according to a timeline posted on a legal defense fund site for Smith:
Rather than be forthcoming, FDA agents began sneaking around Daniel’s home and other properties taking photos, going through trash, and attaching warrantless GPS devices to vehicles. Daniel would later learn that the FDA was creating a dossier for the purpose of convincing a federal magistrate to issue seizure warrants to allow the FDA to seize all of PGL’s assets.
In June 2011, armed federal agents executed a well-organized raid of three locations: Smith’s home, a bottling facility and a fulfillment company. The FDA also raided Smith’s and the association’s bank accounts, effectively putting PGL out of business in a single day.
In court papers, the FDA accused Smith of manufacturing and distributing an illegal water purification product, under the agency’s mandate of determining substances or health products it decides are designed to “mitigate, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”
“According to court documents, sodium chlorite may be mixed with citric acid in the privacy of one’s home to create an entirely different and equally lawful substance known as chlorine dioxide (not to be mistaken for household chlorine bleach or elemental chlorine gas),” wrote Edward Snook for NewsWithViews.com. “Sources suggest that chlorine dioxide may be one of the safest and most effective pathogen-killers known to mankind.”
Smith’s trial is scheduled to begin March 2. He faces up to 37 years in prison, if convicted.
In the meantime, Smith has appealed to Congress; that letter is here.[PDF]
The fundraising site for his defense is here.