As a result, I thought I'd share what, in my own experience, was a similarly disturbing and ground shaking event for the scene in 2002, the R.A.V.E. Act. It stood for Reducing American's Vulnerability to Ecstasy, and could basically hold promoters and djs accountable if someone were found to be using, in their party. The presence of glowsticks and bottled water were considered drug paraphernalia, and one could be sentenced up to 20 years in jail, and up to $250,000 if convicted.
Ravers organized a counter movement called R.O.A.R., Ravers Organized Against the Rave act. It was really inspiring to see what had been a relatively benign community, which simply got together to dance to non-mainstream music every week, become energized against this attack on the scene. It was also nice to see people in the daylight, after years of starlight, florescent, and strobe lights, as R.O.A.R. organized a protest with speakers and dj's right on Capitol Hill.
Anyway, for more info about it, check out the following links:
The Chill is On - http://reason.com/archives/2003/10/01/the-chill-is-on
DEA Uses RAVE Act, Threats to Block Montana NORML/SSDP Benefit - http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/290/dearave.shtml
Legislative History of the R.A.V.E. Act - http://www.drugpolicy.org/communities/raveact/legislative/index.cfm
The RAVE Act of 2002 - http://emdef.org/s2633/
R.A.V.E. Act Opponents Gear Up - http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/252/raveact.shtml
Raving Lunacy - http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,58663,00.html
Your glowstick could land you in jail - http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2003/04/16/rave