Pubdate: Fri, 02 Nov 2007
Source: New Mexican, The (Santa Fe, NM)
Copyright: 2007 The Santa Fe New Mexican
Author: J. Michael Jones


In 1985, Drug Enforcement Agency's Enrique "Kiki"
Camarena was killed while investigating a Mexican drug cartel in an
undercover capacity. In honor of his memory friends and neighbors
began to wear red satin badges. This recognition grew into the Red
Ribbon Campaign.

As a result, Agent Camarena's death has been co-opted for propaganda
purposes. Drug Enforcement Agency administrator Karen P. Tandy wrongly
asserts that our nation is "one large community unified in taking a
stand against drugs." We understand the harm that drugs, including
alcohol, can cause, but as with the banning of alcohol in the 1920s,
today's prohibition of drugs has spawned a criminal underclass in
which illicit drug traffickers arm themselves to protect or expand
their markets.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is dedicated to the taxation,
regulation and control of all drugs. This would end the drug war,
dramatically reduce violence in our communities and make life much
safer for our nation's brave law enforcement officers.

J. Michael Jones


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