Pubdate: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 Date: 10/28/1999 Source: Amarillo Globe-News (TX) Author: Jim Rosenfield Note: Subject line by MAP. LTE headlines as below. Related: Editorial: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99/n1160/a06.html In your Oct. 20 editorial, "Law enforcement 'drug' into Johnson mess," you state that Gov. Gary Johnson's advocacy of an alternative approach "makes a mockery of the nation's drug laws" and "has damaged his relationship with the state's law enforcement community." Dozens of law enforcement officials have spoken out against the nation's failed drug program. Several federal judges have criticized the war on drugs and have refused to hear drug cases because of the unconscionable mandatory minimums and the clear racial bias of the drug laws. In 1996, hundreds of prestigious scholars and political leaders signed a public letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan saying that the war on drugs is now causing more harm than the drugs themselves and demanding an end to the present destructive policies. Why, then, are some police in New Mexico, plus some DEA and Customs Service people, whose jobs depend on the drug war, telling us that a little open discussion and a variety of views on this critical social situation is demoralizing them? Could it be that the drug war cannot stand up to a rational, open discourse? Is it that opponents of the policy must be squelched with calls to motherhood and apple pie because the war fever is irrational and bankrupt of justification? Or is it just that the cops' jobs depend on the present policy and they must stop any discussion that might threaten their turf by any means necessary? Jim Rosenfield Culver City, Calif.