Re "High Court Backs Agent Who Stopped Motorist," Jan. 16: The Supreme Court's decision holding that in policing the drug war, cops can stop drivers for such vague, ambiguous and common behavior as slowing down when they see a police car, not making eye contact or letting their children wave at a passing police car ought to be a warning siren to all Americans that the war on drugs is having a devastating impact on the rights and freedoms of everyone--not just drug users.
Whether or not you use marijuana, the court's ruling applies to you.
The 4th Amendment protection against unreasonable searches was once a strong and respected constitutional right. Unfortunately for all Americans the 4th Amendment is now all but a fairy tale, a historical remnant of the time before politicians and Supreme Court justices declared a "war on some drugs" and set out on a slash-and-burn campaign without limits.
Personally, I'd much rather live in a world where some people smoke marijuana than in a police state.
Richard Glen Boire
I was thoroughly horrified to read that the Supreme Court voted 9-0 to allow the police to stop a vehicle on the grounds of any "reasonable suspicion." Now the 4th Amendment means nothing. We are at the mercy of every arbitrary whim of the police. I say it's better that drug dealers get away than the innocent be subject to "reasonable suspicion" searches.
Yet what bothers me most is the 9-0 vote. Liberal Justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are traitors whose true agenda differs not at all from that of Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justice Clarence Thomas.