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Drug War Was Just a Terror War Warm-Up

April 16, 2004

Robert Scheer was only half right about the drug war leading us astray (Commentary, April 13). The drug war was just a practice session for what is going on now: a war against an abstract enemy, with ever more money and resources thrown at it without end, while it obviously does nothing for the problem; the Constitution and civil liberties gutted while conservatives, of all people, cheer; the will of the people violated by the feds' shutting down medical-marijuana suppliers sanctioned by local voters and governments; the attorney general intimidating and threatening doctors; jails filled with victimless "perps" while real criminals run rampant with nowhere to put them.

While we purport to make Iraq and Afghanistan more free, our own government becomes more and more like the Taliban. Will Americans realize that you don't have to be a drug user or terrorist sympathizer to speak out against it before it becomes too late?

Art Lyon

Bellflower

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