Everything is topsy-turvy in nation's new era

2013-06-23T00:00:00Z Everything is topsy-turvy in nation's new era nwitimes.com
June 23, 2013 12:00 am

We must have arrived in the land of Oz.

Dick Cheney is a draft dodger who said he had better things to do than service military duty calls. Edward Snowden is a traitor for revealing to the American people that hundreds of millions of us have had our phones and online messages scanned.

We've arrived here through the failure of Congress to insist on doing their job and not empowering the president to conduct wars at his whim. The Constitution calls for Congress to declare war. This clarifies the constitutional language of dealing with enemy combatants both foreign and domestic.

With the Patriot Act and NDAA, that's all out the window. Secret courts, black ops and mass surveillance of the "presumed innocent" is the new normal.

- Leon Gamino, Hammond

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