Powers count on fear to do what they want
The June 19 headline that the NSA has identified 50 terror "events" reminds me of the declaration in 1950 by a senator from Wisconsin that the State Department was riven with communists and that he had a list of their names.
I trust the president we now have over his predecessor and over the candidate who ran against him, but I do not trust even him with this much secrecy. The powers that be seem to have carved out a niche beyond the rule of law, and they count on our fear to let them do this.
Transparency International has ranked the U.S. No. 22 in governmental transparency but, of late, we have fallen to No. 24. The situation is not yet dire but the trend is ominous. Joe McCarthy was disgraced in 1954 by hearings in the U.S. Senate. Will we be able to do what they did?
John D. Palmer
Congress places needs of nation before ethnic groups
Until today, Abraham Lincoln was not one of my favorite people. With connections to the African and Native American nations, I saw him as a man who failed to go the whole mile. His desire to grant emancipation to the African slave and his/her descendants lacked financial compensation for a job well done. Because of his failure in this instance, he set the stage for a long and tedious journey for those who had lived under the longest genocide eras in global history.
Past and present U.S. congressional bodies have failed to address a long-awaited answer to the question: Does the United States of America owe descendants of the African slave final payment in the form of monetary compensation?
Past presidents insured immigrants who came willingly to America received 1 square mile of free land in the 1800s, ignoring their responsibility to ex-African slaves and their descendants.