The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 10, 2013

The score

---- — The big news the other day was the revelation that the Justice Department decided to legally subpoena the telephone records of certain Associated Press staff. The outrage has been curiously muted.

I will make the observation that the press in general doesn't say anything about the constitutional abuses codified in the Patriot Act since 2001, nor does it say much about the abuse of habeas corpus brought on by none other than Sens. Levin and McCain and signed into law by our "constitutional scholar" president as part of the National Defense Appropriation bill of 2011.

In fact, for the last five years of the Obama administration, the press has let the NRA twist in the wind alone, defending the Second Amendment while the same Justice Department that subpoenaed them is responsible for the death of one of our border patrol agents through the ill-conceived "Fast and Furious" escapade.

So the score is this: We have a Congress of incompetents, who don't understand their oath of office, a president who doesn't understand the scope of his job description and a press that doesn't understand its job is to defend the entire Bill of Rights, all the time.

Dan Kuruna, Middleburg