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Tea Party should take a look at the defense department

The pass the Department of Defense gets on accountability for criminal activity noted by Thomas Schaller ("Where's outrage at Pentagon horrors?" Sept. 21) is indicative of the blind eye accorded the DoD when it comes to concerns about big government, the threat to individual liberty and federal debt. These three issues drive the Tea Party movement, yet the only words that the Pentagon gets at their rallies are those of praise.

Our entrenched national security state — and the foreign policy that helps justify its existence — gets a pass despite its secrecy, apparent immunity to government oversight and continual expansion. But the myopia extends far beyond a single right-wing movement. It is bipartisan and pervasive. This is weird and dangerous.

John G. Bailey, Edgemere

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