Homeland Insecurity

Congress evacuates as new anthrax cases stress the system and our nerves

The standards by which we judge public servants changed on Sept. 11, and maybe the guys in the Congress just never got the word. When buildings in New York City were targeted and ablaze, the fire fighters ran into them. Last week, when buildings in Washington were targeted, the House members left town. While Senators camped in cubby holes and went about their business, Congressmen called it a day and adjourned. They forgot that in wartime, symbols have substance: no war--not World War II, not World War I, not the Civil War, not even the War of 1812, when British forces...

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