U.S. should shift focus to al-Qaida

Freedom New Mexico What a tragedy. Last weekend, NATO helicopter attacks against suspected insurgents in Pakistan inadvertently killed 28 troops of the Pakistani military. Although the two nations’ relations are strained, Pakistan is a key ally in America’s military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan itself. Pakistani Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, a military spokesman, said that […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates 9/11 attacks

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Cannon Connections staff photo: Gabriel Monte Todd Miller, 27th Special Operation Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, left, and Lt. Col. Daniel Guinan, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron commander, unveil a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. Stephen Mercer of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates Sept. 11 attack

Cannon Connections staff photo: Gabriel Monte Airmen of the 27th Special Operations Wing salute as the flag in front of the headquarters building is taken down during a ceremony commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. Gabriel Monte Sept. 11, 2001, was a day that changed many lives. More […]

Worry, fear gripped local residents on day of attacks

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Courtesy photo: Chase Gentry Clovis City Commissioner Juan Garza, left, and Clovis Chamber of Commerce Director Ernie Kos were among a group of area residents who visited Ground Zero two months after the attacks. Sharna Johnson Clovis shared in the fear and tension that gripped the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks created […]

Justice prevails, at long last, for bin Laden

Freedom New Mexico With the death of the al-Qaida mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks, Americans and, indeed, free people throughout the world can justifiably celebrate victory. We should gird for what may be an inevitable backlash and retaliation by followers of Osama bin Laden for the killing of the leader of the international terror […]

Local veterans recall Pearl Harbor attacks

Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico After Dec. 7, 1941, seeing a 17- to 19-year-old boy anywhere was rare, recalls Richard Sullinger. Whether they were drafted or enlisted of their own accord, they were a minority in small-town America. “They began to disappear in a hurry, the 19- to 18-year-olds particularly,” the 86-year-old Clovis veteran said. […]

Christians also capable of radicalism

Freedom New Mexico Nine years after the horrific terrorist attacks, this year’s annual commemoration turned into one of the most contentious yet. The events, which brought some pent-up resentment to the fore, could also be a learning experience for many people — or a “teachable moment,” for those who presume to be the ruling class, […]

Nation must move past 9/11 attacks

Freedom New Mexico The images are still vivid in many Americans’ minds: Planes careening into buildings; New Yorkers staring upward as people launched themselves toward certain death; families grasping photos of the missing, clinging to flimsy hopes; the numerous memorials in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. More than nine years have passed now, but the […]

Inmate attacks brother’s convicted killer

CNJ staff A Curry County inmate attacked his brother’s convicted killer Tuesday in the holding and booking area at the jail, according to an arrest warrant filed by Curry County Sheriff’s investigators. Guadalupe Murillo, 28, who was being held at the jail on charges he stabbed a man Saturday at Wal-Mart, attacked Christopher Meier while […]

Letter to the editor: Seidenwurm doesn’t deserve attacks

Seidenwurm doesn’t deserve attacks I’ve been a physician in this community nearly 30 years. Much of my service has been to our Hispanic and minority population. We’ve raised two children through the Clovis schools, a system that supported them and helped them become successful adults. Both are fluent in English and Spanish; their mother is […]

Afghan attack indicates U.S. ill advised

Freedom New Mexico The recent Taliban attack in downtown Kabul, which killed at least 15 people and wounded some 70 others, has been dismissed by some people as not militarily significant since the reported 20 Taliban guerrillas did not take and hold any building or position. That interpretation misses the real goals of a guerrilla […]

Paint rehab won’t thwart terror attacks

Freedom New Mexico Chile is on the way to becoming the first Latin American nation to move to “developed country” status from “developing country” status, especially in light of the recent invitation to join the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. It has moved from a debtor nation to a creditor nation and its poverty […]

Army: 12 dead in attacks at Fort Hood, Texas

The Associated Press FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A soldier opened fire at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday, unleashing a stream of gunfire that left 12 people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities killed the gunman, and apprehended two other soldiers suspected in the attack. The shooting began around 1:30 p.m., […]

Sept. 11 memorials to be held in Clovis, Portales

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A pair of events are set on Friday, the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks. One, in Clovis, seeks to de-emphasize the attacks and focus on those who respond in the area. Another, in Portales, ensures those attacks are at the forefront of everyone’s minds. “When […]

Disbanding terrorist groups no easy feat

Freedom New Mexico The U.K. Guardian described the savage terrorist attacks in Mumbai as “India’s 9/11.” The Chicago Tribune concluded, “We are India,” similarly finding common ground with the 150-plus victims of terrorism that targeted luxury hotels, a Jewish center and other locales in the city formerly known as Bombay. Closer to the slaughter, India’s […]

Anti-terrorism program involves community

By 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron “What does the Anti-terrorism and Force Protection program have to do with me?” and “How can anything I do really affect the safety of neighbors, the installation, or my unit’s mission?” These are questions not always answered in a manner that raises an individuals’ level of awareness to […]

Decision to try terror suspects long overdue

Freedom New Mexico The military commission system to deal with captured terrorists and suspected terrorists set up by the administration and revised after a 2006 Supreme Court decision has not really been tested yet. Glitches and missteps can be expected. Nonetheless, the decision by the Pentagon to try six of the people detained at Guantanamo […]

Terrorists gain combat training through Iraq war

By Freedom New Mexico The bombings last week in Algiers, at a United Nations compound and the Algerian Supreme Court, have prompted news reports suggesting the group that claimed responsibility, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has “matured in its ability to conduct terror attacks that could destabilize the Algerian government.” The bombings killed at […]

Enemy often absent in battle over terror

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist We knew we had won World War II when the Japanese signed surrender documents on the USS Missouri. We knew we had won the Cold War when the Berlin Wall fell. But it’s hard to think of any single event that would tell us we have won the war against […]

Five years later, truth about 9/11 still evades U.S.

By Freedom Newspapers The commemorations and endless coverage Monday highlighted an interesting fact. Five years on, America still has not come to terms with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Despite the attacks being televised and despite a moment of stirring unity, life has returned to a “new normal” involving inconvenience but little sacrifice, […]