Bush’s good intentions have high costs

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist President Bush is confident of ultimate success in Iraq, and he is patiently waiting for its achievement. I’m certain that unicorns exist, and I’m willing to hang around till they show up in my yard. We may both be deluded, but my delusion is a good deal less costly than […]

Moussaoui case raises questions on preparedness

Freedom Newspapers It’s hard to feel any sympathy for Zacarias Moussaoui, the French national of Moroccan descent who was deemed eligible for the death penalty by a federal jury Monday for his role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil. The jury must now decide whether it will actually impose the death penalty on […]

Combined agencies still haven’t meshed

Freedom Newspapers After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the Bush administration insisted that, to preclude further attacks, it needed to centralize many agencies into a new Department of Homeland Security. The department was established on Nov. 25, 2002, almost three years ago. It consolidated immigration, Customs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies. […]

Terrorism hits home for some residents

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A young Londoner in the 1980s, Claire Burroughes remembers the subway system of the famous city vividly. The underground transportation system, known as the “tube,” is the fastest and most convenient way to travel from the suburbs to the city, and within the city itself, said Burroughes. “It is […]

Iraq violence will get worse before situation calms

By CNJ staff The two events are not directly related, yet in a way they are. A Dec. 21 attack at a U.S. military base in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul killed 22 people, including more than a dozen Americans. The next day newspapers reported that for the first time a major U.S. contractor, […]

Black community should applaud Rice

by Walter Williams Condoleezza Rice, President Bush’s national security adviser and now his secretary of state nominee, has been the subject of nasty, demeaning and disrespectful cartoons and commentary. Some of the worst has come from people like Julian Bond, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who said on TV’s […]

Sept. 11 focus should shift to justice

Freedom Newspapers It has been said that time heals all wounds. Some wounds, however, are so deep and so severe that life will never be the same. Clearly, the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, fit into that category, having changed our world drastically. Eastern New Mexico joined the rest of America this weekend in commemorating […]

Report captures the ‘big picture’ of terrorism

Freedom Editorial The airport security photographs and the 9/11 Commission’s report, both made public Thursday, were a chilling reminder to Americans of the terrorist assault on our country. In the Dulles airport video (made available to news organizations by lawyers representing 9/11 victims’ families), terrorists were shown being inspected at security checkpoints in the terminal, […]

Terrorist attack on oil facility shows reprisal problems

An attack over the weekend on offices of oil facilities in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, left 22 people dead, mostly foreign workers. It might have been part of an al-Qaida effort to disrupt world oil supplies and perhaps even to affect the U.S. economy adversely. Or it might have been an attack designed more to weaken […]

Everyone, no one to blame for Sept. 11

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist Not to trivialize a serious matter, but the hearings of the Sept. 11 commission have begun to remind me of one of Smokey Robinson’s less famous hits. It’s called “Who’s Gonna Take the Blame.” Over the last month, the men and women in the hot seat have spent as much […]

New strategies needed for U.S. war against terror

Freedom Newspapers The rash of terrorist violence that has afflicted Uzbekistan, leaving at least 42 people dead and several neighborhoods destroyed, might or might not be directly linked to al-Qaida, as Ilya Pyagay of Uzbekistan’s Interior Ministry has claimed. But the attacks illustrate the decentralized and increasingly flexible nature of Jihadist terror. What seems likely, […]

Professors doubt attacks will diminsh

By Glen Seeber Finally in the hands of U.S. Forces, Saddam Hussein is likely to go through an interrogation process, an assistant professor of political science speculated Sunday evening. Dr. David Rausch, who teaches at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, said the question he would ask first if given an opportunity would be: “Where […]

Iraq occupation not worth lives with no clear goal

Freedom Newspapers The news from last weekend that American soldiers killed 46 guerrilla fighters (the exact number is disputed) during several attacks in Samarra, a small town near Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit, suggests the “postwar” in Iraq has moved to a different level, one that more closely resembles, as several military commanders have […]

Suicide bombings belittle meaning of religious day

Freedom Newspapers It is perhaps a sign of degradation in our times that the coming of almost any religious holiday brings warnings of death and destruction — not from any supernatural being but from misguided humans who claim to be doing the will of the deity. Thus the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia felt compelled […]

Administration pulling wool over America’s eyes

Freedom Newspapers Thank God for George Orwell. If it weren’t for the British author who wrote the novel 1984, a cautionary tale about a totalitarian society, we’d have a hard time finding the perfect word to describe the current Bush administration. Orwellian. Since coming to power, the administration of President George W. Bush has clamped […]

Iraq conflict looks like war of choice, not necessity

Freedom Newspapers Among the more curious developments of the past week were explicit and apparently purposeful statements by President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the effect that the administration does not now believe — and apparently never believed — there was a direct link between Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein and the terrorist […]

Patriot Act needs open debate

Freedom Newspapers It’s been two full years since al-Qaida operatives turned the United States, the Middle East and most of the civilized world upside down. The attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the attempted attack by Flight 83, which crashed in a Pennsylvania field, were so brazen and breathtaking they changed the […]

Editorial: Two years after 9/11, American spirit endures

Thursday marked two years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Two years since 19 terrorists commandeered four passenger jets and used them as weapons against innocent men, women and children. The hijackers, members of the al-Qaida terrorist organization, used box cutters to gain control of the aircraft and then used their skills learned […]

A tale of two patriots

By Darrell Todd Maurina On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Darren Eicken followed his normal routine by walking the few blocks from his home to his New York City law office in a building located just three blocks away from the World Trade Center. Eicken had a much longer walk that afternoon after terrorists […]

Liberties being violated in name of Patriot Act

No terrorist act ought to reduce Americans’ precious civil liberties, our greatest treasure and gift to the world. Yet that has been happening in so many ways, such as with the misnamed USA Patriot Act. The act has even distorted the grand jury process, especially at the federal level. Grand juries were set up in […]