Detainees given proper ruling

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court last week, in Boumediene v. Bush, decided

Broad Military Commissions Act needs revision

By Freedom Newspapers Sen. Christopher Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat with presidential aspirations and a large war chest, has introduced legislation that would significantly alter the Military Commissions Act passed last fall by defining narrowly what it means to be an “enemy combatant” and restore habeas corpus rights to all detainees in U.S. custody. The proposal […]

America stands for freedom, opportunity

Editorial One of the most important rights people have is the right to have one’s day in court. It is the basis of our judicial system. And our judicial system is one of the mechanisms that guarantees the government treats us fairly. That bedrock principle suffered a setback last week when President Bush signed into […]

Situation bound to get better for president

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist President Bush’s fusillade of speeches over the past number of days have reminded us of the man we saw in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. After months of inanition, he seems to have received a shot of adrenaline. In a speech on Sept. 6, the president came out […]

Guantanamo immoral step to moral end

By Spc. Justin Helphenstine: guest columnist Is it possible for morality to be the means to an immoral end? A common phrase concerning the paving stones of the road to hell leads us to believe so. I think there is one such road being built today, and it’s paved by a desire to close the […]

Terrorist prisons violate American code of fairness

Freedom Newspapers Even if it is the troubled United Nations Human Rights Commission making the request, it is time to consider closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. At the very least all the prisoners held there should be charged and given a fair trial or released. As the prison is operated […]

Providing rights to detainees the right thing to do

Freedom Editorial A decision last month by U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to allow three detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to have speedy and meaningful access to lawyers is not just correct. It also is an important aspect of restoring a measure of honor to the way the U.S. government has chosen […]

Patriot Act gives government too much power

Give the government additional power and government officials will use and abuse it. That’s the nature of government, and a key reason the nation’s founders believed in strictly limiting the size and scope of government and separating powers so that different branches of government would check and balance other branches. Unfortunately, that lesson often is […]