Big fuss over past intelligence failings ignores the present

Freedom Newspapers In obsessing over intelligence failures of the past, Americans may be overlooking intelligence failures of the present. It’s not that we discount the value of knowing more about exactly what went wrong in American spy and law enforcement agencies in the years leading up to the massacres of Sept 11, 2001. But we […]

Blockers provide security

By Clyde Davis (For all the men and women serving on homeland defense missions) Up and down the three rivers that converge at Pittsburgh, Pa., there are clusters of steel mill and mining towns lining the wooded and stream-riddled hills of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This is where I grew up. In the 1960s […]

‘Terror alert’ may end up useful to U.S. enemies

Freedom Newspapers To be sure, it’s not easy to suggest a better system — especially since we’re reasonably sure the country would be better off without a Department of Homeland Security and with better coordinated intelligence. But there’s little question the color-coding system designed to alert the public to intensified danger of terrorist activity has […]

Paranoia seems justified in Texas lawmakers case

Many critics dismissed those worried about the federal government’s massive power grab after the Sept. 11 attacks — all in the name of “national security” — as paranoid radicals or rabid government-haters. Those in favor of the expanded surveillance powers that Congress granted federal agencies said those capabilities would be used to track down terrorists […]