Cannon, first responders protect our freedom

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history. Victims numbered 2,753 in the World Trade Center, including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority, and eight private emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Another 184 people were killed in the […]

‘Eagle eyes’ key for staying safe

While the arrest of the Saudi student in Lubbock has raised awareness over the likelihood of an attack against Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding community, it is important to remember that the threat of terrorism on U.S. military bases still exists since the tragic events of 9/11. Force protection specialists from Cannon agree […]

Saudi man charged with plotting terrorist attack

LUBBOCK — A young college student from Saudi Arabia who studied chemical engineering in Texas purchased explosive chemicals over the Internet as part of a plan to hide bomb materials inside dolls and baby carriages to blow up dams, nuclear plants or the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, the Justice Department 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, […]

Bill gives feds power to revoke your citizenship

Freedom New Mexico U.S. citizenship is a right protected by the Constitution; it is not a privilege that can be taken away at will. That truth needs to be maintained. Several members of Congress have sponsored a bill that would allow the government to take away citizenship and kick certain people out of the country. […]

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 […]

10-21 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Lost Balls: Great Holes, Tough Shots, and Bad Lies by Charles Lindsay was given by Mary, Jacque, Cush, and Jayne in memory of Pat Mason. A unique and colorful look at the game of golf features photographs that offer a humorous and inquisitive foray into […]

Spying program abuses power of government

By Freedom Newspapers What do you do when critics call the legality of your secret spying program into question? If you’re the Bush administration, you defend it: both by becoming ever more secretive and by claiming to be above the law. The legal basis for the Terrorist Surveillance Program, which was launched soon after 9/11 […]

Military action not always best terror defense

By Freedom Newspapers Any discussion of a threat estimate from the vaunted U.S. intelligence community must begin with an acknowledgment that U.S. intelligence often, perhaps more often than not, has gotten things wrong. Even before the failure to “connect the dots” prior to 9/11 and the “slam dunk” on Saddam’s supposed WMDs, U.S. intelligence missed […]

Iraq invasion motivating factor for terrorists

By Freedom Newspapers A summary of a draft of a new National Intelligence Assessment on Iraq reportedly concludes “that al-Qaida has reconstituted its core structure along the Pakistani border and may now be a stronger and more resilient organization than it appeared a year ago,” as Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball put it. Homeland […]

Ex-terrorist tells story at First Baptist Church

By Allison Tahmoush: CNJ Correspondent An ex-terrorist abandons Islam for Christianity after meeting his current wife, a Catholic from Mexico. It sounds like the tagline to a bad movie. Walid Shoebat knows this all too well. He is the main character, and it’s not a movie. Born in Bethlehem, Shoebat was brought up in a […]

Patriot Act didn’t prevent latest terror threat

By Freedom Newspapers The six men arrested on charges of plotting a terrorist action against the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey may turn out to have been the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, a bunch of wannabes who might never have gotten their destructive act together. Even if that’s the case, however, it […]

Racial profiling only effective option

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Charges of racial, religious and ethnic profiling swirl in the wake of US Airways’ removal of six imams. According to police reports, the men made anti-American statements, were praying and chanting “Allah,” refused the pilot’s requests to disembark for additional screening and asked for seat-belt extensions for no obvious reason. […]

For elecion, reality promotes Republicans

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist I can understand why Democrats are jazzed about November’s election. The polls combined with the fawning media (“Oh, please, Sen. Obama, let us kiss the hem of your garment!”) are giving them goose bumps such as they have not experienced since “An Inconvenient Truth” debuted in theaters. What I don’t […]

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, […]

Detentions sign of overzealous government

Freedom Newspapers Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan of Buena Park, Calif., said his arrest and detention for two years in federal custody came from the “paranoia” of an overzealous government in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We’re not qualified to make psychiatric diagnoses, but his detention at Terminal Island in San Pedro, Calif., for two years […]

India, Pakistan should resolve own conflicts

Freedom Newspapers The tragic death toll — at least 200 (and 700 injured) — from a coordinated series of train bombings in Bombay, also known as Mumbai, keeps rising, and the implications keep getting more complicated. The most significant lesson — hardly new — is that terrorist networks are fairly inexpensive to set up and […]

Eavesdropping not only illegal but likely useless

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has tried to be reassuring in defending the National Security Agency program of electronic eavesdropping on telephone calls between people in the United States and possible terrorist suspects overseas that was disclosed last December: “One end of the communication must be outside the United States.” Along with many legal scholars, we […]

Latest Patriot Act revision offers modest protections

Freedom Newspapers A valiant coalition of Americans, ranging from Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold to former Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Barr, that has questioned the sweeping “anti-terror” law misnamed the USA Patriot Act has had a modest success. It is important these Americans spend only a short time licking their wounds before resuming an aggressive […]

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 […]