Patriot Act limit positive sign for freedom

Freedom Newspapers Although it was in some ways a tribute to Congress’ bumbling ways, the outcome for the USA Patriot Act — an extension for only five weeks, until Feb. 5 — was an unalloyed defeat for the Bush administration. The president had repeatedly said he would not accept a “short-term extension.” But in the […]

Late indictment harms credibility of administration

Freedom Newspapers The case of Jose Padilla has done much to harm the credibility of an administration that would be well-served to develop from it a newfound appreciation of the rule of law. This law has evolved over centuries as the best way to allow government to be vigorous in pursuing its legitimate activities while […]

Tough questions indicate love of country

Helena Rodriguez In two days, we observe the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a horrid day plotted by suicidal madmen, an event that shocked the world and demanded justice. Instead of justice though, we have an unjustified war in Iraq, and now the dark shadow of Hurricane Katrina is hanging over […]

Soft touch on terrorists undermines security

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Much ado in our country and Europe has been made about alleged mistreatment and torture of suspected terrorist prisoners. First, there were stories and hand-wringing over the treatment of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. More recently, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., equated our military’s treatment of captured Taliban and al-Qaeda […]

Terrorist case needs to be handled with care

Freedom Newspapers If it all pans out, it looks as if federal authorities are doing it right in Lodi, Calif. FBI agents arrested Hamid Hayat, 22, and his father Umer Hayat, and detained three other Pakistani-Americans suspected of having a link to al-Qaida or some terrorist organization. On the basis of preliminary news reports, the […]

Flight-screening methods nonsensical

By Walter Williams For most of my professional life, I’ve traveled frequently — sometimes boarding a commercial flight two, three or four times a month for lucrative speaking engagements. Over the past three years, the frequency has fallen to an average of once or twice a year. The reason is simple. I don’t want to […]

Secrecy won’t make Americans safe

By Danielle Brian: Guest Columnist Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Congress and the Bush Administration have expanded the kinds of information that are withheld from the public. A more careful approach to handling sensitive information was surely needed after the attacks, given the new terrorist threats against the American people. However, government agencies have […]

Consider capacity for action, not intent

By Walter E. Williams: CNJ columnist “On Sept. 11, one in 3,000 New Yorkers perished, but in the same year, over one in 1,000 urbanites were murdered in three major cities in the Western Hemisphere alone,” according to Russell Seitz in his article “Weaker Than We Think” in The American Conservative. He adds that the […]

Hazardous materials discussed: Q and A

Editors note: Don Shainin, HAZMAT (hazardous materials) coordinator for the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management, was in Clovis on Wednesday to speak with local emergency officials about hazardous chemical reporting, chemical dispersion threats in New Mexico and Clovis and emergency response plans. Shainin served the Albuquerque community as a firefighter for many years and […]

Profiling system has serious flaws

Freedom Newspapers Some people might scoff when we worry aloud about the potential confusions, embarrassments and delays — not to mention invasions of privacy and abuses of power — that could result from the creation of a government airline passenger screening system. But Sen. Ted Kennedy probably isn’t among them. We have no doubt the […]

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, […]

U.S. wrongfully distracted by Iraq

By Steve Chapman: Guest Columnist In its final report, the 9/11 commission reached an obvious conclusion that explains how terrorists were able to kill nearly 3,000 Americans: “Terrorism was not the overriding national security concern for the U.S. government under either the Clinton or the pre-9/11 Bush administration.” And guess what: it still isn’t. In […]

Early turnover good first start in Iraq

Freedom Editorial We hope the early turnover of sovereignty in Iraq did foil a possible terrorist attack timed to coincide with the scheduled turnover today, although there’s no direct evidence of that. It’s about time the terrorists were fooled or frustrated. No matter the timing of the ceremony, of course, what all parties choose to […]

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 […]

Local Spaniard reacts to bombing

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Rescue workers work on a bomb-damaged passenger train, following explosions in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday, killing more than 190 rush-hour commuters and wounding at least 1,400. AQP Photo: Paul White. By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales resident spent part of Thursday morning making emergency calls to relatives in Spain to make sure none of them […]

N.M. Civil Air Patrol to take on new role

Reporter’s Notebook Pilots and crews operating 14 Civil Air Patrol planes recently flew dozens of reconnaissance exercises covering hundreds of square miles of remote and nearby inaccessible areas to practice a new a growing role for CAP: homeland security. Air crews and support personnel from Clovis, Roswell, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Farmington, Los Alamos […]

EDITORIAL: Judges’ tough scrutiny a needed practice

A decision by federal Judge Audrey B. Collins in Los Angeles to strike down a portion of the sweeping anti-terrorism law passed in haste after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, looks like a heartening sign that the judiciary system might be ready to get back in the game of protecting the liberties of […]

Mexico and U.S. must cooperate on border issues

Freedom Newspapers In the early days of the Bush administration, the president worked with Mexican President Vicente Fox on cross-border issues. The two pledged to work together to implement provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement as well as the possibility of a guest-worker program and immigration, legal and illegal. Then came Sept. 11, […]

USA PATRIOT Act could turn US into police state

Freedom Newspapers In the days of fear and paranoia after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States Congress acted swiftly to show the American public that lawmakers were doing something about the terrorist threat. Unfortunately, the USA PATRIOT Act was ill-considered — many members of Congress didn’t even read the bill before voting […]