Labeling military as terrorists won’t change behavior

By Freedom New Mexico The Bush administration announced last week it officially considers the Iranian Revolutionary Guards of being a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction, and the “elite” Quds Force within the Guards of being a sponsor of terrorism. This is the first time a military force of a foreign country has been designated […]

Plans for civilian surveillance preceded 9/11

By Freedom New Mexico The program of electronic surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency that President Bush instituted in secret right after the 9/11 attacks has been controversial enough. Given that it appears to have circumvented the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set up a special court to approve warrants for surveillance […]

China’s outrage should be taken with grain of salt

By Freedom New Mexico The Bush administration’s foreign policy is a mess, given its preference for war and bluster for dealing with adversaries in the Middle East. But the administration has pursued a reasonable policy toward China, still at least a nominally communist regime that has mixed authoritarian political rule with relatively free markets. The […]

Sept. 6, 1918

The Clovis Journal reported A.E. Signer, who had farmed southeast of Clovis for nine years, had “the best crops this year” that he had ever raised. … Secretary Rufus Jones of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce was asking area businessmen to be careful “in subscribing to the various war charities which are soliciting throughout the […]

Terror suspects treated without shadow of doubt

By Freedom Newspapers One news story painted the conviction Thursday of terrorism suspect Jose Padilla as “a significant victory for the Bush administration.” It was far from that. If anything, it was a repudiation of the way the administration handled his case. Padilla, 36, is the former Chicago gang member who converted to Islam and […]

Other countries show U.S. freedoms not so bad

Freedom Newspapers Civil libertarians, including us, routinely assail the administration for its restrictions on our liberties in the war on terrorism. We sometimes overstate our complaints, charging that Bush & Co. have taken so many of our freedoms that we might as well be living in the old Soviet Union. Then we see a story […]

Speech-inhibiting doctrine threatens broadcasters

By Freedom Newspapers “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …” It’s difficult to imagine a greater abridgement of that constitutionally guaranteed freedom than a government agency that demands private broadcasters must air views contrary to their own. That essentially is what the former Fairness Doctrine entailed, […]

Court didn’t delve deep enough into surveillance issue

By Freedom Newspapers A divided three-judge federal appeals court panel sidestepped the major issues in the so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program, secretly instituted by the Bush administration shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We hope the Sixth Circuit decision does not close a case that should be troubling to all Americans who value civil liberties. Under […]

Trade embargo won’t promote change in Cuba

By Freedom Newspapers Frederic Bastiat is credited with saying, “If goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.” He knew the best way to keep nations on speaking terms with one another was trade. It’s difficult for a nation to foment distrust of and anger with another nation when the people of both rely on one another […]

U.S., Iran have much to gain from cooperation

Freedom Newspapers B oth the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain […]

Military update: Panel OKs multiple military measures

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist Military people next January would get a 3.5 percent pay raise, under a compensation package voted Wednesday by the House Armed Services’ subcommittee on military personnel. In shaping the personnel section of the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill, the subcommittee approved other initiatives to please health-care beneficiaries, surviving spouses and […]

Blame for Iraq should be placed closer to Congress

By Freedom Newspapers On one hand, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, raises excellent points about the administration and his Democratic colleagues. Then again, Kucinich is being, well, Kucinich. The long-shot presidential candidate from Cleveland raises valid points — as well as the government-as-the-answer ones you’d expect — in a video about Iraq and Iran on […]

Intelligence guidelines aren’t sure-fire solution

By Freedom Newspapers John Negroponte, who is leaving as national director of intelligence to return to a State Department position, may have performed a signal service to his country in an unusually detailed policy directive for intelligence analysis. However, as constructive as his guidelines are, they do not provide a foolproof protection against misuse of […]

Local Roundup: United Dairy Women hold ball

By CNJ staff What:Milk Lover’s Ball When: 7 p.m.-midnight, Saturday Where: Clovis Civic Center More: Sponsored by the United Dairy Women. The event includes a dinner and dance. Proceeds will go to local charities. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 877-LUVMILK. Clovis transit facility construction begins Construction of a new Clovis Area […]

Charges don’t rectify chief’s alleged lies

By Freedom Newspapers We don’t have much use for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby as an influence on policy, given that as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney he was instrumental in maneuvering the United States into an unnecessary and unwise war in Iraq. Still, we wonder whether it serves justice at all to […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools board meeting

By CNJ Staff What: Clovis Municipal Schools board meeting When: 5:30 p.m. today Where: Clovis Schools administration building, 1009 Main St. On the agenda: Clovis Schools administrators will provide details about their proposal to reconfigure junior high schools. Included will be their suggestion about which junior high should become a ninth-grade academy.

Clovis broker tabbed by governor

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Clovis real estate broker Gayla Brumfield has been hand-picked to assist Gov. Bill Richardson transition to his second term. Brumfield, a small business owner and former Clovis city commissioner, will serve as co-chairman on Richardson’s transition committee alongside Ambassador Edward Romero, former U.S. Ambassador to Spain. Brumfield said she […]

Rumsfeld first of many political surprises to come

By Freedom Newspapers As the evening wore on, it became increasingly apparent that while corruption and incompetence were factors, the pickup of two dozen House seats by the Democrats was largely about the war in Iraq. President Bush tacitly acknowledged this Wednesday by announcing that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would step down, to be replaced […]

Bush reveals different side to journalists

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist If there is one thing about President Bush that is different in private from his public persona, it is probably intensity. Before big crowds he is folksy and self-deprecating. Before the hostile press, he is a bit wary. But in our setting — a meeting with half a dozen conservative […]

Enemy often absent in battle over terror

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist We knew we had won World War II when the Japanese signed surrender documents on the USS Missouri. We knew we had won the Cold War when the Berlin Wall fell. But it’s hard to think of any single event that would tell us we have won the war against […]