Photo not needed to prove Osama’s dead

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama decided Wednesday to keep classified the reportedly gruesome post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden. It’s a good call. Yes, the pictures belong to all Americans because they are government property. Few organizations have fought as long and hard as Freedom Communications for open government and open records. But the […]

Zoo break-in reported

CNJ staff A break-in at the zoo appears to be the result of bored youth looking for a place to skateboard, zoo officials said. Hillcrest Park Zoo Director Herschel Arnold said Friday when employees discovered a full length cut in the 8-foot perimeter fence on the back side of the zoo, they quickly surmised skateboarders […]

Secrecy can easily overwhelm freedoms

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Secrecy is one of those virtues, like candor, that can easily be overdone. A strong commitment to safeguarding sensitive national security information is a good thing. A blind insistence on concealing anything and everything is not. Whether the CIA had good reason to fire Mary McCarthy depends on what sort […]

Charges could interrupt Israel, American relations

Freedom Newspapers This could turn out to be nothing much, or it could be a major scandal that ends up affecting U.S. relations with Israel. The emerging Larry Franklin-AIPAC story bears watching because it could signify an organized effort to affect U.S. policy in the Middle East — perfectly legitimate — that veered over the […]

Accusations get more attention than retractions

Freedom Newspapers Army Capt. James “Yousef” Yee and former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill might seem to have little in common. But both have recently felt the sting of high-profile accusations from high government officials — only to have the accusations turn out to be nothing but hot air or headline-hunting. Unfortunately, while the accusations generally […]

Brian, Billie

BILLIE BRIAN Services: Will be held at a later date in Durant, Okla. Minnie Bell “Billie” Brian, 87, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at Laurel Plains Nursing and Rehabilitation in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 12, 1916, in Kenefic, Okla. to Elie and Siney Anderson Washington. She came to Clovis in 1987. […]