Surveillance actions deserve examination

Freedom Newspapers It was bad enough when the New York Times revealed that since early 2002, under an executive order from President Bush, the National Security Agency has been conducting surveillance inside the United States, almost certainly on U.S. citizens, without any sort of warrant approved by any sort of court. It was doubly disturbing […]

Leaving Iraq would translate to defeat

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist True to their heritage in foreign policy, 40 out of 45 Democratic senators voted this month to demand a timetable for withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. As in every conflict since Vietnam, Democrats are hoping not to succeed but to skedaddle. Imagine if the Democrats held a majority in […]

10/9 Letters to the editor

‘No’ men no more patriotic than ‘yes’ men Space limitations needed to rebut the letter by Kirby Rowan prohibit an extensive analysis. But it does need to be rebutted! Briefly stated, to agree with this president on every issue (as a “yes” man) may not be the definition of patriotism, but disagreement with him on […]

Intelligence failure not fully explained by 9/11 report

Freedom Newspaper There is probably still more that we don’t know than we do about the likelihood that a military intelligence unit identified 9/11 highjacker Mohammed Atta a year or so before the World Trade Center was attacked. but didn’t pass on the information to the FBI. What we think we know now is likely […]

Over-caution can be bad as recklessness

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist We’re not omniscient. That means making errors is unavoidable. Understanding the nature of errors is vital to our well-being. Let’s look at it. There are two types of errors, nicely named the type I error and the type II error. The type I error is when we reject a true […]

Winning war on terror could mean fighting dirty

Freedom Newspapers We need more aggressive, less risk-averse spy agencies. This was the mantra we heard in the wake of our being blindsided by Osama bin Laden on Sept. 11, 2001. The CIA’s emphasis on high-tech, spy-in-the-sky gadgetry has led to a withering of the nation’s human intelligence capabilities, critics (ourselves included) said. We must […]

U.S. should take second look at foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers Beyond the shock, the anger and the mourning, beyond the sadness and sorrow over the dead and wounded is the anguish over the still unanswered questions. But first the shock. Laguna Niguel resident Sir Eldon Griffiths, a former member of the British parliament and former chairman of the World Affairs Councils of America, […]

Reform more important than government power

Freedom Newspapers As President Bush would have it, the choice is simple. Either Congress renews the USA Patriot Act intact, with all the new powers for government now scheduled to “sunset” at the end of year and a few new ones to boot, or America will be fighting terrorism with one hand tied behind its […]

Press misses point about intelligence

By Mona Charen The President’s Commission on (deep breath) Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction has issued its report. True to predictions, it indicts the CIA and other intelligence agencies for giving the president and Congress information that was “dead wrong” and accompanying this intelligence with a promise that the […]

Conflict issue of discretion, not truth

By Walter Williams Larry Summers, Harvard’s president, remains under siege for remarks made in his Jan. 14 address to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Summers suggested there might be three major reasons why women are underrepresented in the higher reaches of science and ranked them in order of importance. First is what Summers […]