Violations of civil liberties continue

By Steven Greenhut One of the most disturbing lessons I’ve learned following 9/11 is that many people will go along with just about any government-imposed outrage if it’s couched in the right terms and plays on their fears. In recent years, we’ve seen the federal government become increasingly aggressive in efforts to spy on, detain, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

America losing more liberties to terrorism

Freedom Newspapers America needs to continue fighting terrorism without endangering our essential liberties. Unfortunately, President Bush is pressing for even greater police powers than those granted in the USA Patriot Act passed in haste after the 9-11 attacks in 2001. In a speech Sept. 10 before the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., the president called […]

Clovis resident worried about Patriot Act

By Jack King One Clovis woman has started a lonely campaign to get the Clovis City Commission to pass a resolution questioning the U.S. Patriot Act. Christine Nahmens said she has never been involved in a political action before and shies away from publicity. But she said she was moved to take action because she […]

Liberties being violated in name of Patriot Act

No terrorist act ought to reduce Americans’ precious civil liberties, our greatest treasure and gift to the world. Yet that has been happening in so many ways, such as with the misnamed USA Patriot Act. The act has even distorted the grand jury process, especially at the federal level. Grand juries were set up in […]