Patriot Act supporters make about-face

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico In 2001, a columnist for the conservative magazine National Review wanted to know why Democrats were shutting out top Justice Department officials from hearings dealing with the Patriot Act, and its impact on civil liberties and American freedoms. Byron York wanted to know why Viet Dinh, who helped draft the […]

Patriot Act proof America should curb government

Freedom Newspapers T he indictment of three current and former Clark County, Nev., and Las Vegas officials in conne ction with a probe of alleged kickbacks from a strip-club owner would be a fairly routine story — a lucrative activity lots of people in government want to regulate heavily, which almost always leads to opportunities […]

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 […]

Patriot Act needs open debate

Freedom Newspapers It’s been two full years since al-Qaida operatives turned the United States, the Middle East and most of the civilized world upside down. The attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the attempted attack by Flight 83, which crashed in a Pennsylvania field, were so brazen and breathtaking they changed the […]

Patriot Act gives government too much power

Give the government additional power and government officials will use and abuse it. That’s the nature of government, and a key reason the nation’s founders believed in strictly limiting the size and scope of government and separating powers so that different branches of government would check and balance other branches. Unfortunately, that lesson often is […]

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 […]