Administration being deceptive with provisions

Freedom New Mexico In the New York Times News story, Robert Pear wrote drily: “While administration officials cited procedural reasons for changing the rule, it was clear that political concerns were also a factor.” No kidding. The rule in question was an administrative decision to do what Congress chose not to do when it passed […]

Rep. Luj

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Cost shouldn’t matter when it comes to voting

Freedom Newspapers The continued value of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was made clear just two weeks ago when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that in one Texas congressional district, Republican Party leaders had robbed Hispanics of political influence by using district boundaries to split Hispanic populations. Key provisions of the bill, added in […]

Patriot Act limit positive sign for freedom

Freedom Newspapers Although it was in some ways a tribute to Congress’ bumbling ways, the outcome for the USA Patriot Act — an extension for only five weeks, until Feb. 5 — was an unalloyed defeat for the Bush administration. The president had repeatedly said he would not accept a “short-term extension.” But in the […]

Sunset changes in Patriot Act not acceptable

Freedom Newspapers T he sadly misnamed Patriot Act, which grants federal law enforcement a laundry list of powers it had sought throughout the 1990s, but which Republicans in Congress opposed until 9/11, is in its final stages of reauthorization. A conference committee between the House and Senate is expected to begin meeting this week or […]

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 […]