Report captures the ‘big picture’ of terrorism

Freedom Editorial The airport security photographs and the 9/11 Commission’s report, both made public Thursday, were a chilling reminder to Americans of the terrorist assault on our country. In the Dulles airport video (made available to news organizations by lawyers representing 9/11 victims’ families), terrorists were shown being inspected at security checkpoints in the terminal, […]

U.S. wrongfully distracted by Iraq

By Steve Chapman: Guest Columnist In its final report, the 9/11 commission reached an obvious conclusion that explains how terrorists were able to kill nearly 3,000 Americans: “Terrorism was not the overriding national security concern for the U.S. government under either the Clinton or the pre-9/11 Bush administration.” And guess what: it still isn’t. In […]

Early turnover good first start in Iraq

Freedom Editorial We hope the early turnover of sovereignty in Iraq did foil a possible terrorist attack timed to coincide with the scheduled turnover today, although there’s no direct evidence of that. It’s about time the terrorists were fooled or frustrated. No matter the timing of the ceremony, of course, what all parties choose to […]

Terrorist attack on oil facility shows reprisal problems

An attack over the weekend on offices of oil facilities in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, left 22 people dead, mostly foreign workers. It might have been part of an al-Qaida effort to disrupt world oil supplies and perhaps even to affect the U.S. economy adversely. Or it might have been an attack designed more to weaken […]

Everyone, no one to blame for Sept. 11

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist Not to trivialize a serious matter, but the hearings of the Sept. 11 commission have begun to remind me of one of Smokey Robinson’s less famous hits. It’s called “Who’s Gonna Take the Blame.” Over the last month, the men and women in the hot seat have spent as much […]

Local Spaniard reacts to bombing

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Rescue workers work on a bomb-damaged passenger train, following explosions in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday, killing more than 190 rush-hour commuters and wounding at least 1,400. AQP Photo: Paul White. By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales resident spent part of Thursday morning making emergency calls to relatives in Spain to make sure none of them […]

N.M. Civil Air Patrol to take on new role

Reporter’s Notebook Pilots and crews operating 14 Civil Air Patrol planes recently flew dozens of reconnaissance exercises covering hundreds of square miles of remote and nearby inaccessible areas to practice a new a growing role for CAP: homeland security. Air crews and support personnel from Clovis, Roswell, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Farmington, Los Alamos […]

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 […]

Mexico and U.S. must cooperate on border issues

Freedom Newspapers In the early days of the Bush administration, the president worked with Mexican President Vicente Fox on cross-border issues. The two pledged to work together to implement provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement as well as the possibility of a guest-worker program and immigration, legal and illegal. Then came Sept. 11, […]

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 […]