Revelry at bin Laden death vulgar

I feel somewhat isolated in my disapproval of the recent reaction to the claim of the killing of Osama bin Laden. I was reminded of the jubilant crowds we were shown in the Middle East after the 9/11 terrorists attacks by seeing the eerily similar jubilant crowds in America upon the announcement of bin Laden’s […]

Anti-terrorism program involves community

By 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron “What does the Anti-terrorism and Force Protection program have to do with me?” and “How can anything I do really affect the safety of neighbors, the installation, or my unit’s mission?” These are questions not always answered in a manner that raises an individuals’ level of awareness to […]

Torture tactics not cure-all in real life

By Freedom Newspapers One of the more troubling aspects of the Republican presidential “debate” last week was that most of the candidates, when presented a hypothetical scenario involving suicide bombers attacking shopping malls (with some terrorists being captured and a new attack expected), implicitly and in some cases explicitly and even eagerly, endorsed torture as […]

Patriot Act didn’t prevent latest terror threat

By Freedom Newspapers The six men arrested on charges of plotting a terrorist action against the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey may turn out to have been the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, a bunch of wannabes who might never have gotten their destructive act together. Even if that’s the case, however, it […]

Somalia raid shows what we should be fighting in war on terror

Freedom Newspapers It is still not possible to be sure just what the outcome is of a U.S. airstrike in southern Somalia last week against alleged al-Qaida terrorists. But the strike is the sort of thing we would have expected to hear about happening more often if the “war on terror” were a serious effort […]

America stands for freedom, opportunity

Editorial One of the most important rights people have is the right to have one’s day in court. It is the basis of our judicial system. And our judicial system is one of the mechanisms that guarantees the government treats us fairly. That bedrock principle suffered a setback last week when President Bush signed into […]

Terrorists’ jobs easier thanks to Americans

By Freedom Newspapers As we enter our fifth year in the so-called war on terror, we have reacted to the 9/11 attacks about as destructively to our deeply held principles as the terrorists could have hoped. If Osama bin Laden and his ilk wanted to destroy our way of life, as President Bush repeatedly claims, […]

Prisoners deserve to be humanely treated as well

Editorial The Bush administration has come to an agreement with three dissident Republican senators — John McCain of Arizona, John Warner of Virginia and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — on a bill to outline the way foreigners detained in the “war on terror” will be handled. While the compromise does seem to limit some […]

Even without unity, U.S. powerful when virtuous

It is hard now to remember the feeling that swept over our country five years ago Monday. Our country, our people, had suffered a devastating and destructive attack by a shadowy but malignant force whose motivations we struggled to try to understand. In the aftermath, however, we were all Americans together, all determined to figure […]

12/21 Letters to the editor

One day sans drink not huge sacrifice Regarding the petition supporting Sunday alcohol service and sales.: Opinions vary on the subject of drinking and dining on Sundays. It is sad to see that so many people have to have a drink of alcohol. I equate drinking and dining with drinking and driving. Is it worth […]

Combined agencies still haven’t meshed

Freedom Newspapers After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the Bush administration insisted that, to preclude further attacks, it needed to centralize many agencies into a new Department of Homeland Security. The department was established on Nov. 25, 2002, almost three years ago. It consolidated immigration, Customs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies. […]

Vigilance, reporting key to terrorism awareness

By Airman Thomas R. Trower Terrorists use their weapons to strike fear and panic into the hearts of their targets. All terrorists have one common goal; they want to make everyone see things the way that they see them, said Tony Boyce, 27th Fighter Wing anti-terrorism officer. Terrorists can be anyone and anywhere. According to […]

Hate more deadly threat than terrorists

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Last week, fear killed Jean Charles de Menezes. He may or may not have been dressed suspiciously, as London police say he was. May or may not have jumped a subway turnstile, may or may not have ignored commands to stop. What is beyond question is that de Menezes, a […]

Soft touch on terrorists undermines security

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Much ado in our country and Europe has been made about alleged mistreatment and torture of suspected terrorist prisoners. First, there were stories and hand-wringing over the treatment of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. More recently, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., equated our military’s treatment of captured Taliban and al-Qaeda […]

Tribe mentality disguises individual wrongs

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist LONDON — The little hotel, Sanctuary House, where I stayed this time was located, unbeknownst to me, just the other side of the New Scotland Yard. So when I arrived Thursday after my flight from New York, I felt some relief. Terrorists probably will not do their vicious deeds in […]

Additional funds needed to resolve border issues

Freedom Newspapers The 16 Texas counties that border Mexico face challenges that the rest of the state — the rest of the nation — might have a hard time understanding. From the intricacies of a border economy in which customers walk to another country for afternoon shopping trips to the irrigation needs of farmers in […]

Suicide bomber proof of terrorism in Iraq

By Thomas Sowell Cats are supposed to have nine lives but fallacies must have at least 90. Some notions will be believed, no matter how many times they have been refuted by facts. One of these seemingly immortal fallacies is the implicit assumption that our enemies have unlimited resources, so that our efforts at strengthening […]

If Ashcroft steps down, who will replace him?

Freedom Newspapers If the Washington rumor mills are credible, Attorney General John Ashcroft is likely to step down, possibly by the end of the year. This would not be surprising or altogether unwelcome. Ashcroft aides have been hinting for months that he was ready to leave a job that has worn him down — though […]

Political tensions run high as election approaches

Letters to the editor • Sign-stealing not going to sway votes Tension levels high as election approaches Angie Baca and her fellow Democrats are actively campaigning for Kerry by putting up signs. The Bush supporters who are stealing or vandalizing her signs are contributing not a whit to Bush’s re-election. If they spent the same […]

As the axis of evil turns, war continues

Helena Rodriguez Three years, more than 1,000 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars since Sept. 11, 2001, I ask, “Have we made a dent in fighting world terrorism or have we unleashed a bigger monster?” Have we become part of the problem or the solution? Saturday marks the third anniversary of that horrid day […]