U.S. intelligences needs lessons from Godfather

By Freedom Newspapers Some Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have released a 29-page staff report lambasting the “intelligence community” for not issuing more explicit warnings about the threat Iran poses to the United States. However true it is that intelligence agencies are downplaying the Iranian threat, one criticism the report gets right is […]

Terrorist plot thwarted

LONDON (AP) — British authorities said Thursday they thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in hand luggage, averting what police described as “mass murder on an unimaginable scale.” Police arrested 21 people, saying they were confident they captured the main suspects in what U.S. […]

Detentions sign of overzealous government

Freedom Newspapers Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan of Buena Park, Calif., said his arrest and detention for two years in federal custody came from the “paranoia” of an overzealous government in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We’re not qualified to make psychiatric diagnoses, but his detention at Terminal Island in San Pedro, Calif., for two years […]

North Korea plea of attention sign to bow out now

Freedom Newspapers North Korea’s pitiful regime no doubt intended to get Washington’s attention by testing six missiles on July 4, beginning a few minutes after the launch of the space shuttle Discovery. It may turn out to have been a severe miscalculation, as is often the case when a government operates on bravado and testosterone […]

3/26 Letters to the editor

ENMU coach’s dismissal unjustifiable Eastern New Mexico University’s decision to not renew Coach Dan Buzard’s contract is baseless. Athletic Director Mike Maguire said the women’s basketball program has had a poor record and needs a “kick start.” Let’s look at Buzard’s program the past four years: • In June of 2002, he was hired too […]

3/24 Public record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from March 16 through Wednesday: • Michael Robert Garcia, 23, to Renaee Ethel Phillips, 33, both of Clovis. • Randy George Rubisch, 23, to Dominique Frances Miller, 20, both of Clovis. • Jonathan Adam Lentz, 24, to Merinda Lynn Rousseau, 28, both of Clovis. • Jose […]

Past mistakes are catching up with our present

CNJ Editorial One could view President Bush’s speech on avian flu cynically without much difficulty. He was, after all, coming off what one could characterize as the worst week in his presidency. He first announced a respectable Supreme Court nomination, then asserted he is on top of the avian flu threat — and as is […]

ENMU campus evacuated after receiving bomb threat

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University campus was evacuated Friday morning after the Portales Police Department dispatcher received a bomb threat, according to school officials. After a three-hour search with nothing suspicious found, the campus was re-opened around 1 p.m. Campus police and resident hall assistants evacuated faculty and students from […]

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 […]

Airmen should know about FPCONs

By Airman Thomas R. Trower Many servicemembers may not be aware of what security procedures are in effect at a particular time or day. Knowing what security measures are being carried out is crucial for mission readiness. There are currently five force protection conditions (FPCONs) that an installation may use to indicate the threat level […]

Clovis police respond to two bomb threats

CNJ staff Clovis police responded to two bomb threats Wednesday night, but didn’t believe them to be connected. Clovis Community College was evacuated just after 6 p.m., police said, after receiving word of a bomb threat. A separate bomb threat caused an investigation between 9 and 10 p.m. at the Allsup’s of 14th and Norris […]

Airport security needs new standards

By Walter Williams Hundreds of readers responded to last week’s column about airport security. These were letters from Americans who fit no terrorist profile — airline pilots, mothers traveling with children, disabled people, elderly and other law-abiding Americans — and yet were frisked, groped and hassled. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) behaves as if all […]

Flight-screening methods nonsensical

By Walter Williams For most of my professional life, I’ve traveled frequently — sometimes boarding a commercial flight two, three or four times a month for lucrative speaking engagements. Over the past three years, the frequency has fallen to an average of once or twice a year. The reason is simple. I don’t want to […]

Tucumcari school receives bomb threat

Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A bomb threat forced students to evacuate Tucumcari High School for about 90 minutes on Tuesday, but no bomb was found and students were back in class by 11:45 a.m. Tucumcari High School Principal Gary Salazar made the decision to evacuate students and staff about 10:15 a.m. after a threatening note […]

Gambling problems same everywhere

By Ned Cantwell My friend Barney, who lives in New Jersey, tends to look down on poor little New Mexico. The source of his disdain is somewhat of a mystery. Maybe we don’t have enough Mafia guys to suit Barney. Who knows? Barney is a nice enough fellow, but somewhat of an irritant. Sometimes when […]

Consider capacity for action, not intent

By Walter E. Williams: CNJ columnist “On Sept. 11, one in 3,000 New Yorkers perished, but in the same year, over one in 1,000 urbanites were murdered in three major cities in the Western Hemisphere alone,” according to Russell Seitz in his article “Weaker Than We Think” in The American Conservative. He adds that the […]

Can Goss bring ‘out of the box’ thinking to CIA?

Florida Republican Rep. Porter Goss is “the wrong sort, with the wrong resume” to head the CIA, Michael Ledeen said. The resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (with whom we have been known to disagree on policy matters) explained that the CIA needs drastic change just now, and as a former CIA operative and […]

Terror warnings may do more harm than good

Freedom Editorial It is difficult to argue with Randall Yim, head of the Government Accountability Office’s home land security division. Recent terrorism threat warnings from the Department of Homeland Security have not been helpful and might even be counterproductive. As Yim put it, “They didn’t say what was new and they didn’t suggest any additional […]

U.S. becoming aggressor might be biggest failure

The report issued last Friday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is unlikely to be the last word on what the United States knew or could have known before beginning the war against Iraq last year. But the 520-page document continues to turn up gems of information, few of which speak well of the […]

Holding back information can lead to rumors

School officials in Odessa, Texas, learned a lesson recently — the absence of factual information tends to lead to misinformation. We hope it’s a lesson from which school officials in eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle might also benefit. The incident occurred at Ector Junior High School. During a quarrel, one student apparently told […]