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 [...]

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 [...]