Cannon, first responders protect our freedom

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history. Victims numbered 2,753 in the World Trade Center, including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority, and eight private emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Another 184 people were killed in the […]

Military mama: Fight will still continue

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The recent news that the U.S. had accomplished a mission nearly a decade in the making brought on an outpouring of support. There were levels of excitement that varied from a calm sense of relief all the way to pure jubilation and parades. I found myself feeling satisfied that a long-time terrorist was officially out […]

Sept. 11 attacks cemented family’s move to New Mexico

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Sharna Johnson David and Erinn Burch were already making plans in 2001 to move back to New Mexico to be near family when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks only raised their motivation. “We decided we didn’t need to find the perfect job; the perfect this or that,” said Erinn Burch, executive director for United Way […]

‘Eagle eyes’ keep community safe

While the arrest of the Saudi student in Lubbock has raised awareness over the likelihood of an attack against Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding community, it is important to remember that the threat of terrorism on U.S. military bases still exists since the tragic events of 9/11. Force protection specialists from Cannon agree […]

Bill revoking U.S. citizenship dangerous

Freedom New Mexico U.S. citizenship is a right protected by the Constitution; it is not a privilege that can be taken away at will. That truth needs to be maintained. Several members of Congress have sponsored a bill that would allow the government to take away citizenship and kick certain people out of the country. […]

Community seeks to remember significance of 9/11

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales businessman David Stone, like many, can remember exactly what he was doing when terrorist attacks occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. What he fears is the significance of that day is starting to wane. “When it happened, we thought no one would ever forget it,” said Stone, president of […]

Conventional actions won’t always produce desired results

Editorial Any discussion of a threat estimate from the vaunted U.S. intelligence community must begin with an acknowledgment that U.S. intelligence often, perhaps more often than not, has gotten things wrong. Even before the failure to “connect the dots” prior to 9/11 and the “slam dunk” on Saddam’s supposed WMDs, U.S. intelligence missed several key […]

Invasion of Iraq large mistake

Editorial A summary of a draft of a new National Intelligence Assessment on Iraq reportedly concludes “that al-Qaida has reconstituted its core structure along the Pakistani border and may now be a stronger and more resilient organization than it appeared a year ago,” as Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball put it. Homeland Security Secretary […]

Watchful citizens provide better protection than Patriot Act

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 might […]

U.S. actions overseas making us no better than our enemies

Freedom Newspapers How would we feel if clandestine operatives of the government of Germany — or Great Britain, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Israel, China or Japan, for that matter — kidnapped a U.S. citizen, took him to a secret prison, questioned him unremittingly, perhaps including physical abuse, and then dropped him off on a hillside […]