July 5, 2003
Concerns over the security of matricula consular documents merely reinforce the fact that our nation is less secure when we have migrant workers in this country with no status and no acceptable form of identification ("ID Cards Called Risky," June 27). The initiative of presidents Vicente Fox and George W. Bush to create some program of worker legalization should not have been suspended post-9/11 but, indeed, accelerated. Migrant workers suffer increased exploitation and dig themselves more deeply underground, while nonetheless being counted on to provide essential labor in critical economic sectors.
April 6, 1988 |
Lt. Gen. William Odom will retire Aug. 1 as director of the National Security Agency, the Defense Department announced Tuesday. Odom, 55, who has been director of the intelligence agency since 1985, has served in the Army for 34 years. No replacement was named.
May 31, 2006 |
East Timor President Jose Alexandre Gusmao said he was assuming emergency powers over national security after mobs burned homes and ransacked buildings in Dili, the capital, and desperate residents scuffled over scarce food. The announcement came shortly after Cabinet officials said the defense and interior ministers had been fired. The unrest started as sporadic clashes between former soldiers and government troops but has spiraled into gang warfare.
November 24, 1986 |
The National Security Council, the center of a political storm over President Reagan's policy toward Iran, was formed nearly four decades ago as a low-profile group with instructions to leave policy-making to others. Now the White House says that the NSC, along with the CIA, conducted the "operational details" of Iranian contacts and arms deals, giving rise to demands in Congress for a greater role in overseeing the agency.
May 6, 1988 |
President Reagan has nominated the admiral in charge of Navy intelligence operations to become the next director of the super-secret National Security Agency, the Pentagon announced Thursday. If confirmed by the Senate, Rear Adm. William O. Studeman will be promoted to vice admiral and replace Army Lt. Gen. William E. Odom, who is retiring on Aug. 1. Studeman, 48, a native of Brownsville, Tex., has been director of naval intelligence since September, 1985.
April 21, 2004
Re "The Secret of the B-29," April 18 and 19: After reading about the Air Force's cover-up of a singular B-29 crash -- and the powerful precedent of "you're not privileged to know" that it created -- I'm even more troubled that today's lies are not new and far-reaching but rather built on a foundation of habit and force. Now, more than ever, we as a public are constantly reminded that we are not worthy of knowing the actions that our government is taking, and we accept because there is no alternative.
November 23, 1986 |
The White House handling of the Iranian arms-sales blunder has led to talk of curbing the power of the National Security Council staff. If this means restrictive legislation, it is a bad idea and it won't work. The President needs a national-security adviser who can give him advice without being encumbered by formal reporting requirements to Congress.
March 31, 2002
President Bush is correct in looking toward the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a very practical supplemental solution to resolve the imported oil-dependence problem of the United States ("Mr. Bush's Arctic Obsession," editorial, March 27). The U.S. is the largest consumer of oil. Currently, imported oil is the lifeblood of our economy and cherished lifestyle. Bush, a former oilman and now commander in chief, clearly understands that oil can be used as a devastating and persuasive weapon against our national interests.
July 22, 2002
For once I agree with the pro-immigration types ("Immigration Crackdown Ineffective, Study Finds," July 17). A strengthened border isn't making much of a difference. What remains is for Americans to have the courage to search for and expel the countless illegal immigrants already here. There is nothing sane about letting a man like Hesham Hadayet remain in the U.S. after first working illegally on a visitor's visa, and then while he appealed his rejection for political asylum--to have him later commit his terrorism at LAX. The message to the Hadayets of the world is that if you get past the border you can stay here for life.
February 3, 2004
Re "Return to Sender," by Rosi Hygate, Opinion, Feb. 1: Since 9/11, so many unconscionable things have been done under the guise of national security by our government to both our own nationals and those of other countries -- to give but one example, the prisoners held incommunicado at Guantanamo Bay. I thought my disgust was filled to the brim. However, the treatment accorded Hygate's brother, a British national, on his arrival here for a visit -- because of a minor infraction of the law 26 years ago -- puts each and every one of those to shame.