May 26, 1993
If Jonathan Paul was not guilty of a part in any of the terrorist activities being investigated by the federal grand jury, then why would he refuse to cooperate with the investigators? Does Paul believe, as do many of his extremist constituents, that their right to free speech fully empowers them to burglarize, steal and destroy property that rightfully belongs to others? I am a hunter and a fisherman. I eat meat. I have freely chosen to do this and I do not expect everyone to be in agreement with what I do. I do not preach to anyone that my way is the only right way. Paul and his friends should be allowed to speak their minds and enjoy the wonderful benefits of living in this great country of ours, but perhaps they should be reminded that the right to free speech is not a license for destruction.
June 30, 2002 |
As we approach the nation's first Fourth of July celebration since the Sept. 11 tragedy, a recent CNN-Time magazine poll shows that many Americans believe that terrorists will strike somewhere in the United States on Independence Day. Beyond that, the public hasn't a clue about the specifics of the threat; nor do many bother to know the color-coded threat level of the day. This is not because Americans are uninterested in the war on terrorism--the opposite...
June 15, 2002
Regarding racial profiling, my compliments to the watchful eyes of Southwest Airlines. This is the first time since my trips from Heathrow Airport in London to the U.S. that I have experienced such professionally executed security checks. Yes, I was the "chosen one"--a white woman (not girl), well dressed, with all my credentials, returning from a full day at our Capitol in Sacramento in meetings with some of our Assembly members and state senators, and a congressional reception that was given for us. We were representatives of the Public Policy Committee for the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Assn.
February 14, 2010 |
At least nine people were killed in western India on Saturday when an explosion ripped through a bakery packed with locals and foreigners. The Home Ministry labeled it a terrorist attack and said one foreigner was among the dead. If terrorism is confirmed, the attack in the city of Pune would be the first of its kind in India since late 2008, when 10 gunmen struck at several sites in nearby Mumbai, killing 166 people. The nationalities of the victims in Saturday's attack were not yet known.
May 21, 2005
Reading in your May 19 editorial, "Send Him to Caracas," that "Venezuela's judiciary admittedly does not have all the due-process guarantees that Luis Posada Carriles might have found in a U.S. court," I had to laugh. What protections? Being tried on secret evidence for secret charges while not being allowed to cross-examine key witnesses, as is now possible in the U.S.? Being declared an "enemy combatant" and never see a court? I wonder where The Times has been the last four years. Christian Haesemeyer Princeton, N.J. Re "To Cuba, a Terrorist; to the U.S., a Quandary," May 18: The only reason the case of anti-Fidel Castro militant Posada is a "quandary" for the United States is that it has permitted Cuban exiles to engage in terrorist activities, both from the United States and inside the United States, for more than four decades, as long as they were "anti-Castro."
February 13, 2004
Re "Taps for Preemptive War," editorial, Feb. 11: It surely was a good thing we "took the high road" in 1940 and waited until Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and killed thousands. By the time we were prepared and capable of waging our offensive in the Pacific Theater, we lost thousands more. Thank God we did the same in Europe. By waiting until we had "real" provocation, only millions of Poles, Russians, French, British and Jews perished. Maybe we need to look again at our road map. Maybe what we call the "high road" isn't.
April 11, 1989 |
The Army's top lawyer has concluded that military strikes against terrorists can be justified legally without running afoul of a 1976 presidential order banning assassinations. Maj. Gen. Hugh Overholt, the Army's judge advocate general, argues in an eight-page draft memorandum that America's diplomatic and military bureaucracies have failed for too long to define the term assassination and that thanks to changes in "the nature of the threat," action against terrorists can be justified under the legal concept of national self-defense.
May 17, 2010 |
It's tough to imagine the end of the world from Steve Kramer's peaceful hilltop home in San Pedro, with its views of lush palm trees and red-tile roofs above a turquoise sea. The 55-year-old respiratory therapist does it anyway. Terror attacks, civil unrest, dirty bombs, earthquakes, 2012 — Kramer believes he must be ready to face them all. That's why he's plunked down $12,500 to reserve spots for himself and his family in an underground concrete shelter near Barstow. "I would hate to give all this up and live in a bunker," said Kramer, glancing at sailboats out on the Pacific with his feet roosted on a glass coffee table.
May 28, 2010 |
If Bob Burns is correct, terrorists may betray themselves someday by jiggling on a Nintendo Wii balance board, blinking too fast, curling a lip like Elvis — or doing nothing at all. Burns and his team of scientists are researching whether video game boards, biometric sensors and other high-tech devices can be used to detect distinct nonverbal cues from people who harbor "mal-intent," or malicious intent. "We're looking pre-event," said Burns, the No. 2 at the Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency, a counterpart of the fabled Pentagon agency that developed Stealth aircraft and the Internet.