DoD awards Cannon contract

Cannon Connections staff A leading engineering and technical services company has received a $75 million contract to support intelligence at Cannon Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to a Monday news release from GlobeNewswire. According to the news release, the United States Air Force Special Operations Command has awarded the three-year contract to […]

43rd Intelligence Squadron activated

USAF: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley Lt. Col. Matthew Atkins, 25th Intelligence Squadron commander, passes the guidon to Lt. Col. Frederick Humphrey, 43rd Intelligence Squadron commander, during a squadron activation ceremony for the 43 IS Nov. 1 at Cannon Air Force Base. The 43 IS is a tenant squadron here, taking the place of Detachment […]

AFSOC officials propose new squadron

Courtesy photo The MQ-1 Predator is currently assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. Cannon Connections staff Air Force Special Operations Command officials are proposing to create a new intelligence squadron at Cannon Air Force Base later this year, according to AFSOC officials. Plans are developing to stand up a new squadron at Cannon similar to […]

AFSOC proposes creating intelligence squadron at Cannon

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Air Force Special Operations Command officials are proposing to create a new intelligence squadron at Cannon Air Force Base later this year, according to AFSOC officials. Plans are developing to stand up a new squadron at Cannon similar to the 11th intelligence Squadron at Hurlburt Air Force Base, according […]

Editorial: FISA creates loopholes that allow for abuse

The Senate passed Wednesday the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act of 2008 as a “compromise” between Democrats and Republicans, although it was by and large a victory for the Bush administration. President Bush signed it into law on Thursday. Twenty Democrats voted for the bill, including Sen. Barack Obama, who has been criticized […]

Torture justification runs counter to U.S. values, practicality

So it’s out in the open now. Central Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Hayden admitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that the CIA used the coercive interrogation technique known as waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning, on three al-Qaida operatives in 2002 and 2003. The technique is widely viewed as torture, which is […]

Attack against Iran would’ve been stupid

Editorial An obvious question arises in the wake of a new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program. The report judges “with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” If the 2005 NIE assessed “with high confidence that Iran currently is determined to develop nuclear weapons” was so wrong, how […]

Citizens’ privacy shouldn’t require qualifying terms

Freedom New Mexico The whole point of gathering intelligence is to learn what others don’t want you to know. Using satellites, computers and real-time analysis, it’s never been easier to track down the bad guys — along with U.S. citizens who presumably count themselves among the good guys. Presume no more, citizen. Your privacy rights […]

Eye color doesn’t determine intelligence

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I regret having to write this column, because I’m likely to come off as condescending. But I’m probably smarter than you. I know you can’t see it from these first few sentences, and you certainly can’t see it from the black-and-white picture accompanying the column. I’m smarter because every morning […]

Congress much too generous with NSA’s powers

Freedom Newspapers The National Security Agency surveillance authorization law passed in the frantic final hours before Congress took its August recess turns out to be much more expansive in its grant of power to spy on Americans without warrants or judicial oversight than had been widely understood at the time of its passage. House Speaker […]

Moral intelligence focus of presentation

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Nationally-known speaker Michele Borba will be in Portales on Friday to present a seminar to school officials, teachers, staff, administration and community members. A motivational speaker, Borba will present a talk on Building Moral Intelligence, Part II, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Portales High School Library, said Trina […]

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 […]

Optimism overshadowed reports concerning Iraq

Editorial There’s a certain air of second-guessing from people who, quite frankly, are not in a strong position to be able to say “I told you so” in the 229-page report released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence assessments made in January 2003. Only a few critics outside the political class […]

People exhibit wish to be fooled

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist I write this column against better judgment, because it may find its way into my performance review. It’s proof I goof around on company time and damage coworker egos. It’s better that I don’t start this story, but instead leave it to Michael Caine and his opening quote from the […]

Executive branch must base plans on reality

Editorial The Senate is debating whether to debate — in its characteristically deliberative manner — on a nonbinding resolution to disapprove of what the stubborn man in the White House has said he wants to do in Iraq. The Republicans delayed consideration for a while, but the Democratic majority might come up with a way […]

U.S. strategy for Iraq might stand chance

Editorial In his State of the Union message, President Bush made it clear that his current strategy in Iraq is not up for negotiation. “Our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options,” he said. “In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance of success.” So the […]

Speaker says ‘moral intelligence’ vital to youth

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Michelle Borba said she tells parents, teachers and community leaders she doesn’t care what they stand for as long as they stand for something. The internationally recognized educational consultant pounded that and other concepts home to teachers and community members Friday in what she calls building moral intelligence in […]

Hayden appointment raises valid questions

Editorial Whether Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden can bring the Central Intelligence Agency out of its doldrums is a question whose answer we may not have until long after he has left his post as CIA director — assuming he is confirmed. His appointment has raised questions that are worth discussion as the United States […]

Line between military, intelligence blurred president’s surveillance

Freedom Newspaper It was bad enough when the New York Times revealed that since early 2002, under an executive order from President Bush, the National Security Agency has been conducting surveillance inside the United States, almost certainly on U.S. citizens, without any sort of warrant approved by any sort of court. It was doubly disturbing […]

ENMU professors explore freedom and rights at conference

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer More than 130 people showed up at the Becky Sharp Auditorium on Tuesday evening on a quest for answers to the question, What is the price of freedom? Many of those in attendance were Eastern New Mexico University students who showed up to listen to communications professors talk about the […]