Fred Lucas joined the staff of Cybercast News Service in January 2007 as an investigative reporter/staff writer after a seven-year career with daily newspapers. Prior to joining CNSNews.com, Fred worked as a political reporter for The News-Times in Danbury, Conn. and before that for The State Journal in Frankfort, Ky., reporting on corruption scandals, state political campaigns and the 2004 presidential race. He has done freelance work for The Weekly Standard, Human Events and The American Spectator. Fred holds an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

My Articles

July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Bogdan Dzakovic warned federal aviation authorities in the 1990s that America was vulnerable to air attacks from terrorists. His efforts earned him a demotion and reprimands, he said Monday, at a time when government officials weren't quite as concerned about the terrorist threat. Dzakovic was a red team leader for the Federal Aviation Administration, whose job was to simulate attacks on airports and military bases based on knowledge of terrorist methods. He said his duties were changed to "answering phones on the graveyard shift."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Looking for a word to describe a prosecutor's controversial actions that helped put two former U.S. Border Patrol agents in prison, a senior senator Tuesday settled on "overreaction."Sen. Dianne Feinstein seemed hesitant to use a more severe description to describe U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's role in the affair, which caused a storm earlier this year and sparked strong criticism of the Bush administration by lawmakers from both parties.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two California organizations with grants from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) may have used the money improperly, said two members of Congress who want an investigation into the entire grant process. Reps. Tom Davis (R-Va.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to probe LSC grantees as a result of two specific legal groups that they say might have violated the rules attached to the grants.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate, would allow illegal aliens to apply for permanent residency but would also require them to go back home after a "set period" of time, he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" last Sunday. After four days of questioning from Cybercast News Service, however, the Romney campaign was unable to specify how long that "set period" would be.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After the small town of Hazleton, Pa., experienced a stabbing, a drug bust and a few absentee landlords with as many as nine residents living in a single unit, Mayor Louis Barletta said he lay awake one night and thought, "I've lost my city."The common thread running through many of the problems facing the once-sleepy town of about 23,000 residents is that the offenses involved illegal immigrants.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush will pledge Monday night in his final State of the Union address to veto any spending bill that doesn't reduce pork barrel spending. This comes after he issued an executive order banning congressional earmarks earlier Monday.Some budget hawks, however, wonder if the measure is too little, too late.Earmarks are provisions that lawmakers sneak into legislation that isn't subject to actual approval by Congress but rather is implemented by federal agencies.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - More than six years after the Clintons left the White House, nearly half of the respondents in a new poll -- 45 percent -- worry that if they return, they could bring "high levels of corruption" with them.A Zogby International poll released Thursday in Washington highlights in particular concerns about former President Bill Clinton's ability to "behave honestly in the White House" if his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), is elected president in 2008.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An anti-war group is hiring activists to travel to at least a dozen states this summer to galvanize opposition to what it calls the "Bush-McCain plan to escalate" the U.S. mission in Iraq.President Bush early this year announced a "surge" of additional troops into Iraq, while Arizona Sen. John McCain -- a leading Republican 2008 presidential hopeful -- has long advocated increasing the number of troops in the conflict, criticizing the administration for not doing so earlier. Anti-war activists want U.S. troops out of Iraq altogether.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two leading senators Wednesday called on President Bush to commute the sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents who are facing more than a decade each in prison for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler and covering up the incident.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A California court ruled Tuesday that Hillary Clinton will not be a defendant in a fraud lawsuit brought by Hollywood mogul Peter Paul, who claimed the Clintons destroyed his business after he raised millions for her first Senate campaign in 2000. But she could still be a material witness and be required to testify about what she knew concerning alleged illegal campaign fundraising.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Since 2004, when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered state lawmakers to create homosexual marriage in the state, then-Gov. Mitt Romney has cast himself as a staunch opponent of the court's decision who fought the good fight to stop it from happening.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Touting his conservative credentials, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore borrows a phrase from an unlikely source: "I will represent the Republican wing of the Republican party," Gilmore said, a variation of a quote first made famous by Howard Dean, now the Democratic National Committee chairman, when he ran for his party's 2004 presidential nomination. Dean complained that other Democrats in the primary race weren't liberal enough.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After the rousing endorsement from the Kennedy family earlier this week, some are questioning the comparison between Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former President John F. Kennedy. "The link between Kennedy and Obama is somewhat tenuous," said James Piereson, author of "Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - More than six years after the Clintons left the White House, nearly half of the respondents in a new poll - 45 percent - worry that if they return, they could bring "high levels of corruption" with them.A Zogby International poll released Thursday in Washington highlights in particular concerns about former President Bill Clinton's ability to "behave honestly in the White House" if his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) is elected president in 2008.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The second Republican presidential debate was packed with more fireworks, as candidates faced off and questioned the conservative credentials of their opponents. One sharp round involved former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who questioned each other's conservative credentials.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Attorney Johhny Sutton -- scolded at a Senate hearing this month for his role in the controversial prosecution of two ex-border agents -- is refusing to testify at a House hearing, House Republicans said."His office and the Department of Homeland Security have done their best to impede our investigation," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.). "This shows an arrogance and disrespect for Congress and the American people."
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The trailer to a new film about Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, "Hillary Uncensored -- Banned by the Media," has garnered big audience numbers -- about 1 million viewers -- on the Internet. The movie documenting alleged campaign finance violations soon will have several screenings in the Northeast, including three in New Hampshire, the state that will hold the first presidential primary.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
Portsmouth, N.H. (CNSNews.com) - "I think John has much better judgment than that," Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut jokingly told Cybercast News Service on Thursday when asked whether Sen. John McCain might name him his vice presidential candidate. Lieberman was stumping here for McCain, whose presidential bid he has endorsed.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) allegedly failed to report his position in a family foundation in his financial disclosure form, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.
July 7, 2008, 8:32 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even though it says it processes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on a first-come-first-serve basis, the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library has answered multiple requests related to Unidentified Flying Objects made in late February 2006 but not any of the requests made a month earlier by USA Today. The so-far unanswered FOIA requests focus on issues such as the 1993 health care task force headed by then-first lady Hillary Clinton, the Marc Rich pardon, and the Clinton administration's tracking of Osama bin Laden.