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, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The owner of a "stash" house who allegedly worked with a Mexican drug smuggler shot by Border Patrol agents has struck a deal with federal prosecutors.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - American tax dollars are neither paying for corruption in the Iraqi government nor funding militias that kill American troops, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice affirmed Thursday, as she was grilled by Democrats on a House panel.The rebuttals came in response to charges made during a hearing of the House of Representative's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that looked into corruption in the Iraqi government.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration's proposed budget provides more money for port security than any of his previous budgets, but port authority leaders insist the allocation still isn't enough to provide adequate security from an increasingly sophisticated enemy.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A fallen hero from the war in Afghanistan will be honored as planned with a statue in his hometown of Littleton, Colo., city officials confirmed Monday.A row erupted last week when two women raised concerns about the location of the statue honoring Danny Dietz, a Navy seal who was ambushed and killed during combat in Afghanistan two years ago -- because the statue depicted him holding a rifle. The statue, sculpted by artist Robert Henderson, was modeled after a picture of Dietz.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic contenders for the 2008 presidential election want to use the federal government to lower the cost of prescription drugs, but while the move may be well-intentioned it could end up costing lives, an economist argued during an event in Washington, D.C."All Democratic presidential candidates agree on pharmaceutical price controls, which means people will die," John R. Lott, Jr., a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, told a gathering Tuesday at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When the U.S. Supreme Court said in 1967 that the 4th Amendment protects telephone conversations in a phone booth from surveillance without a warrant, Justice Potter Stewart said in the majority opinion that the ruling did not address "a situation involving national security."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Senate is set to launch an investigation into why an imprisoned former Border Patrol agent who should have had special protection was assaulted by four other inmates.The investigation will also look at the entire controversial case of two border agents who were convicted and jailed after shooting a suspected drug smuggler from Mexico in El Paso, Texas. Prosecutors offered the suspected drug smuggler an immunity deal to return to the U.S. and testify against the two agents.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Last month, a federal grand jury indicted the Islamic African Relief Agency and five of its officials for allegedly sending millions of dollars to Iraq while denying known connections to terrorists.First raided by the FBI in 2004, it is one of a few Muslim organizations to be shut down since 9/11 for alleged terror ties. This included the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and the International Association for Palestine (IAP), both accused of being front groups for the Middle Eastern terror group, Hamas.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The 9/11 Commission Report warned that when handing out homeland security grants, "Congress should not use this money as a pork barrel."However, an analysis of the grants going to state and local governments suggests that some of them are pork barrel projects; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) apparently has failed to issue grants based entirely on need, and it has little oversight on how the grant money is used.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - About 1,000 poorly trained or even untrained airplane mechanics have not been accounted for by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and could be working for the nation's airlines. Further, investigators do not know yet whether the mechanics who worked on a plane, which crashed and killed 20 people in 2005, were among those mechanics who were poorly trained or untrained.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Consumers of consumer information, beware.A self-described consumer watchdog website that forwards complaints to at least one plaintiffs' attorney has helped boost consumer lawsuits by trial lawyers and has been a source for negative media reports on various companies. The organization is now facing litigation from disgruntled firms that claim it is misrepresenting itself and its motives.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The pressure campaign that led to talk show host Don Imus' ouster this week may embolden liberals to try to muzzle others, conservative analysts have warned.After Imus' fall this week, the liberal website Media Matters ran the headline "It's not just Imus" over pictures of conservative media personalities, including Rush Limbaugh, Neal Bortz and Bill O'Reilly.That same day, the liberal Huffington Post blog displayed under the headline "Flashback" perceived bigoted quotes by Limbaugh, O'Reilly and shock jock Howard Stern
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Charles F. "Chic" Burlingame III was the pilot in command of American Airlines flight 77 - one of the planes hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001 and crashed into the Pentagon. Today, his sister, Debra Burlingame, is lending her voice to a national movement that advocates consider the most peaceful means of combating terrorists: calling for states to withdraw their public pension money from companies doing business with Iran.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - American soldiers died in higher numbers during some of the peace-time years in the 1980s than in recent years when the military has fought conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a government report on casualty rates. Further, the number of annual U.S. military deaths for the last three years is just slightly above the average annual death toll in the 1990s.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - American companies can expect proposals mandating increased wages and health care, a boost in union membership and greater scrutiny of trade agreements, a key Democrat promised Wednesday.It's all part of the new Democratic congressional majority's agenda to reduce what Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) calls "inequality" that inhibits economic growth.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A man who shot and killed five people and seriously injured four others at a Utah shopping mall Tuesday before being shot dead by police was a Muslim refugee from Bosnia, according to immigration officials.Police have said 18-year-old Sulejman Talovic, a legal permanent resident living with his mother, had four minor incidents with police when he was younger, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported. However, police did not know what the motive for the shooting was as of Wednesday. Also, he apparently did not know any of the people he had killed.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Fed up with what they see as poor management and a lack of support for those on the frontline, U.S. Border Patrol agents Monday announced a lack of confidence in their leadership.Amid rallies in Washington D.C. focusing on illegal immigration, leaders of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) - the union representing the country's 11,000 non-supervisory border agents - announced it had cast a unanimous no-confidence vote in U.S. Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite controversies, protests, and the principal's ouster, the Kahlil Gibran International Academy, an Arab language and culture school, is set to open in Brooklyn next week for about 60 sixth-grade students.Yet opponents of the school, who fear it will promote Islam, are still fighting to keep the academy from opening.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The current process of confirming federal judges is harming the judiciary, said Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the most scrutinized members of the U.S. Supreme Court. "We are doing great damage," he said in a Q&A segment following his speech Thursday before the Federalist Society, a group of conservative lawyers, in Washington, D.C. "I fear how much damage we're going to do to our judiciary. I don't know when it will collapse under the weight of what we're doing, but I think it has to at some point."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The gap between rich and poor -- a rallying cry for some congressional Democrats wanting to increase mandates on business -- isn't really growing that much, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.From 2001 to 2005 -- the last year data was available -- there was virtually no statistical change in income inequality, based on a statistical test by the Census Bureau, requested and released by Congress's Joint Economic Committee.