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) - Critics of the federal prosecutor who brought the case against two U.S. Border Patrol agents for shooting a Mexican suspected drug smuggler are accusing him of hypocrisy. They point to his involvement in an earlier anti-narcotics operation in which a paid informer allegedly committed murder but was allowed to continue his undercover role.U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton has said that law enforcement officials must be held to the same legal standards as everyone else.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If the immigration reform bill currently under consideration becomes law, it could lead to major political realignment favoring the Democratic Party, studies suggest.Although the Republican Party seemed to be gaining ground among Hispanic voters in 2004, it lost that momentum in the 2006 election, dropping from 40 percent of the Hispanic vote to 30 percent, according to exit polling data in a study by James G. Gimpel, a government professor at the University of Maryland.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Army vehicle controversial since it was conceived in the late 1990s is facing mounting scrutiny from military experts and a leading government watchdog amid a recent spike of American casualties in Iraq.The Stryker Light Armored Vehicle, manufactured by General Dynamics, was designed as a fast, medium-weight combat vehicle that can be airlifted into combat zones. It was originally intended as a key component to a more nimble and mobile Army.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Combat-related deaths in Iraq have taken a noticeable drop in the last 12 months and have also hit the lowest point in more than a year, according to the September casualty count provided by the Pentagon. Overall, the numbers seem to indicate that the "surge" policy is reducing the number of U.S. casualties and lessening the amount of violence in Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A federal judge said Monday that prosecutors overreacted in pursuing a case against two ex-Border Patrol agents who shot a suspected Mexican drug smuggler in the buttocks and tried to cover it up.The now famous case of former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, convicted and sentenced to 11 and 12 years respectively, was argued in front of a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In the town of Bemidji, Minn., more high school seniors attend classes at the community college than go to the high school across the street.It's just one example of how Minnesota leads the nation in pushing early college, says Lewis Andrews, executive director of the Yankee Institute, a conservative think tank in Hartford, Conn.Andrews would like to see all states provide scholarships for students who graduate high school in three years so they can start college early.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A paid Mexican informer for the U.S. government who worked in an undercover operation targeting a major narcotics cartel allegedly went off the rails and was involved in more than a dozen murders.Amid allegations of a bungled investigation and an accompanying cover-up, at least one member of Congress is calling for hearings into the matter (see related story).
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(2nd Add: Includes comment from T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council.) (CNSNews.com) - The Senate will hold a hearing next week on the controversial case of two U.S. Border Patrol agents sentenced to more than a decade each in prison for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler.The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security next Tuesday will look into the circumstances surrounding the prosecution and sentencing of former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -The federal government is currently conducting more than 60 "stolen valor" investigations of individuals suspected of making false claims about their military records, according to the Department of Veteran's Affairs, and about 30 people nationwide have been arrested in the past year for crimes related to falsifying a military record.Stolen valor typically occurs when someone falsifies documents or produces medals and awards from the military they didn't earn in order to qualify for veterans benefits.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two Democrats and one Republican introduced a House resolution Thursday calling for the release of two jailed ex-Border Patrol agents by Christmas. The former agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, were sentenced to 11 and 12 years respectively in federal prison for shooting and wounding a suspected illegal alien drug smuggler in the rear."President Bush can correct a gross miscarriage of justice with the stroke of a pen," said Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.), who co-sponsored a resolution to commute the sentences of the two men.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A significant majority of Americans don't believe the federal government is doing enough to promote English as the country's preeminent language, according to a Zogby International Poll released Tuesday. The poll comes as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich adds his voice to calls for Congress to pass a bill to make English the official language.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The deplorable conditions reported at the Walter Reed Medical Center appear to be providing Democrats with a leverage point to prove they support the troops, and several Democratic presidential aspirants Thursday called for stronger oversight of military hospitals.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Patty Compean has a seemingly simple request for senators at an oversight hearing this week -- find out "what the heck happened."The Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security on Tuesday will look into what happened to Compean's husband and another man, both former U.S. Border Patrol agents now serving lengthy prison terms.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The "don't ask, don't tell" policy is not a law but a federal rule that the president could rescind, which would automatically make it illegal for homosexuals to serve in the military, according to the Center for Military Readiness. Meanwhile, Congress is considering legislation to bypass existing rules and allow homosexuals to openly serve - an idea that some Democratic presidential candidates support, which could stir public debate as the 2008 campaign moves forward.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney suggested there was no way a landscaping company that worked for him could have known its employees were illegal aliens even though the federal government has an employer verification system that any employer in America, on a voluntary basis, can use for free.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The federal prosecutor who helped convict two U.S. Border Patrol agents sentenced to more than a decade in jail for shooting a suspected drug smuggler who illegally crossed the border from Mexico understands why the case stirred public outrage. However, he attributes the anger to the portrayal of the case by the news media and said the media version "is unfortunately not the narrative the jury heard" before convicting the two.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As Congress considers how to deal with the illegal immigration issue, conservatives on Saturday discussed how they are handling the debate within their own movement."Powerful business interest want cheap labor and they found a loophole -- not in the law, but in the federal government's lack of enforcement," Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said during a forum on immigration at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Cipriano Ortiz-Hernandez hung his head and confessed that he was storing marijuana in his Clint, Texas, home when federal authorities turned up there.He admitted to Drug Enforcement Administration agents that he was being paid to hide the drugs by dealers who delivered marijuana on ten occasions in the four months before the agents showed up at his door on Oct. 23, 2005.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The casualty count from Iraq continues to decline for the first half of October, according to Department of Defense reports. In the first half of October, 14 casualties were reported, 12 of which were combat related. The most recent reported death was from Oct. 12. Last year -- during the same period -- there were 44 deaths in Iraq, all but two combat related. That's nearly three times the number of casualties as this year (for the first two weeks of October).
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Members of Congress are seeking more information regarding the firing of a top terrorism expert at the Pentagon following reports that he was dismissed for being too critical of Islamic law. Earlier this month, the Pentagon Joint Staff told Stephen Coughlin, a specialist on Islamic law at the Pentagon, that his contract would not be renewed in March. The firing apparently resulted from pressure by pro-Muslim officials working in the Department of Defense, according to numerous news reports.