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 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.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two years ago President Bush and Saudi Arabia's then Crown Prince Abdullah jointly called for a greater exchange of students, but recent revelations of a terror plot and a history of lax screening have raised concerns about the nearly 10,000 Saudis in the United States on student visas.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Monica Ramos is trying to hold on to her home while working as an administrative assistant and raising three boys -- ages 14, 9 and 7 -- who are having trouble adjusting to their father's enforced absence.Patty Compean's three children are also trying to adjust to living without their father since January. Her 12-year-old daughter is no longer making the honor roll at school, while her 3-year-old son has become more anxious, and she's struggling to raise a 7-month-old baby. Moreover, the family had to sell their house to pay for legal expenses.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
Application form for a State Department-issued Diversity Visa.(CNSNews.com) - The State Department's "Diversity Visa Program" is so prone to fraud that it is an "open door" through which terrorists can enter the United States legally,
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Fixes quote in 16th paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - The allegasd Mexican drug smuggler shot by Border Patrol agents as he tried to dodge arrest in 2005 will appear in federal court in El Paso, Texas, on Friday afternoon.Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, 27, was arrested Thursday on a drug smuggling offense at a U.S. port of entry. A federal grand jury handed down a sealed indictment on Oct. 17. Aldrete was granted immunity in 2005 in exchange for testifying against ex-border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Illegal immigrants charged in criminal cases are frequently released without ever facing federal authorities thanks largely to local governments' "sanctuary" policies, according to a Justice Department audit.Many of these illegal immigrants are arrested up to six times after being released for drug-related charges, robbery, assault, weapons charges and other offenses, it said.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A federal court has denied a request to release on bond pending appeal two former Border Patrol agents whose jailing for shooting a suspected drug smuggler sparked a political controversy.The decision by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has given new impetus to a bipartisan chorus of congressional criticism over the prosecution and conviction of former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who are serving prison terms of 11 and 12 years respectively.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When John Hawkins wrote on his blog that the Bush administration "has shown themselves to be utterly and completely politically incompetent," it was not another instance of a left-wing blogger attacking the president.Hawkins' popular blog is, in fact, called rightwingnews.com, and the sentiment expressed evidently reflects the views of some conservatives and political analysts in the months since the Democrats took control of Congress.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Naval facility in San Diego, Calif., has wrongly assembled the part that supplies electricity to fighter jets being used by the U.S. Navy and sold to ally-countries since 2001 - and possibly since as early as 1981. But government officials found no urgency to recall the planes.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) wants to know why it took so long to charge the drug dealer -- used as the star witness in putting two ex-Border Patrol agents in prison -- with a second smuggling offense.Critics of the prosecution of former border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, sentenced to 11 and 12 years respectively, have long asked why the drug smuggler wasn't prosecuted.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Clarifies TSA comment on advice to Muslims travelers.) (CNSNews.com) - Federal government agencies are defending their continuing cooperation with a high-profile Islamic organization at a time when its alleged ties to terrorists have come under renewed scrutiny.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - This is a timeline of the key events in the U.S. multi-agency operation launched against a major narcotics cartel in Juarez, Mexico.Early 2002 : U.S. Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) initiates "Operation Sky High," a multi-agency bilateral investigation with Mexican federal authorities targeting the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes narcotics cartel. In the U.S., the operation includes the DEA, FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "The gates of hell swing open and Satan welcomes his beloved son," a prominent left-wing blogger opined on her website at the news of the death Tuesday of the Rev. Jerry Falwell."Guess god [sic] liked the ACLU better after all," wrote Amanda Marcotte on her blog Pandagon.com, in reference to the American Civil Liberties Union, a target of controversial comments Falwell made after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After 9/11, the State Department allowed more and more Iranians to legally enter the United States through Diversity Visas, an immigration program that two government investigations have identified as a national security risk. Iran, among four other nations, is defined as a terror-sponsoring state by the State Department.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - High-ranking government officials in the United States pre-judged the criminal case against Marines involved in the 2005 Haditha incident in Iraq, said the Thomas More Law Center, which is co-defending the commanding officer charged in the case. U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani was arraigned Nov. 17 at Camp Pendleton on charges of dereliction of duty and violation of a lawful order for allegedly failing to investigate the conduct of four Marines under his command after a Nov. 19, 2005 house-to-house battle in Haditha.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats in Congress are pushing for legislation that they say would bring more balance to the media, but critics say would muzzle conservative voices.The Fairness Doctrine, a federal regulation requiring broadcasters to present both sides of a controversial issue, was enforced by the Federal Communications Commission from 1949 to 1987, when it was dropped during the Reagan administration.
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) - 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.