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
(1st Add: Includes new report from the Associated Press)(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. casualty count in Iraq continued to decline in the first half of October, according to Department of Defense reports. Through the afternoon of October 15, the Defense Department reported that 15 U.S. military personal had been killed in Iraq since October 1. Thirteen of these were combat-related, while the other two were not. The most recent Defense-Department-reported death occurred on Oct. 12.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Massachusetts family earning up to $103,000 a year is eligible for state-subsidized health insurance. However, Massachusetts officials won't disclose how many families making that much are also getting state insurance.The state's health care plan, passed by the legislature and signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006, is now expected to exceed state budget estimates by $400 million in 2009, or about 85 percent than projected.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A growing number of Republicans are calling on President Bush to pardon two U.S. Border Patrol agents who shot and wounded a Mexican man suspected of smuggling drugs into this country. Republican parties in two states have now weighed in on the matter.The case sparked public outrage and prompted three congressional proposals to free agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who this month began serving prison sentences of 11 and 12 years, respectively.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A government watchdog group wants to know whether the Mexican government influenced the decision by federal prosecutors to go after two ex-border agents who shot a Mexican suspected of smuggling drugs into the country.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A movement to promote "terror-free investment" is spreading across the United States as public employees and taxpayers increasingly oppose their money going to companies that do business with terror-sponsoring countries. The countries listed by the U.S. State Department as sponsoring terror include Iran, Syria, Sudan, North Korea and Cuba.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The incarceration to two ex-Border Patrol agents for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler in the rear sparked bipartisan outrage, but a congressional initiative to free the two men may not achieve bicameral results. The House approved last week a Justice Department appropriations bill with a provision to prohibit the use of federal funds to enforce the prison sentences imposed on Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Pentagon anti-terrorism specialist was not ousted because his superiors thought he was too critical of Islam, a congresswoman who investigated the matter said Tuesday. Stephen Coughlin, an expert on Islamic law for the Department of Defense, was not pushed out of his job because he offended Muslim employees of the Pentagon, as many had suspected, said Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), co-chair of the bipartisan House Anti-Terrorism Caucus.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The suspected drug smuggler shot by two U.S. Border Patrol agents may sue the federal government for up to $5 million.Walter Boyaki, the El Paso, Texas-based attorney for Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, told Cybercast News Service Wednesday he was exploring a lawsuit for his client, but he added that no papers have been filed yet in federal court. He was reluctant to go into detail about the complaint other than to say it would accuse the government of negligence.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A syndicated television talk show was less than receptive to positive comments about the American government's response to veterans' needs, according to an Iraq war veteran who was a guest on the show.According to Keli Frasier, an Army Reservist who served 11 months in Iraq, Montel Williams, host of "The Montel Williams Show," quickly moved to the next segment after she made positive comments about the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Calling the treatment of two imprisoned border agents worse than the treatment of suspected terrorists, several House Republicans demanded that Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey pledge to review the case when he takes office. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday will begin the confirmation hearing for Mukasey, nominated last month by President George W. Bush to be the next attorney general. His nomination follows the departure of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales after months of turmoil in the Justice Department.
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) - 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 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) - 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) - 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.