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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas i age 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, June 25, 2005 FORUM Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland Editor and Publisher Doug Tonay Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Naice Bell Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor David Rupkalvis Other Viewpoints Counterterrorism: FBI must anticipate and not just clean up The Dallas Morning News, on how do you say "good of boy netivork" in Arabic?: At the FBI, too few ranking managers know the answer, according to the latest broadside against the bureau’s post-Sept. 11 efforts toward reform. The scathing critique focuses on the lack of expertise in counterterrorism among high-level managers responsible for just that. It’s tempting to dismiss the charge as bellyaching, since it comes from a lawyer representing an agent, an Arabic-speaking, Egyptian-born American citizen who was passed over for promotion and is now suing the bureau. But consider that the criticism comes after the following in recent weeks alone: A blistering report from a bipartisan presidential commission that faulted the FBI for “ambitions (that) have led it into unnecessary new turf battles with the CIA.’’ A Justice Department report identifying FBI weaknesses that led to the Sept. 11 attacks. Citing “rapid turnover” among counterterrorism managers at FBI headquarters, the report said they often lack “time, ability or incentive to acquire the expert knowledge related to their functions.” An update from the Sept. 11 commission expressing disappointment in the FBI’s failure to develop a new $170 million computerized case-management system. To be fair, the Justice report cites significant changes by the bureau to bulk up intelligence gathering and analysis. The FBI has received good marks for better information sharing with other agencies. But it concerns us that the FBI’s official rebuttal nitpicks the Justice finding of harmful turnover among counterterrorism supervisors. “It is not ‘rapid turnover’ from an FBI perspective,” the bureau said. Hold on there. The FBI perspective is just what needs changing, according to critique after critique. Failure to bend in the strong winds of change hobbles the bureau’s efforts to become just what the country needs: an agency that anticipates malevolent acts not just cleans up after them. Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, June 25, the 176th day of2005. There are 189 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 25,1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his Seventh Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the little Bighorn in Montana. On this date: In 1942, some 1,000 British Royal Air Force bombers raided Bremen, Germany, during World War IL In 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South. In 1951, the first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour special from New York to four other cities. In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that the use of an unofficial, nondenominational prayer in New York State public schools was unconstitutional. In 1967, the Beatles performed “All You Need Is Love,” during a live international telecast. In 1973, former White House Counsel John W. Dean began testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee. In 1991, the western Yugoslav republics of Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence. HhW VO CONTACT GUESTCOLUMN City department is driven by profit, not concern for animals Many have voiced concern about exactly how our animal control shelter does its job. The rules and regulations don’t seem to be designed to actually work for the citizens of the community. To me, it seems more like a volunteer organization that has less to do with protecting animals and citizens than profits. In the past, I have called about stray dogs but didn’t notice any successful removal of these nuisances. But unfortunately, Ive had to call them when my own dog, an Airedale, got out of my yard. He managed to get through the fence one day and shucked his collar doing so. I feared that I wouldn’t get him back if someone else picked him up. Immediately I called all the vets in town and put a lookout on him, then made the mistake of notifying the city. The shelter sent the animal control officer directly to my neighborhood and located my dog within two blocks of my house in less than 30 minutes. I had made the mistake of starting in the opposite direction. lo ransom my dog cost me almost $70 in fees for picking him up, a day’s food and I’m not sure whatever else they padded the bill with. All this for my dog being outside my yard for an hour. Then they hit me with a fine of $195 for violating the leash law. It struck me that the immediate response of this city department might be motivated by profit. I’m convinced of this due to the most recent dealings with animal control. My house is on the upper end of Panther Canyon, which is full of wild critters. Last week, we called about a raccoon that was wandering the area behind our yard. It was baring its teeth, stumbling and falling. My wife called the city and the animal control officer did respond and eventually shot the raccoon, because there was no other way to get it. When asked about rabies, the officer responded that the city would not test unless someone was bitten. Our veterinari- DONTALLEY an opined that all the symptoms were of a rabid animal, but the officer just passed it off as distemper. Then Sunday, my wife spotted another raccoon in the canyon in daylight. It stayed in a tree for hours rarely moving. Calling animal control, we were forwarded to the police dispatcher, who informed us that animal control didn’t work weekends and there was nothing anyone could do. Eventually the animal Don Talley is a New left, but that was two Braunfels resident. abnormally acting animals in one week. Boerne has had several recent rabies incidents, and it seems likely to me that it could be here. I would advise that anyone that walks Panther Canyon, or lets their children play there, to take precautions. Rabid animals do attack, but at least you can feel secure that if you get bitten, the city will then check to see if there is a rabies problem in the area. LETTERS POLICY ■ Letters must be 250 words or less. ■The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor do Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: news@herald- IB®! United States Government PRESIDENT ■ George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE ■ Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 145 Duncan Drive, Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 Web address: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 ■ Henry Cuellar 1404 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202) 225-1641 Web address: SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1149 E. Commerce St., Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 GOVERNOR NOW TO CONTACT Texas Government llllllllllllll ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 P.O. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephone: (830) 627-0215 Toll Free: (866) 687-4961 Fax: (830) 627-8895 E-mail address: carter.casteel (Chouse, state.tx. us STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 Fax: (210) 826-0571 E-mail address: jeff. Wentworth ■ Judith Zaffirini SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095Left’s campaign strategy: Turn citizens against military AA MIKEREAGAN Mike Reagan, the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network. Those Americans who are Vietnam veterans could never understand why it was that when they came home after honorably — and courageously — fighting in that war they were spat upon, ridiculed and ostracized by their fellow Americans. We are now seeing a replay of what Americans at home were going through at the time when we had leaders in Congress and prominent people in all walks of life who spread false rumors about our soldiers and what they were doing in the blood-drenched rice paddies of Vietnam. They were called baby killers, and today members of the American armed services are being targeted by the heirs of the anti-Vietnam left and compared to Nazis, to the brutal guards at the Soviet gulag camps and Pol Pot s minions in the killing fields of Cambodia. This whole shoddy exercise in relentless anti-Americanism is being conducted by people who have never had the backbone to accept the painful realities of war. Now, because they have lost control of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the White House, they have launched a mindless attack on the conduct of the war in Iraq in what they see as their only hope of regaining power. They have joined the chorus of those outside the U.S. who hate America, and use our alleged mistreatment of the terrorist thugs in Guantanamo and elsewhere as a weapon to attack us and slander the men and women in uniform assigned to guard them. Their response to the decision of the voters to deny them the political power they once enjoyed and abused has been to try to turn America against the war, to turn America against the military, and to turn America against the president. Aided by their allies in the liberal mainstream media, the left is doing exactly what they did back in the 1960s and ’70s, when they succeeded in turning die American people against the war and the brave Americans in the military risking their lives to turn back a communist invasion. Day after day, the American people were treated to hoked-up horror stories about the behavior of American soldiers and Marines that portrayed them as brutal killers and enemies of the Vietnamese people. Thankfully, the difference between then and now is the existence of the alternative media, which can tell you what the prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo are having for breakfast, about the Korans and prayer beads we give them, and how we arrange for them to observe their religion and point out that these terrorists are being fed better than our military in the field. We in the alternative media also break through the mainstream media’s iron curtain to remind our fellow Americans that these prisoners are for the most part brutal killers dedicated to killing Americans, and would be at our throats if given the opportunity. Neither the mainstream media nor the leftist politicians in the socialist dominated Democrat Party will tell you those things because—just as they were during the Vietnam conflict — they against the war in Iraq. My father wrote in his book “An Ameri can Life” that when he was president he kept secret from Congress the fact that he was sending troops into Granada because he was worried that the leftists on Capitol Hill would leak the story to the media who could then spout the line that this was going to turn into another Vietnam quagmire. My dad understood that if he informed Congress in advance of the invasion, it was inevitable that the story would leak and American lives would be lost as a result of the loss of the element of surprise. That danger still exists today as it did during Vietnam. The leftists on the Hill care more about scoring political points than they do about the security of Americans in combat. The likes of Dick Durban and Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi and their fellow members of the Marxist left in Congress have only one strategy to regain power: to turn Americans against the president and his party and bring about an end to the Iraq war. And if that means they have to turn Americans against the military as they did during the Vietnam War, so be it. ;