White House Names Medal of Freedom Winners

Rick Moran
Recipients of this year's Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor that can be awarded by the government, have been named by the White House.

This year's winners include civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks, former Representative Henry Hyde, C-Span pioneer and CEO Brian Lamb, and Francis Collins whose work on the Human Genome Project is considered one of the more significant scientific efforts in history.

Also honored is Oscar Elias Biscet, a Cuban physician and dissident who is currently serving 25 years in Castro's workers' paradise for "disorderly conduct and counter-revolutionary activities."

Past winners have included tennis great Arthur Ashe, Bill Cosby, James Brady, Cardinal Bernadin of Chicago, and Rosa Parks. The medal is given:

..."for an honoree's "especially meritorious contribution" to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, or for their accomplishments in the areas of culture or "other significant public or private endeavors." ;
One might legitimately ask if that is the criteria for the award, why the list of honorees include Jimmy Carter, George Tenet, and Paul Bremer - three failed public servants who arguably contributed less to the national security of this country than my pet cat Aramas.

At any rate, it is a great honor and this year's recipients are mostly in good company. Here's a
complete list of winners.

 
Recipients of this year's Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor that can be awarded by the government, have been named by the White House.

This year's winners include civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks, former Representative Henry Hyde, C-Span pioneer and CEO Brian Lamb, and Francis Collins whose work on the Human Genome Project is considered one of the more significant scientific efforts in history.

Also honored is Oscar Elias Biscet, a Cuban physician and dissident who is currently serving 25 years in Castro's workers' paradise for "disorderly conduct and counter-revolutionary activities."

Past winners have included tennis great Arthur Ashe, Bill Cosby, James Brady, Cardinal Bernadin of Chicago, and Rosa Parks. The medal is given:

..."for an honoree's "especially meritorious contribution" to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, or for their accomplishments in the areas of culture or "other significant public or private endeavors." ;
One might legitimately ask if that is the criteria for the award, why the list of honorees include Jimmy Carter, George Tenet, and Paul Bremer - three failed public servants who arguably contributed less to the national security of this country than my pet cat Aramas.

At any rate, it is a great honor and this year's recipients are mostly in good company. Here's a
complete list of winners.