Beck: American Terrorists Only Target Government

Glenn Beck went on the air shortly after the bombs went off in Boston and immediately declared that it must be Islamic terrorists because American terrorists never target groups of people, only the government. Apparently he's never heard of the Olympic Park bombing by Eric Robert Rudolph. Or any abortion clinic bombings. Or the targeting of scientists who do research on animals. … [Read more...]

McCarthy Lies About Civilian Trials Again

The DOJ has arraigned Osama Bin Laden's son in law in federal court in New York and, naturally, the right wing media is throwing a hissy fit about it. And Andrew McCarthy is throwing fuel on the paranoid fire and telling ridiculous lies about it as well. … [Read more...]

Who Leaked the Drone Memo?

I definitely would like to know who leaked the memo that has an abbreviated version of the Obama administration's legal justification for the drone strike program, a memo so badly written and reasoned that you can see now why the DOJ has refused to make it public. Jack Shafer has some ideas: … [Read more...]

The Obama Administration’s Targeted Killing Memo

It appears the Obama administration has another whistleblower to prosecute after someone leaked a memo to NBC's Michael Isikoff that provides a partial justification for President Obama's claimed -- and practiced -- authority to order the assassination of American citizens. The reaction from civil libertarians is what one might expect, and accurate as well. You can read the memo here (PDF). Greenwald points out something very important: … [Read more...]

Obama Spying Program Exceeds Bush’s Program

In an article that should surprise no one who has been paying attention, the Wall Street Journal reported last week that the Obama administration rewrote the rules on government surveillance to make them even worse than they were under the Bush administration. … [Read more...]

Senate Votes to Rescind Military Detention Authority

There's good news and bad news from this year's debate over the National Defense Authorization Act. The good news is that the Senate passed an amendment that would rescind the president's authority to detain American citizens in military prison indefinitely. … [Read more...]

GAO: Lots of Places to Hold Gitmo Prisoners

A new GAO report finds that there are 104 prison facilities where those still imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay could be moved with no real risk to anyone's security. My former colleague Spencer Ackerman has some of the details: … [Read more...]

Limbaugh’s Dumbest Statement Ever?

Rush Limbaugh has said a lot of stupid things over the years, but this one may top them all. On his radio show on Sept. 12, he actually suggested that Al Qaeda may have given up Osama Bin Laden to be killed in order to help Obama get reelected because he helps them so much. … [Read more...]

Report: Bush Helped Qaddafi Torture Opponents

Human Rights Watch has a new report out that indicates that the Bush administration used waterboarding and other forms of torture far more extensively than previously reported -- including working with the Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi to capture and torture those who were fighting against his regime. That would be the same regime we just helped overthrow, on the grounds that he committed terrible human rights abuses. … [Read more...]

Judge Smacks Down Obama on Gitmo Access

A Reagan-appointed judge who has often issued strongly-worded opinions has issued a ruling that the New York Times describes as "scathing," hammering the Obama DOJ for seeking to deny attorneys representing Gitmo detainees access to their clients. … [Read more...]

The Roots of Domestic Terrorism

In the wake of two horrifying events, the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado and the white supremacist attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, Steve Coll looks at the patterns to be found in the post-9/11 domestic terrorism cases. Despite public perception, very few have been from Muslims: … [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton Plays Pretend

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech to the Global Counterterrorism Forum in Turkey last week and made some strong statements against violating civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism. She said: … [Read more...]