Bin Laden Son-In-Law Faces Trial in NYC

Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, is going on trial in New York City for his support of terrorism. Yes, a civilian trial in a civilian court, not a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay. He was arrested in Amman, Jordan and turned over to American custody. … [Read more...]

Ironic Terrorism

Fans of irony will enjoy this story as much as I did. A suicide bomb instructor teaching a bunch of "students" how to blow up themselves and lots of innocent bystanders managed to blow up himself and his students because he was using a live jacket of explosives. … [Read more...]

Study: NSA Metadata Mining No Help in Preventing Terrorism

A new study from the New America Foundation of 225 terrorism cases concludes that the NSA's cell phone metadata mining program has done nothing to prevent terrorism. In fact, only 4 times in all of those cases did the NSA use any authority under Section 215 of the Patriot Act at all. … [Read more...]

Kincaid on Mandela the Communist Terrorist

Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media is not happy with Karl Rove. In the wake of the death of Nelson Mandela, Rove wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal about the world leaders who died in 2013 and -- gasp! -- he said nice things about Mandela. Kincaid gives the usual far-right response: … [Read more...]

Last Uighurs Finally Freed From Gitmo

The Pentagon announced this week that the last of the 22 Uighurs, a group of Muslims from China who are routinely persecuted, who had been captured and sent to Guantanamo Bay where they were likely tortured despite having no connection at all to terrorism, have finally been set free. … [Read more...]

Pratt: Obama Helps Al Qaeda, Hates America

Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, the group so far to the right that they think the NRA are a bunch of liberal pansies, went on Stan Solomon's internet radio show and declared that President Obama is always helping Al Qaeda because he just hates America. … [Read more...]

Obama and Gitmo. Again.

President Obama announced at a press conference the other day, seemingly out of the blue, that he intends to try again to get the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed down. The chances of getting that through Congress are slim and none, but there are some things he can do on his own. Here's part of what he said: … [Read more...]

Muslim Terrorism vs. Right Wing Domestic Terrorism

Mother Jones has a story that details all of the terrorist violence in the United States since 9/11 (terrorism being defined as violence committed to make a political, religious or ideological statement). The article is based largely on this report from the New America Foundation (I spent a weekend at a conference a couple years ago with Steve Clemons of the NAF; very, very smart guy and a virtual encyclopedia when it comes to foreign policy). … [Read more...]

Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: McCarthy v Paul, Lee

Andrew McCarthy, one of the leaders of the right wingers who think that the constitution should be completely irrelevant when dealing with terrorism, has a column at NRO attacking Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee for supporting a prohibition on locking up American citizens in military prisons and denying them due process. … [Read more...]

Kuhner’s Alternate Reality

Jeffrey Kuhner has a problem. Writing at the Washington Moonie Times, he wants desperately to claim that political violence in the United States comes primarily from the left, but that flies in the face of the evidence. So what to do? Oh, just play pretend: … [Read more...]

Terrorism and Public Policy

Kevin Drum was asked a few days ago who he was secretly hoping the bombers would turn out to be. His answer was "whatever kind of person is least likely to have any effect whatsoever on public policy." And that's a good answer. Because such situations are often exploited to support very bad policies (Patriot Act, anyone?). … [Read more...]

The Boston Bombings and White Privilege

On Wednesday, a report came out that the FBI had a potential suspect in mind, a man who had dropped a backpack at the site of the second bombings shortly before they went off. Several reports said that the man was "dark-skinned," though those same reports also said the man had already been arrested, which turned out to be false. Rush Limbaugh, of course, immediately seized on this to argue that white men are just so terribly persecuted when dark-skinned people are not: … [Read more...]