Terrorist kills five in Tennessee

Yet another Islamic terrorist attack on American soil.  Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeezhis shot up two military facilities in Chattanooga, killing four Marines.  He also wounded two other service members and a police officer before he was shot and killed.  The authorities are investigating any terrorist connections he might have.  ISIS has called for “lone wolf” attacks during Ramadan, which ends Friday.

UPDATE:  One of the wounded died, bringing the toll to five.

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Airport insecurity

In a recent test of airport security measures, 70 attempts were made to smuggle weapons and explosives past TSA checkpoints.  67 got through, a failure rate of 96%.

Apparently, the details from the classified report are worse than that.  Freshman Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb)–the only politician I know personally–is taking up the cause.  He wrote an op-ed piece for USA Today on the problem. [Read more...]

Patriot Act expires

In a victory for Sen. Rand Paul, Congress was unable to renew the Patriot Act, which expired Sunday at midnight.  Congress is now trying to pass an alternative measure which will keep some of the anti-terrorism capabilities of the old law without the mass collection of Americans’ phone records and other civil liberty controversies. [Read more...]

A hawk runs for president

A ninth candidate has entered the Republican race for the presidential nomination, South Carolina Senator. Lindsey Graham.  His cause is national defense and a tough American foreign policy.  He defends the Iraq war and wants “boots on the ground” to battle ISIS and other threats.

Do you think an unreconstructed war hawk has a chance today?  Should he? [Read more...]

ISIS “serves the best lattes and cappucinos around”

A propaganda booklet being circulated by ISIS promises great food, stylish technology, and cosmopolitan diversity.  The author, a British citizen named Abu Rumaysah al-Britani, then looks forward to the day when ISIS will takes over London, Paris, and Washington, D. C., “because not only will we spill your blood, but we will also demolish your statues, erase your history and, most painfully, convert your children who will then go on to champion our name and curse their forefathers.”  Bridget Johnson reports. . . . [Read more...]

War on terrorism updates

There have been several developments in the on going and possibly never ending war on terrorism:

After the jump, details of the raid into Syria.

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