Michael Hayden, who was the director of the CIA during part of the Bush administration, went on Fox News and put his sexism on display, saying that a single line from a statement made by Sen. Dianne Feinstein about the need for transparency about torture shows that she’s too “emotional” to be objective. She said …
Category Archive: Terrorism
Apr 02 2014
That massive report on the Bush administration’s torture regime put together by the Senate Intelligence Committee has still not been released, even in redacted form, but someone with the committee has leaked one of the key findings: That torture did nothing to help find Osama Bin Laden.
Mar 30 2014
Hey, remember all that Republican fury over the idea that terrorists could be tried in civilian courts and convicted without the world coming to an end and dogs and cats living together? Turns out, not so much. Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law was convicted in civilian court in New York, just like hundreds of others have …
Mar 05 2014
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.
Feb 12 2014
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.
Jan 16 2014
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.
Jan 08 2014
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:
Jan 03 2014
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.
Sep 09 2013
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.
May 05 2013
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 …
Apr 30 2013
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 …
Apr 25 2013
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.
Apr 24 2013
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:
Apr 23 2013
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 …