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Category Archive: Terrorism

Apr 19 2013

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 …

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Apr 17 2013

The Boston Bombing and Self-Awareness

I was in and out of airports when the bombings at the Boston Marathon took place, so I only heard snippets of it. Now that I’m home and have time to watch the news, I find myself deliberately avoiding it, both because of the horror of it all and because I can’t stand the immediate …

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Apr 17 2013

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 …

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Mar 14 2013

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.

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Feb 11 2013

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:

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Feb 08 2013

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 …

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Dec 21 2012

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.

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Dec 03 2012

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.

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Dec 03 2012

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:

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Sep 17 2012

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.

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Sep 12 2012

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 …

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Sep 11 2012

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.

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Aug 13 2012

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:

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Jun 12 2012

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:

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May 18 2012

How the Courts Have Undermined Gitmo Rulings

I interviewed Daphne Eviatar for my radio show this week. Daphne is a former AINN colleague who is now an attorney with Human Rights First specializing in law and national security. We talked about the military commissions that have restarted at Gitmo and about what the courts have been doing with the issue over the …

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