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).
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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.
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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?).
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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:
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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 media feeding frenzy as rumors and half-truths rain down on us like confetti, each scrap of paper furiously turned into the preferred narrative. But while you react in anger, consider for a moment that others react the same way to similar events.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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