Category Archive: Terrorism

Apr 24 2012

Bush, Obama and the National Surveillance State

Glenn Greenwald reacts to the recent episode of Democracy Now that featured an NSA whistleblower (William Binney) and two people who have been the victims of serious harassment from the government over their activism against the unconstitutional anti-terror measures from both the Bush and Obama administrations. And he recalls this quote from Sen. Frank Church, …

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Apr 19 2012

Govt. Denies Visa to Anti-Drone Activist

If you’re already disappointed in the Obama administration’s many illegal and unconstitutional actions in the war on terror, prepare to be even more disappointed. The administration has denied a visa to a Pakistani attorney who represents victims of the American drone bombing campaign in that country. He was invited to speak at a conference in …

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Apr 09 2012

Bush State Department Opposed Torture

My former colleague Spencer Ackerman got his hands on a document that a lot of people have wanted for a long time, a legal memo from the State Department’s legal counsel, Philip Zelikow, saying that the “enhanced interrogation techniques” — torture — approved by Bush and the DOJ were illegal and a violation of the …

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Apr 04 2012

Hutaree Militia Gets Off

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts has thrown out the seditious conspiracy charge against all nine members of the Hutaree Christian militia in Michigan, leaving only weapons charges for two of the defendants and eliminating the charges against the others. You can read the full ruling here.

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Mar 12 2012

Holder’s Idea of Due Process

Eric Holder gave a speech the other day and addressed the issue of whether the president has the authority to order the killing of an American citizen if he determines that the individual is aiding terrorists abroad. And he makes a distinction between due process and judicial process:

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Mar 01 2012

Greenwald Interviews Feingold

Glenn Greenwald did an interview with former Sen. Russ Feingold, one of the few consistent civil libertarians in Congress (and I mean really few, less than a handful) for the last couple decades. You can listen to it here and read the transcript here. They both point out, as I have, how bad Obama has …

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Feb 29 2012

Obama Wants FISA Amendment Challenge Dismissed

The Obama DOJ is being asked to dismiss a challenge to the 2008 FISA amendments, which were supported by Obama despite his threat to filibuster the bill, on standing grounds. There’s a great FARK headline for this: “The GOP’s conundrum: Created by Bush, so it’s good. Wait, it’s supported by Obama, so it’s bad. Crap, …

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Feb 23 2012

Civilian Courts Handle Terrorism Case. Again.

In yet another case showing the utter lunacy of right wing positions on how to handle terror cases, a civilian court had no difficulty convicting Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man who tried to blow up an airplane with explosives hidden in his underwear. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. TPM …

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Feb 13 2012

Obama, Terror Policy and Bipartisan Consensus

A new Washington Post poll finds a significant shift in the views of liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans when it comes to major anti-terror policies. On issues like drone strikes, Guantanamo Bay and the Patriot Act, Democrats are now more likely to support them now that Obama is in office, while Republicans are less likely …

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Feb 06 2012

The American Injustice System

Glenn Greenwald’s new book With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful is brilliant and compelling. And on his blog, he shows how three recent cases demonstrate the thesis of that book perfectly.

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Jan 12 2012

Unhappy Anniversary, Gitmo

Wednesday was the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first prisoners at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. I’ve given Obama a pass on his promise to close it down because he has been stymied by Congress, though I don’t think he’s put any real effort into overcoming their recalcitrance. But the things that …

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Dec 22 2011

The Defense Bill and Indefinite Detention

There seems to be a disagreement between a couple of prominent commentators on whether the defense authorization bill passed last week does or does not allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens. Adam Server, writing at Mother Jones, says it doesn’t:

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Dec 21 2011

Democratic Blindness to Obama’s Faults

I had a brief but absurd exchange with someone on my Facebook friends list on Saturday. His name is Mike Jordan, but I don’t know him; I assumed he was on my friends list because he’s a blog reader. And he quoted George Clooney saying something about how he was disappointed in people who were …

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Dec 16 2011

Obama Flips on Indefinite Detention of Americans

In a recent discussion about the provision in the new defense authorization bill that allows indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay even for American citizens arrested on U.S. soil, someone expressed hope because Obama had threatened to veto the bill if it included that provision. I told them there was no way in hell Obama would …

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Nov 30 2011

Senate Supports Indefinite Detention

Congress is currently working on the National Defense Authorization Act, the military appropriation bill for next year, and it includes a provision that would give the president authority to detain anyone, including American citizens, indefinitely without a trial.

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