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Sick With Terror

The underwear bomber has reignited the debates about how best to protect the American people, while a killer that claims 45,000 lives annually—one dead American about every 10 minutes—goes unchecked.

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U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Al-Qaida Uses U.S., U.S. Plays Along

It is not widely understood that the policy objective of al-Qaida is not to attack Western countries, but to bring about an upheaval in the Islamic world in which Islam can be rescued from corrupted governments and degenerate practices.

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Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Genitalia Bomb Threat

Thank goodness “The Colbert Report” is back on the air, and just in time to comment on the attempted airplane attack in Detroit on Christmas Day, which was nearly, er, pulled off by a new kind of dirty bomb. This, plus the prospect of full-body scanning in airports, leads Stephen Colbert to point out that terrorists may not stop at wiring explosives near their junk.

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CIA

CIA Bomber Was a Double Agent, Report Says

The Washington Post is reporting that the suicide bomber who carried out the deadliest attack against the agency in a quarter-century was a trusted double agent who “lured intelligence officers into a trap by promising new information about al-Qaeda’s top leadership. ...”

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Flickr / Wagner T. Cassimiro "Aranha"

A Designation Cuba Doesn’t Deserve

The United States still considers Cuba a state sponsor of terror, even though the very notion is absurd.

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You Have to Show More Than Your Boarding Pass

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Good Versus Evil

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Transportation Security Administration

Airports to Get Tougher Screening in Aftermath of Christmas Attack

Passengers traveling to the U.S. from or by way of certain countries on the U.S. government’s naughty list, which includes Yemen and Cuba, will be subject to “enhanced screening” starting Monday. (continued)

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AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Walls Never Work—in the Middle East or in Ireland

The story of the Protestant "settlements" in Ireland provides a ghostly narrative of those modern-day "settlements" in the West Bank, where the Israelis insist on fighting the world’s last colonial war with the assistance of that great anti-colonial nation known as the United States.

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Fighting Over the Squandered Decade

I’m afraid that the past 10 years will be seen as a time when the United States badly lost its way by using our military power carelessly and pursuing domestic policies that constrained our options for the future.

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Dick Cheney
U.S. Navy / MC1 Denny C. Cantrell

Cheney in Winter

I had promised myself that I would treat Dick Cheney’s nonsensical outbursts like the pearls of wisdom one hears from homeless people sitting in bus shelters, but my resolution will have to wait.

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The Plane Truth

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Northwest flight 253
AP / J.P. Karas

The Global War on Stealth Underwear

There is no “war” against terrorism. What George W. Bush launched and Barack Obama insists on perpetuating does not qualify. Not if by war one means doing the obvious and checking a highly suspicious air traveler’s underwear to see if explosives have been sewn in.

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Red Flags Waved—and Ignored

The more I think about the Christmas all-but-bombing, the angrier I get.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


Iran, Yemen Posing Challenges to American Intelligence

Iran appears to be in the throes of popular uprising, yet the U.S. and Israel continue to flirt with military intervention for dubious reasons.

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Sana'a
Wikimedia Commons / ai@ce

Yemeni Official: More Counterterrorism Support Needed From West

The Christmas Day incident on Northwest Flight 253 has brought Yemen further onto the U.S. radar, and now Yemen’s foreign minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, is calling for more help from the West to deal with what he considers to be a sizable al-Qaida network operating within his country.

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AP / Evert Elzinga

We Got Lucky on Christmas

The United States will soon have about 100,000 troops chasing shadows in Afghanistan, not long after an airliner was nearly blown up by a terrorism suspect who had no connection to that country. What’s wrong with this picture?

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


Lieberman
YouTube

Lieberman Rattles His Saber at Yemen

Ever vigilant in his attention to potential terrorist attacks on the United States these days, Joe Lieberman hailed the “miracle on Christmas Day” aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and warned that Yemen may be the site of “tomorrow’s war.” The senator made the comments on last weekend’s “Fox News Sunday.”

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
bbc.co.uk

Al-Qaida Claims Responsibility for U.S. Plane Attack Attempt

A branch of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has announced its affiliation with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian who allegedly tried to set off an explosive device aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day.

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AP / Mary Altaffer

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists

The gravest threat we face is not from Islamic extremists, but the codification of draconian procedures that deny Americans basic civil liberties and due process.

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Flickr / ninjawil

The Other Wars on Terror

You’re not still thinking about Afghanistan are you? The U.S. may be sending more troops and treasure there, but the real action is in other failed and failing states such as Somalia and Yemen, which has gotten visits from David Petraeus, Joe Lieberman and ... (continued)

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Meet the Press: Terror and Health Care

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano talk about the recent terror attempt and more on this full episode of “Meet the Press.”

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U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

The Fallacy of Good vs. Evil in Afghanistan

Both Barack Obama and George W. Bush were saying in different ways that we Americans are good and Taliban or jihadists are bad. But the reason we are good is that we are we, and we are justified in punishing them because they are they.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Peace Prize Speech

Accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Thursday, President Barack Obama acknowledged the controversy of his award, as “the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars.” He spoke of one of those wars, Afghanistan, in terms of self-defense and shared his thoughts on the concept of “just war.” (full remarks inside)

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


Making Gun Safety (Politically) Safe

When it comes to passing sensible gun laws, Congress typically offers Profiles in Cowardice.

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Lahore bombings
bbc.co.uk

Market Bombings Kill at Least 36 in Pakistan

Two bomb blasts ripped through a busy market in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday evening, killing at least 36 people and injuring about 100. The bombs were reportedly set off via remote control, and the explosions came on the heels of a suicide bombing in Peshawar that killed at least 10 earlier in the day.

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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Otero

Why Obama’s Strategy Won’t Succeed

Even if the surge works, why wouldn’t al-Qaida—or some like-minded group—simply set up shop in Somalia? Or in Yemen, another failing state?

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Finding Farce in Terrorism

A British comedy that follows a group of bumbling terrorists trying to pull off an atrocity has won approval from the taste-makers at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie was reportedly inspired by real-life tales of farce in terrorist cells, which, in the words of the filmmaker’s office, “have the same group dynamics as stag parties.”

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U.S. Marine Corps / Gunnery Sgt. Scott Dunn

Why They Hate Us, Part 2

Stephen M. Walt takes the “especially fatuous” Tom Friedman to task for one of his obstinate screeds. By the most conservative estimates, Walt explains, the U.S. has killed 30 Muslims for every American killed by Muslims, extremist or otherwise.

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The Stinky Defense

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The Guantanamo Lawyers: Shipwrecked

This important new book tells the story of the world’s most famous prison from the perspective of the lawyers who toiled under notoriously difficult conditions on behalf of the detainees.

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Battlefield in the War of Ideas

If killing a terrorist in Kandahar creates one in Killeen, we’ll never make progress.

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White House / Chuck Kennedy

The Afghanistan Speech Obama Should Give (but Won’t)

President Obama will undoubtedly address the American people on whatever decision he makes about the war in Afghanistan. Every sign indicates that it will not sound like this.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


What Is So Patriotic About Hysteria?

The loudest voices on the right never tire of telling us that they are the truest patriots, but when did fear-mongering in a time of war become an act of patriotism?

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


Eric Holder
theblacksentinel.wordpress.com

Holder Defends 9/11 Trial Plan

Attorney General Eric Holder’s idea to hold a criminal trial in New York City for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others implicated in the 9/11 terrorist attack plot has been sharply criticized, primarily from the right side of the aisle, but Holder defended his decision before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
thewashingtonnote.com

Coming to America (to Be Tried for Terrorism)

Upsetting many Republicans and some family members of victims, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 plotters will be tried in federal court in New York City, not far from Ground Zero, and that death penalties are likely to be sought.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


Bring Them Home, Mr. President

It is wrong to sacrifice troops without military goals that are clear, achievable and worthwhile. And what goals in Afghanistan remotely satisfy those criteria?

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE


Bomb Kills 9, Wounds 50 at Pakistan Spy Agency

The latest in a string of attacks in Pakistan this week happened Friday when a bomb exploded outside the Inter-Services Intelligence agency’s northwest headquarters in Peshawar, killing at least nine people and wounding 50.

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Happy 40th Sesame Street

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AP / Herbert Knosowski

Gorbachev’s Sermon on the Mount

Mikhail Gorbachev is not honored enough for the example he set. His past practices and recent cautions about Afghanistan should be heeded by Barack Obama.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


When a Time Bomb Is Ticking

Fairness is one thing, foolishness is another. Any soldier who seemed to be falling apart—Muslim or not—should have been given extra scrutiny.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE


Learning to Speak Anew in a Tribal World

The international conversation since the Second World War tended to be something of an American monologue, but that’s changing now that the United States is widely perceived as a large part of the current world problem.

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Flickr / lightmatter

Italy Convicts CIA Agents for Rendition

Twenty-three CIA agents are going to have to think twice about leaving the U.S. now that an Italian court has convicted them in absentia for snatching an imam in Milan and sending him to Egypt, where the cleric says he was tortured. (continued)

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg

Today’s U.S. Army and Its Ambitions

It is possible that the creation of an all-professional U.S. Army has been Congress’ most dangerous decision.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


The Tortured Logic Continues

“Extraordinary rendition” is White House-speak for kidnapping. Just ask Maher Arar. He’s a Canadian citizen who was “rendered” by the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured for almost a year.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Record You Can Believe In

It’s been a year since a healthy majority of American voters elected Barack Obama to change the world. Which is precisely what he’s doing.

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AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Opium, Rape and the American Way

The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


Lahore student protest
AP / K.M. Chaudary

Clinton Lowers the Boom About Al-Qaida in Pakistan

During an interview with journalists in Lahore, Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her puzzlement over why certain al-Qaida leaders believed to be harbored within the country’s borders haven’t been caught. She did not address the issue of missile attacks from U.S. drones that had earlier fueled student protest.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


Arrogant U.S. Misses the Message From Pakistan’s People

When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Pakistan this week, she will hear a lot about how fearful the Pakistan populace is, not of the Taliban and al-Qaida, but of the United States.

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 READ MORE


Jyllands-Posten
sitemaker.umich.edu

Two Arrested for Alleged Plot on Danish Paper

Two men from Chicago were arrested recently for allegedly plotting to attack overseas targets, including the Danish newspaper that sparked a huge controversy in 2006 by running the now-infamous cartoon of the prophet Mohammed sporting an explosive turban.

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