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Firefighters’ Group Disses Giuliani

Not everyone buys Rudy Giuliani’s 9/11-generated alter ego: “America’s Mayor.”  The International Association of Firefighters is out to make its case that Giuliani’s leadership after the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks was not as stellar as the Republican presidential candidate would have voters think.

Posted on Jul 12, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / George Herbert

Bush’s Pakistan Paradox

The marker of what will go down in history as “Bush’s folly” is that this idiot of a president invaded a country that had absolutely nothing to do with terrorist attacks on the United States or WMD threats to America while coddling the military junta in Pakistan, which was guilty on both counts.

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Mohammad abu Ghosh

Spotlight on Doctors in UK Bomb Plots

This report from Britain’s The Independent cases out the identities of the men and one woman associated with the recent attempted attacks in London and Glasgow, revealing some of their names, possible motives and backgrounds.  A noteworthy detail: Five of the eight people arrested are doctors.

Posted on Jul 7, 2007 READ MORE


Bush:  If We Withdraw Now, the Terrorists Win

President Bush was referring to U.S. troops when he made a comparison to Revolutionary War fighters who resisted a foreign occupation, but he could just as easily have been referring to the Iraqi insurgents.  He made the remark during a July 4th address to National Guard members and their families.

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Olbermann: GOP Is Biggest Terror Org in USA

The MSNBC host uses a recent GOP ad and a copy of Webster’s Dictionary to buttress his argument that the Republican Party is the largest terrorist organization in the country.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Keeping Second Iraq Report Secret, Says Harman

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) is but which has been stamped “Draft” by the Bush administration to keep it from becoming public.

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: A War on Intelligence

All 16 U.S. intelligence services have concluded that Bush’s war in Iraq “has become the ‘cause celebre’ for jihadists” worldwide, but that won’t deter a president who puts no stock in intelligence.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


Condoleezza Rice
From ftd.de

Fact-Checking Condi on Anti-Terror Claims

In an interview with the New York Post’s editorial board today, the secretary of state refuted several of Bill Clinton’s claims about Bush & Co.‘s dismal record on terror. But Rice’s refutations fly in the face of the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission. Fact-check it here and here.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


Terror odds
From Wired News

Terrorism in Perspective

Wired News put together a chart that compares the odds of being killed by a terrorist in the United States to other causes of death. Apparently, we’re much more likely to die from hernia.

  • Or, as Nora Ephron put it in “Sleepless in Seattle”: It’s easier to be killed by a terrorist than it is to find a husband when you’re over the age of 40.

  • Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Left, Right and Center

    Join Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, along with Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller, for a lively discussion on the week in politics, policy and culture.  This week: Terrorist Interrogations; The Pope and the Muslims; Primary Roundup.

    Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Transfers High-Value Prisoners to Gitmo

    The AP is reporting that the president is transferring 14 key terrorist leaders, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, above, from secret CIA custody to the U.S. military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be prepared for eventual trials. The prisoners will apparently be afforded some rights consistent with the Geneva conventions.

  • Yeah, well, Bush also signed a bill in December outlawing the torture of detainees, and then made a “signing statement” announcing his intention to flout that law. So excuse us for being cynical about the president’s motives and intentions here.
  • UPDATE: Former DOJ lawyer and law prof Marty Lederman says Bush’s new bill actually authorizes “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Fear Mongering with a Dash of Racism From Sen. Burns… Again

    Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana, a man who not so long ago referred to his house painter as a “nice little Guatemalan man,” has delivered yet another stunning one-liner. Ready for the punch line? At a campaign event with Laura Bush, Burns talked about the war on terrorism, saying “faceless” enemies “drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night.” Nice.

    Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Nuclear city
    Illustration: Karen Spector

    Tad Daley: Watered-Down Terror

    “Liquids on a Plane” may have caught our attention, but the real terror threat is nuclear, as a newly released report makes so apocalyptically clear. An analyst with the Nobel Prize-winning outfit Physicians for Social Responsibility lays out the progressive case for staving off nuclear holocaust.

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: The Pols Who Cried Wolf

    “The administration has put itself in the position of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. If, God forbid, a serious terrorist conspiracy is uncovered, there will be a tendency to dismiss it in a backlash to these over-hyped ‘plots.’ ”

    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


    British police
    AP / Matt Dunham

    Brits Foil Terror Plot

    Scotland Yard has upset a terrorist plot to explode planes in mid-flight from the UK to the U.S.  As part of an operation lasting several months, authorities arrested 18 people and raised the threat level in the UK to critical, the highest possible.
    Update: Bush raised America’s threat level to red—the highest. It’s a first for America.

    Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Department of Defense Funds $450K Blog Research Project

    The Air Force Office of Scientific Research will fund a three-year research project shepherded by Versatile Information Systems Inc. that will seek out “relevant and credible” information pertaining to terrorist activity on blogs. (via boingboing.net)

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    game screenshot
    From EA

    Pentagon Shows Stunning Naivete in Video Game Flap

    Supposed Internet experts, working off $7 million in public money, reported to the Pentagon and to Congress that terrorists are retooling American video games for use as recruitment tools. Problem is, it wasn’t the terrorists who did the retooling; it was American fans—something a 10-year-old could have discovered by using Google…(more)

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Government Using ‘Brain Scans’ on Terrorists?

    The ACLU has filed Freedom of Information Act requests to get details on the possible use of “brain scanning” technology during terrorist interrogations by the U.S. government.

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


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    Aussies Reveal Racial Profiling at Its Funniest

    In this skit from Australian TV, we see that justice is indeed not blind.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    Stewart Skewers Gonzales Over Sears Tower Plot

    The “Daily Show” host wonders how seven evildoers could wage what the attorney general termed a “full ground war against the United States.”

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times arrested
    Mike Luckovich

    Robert Scheer: A Disgraceful Attack on the New York Times

    The Bush administration is starting to sound like a two-bit dictatorship by insisting that the media shouldn’t have the right to report on the government’s prosecution of the so-called “war on terror.”

  • UPDATE: The House passed a resolution condemning the N.Y. Times for its reporting.
  • Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Abu Ayyub al-Masri
    AP /U.S. Military

    U.S. Identifies Zarqawi’s Successor

    The U.S. military released info on the man claiming to be the new Al Qaeda leader in Iraq: Abu Ayyub al Masri, an Egyptian with ties to Osama bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al Zawahri.

    Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Officials Seeing New Home-Grown Terror Cells

    This is according to Scott Redd, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. These groups of Islamic radicals are made up of disaffected men in their teens and 20s who draw moral inspiration from Al Qaeda and use the Internet to organize and plan potential attacks.

    Posted on Jun 13, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Raids Follow Zarqawi’s Death

    American forces carried out almost 40 raids in the wake of the airstrike death of the terrorist leader. But as Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen writes, the absence of Zarqawi is likely to lead to greater sectarian bloodshed in Iraq.
    (Also: Zarqawi survived the attack and tried to escape.)

    Posted on Jun 10, 2006 READ MORE


    The Many Faces of Abu Musab al Zarqawi

    He led Al Qaeda in Iraq, but who was he? What drove Zarqawi to his murderous ends? And what can we learn from his death? Nir Rosen, one of the only Western journalists to have reported extensively from inside the Iraqi insurgency, lays out some answers.
    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

    Posted on Jun 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Updike’s ‘Terrorist’ a Bomb, Says New York Times

    The legendary author’s newest work focuses on a likable 18-year-old would-be suicide bomber. The N.Y. Times and, to a lesser extent, the Washington Post pan the book.

    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


    A Single 40-Year-Old Woman Has a Higher Chance Of…

    Twenty years ago this week Newsweek speculated that a “40-year-old single woman was ‘more likely to be killed by a terrorist’ than to ever marry.” In this week’s cover story, they retract the hackneyed thesis and reexamine the marriage statistics. (h/t: Broadsheet)

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    U.N. Panel: Close Guantanamo

    A United Nations panel on torture isn’t buying President Bush’s assurances that America does not send suspected terrorists to countries known for using torture to extract information. The panel also recommended the closing of America’s Guantanamo military prison in Cuba.

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Moussaoui Says He Was to Hijack 5th Plane

    The 9/11 conspirator tells a Virginia court that he and would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid were supposed to fly a plane into the White House on Sept. 11.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Cleveland
    AP/Mark Duncan

    Bush Bombs in Cleveland

    On the third anniversary of the beginning of his Iraq catastrophe, President Bush yet again dealt in denial, but this time the carefully screened audience at the Cleveland City Club wasn’t buying it.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


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    From mundanesounds.com

    New Bill Allows Warrantless Spying

    OK, OK, it’s not time to get hysterical yet. This one doesn’t look likely to pass, but…
    Four senators have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to eavesdrop, sans warrant, for up to 45 days. GOP Sen. Arlen Specter objected, saying the law would allow government to “do whatever the hell it wants.”
    Oh. Right. What a departure that would be.

    Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Panel Blocks Spy Probe

    Senate Republicans shut down a Democratic-led proposal to investigate Bush’s eavesdropping program. Instead, a White House-approved seven-member panel will oversee the effort.
    White House-approved? You gotta be kidding.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore Vidal
    Zuade Kaufman

    ‘This Place Is Broken’: The Gore Vidal Interview Part II

    Gore Vidal on fascism, terrorism and wartime propaganda. Part II of Truthdig’s interview with the award-winning novelist. (earlier: part I)

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Warnings on Terrorist Infiltration of UAE Never Addressed

    We learned last week that the Coast Guard had warned of terrorist infiltration of the UAE, the country angling to take over control of major U.S. ports. The White House assured us that those warnings had been addressed. Now Sens. Collins and Lieberman are charging in a sharply worded letter that the warnings were never addressed.
    How many more lies will emerge from the murky depths of this port-deal fiasco?

    Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


    The Ultimate Mistake

    I’m against Saddam Hussein. I’m sorry it didn’t work out the way they wanted it to. Now let’s go. Because anybody who tells you it couldn’t possibly get worse is a fool.

    Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Al Qaeda in 2002: We Infiltrated UAE

    The terrorist organization wrote that it had infiltrated the United Arab Emirates government four years ago, and that the emirates were “well aware” of the infiltration. This is the country that is angling to take over control of major U.S. ports. (Hat tip: Think Progress and Scripps Howard, which broke the news.)

    Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘Total Information Awareness’ Lives On

    Remember that Orwellian-sounding data-mining program that was supposed to have been shut down two years ago? Turns out it’s alive and functioning—just under a different name. The National Journal has the blockbuster scoop.

    Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Armed Cheney to Guard Ports

    Attempting to defuse the controversy over the decision to place the operation of several key American ports in the hands of a company based in Dubai, Vice President Dick Cheney said today that he would personally patrol those ports with a 28-gauge shotgun.

    Posted on Feb 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Israel to Halt Payments to Palestinians

    As Palestinians swore in their Hamas-dominated parliament, Israel froze contact with the “terrorist” group, and stopped a planned transfer of funds.
    Hamas dismissed the effect of the sanctions, and former President Jimmy Carter warns in an Op-Ed that America risks severe consequences if it conspires with Israel to disrupt the transfer of power to Hamas.

    Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq the Disaster, Officially Speaking

    I do hope this is responsible criticism that aims for cures, not defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure.

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


    The Putin Perspective

    Russia’s leader answers mostly tough questions for three and a half hours without the aid of notes or alcohol—a new personal record. | story
    Of interest: He doesn’t regard Hamas as a terrorist organization and won’t support cutting off its funding.

    Posted on Feb 1, 2006 READ MORE



    Wesam Saleh / MAANnews

    Hamas Win Makes Mockery of Bush’s Fantasies


    Update:

    • Jimmy Carter: The world should keep giving aid to the Palestinians, regardless of whether Hamas is a terrorist organization.
    • Juan Cole: “Bush pushes for elections, confusing them with democracy, but seems blind to the dangers of right-wing populism.”
    • Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


    President Bush addresses the crowd during the 142nd Landon Lecture Monday, Jan. 23, 2006 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
    Charlie Riedel / AP

    Bush Disingenuously Re-Brands Spying Program

    The president is now calling it the “Terrorist Surveillance Program.” | story
    OK, Mr. Bush, but what about the non-terrorists being swept up in your nets? Not that we’re surprised by the new moniker; this is the guy who legalized an increase in air pollution and called it “Clear Skies,” and labeled a tree-slashing program “Healthy Forests.”

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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