Category Archives: Terrorism

Innocent? Keep em locked up anyways

This is the kind of story that makes me question humanity: Even in the context of America’s wretched civil liberties abuses over the last decade, the case of Mohamed Hassan Odaini stands out.  He was 17 years old in 2001 when his father sent him from Yemen to study at a religious university in Raiwand, Pakistan, […]

First they came…

“They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for me and by […]

Times Square Bomb Scare: The Wrong Lessons

The Pakistani Taliban has taken credit for the failed plot to bomb Times Square. Aside from the question of whether or not their claim is true, folks in the media seem to be missing the big point. The Pakistani Taliban’s main beef is with the government of Pakistan. They are primarily fighting a regional war. […]

The United States of America

“Interrogators were instructed to start pouring water right after a detainee exhaled, to ensure he inhaled water, not air, in his next breath. They could use their hands to “dam the runoff” and prevent water from spilling out of a detainee’s mouth. They were allowed six separate 40-second “applications” of liquid in each two-hour session […]

Quote of the week: Mob mentality

Glenn Greenwald: A very long time ago, I would be baffled when I’d read about things like the Salem witch hunts.  How could so many people be collectively worked up into that level of irrational frenzy, where they cheered for people’s torturous death as “witches” without any real due process or meaningful evidence?  But all one has […]

Guantanamo ‘Suicides’

In 2006 the U.S. government announced that three prisoners at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay had committed suicide. The government rejected calls for an outside probe into the causes of death. Now, nearly four years later, evidence is mounting that the three prisoners did not commit suicide, but were murdered during torture sessions. Four […]

Unadulterated stupidity

While shamelessly attacking Obama’s national security efforts on Good Morning America, Rudy Giuliani spit up this gem: “We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We’ve had one under Obama.” Except for… ummm… it’s hard to remember… Giuliani talks about it all the time… what’s it called again? Oh yeah… 9 freaking 11! And don’t forget […]

Stopping terrorism: More information isn’t better

Since 9/11, Bush and his enablers in Congress have eroded many of our civil liberties in the name of stopping terrorism. With our right to privacy practically obliterated, the government now collects massive amounts of data on our activities each day. The theory being that the more they know, the easier it will be to […]

Escalation: Rationale and Strategy

In Tuesday’s speech at West Point, President Barack Obama rededicated the U.S. to the occupation of Afghanistan, officially announcing the deployment of 30,000 more troops to the unstable nation. Since escalation had been the prevailing option for some time, the speech was less notable for the strategy it outlined than for the foreign policy doctrine […]

Obama rededicates U.S. to Afghan occupation

In last night’s highly-anticipated address, President Barack Obama defended his decision to deploy 30,000 more American soldiers to Afghanistan, arguing that it’s necessary for the common security of the U.S. and its allies. Obama outlined a military strategy that seeks to beat back the Taliban and weaken Al-Qaeda, while strengthening the Afghan Government and its […]