Category Archives: Terrorism

Guantanamo not closing on time

Soon after taking office as President, Obama promised to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by January 2010. Well, now that’s not going to happen, at least on time. But I suppose it doesn’t matter much since we’re not going to stop mistreating prisoners if we close Guantanamo. As I noted before, […]

Didn’t they get the memo?

It’s only terrorism if someone else does it: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faced sharp rebukes from Pakistani audiences Friday, including one woman who accused the U.S. of conducting ”executions without trial” in aerial drone strikes. Slapping back, Clinton questioned Pakistan’s commitment to fighting terrorists. … During the visit and talks with Pakistani […]

Public opinion on “The Good War”

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barack Obama will soon escalate military operations in Afghanistan. The president plans to increase the current force of 68,000 soldiers by at least 10,000 (likely more) and has discounted major withdrawal as an option. “We are not leaving Afghanistan,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said. “This discussion is about next steps forward […]

Obama embraces Soviet Communism

If Republicans want t0 compare Obama to Soviet Communists, this is their opportunity: The Obama administration has decided not to seek new legislation from Congress authorizing the indefinite detention of about 50 terrorism suspects being held without charges at at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Wednesday. Instead, the administration will continue to hold the detainees […]

Time for Patriot Act reform

President Obama is pushing to re-authorize three pernicious parts of the Patriot Act that are up for renewal this year. The Patriot Act, passed in the wake of 9/11, granted the government unprecedented power to fight crime and terrorism. Power that has gone unchecked and led to civil liberties violations, like these. Here’s the ACLU’s description […]

Another 9/11 post

From our archives: Allende and the “other” September 11th

Domestic terrorism

“Using the threat of terrorism to try to achieve political goals is, you know, what terrorists do.” That was Atrios in response to this news: Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, asserts in a new book that he was pressured by top advisers to President George W. Bush to raise the national threat level just […]

Obama's joke trials

The Obama administration says it will continue to detain suspected terrorists even if they are acquitted by American courts or military commissions. Which … you know … means having a trial is just a show. This news came by way of Spencer Ackerman: Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson moved the Obama administration into new […]

We tortured people to death

It’s time again to talk about torture… Too much of the debate on torture has focused on specific tactics in isolation. The logic goes like this: Pouring water on someone’s face doesn’t sound so bad does it? Having to stand in the cold doesn’t sound too terrible. Being slapped a few times is mean but […]

Rush Limbaugh crosses the line on Von Brunn

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that on Wednesday an 88-year-old white supremacist shot and killed a security guard in the D.C. Holocaust Museum. You can read more about the shooting, and the shooter, James von Brunn in the Times. I don’t think there is all that much to […]