“Most terrorists are Muslim,” say the ultraconservative supporters of religious-based profiling and surveillance in America. The claim is resurfacing in the last week:
Christopher Cook, April 19 2013:
Whatever the specifics, the general fact is always the same: Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terrorists are Muslims…. Islamist terrorism is now a fact [...]
Big Brother is watching your money, and it’s hardly ever to catch those rascally terrorists.
Passed in 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act lowered the bar for government surveillance of Americans’ financial transactions, and American financial institutions have been deputized to assist. Banks now monitor every financial transaction and pass it through a software program [...]
“Most terrorists are Muslim” is a phrase you’ll encounter over and over again in conservative America, a phrase assumed by its speakers to be true and often used to justify escapades in religious profiling.
Terrorists are Cowards:
Terrorism is often linked to religious fanaticism. Certainly the terrorism that has been perpetrated upon the citizens of [...]
Unpack this, the latest in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s increasingly bizarre line of justifications for unconstitutional surveillance measures. If they weren’t in place…
… two bombs would have left Dubai, headed for the United States, theoretically to Chicago — I don’t know whether this is actually fact, but to to a synagogue in Chicago, and likely [...]
In a statement on January 26 2011, House Judiciary Chair Lamar Smith declared that the extension of Patriot Act surveillance powers is necessary to stop terrorists:
The intelligence and law enforcement communities that are responsible for preventing terrorist attacks need to know that the tools they rely on to keep the American people safe will [...]
Daniel Byman and Christine Fair have written a short but compelling essay at The Atlantic in which they assert (with good evidence) that the Taliban and al Qaeda terrorist organizations are not characterized by stunning skill and crystal-focused religious zeal, but rather by incompetence and an obsession with porn.
To call terrorists “nitwits” is to [...]
Every time I get a paper cut on my hands, I’m at risk of dying from an infection that progresses to gangrene. I don’t respond, however, by taking a constant regimen of antibiotics, just in case I get a paper cut. My body’s semipermeable borders put me at risk, but I’m okay with that. [...]
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, will Americans contemplate King’s ideas about understanding those who contend against us, or will we continue to believe that our nation’s basic weakness is a failure to conduct full body scans of all travelers? [...]
Number of references in the Congressional Record to “terrorist attack”, by Congress:
111th Congress of 2009-2010: 47 (251*) 110th Congress of 2007-2008: 433 109th Congress of 2005-2006: 607 108th Congress of 2003-2004: 639 107th Congress of 2001-2002: 771 106th Congress of 1999-2000: 117 105th Congress of 1997-1998: 104
* 47 references to “terrorist attack” as [...]