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Second Day Without Patriot Act Warrantless Search & No Terrorist Attack: Thank the Jedi

So the Obama administration has been swearing up and down that without the power to search through Americans’ things and communications in bulk without warrants, the nation would be open to terrorist attack. And yet due to Senate delays, June 2 2015 saw the second day in a row without Patriot Act powers, without bulk […]

Recent Ex-Hipsters Targeted As Potential Terrorists By TSA

A Government Accountability Office study indicates that behavioral indicator programs are practically worthless in the effort to identify likely threats to airport security, but the TSA is pursuing the program anyway, because it gives TSA officers, who work day after day in airports where there are no terrorists, something to do. […]

Culture Waves in Congress, 1995-2014

In the Congressional Record over the last twenty years, here’s how many times the following phrases were uttered…

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Islamic Journalist Calls for the Killing of all Fundamentalist Christians (With Correction)

On the Saudi television network Al Nas two nights ago, commentator Aadam Alam declared boldly of western Christians, “we need to kill them, we need to kill them“:

“We need to kill them. We need to kill them, the fundamentalist Christian terrorists hell-bent on killing us. You’re in danger. I’m in danger. We’re at war […]

Taking out the Terrorists with your Handgun: No Bag Limit… or No Bag?

Every time I see this sticker on a car or truck in the United States, I roll my eyes:

“Gun Owner — No Bag Limit,” the “terrorist hunting permit” reads. There’s a pistol in the background. The message isn’t too subtle: thanks to the 2nd Amendment and gun ownership rights, those terrorists are on […]

No, Actually, Most Terrorists Threatening the USA AREN'T Muslims

“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 […]

ACLU Joins Push to Stop FISA Surveillance Renewal on the Sly

This week is the last week of the summer in which Congress plans to meet and pass bills. It’s a dangerous week for America because members of Congress know that Americans aren’t paying attention. This is the week when our leaders on Capitol Hill will try to pass laws that would embarrass them if we […]

Government Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2010… and it’s not about Terrorism

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 […]

90th Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Ignore that most Terrorists actually AREN’T Muslims

“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 […]

Dianne Feinstein: I Have No Facts, but this Bomb Would Have Blown Up in Three Different Places

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 […]

Use of Patriot Act Sneak-And-Peek Powers for Drug War Further Eclipsed Terrorism Uses in 2009

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 […]