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 […]
Why is there all the hype about weapons of mass destruction, and no Commission on the Prevention of Conventional Weapons Proliferation and Terrorism? The answer is depressingly simple. […]
In an interview aired tonight between journalist Brian Williams and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Palin repeatedly refused to define as “terrorists” the people who bombed abortion clinic, firebombed clinics, shot doctors and killed nurses.
When you read this transcript of Palin’s remarks, pay special attention to the way that Sarah Palin relies on […]
In a rational world, Juval Aviv wouldn’t be trusted any more than a hot dog salesman who spits in his mustard.
You may remember that in the summer of 2007, the self-declared “intelligence expert” made the following prediction:
I predict, based primarily on information that is floating in Europe and the Middle East, that an […]
Deine Papieren, Bitte!
Did you forget your identification card when traveling by air earlier this year? Congratulations! You were added to the Transportation Security Administration’s terrorist watch list, and your name was shared as that of a potential terrorist with state and local law enforcement agencies. The security of das Heimatland demanded it…
… because […]
Where are they? Where are the big, nasty, evildoing terrorists that have been captured thanks to the passage of the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, the Protect America Act and then the FISA Amendments Act? Each of these bills restricting our freedoms was passed with the promise that in exchange for surrendered freedoms, your […]