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Byman and Fair: call the terrorists Nitwits

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 […]

We’re At Risk!

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. […]

Security From Listening To Our Enemies

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? […]

Obama Reinstates Bush Kangaroo Courts!

Why should we believe Barack Obama anymore? Obama always promises to reform the authoritarian programs he embraces. Time after time, those promises are exposed as lies. […]

111th Congress Chills Out on Terrorist Talk

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 […]

Likely Nuclear or BioTerrorist Attack? What Evidence For It?

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. […]

Interview Transcript: Sarah Palin Won't Call Abortion Clinic Bombers Terrorists

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 […]

Juval Aviv Moves to a New Country to Continue to Hawk Fear Hype

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 […]

Forget Your ID? Terrorist!

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 the big nasty terrorists we’ve detained thanks to lost freedoms? And where are the plush rotating armchairs, big screen TVs and full length mirrors?

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 […]

Terrorists Are Infiltrating the USA With Non-Terrorist Terrorists!

Once you accept the truth of what Secretary Chertoff is saying, it becomes plain that terrorists are flooding across the borders into the United States every day. The new generations of terrorists look like non-terrorists, see. They have legitimate passports, and they’ve never committed any act of terrorism, or even been caught associating with terrorists. That’s how you know they’re terrorists. […]