Category Archives: Terrorism

Another Reason to be Disappointed in Obama

As if this Libyan fiasco wasn’t enough.  This is from the Wall Street Journal.


New rules allow investigators to hold domestic-terror suspects longer than others without giving them a Miranda warning, significantly expanding exceptions to the instructions that have governed the handling of criminal suspects for more than four decades.

European Pressphoto Agency

Courtroom sketch of bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.



The move is one of the Obama administration’s most significant revisions to rules governing the investigation of terror suspects in the U.S. And it potentially opens a new political tussle over national security policy, as the administration marks another step back from pre-election criticism of unorthodox counterterror methods.

Guest Post: Everything You Need to Know About Torture

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Guest Post: Everything You Need to Know About Torture
George Washington
Sun, 06 Mar 2011 06:24:36 GMT

 Washington’s Blog

Here is a succinct executive summary of everything you know about torture:

Yes, Waterboarding IS Torture

  • Everyone claiming waterboarding is not torture has changed their tune as soon as they were exposed to even a small dose of it themselves. See this, this and this

No, Torture Does NOT Make Us Safer

The Insanity of What Actually Happened

Other Relevant Facts

Should We Prosecute?

Not From the Onion: The CIA, the NYTimes and Playboy

Marginal Revolution

via Not From the Onion: The CIA, the NYTimes and Playboy.

The Tea Party and civil liberties – Glenn Greenwald –

The Tea Party and civil liberties – Glenn Greenwald –

The establishments of both political parties — whether because of actual conviction or political calculation — are equally devoted to the National Security State, the Surveillance State, and the endless erosions of core liberties they entail.  Partisan devotees of each party generally pretend to care about such liberties only when the other party is in power — because screaming about abuses of power confers political advantage and enables demonization of the President — but they quickly ignore or even justify the destruction of those liberties when their own party wields power.  Hence, Democratic loyalists spent years screeching that Bush was “shredding the Constitution” for supporting policies which Barack Obama now enthusiastically supports, while right-wing stalwarts — who spent years cheering on every Bush-led assault on basic Constitutional limits in the name of Terrorism — flamboyantly read from the Constitution during the Obama era as though they venerate that document as sacred.  The war on civil liberties in the U.S. is a fully bipartisan endeavor, and no effective opposition is possible through fealty to either of the two parties.

Terrorism: Where the right is now versus two years ago

A lot of opposition seems to have cropped up to the newer more intrusive searched in response to the “underwear” bomber.

Those on the right 2 years ago under Bush would have been all for this. To question any intrusion on our freedom if it was in the name of security was to be with the terrorists.

Now the right instead suggest the new airport searches are too intrusive (about friggin time), and suggest a little more willingness to be be lean more heavily on those of Muslim extraction would make this unnecessary for “real” Americans.

Finally the argument is being made that terrorist attacks have increased under Obama.

Color me skeptical but not totally dismissive of these born again civil libertarians. Here are a couple of links. Informed comments are welcome.×119677#119833

Profiling Muslims: Acknowledging Reality

My guess is the reality is that profilingof Muslims is inevitable, and goes on even if not acknowledged.

In fact it may be rational to an extent, and even draws support form odd places, for example today with respect to Islamic terror and how to deal with it.

Nonetheless if we go this explicitly way it should be very carefully. Muslims have helped us to capture many Muslim terrorist and it is crucial to not alienate all Muslims by treating them as terrorists. While I think President Bush made many mistakes in the War on Terror, he did understand that not all Muslims are terrorists or sympathize with terrorists. Let’s continue to apply his wisdom on that.

Al Qaeda and the Mail Bomb

Sensible thoughts from Holman Jenkins at the WSJ.  Key paragraph:

Do we really need to implement costly new security measures simply because al Qaeda has discovered the mail bomb? Perhaps the real opportunity here is for innovation on our part. For once, we could decide not to overreact when the terror group shows us a new trick.


Al Qaeda and the Mail Bomb
Jeffrey Miron
Sat, 13 Nov 2010 22:31:35 GMT