9-11, Torture, And The Boston Marathon

Today,  less than a full day after the horrible terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon (no link; it's all just speculation and grief-porn at this point, plus it's been all over the news - you can't have missed it), the New York Times obtained a pre-release copy of a 577-page report from a non-partisan organization called the Constitution Project headed by former Bush...

Ten Years After

I want to share something I wrote less than six weeks after 9/11/2001, as a way to sort of remember what happened, and also who I was - and who we all were - both before and shortly after that day. It requires a bit of personal set-up, though (at least, I imagine it does)... I can scarcely believe it's been ten years since that horrible morning. I still can't imagine what it must have been like...

Peter King (R-NY), Terrorist Sympathizer

One newspaper, one (hypocritical) congressman, two stories on two successive days. From today's New York Times, Domestic Terrorism Hearing Opens With Contrasting Views on Dangers: Congressional investigation of Muslim American radicalization is the logical response to the repeated and urgent warnings which the Obama administration has been making in recent months,” said. And from yesterday's...

Priorities

Do you ever stop and wonder whether our nation’s security priorities are a little out of whack? Maybe need to be re-adjusted or given a reality check every so often - at least more often than they currently seem to be? Just a bit ago, we learned that the TSA missed a fully-loaded Glock that sailed right through the scanners at Houston airport. Remember that as you get “randomly selected for...

Bush AG John Ashcroft Says Criminal Trials for Terrorists Are 'Useful'

Red Alert! Red (state) Alert! Ashcroft’s off the range! Should we shoot him, or just force him to apologize and retract?That’s gotta suck for the conservative message-meisters about how Obama’s dangerous treatment of would-be terrorists captured as the criminal thugs they are is dangerous for the country. Sam Stein at the Huffington Post catches Ashcroft admitting the blindingly obvious...

Massachusetts Man Arrested For Stockpiling Weapons Was A Teabagger

It gives me no great joy to pass this along, but then again, neither does it surprise me:As we reported yesterday, Gregory Girard, a Manchester technology consultant, was found with a stash of military grade weapons, explosive devices including tear gas and pepper ball canisters, camouflage clothing, knives, handcuffs, bulletproof vests and helmets, and night vision goggles, say police. They...

War #3?

I'm sure they're only "military advisers" - you know....just like they were in Vietnam: U.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people, among them six of 15 top leaders of a regional al-Qaeda affiliate, according to senior administration officials. The operations, approved...

Doing The Wrong Things

Full (and obvious) caveats here that I am not now, nor have I ever been, a defense/national security/terrorism expert, as well as the old saw that hindsight is 20/20. But DANG, isn't there anyone with enough sense to pour piss out of a boot at TSA, or the NSC, or whatever group oversees our reaction to existing and emerging terrorist threats? Everyone talks about what a tough thing it is to get...

Grand Old Pantswetters

Yesterday's astonishing display of fear from the usually tough-talking GOP and conservative suspects was a signal indicator of just how badly conservatives are still scared by the thought of the Muslim boogeyman. As usual, Glenn Greenwald gets it exactly right. A taste: This is literally true: the Right's reaction to yesterday's announcement -- we're too afraid to allow trials and due process in...