It’s Palin doing the pallin’ around with terrorists

Countdown’s Keith Olbermann points out in a Special Comment that while John McCain might want to use Sarah Palin to hit Barack Obama below the belt and accuse him of terrorist associations, he overlooked the unfortunate fact that “pallin’ around with terrorists” is one area where Palin has more experience.

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Thank General Clark for His Straight Talk, Tell Him To Not Back

Sunday, on Face the Nation, General Wesley Clark spoke honestly and bluntly about what it takes to be Commander in Chief.  In doing so, while he said Senator John McCain’s service made him a hero to millions, including Clark himself, that experience does not trump the poor judgment that Senator McCain has shown on some of the most important issues in recent years.

What General Clark said was right, but the right-wing has been in an uproar. And even CNN accused Clark of “swift-boating” McCain. We need to fight back.

SIGN OUR PETITION THANKING GENERAL CLARK AND TELLING HIM TO NOT BACK DOWN

Let’s show General Clark that we have his back, and will not stand for any attempts to shut down this important debate.

Published in: on July 1, 2008 at 7:45 am  Comments (14)  

The Cult of the Suicide Bomber

By Robert Fisk

“The Independent” — – Khaled looked at me with a broad smile. He was almost laughing. At one point, when I told him that he should abandon all thoughts of being a suicide bomber – that he could influence more people in this world by becoming a journalist – he put his head back and shot me a grin, world-weary for a man in his teens. “You have your mission,” he said. “And I have mine.” His sisters looked at him in awe. He was their hero, their amanuensis and their teacher, their representative and their soon-to-be-martyred brother. Yes, he was handsome, young – just 18 – he was dressed in a black Giorgio Armani T-shirt, a small, carefully trimmed Spanish conquistador’s beard, gelled hair. And he was ready to immolate himself.
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Published in: on March 14, 2008 at 8:16 pm  Comments (1)  

Here come the thought police

With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman’s “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act” passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman’s Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain.

Published in: on December 9, 2007 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

White House Chooses Propaganda Over Protecting Homeland Again

Holding onto Power still more important to White House than Preventing Terrorism

Leak severs link to al-Qaeda’s secrets

Firm says Bush administration’s handling of video ruined its spying efforts

Published in: on October 9, 2007 at 10:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Democrats Offer Compromise Plan On Surveillance

Proposal Would Involve FISA Court in Warrants

By Ellen Nakashima and Spencer S. Hsu

Congressional Democrats outlined a temporary plan yesterday that would expand the government’s authority to conduct electronic surveillance of overseas communications in search of terrorists.

Published in: on August 2, 2007 at 2:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Free our Talib

John Walker Lindh broke the law. But ‘the American Taliban’ wasn’t a terrorist, and he deserves clemency.

Published in: on July 30, 2007 at 11:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Al Qaeda’s Best Publicist

Could al-Qaeda possibly have found a better publicist than President Bush?

By Dan Froomkin

At a South Carolina Air Force base[], Bush mentioned al-Qaeda and bin Laden 118 times in 29 minutes, arguing that the violence unleashed by the U.S. invasion in Iraq would somehow come to America’s shores if U.S. troops were to withdraw.

Published in: on July 28, 2007 at 3:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lawsuit accuses Chiquita of funding terrorism groups

NEWARK, New Jersey: Relatives of people alleged to have been be murdered by paramilitary groups in Colombia sued Chiquita Brands International Inc., accusing the banana company of funding terrorists.

The lawsuit comes four months after Cincinnati, Ohio-based Chiquita admitted it paid such groups $1.7 million (€1.23 million) in protection money over six years to protect its most profitable banana-growing operation.

Published in: on July 27, 2007 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Alarm at US right to highly personal data

Religion and sex life among passenger details to be passed on to officials

Jamie Doward

Published in: on July 23, 2007 at 8:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Transcript fuels row over doctor held in Australia on terror charge

Sandra Laville

A transcript of the interrogation of a doctor charged in Australia in connection with the London and Glasgow terror attacks reveals inconsistencies in police statements about the case.

Published in: on July 21, 2007 at 4:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mahdi Army, Not Al-Qaeda, is Enemy No. 1 in Western Baghdad

“The militia has a structure familiar to U.S. soldiers: brigade and battalion commanders leading legions of foot soldiers. Its fighters are willing and able to attack Americans with armor-piercing bombs, mortars, machine guns and grenades. Meanwhile, the political wing of Sadr’s movement plays an outsize role in the national government.”

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 12:04 am  Leave a Comment  

Disappeared: Five Years in Guantanamo

by Lou Dubose

In 2001, 19-year-old Murat Kurnaz was an innocent man caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Accused of being a terrorist, he spent five years in Guantanamo before being released — now he’s telling his story.

Published in: on July 14, 2007 at 9:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Chertoff’s “gut feeling”

Homeland Security chief warns of ‘increased risk�

Chertoff bases ‘gut feeling’ on history, Al Qaeda statements

Published in: on July 11, 2007 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Physicians of Fear

My column at Salon.com this week is “Inside the minds of killer doctors”: Some of the accused behind the recent terror plots in Britain were professional healers. What on earth prompts someone to snap from caregiver to killer?

Juan Cole

Published in: on July 9, 2007 at 11:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sins of Statecraft: The War on Terror Exposed :: Theories on Militarism and Prospects for Transformation

by Brian Bogart

“…1979, the year that international terrorism found a new incarnation through consolidation of converging interests and the “war on terror” was conceived. (Its conception was necessarily followed by a process of maturation: first applied to the Cold War and in rhetoric within limited theaters, such as the Palestine-Israel situation; second in the post-Cold War formulation of a “war on terror” plan during the 1990s; and third in its implementation after 9-11.)”

Published in: on July 9, 2007 at 11:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Britain under attack as bombers strike at airport

Britain was last night put on its highest state of security alert after an attempted car firebombing at Glasgow airport raised fears of a new wave of terrorist attacks.

Gordon Brown placed the country on a “critical” threat level, indicating that MI5 believes a terrorist attack is expected “imminently”.

Published in: on June 30, 2007 at 9:09 pm  Comments (1)  

Secret trials for terrorists, says US judge

A TOP-RANKING US judge has stunned a conference of Australian judges and barristers in Chicago by advocating secret trials for terrorists, more surveillance of Muslim populations across North America and an end to counter-terrorism efforts being “hog-tied” by the US constitution.

Published in: on June 29, 2007 at 6:48 pm  Comments (1)  

Vigil Raises ‘Voices Against Terror’

The mock prison cell, the barking dog belonging to another protester, people asking names and ages.

Published in: on June 24, 2007 at 2:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

How NOT to Counter Terrorism

By Coleen Rowley, Former FBI Special Agent

A memorandum I helped write, “Countering Terrorism — How Not To Do It” with other Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity was published on Consortium News. In light of last week’s news about the FBI’s attempt to breath new life into Poindexter’s long discredited “Total Information Awareness” program, among other “how NOT To Do It” things, we feel an approach to the issues from a pragmatic law enforcement/intelligence viewpoint — what works and what doesn’t — is in order.

Published in: on June 20, 2007 at 5:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gitmo Ruling Cheers Family of Detainee

The family of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner was elated Monday when a U.S. military judge dismissed terrorism-related charges and expressed hope the ruling will eventually lead to his release.

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 8:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Four Charged in JFK Airport Terror Plot

Three people were arrested and another was being sought Saturday for allegedly plotting to blow up a fuel line that feeds John F. Kennedy International Airport and runs through residential neighborhoods, authorities said. The plot never got past the planning stages. It posed no threat to air safety or the public, the FBI said Saturday.

Published in: on June 3, 2007 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Diplomacy at Its Worst

April 29, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

In May 2003, Iran sent a secret proposal to the U.S. for settling our mutual disputes in a “grand bargain.”

It is an astonishing document, for it tries to address a range of U.S. concerns about nuclear weapons, terrorism and Iraq. I’ve placed it and related documents (including multiple drafts of it) on my blog, http://www.nytimes.com/ontheground.
(more…)

Published in: on April 28, 2007 at 11:12 pm  Comments (5)  

Making Terror-War on Cuban Families?

In light of the recent release of Louis Posada Carriles, here is a piece written by John Bomar about two years ago when he was on trial in the United States for immigration charges.

It was October 6, 1976, and the voice on the phone said, “A bus with 73 dogs on board went off a cliff and all got killed.” The message had been relayed to Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada in Venezuela from one of their two employees who had recently arrived in Barbados. Except, it wasn’t a bus, it was an airplane — Cubana flight 455 from Caracas, Venezuela. (more…)

Published in: on April 22, 2007 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Power of Nightmares: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Should we be worried about the threat from organised terrorism or is it simply a phantom menace being used to stop society from falling apart?

Published in: on April 13, 2007 at 10:36 pm  Comments (1)  

“My Name Used to Be 200343”

A year ago, Donald Vance learned what its like to be falsely accused by the U.S. military of aiding terrorists. He was held without charge for more than three months in a high-security prison in Iraq, and interrogated daily after sleepless nights without legal counsel or even a phone call to his family.

Published in: on April 8, 2007 at 10:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lindh Asks For Reduced Sentence

Lawyers for John Walker Lindh, the Marin County native who became known as “The American Taliban” when he was seized with Afghan soldiers after a prison uprising in November 2001, made a third attempt Wednesday to ask President Bush to commute or reduce his 20-year sentence.

“John did not go to Afghanistan to fight against America. He never fought against America. John has spoken out strongly against terrorism in any form.”

Published in: on April 5, 2007 at 1:51 am  Leave a Comment  

Orwell at Guantanamo

By Eugene Robinson

Here’s what the Bush administration has done to the values, traditions and honor of the United States of America: An accused terrorist claims he confessed to heinous crimes so that agents of the U.S. government would stop torturing him, and no one is shocked or even surprised. There’s reason to believe, in fact, that what the suspect says about torture is probably true.

Published in: on April 3, 2007 at 8:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Secret War Against Iran

A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News.

Published in: on April 3, 2007 at 7:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Call that humiliation?

Terry Jones

No hoods. No electric shocks. No beatings. These Iranians clearly are a very uncivilised bunch

Published in: on March 31, 2007 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Torture led to false claims, terror suspect says

A Saudi man accused of being al-Qaida’s Persian Gulf operations chief said in court that his U.S. captors tortured him for years and forced him to falsely confess to the bombing of the U.S. destroyer Cole and to many other terrorist plots, according to a Pentagon transcript released yesterday.

Published in: on March 31, 2007 at 8:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

American Kangaroo Court Claims Its First Victim

By Amy Goodman

It is appropriate that a person from Australia, home of the kangaroo, should be the first one dragged before the kangaroo court at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay. David Hicks, imprisoned there for more than five years, pleaded guilty Monday to providing material support for terrorism.

Published in: on March 30, 2007 at 5:12 pm  Comments (1)  

Do You Believe the NRA Should Get Their Way and Allow Terrorists to Buy Military Guns in the United States?

I Don’t.

The NRA and the gun lobby protect the right of possible terrorists to buy guns.

According to the Violence Policy Center of Washington, D.C., “Current law is so weak that being a known member of a foreign terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from legally buying and possessing guns.”

Will you join me in telling the NRA we won’t let them compromise our national security?

Do you oppose the NRA’s efforts to allow potential terrorists to buy guns in the United States, including military weapons?

Do you support national security above the gun lobby’s interests in profit and power?

Will you call upon our law enforcement officials to defy the NRA’s impact on our national firearms policy, which threatens our national safety?

Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 10:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Knight of the Living Dead

Since the release of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s dramatic confessions, moral outrage at the extent of his crimes has been mixed with doubts. Can his claims be trusted?

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 11:13 pm  Comments (1)  

CIA Torture and Khalid Sheik Mohammed

The Sheikh and The Torture Senator

By US Army Reserve Colonel (Retired) Ann Wright

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 10:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Chiquita’s Slipping Appeal

What do Osama bin Laden and Chiquita bananas have in common? Both have used their millions to finance terrorism.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 2:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

After Confession: Lawyer Will Now Appeal Conviction in Daniel Pearl Case

“I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan,” Mohammed told a military panel, according to a Pentagon transcript released Thursday. “For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head.”

Published in: on March 20, 2007 at 12:38 am  Leave a Comment  

Detainee confesses to USS Cole bombing

Waleed bin Attash… …according to a Pentagon transcript of a hearing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Published in: on March 19, 2007 at 2:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Chiquita to Pay $25M Fine in Terror Case

Banana company Chiquita Brands International said Wednesday it has agreed to a $25 million fine after admitting it paid terrorists for protection in a volatile farming region of Colombia. The settlement resolves a lengthy Justice Department investigation into the company’s financial dealings with right-wing paramilitaries and leftist rebels the U.S. government deems terrorist groups.

Published in: on March 15, 2007 at 7:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Torture Is Finally on Trial

By Naomi Klein, The Nation
Something remarkable is going on in a Miami courtroom. The cruel methods US interrogators have used since September 11 to “break” prisoners are finally being put on trial. This was not supposed to happen. The Bush administration’s plan was to put José Padilla on trial for allegedly being part of a network linked to international terrorists. But Padilla’s lawyers are arguing that he is not fit to stand trial because he has been driven insane by the government.

Published in: on February 27, 2007 at 12:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Where Were You That Summer of 2001?

February 25, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By FRANK RICH

“UNITED 93,” Hollywood’s highly praised but indifferently attended 9/11 docudrama, will be only a blip on tonight’s Oscar telecast. The ratings rise of “24” has stalled as audiences defect from the downer of terrorists to the supernatural uplift of “Heroes.” Cable surfers have tuned out Iraq for a war with laughs: the battle over Anna Nicole’s decomposing corpse. Set this cultural backdrop against last week’s terrifying but little-heeded front-page Times account of American “intelligence and counterterrorism officials” leaking urgent warnings about Al Qaeda’s comeback, and ask yourself: Haven’t we been here before? (more…)

Published in: on February 25, 2007 at 12:49 am  Leave a Comment  

War Has Increased Terrorism Sevenfold Worldwide

The Iraq Effect

Published in: on February 22, 2007 at 10:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Affidavit: McVeigh had high-level [FBI] help

According to Oklahoma bombing conspirator, ranking officials were involved in the attack

Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols says a high-ranking FBI official “apparently” was directing Timothy McVeigh in the plot to blow up a government building and might have changed the original target of the attack, according to a new affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Utah.

Published in: on February 22, 2007 at 12:12 am  Leave a Comment  

The Rape of Sabrine…

Sabrine Al-Janabi, a young Iraqi woman, is on Al Jazeera telling how Iraqi security forces abducted her from her home and raped her.

by Riverbend at Baghdad Burning

and
Maliki’s Reaction…

Published in: on February 20, 2007 at 9:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Road Map to Despotism

By Chris Hedges

Despite spending an estimated $80 million, the government was unable to prove that Dr. Sami Al-Arian was a terrorist, yet he remains in prison and his sentence will likely be extended. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges warns that the abusive imprisonment of this nonviolent Palestinian dissenter does not bode well for the rest of us.

Published in: on February 12, 2007 at 5:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

The 21st Century Sucks

It took an astonishingly stupid bomb scare in my town last week to really make me feel old for the first time.

By William Rivers Pitt

Published in: on February 10, 2007 at 11:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Robert Fisk: Iraqi insurgents offer peace in return for US concessions

For the first time, Sunni insurgents disclose their conditions for ceasefire in Iraq

previously by Fisk:
Please spare me the word ‘terrorist’

Published in: on February 9, 2007 at 3:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Canadian, U.S. and Mexican officials held secretive meeting on integration

The partnership’s stated goal is to protect North America from security threats such as terrorism and flu pandemics as well as economic threats from new global-market giants such as China.

Many of the accord’s measures are not contentious, such as plans to improve water quality, reduce sulphur in fuels, and co-ordinate efforts to fight pandemics and avian flu. But it also covers a host of hot-button issues such as plans to enhance data-sharing on high-risk travellers, revamp safety and environmental regulations, centralize the assessment of new chemicals and rework food safety standards.

Published in: on February 8, 2007 at 11:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Robert Fisk: Please spare me the word ‘terrorist’

Lebanon is a good place to find out what tosh the ‘terror’ merchants talk

Published in: on February 4, 2007 at 4:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Boston Terrorized by Aqua Teen Hunger Force

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Published in: on January 31, 2007 at 11:28 pm  Leave a Comment