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Islamist Rebels Kidnap Over 100 Nigerian Schoolgirls


This story out of Nigeria’s ongoing conflict with Islamist rebels doesn’t sound like it’s going to end well: (Reuters) – Islamist rebels duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting over 100 in their latest anti-government raid, one of the survivors said on Wednesday. Gunmen suspected to […]

Boston Bomber Trial Set For November 3rd

Dzhokar Tsarnaev

The date for the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been set: BOSTON — A federal judge here on Wednesday set Nov. 3 as the start of the trial for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of the deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon last year. Prosecutors say Mr. Tsarnaev, 20, worked with […]

Obama’s Kill Rules Keeping Obama From Killing


President Obama’s new rules for killing Americans with drones are proving inconvenient.

Suicide Bomb Instructor Accidentally Kills Pupils


We’ve all had a bad day at work, but this was a really bad day at work: BAGHDAD — A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, […]

Sniper Attack On Power Station In California Raises Terrorism Threat

Electric Substation

Ten months ago, a group of people attacked a power substation in California. Who they were and why they did it remains a mystery.

TSA Touts Toothpaste Tube Terror Threat


Just when it became safe to keep your shoes and tablets on, a new threat to the friendly skies has emerged: toothpaste.

Most Americans Now See Iraq And Afghanistan Wars As Failures

Afghanistan Troops

Most Americans now see America’s decade of war as a failure.

Robert Gates: Invading Iraq Diverted Attention From The War On Terror

Bush Gates Rumsfeld

Former SecDef Robert Gates is among those who believes that the Iraq War unduly diverted attention from fighting the War On Terror.

Al Qaeda Runs Falluja Now


If you’re still not convinced that we lost the war in Iraq, this should settle the argument.

New York Times Benghazi Story Gets Some Political And Journalistic Push Back


The New York Times Benghazi report raises as many questions as it purports to answer.

Would N.S.A. Data Mining Have Been Able To Stop 9/11?

NSA headquarter

.Many have tried to justify N.S.A. data mining on the theory that it could have prevented 9/11. Is that true?

Second Suicide Bombing In Two Days Hits Southern Russia As Olympics Approach

Russian Terror Attack

We’re just over a month away  from the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the explosion of a second suicide bomb in areas near the location of the games is starting to raise security fears: MOSCOW — A deadly suicide bombing at a crowded railroad station in southern Russia on Sunday, […]

Return to the Events in Benghazi


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Where’s the Evidence that the NSA Programs are Working?


Julian Sanchez concludes his column (The War on Terror’s Jedi Mind Trick)  on the NSA’s collection of phone data thusly: While we may sometimes have to trade a bit of privacy for greater security, the Review Group rightly argues that we must demand evidence that we are really getting that security, relying on rigorous cost-benefit […]

Just How Bad Was Security At Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service?

Mandela Interpreter

Apparently, the security at Tuesday’s memorial for Nelson Mandela was so lax as to be nearly non-existent.

Terrorists Apologize For Beheading The Wrong Person


Apparently, everyone has their own version of a bad day at the office: Militant Islamist rebels in Syria linked to al-Qaeda have asked for “understanding and forgiveness” for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man’s head. In a public appearance filmed and posted online, members of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, one […]

60 Minutes Retracts, Apologizes For, Erroneous Benghazi Report

60 Minutes Benghazi

A story that has turned into a partisan kickball and some bad journalism have resulted in a celebrated news program getting considerable egg on its face.

Pakistani Taliban Leader Killed In U.S. Drone Strike


The leader of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a U.S. drone strike: DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — The Pakistani Taliban confirmed the death of their leader in a U.S. drone strike Saturday, a day after he was killed, as the group’s leadership council met to begin the process of choosing a successor. The […]

TSA Agent Killed in LAX Shooting, First in Agency’s History


I’m happy that these incidents are so rare. But I can’t explain why it’s so.

Cheney Heart Device Altered To Prevent Remote Tampering


Former Vice-President Dick Cheney is coming out with a new book, co-written with his long-time cardiologist, about this life long battle with heart disease, a battle that started when he had a heart attack at the young age of 37. Among the more interesting revelations is the fact that his cardiologist insisted on having a […]

U.S. Hits Terror Targets In Libya, Somalia


Twin raids by U.S. special forces in Libya and Somalia have hit terror targets, and one resulted in the capture of an al Qaeda operative who had been sought since 1998: American commandos carried out raids on Saturday in two far-flung African countries in a powerful flex of military muscle aimed at capturing fugitive terrorist […]

Dozens Killed In Terror Attack On Kenyan Mall


Up to three dozen people died today in an apparent terrorist attack on an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya: NAIROBI, Kenya — Masked gunmen stormed into a fancy, crowded mall in Nairobi on Saturday and shot dead at least 39 people in one of the most chilling terrorist attacks in East Africa since Al Qaeda […]

Another Round Of Bombings In Iraq


The rash of bombings that started hitting Iraq in advance of its most recent elections continues: BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near a funeral tent packed with mourners and another bomber on foot blew himself up nearby in a Shiite part of Baghdad early Saturday evening, the deadliest assault in a […]

9/11 And The Never-Ending War


The world changed significantly twelve years ago today. Will it ever change back even a little bit?

Why Some Killing Matters More


Why are chemical weapons a “red line” in a war where so many have been killed?

U.S. Evacuates Two Embassies As Syria Debate Heats Up


As Congress continues to debate whether to grant the President authority to strike Syria, the State Department is sending personnel home: The Obama administration is evacuating some of its Middle Eastern embassies amid threats of retaliation for a U.S. strike on Syria. The State Department has ordered a drawdown of non-emergency personnel in Beirut, Lebanon, […]

Boehner, Cantor, Pelosi All Support Obama On Syria Strikes

Boehner Obama Pelosi

Not surprisingly, Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle are lining up behind the President in the debate over Syria.

Snowden Documents Show Pentagon Lied In Resposnse To FOIA Request Regarding Bin Laden Death


Documents obtained by Edward Snowden and given to The Washington Post seem to establish that the Pentagon lied in a Freedom of Information Act request in connection with the death of Osama bin Laden: WASHINGTON (KABC) – Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden end any doubt that Osama bin Laden could still be alive. The Washington […]

If We Do Attack Syria, What’s Next?


Some questions that the Administration needs to answer before attacking Syria.

Nidal Hasan Sentenced To Death

Nidal Hasan

A military jury has sentenced Major Nidal Hasan to death for his role in the shootings at Fort Hood on November 5th, 2009: KILLEEN, Tex. — Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who admitted shooting to kill in a Fort Hood building here packed with unarmed soldiers nearly four years ago, once said he […]

Military Jury Convicts Nidal Hasan On All Counts


A military jury at Fort Hood has convicted Major Nidal Hasan on all the charges against him arising out of his 2009 shooting spree: KILLEEN, Tex. — A military jury on Friday found Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan guilty of carrying out the largest mass murder at a military installation in American history. The verdict, delivered […]

Joyner and Foust on Manning and Other Stuff


Joshua Foust and I discuss Chelsea Manning and other issues for BloggingHeadsTV.

Yemen Wants Its Own Drones


A headline I never thought I’d see: “Yemen Asks U.S. For Drones To Fight Al Qaeda”

Major Nidal Hasan Rests Case Without Providing Any Defense


Major Nidal Hasan, currently on trial for the murder and wounding of dozens of American soldiers at Fort Hood, has declined to put on any defense case at all: KILLEEN, Tex. — Months after deciding to act as his own lawyer, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan declined to present a defense in his military trial on […]

Most U.S. Embassies And ConsulatesTo Reopen


All but one of the diplomatic outposts that were closed last week due to terrorism threats will be reopening: WASHINGTON — Eighteen of the 19 U.S. embassies and consulates closed this month due to worries about potential terrorist attacks will reopen on Sunday, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. “Our embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, […]

U.S. Evacuates Consulate In Pakistan


The United States has evacuated another diplomatic outpost in response to threats of terrorism: The State Department has ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. Government personnel from the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, due to threats against the post. “We are undertaking this drawdown due to concerns about credible threat information specific to the […]

Sealed Indictment Issued In Connection With Benghazi Attack


CNN is reporting this afternoon that the first criminal charges have been filed in connection with the attack last September 11th on he U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi: Washington (CNN) – Federal authorities investigating the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi have filed charges against Ahmed Abu Khattalah, leader of a Libyan militia […]

TSA Expanding Beyond Airports

TSA Airport Scans

TheTransportation Security Administration is expanding its purview to train stations and sporting events.

U.S. Embassy Staff Evacuated From Yemen


In the latest response to intelligence apparently indicating an increased risk of terror attacks, most of the people working at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen have been evacuated: WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military evacuated non-essential U.S. government personnel from Yemen on Tuesday due to the high risk of attack by al-Qaida that has triggered […]

Some U.S. Embassies Will Remain Closed Through August 10th


The closure of American embassies across the Middle East in response to apparent terror threats is being extended: (Reuters) – The United States extended the closures of some embassies and consulates in the Middle East – which had been closed Sunday due to an al Qaeda threat – through August 10 due to caution but […]

FBI Review Says That Boston Bombing Could Not Have Been Prevented


In the end, it doesn’t appear that the Boston Marathon bombings could have been prevented by law enforcement.

State Department: Avoid Planet Earth, There Be Terrorists There


Al Qaeda may be up to something, so take no chances.

An Update On The “Pressure Cookers” Google Search Story

Suffolk PIO Statement

Presumably because I blogged about the issue this morning, I just recieved the following email from the public information office of the Suffolk County, New York Police Department: (click to enlarge)   Here’s the text of the statement: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 1, 2013 As a result of numerous media inquiries, received today by the […]

Google Searches For “Pressure Cooker” And “Backpacks” Lead To FBI Visit


A husband and wife do unrelated, and perfectly innocent, Google searches, and get a visit from the FBI.

Guantanamo Costs $2.7 Million Per Prisoner

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Keeping 166 detainees in Gitmo costs taxpayers $454 million.

Syrian Anti-Regime Forces Carry Out Mass Executions


Anti-Assad forces are committing atrocities in Aleppo.

Al Qaeda Hosts Family Fair, Complete With Ice Cream


Apparently, al Qaeda has been working on its public image: Nothing says wholesome family fun like al-Qaeda, which is why the group’s Syrian and Iraqi branches held a festival in a rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo. The bizarre event, captured on video, is part of a broader effort to show Syrian civilians a softer, cuddlier side […]

Hundreds of al Qaeda Militants Freed in Iraq Jailbreak


As many as 500 convicted al Qaeda terrorists were released Sunday night as part of a surge of violence that has killed thousands since April.

Federal Judge Not Buying Administration Arguments In Lawsuit Over Drone Killings


A Federal Judge wasn’t very pleased when Administration lawyers told her that she doesn’t have jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit over the President’s drone policy.

Peter King ‘Not Ruling Out’ Presidential Run; He Should


An overweight Republican from the northeast is thinking about running for president. No, not that one.

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