Terrorism

Guilty Plea In San Bernardino Case

Featured image This news story probably won’t get as much attention as it deserves, but it is interesting on several levels: “Man to plead guilty to aiding San Bernardino attack.” Enrique Marquez Jr., 25, of Riverside, admitted in a plea agreement that he bought the assault rifles [sic] used by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, in the Dec. 2, 2015, attack at a public health agency gathering that left »

Ninth Circuit maintains suspension of Trump’s order on travel [UPDATED TWICE]

Featured image A unanimous panel of Ninth Circuit judges has just refused to reinstate President Trump’s executive order banning certain travel into the U.S. The ruling, though inconsistent with the law, will surprise few who know anything about the Ninth Circuit. I’m sure we’ll discuss the merits once we have the opportunity to analyze the opinion. For now, let’s consider the administration’s legal options. It could seek rehearing by the Ninth Circuit »

The Louvre Attack and Trump’s Temporary, Partial Travel Stay

Featured image On Friday, an Egyptian Muslim named Abdullah Reda Refaie al-Hamahmy appeared at the Louvre wearing, or carrying, two backpacks. This apparently caused him to be stopped by police officers, whom he attacked with a machete, yelling “Allahu Akbar!” They shot him. Current information is that al-Hamahmy is 28 years old and comes from the Nile delta region. His father says he is completely normal and claims to be shocked. Al-Hamahmy »

(DHS) Magical mystery tour (and why I need a lawyer)

Featured image The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport should be a sidebar to the story of the case against the “Minnesota men” that resulted in guilty pleas and verdicts last year. One of the “Minnesota men” who pleaded guilty and cooperated with the prosecution had worked on the tarmac at the airport in positions where he could have done serious damage. So did the “Minnesota man” who turned informant and was never charged »

Update on the Quebec mosque shooting

Featured image Last night, soon after it happened, I wrote about the shooting at a mosque in Quebec City. As I warned, some of the information being reported initially was inaccurate — par for the course in these kinds of situations. But the main details turned out to be correct. Here is what it now being reported with reasonable confidence: There was one shooter. He is Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27 year-old political »

The Muslim Brotherhood revisited

Featured image In significant respects the Muslim Brotherhood is the progenitor of the Islamic terrorism that hit us on 9/11. Lawrence Wright therefore began his account of al Qaeda and the road to 9/11 with Sayyid Qutb, the “intellectual godfather” of the Brotherhood. The avowedly genocideal and terrorist group Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood. The Brotherhood itself is a little cagier, but it takes a case of willful blindness to »

Pardon her ignorance

Featured image John likes to say that mainstream media reporters know less than most of us do. Maggie Haberman, a political correspondent for The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN, provided evidence for this contention today. Haberman tweeted: Other than San Bernardino shootings, has there been a terrorist attack involving a non-US-born attacker since 9/11? Any reasonably well-informed person could have answered that one in the affirmative. Guy Benson »

Extreme vetting, here we come

Featured image President Trump began to fulfill one of his signal campaign promises yesterday with the promulgation of an executive order addressing immigration from Muslim countries. The New York Times has posted the text of the executive order here. The order proceeds through a series of cross-reference to other laws that renders it incomprehensible on its own terms. Perhaps improvidently, I take the summary of the order’s operative provisions by Michael Shear »

Freeing a terrorist mastermind

Featured image In his invaluable history of the maniacal leftist terrorism of the 1970s, Bryan Burrough frankly characterizes FALN leader Oscar López Rivera as “the man behind the deadliest bombing campaign of the era.” That’s quite a distinction. And the man remains unrepentant, as they say. He therefore escaped pardon by Slick William J. Clinton in the festival of corruption that accompanied his departure from office. Clinton pardoned 16 of the 18 »

The Real Housewives of ISIS?!?!

Featured image I can’t believe this sketch was actually broadcast by the BBC—state-run media!—in Britain.  If it was broadcast here in the U.S., CAIR would have a cow give birth to piglets. I understand the comment threads and Twitter in the UK are blowing up (figuratively speaking of course). Definitely video of the week (only 1:45 long): »

The Mysterious Terror Attack In Istanbul [Updated]

Featured image Experience has taught us to treat skeptically all early news reports of dramatic events like terrorist attacks, because such reports nearly always turn out to be wrong, at least in part. But the attack on the night club Reina in Istanbul seems particularly mysterious, especially given how many witnesses there were. It is still not entirely clear whether there was just one attacker, as the authorities maintain, or several, as »

Christmas Day Terrorist Plot Foiled In Australia

Featured image The Islamic State has urged its followers around the world to carry out terrorist attacks on Christmas. We won’t know until Monday whether any such attacks are successfully carried out, but some have already been stopped, including a major plot in Australia: Police in Australia have detained five men suspected of planning a series of Christmas Day attacks using explosives, knives and a gun in the heart of the country’s »

The Latest From Berlin: Two Arrested at Mosque

Featured image Tunisian terrorist Anis Amri reportedly was seen at a Berlin mosque on two occasions during the week before his attack on the Christmas market. Then, some eight hours after fleeing the scene of his truck attack, at about 3:30 in the morning, he was seen at the same mosque on closed circuit video: This led to a police raid on the mosque, which is described by the Daily Mail (a »

The latest from Berlin: Shootout in Milan

Featured image The latest in the Berlin terror truck massacre comes from Milan. Tunisian terror truck suspect Anis Amri has been killed in a shootout with police. The Telegraph reports: he Tunisian man suspected of carrying out the Berlin truck attack was shot dead by police in Milan on Friday, Italy has confirmed. Anis Amri, 24, was accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens more in Monday’s assault on a Christmas »

The latest from Berlin: Looking for Mr. Amri

Featured image A reader following the German press is helping to keep us current on news of the Berlin massacre. The news focuses on the hunt for the Tunisian suspect, Anis Amri, and his telling backstory. Our reader advises that there are several interesting reports in the German media today. Despite concerns that the document found in the truck used by the terrorist was a feint designed to mislead the authorities, Amri’s »

The latest from Berlin: Anis Amri? Whodat???

Featured image Two photos of suspected Berlin truck terrorist Anis Amri have now been posted at the German Bundeskriminalamt website. The BKA has requested the public’s assistance to locate him here. According to the German tabloid Bild, the Tunisian government refused to replace Amri’s passport, although requested to by the German government, because he was unknown to them: Wie BILD erfuhr, hatte der Tunesier im April 2016 ein Asylantrag gestellt, wurde vom »

The latest from Berlin: Last name, photo & more

Featured image The Daily Mail passes on the last name and photo (right) of the suspect identified by the authorities in the Berlin massacre. He is believed to be armed and dangerous. And, oh, yeah, he is probably a member of a “large” Islamic organization: This is the Tunisian asylum seeker with ‘links to Islamic extremists’ who has become Europe’s most wanted man after his ID was found under the seat in »