Terrorism

Deep secrets of racial profiling (5)

Featured image In part 3 of this series, I quoted ACLU racial profiling guru David Harris’s account of the randomized security system ordered into place by the FAA in 1998. Harris portrays it as a great triumph. I think 9/11 cast its own negative verdict on the system. With the farcical TSA security theater, however, we live with its legacy. It’s an old story that we have all observed with our own »

Boston Terrorist Wanted to Kill Pamela Geller

Featured image More news is leaking out about Usaama Rahim, the 26-year-old would-be terrorist who was shot by police in Boston. CNN reports that Rahim’s original plan was to behead Pamela Geller: Usaamah Rahim, who was fatally shot after waving a military knife at law enforcement officers in Boston, was originally plotting to behead Pamela Geller, an activist and conservative blogger, law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday. But he and his »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (3)

Featured image In part 2 of this series, I wrote about David Harris’s book Profiles In Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work. Harris’s book had obviously been written before 9/11, though it was published in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. In the book’s chapter 6, Harris provided an account of the reform of airline passenger screening in the Clinton administration to avert alleged racial profiling. By the time of the book’s publication »

The real Rand Paul stands up

Featured image As John notes below, Rand Paul has used his Senatorial prerogative to block the Patriot Act. As a result, its provisions will expire at midnight. A new Act will be passed, but probably not for at least 72 hours. Let’s hope that terrorists worldwide respect Sen. Paul’s prerogative and wait 72 hours before using using U.S. phone lines to plot attacks on U.S. interests. Rand Paul is concerned, as he »

Rand Paul Blocks Patriot Act Extension, For Now

Featured image Important provisions of the Patriot Act expire at midnight tonight, unless renewed by Congress. The House has passed such a bill, and the Senate has been in session today, trying to do the same. This effort was blocked, in the end, by one senator: Rand Paul. Fox News reports: The Senate failed Sunday to strike a deal to extend the NSA’s phone surveillance program before the midnight deadline. … The »

Megyn Kelly takes down Rand Paul on the Patriot Act

Featured image John has flagged Rand Paul’s ISIS whopper — the claim that Republicans are to blame for the rise of ISIS. When Republicans controlled the White House, ISIS was, as John says, little more than a dream in the minds of a few fanatics. The dream was realized not because of Republicans, but mostly because President Obama reversed President Bush’s policies and prematurely withdrew American forces from Iraq. But Rand Paul’s »

Hezbollah prepares

Featured image There is so much bad news coming out of the Middle East that it is hard to keep up. Omri Ceren writes from The Israel Project to fill us in on a preview of coming attractions featuring the proxy forces of President Obama’s Iranian friends. Where precisely does Hezbollah fit in Obama’s vision of Iran as a friendly regional power? Too bad Jeffrey Goldberg didn’t riddle Obama that particular question. »

Notes on “Days of Rage” (3)

Featured image This concludes my series of posts on Bryan Burrough’s important and riveting new book, Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence. Part 1 is here; part 2 is here. We recorded an interview with Burrough about the book earlier this week; the interview is posted here. • Joanne Chesimard/Assata Shakur was a member and leader of the cop-killing Black Liberation Army. Burrough »

Notes on “Days of Rage” (2)

Featured image Reading Bryan Burrough’s book Days of Rage from cover to cover over the weekend, I flipped over the book. In this post I continue to jot notes on the book to amplify the attention it has received so far. Part 1 is posted here; our interview with Bryan Burrough, recorded on Tuesday, is posted here. • Burrough tells the story of six terrorist groups that conducted campaigns of “revolutionary violence,” »

Bin Laden’s Correspondence

Featured image Today the Director of National Intelligence declassified and posted on the DNI web site 103 documents that were recovered during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound, along with a variety of other materials. Among those other items is a list of 39 books in English that were found at the compound. Let’s start with the books. While there are some legitimate works of history, the list is heavy »

Notes on “Days of Rage” (1)

Featured image Over the weekend I read Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence. I read it in preparation for the brief interview we recorded with the author yesterday afternoon for the Power Line podcast posted here. I would like to share notes, thoughts and excerpts in a series of posts, of which this is the first of what I think will »

Jury gets it right, sentences Tsarnaev to death

Featured image Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by the jury today. Unless one supports total abolition of the death sentence, this was clearly the right outcome. It wasn’t always clear, however, that Tsarnaev would receive the death sentence. For one thing, the trial was held in Massachusetts, one of our most liberal states. In the immediate aftermath of the bombing seven in 10 Americans said they supported the death penalty for »

Panic at the FBI?

Featured image ABC News is running a story today about how the FBI and the rest of the homeland security apparatus is in a state of near “panic” in the aftermath of the Garland shooting: But the officials who spoke to ABC News described a “panic” and “crisis” inside the FBI because the agency and the rest of the nation’s homeland security infrastructure are not built to deal with the non-stop flow »

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech?

Featured image I wrote in Blaming Pamela Geller that many liberals are more critical of Ms. Geller than of the Muslim extremists who tried to murder her at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Texas. Of course, for over-the-top leftism, you can’t beat the New York Times editorial board. They weighed in on the relative merits of Pamela Geller and the Islamic terrorists yesterday in an editorial titled “Free Speech vs. »

On the Terror Attack In Texas

Featured image As you probably know, two gunmen attacked a “draw Mohammed” event in Garland, Texas last night. The event was sponsored by Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative, which awarded $10,000 to the best depiction of Mohammed. The gunmen were armed with semiautomatic rifles, but they didn’t get far: the event had security, and a Garland police officer armed only with a handgun killed them both. One security guard was wounded »

The Somali muddle, once more once

Featured image Yesterday’s Star Tribune featured Paul McEnroe’s page-one story “Minneapolis nonprofit tests program to pull teens from terror’s grasp.” Taking off on the arrest of the Minneapolis based Somali six who sought to depart these parts to join ISIS, the article focuses on an experimental program implemented under the auspices of Heartland Democracy to divert Somalis from such a path. Mary McKinley is the nonprofit’s executive director; Ahmed Amin is a »

Free the Somali six

Featured image Minnesota authorities have gone deep in search of taxpayer funds to lavish on Somali immigrants in the name of “outreach.” Someone should probably reach out to the supporters of the local Minnesota based Somalis recently charged with seeking to depart these parts in order to join ISIS, but I wonder if we have a government program in process to help Minnesota taxpayers resolve anger management issues arising from reports like »