Terrorism

The Latest From Stockholm [Updated]

Featured image As usual, the earliest news reports on yesterday’s terrorist attack in Stockholm were partly right and partly wrong. This is what we think we know as of this morning: * Four people were killed and 15 were injured, ten of whom are hospitalized. * At least two people have been arrested so far. The first, believed to be the driver of the stolen truck that careened down a pedestrian street »

Terror Attack In Sweden [With Multiple Updates]

Featured image At least five people [more recent reports say four] were killed today in Stockholm, and more injured, when a man drove a stolen truck into a crowd. The driver, who wore a balaclava over his head, escaped. Authorities are treating the incident as a terrorist attack, and the modus operandi suggests Islamic terrorism, like the vehicle attacks in Nice, Berlin and Westminster Bridge. The Daily Mail has photographs, including this »

Terror Attack In St. Petersburg

Featured image Russian authorities are now saying that an Islamic extremist was behind today’s train bombing in St. Petersburg: Police in Russia now believe a suicide bomber, who has close links to radical Islamists was behind the attack. He was named locally as Maksim Arishev, 22, from Kazakhstan and a CCTV image has been released of the suspect. The image shows a man in a red Parka jacket, wearing glasses and a »

The World’s Greatest Humanitarian Crisis Arrives Just In Time

Featured image As President Trump moves to fulfill his campaign promises across a wide range of issues, the response from the left is always the same: you can’t do that. Reduce immigration and travel to the U.S.? Left-wing judges purport to enjoin it. Try to build a southern wall? Forget it. Revoke by executive order the “clean power plan” that Barack Obama imposed by executive order? Multiple lawsuits have already been filed. »

NY Times Publishes, Then Retracts, Fake News

Featured image On February 28, the New York Times magazine published a long, dark essay by left-winger Emily Bazelon on the prospects for President Trump’s Department of Justice–or, as the Times headline put it, “Department of Justification.” The article, which focuses on Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, isn’t worth reading. It exemplifies the far-left hysteria with which we are all too familiar. A prominent theme is that Republicans don’t care »

Lessons From the Parliament Attack

Featured image England has been shaken by the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge and Parliament that was carried out last Wednesday by Khalid Masood, whose real name was Adrian Elms or Adrian Ajao. As more information has come out about the terrorist, a number of observations can be made. 1) Masood/Elms/Ajao was an unusual terrorist in some ways, and typical in others. Like nearly all Islamic terrorists, he had a middle-class upbringing »

Terrorist Attack at Parliament [Updated]

Featured image An apparent terrorist attack occurred a couple of hours ago near the Parliament building in London. A car veered into a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing at least one and wounding as many as 11 others. Reports indicate that someone–I assume the driver of the vehicle–then began assaulting people, including a policeman, with a knife. There are also reports of shots fired outside Parliament; I assume that was »

Lynne Stewart passes

Featured image In late 2013 the radical lawyer Lynne Stewart received a “compassionate release” from prison in light of her terminal illness. Stewart was released with the consent of the prosecutors who joined her motion for release. On Tuesday Stewart died of the cancer that prompted her release. The New York Times has published a long and respectful obituary. I met up with Stewart at the national convention of the National Lawyers »

Iraq omitted from new travel order. Why?

Featured image John discussed the Trump administration’s revised travel order in a post below. He says it looks bullet proof, and so it does. However, I can’t help but suspect that if the same judges who reviewed the original order rule on its successor, the outcome might well be the same, with new concerns providing the basis for an anti-administration ruling. This time around, though, I’m confident the administration is prepared to »

Trump’s New Travel Order Looks Bulletproof

Featured image President Trump rescinded his original travel order today, and replaced it it with a new one that is tailored to meet the legal objections that the first order encountered. The order is at the bottom of this post in its entirety, so you can read it for yourself. The order is generally similar to the first one, but Iraq is now treated differently from the other six countries of concern. »

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 »