Terrorism

Benghazi bombshell — former Gitmo detainee implicated in attack

Featured image According to the Washington Post, U.S. officials suspect that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee played a role in the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi. The U.S. government is said to be planning to designate the group he leads as a foreign terrorist organization. The terrorist and former Gitmo detainee in question is Abu Sufian bin Qumu, leader of Ansar al-Sharia in the Libyan city of Darnah. Witnesses »

Work accident in Prague: The Palestinians explain

Featured image The Czechs are looking into the mysterious explosion that took the life of Palestinian Ambassador Jamel al-Jamal at his residence on New Year’s Day. An arms cache was subsequently discovered in the related diplomatic facility. As you might guess, neighbors of the Palestinian diplomatic facility are not too thrilled. The Czech investigation appears to have hit a roadblock insofar as it depends on information to be provided by the Palestinians »

Obama: yes to terrorism abetter, no to little sisters of the poor

Featured image After five years of an increasingly radical presidency, it comes to this: the Obama administration has released Lynne Stewart, convicted of abetting a notorious terrorist, but is litigating in order to coerce a group of nuns who embody compassion. Isn’t this what Communists used to do when they came to power — release the “political prisoners” and harass the deeply religious? President Obama’s supporters say he’s not out to get »

The Prague Suspicion

Featured image I fear the mysteries surrounding the death of Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamel al-Jamal are destined to abide, but let us track the relevant news as it emerges. We noted al-Jamal’s death on Wednesday in “Work accident in Prague.” Al-Jamal was killed when he opened a safe at his residence. As is par for the course with Palestinian announcements regarding such incidents, the explanation of the circumstances was »

Learning from Lynne Stewart

Featured image In the adjacent post Paul notes that radical lawyer Lynne Stewart has secured a compassionate release from prison in light of her terminal illness. Stewart is walking at this point because the government has joined her motion for release. I want to add a personal note to Paul’s comments. I met up with Lynne Stewart at the national convention of the National Lawyers Guild in Minneapolis in October 2003 and »

Terrorist abetting attorney released from prison thanks to Obama administration

Featured image Lynne Stewart, who was convicted of smuggling messages from Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (“the Blind Sheikh” who masterminded the bombing of the World Trade Center) to his terrorist followers in Egypt, has been released early from prison thanks to the Obama administration. She was released on grounds of “compassion” because she is terminally ill. District Judge John Koeltl ordered the release based on a request from the director of the »

Work accident in Prague

Featured image Working a new twist on an old phenomenon, the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died today in an apparent work accident. The AP reports: The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died Wednesday in a blast that occurred when he opened an office safe that had been sealed for at least 30 years, officials said. Ambassador Jamel al-Jamal, 56, was at home with his family at the time of »

Terrorist Attack In Volgograd

Featured image For the second time in the last 60 days, terrorists have struck in the Russian city of Volgograd. A female suicide bomber–presumably a Muslim terrorist, although this has not yet been confirmed–killed as many as 18 people and wounded many more at the city’s train station: The explosion rocked a crowded area between the train station’s front doors and the metal detectors leading into the main hall at 12:45 p.m. »

Left-wing panel delivers largely worthless report on NSA surveillance

Featured image The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies has released a report (available via link here), which calls for a significant scaling back of NSA surveillance activity. The report is basically what you would expect from a panel whose five members include two left-wing law professors (Cass Sunstein and Geoffrey Stone), a grossly dishonest former bureaucrat (Richard Clarke), the man who helped scrub the Benghazi points to eliminate references »

The NSA, privacy, and judicial activism

Featured image We have not yet commented on the decision yesterday by a federal district court judge to grant an injunction against the collection of phone data by the National Security Agency and to order NSA to destroy the records it has collected. The judge, Richard Leon, granted the injunction on the theory that the plaintiffs are highly likely to demonstrate that the NSA’s collection of metadata held by phone companies is »

Bombs and the First Amendment: The Anarchist Cookbook

Featured image Karl Pierson, the Colorado high school senior who tried to murder his debate coach and instead gravely wounded a random student, Claire Davis, was a self-described communist. He was distraught, apparently, over being dropped from his high school’s debate team, or otherwise disciplined in some way. The facts are still murky. But this interesting point has emerged: The student who opened fire last week at a Colorado high school, leaving »

Jeh Johnson to head Department of Homeland Security

Featured image President Obama reportedly will select Jeh Johnson to succeed Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Johnson is a New York lawyer. He served as General Counsel of the Defense Department during Obama’s first term. I’m not a fan of Johnson, with whom I had some slight, peripheral contact when I practiced law. I criticized his manipulative role in ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” here. I expected »

Obama’s scandalous Afghan exit strategy

Featured image Congressional Republicans aren’t the only ones against whom President Obama is playing hardball. He’s also playing it against the government of Afghanistan, a U.S. ally. The issue is the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. According to Max Boot, who cites a Washington Post report, Obama has told President Karzai that if there is no agreement by October 31 on the terms for keeping a residual U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, the »

Somalia raid suggests incoherence in Obama’s anti-terrorism policy

Featured image Information is beginning to emerge about the Navy SEALs raid in Somalia that failed (apparently; we are not sure) to kill or capture its target, an al-Shabab commander named Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, also known as Ikrima. For me, the information contained in this Washington Post report raises more questions than it answers. According to the Post, the commander in charge of the raid had the authority to call for an »

Why raids against terrorists aren’t enough

Featured image Over the weekend, the U.S. conducted two raids in Africa against terrorists. In Libya, we captured Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, alias Abu Anas al-Liby, who is wanted for the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. In Somalia, we targeted a senior leader of the Shabab, the Islamist terrorist group responsible for the massacre at the Westgate mall in Nairobi. We don’t know whether we killed the target. Scott »

Two raids

Featured image This morning the Washington Post reports that Navy SEALs carried out an overnight raid on the Somali seaside home of a leader of the al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab, U.S. officials said Saturday. A U.S. official said the aim of the raid, which took place Friday, was to take a “high-value” al-Shabab militant into custody, but the militant was not seized. The AP report on the Somalia raid adds: A resident of »

A look at Minnesota’s Somalis, but not too close

Featured image With the horrendous terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Somali al Qaeda affiliate al Shabab is back in the news. We still don’t know the identity of the perpetrators, or whether any of them had made their way to al Shabab from Minnesota or points elsewhere in the United States. I trust that time will. For now we have the New York Times visit to Minneapolis to pass »