Terrorism

Back to the future

Featured image In September 2012, the Obama administration peddled the line that a hateful anti-Islamic video resulted in the attack on our consulate in Benghazi and the death of our ambassador and three of his colleagues. The administration sent Susan Rice forth to the Sunday gabfests following the September 11 attack to toe the line that the attack represented a protest that had spun out of control. Obama himself was still peddling »

Four observations prompted by the Paris attack

Featured image 1. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn used to make fun of American journalists — so “courageous” when operating under protection in the U.S.; so cowed when working in the Soviet Union. The same tendency is evident these days. News organizations “heroically” attack American politicians they dislike and expose secret efforts to curb terrorism, safe in the knowledge that the U.S. government will leave them be. But when it comes to the cartoons over »

Why Is the Obama Administration Allergic to “Terrorism”?

Featured image This morning, as White House spokesman Josh Earnest made the rounds of television news programs, he went through various contortions to avoid describing the Charlie Hebdo assault as a terrorist attack. On CNN, he said that the murders are under investigation, and “if” they were a terrorist attack the administration would condemn it in the strongest terms: On MSNBC, Earnest praised Islam as a “peaceful religion” and said the Paris »

Kerry’s statement on Paris attack

Featured image Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris today. In particular, Kerry condemned the “extremism” behind the attack. The video below is taken from the Department of State website; the Department of State has also posted the text of the statement here. Kerry makes a pretense of bravery in the face of the Islamist assault on our freedom. All things considered, it’s probably the »

Obama’s statement on Paris attack

Featured image President Obama has issued this statement on the military style terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris this morning: I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time. France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder »

Twelve Dead, Magazine Silenced in Paris Terrorist Attack [Updated]

Featured image Two heavily-armed Muslims attacked the offices of the satirical Paris weekly Charlie Hebdo this morning, killing twelve people, including the magazine’s two most famous cartoonists. The attackers were heard to shout “Allahu Akbar!” and “The Prophet is avenged!” CNN reports that the killers’ motives are still unknown. These are the murdered cartoonists: Here are the basic facts as reported so far: Paris is on high terrorism alert after shootings Wednesday »

“Curse the Brilliant TSA!”

Featured image I had missed this wonderful bit from the comedy duo Key and Peele, which skewers both the TSA bureaucracy and Islamic terrorists all at once.  I can hardly believe this got by Comedy Central censors.  (Sharp-eyed viewers may note Wood Harris, aka “Avon Barksdale,” playing a key role here.)  Just four minutes long.  (Hat tip: PC.) »

Obama Is Closing Gitmo, One Terrorist At a Time

Featured image President Obama pledged to close the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, but Congress wouldn’t let him move the prisoners to the U.S. So Obama is de facto closing the facility by releasing the terrorists held there. The population is down to 127, after the administration released 28 in 2014. The release of the last five was announced on Tuesday; they will be “resettled” in Kazakhstan. The administration describes these »

U.S. offers reward on ex-gitmo poet

Featured image The United States government has put al Qaeda’s Ibrahim al-Rubaish on a global terrorist list and offered a $5 million reward for information on his whereabouts. Once we knew his whereabouts — Guantanamo Bay detention center. But in 2006, the U.S. released Rubaish to Saudi Arabia where he was to be “rehabilitated.” At the time, Rubaysh was a poster child for the terrorist detainee-sympathizing, anti-Gitmo crew. Marc Falkoff, a lawyer »

The Cuba appeasement and the latest detainee release — is there a connection?

Featured image Our restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the accompanying swap of prisoners have overshadowed the release of six terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay, after the government of Uruguay agreed to accept the six. On the face of things, the two stories seem unrelated. But if we are to believe the president of Uruguay, there is a connection. And the common thread may be President Obama’s laxity (to put it »

On North Korea, Obama Leads From Behind

Featured image On November 24, the news broke that Sony Pictures’ computer system had been hacked. Today, 25 days later, President Obama finally addressed the issue in one of his rare press conferences. In the meantime, Sony had already announced that it is killing the movie that was the apparent cause of the intrusion, “The Interview;” showings of another film, “Team America,” had been canceled, and production of a third film that »

On the Sony hack, a CTO speaks

Featured image Reader Jonathan F. writes in response to John’s post on our pathetic response to the Sony hack. Having worked in IT since 1996, Jonathan is the Chief Technology Officer at his company. He has been involved in the security side of IT at least part time since 2000. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, the certification bestowed by (ISC)2. He also has a CompTia Security+ certification. His corporate »

So Far, Response to Sony Hack Is Pathetic

Featured image North Korea, we are told, hacked into Sony Pictures’ computer system. The hackers made off with a vast number of emails, brought film production to a halt by disrupting Sony’s ability to pay bills, and stole passcodes governing entry into the studio’s headquarters so that employees had to line up to gain admission, one by one. The hackers then caused two movies to be withdrawn from circulation by threatening terrorist »

Americans still see Bush-era interrogation techniques as justified and effective

Featured image One of the nobler, if not the only noble purpose of publicly releasing the Feinsten report was to fuel public debate about the very harsh interrogation techniques used in some instances by the CIA after 9/11. Predictably, though, the rekindled debate has been as stale as the original version had become. In any event, the returns from the debate are in. A Pew Research survey shows that, by a wide »

Taliban? What Taliban? [Updated]

Featured image The Pakistani Taliban carried out an appalling terrorist attack on the Army school in Peshawar yesterday, murdering more than 130, mostly children, and wounding many more. Reports indicate that one teacher was burned alive in front of her class and some of the children were decapitated. It reportedly required more than eight hours for the Army to clear the school of terrorists. The Taliban has claimed responsibility–credit, in their eyes–for »

James Mitchell: KSM predicted what the Dems would do to me

Featured image Megyn Kelly interviewed CIA interrogator James Mitchell last night on FNC’s Kelly File over three segments. Mitchell is a psychologist who helped fashion the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program and is one of the men who interrogated KSM. As such, he comes in for criticism in the Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats’ recently released report (or executive summary). FOX News Insider covers the interview and breaks it into clips here. The video »

The Context of Harsh Interrogation

Featured image As Dick Cheney and others have emphasized, it is foolish to evaluate the enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA without acknowledging their context: in the aftermath of 9/11, the federal government’s most important responsibility was to do everything possible to ensure that there was no sequel. Democratic Senators and Congressmen who were briefed on the CIA’s operations at the time had no problem with what the agency was doing. »