Terrorism

Is al Qaeda planning a chemical attack on the west?

Featured image At yesterday’s AEI conference on al Qaeda, terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University said that there has been a spate of arrests of terrorists who possess nerve gas. The arrests have occurred mainly in Turkey and Israel. Hoffman infers from the arrests that al Qaeda may be planning a chemical attack on the West. Such an attack would most likely occur in Europe, but the United States could be »

Obama’s most dangerous lie

Featured image Rank-ordering the lies of President Obama is a daunting task. But high on any sound list, though absent from most actual ones, is Obama’s claim that al Qaeda has been “decimated” and is “on the path to defeat.” This claim was ripped to shreds yesterday at an AEI conference called “Getting it right: A better strategy to defeat al Qaeda.” You can watch that event here and I encourage you »

U.S. strikes in Yemen after al Qaeda’s day out

Featured image In a post called “Al Qaeda’s day out,” I criticized the Obama administration for backing away from drone strikes against that outfit in the terrorist hotbed of Yemen. Therefore, it is only fair that I give the administration credit for launching an aggressive drone strike campaign over the weekend in Yemen against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). In one drone strike the U.S. targeted AQAP’s top bomb maker, »

Trotsky Was Right

Featured image I am no fan of Trotsky, but he was right about one thing: “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” Many Americans seem to think that they can swear off foreign policy, but it isn’t that easy. I wrote on Sunday about Iran’s inexorable march toward nuclear capability, as proclaimed openly by its own leaders. In Ukraine, events seem to be moving toward a »

Abu Ghaith convicted

Featured image Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law — one Sulaiman Abu Ghaith — was found guilty today of conspiring to kill Americans and of providing material support to terrorists in federal district court in New York. According to the Wall Street Journal, the conviction “bolsters the arguments of those who contend that civilian courts, rather than military commission, are suitably equipped to handle terrorism prosecutions.” I’m not buying that for a minute. Indeed, »

Flight 370: Did the Pilots Do It? [Updated]

Featured image It is clear that Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was hijacked by an experienced pilot who knew how to operate a Boeing 777. This report in the New York Times supports what was already an overwhelming conclusion: The first turn to the west that diverted the missing Malaysia Airlines plane from its planned flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was carried out through a computer system that was most likely »

The Latest on Flight 370 [Updated]

Featured image The mystery of what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 remains as murky as ever, but recent developments are consistent with what we have been saying for some time. Everyone now acknowledges that the airplane was hijacked, with or without collaboration by one or more crew members. We have all learned something about the various signals that an airplane gives off in flight; as more information comes to light, the »

What Happened to Flight 370?

Featured image Everyone seems now in agreement (with the possible exception of some Malaysian officials) that Flight 370 continued flying in a generally westward direction for four or five hours, at a minimum, after it was lost by civilian radar shortly after takeoff. Substantially all observers also agree that measures were taken to hide the plane’s whereabouts, e.g. by disabling the transponder. So it seems clear that the plane was hijacked, either »

Bombshell Revelation Deepens Mystery of Flight 370 [ With Multiple Updates]

Featured image The Boeing 777 that disappeared after taking off from Kuala Lumpur had two Rolls Royce engines. When in operation, the engines automatically transmitted data to Rolls Royce, on the ground, at 30 minute intervals. This fact has been known for a while, but Rolls has been quiet about what the transmissions showed–or, more important, when they ended. It has now been revealed by American investigators that, according to Rolls Royce, »

The Hamas Rockets: A Postscript

Featured image Scott wrote earlier today about the cone of silence that has descended over the Israelis’ interception of long-range rockets and other weaponry in transit from Iran to Hamas in Gaza. This AFP story adds a touch of irony: Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Hamas unveiled a rocket-shaped statue Monday showcasing its capacity to strike arch-enemy Israel, as the Jewish state boasted its own haul of captured weapons it claims »

Libertarian push-polling at CPAC

Featured image A poll of participants at the just concluded CPAC gathering in Washington, D.C. asked, among other things, “Do you favor or oppose the National Security Agency’s (NSA) use of data collection such as phone-tapping and reading of emails to combat global terrorism?” 78 percent of respondents said they oppose; only 19 percent said they are in favor. The question is ambiguous, I think. It could be construed to mean, “Do »

Muslim Terrorists Murder 59 Children In Nigeria

Featured image Stories like this happen all the time, and we can’t begin to note all of them. Still, the murder of 59 boys, either shot or burned to death, deserves mention. Terrorists from Boko Haram–which means “Western education is sinful”–attacked a school in northeast Nigeria. Attacking schools and murdering students is a favorite tactic of Boko Haram, which is trying to force Nigeria to institute Sharia law: Gunmen from Islamist group »

Did Eric Holder Commit Perjury in the Rahinah Ibrahim Case?

Featured image Rahinah Ibrahim is a Malaysian citizen who was studying for a PhD in architecture at Stanford when, in January 2005, she went to the San Francisco airport to board a flight to Hawaii to deliver a paper at a conference. She was not allowed to board; instead she was detained, handcuffed and eventually allowed to depart, first to Hawaii and then to her native Malaysia. She has never been permitted »

The Feel Good Headline of the Day

Featured image From the New York Times and other outlets: Suicide Bomb Trainer in Iraq Accidentally Blows Up His Class BAGHDAD — If there were such a thing, it would probably be rule No. 1 in the teaching manual for instructors of aspiring suicide bombers: Don’t give lessons with live explosives. In what represented a cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, and a cause of dark humor for ordinary Iraqis, a commander at »

Jeh Johnson gets a few things right

Featured image Jeh Johnson, who recently became Homeland Security Secretary, has delivered his first policy address. He devoted part of his speech, delivered at the Woodrow Wilson Center, to pushing for immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. The fact that the implementation of immigration reform legislation would, in no small measure, be in the hands of a left-liberal partisan like Johnson provides additional reason, if any were needed, »

Girding the Grid

Featured image The very detailed Wall Street Journal story today about the sniper attack on an electrical substation south of San Jose last April (I’ve driven by that substation many times, noting its close proximity to the highway) is raising new fears of terrorist strikes against our electrical grid.  The shooter or shooters—it appears likely there was more than one person involved—fired for nearly 20 minutes, knocking out 17 transformers. Up to »

Obama ties military’s hands by reading al Qaeda out of Benghazi

Featured image Katherine Zimmerman of AEI, whose work we have highlighted before, wrote an op-ed in Sunday’s Washington Post about the need to formulate a reasonable definition of al Qaeda. The whole column is worth reading, but I was struck most by her explanation of why the military won’t take action against the perpetrators of the Benghazi attack: Here’s the problem: According to recently declassified testimony of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of »