Terrorism

British Government Funded Manchester Bomber

Featured image Can a Western welfare state defend itself against Islamic terrorism? Perhaps, but it will require fundamental changes. The Telegraph reports that last week’s terrorist attack in Manchester was funded by the British government: The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe. Salman Abedi is understood to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run up to Monday’s atrocity »

After Manchester, growing concerns in Minneapolis

Featured image The massacre in Manchester this week seems to have prompted attention to the arrest of brothers Abdullah and Majid Alrifahe in north Minneapolis on May 11. Inside the parked car they were sitting in was a stash of guns, ammo, drone parts and an inert hand grenade. The arrest report provides an inventory of the stash officers found in “a cursory search” of the vehicle: “a loaded AK 47-type assault »

Leaked Photos Suggest Manchester Bomber Was Part of Cell

Featured image Photos that were shared with American intelligence agencies and leaked to the New York Times indicate that Manchester terrorist Salman Abedi used relatively sophisticated technology, suggesting that he had help. The Telegraph reports: Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi carried his bomb in a Karrimor rucksack triggered with a sophisticated switch held in his left hand, leaked crime scene photographs suggest. Police found the remains of the bomb’s lightweight metal casing, »

Britain fears another terrorist attack may be imminent

Featured image In the aftermath of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Manchester, British Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the nation’s threat level from “severe” to “critical,” the highest rating. The threat level hasn’t been set that high in Britain since 2007. Stating that another attack “may be imminent,” May ordered that the military be deployed to guard concerts, sports matches, and other public events. The Prime Minister’s actions are predicated, she said, »

Manchester this time

Featured image As we take in the carnage in Manchester, words fail us. Words fail to do justice to the tragedy of the lives taken and the bodies maimed. Words fail to account for the protracted and multifaceted conflict in which we are engaged. Words fail to do justice to our impotent outrage. Words fail to express our dread knowledge of the evil on display. We almost wish to be wrong this »

We’ve Seen This Movie Before

Featured image Facts are dribbling out about the terrorist attack in Manchester last night. The suicide bomber has not been identified as of this writing, but it is reported that he was “known to the authorities.” Another known wolf; but known wolves generally don’t turn out to have been as lonely as one might assume (as opposed to, say, most school shooters). A second 23-year-old man is under arrest. Time will tell »

Explosion in Manchester kills at least 19 [WITH MULTIPLE UPDATES]

Featured image At least 19 people have been killed in an attack at a concert outside of Manchester Arena in England. Fifty others are reported injured. British authorities consider the attack to be terrorism. The Greater Manchester police issued this statement: Just before 10.35pm on Monday 22 May 2017, police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. So far 19 people have been confirmed dead, with around 50 others »

Trump in Riyadh: Speaking of reset

Featured image President Trump just concluded his speech to the assembled leaders of 50 Muslim countries assembled to hear him in Riyadh. The ever popular New York Times quotes a bit from the speech in the course of reporting and opining on it in the story by Peter Baker and Michael Shear. I can’t find either a transcript or video yet. Here I would like briefly to offer a few preliminary impressions »

Hysteria mounts over Trump’s intel sharing with Russia

Featured image Regarding President Trump’s disclosure of classified intelligence to Rusia, Jules Suzdaltsev of Vice tweets: Just so we’re all on the same page: an allied informant is likely being tortured to death as we speak, thanks ONLY to Trump’s big mouth. Suzdaltsev has no idea whether an allied informant is being tortured. Indeed, since the location of the informant (if there is one) was not disclosed, except reportedly to Russia, there’s »

15% of Terror Investigations Are of Refugees

Featured image This stunning fact comes from James Comey’s last act: While most of the time he was asked about Hillary’s e-mails and Russia, Russia, Russia, Sen. Tillis asked about terrorism investigations. … Comey responded that out of 2,000-plus “violent extremist investigations … about 300 of them are people who came to the United States as refugees.” So 15 percent of the FBI’s terrorism cases are refugees – far more than their »

Abating Abbas

Featured image Palestinian Arabs lack a civic culture that would support a healthy regime and their political culture is, not surprisingly, sick. On the one hand, we have the colleagues and descendants of Yasser Arafat in Fatah. On the other hand, we have the genocidal maniacs of Hamas. As George Wallace might have put it, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between them. Although Fatah and Hamas are themselves profoundly undemocratic, »

News Flash: Paris Terrorist Had Been Jailed For Trying to Kill Cops

Featured image The Daily Mail has the story, along with, as usual, an abundance of photos: A policeman was shot dead while two other officers were seriously injured by a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on the Champs Elysees in central Paris – just three days before the French presidential election. The alleged ISIS gunman, identified as 39-year-old Karim C – who was jailed for 20 years for trying to kill officers in 2001 – »

Terrorist Attack In Paris [Multiple Updates]

Featured image A little while ago, at least two men armed with Kalashnikovs attacked two Parisian police officers who reportedly were stopped at a light on the Champs-Élysées. They shot both officers. One was killed on the spot, the other died shortly later of his wounds. (This second death has not been officially confirmed at this time.) One of the attackers was killed at the site, while the other apparently escaped. Early »

How low can the Times go? Michael Oren explains

Featured image Our friend Hugh Hewitt invited Michael Oren to appear his radio show this morning to discuss the New York Times op-column by Marwan Barghouti that I noted yesterday in “How low can the Times go?” Oren is the Israeli historian, author, politician, former ambassador to the United States, and current member of the Knesset for the Kulanu party as well as the Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s »

Allahu Akbar!

Featured image A 39-year-old man named Kori Ali Muhammad went on a rampage in Fresno today: A man shot and killed three people in downtown Fresno on Tuesday before surrendering to authorities, the Fresno Police Department said. The suspect was identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, a 39-year-old man who was wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard outside a motel Thursday, said Police Chief Jerry Dyer. The FBI »

How low can the Times go?

Featured image Yesterday the New York Times published an op-ed column by Marwan Barghouti. The column explains why he’s on a hunger strike in an Israeli prison. The Times identified Barghouti as “a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.” The Times has now thoughtfully appended this editor’s note: “This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offenses of which he was convicted. They were five counts »

Europe On Edge Over Dortmund Bombing

Featured image Paul wrote last night about an apparent terrorist attack on a bus that was driving the Borussia Dortmund soccer team to a quarterfinal European Champions League soccer match against Monaco. Three pipe bombs were placed along the bus’s route, loaded with projectiles to kill and maim as many people as possible. The bombs went off, but miraculously no one was killed, and only one Dortmund player was injured. German authorities »