Posted on Jul 22, 2013

The Killing of Trayvon Martin Was Vastly Different from the Killing of Al-Awlaki’s Son. Obviously.

Posted in Politics

No matter how you examine Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki's death, there's simply no comparison with the tragic shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of a neighborhood-watch vigilante named George Zimmerman. Anyone who conflates these two deaths is either desperate for traffic or simply ignorant of the circumstances of each incident....

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

Escaping the ‘War on Terror’

Posted in Foreign Policy

Patrick T. Hiller A little leak can be quickly fixed by stuffing it or wrapping it. Large leaks, however, often require more structural repairs or completely different solutions. Bradley Manning’s and just days ago Edward Snowden’s leaking of classified information demonstrates just how big our structural repairs need to be. What they exposed are further indicators of the faulty framework of the national security debate. In other words, a...

Posted on Jun 12, 2013

Greenwald Stands By His NSA Reporting in Spite of Growing Questions

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If he's exaggerating aspects of this story to suit his agenda, he ought to come clean about it. At this point, some of the information that we've learned and which he hasn't clarified is collectively pushing some skeptics to draw that conclusion, including me. In order to demonstrate the story's veracity, there are nagging questions that ought to be answered....

Posted on May 27, 2013

Andrew Sullivan and Glenn Greenwald’s Vicious Debate Over Terrorism Definition

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The killing of British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby by two proclaimed Muslims has instigated an increasingly nasty intellectual battle over the definition of the word 'Terrorism'. Andrew Sullivan and Glenn Greenwald have been at each other's throats on the topic, each accusing the other of apologizing for terrorism and imperialism. Who is right? We get to the bottom of it....

Posted on May 24, 2013

Stunning New Footage Shows London Terror Suspects Getting Shot By Police

Posted in Foreign Policy

Stunning new footage obtained by the Daily Mirror shows how, after beheading Lee Rigby, the suspected terrorists ambushed the first police officers to come to his aid: The Mirror describes the unbelievable chain of events that saw Michael Adebolajo and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale dropped by armed police as they charged at them wielding guns and knives: The driver, unable to draw her firearm, is saved by a male colleague in the...

Posted on May 23, 2013

Quote of the Day: Obama on Redefining the ‘War on Terror’

Posted in Foreign Policy

President Obama speaking today on his drone policy and the need to redefine the ‘War on Terror’: We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us, mindful of James Madison’s warning that “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” … The AUMF is now nearly twelve years old. The...

Posted on Mar 28, 2013

Alex Jones’ Latest: Obama is the Leader of Al-Qaida

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This conspiracy theory is so shoddy that it debunks itself before it's really even underway. It'd be like saying the moon landing was faked -- on the surface of the moon! Gotcha! Either Obama is a terrorist or he's wantonly murdering terrorists. It doesn't make sense if he's a criminal for killing terrorists and a criminal for being a terrorist....

Posted on Mar 26, 2013

Greenwald: ‘Drone Apologists’ and ‘Democratic Partisans’ Are Racists

Posted in Foreign Policy

Glenn Greenwald’s ongoing crusade against anyone who dares to see nuance in the debate over targeted killings and the war on terrorism has risen to a not-so-surprising new level. Namely, Americans who oppose targeted killings of American citizens on American soil today, but who once supported the targeted killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki, are racists. Furthermore, Greenwald made it perfectly clear yesterday that if anyone sees civil liberties and war...