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FBI document warns conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat
The FBI for the first time has identified fringe conspiracy theories as a domestic terrorist threat, according to a previously unpublicized document obtained by Yahoo News. (Read the document below.)

The FBI intelligence bulletin from the bureau’s Phoenix field office, dated May 30, 2019, describes “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists,” as a growing threat, and notes that it is the first such report to do so. It lists a number of arrests, including some that haven’t been publicized, related to violent incidents motivated by fringe beliefs.

The document specifically mentions QAnon, a shadowy network that believes in a deep state conspiracy against President Trump, and Pizzagate, the theory that a pedophile ring including Clinton associates was being run out of the basement of a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant (which didn’t actually have a basement).

“The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts,”
Alma  Sam_Yee  conspiracy  terrorism  FBI 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
White Supremacist Convicted of Terrorism in NY | Law & Crime
New York State just called out white supremacy for what it is – terrorism. In 2017, then-28-year old James Harris Jackson traveled to New York and prowled the streets for several days in search of black victims to “start a race war.” To further Jackson’s violent agenda, he fatally stabbed Timothy Caughman with a sword.

On Wednesday, the Caughman murder case came to a conclusion with Jackson pleading guilty to Murder in the First Degree in Furtherance of an Act of Terrorism, Murder in the Second Degree as a Crime of Terrorism, Murder in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. He is expected to receive the maximum sentence of life in prison when he is sentenced next month.
White  terrorism  convicted 
february 2019 by Quercki
Steve Mnuchin stole Cesar Sayoc's house / Boing Boing
Before Steve Mnuchin was in charge of the nation's economy, he was a foreclosure kingpin who left Goldman Sachs to found OneWest Bank (with money from George Soros!) in 2008; after the crisis, OneWest Bank acquired busted mortgage lender IndyMac, and became a notorious foreclosure mill, using robo-signed, back-dated, fraudulent documents to steal peoples' houses.

One of Mnuchin's customers was Cesar Sayoc, the man accused of sending bombs to a collection of people vilified by Donald Trump (including George Soros!).

IndyMac foreclosed on Sayoc in 2009, having converted his mortgage to a MERS ("a shell company that housed an electronic spreadsheet where mortgages could be quickly traded between buyers") using the Law Offices of David J. Stern, notorious for sleazy, fraudulent tactics.

Sayoc's foreclosure was typically fraudulent: backdated documents, never served, fraudulently executed, used to steal a home, signed by a woman who eventually admitted to forging signatures on documents used in foreclosure frauds.
bank  mortgage  fraud  Steve_Mnuchin  Cesar_Sayoc  bomb  terrorism  Trump 
october 2018 by Quercki
America’s ‘War on Terror’ Has Cost Taxpayers $5.6 Trillion | The Nation
the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America’s War on Terror from September 12, 2001, through fiscal year 2018. That figure: a cool $5.6 trillion (including the future costs of caring for our war vets). On average, that’s at least $23,386 per taxpayer.

Keep in mind that such figures, however eye-popping, are only the dollar costs of our wars. They don’t, for instance, include the psychic costs to the Americans mangled in one way or another in those never-ending conflicts. They don’t include the costs to this country’s infrastructure, which has been crumbling while taxpayer dollars flow copiously and in a remarkably—in these years, almost uniquely—bipartisan fashion into what’s still laughably called “national security.”
war  terrorism  cost  taxes 
june 2018 by Quercki
In which I tell you how your religion works – Infinitefreetime.com
Treatment of the poor is very nearly the whole of Jesus’ ministry.  And his feelings on the matter, despite 2000 years and who knows how many translations (well, okay, two) of his original words, are perfectly clear:
Christian  Jesus  poor  refugee  terrorism  solution 
december 2017 by Quercki
Las Vegas Is Only the Deadliest Shooting in US History Because Black Lives Aren’t Counted
There are countless incidents in which black and brown people were killed in incidents far worse than what happened in Vegas. Here are some of them:

The Bombing of Black Wall Street

On June 1, 1921, white rioters looted and burned the black area of Tulsa, Okla., known as Black Wall Street. ...
There is no official death toll, but most historians agree that the count was around 250, because many African Americans were buried in mass graves, while others fled the city. No one was ever convicted of a single crime.
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The Bloody Island Massacre

In the mid-1800s, Charles Stone and Andre Kelsey began enslaving the Native American Pomo of Clearlake, Calif. They forced the Pomo to bring them their daughters for sexual pleasure. They killed the Pomo for trying to escape. ...
When they found members of the Pomo tribe hiding on Bloody Island, near Clearlake, they slaughtered 60 of the island’s 400 inhabitants. On their way back, they killed another 75 on the Russia River for good measure.
Las_Vegas  massacre  terrorism  history  racism 
november 2017 by Quercki
Gunman Who Killed Three In Colorado Walmart Was An Angry 'Evangelical': Report
Scott Ostrem, the Colorado gunman who opened fire, killing three people at a Walmart Supercenter in the Denver suburb of Thornton, was a hostile evangelical who lived alone in an apartment with a stack of Christian Bibles and virtually no furniture, the Daily Beast reported on Friday.
Christian  terrorism  kidnapping  hispanic  Latino 
november 2017 by Quercki
Last Friday, a white dude tried to blow up a plane to "fight a war" in America and no one cared / Boing Boing
Last Friday, a white guy named Michael Christopher Estes walked into Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina, dressed in black and carrying an AN/FO chemical explosive as well as sharp nails and bullets, used to create shrapnel in such bombs.

He was arrested and he told the arresting officers that his terrorist attack was motivated by his desire to "fight a war on U.S. soil."

Had he been a Muslim, or black, this would have been a bigger story than the Vegas shooting. Because he was your basic deranged white guy who wanted to burn the planet down, it's no news at all.
White  male  terrorism  no  media 
october 2017 by Quercki
At his local Starbucks, Las Vegas shooter remembered for berating his girlfriend - LA Times
The workers behind the counter at the  Starbucks inside the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, Nev., winced whenever Stephen Paddock and his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, lined up for their usual beverages.

That’s because Paddock had a nasty habit of berating Danley in public. “It happened a lot,” Esperanza Mendoza, supervisor of the Starbucks, said Tuesday.
White  male  terrorism  Las_Vegas  sexism  misogyny  domestic_violence 
october 2017 by Quercki
Las Vegas Shooting Victims Identified: Names and Stories | Time.com
Sonny Melton and his wife, Heather, were listening to Jason Aldean sing country tunes at a Las Vegas music festival Sunday night when a noise rang out — the sounds of gunfire.
Melton, a 29-year-old nurse in Nashville, sprang into action, shielding Heather from the barrage of bullets that rained down on the crowd of more than 22,000 people. Heather was one of the lucky survivors. Melton was not.
White  male  terrorism  Las_Vegas 
october 2017 by Quercki
New Statistics About Country Music Fans Revealed at Billboard Country Summit | Billboard
A further breakdown shows that 48 percent of those who like country music are male and 52 percent are female. The age brackets are interesting, as 13 percent are in the 18-24 age range; 17 percent, 25-34; 18 percent, 35-44; 20 percent, 45-54; and 16 percent each in the 44-64 and 65-plus. Twenty-six percent are singles who have never married.
country  music  statistics  gender  White  male  terrorism  Las_Vegas 
october 2017 by Quercki
All the euphemisms people have used instead of calling Stephen Paddock a terrorist
Here's what officials, public figures and sometimes sloppy headlines have chosen to call Paddock thus far:

1. "A lone wolf"
White  male  terrorist  terrorism  Las_Vegas 
october 2017 by Quercki
We Legitimize the 'So-Called' Confederacy With Our Vocabulary, and That's a Problem | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian
It would be just as accurate to refer to Lee, who led an armed group against national sovereignty, as an insurgent or a warlord, if not a terrorist. Imagine how different it would be for a school-age child to learn about the War of the Rebellion if we altered the language we use.

When news reports about the debate over monuments say “Today the City Council met to consider whether to remove a statue commemorating General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army,” what if they instead were written in this way: “Today the City Council debated removing a statue of slaveholder and former American army colonel Robert E. Lee, who took up arms in the rebellion against the United States by the so-called Confederacy?”
language  Lee  rebellion  terrorism  Civil_War  slavery 
september 2017 by Quercki
What Mass Killers Really Have in Common
if Trump and Gingrich are truly looking to stem terrorism and mass violence of the sort that happened in Nice, they might do better to look to a different kind of litmus test: domestic violence and grievances against women.
terrorism  domestic_violence 
june 2017 by Quercki
Many terrorists' first victims are their wives - but we're not allowed to talk about that
But if we don't care to talk about the role that maleness and masculinity has in such cases, then we definitely don't want to talk about them in relation to Islamic terrorism. But yesterday - Day Three - here it was, a story about one of the London Bridge killers' history of wife-beating and manipulation.

Rachid Redouane kicked and slapped his wife, tried to make her wear the hijab, prevented her from drinking and smoking. He got her pregnant even though it appears that, for him, the marriage was more about getting residency in the UK than love. His control took the form of trying to make her more devout - whereas someone like Lance Hart, with a different set of cultural values behind him, controlled his wife by withholding money and refusing to let her see her friends. 
terrorism  domestic_violence 
june 2017 by Quercki
Yes, there is a free speech crisis. But its victims are not white men | Steven W Thrasher | Opinion | The Guardian
The threats coming against Weaver, Taylor, my colleagues Jessica Valenti and Lindy West and myself are not coming out of a vacuum. They are happening in a society where violence against women is so rewarded, the NFL will hire men who beat women before they’ll hire a man who kneeled against protest during the national anthem.
hate  terrorism  free  speech  racism  misogyny 
june 2017 by Quercki
Homegrown Terrorism and Why the Threat of Right-Wing Extremism Is Rising in America
I consider domestic terrorism a more significant threat than the foreign-masterminded variety in part because it is more common in terms of the number of attacks on U.S. soil. For example, my report published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point identified hundreds of domestic terror incidents per year between 2008 and 2012.
White  terrorism  ` 
june 2017 by Quercki
A Trump Supporter Allegedly Attacked Students At A Kentucky University With A Machete
A former student of Kentucky's Transylvania University was arrested Friday after he allegedly stormed a campus café with a machete and a bag of knives, quizzed students on their political affiliations, and injured two women.
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Two women suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One was taken to a hospital, while the other was treated and released at the scene.

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Witnesses told local media the suspect shouted "The day of reckoning is here!" as he began his attack.

"He asked the first girl if she was a Democrat or a Republican. She said Republican. He said okay, then asked some other girl," Michael Soder told Lex 18. "By that time, some of my friends were running out and yelling for us to leave, and I tried to stay behind to see if — I mean I didn't know what to do, I wanted to help, but I knew I should get out of there."

"He asked somebody what their political affiliation was, they said ‘Republican,’ and the guy said, 'You are safe,'" campus newspaper editor-in-chief Tristan Reynolds told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "And then I realized what was going on and started getting people out.”
Trump  terrorism 
may 2017 by Quercki
The San Bernardino gunman had a history of domestic abuse, like most U.S. mass shooters.
in 57 percent of U.S. mass shootings that occurred between January 2009 and June 2014, the perpetrator killed an intimate partner or family member. (Update, April 12, 2017: This week, Everytown reported an extension of the analysis through the end of last year, showing that the total is 54 percent for the 2009-2016 period.) In other words, the average mass shooter in America is a domestic abuser.

Indeed, the world has gotten used to hearing from the U.S. that the shooter had a history of violence against women after yet another horrifying shooting spree. Cho Seung-Hui, the Virginia Tech shooter, was investigated for stalking two female students. Elliot Roger, who killed six people in Isla Vista, California, in 2014, tried to shove several women off a 10-foot ledge at a party and claimed in a “manifesto” that his violence was part of his “war on women.” Esteban Santiago, who killed five people in the Fort Lauderdale airport in January, was charged with assault and accused of choking his girlfriend in two separate domestic-violence complaints in the year before his mass attack. Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people and injured 53 at the Pulse gay club in Orlando last summer, reportedly physically abused and falsely imprisoned his ex-wife, Sitora Yusifiy. As Rolling Stone pointed out soon after the massacre, news outlets’ claim that Matten had “no record of previous hate crimes” betrayed a very narrow definition of hate crime—when men abuse their wives, girlfriends, and exes, the violence is inherently misogynist.
domestic_violence  misogyny  massacre  murder  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Intimate Partner Homicide is An Epidemic Killing Thousands: Why Aren’t We Fighting It At The Source?
As Huffington Post domestic violence reporter Melissa Jeltsen points out, deaths at the hands of intimate partners receive far less attention than those caused by terrorism, despite the former being far more pervasive. "There have been 71 deaths due to extremist attacks on U.S. soil from 2005 to 2015," she writes. "Compare that to the drumbeat of women killed by their intimate partners, which number three daily.” But while ISIS is an obvious target for male politicians, fighting sexism— which takes the life of so many women around the world daily— is not. You can’t promise to bomb the shit out of sexism, or close the borders to misogynists in order to keep the threat out. The threat comes from within: from inside the country, and from inside our very own homes. Men are killing women by the thousands, and here we are demonizing Muslims.


When a terrorist attack occurs, there is always a great deal of hand-wringing if it is discovered that the perpetrator was on a terrorist watch list, that the attack was preventable. But intimate partner violence is one of the most preventable, predictable crimes there is. If there were a national watch list for domestic homicide threats, Cedric Anderson would have been on it. According to the NY Daily News, Anderson had a comprehensive history of violence against women, and had threatened to take his violence to the next level before: in 1997 his ex-wife Natalie sought a restraining order after he threatened to kill her, their kids, and himself. 
domestic_violence  murder  male  violence  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Why Isn’t the Media Pointing Out That the San Bernardino Shooter Was an Outspoken Christian?
Why Isn’t the Media Pointing Out That the San Bernardino Shooter Was an Outspoken Christian?
April 10, 2017 by David G. McAfee 772 Comments
A young child and a teacher lost their lives in a horrific murder-suicide at a San Bernardino elementary school Monday, and media reports have neglected to mention that the suspect was identified as a pastor who regularly appeared on a radio show.
Christian  terrorism  domestic_violence 
april 2017 by Quercki
Dylann Roof To Plead Guilty To Murder Charges, Avoid Death Penalty
Dylann Roof will receive a life sentence after pleading guilty to murdering nine Black victims in South Carolina’s historic Emanuel AME Church in 2015. Doing so will prevent him and, most importantly, the victims’ families from having to endure a second trial to sentence him to the death penalty.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson was originally pursuing the death penalty, but agreed to accept his guilty plea and sentence him to life in prison instead, according to The Post and Courier.

“I write with great news that the State’s case is ready to wrap up. As I told you towards the end of trial and in other updates, at this point our goal is to provide an insurance policy to the federal conviction and sentence. The most effective way to do that is to secure a guilty plea for a life sentence and get the defendant into federal custody,” Wilson wrote in a letter to the families.

RELATED: Dylann Roof During Closing Argument to Jury: ‘I felt like I had to do it’

Dylann Roof will make his plea on April 10 and will be moved into federal custody.
Charleston  SC  murder  BlackLivesMatter  White  male  terrorism 
april 2017 by Quercki
Timothy Caughman’s murder was a lynching in Trump’s America.
The first thread that binds this killing to past lynchings is Jackson’s motivation. The self-proclaimed white supremacist told police that he hated black men in particular for their relationships with white women, a harkening back to the rationales of an earlier age.
terrorism  murder  racism  sexism 
march 2017 by Quercki
Republican Legislators Clamp Down on Protests - The Atlantic
Political protests are often designed to provoke a response from elected officials. But in some states, the reaction from state legislators is turning hostile.

A wave of bills aimed at curtailing protests and demonstrations has started to make its way through state legislatures across the country. A Washington Post analysis found at least 18 states where Republican legislators have either proposed legislation that targets certain protest tactics, sought to increase penalties for illegal protests under existing law, or publicly discussed pursuing such measures.
Republicans  First_Amendment  demonstration  assets_forfeiture  law  RICO  terrorism  riot  protest 
march 2017 by Quercki
AP News : Arizona leader kills protest bill after widespread criticism
PHOENIX (AP) - The speaker of the Arizona House said Monday he won't hear a bill that makes participating in or helping organize a protest that turns into a riot an offense that could lead to criminal racketeering charges, a move prompted by widespread criticism that the legislation sought to limit First Amendment rights.

The measure passed last week by the Senate drew nationwide attention, particularly from civil libertarians, because it classified violent protest as an organized crime and said protesters who didn't initially intend to riot could still face criminal charges. That attention led Speaker J.D. Mesnard to decide Monday to kill it for the session.
Arizona  First_Amendment  demonstration  assets_forfeiture  law  RICO  terrorism  riot  protest 
march 2017 by Quercki
Third white terrorist arrested in less than a week; White Americans: 3, Muslims: 0
Ex-convict and white supremacist Benjamin McDowell, 28, was arrested after buying a handgun and ammunition from an FBI agent for $109.

McDowell had complained on facebook that fellow white supremacists were all talk and no action: "All they wanne (sic) do is stay loaded on drugs the Jews put here to destroy white man and they feast on the drugs. they should be Feasting on the enemy that stole their Heritage and their bloodline" he wrote, also citing Dylan Roof, the white mass murderer sentenced to death for the murder of a group of black churchgoers.

Authorities began investigating McDowell in December after he posted threats to a synagogue on Facebook.

Since President Trump was sworn in, vowing to keep America safe from terrorism, and issuing a travel ban against Muslim countries that was later blocked by the courts, this is the third white American to be investigated for a terrorist plot.
White  terrorism 
february 2017 by Quercki
U.S. lawmaker Sean Duffy irresponsible to consider Muslim terrorism worse than same acts perpetrated by whites | Miami Herald
Duffy is wrong about pretty much everything else, too. No white extremist groups fomenting terror? What do you call the Aryan Nations and the Ku Klux Klan? The Southern Poverty Law Center has tied one group, Stormfront, to acts of murder and terror that have killed nearly 100 people.

As for Duffy’s belief that white extremist terror is somehow rare, well, the 1996 bombing of the Atlanta Olympics, the 1999 attack on a Jewish community center near Los Angeles, the 2000 killing of five people in greater Pittsburgh to protest “non-white immigration,” the 2009 murders of three Pittsburgh police officers to oppose a supposed national gun ban, the 2012 murder of six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin., and the 2015 killing of three at a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado Springs, (to name a few), argue otherwise.

Go further back and there is the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed four little girls. Go beyond these shores and there is the 2011 attack in Norway in which 77 people died.

Terrorism is defined as the unlawful use of violence to coerce or intimidate a government or a people in furtherance of some social or political cause. But for Rep. Duffy and others that seems to apply only to swarthy individuals with difficult names. When white people do it, it is less likely to be perceived — or reported by news media — as terrorism.
White  terrorism  denial 
february 2017 by Quercki
White Terrorists Kill More Americans than Jihadists
While Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are using the Brussels attack to foment Islamophobia amongst their respective bases, it’s important to note that white terrorists have killed more Americans on U.S. soil than Muslim terrorists since the 9/11 attacks.

The New America Foundation (NAF), a think tank funded by prominent universities and foundations, has been keeping track of all terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11, and found that not only have white terrorists killed more Americans than jihadists, but attacks by white terrorists are also twice as frequent, with 18 homegrown terror attacks between 2004 and 2015, and just 9 terror attacks rooted in Islamic extremist ideology.
White  terrorism  massacre  facts  islam 
february 2017 by Quercki
Quebec Terror Suspect Alexandre Bissonnette Charged with Six Counts of Murder - VICE
Police have charged Laval University student Alexandre Bissonnette with six counts of first-degree murder in relation to the Quebec City mosque shooting.

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Bissonnette, 27, was arrested after Sunday night's terrorist attack at Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec that left six men dead and another 19 injured, including two who remain hospitalized in serious condition.

He has also been charged with five counts of attempted murder.

The names of the dead have been released by the Quebec coroner's office:

Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42
Abdelkrim Hassane, 41
Khaled Belkacemi, 60
Aboubaker Thabti, 44
Azzeddine Soufiane, 57
Ibrahima Barry, 39
According to multiple media outlets, investigators searched Bissonnette's home in Cap-Rouge today. He reportedly called police on himself and was arrested on Île d'Orléans Bridge, about 12 miles from where the shooting took place.

Read more: Quebec's Mosque Shooting Reminds Us Canada's Hate Is Not Imported

Media reports paint Bissonnette as a loner with right-wing views.

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According to La Presse, Bissonnette is a political science student at Laval University, who was known to troll a Facebook group for refugees. Group administrator François Deschamps told La Presse that Bissonnette was generally xenophobic and used the term "feminazi."
terrorism  White  male  supremacy  misogyny  Canada 
january 2017 by Quercki
Urban Shield disaster training program draws protestors | Oakland North
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office spends nearly $2 million annually to host the annual event, according to a grant summary for the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative program. To comply with the grant, every training scenario incorporates some aspect of responding to terrorism.

This raises a red flag for groups like Kiswani’s. “If their job is to take care of communities, if their job is to maintain and sustain the well-being and health of our communities, then their job is not to further militarize and treat our communities like enemy combatants,” Kiswani said.
Urban_Shield  2016  police  military  terrorism 
september 2016 by Quercki
Stonekettle Station: Renegade 911
You're expecting some kind of obligatory 9-11 post, aren't you?

Here it is, but you're not gonna like it.

15 years ago today 19 shitheads attacked America.

They killed 3000 of us.

And then ... America got its revenge for 9-11.

Yes we did. Many times over. We killed them. We killed them all. We killed their families. We killed their wives and their kids and all their neighbors. We killed whole nations that weren't even involved just to make goddamned sure. We bombed their cities into rubble. We burned down their countries.

They killed 3000 of us, we killed 300,000 of them or more.

8000 of us came home in body bags, but we got our revenge. Yes we did.

We're still here. They aren't.

We win. USA! USA! USA!

Right?

You goddamned right. We. Win.

Except...

Every year on this day we bathe in the blood of that day yet again. We watch the towers fall over and over. It's been 15 goddamned years, but we just can't get enough. We've just got to watch it again and again.

It's funny how we never show those videos of the bombs falling on Baghdad today. Or the dead in the streets of Afghanistan. We got our revenge, but we never talk about that today. No, we just sit and watch the towers fall yet again.

Somewhere out there on the bottom of the sea are the rotting remains of the evil son of bitch who masterminded the attack. It took a decade, but we hunted him down and put a bullet in his brain. Sure. We got him. Right? That's what we wanted. that's what our leaders promised us, 15 years ago today.

And today those howling the loudest for revenge shrug and say, well, yeah, that. That doesn't matter, because, um, yeah, the guy in the White House, um, see, well, he's not an American, he's the enemy see? He's not doing enough. So, whatever. What about that over there? And that? And...

Yeah.

15 years ago our leaders, left and right, stood on the steps of the Capitol and gave us their solemn promise to work together, to stand as one, for all Americans.

How'd that promise work out?

How much are their words worth? Today, 15 years later?

It's 15 years later and we're STILL afraid. We're still terrorized. Still wallowing in conspiracy theories and peering suspiciously out of our bunkers at our neighbors. Sure we won. Sure we did. We became a nation that tortures our enemies -- and our own citizens for that matter. We're a nation of warrantless wiretaps and rendition and we've gotten used to being strip searched in our own airports. And how is the world a better place for it all?

And now we're talking about more war, more blood.

But, yeah, we won. Sure. You bet.
9/11  Jim_Wright  terrorism 
september 2016 by Quercki
15 Years After 9/11, Is America Any Safer? - The Atlantic
Have we succeeded in toughening up what overnight became known as “homeland security”? Absolutely. But not without a series of extravagant boondoggles along the way.

Are we safer? Yes, we’re safer from the kind of orchestrated attack that shocked us on that September morning. It’s harder for terrorists to get into the country, and harder for them to pull off something spectacular if they do. But we have not plugged some of the most threatening security gaps. Worse, as the Orlando massacre reminded us, the world has become more populated by those who want to exploit those gaps, including those living among us—and who, in the United States, can easily obtain military-grade weapons. They are not deterred by the prospect of their own death, and they are happy to commit acts less ambitious than those of 9/11. That makes their attacks much harder to detect in advance. Our defenses are far stronger, but what we have to defend against has outpaced our progress.
9/11  Homeland_Security  terrorism  safety  history 
september 2016 by Quercki
What the stampede at JFK airport tells us about fear / Boing Boing
Travelers mishearing applause apparently triggered a full-scale "stampede" at JFK, complete with screaming crowds, people shouting about guns, and police running around aimlessly with weapons drawn. It was shut down for hours.

The fact that there was no attack at the center of it was both the weirdest and the scariest part — that an institution whose size and location and budget should make it a fortress, in a country that has spent 15 years focused compulsively on securing its airports, in a city with a terrifyingly competent anti-terror police unit, could be transformed into a scene of utter bedlam, stretching out from all eight terminals across the tarmac and onto the adjacent highways, by the whisper of a threat. ...

For several hours, we were in the flood of panic and chaos of an ongoing act of terror. There’s no other way to describe it. That it was an overreaction almost doesn’t matter; in fact, that is how terrorism works.

Hysterical fear was always the invisible counterweight to security theater. Each is as real as the other.
TSA  terrorism  Olympics  fear  security  theater 
august 2016 by Quercki
The Right-Wing Doesn’t Want to Talk About Christian Atrocities, So Let’s Talk About Christian Atrocities
The right-wing’s been freaking about Obama bringing up the crusades and the Inquisition, to show that Christianity doesn’t have a blood-free history. Whether it’s posting videos with skewed definitions of the Crusades or claiming Islam is still worse because reasons, they’re in a blind rush to defend the tribe and, in the process, they’re not orchestrating a very effective defense.

History is full of atrocities committed by Christians for Christ, against not just other religions but against Christians themselves. Let’s take a look at some of them, shall we?

11. Central African Republic Genocide (2012 – Present)
Christian  genocide  massacre  murder  terrorism 
august 2016 by Quercki
Former Head Of U.S. Special Forces: ISIS Would Not Exist If Bush Hadn’t Invaded Iraq | Deep Left Field
The hawks on the right love to claim that the invasion of Iraq during the George W. Bush Administration was a good thing for Iraq, the United States, and the long-term security of the Middle East, even though it has been proven time and time again to be a bigger myth than unicorns.

Now the former commander of American special forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, says the Iraqi invasion actually helped create newer, more lethal terrorists such as ISIS.

General Flynn told a German newspaper:

“We were too dumb. We didn’t understand who we had there at that moment. When 9/11 occurred, all the emotions took over, and our response was, ‘Where did those bastards come from? Let’s go kill them. Let’s go get them.’ Instead of asking why they attacked us, we asked where they came from. Then we strategically marched in the wrong direction.”

Iraq and Afghanistan were never connected in anyway whatsoever, despite protestations to the contrary by Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice in the runup to the Iraq war. Our invasion merely created a gigantic vacuum which was first filled by al-Qaeda in Iraq and then by ISIS.

Flynn also remarked:

“First we went to Afghanistan, where al-Qaeda was based, then we went to Iraq. Instead of asking ourselves why the phenomenon of terror occurred, we were looking for locations. This is a major lesson we must learn in order not to make the same mistakes again.”

And the retired general also said that he deeply regrets his role in the war against Iraq which has given rise to ISIS and other extremist terror groups:

“It was huge error. As brutal as Saddam Hussein was, it was a mistake to just eliminate him. The same is true for Moammar Gadhafi and for Libya, which is now a failed state. The historic lesson is that it was a strategic failure to go into Iraq. History will not be and should not be kind with that decision.”
9/11  terrorism  Iraq  ISIL 
august 2016 by Quercki
70,000 Indian Muslim clerics issue fatwa against Isis, the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other terror groups | Asia | News | The Independent
Nearly 70,000 Indian Muslim clerics have signed a fatwa against Isis and other terror groups saying they were "not Islamic organisations".

Around 1.5 million Muslims visiting a shrine dedicated to a Sufi Islamic saint near the city of Ajmer in north western state of Rajasthan during the Urs religious festival  have signed a petition against terrorist attacks.

Mufti Mohammed Saleem Noori, one of the clerics who signed the fatwa, told the Times of India: "From Sunday onwards, when the annual Urs began, members of Dargah Aala Hazrat have been distributing forms among followers seeking signatures to show that those signing stand against terrorism.

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"Nearly 15 lakh (1.5m) Muslims have recorded their protest. Around 70,000 clerics from across the world, who were part of the event, passed the fatwa."

He called on media organisations to stop referring to the groups - including Isis, the Taliban and al-Qaeda - as “Islamic”.
muslim  clerics  condemn  terrorism  islam 
july 2016 by Quercki
Shocking new report: Bombing people causes people to hate you
You better sit down for this one because it will blow your mind. You are probably aware that we on a global quest to rid the world of Evil, one smart-bomb at a time. Yet, for some strange reason, every place that we bomb Evil into oblivion seems to become more messed up than before.   You would think that our humanitarian mass killing would make the world a better place, but for some reason it never seems to happen.

  Now there is a new report that examines this strange trend.
war  terrorism 
july 2016 by Quercki
In Orlando, as Usual, Domestic Violence Was Ignored Red Flag | Rolling Stone
The Washington Post reported Monday that "although family members said Mateen had expressed anger about homosexuality, the shooter had no record of previous hate crimes." But that depends on how you categorize domestic violence.

Mateen's coworker, Daniel Gilroy, who requested a transfer so he wouldn't have to work with Mateen, describes him as "scary in a concerning way.... He had anger management issues. Something would set him off, but the things that would set him off were always women, race or religion. [Those were] his button pushers."

Mateen reportedly beat his ex-wife, Sitora Yusifiy, and at one point held her hostage, but was never held accountable. She divorced him after only four months of marriage, citing his mental-health issues. Her family, she says, had to "pull [her] out of his arms." She describes Mateen as practicing his religion — Islam — but showing "no sign" of violent radicalism. It's understandable what she means there, but perhaps it's time our society started to think of physical abuse, possessiveness and men's entitlement to act in those ways toward women as terroristic, violent and radical.
domestic_violence  terrorism  solutions  Orlando 
june 2016 by Quercki
David Lenio Reloaded? - Flathead Beacon
After David Joseph Lenio tweeted threats to shoot up a grade school in Kalispell, and put two bullets in the head of a rabbi, law enforcement agencies from three states plus the FBI mobilized to identify and stop him – and they did. He faces one felony count of intimidation.

When Lenio was arrested on February 16, Police Chief Roger Nasset told the Flathead Beacon that he posed “a very real threat” to Kalispell’s grade schools and Jewish community. He said, “I did not want children’s blood on my hands because I didn’t do everything I could.”

Each of us writing this piece knows what it is to be threatened by Lenio. One of us (Francine) is one of only two Flathead Valley rabbis and has kids in the local schools. Lenio tweeted to the other of us (Jonathan) to ask where his kids go to school.


Lenio crossed the line between hate speech and hate crime. When he moved to Montana in December 2014, he repeatedly tweeted his intent to shoot up a Kalispell grade school. From then until his arrest, his threats escalated – repeating his intentions with more details and further revealing his hate-filled motivations.
murder  massacre  White  male  terrorism  solution 
march 2016 by Quercki
Read The Charges: Feds Indict Bundy Terrorists | Crooks and Liars
Until Thursday, the indictment was sealed, but Bundy's defense lawyers demanded the indictment be unsealed.

Four people remain on the property of the refuge who were also named in the indictment, they say they aren't leaving unless all charges against them are dropped and that if the FBI tries to extract the bunch they will meet force with force. Ammon Bundy has asked the group to leave peacefully, to no avail.

The charges allege:

"Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Ryan Payne, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox, Joseph O'Shaugnessy, Peter Santilli, Jason Patrick, Duane Leo Ehmer, Dylan Anderson, Sean Anderson, David Lee Fry, Jeff Wayne Banta, Sandra Lynn Pfeifer Anderson, and Kenneth Medenbach did knowingly and willfully conspire and agree together and with each other and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury to prevent by force, intimidation, and threats, officers and employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency within the Department of the Interior, from discharging the duties of their office at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372."

That charge alone carries a penalty of six years.



The standoff left one militia member dead, LaVoy Finnicum, who appeared on several media outlets to declare he wouldn't be taken alive if the FBI tried to arrest him. He died after he was stopped by the FBI and reached for his gun and was shot.

Other charges include:

Threatening the Harney County sheriff "extreme civil unrest" if ultimatums were not met.
Occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge by force while using or carrying firearms.
The defendants and conspirators brandished firearms and prevented federal officials from doing their jobs on the preserve through threats, intimidation, and harassment.
Refusing to leave occupied federal building.
Threatening violence against anybody attempting to remove the group from the refuge.
Recruiting and inciting other people in person and via social media to join their conspiracy.
Harassing or recruiting the citizens of Harney County, Ore. to effectuate their conspiracy.
There you have it.
domestic  terrorism  Bundy  Oregon 
february 2016 by Quercki
Richmond: Donald Trump supporter arrested on suspicion of threatening Muslims, possessing pipe-bomb device - ContraCostaTimes.com
Trump has received mounting criticism from both political parties for inflammatory comments about the Muslim community, such as the idea to create databases to track American Muslims and restrict Muslims from entering the country. Critics have warned that such comments could fuel Islamophobia.

Richmond police said Celli's motives in his alleged threats are unclear, and they were still investigating whether he had plans to carry out any violence.

"His actions and words were so concerning, (mosque members) were photographing him in his car," Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan said. "He was threatening violence on them, and they were very shaken by it."

As police investigated the criminal threats, they learned Celli posted a photo of a pipe bomb on social media, Gagan said.

"That raised the stakes to get him into custody and find out what his intentions were," Gagan said. "We're relieved to have him in custody and that the bomb we were afraid he would use has been found inert and seized."

On Celli's Facebook page, he made numerous statements citing his allegiance to Trump, saying on Oct. 21: "I'll follow this MAN to the end of the world."
hate  crimes  Trump  terrorism  incite  Muslim  Richmond 
december 2015 by Quercki
Man charged for online violent threats against company over Planned Parenthood fetal tissue | US news | The Guardian
A Washington man who allegedly threatened executives of a California biotech company that processed fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood faces prosecution in one of the rarest sorts of criminal cases – for violence threatened online.

The indictment stated that Scott A Orton, 57, had a record of online menacing of local journalists, city council members, fellow commenters and even FBI agents, dating back to at least 2009.

The rare prosecution comes in the wake of a mass shooting in a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. Orton was arrested by federal agents in December for making an interstate threat to kill an executive of StemExpress.
terrorism  abortion  Planned_Parenthood  FBI  online  Fox 
december 2015 by Quercki
U.S. Mass Surveillance Has No Record of Thwarting Large Terror Attacks, Regardless of Snowden Leaks
The recent history of terror arrests linked to ISIS is documented in an internal unclassified Department of Homeland Security document provided to The Intercept via SecureDrop. It shows that terror arrests between January 2014 and September 2015 linked to ISIS were largely of people trying to travel abroad, provide material support, or plan attacks that were essentially imaginary.

The document, dated before the Paris attacks, includes a list and map of 64 U.S. persons arrested on terror-related charges over the course of nine months who were “assessed to be inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” or ISIS.

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Isil Related Arrests in Homeland From jan2014 sept2015 Final Redacted
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The document assigns six categories to types of arrests made in the given time period: a foiled attack, “aspirational” planning, “advanced attack plotting,” failed travel, travel, or material support.

The only foiled attack involved the arrests of Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who traveled from Arizona to Garland, Texas, bearing assault weapons and body armor, intending to shoot up an art contest involving the drawing of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Both attackers were shot by local police officers.

There are just five instances of what the report’s authors call “advanced attack plotting” — two of which involve the FBI providing assistance in planning or acquiring supplies for an attack before making an arrest.
NSA  CIA  surveillance  terrorism  liars 
november 2015 by Quercki
The Dark History of Race and Terror
When we see a monster like Dylann Roof we rightly see the evil and brutality of racist violence. But to understand it, to understand its origins, it is critical to see that it evolved out of a deep rationality and logic. If you hold hundreds of thousands of people in a rapacious and brutal bondage, you are in perpetual danger.The intrinsic violence perpetrated on the slave can turn around on the slaveholder in an instant. The more brutal the slavery, the greater the danger. And this is all the more so if the slaves outnumber the free population. You cannot understand the history of South Carolina or the American South or for that matter the entire United States without appreciating this simple fact.

If southern whites in the days of slavery were quick to horrific acts of violence against black slaves or the small free black population, this wasn't born of a character flaw. It was rooted in a palpable knowledge of the intrinsic violence and danger of slavery. They were scared and they were right to be scared.

To sustain that kind of regime requires not just violence but exemplary violence - violence used for the specific purpose of inspiring terror and ensuring compliance.
slavery  history  racism  Charleston  Native_American  terrorism  hate 
june 2015 by Quercki
How to Stop Mass Shootings - Why Mass Shootings Keep Happening -how to stop them. Threat assessment
SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, according to the START terrorism database, there have been twenty lethal terrorist attacks in the United States, resulting in the deaths of forty-six people. There have been, at most, a handful of assassinations. According to the FBI, from 2001 to 2011, there have been nearly 250 mass shootings, defined as the death of four or more people. According to USA Today, whose data on mass shootings is considered at least as reliable as the FBI's, there have been 191 mass shootings since 2006, with 34 described as "public" shootings—seemingly random events, stranger to stranger. Nearly a thousand people have died; many more have been wounded.
massacre  murder  terrorism  solutions  mass  shooting 
june 2015 by Quercki
Charleston Shooting: We Need to Talk About This
What happened in a Charleston church on Wednesday night is a lot of things, but one thing it's not is "unspeakable." We should speak of it often. We should speak of it loudly. We should speak of it as terrorism, which is what it was. We should speak of it as racial violence, which is what it was.

We should speak of it as an attack on history, which it was. This was the church founded by Denmark Vesey, who planned a slave revolt in 1822. Vesey was convicted in a secret trial in which many of the witnesses testified after being tortured. After they hung him, a mob burned down the church he built. His sons rebuilt it. On Wednesday night, someone turned it into a slaughter pen.

We should speak of it as an assault on the idea of a political commonwealth, which is what it was. And we should speak of it as one more example of all of these, another link in a bloody chain of events that reaches all the way back to African wharves and Southern docks. It is not an isolated incident, not if you consider history as something alive that can live and breathe and bleed. We should speak of all these things. What happened in that church was a lot of things, but unspeakable is not one of them.

Not to think about these things is to betray the dead. Not to speak of these things is to dishonor them.
Charleston  massacre  racism  terrorism 
june 2015 by Quercki
Shooters of color are called ‘terrorists’ and ‘thugs.’ Why are white shooters called ‘mentally ill’? - The Washington Post
listen to major media outlets and you won’t hear the word “terrorism” used in coverage of Tuesday’s shooting. You won’t hear the white male shooter, identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, described as “a possible terrorist.” And if coverage of recent shootings by white suspects is any indication, he never will be. Instead, the go-to explanation for his actions will be mental illness. He will be humanized and called sick, a victim of mistreatment or inadequate mental health resources. Activist Deray McKesson noted this morning that, while discussing Roof’s motivations, an MSNBC anchor said “we don’t know his mental condition.” That is the power of whiteness in America.
racism  massacre  Charleston  terrorism 
june 2015 by Quercki
Here are 10 of the worst domestic terror attacks by extreme Christians and right-wing white men
When white males of the far right carry out violent attacks, neocons and Republicans typically describe them as lone-wolf extremists rather than people who are part of terrorist networks or well-organized terrorist movements. Yet many of the terrorist attacks in the United States have been carried out by people who had long histories of networking with other terrorists. In fact, most of the terrorist activity occurring in the United States in recent years has not come from Muslims, but from a combination of radical Christianists, white supremacists and far-right militia groups.

Below are 10 of the worst examples of non-Islamic terrorism that have occurred in the United States in the last 30 years.
terrorism  Christian  extremism  serial  murder 
june 2015 by Quercki
(18) Max Dashu - "The war on terror, that campaign without end launched...
"For the past year, US, British and other western forces have been back in Iraq, supposedly in the cause of destroying the hyper-sectarian terror group Islamic State (formerly known as al-Qaida in Iraq). This was after Isis overran huge chunks of Iraqi and Syrian territory and proclaimed a self-styled Islamic caliphate. ... Some Iraqis complain that the US sat on its hands while all this was going on. ... Privately, officials say they don’t want to be seen hammering Sunni strongholds in a sectarian war and risk upsetting their Sunni allies in the Gulf.
"A revealing light on how we got here has now been shone by a recently declassified secret US intelligence report, written in August 2012, which uncannily predicts – and effectively welcomes – the prospect of a “Salafist principality” in eastern Syria and an al-Qaida-controlled Islamic state in Syria and Iraq. In stark contrast to western claims at the time, the Defense Intelligence Agency document identifies al-Qaida in Iraq (which became Isis) and fellow Salafists as the “major forces driving the insurgency in Syria” – and states that “western countries, the Gulf states and Turkey” were supporting the opposition’s efforts to take control of eastern Syria.
"Raising the “possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality”, the Pentagon report goes on, “this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran)”. Which is pretty well exactly what happened two years later.
"The calculus changed when Isis started beheading westerners and posting atrocities online,
war  U.S.  terrorism 
june 2015 by Quercki
US officials leak information about the ISIS raid that’s more sensitive than anything Snowden ever leaked - Boing Boing
Over the weekend, the US government announced that special forces soldiers entered Syria to conduct a raid that killed an alleged leader of ISIS, Abu Sayyaf. In the process, anonymous US officials leaked classified information to the New York Times that’s much more sensitive than anything Edward Snowden ever revealed, and it serves as a prime example of the government’s hypocrisy when it comes to disclosures of secret information.

Here’s how the New York Times described how the US conducted this “successful” raid:

The raid came after weeks of surveillance of Abu Sayyaf, using information gleaned from a small but growing network of informants the C.I.A. and the Pentagon have painstakingly developed in Syria, as well as satellite imagery, drone reconnaissance and electronic eavesdropping, American officials said. The White House rejected initial reports from the region that attributed the raid to the forces of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.
spying  Edward_Snowden  government  hypocrisy  MiddleEast  ISIL  terrorism 
may 2015 by Quercki
Revealed: FBI violated its own rules while spying on Keystone XL opponents | US news | The Guardian
The FBI breached its own internal rules when it spied on campaigners against the Keystone XL pipeline, failing to get approval before it cultivated informants and opened files on individuals protesting against the construction of the pipeline in Texas, documents reveal.

Internal agency documents show for the first time how FBI agents have been closely monitoring anti-Keystone activists, in violation of guidelines designed to prevent the agency from becoming unduly involved in sensitive political issues.

The hugely contentious Keystone XL pipeline, which is awaiting approval from the Obama administration, would transport tar sands oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf coast.

It has been strongly opposed for years by a coalition of environmental groups, including some involved in nonviolent civil disobedience who have been monitored by federal law enforcement agencies.

The documents reveal that one FBI investigation, run from its Houston field office, amounted to “substantial non-compliance” of Department of Justice rules that govern how the agency should handle sensitive matters.

One FBI memo, which set out the rationale for investigating campaigners in the Houston area, touted the economic advantages of the pipeline while labelling its opponents “environmental extremists”.
Keystone  FBI  spying  terrorism  environment 
may 2015 by Quercki
Norwegian Muslims will form a human shield around an Oslo synagogue - The Washington Post
But the future of tolerance and multiculturalism in Europe is far from bleak. The bigotry on view has been carried out by a fringe minority, cast all the more in the shade by the huge peace marches and vigils that followed the deadly attacks. And some communities are trying to build solidarity in their home towns and cities.

One group of Muslims in Norway plans to form a "ring of peace" around a synagogue in Oslo on Saturday. On a Facebook page promoting the event, the group explained its motivations. Here's a translated version of the invite:

Islam is about protecting our brothers and sisters, regardless of which religion they belong to. Islam is about rising above hate and never sinking to the same level as the haters. Islam is about defending each other. Muslims want to show that we deeply deplore all types of hatred of Jews, and that we are there to support them. We will therefore create a human ring around the synagogue on Saturday 21 February. Encourage everyone to come!
muslim  jew  Norway  terrorism  solutions 
february 2015 by Quercki
The Christian Terrorist Movement No One Wants To Talk About | ThinkProgress
But there is a long history of terrorist attacks resembling McQuilliams’ rampage across Austin — where violence is carried out in the name of Christianity — in the United States and abroad. In America, the Ku Klux Klan is well-known for over a century of gruesome crimes against African Americans, Catholics, Jews, and others — all while ascribing to what they say is a Christian theology. But recent decades have also given rise to several “Christian Identity” groups, loose organizations united by a hateful understanding of faith whose members spout scripture while engaging in horrifying acts of violence. For example, various members of The Order, a militant group of largely professed Mormons whose motto was a verse from the book of Jeremiah, were convicted for murdering Jewish talk show host Alan Berg in 1984; the “Army of God”, which justifies their actions using the Bible, is responsible for bombings at several abortion clinics, attacks on gay and lesbian nightclubs, and the explosion at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia; and Scott Roeder cited the Christian faith as his motivation for killing George Tiller — a doctor who performed late-term abortions — in 2009, shooting the physician in the head at point-blank range while he was ushering at church.
These incidents have been bolstered by a more general spike in homegrown American extremism over the past decade and a half. Between 2000 and 2008, the number of hate groups in America rose 54 percent according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, and white-supremacist groups — including many with Christian roots — saw an “explosion” in recruitment after Barack Obama was elected the country’s first African-American president in 2008. In fact, the growth of this and other homegrown terrorist threats has become so great that it spurred then-Attorney General Eric Holder to revive the Domestic Terror Task Force in June of this year.
Christian extremism has ravaged other parts of the world as well. Northern Ireland and Northern India both have rich histories of Christian-on-Christian violence, as does Western Africa, where the Lord’s Resistance Army claims a Christian message while forcibly recruiting child soldiers to terrorize local villages.
terrorism  christianity 
december 2014 by Quercki
Dick Cheney Lied about Torture
 Dick Cheney Was Lying About Torture
By Mark Fallon

It’s official: torture doesn’t work. Waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, did not in fact “produce the intelligence that allowed us to get Osama bin Laden," as former Vice President Dick Cheney asserted in 2011. Those are among the central findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation and detention after 9/11

The report’s executive summary is expected to be released Tuesday. After reviewing thousands of the CIA’s own documents, the committee has concluded that torture was ineffective as an intelligence-gathering technique. Torture produced little information of value, and what little it did produce could’ve been gained through humane, legal methods that uphold American ideals.

I was aware of no valuable information that came from waterboarding. And the Senate Intelligence Committee—which had access to all CIA documents related to the “enhanced interrogation” program—has concluded that abusive techniques didn’t help the hunt for Bin Laden. Cheney’s claim that the frequent waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed “produced phenomenal results for us" is simply false.
The results were so phenomenal that Bin Laden actively helped Bush's reelection campaign in 2004 by making and releasing a threatening video just four days before the US election. That's how well al Qaeda liked the Bush/Cheney all out War on Terrorism that included torture.
al Qaeda wanted four more years of it!
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The ostensible purpose of torture was to save lives, but it has had the exact opposite effect. Torture was a PR bonanza for enemies of the United States. It enabled—and, in fact, is still enabling—al Qaeda and its allies to attract more fighters, more sympathizers, and more money.

We can expect Dick Cheney to go right on lying about torture's utility.
We can expect Charles Krauthammer and his ilk to go on wringing their hands about imaginary dire consequences while being featured prominently on Fox News.
terrorism  torture  Guantanamo  Cheney 
december 2014 by Quercki
Hullabaloo
If you are wondering why they are hyping the terrorist threat so much even though we've been "fighting terrorism" for nearly a decade and a half and presumably should feel pretty confident by now in our ability to repel an attack on the US, perhaps this explains it:

Fears of a potent Syrian air defense system drove the U.S. Air Force to send its silver bullet force of F-22 Raptor stealth fighters into battle for the first time ever. The Pentagon confirmed on Sept. 23 that the $150 million jets had struck an ISIS command and control facility in Raqqah, Syria with a satellite-guided bomb. That was right after an initial wave of U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles hit their targets around Aleppo and Raqqah.

But the Raptors’ first mission wasn’t cheap. Together, the missiles and airstrikes cost at least $79 million to pull off, according to a Daily Beast tally.

That's more expensive than India's mission to Mars, which was successfully completed Wednesday at a cost of just $74 million.

Unless we're fighting monsters on the level of a Martian attack, it's pretty hard to justify spending that kind of money.
terrorism  space  money 
september 2014 by Quercki
Religious Terrorism meets Religious Liberalism | And the stones shall cry
But let’s reflect a bit about how First UUNO responded.  First, they responded with respect.  No one yelled back at the protesters.  No one pushed back.    The response was non-violent.  This did not mean that the good people at First UUNO simply took it on the chin.  They claimed their sacred space back from those filling it with hateful words and pictures by responding with music.  They claimed it by establishing the expectations for those who wished to occupy it.  They then enforced the expectation by gently and respectfully removing those who refused to meet the expectations they had set.  They also didn’t take any chances.  Doors were locked.  Kids were relocated.  Police were called.  Planned Parenthood was contacted for help.

The ministers, the youth leaders, the Director of Religious Education, and all the good people attending that morning lived into their faith in every action that was taken that morning.  They witnessed to our values of respect and diversity every step of the way.   We can learn a lot from them.

Actually, we have to learn from them because what happened to First UUNO could happen in any of our churches.  I’m not saying we should expect it.  Most of our churches will never face this kind of sacred violation, thank the spirit, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.  In fact, given the increasing legal challenges to reproductive justice, and the fact that many Unitarian Universalist leaders are publicly active in the women’s reproductive justice movement, we need to be ready.  Radical anti-abortionists don’t play fair.  Rev. De Vandiver called it right.  These are religious terrorists.
abortion  terrorism  pro-life  UU  solutions 
july 2014 by Quercki
New Statesman | Let's call the Isla Vista killings what they were: misogynist extremism
It’s time to call misogynist extremism by its name.

On Friday night, a young man went on a massacre in Santa Barbara that left six other people dead and seven injured. In the hours before the massacre, the suspect, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, had uploaded a video to YouTube titled “Retribution”. In this, and in a 140-page manifesto published online, Rodger claimed that he was going to prove himself the ultimate “alpha male” and take revenge on all the “sluts” who had sexually rejected him:

"Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day in which I will have my revenge . . . you girls aren't attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one, the true alpha male.”

This is not the first time that women and unlucky male bystanders have been massacred by men claiming sexual frustration as justification for their violence. In 1989, 25-year-old Marc Lépine shot 28 people at the École Polytechnique in Quebec, Canada, claiming he was "fighting feminism". Fourteen women died. In 2009, a 48-year-old man called George Sodini walked into a gym in the Pittsburgh area and shot 13 women, three of whom died. His digital manifesto was a lengthier version of Rodger’s, vowing vengeance against the female sex for refusing to provide him with pleasure and comfort. Online misogynists approved.
misogyny  violence  sexism  terrorism  murder 
may 2014 by Quercki
American spies don't need new powers to catch terrorists, they just have to start doing their jobs - Boing Boing
-- Carlos Bledsoe, a convert to Islam, fatally shot a soldier at a Little Rock, Arkansas, military recruiting office in 2009. Shortly before the attack, Bledsoe had traveled to Yemen. As a result, Bledsoe was under investigation by the FBI yet he was still able to buy the weapons he needed for his deadly attack when he was back in the United States.

-- Nigerian Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab attempted to blow up Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 with an "underwear bomb." Luckily, the bomb failed to explode. Yet, a few weeks before the botched attack, AbdulMutallab's father contacted the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria with concerns that his son had become radicalized and might be planning something. This information wasn't further investigated.

AbdulMutallab had been recruited by al Qaeda's branch in Yemen for the mission

The White House's review of the underwear bomb plot concluded that there was sufficient information known to the U.S. government to determine that AbdulMutallab was likely working for al Qaeda in Yemen and that the group was looking to expand its attacks beyond Yemen. Yet AbdulMutallab was allowed to board a plane bound for the United States without any question.
terrorism  guns  surveillance  TSA  Homeland_Security 
january 2014 by Quercki
Stonekettle Station: 911 Twelve Years On
Since 911, an entire generation has been born and grown to self-awareness.

Those young Americans have never known their nation at peace. 

They have never known a nation that is not divided.

They have never had a single day where they weren’t told to hate their neighbors and to report them if they don’t seem patriotic enough.

They have never lived a single day in a nation that wasn’t bent to the terrible business of revenge.

They have never known a nation that didn’t roil in fear and cringe in terror every single day.

They have never flown on an airplane without having been treated like a criminal.

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This new generation has lived under the shadow of those falling towers every single minute of every single day since the moment they were born.



The terrorists didn’t do that.

We did it to them
9/11  Homeland_Security  terrorism  war 
september 2013 by Quercki
Pakistan's New Big Threat Isn't Terrorism—It's Water | Mother Jones
In a report released last week by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Pakistan was pinpointed as "one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, not far from being classified, 'water-scarce.'" As water demand exceeds supply in the South Asian country, more and more water is being withdrawn from the nation's reservoirs, leaving them in a critically precarious position. According to the ADB, Pakistan's storage capacity, the amount of water it has on reserve in case of an emergency, is limited to a 30-day supply—far below the recommended 1,000 days for countries with similar climates. Without meaningful action, a water crisis could push the country into further chaos.
water  war  Pakistan  terrorism  climatechange 
july 2013 by Quercki
Updated Europol Data: Less Than 1% of Terrorist Attacks by Muslims | loonwatch.com
The most popular article published on LoonWatch was released in January of 2010: that article showed that, according to the official FBI website, only 6% of terrorist attacks in the United States from 1980-2005 (the only years where data was available) were committed by Muslims.
I published a follow-up article to look at the picture across the pond: I cited official data from Europol, which releases an annual terrorism report entitled EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT). The first available such report was for the year 2006.  The data from 2006, 2007, and 2008 showed that about 0.4% of terrorist attacks in the European Union were committed by Muslims–less than 1% (actually, less than half of 1%).
Today, I’d like to update our readers with new Europol data: the data for 2009 and 2010 is now available.
Once again, a minuscule percentage of terrorist attacks in Europe were committed by Muslims.  In 2009 and 2010, there were a grand total of 543 terrorist attacks, of which only 4 were committed by Muslims.  This means that only 0.7% of terrorist attacks–again, less than 1%–were committed by Muslims.
Meanwhile, in that same time frame, separatist groups in Europe committed 397 terrorist attacks, or 73% of terrorist attacks overall.  In other words, separatist groups committed 99.2 times (almost 100 times) more terrorist attacks than Muslims.
Another 85 attacks were committed by left-wing groups, accounting for about 16% of terrorist attacks overall.
terrorism  statistics  Homeland_Security  muslim 
may 2013 by Quercki
My Innocent Brother Was Made Into a Bombing Suspect: Sunil Tripathi's Sister Speaks | Mother Jones
In the aftermath of Monday's Boston Marathon attack, a heaving pile of junk information clouded the breaking news reports. Casualty figures were botched, the number of explosive devices was misreported, and suspects were wrongly identified. On that last front, one of the families deeply affected by the press and public's false conclusions was that of Sunil Tripathi, a 22-year-old Brown University philosophy student who went missing on March 16.

mistaken identity
Boston  terrorism  media  disaster 
april 2013 by Quercki
What We've Learned From This Week - Esquire- boston marathon bombing
Heroism has never been so humble.  

We are far less aware of how bombings like this one are common elsewhere. And of heroes there, too. More than we know.

Our doctors are ready.

Ubiquitous cameras compel us to experience the mayhem from afar like no other time in history — of one explosion, then another, then a suburb turned into something of a war-zone. And their ubiquity can become a hero.

Our government tortured a lot of people after 9/11, and lied about it.

Our Congress will not give its citizens the protection from themselves that nearly all of them want, and at a moment of extreme vulnerability for the nation.

Which is to say, the government does not always represent its people.
Boston  terrorism  media  disaster 
april 2013 by Quercki
Reporter Asks White House if U.S. Airstrikes That Kill Afghan Civilians Qualify as ‘Terrorism’ | Dispatches from the Underclass
REPORTER: I send my deepest condolence to the victims and families in Boston. But President Obama said that what happened in Boston was an act of terrorism. I would like to ask, Do you consider the U.S. bombing on civilians in Afghanistan earlier this month that left 11 children and a woman killed a form of terrorism? Why or why not?

JAY CARNEY: Well, I would have to know more about the incident and then obviously the Department of Defense would have answers to your questions on this matter. We have more than 60,000 U.S. troops involved in a war in Afghanistan, a war that began when the United States was attacked, in an attack that was organized on the soil of Afghanistan by al Qaeda, by Osama bin laden and others and more than 3,000 people were killed in that attack. And it has been the President’s objective once he took office to make clear what our goals are in Afghanistan and that is to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat al Qaeda. And with that as our objective to provide enough assistance to Afghan National Security Forces and the Afghan government to allow them to take over security for themselves. And that process is underway and the United States has withdrawn a substantial number of troops and we are in the process of drowning down further as we hand over security lead to Afghan forces. And it is certainly the case that I refer you to the defense department for details that we take great care in the prosecution of this war and we are very mindful of what our objectives are.

At the very least, this serves as another example of the utter meaninglessness of the word “terrorism”.
terrorism  president 
april 2013 by Quercki
Daniel Ellsberg: NDAA Indefinite Detention Provision is Part of "Systematic Assault on Constitution"
DANIEL ELLSBERG: Yes. Well, as an American citizen, I’m really almost whipsawed by emotions this morning. On the one hand, I’m here to attend the court hearing at the circuit court on Wednesday at the Federal Court Building, where I expect to see the Obama administration color itself with shame in arguing that an American citizen can be detained indefinitely in military custody without charges, indefinitely, violating really the core principles of law that go back to the Magna Carta. On the other hand, I was up late last night reading the 112-page document of Katherine B. Forrest, and I have to say, at the end of that—

AMY GOODMAN: The judge.

DANIEL ELLSBERG: The judgment, again, granting an injunction, saying that these provisions of the law that will be argued and defended by—shamefully, by the Obama administration and by three U.S. senators, who will be claiming that the detention is constitutional and legal—her argument was that it was facially unconstitutional. And when I read her detailed argument, 112, taking each point of the prosecution over a period now of nearly a year—their evidence, their lack of evidence, their argument—taking each argument that this was constitutional and smashing it on this, I felt pride as an American. I thought, this is the American citizen that I fought for as a marine. This is a constitutional order, a rule of law, a judge, appointed by Obama, who’s willing to say that her boss was mistaken in claiming that this rule is compatible with our rule of law.
NDAA  Bill_of_Rights  terrorism  indefinite_detention 
february 2013 by Quercki
Why did a rogue group of Occupy activists smear me with "terror" claim? | The Electronic Intifada
On 26 February 2012, a small group of Occupy Oakland activists claimed that I was potentially a “suspected” terrorist in an article they posted on an Occupy Oakland-branded website that they controlled. The resulting spectacle revealed an entrenched and unexamined prejudice against Arabs and Muslims, and a weakness many mainstream, predominantly white activist groups have in openly discussing issues of race and ethnicity.
Occupy_Oakland  Hyphenated-Republic  terrorism 
january 2013 by Quercki
WSJ editors come out swinging in defense of indefinite detention of US citizens | Privacy SOS
the Journal takes aim at those among us who think that habeas corpus, fair trials and civilian courts are important enough to keep around when people (allegedly) do nasty things we don't like, even if we decide to call those people Terrorists or "enemy combatants." 

Specifically, the editorial takes aim at an amendment to the next defense authorization bill (yes, the now notorious NDAA) that would ensure "speedy trials" for US citizens charged with terrorism offenses. If you are thinking "Well, it's completely reasonable to abide by the constitution's requirement that people be presented to a court and charged with a crime instead of killed absent due process or thrown in a gulag, particularly because this 'War on Terror' is so amorphous as to be nearly meaningless," you're probably an ACLU member or some other flavor of "rigid adherent" to constitutional norms. This kind of thinking is "naive," writes the WSJ -- the Sixth Amendment notwithstanding.

But Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Dianne Feinstein and Max Baucus are worse than naive, the WSJ editors appear to be implying. Indeed, their proposed amendment to the NDAA threatens our security by affirming the constitutional rights of US citizens merely accused of being engaged in some kind of Terrorist business.

Denying US citizens their rights to constitutional due process during the Glorious and Infinite War on Terror is "sound security" policy, they write, and constitutional to boot: 
terrorism  homelandsecurity  Bill_of_Rights 
december 2012 by Quercki
Facebook ‘likes’ used as evidence of material support for terrorism | Fight Back!
Facebook ‘likes’ used as evidence of material support for terrorism
By Staff | November 27, 2012
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Los Angeles, CA - Four men - Sohiel Omar Kabir, Ralph Deleon, Miguel Alejandro Santana and Arifeen David Gojali - were charged with material support for terrorism in Riverside County, Nov. 19. The government alleges the men were planning to join the resistance to the U.S./NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

According to the indictment, evidence against the men includes postings and ‘likes’ on Facebook. The criminal complaint against the men also cites a Facebook discussion between two of the defendants, where they allegedly discuss plans of the Afghan resistance to negotiate with the U.S.

Much of the ‘evidence’ presented in the indictment is constitutionally protected speech, where the defendants express their views on the resistance to the occupation of Afghanistan. An entire section of the complaint is devoted to “social media.”

Laws covering material support for terrorism serve to criminalize opposition to U.S. wars and occupations.
constitution  homelandsecurity  terrorism  facebook 
november 2012 by Quercki
Feminist Armchair Regime: Attribution Theory and White Male Mass Murder
Three kinds of white male mass murderers.

These mass murdering white men are part, though granted the extreme part, of a culture that grants white males unearned power, power over Others.  They are part of a culture where white men are losing some of that dominance.  They are part of a culture where white male dominance and power has long been demonstrated and upheld through violence.  They are part of a culture where one political party promises them they deserved that unearned privilege (and the other doesn't do much to fight the privilege).  And they are part of a culture where white men attribute unexpected loss or failure on the Other. 

White male privilege creates a culturally supported expectation of power and dominance that, when thwarted, can result in a violent reclamation of that privilege, power, and dominance.  This is only exacerbated by conservative dog whistles. These mass shootings and domestic terrorist attacks are only increasing in popularity. Our society (mainstream society) is fostering this white male privilege and mass violence.  In some cases we are even training them and painting the target symbols for them.  Each individual murderer is responsible for his own actions, but this is a societal problem.  And it won't halt until we address the cause. 
murder  terrorism  whiteness 
august 2012 by Quercki
Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others | Informed Comment
1. White terrorists are called “gunmen.” What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, “terrorists.”

2. White terrorists are “troubled loners.” Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners.

3. Doing a study on the danger of white terrorists at the Department of Homeland Security will get you sidelined by angry white Congressmen. Doing studies on other kinds of terrorists is a guaranteed promotion.

4. The family of a white terrorist is interviewed, weeping as they wonder where he went wrong. The families of other terrorists are almost never interviewed.

5. White terrorists are part of a “fringe.” Other terrorists are apparently mainstream.

6. White terrorists are random events, like tornadoes. Other terrorists are long-running conspiracies.

7. White terrorists are never called “white.” But other terrorists are given ethnic affiliations.

8. Nobody thinks white terrorists are typical of white people. But other terrorists are considered paragons of their societies.

9. White terrorists are alcoholics, addicts or mentally ill. Other terrorists are apparently clean-living and perfectly sane.
terrorism  racism 
august 2012 by Quercki
DHS Crushed This Analyst for Warning About Far-Right Terror | Danger Room | Wired.com
But Johnson’s career took an unexpected turn in 2009, when an analysis he wrote on the rise of “Right-Wing Extremism” (.pdf) sparked a political controversy. Under pressure from conservatives, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) repudiated Johnson’s paper — an especially bitter pill for him to swallow now that Wade Michael Page, a suspected white supremacist, killed at least six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. For Johnson, the shooting was a reminder that the government’s counterterrorism efforts are almost exclusively focused on al-Qaida, even as non-Islamist groups threaten Americans domestically.

“DHS is scoffing at the mission of doing domestic counterterrorism, as is Congress,” Johnson tells Danger Room. “There’ve been no hearings about the rising white supremacist threat, but there’s been a long list of attacks over the last few years. But they still hold hearings about Muslim extremism. It’s out of balance.” But even if that balance was reset, he concedes, that doesn’t necessarily mean the feds could have found Page before Sunday’s rampage.
terrorism  security  gunman  right-wing 
august 2012 by Quercki
writing as jo(e): The grief we carry in our bodies
Dark Elegy
The work of art is unforgettable. After the 1988 terrorist attack, artist Suse Lowenstein did a sculpture of herself, posed in that first moment of grief. Then other mothers and widows came to her studio. She talked to each, then asked them to remember with their bodies the way they felt when they first heard the news the plane had crashed.

She made 75 figures altogether, all just a little bit bigger than life. Some are screaming, some are pleading, some are begging or praying or falling. Some are reaching out, some are pulling inward, one is curled up like a baby. The figures are real women, with real bodies – breasts and hips and tucks of belly fat – and stripped of their clothing, they could be from any background.
art  terrorism  disaster  statues  ***  images  grief 
july 2012 by Quercki
How Obama Became a Civil Libertarian's Nightmare | | AlterNet
The question, as Balkan noted at the start of the Obama presidency, is not whether we will have a growing surveillance and police state, but what that state will be like. Obama has begun to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But he hasn’t begun to roll back the most extreme civil liberties abuses tied to the earliest phases of that war. Liberals expected otherwise from a former constitutional law professor and candidate who campaigned against the excesses of the Bush administration.   
terrorism  surveillance  Obama  homelandsecurity  civil_rights 
april 2012 by Quercki
"“Terrorists” at Home" by Naomi Wolf | Project Syndicate
Forrest also repeatedly asked for assurances – at least five times – that the NDAA would not sweep up people like the plaintiffs: journalists engaged in journalism and citizens engaged in peaceful protest. Again, every time, the lawyers for Obama and Panetta said that they could not give her such assurances. At th
terrorism  Occupy_Wall_Street  Fascism  politics  Obama 
march 2012 by Quercki
Police Try To Intimidate Occupy | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters
In a recent article in the New York Times, occupiers described frequent harassment and interrogation by NYPD intelligence and FBI: “police officers or detectives have been posted outside buildings where private meetings were taking place, have visited the homes of organizers and have questioned protesters arrested on minor charges … one protester says he was questioned by a police detective and an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” Meanwhile, authorities are demanding access to the Twitter accounts of prominent occupiers like Jeff Rae and logs of occupy websites. And in Florida, Occupy Miami was raided without cause by paramilitary police on March 13.

On reddit, one activist argued the situation is far worse than is being reported in the news, claiming to have encountered:”DHS bugging of common meeting grounds; DHS paying individuals to attend our meetings and cause disruption; police breaking into property, creating fire hazards, then getting protestors living there evicted for said fire hazard; police breaking into private property and installing surveillance equipment in people’s homes. In at least one instance they left it obvious enough to leave a message; police arresting individuals solely to have them identify photographs of other occupiers; manipulating our personal bank accounts, such as canceling our access to our own accounts.”

Taken together with news of the authoritarian new law H.R. 347, these sinister stories suggest that authorities in the United States are preparing to aggressively disrupt Occupy’s May spring offensive.

Weigh in below and tell us how you think the movement can outmaneuver these authoritarian efforts to shut down our people-power.
Occupy_Wall_Street  Fascism  terrorism 
march 2012 by Quercki
Daily Kos: Obama just 'Vetoed' Indefinite Military Detention in NDAA
Here’s what Obama has done:

First, he has read his authority to waive the provision very broadly. He has both made clear that officials have the authority to waive it at any time with respect to individual detainees and has prospectively waived it himself with respect to several whole categories of suspects.

Some of these categories are quite broad–including, for example, any situation in which transferring someone to military custody might impair efforts to secure his cooperation or garner his confession.

Offhand, it’s actually a little hard for me to imagine too many cases that wouldn’t fit comfortably within at least one of the preemptive waivers the president has already issued. I suspect that isn’t an accident.

Second, Obama has set up a process for determining whether transfer to the military is required that will all-but-guarantee that it never is.
terrorism  NDAA  homelandsecurity 
march 2012 by Quercki
The cost of America’s police state - Salon.com
Even the estimate of more than $635 billion in such expenditures does not tell the full spending story. That figure does not include the national intelligence or military intelligence budgets for which the Obama Administration is seeking $52.6 billion and $19.6 billion respectively in 2013, or secret parts of the national security budget, the so-called black budget.

Local funding is also unaccounted for. New York’s Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly claims total national homeland security spending could easily be near a trillion dollars. Money well spent, he says — New York needs that anti-terror army, the thousands of surveillance cameras, those sophisticated new weapons, and, naturally, a navy that now includes six drone submarines (thanks to $540,000 in Homeland Security cash) to keep an eye on the terrorist threat beneath the waves.

And even that’s not enough.
homelandsecurity  budget  cost  terrorism 
march 2012 by Quercki
Asian American Bar Association
At the conclusion of argument, United States District Court Judge Marilyn Patel ruled from the bench, vacating Mr. Korematsu’s conviction on grounds of “manifest injustice.” In her ruling, Judge Patel found that:

[The] records show the facts upon which the military necessity justification for the Executive Order, namely Executive Order 9066, the legislative act...and the exclusion orders...were based upon and relied upon by the government in its arguments to the Court and to the Supreme Court on unsubstantiated facts, distortions and representations of at least one military commander, whose views were seriously infected by racism.

She went on the comment on the claims of military necessity by the government:

The overwhelming number of Japanese were citizens, were residents of the United States, were loyal to the United States; that the various acts that suggested either the potential for espionage or sabotage that had occurred or could occur in the future, were essentially non-existent or were controverted by evidence that was in the possession of the Navy, the Justice Department, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In conclusion, Judge Patel commented on the lessons of Korematsu v. United States:

Korematsu remains on the pages of our legal and political history. As a legal precedent, it is now recognized as having very limited application. As historical precedent, it stands as a constant caution that in times of war or declared military necessity our institutions must be vigilant in protecting constitutional guarantees. It stands as a caution that in times of distress the shield of military necessity and national security must not be used to protect governmental actions from close scrutiny and accountability. It stands as a caution that in times of international hostility and antagonisms our institutions, legislative, executive and judicial, must be prepared to exercise their authority to protect all citizens from the petty feats and prejudices that are so easily aroused.

After Korematsu’s conviction was overturned, federal district courts in Portland and Seattle also vacated Min Yasui’s and Gordon Hirabayashi convictions respectively, although Hirabayashi had to endure a full trial and further appeal to the Ninth Circuit before his convictions were erased.
terrorism  supreme_court  Guantanamo  civil_rights 
january 2012 by Quercki
Coming Soon: The Indefinite Detention of American Citizens
As Greenwald points out, this idea - that an American who commits treason can be detained without due process - is in direct defiance of Article III, Section III of the Constitution, which reads:

"No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."
homelandsecurity  terrorism  constitution  prison  torture 
december 2011 by Quercki
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