The Terrorist Threat is Worse Now than Before Our Wars

From the Christian Science Monitor, we read about the terrorist threat: “US is no safer after 13 years of war, a top Pentagon official says.” The nation is no safer after 13 years of war, warns a top US military official who leads one of the nation’s largest intelligence organizations. “We have a whole gang of new actors out there that are far more extreme than Al Qaeda,” says Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, which employs some 17,000 American intelligence Read more […]

Keith Alexander: We Totally Failed to Stop Terrorists, So Give Us More Money & Power

Keith Alexander, who until recently was the director of the NSA, gave an interview to Matthias Schwartz for the New Yorker. Alexander: The probability of an attack getting through to the United States, just based on the sheer numbers, from 2012 to 2013, that I gave you—look at the statistics. If you go from just eleven thousand to twenty thousand, what does that tell you? That’s more. That’s fair, right? Schwartz: I don’t know. I think it depends what the twenty thousand— Alexander: Read more […]

The Courts Are Fine With Imprisoning Americans Without Trial

A brief extract from a post at the Acting-Man blog: A law suit filed by journalists and academics (including Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, and Noam Chomsky) against the NDAA statute that provides for the secret detention of ‘terrorism suspects’ by the military on the president’s say-so, while subsequently denying them any judicial review or recourse, initially ended with the lower court siding with the journalists. The journalists complained because the law obviously has a chilling effect on Read more […]

Drone Strikes Make the War on Terror Unwinnable

Imagine the U.S. at some point in the future had as its policy the use of drones to kill U.S. citizens whom the government deemed “militants.” At this point in time, our government would have built up a massive database of citizen biometrics that included our facial structures and expressions, image scans of the retinas in our eyes, our behavior patterns and recordings of what our voices sounded like. And each of those characteristics would be tied to our identity. Since we would be under constant Read more […]

The FBI’s Billion Dollar Facial Recognition Program

Although they don’t burn nearly as hot as they once did, the flames of fear, anger and patriotism are reignited once again eleven years after the catalyzing terrorist attack. One question comes to mind: “Are we safer now than we were 11 years ago?” We’ve fought and continue to fight very expensive wars overseas fighting our War on Terror. The wars in the Middle East (whether you support them or not) are costly in blood and money. Here at home, government agencies such as the DHS, FBI and Read more […]