Terrorism

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Monday, I wrote about how Standard & Poor’s (S&P) downgrade of U.S. debt had political motivations–avoiding fraud investigations as well as ‘convincing’ the Securities and Exchange Commission to remove new regulations that could undercut their business: …I won’t rule out that S&P is stupid incompetent and ideologically blinkered. But they routinely commit fraud (and I’m…

From The NY Times: Marc Sageman, a former C.I.A. officer and a consultant on terrorism, said it would be unfair to attribute Mr. Breivik’s violence to the writers who helped shape his world view. But at the same time, he said the counterjihad writers do argue that the fundamentalist Salafi branch of Islam “is the…

More Incompetency in the Ivins Case

Keep in mind, this probably means there is a murderous terrorist running loose out there: Now, however, Justice Department lawyers have acknowledged in court papers that the sealed area in Ivins’ lab — the so-called hot suite — didn’t contain the equipment needed to turn liquid anthrax into the refined powder that floated through congressional…

…hopefully, they won’t murder anyone. Speaking of Research has documented the anti-medical research threats by an organization known as Negotiation Is Over (italics mine; no direct link to terrorist organizations on this blog): Students also need to understand that making the wrong choice will result in a lifetime of grief. Aspiring scientists envision curing cancer…

Five More Lone Wolves in Alaska

And I’m not talking about the four-legged kind. As I’ve noted before, whenever some right-wing associated nut shoots someone, we always hear it described as the actions of a ‘lone wolf.’ Because members of another militia group were arrested for planning to kidnap and murder police officers and judges: Five people in the Fairbanks area…

There have been a lot of proposals floating around about protecting congressmen. One suggestion is to use local police as security: According to a federal official who is preparing the advice, the Capitol Police will recommend that when members hold well-publicized outside events with uncontrolled access, they should request the presence of a police officer…

Have the Turkeys No Decency?

Just when we thought the Turkey Menace had disappeared, they’re back: Thanksgiving II: The Revenge A Gardner Road [Brookline, MA] man told police that he and his 9-month-old son were “surrounded and attacked by six turkeys” at about 12:14 p.m. on Dec. 12. Police offered to dispatch EMS to treat any injuries, but EMS was…

I Thought They Hated Us for Our Freedoms

You mean, conservatives lied to us? From the NY Times coverage of the guilty plea by Faisal Shahzad in Times Square bombing plot: …Mr. Shahzad was unapologetic, characterizing himself as “part of the answer to the U.S. terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people.” “I want to plead guilty, and I’m going to plead…

Many of my ScienceBloglings have rightly called out animal rights terrorists who target researchers’ children. They are absolutely right to do so. The one issue I have is that I often read something along the lines of “Terrorism is wrong, regardless of if you’re for or against animal rights…” Actually, I’m not willing to disregard…

It’s Not Fascism When They Do It

Yesterday, I raised the possible specter of violent intimidation breaking out at a health care townhall meeting. Turns out I was off by about twelve hours: