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Tag: Terrorism
  • Churchill Was Right

    On Friday (January 20th, 2017), I went with a couple of friends to see the Milo Yiannopoulos speech at University of Washington. We got there at around 2:30-3:00 PM for a 7:00 PM speech, just to make sure we got some good seats. Protesters were mostly pretty calm, just waving signs, but we figured there’d …

  • To Some, Any Speech Is “Terrorist Threat”

    Cameron D’Ambrosio’s free speech case first caught my attention since his demographics and personality closely parallel my own: we are both young Italian-American men from Massachusetts with a knack for generating controversy via the use of written words. Of course, there are some important differences between us as well. Unlike Cam, who is a musician, …

  • Legal and Moral Dilemmas of Drone Strikes in a Free Society

    The American government is now using over 7,500 drones to strike targets in Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Drone strikes in Pakistan alone have killed up to 3,341 people so far, despite a lack of Congressional approval.  But besides being illegal on Constitutional grounds, the drone strikes set dangerous new precedents that challenge the most basic tenets of …

  • Blowback in Libya

    Last week, Libyan militants carried out an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that resulted in in the deaths of the American ambassador and three other embassy staff. There is absolutely no justification for these vile murders and the perpetrators should be brought to justice swiftly as possible. That being said, this ugly turn …

  • Here We Go Again…

    Today we learn President Obama is ramping up clandestine support to train and assist the Syrian rebels in their endeavor to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad. No one seems to care that this coalition has long been infiltrated by Al Qaeda and other groups who don’t actually share the Western vision of a constitutional, …

  • What we mean when we call our neighbors “terrorists”

    A chart from ThinkProgress is currently making the rounds on Tumblr, especially among self-described liberal blogs, depicting what it claims to be the rise of right-wing “terrorism.” Ken Sofer writes: Fifty-six percent of domestic terrorist attacks and plots in the U.S. since 1995 have been perpetrated by right-wing extremists, as compared to 30 percent by …

  • Is this how we imagined it?

    Ten years have passed since the warm September morning that became the most devastating day in the history of the United States. It is hardly possible to bring ourselves back to that moment and remember exactly how we felt. We recall where we were, to be sure. Who we were talking to. What we had …

  • The PATRIOT Act Protects the US against Drug Users, Not Terrorists

    Although this chart only represents a few years since 9/11, you can bet with the consistent rise in drug related arrests over the past 10 years, the PATRIOT Act has arrested and convicted far more drug offenders each year than terrorists. As we all know, marijuana is in the spotlight, waiting for its moment to …

  • Video: Top Democrats Call Tea Party Members “Terrorists”

    Members of the Tea Party movement have been called a lot of nasty things before like: crazy, extremists, teabaggers, and racists, but in the final hours of the debt ceiling debate, just one month before the ten-year anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, many Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden, have been calling Tea Party …

  • Liberty, Security, and Terrorism

    The recent terrorist attack in Moscow, which resulted in the death of over 30 people and the injury of about 100 others, ought to compel Americans to revisit some important questions concerning the true value of airport security procedures in the US, which require travelers to put their individual rights aside in the name of …