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'Shoe Bomber' Says Islamic Law Allowed Failed Attack

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2015 | Crime

By Alex Dobuzinskis Feb 3 (Reuters) - More than 13 years after his failed attempt to blow up a passenger plane with explosives hidden ...

Is Visa Waiver Program a Pipeline for Terrorism?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Georgianne Nienaber

There is no doubt that the Visa Waiver Program merits a national discussion free from partisan politics. Terrorists have already used the VWP to gain access to soft targets. Whether additional security measures would have prevented their entry is the $64 million question.

New Security Measures: Is the NFL the New TSA?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 08.18.2013 | Sports
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

According to the NFL, "Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size."

To Defend a Terrorist: Reflections on Reid, Tsarnaev and How I Got From There to Here

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 07.03.2013 | Crime
Tamar Birckhead

In my last life, I worked as a federal public defender in Boston and had the occasion to represent Richard Reid, the failed or would-be shoe-bomber.

Mitch McConnell Drafts Casey Anthony Into the War on Terror

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

According to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Casey Anthony verdict is precisely why the U.S. should no longer be allowed to bring suspected terrorists to trial in its civilian federal courts: because juries cannot be trusted to convict in all cases.

There You Go Again: the Death Rites of Miranda

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

GOP candidates are manly men who fight for law and order. Only leftist weaklings bother with details like fair trials or worry about executing innocent prisoners.

Bombing on the Analysis of the Times Square Bomb Plot

Louis Klarevas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Klarevas

The failure of Shahzad's plot serves as a reminder that the capabilities available to terrorists seeking to harm us are drastically limited. This lesson seems to have been lost on the plethora of terrorism "experts" that took to the airwaves this week.

Quarles Public Safety Exception--Constitutional and Proven Effective!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

It was gratifying to see several news accounts yesterday revealing that the FBI finally relied on the "public safety exception" to the Miranda rule to interview the so-called Times Square attempted bomber suspect, Faisal Shahzad.

The End of Political Correctness

Abe Gurko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Abe Gurko

Over the last few decades, we have become curiously, annoyingly and extremely politically correct and certain words have become absolutely taboo. That...

Quarles Public Safety Exception to Miranda: The Ethical, Legal and Effective Answer to "Ticking Time Bombs"

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

In 1984, the Supreme Court created an exception to the Miranda rule when the questioning was designed to protect public safety -- and it's largely been ignored by prosecutors and courts.

Exploring What It Means to be a Terrorist

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

If the country is facing a war on terror, then we need to understand that any violence against innocent civilians that is intended to make a political statement is terror, no matter where it comes from.

Lindsey Graham v. the U.S. Military

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The overwhelming majority of actual military leaders, with hundreds of years of military experience behind them, all disagree with Lindsey Graham over advocating military trials for all suspected terrorists.

So Who Is The GOP Presidential Frontrunner Anyway? Palin, Romney, Paul (!) ...

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Given how wacky the Republican presidential scene looks, it's amazing that Obama is in such trouble, right?

Memo to Dick Cheney: Ssshhhh, Use Your Indoor Voice

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Dick Cheney appeared before a fawning crowd at CPAC to promote his efforts to create an alternative universe in which truths about terrorism becomes lies and lies become truth.

Fighting the Ghost of Cheney Past

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

How do you fight a ghost? That is the dilemma we face as the bitter battle for rationalism and sanity rages on in the era of Cheney-Palin-Beck. The radical right of the GOP has perfected the art of misinformation.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Two very different but ultimately very aligned versions of GOP mendacity were on display this week. At one end stands Newt Gingrich. A former college history professor, Gingrich is articulate and knowledgeable. But that didn't stop him from misrepresenting shoe-bomber Richard Reid's citizenship in an effort to paint President Obama as a soft-on-terror "radical" -- or tie logic in knots trying to justify his "mistake" after the fact. At the other end of the spectrum is Sarah Palin -- so clueless she feels the need to make crib notes about boilerplate talking points. She too is willing to completely discard truth, evidence, logic, and the facts to score cheap political points. These two appear destined to compete for the 2012 Republican nomination. Or perhaps they can join forces and form a veracity-vanquishing dream ticket -- two peas in a prevaricators' pod.

Dana Perino, Fox News' Press Secretary in Exile

Terry Krepel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Terry Krepel

Dana Perino's tenure as Fox News' press secretary in exile has been marked by one false or misleading claim after another.

Military Commissions Are a Terrorist's Best Bet

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Human Rights First

By Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate, Law and Security On February 2nd, a federal court of appeals decided that an Algerian man convicted of planning ...

Newt Gingrich WRONG: Says British Shoe Bomber 'Richard Reid Was An American Citizen' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED*** Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Tuesday, leveling harsh criticism against the Obama...

Shoe Bomber Richard Reid Was Also Read Miranda Rights

Politico | Mike Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans may have a hard time keeping up their talking point about how reading Miranda rights to the Christmas Day bomber represented a dangerous n...

An Intelligent Way to Enhance National Security?

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Human Rights First

By Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate, Law and Security Ever since the failed attempt to blow up a Northwest airline carrier on Christmas Day, critics ...

Terrorism State Lottery Winners: Not Welcome in the Secure Homeland

Denis Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Denis Campbell

If you hold a passport from countries considered to be "state sponsors of terrorism" or "countries of interest," don't plan on making your connecting flight to your final destination inside the USA.

So What's Next for Airline Passengers, Adult Diapers?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

In the wake of the attempted terrorist attack aboard a Detroit-bound Northwest flight from Amsterdam last week, the Transportation Security Administra...

The Palin Facebook Doctrine

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

When Dick Cheney pops up like a whack-a-mole on Cialis, and you can bet Palin won't be far behind. The Underwear Bomber and President Obama's response needed a special Palin edition

Sorry, Secretary Napolitano, But the System Didn't Work

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The U.S. government needs to rethink its national security apparatus and its intelligence-gathering mechanisms: We cannot protect America from terrorism using military force.