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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.

Under Attack: 7 Thwarted Acts of Terror in America

Posted 03.01.2013 | Entertainment

It has been said that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Fortunately there has been no shortage of good men an...

I Wanna Be Scanned and Groped

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Andy Ostroy

Listen folks, I have some distressing news for you about full-body scans and pat downs. You're not that attractive and no one cares to see you naked. Seriously. Please put your narcissism in check. This ain't about you.

Mohammed Al-Madadi Returning To Qatar: Diplomat Will Leave U.S. After Airline Cigarette Bomb Scare

AP | MATTHEW LEE and P. SOLOMON BANDA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

WASHINGTON — The U.S. plans to close the book on the bomb scare aboard a Denver-bound airliner after receiving assurances from Qatar that the di...

Qatari Diplomat Who Sparked Airplane Bomb Scare Likely Sent Home

AP | MATTHEW LEE and P. SOLOMON BANDA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

WASHINGTON — A Qatari diplomat was on his way to an official visit with an imprisoned al-Qaida sleeper agent when he touched off a bomb scare by...

Mohammaed al Modadi Detained: Qatar Diplomat Sparks Bomb Scare After Smoking On United Airlines Flight To Denver

AP | IVAN MORENO and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A Qatari diplomat trying to sneak a smoke in an airplane bathroom sparked a bomb scare Wednesday night on a flight from Washington to D...

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.

Managing Risks in Public Policy: Impact vs. Probability?

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Walking barefoot through airport security makes little sense if our ports are unprotected. Let's gather the courage to redirect our resources to risks that are high probability and high impact.

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.

The Terrorists Next Door

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Gerdy

We have crossed over to the dark side when political posturing is more important than solutions to our problems. The end results can not be positive if the truth is cast aside in favor of fearmongering.

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...

The Keystone Feds Mirandasize Umar Farouk

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

I have a real problem when President Obama declares we are at war with al Qaeda, only to witness the Justice Department according Miranda rights to alleged non-American terrorists captured on U.S. soil.

Sam Stein

Bush Waited Six Days To Discuss Shoe Bomber With No GOP Complaints

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The bellowing by Republicans over the Obama administration's supposedly lackadaisical response to the attempted bombing of an airliner over Detroit se...

Reading the Pictures: This Kid Abdulmutallab

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2009-12-31-headshot.jpgPictures circulating of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on a school trip to London in '03 is making it near impossible for the right-wing to hype his danger.

America's New Face of Terrorism

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne R. Davis

Thanks to a 23-year-old black man who deceptively looks like an innocent boy, African-Americans, Arabs and the Muslim Diaspora all have something in common. They are more easily viewed as terrorists, and there's no escaping it.

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.

Equating Reid and Lott Is Flat-Out Wrong and Just the Latest Republican Game

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

While Trent Lott could technically support and advocate segregationist policies as majority leader, what policy would Reid be in danger of furthering, based on his statement? None. That's the difference.

Republican Hypocrisy on Terrorism Reaches New Levels of Awful

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Preside over the biggest terrorist attack in American history and it's an epic win for President Bush. Preside over a failed attack and it's an epic fail for President Obama.

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.

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

Keep Your Shoes On: A Modest Proposal for Rational Airport Security

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

The rest of the world is laughing at us. Literally, in some cases -- when I reflexively took my shoes off at a security line in Berlin, the guard chuckled. Stupid American.

Not in My Backyard: Fear of the Guantánamo Legion of Doom

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Yup, that's right, the self-same prison system that has held Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer and the Son of Sam is apparently no match for a bunch of unarmed, sensory-deprived foreigners.

"Flying While Arab" Continues to Soar

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvonne R. Davis

"Miss!" A large man with a crew cut pointed at me and exclaimed, "You have a bomb in your shoe!" This dude was talking to me. I was shocked.