Saudis Explicitly Warned U.S. Intelligence Agencies About Tamerlan Tsarnaev

By: Wednesday May 1, 2013 5:36 am

Update: The government has officially denied the report is true for whatever that is worth. More evidence is accumulating that the Boston Bombing was entirely preventable. Despite spending more money since 9/11 on Homeland Security than was spent on the New Deal, the same problems that helped caused 9/11 still exist, namely, intelligence agencies dropping [...]

NRA’s LaPierre Calls for Armed Guards in Schools – You Know, Like at Columbine

By: Friday December 21, 2012 10:45 am

In a bizarre press conference, NRA Chairman Wayne LaPierre called for the immediate placement of armed guards in all public schools. This is classic “fighting the last war” thinking, along with a dash of “think of the children” policymaking. Just quickly, because you shouldn’t even dignify this with much of a response. One, it would [...]

Don’t Expect Belt-Tightening to Extend to the Domestic Security Budget

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 6:17 am

A day after we hear about the disposition matrix, the drone wars and the militarization of the CIA, along comes Scott Shane to pose a question to all the same people who say we can’t afford to leave a legacy of debt to our children and grandchildren: uh, how do you plan to pay for [...]

Administration Deportation Reviews Doing Next to Nothing So Far

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 6:25 am

The Obama Administration introduced the deportation reviews last year to much fanfare, claiming that they would help 300,000 undocumented immigrants currently in the deportation system get a fair shake. Only threats to public safety or repeat offenders would get deported, and those contributing to society, particularly the DREAM students who know nowhere else as a [...]

Republicans Expanding Military, Homeland Security Budgets in Negotiations

By: Monday April 4, 2011 9:15 am

I mentioned this in passing in my earlier budget post, but this is a pretty brazen move: Mr. Schumer said Democrats were urging Republicans to consider reducing some of the automatic annual spending in Agriculture, Treasury and Justice Department programs to reach a target of about $33 billion in cuts rather than insisting that it [...]

As King Hearings Continue, More Information on White Supremacist Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Hundreds in Spokane

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 10:40 am

Marcy is doing a great job liveblogging the McCarthyist hearings on Islamic radicalism chaired by terrorist sympathizer Peter King. She’s covered Keith Ellison breaking down when talking about a Muslim NYPD cadet and paramedic named Mohammed Salman Hamdani who died rescuing people on 9/11. She’s covered Sheriff Lee Baca of LA County, the only law [...]

Mica Begs Passengers Not to Opt Out of Porno Scanners

By: Sunday November 21, 2010 4:13 pm

John Mica (R-FL), the incoming chair of the House Transportation Committee, has reduced himself to begging the public against Opt-Out Day. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) urged airline passengers Sunday to not purposefully slow down airport security lines by refusing to go through body scanners. Likely the next House Transportation Committee chairman, Mica said he could [...]

Fighting the Last War: Toner and Ink Cartridges Prohibited from Overseas Flights

By: Monday November 8, 2010 1:18 pm

When I did stand-up a hundred years ago, I used to do a joke about how aviation security was always a few steps behind the terrorists. First someone tried to light a bomb in his shoes, and now we all have to take our shoes off before getting on the plane. Then someone tried to [...]

Obama’s Kinder, Gentler War On Terror

By: Sunday January 10, 2010 6:10 pm

I never got around to commenting on President Obama’s statement about the failed Christmas Day bombing, and the subsequent memorandum and review summary about the terrorist attack. First, let me say that it was a very assured speech, the best Obama has been on the subject and the kind of statement I would very much [...]

The Bloated National Surveillance State Folds In On Itself

By: Thursday January 7, 2010 8:44 am

National security advisor James Jones told the USA Today that the initial review of the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 will give Americans “a certain shock.” The shock that Jones is referring to may come from the fact that US officials apparently knew about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab while the Amsterdam-to-Detroit plane was in the [...]

Obama Speaks On Counter-Terrorism Efforts

By: Tuesday January 5, 2010 2:00 pm

President Obama left a meeting with his entire national security team and delivered a short speech about the failed Christmas Day bombing, and the way forward on homeland security in the wake of what he called failures to connect the dots and prohibit Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding a plane. The key bit of news, [...]

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