Gallup: Two-thirds of Americans don’t want anti-terrorism efforts to violate civil liberties

In the months just after  the terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001, a Gallup poll showed that almost half of all Americans weren’t too concerned about protecting civil liberties in the fight against terrorism. The situation has changed dramatically, however, as time has passed. HERE‘s the latest: The federal government’s recent actions to limit the scope of what it can do to prevent terrorism are consistent with Americans’ preference to prioritize civil liberties over anti-terrorism efforts when the two come into...

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Does right-wing political rhetoric spawn right-wing terrorism?

In the wake of the shootings in Las Vegas this past weekend, Paul Waldman raises a TROUBLING QUESTION: What I’m about to say will raise some hackles, but we need to talk about it. It’s long past time for prominent conservatives and Republicans to do some introspection and ask whether they’re contributing to outbreaks of right-wing violence. Before I go on, let me be clear about what I’m not saying. I’m not saying that Republican members of Congress bear direct responsibility for everything some disturbed person from the same side of the...

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Terror alert sparked by conference call likened to Legion of Doom meeting

The Daily Beast has THIS SCOOP: The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region. The intercept provided the U.S. intelligence community with a rare glimpse into how al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, manages a global organization that includes affiliates in Africa, the Middle East, and southwest and southeast Asia. Several news outlets reported Monday on an...

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Attacks on U.S. diplomatic targets fewer under Obama than any of his seven immediate predecessors

The chart above was published 10 months ago, but it still...

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Fearing terrorism, U.S. issues global travel alert

The story is HERE: The United States issued a global travel alert to American citizens on Friday, warning of the potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, carried out by operatives of Al Qaeda and their associates. A bulletin to travelers and expatriates, issued by the State Department, came less than a day after the department announced that it was closing American diplomatic missions in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere through the weekend because of an unspecified terrorism threat. “The...

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