House Republicans vote to let suspected terrorists buy guns and explosives

John Aravosis has the story HERE: Republicans in the US House Appropriations Committee yesterday voted down an amendment that would have permitted the Justice Department to block the sale of guns and explosives to suspected terrorists on the terror watch list. If we stop terrorists from buying explosives, then the terrorists win. You see, Republicans say they don’t trust the terror watch list, and neither do their masters at the NRA. So rather than figure out how to improve the terror watch list, Republicans figure it’s better to just arm the...

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Fox News warns that Al-Qaeda could make you crash your car

HERE‘s a story you probably haven’t heard from the Lamestream Liberal Media: Fox News on Tuesday advised viewers to revert to vehicles from the 1960s or even a “horse and buggy” because Al-Qaeda terrorists could take over the computer in their car and make it crash. In a segment titled “Al Qaeda Behind the Wheel: How Terrorists Could Crash Your Car,” cyberterrorism analyst Morgan Wright said that it was a “fact” that “you can take control of a car” through systems like General Motor’s OnStar. “My concern is when they not only just...

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The odd argument that George W. Bush kept America safe — except, of course, for the attacks of 9/11

THIS is like saying that a certain fertilizer plant in West, Texas, has a pretty good safety record — if you don’t count that big explosion the other day: An odd argument that President George W. Bush kept America safe from terrorism “except for 9/11” made its way to the House floor Wednesday, coming from Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). The claim resurfaced on the right immediately after the Boston bombings, and made its way back into conservative punditry in the days that followed, Steve Benen reported. As Benen and others...

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Surprise! Poll shows more public concern that fight against terrorism goes too far than not far enough!

THIS seems a bit counterintuitive: The White House announced today that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not be held as an “enemy combatant,” and will instead be tried in civilian court. This is a direct rebuff to four Republicans — Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, and Pete King — who had been clamoring for him to be held indefinitely without trial or tried under laws of war in a military commission. Tsarnaev will be charged with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction against people and property in the United States, resulting in...

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Fascinating insights into the bomber brothers

David Remnick of The New Yorker OFFERS more than you previously knew about the Tsarniev brothers and their ties to the Chechen cause: In the midst of the Second World War, Joseph Stalin, seized by one of his historic fits of paranoia and cruelty, declared the Chechen people disloyal to the U.S.S.R. and banished them from their homeland in the northern Caucasus to Central Asia and the Siberian wastes. Tens of thousands of Chechens, along with members of other small ethnic groups from the Caucasus and the Crimean Peninsula, died in the mass...

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