The Whistleblower Who Exposed Warrantless Wiretaps — “President Bush condemned the leak to the Times as a ‘shameful act’” but to me, he sounds like a true patriot.
Amid Policy Disputes, Qaeda Grows in Pakistan — Infuriating. Seven years later, it’s September 10th all over again: “The story of how Al Qaeda, whose name is Arabic for ‘the base,’ has gained a new haven is in part a story of American accommodation to President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, whose advisers played down the terrorist threat. It is also a story of how the White House shifted its sights, beginning in 2002, from counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan to preparations for the war in Iraq. Just as it had on the day before 9/11, Al Qaeda now has a band of terrorist camps from which to plan and train for attacks against Western targets, including the United States.”
Pakistan Struggles Against Militants Trained by Agency — “We could not control them,” said one former senior intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We indoctrinated them and told them, ‘You will go to heaven.’ You cannot turn it around so suddenly.”
Officials arrest MIT student, who said device strapped to chest was art — “She’s lucky to be in a cell as opposed to the morgue.” People, please do not visit Boston with anything that even remotely resembles an unidentifiable electronic device. This is the second time this year they’ve shown us, they’re confused about what is a threat, and as the trooper stated, they may kill you for it.
She’s a Grandmother, a Middle School Principal, and a TSA-certified Terrorist — She was carrying a butterknife. “And I said what about my constitutional rights? And they said ‘not at this point … you don’t have any’.” I want my country back.
The Visible Man: An FBI Target Puts His Whole Life Online — “The Bangladeshi-born American says the US government mistakenly listed him on its terrorist watch list — and once you’re on, it’s hard to get off. To convince the Feds of his innocence, Elahi has made his life an open book. Whenever they want, officials can go to his site and see where he is and what he’s doing.”
When did America become a nation of frightened wimps? — “I believe there was day when most Americans accepted that life was risky. They accepted that bad things can happen to good people. They accepted that risk was an inherent part being free. They didn’t need a new law or government program every time something bad happened.”
The Stuff Sam Nunn’s Nightmares Are Made Of — “The idea behind an international fuel bank is to make it possible for nations to generate nuclear power without developing a nuclear-weapons capability. Iran, for instance, has rejected offers from Russia to manage its uranium supply on the alleged grounds that it doesn’t want to be dependent on Russia’s political whims for its energy needs. The fuel bank would render such complaints obsolete and make transparent who is using energy programs as a cover for military ambitions.”
The Terrorism Index: Is the United States winning the war on terror? — “Not according to more than 100 of America’s top foreign-policy hands.” Be sure to read the sidebar articles.
America’s Least Trusted: How a Clermont stripper ended up under FBI surveillance — “This is the United States of America, you have the right to believe whatever you want to believe. We just need to know what that is.”
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