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-- ex US Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill
… this American pseudo intellectual is one reason why we cannot have nice things …
GMO production and distribution is likened to terrorism by the authors of a draft bill submitted to the Russian parliament earlier this week. It’s not the first comparison of the kind, according to Elena Sharoykina, director of the Genetic Safety Public Association GSPA, a 10-year-old NGO in Moscow, Russia’s major campaigner for GM free food and agriculture.
Gulf toil? (ft Saudi Arabia expert David Weinberg)
What’s behind Barack Obama’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia?
Journalism, the New Terrorism (by Dennis Trainor, Jr)
Published on Aug 21, 2013
It has been said that it is no measure of health to be well adjusted in a profoundly sick society. And there is no way you can be awake and deny that we live in a profoundly sick society. So, are you well adjusted? Listen, if you live in the United States or the UK or in one of the countries where the ruling class benefits from the dominant system of global corporate capitalism, your government is either committing or enabling crimes against humanity that include, but are in no way limited to war crimes, illegal surveillance, illegal occupations, and covert government coups. THESE ARE FACTS, not hyperbole.
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The boys anxiously fiddled with the safety switch on one of the IEDs. Even on this April night, as they planted two bombs, the plan felt slapdash. No one knew how to handle the explosives. They had no getaway plan. At one point they’d discussed closing the bridge with traffic cones to minimize casualties – 13,000 vehicles crossed the bridge daily – but there was no mention of that now. Some of the accomplices weren’t even clear on the evening’s basic agenda. “Do we plant tonight and go boom tomorrow?” Baxter had asked in the van. “No, we’re going to detonate these tonight,” someone had clarified.
Before 9/11, German says, the FBI would have considered the idea of advancing terrorism plots just to defuse them as “laughable. But what was justified as an emergency method has become a normalized part of regular criminal-justice work.” — from the article
"A court in Norway has ruled that the country’s far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik is sane, sentencing him to at least 21 years in prison.
Five judges at the Oslo High Court were unanimous in ruling that Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bomb attack and gun rampage in 2011, was sane.
The 10-week trial of the 33-year-old terrorist ended on Friday, after he was given the maximum verdict of 21 years, which could be prolonged if he was deemed to remain a threat to society.”
Fifty-six percent of domestic terrorist attacks and plots in the U.S. since 1995 have been perpetrated by right-wing extremists, as compared to 30 percent by ecoterrorists and 12 percent by Islamic extremists. Right-wing extremism has been responsible for the greatest number of terrorist incidents in the U.S. in 13 of the 17 years since the Oklahoma City bombing.
After DHS withdrew the report, the department cut the number of analysts studying non-Islamic domestic terrorism. Daryl Johnson, the primary author of the report and a self-described Republican, soon left his post at DHS and said in July, 2011 that DHS has “just one person” dealing with domestic terrorism. The Department has largely been silent on domestic terrorist threats ever since.
Although current statistics show that right-wing extremism is on the rise through groups like the Sovereign Citizen and Patriot movements, domestic counterterrorism continues to receive few resources and little public attention. Though Islamic extremism remains a significant domestic security threat, current statistics and incidents such as Oklahoma City show that it is far from the only threat. In order to protect American citizens, we need to match our resources to the reality of our threats, not just the politically expedient narratives we have formed.
Another great piece over at Think Progress by my good friend and colleague, Ken Sofer.