Yep……the country waits on abetted breath….will we be or will we not be protected by DHS? Will Congress do the right thing or will it play its usual game?
To prove how much we need DHS and its multi-billion dollar payroll…..we have had new arrests around people wanting to go over to the dark side–ISIS……and now this comes to light……..
US prosecutors yesterday presented declassified al-Qaeda documents obtained after the 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound at the trial of a man charged in a British terrorism plot. The al-Qaeda documents, read by the FBI linguist who translated them from Arabic, were presented at the trial of Abid Naseer and discussed terror attacks in Britain and Russia, including plans to bomb a pipeline or the US embassy in the latter country. Naseer, who’s from Pakistan, has pleaded not guilty and is defending himself in federal court in Brooklyn. Naseer headed a British al-Qaeda terror cell that in 2009 was part of a broader conspiracy to commit attacks in the United Kingdom, New York, and Denmark, prosecutors have charged.
The documents discuss a range of al-Qaeda business, from operational tactics to training methods and suggestions on how to avoid detection by law enforcement. One letter suggests that attacking the continental US “in its heartland … has the most significance” and “cannot be compared” to an attack outside the country. The goal of an attack would be “to pressure 300 million Americans” to make their elected officials end the US war against al-Qaeda and its goal of establishing an Islamic state, the letters said. None of the letters mentioned Naseer by name. Also yesterday, top FBI counterterror official Alexander Otte testified that he traveled to Afghanistan and managed the handling of evidence recovered after the bin Laden raid, saying that he saw bin Laden’s body after it was returned to a military hangar. “I knew who he was, and I recognized him immediately,” he said.
Our need is great and our dependency is greater…….
Funny how all this is just now coming to light….just when the fate of DHS is on the chopping block………I do not believe in coincidence…..
What say you?
Since 9/11 we Americans have been told a couple of things time and time again……..terrorism was a threat to the country and to go shopping to show them that we are not buying (no pun intended) their ruthlessness.
I recently read a report from the Cato Institute that I found interesting and thought maybe my readers would also……..check it out and pass on your thoughts…..
Terrorism Poses No Existential Threat to America. We Must Stop Pretending Otherwise | Cato Institute.
With the prez requesting the authorization to war on ISIS…..the media has trotted out tons of pundits to support the prez and his request…..I even heard one talk about it necessity because of the foreign fighters, some Americans, that could come home and in essence be a Lone Wolf terrorist……then I recalled an article I had read about a week ago on that subject……..
Lone Wolf Terrorists Are Exceedingly Rare, So Why Does Everyone Keep Talking About Them? | Mother Jones.
We hear almost daily of how this terror group or that is radicalizing kids the world over……turning them into terrorists that will carry out acts of violence when told……
If only there was a way to spot these at-risk children……maybe the government has an idea……but is it a good one?
Please read and let me have some input…..thanx.
Is Your Child a Terrorist? U.S. Government Questionnaire Rates Families at Risk for Extremism – The Intercept.
There is a debate going on about us Americans and what we think of our freedoms…..are we losing them or is it not so?
If you have an opinion after reading this please let it fly…..I am always interested in what my readers think…..
America’s Fatal Freedom Apathy » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.
Torture has once again pitted the neocons against humans……..there will be those that feel it was a good thing and then those that feel it is a desperate act of barbarity….
There have been some prime examples of how torture worked and its desired effects…….
First let me say…..If you have never experienced torture then your opinion is NOTHING!
Guess Who Else Tortured People Like the CIA Did—Soviets and Nazis — War Is Boring — Medium.
Years ago the subject of torture was a hot button issue and then like all other hot button issues it fell be the wayside to make room for something m,ore important….like the Kardashians or something equally as mind numbing….
And then the debate was resurrected with the torture report out of the Senate.
Just to help people catch up there is a historical timeline that can help those that want to understand….
A History of the C.I.A.’s Secret Interrogation Program – NYTimes.com.