With Regrets, Judge Allows Indefinite Detention at Guantánamo of a Medicby Andy Worthington, April 19, 2010 On March 25, as I explained in a recent article, “Guantánamo and Habeas Corpus: The Torture Victim and the Taliban Recruit,” Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District Court in Washington, D.C., denied the habeas corpus petition of Mukhtar […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Does the U.S. Government Understand the Terrorist Threat? March 31, 2010Ivan Eland Most Americans just assume that the U.S. government’s actions to protect them from terrorism, if not perfect, are rational, based on sound information and analysis, and undertaken with the intention to protect the most people possible. But the government’s response here to the tragic […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Spanish Noose Around Chavez's Neck March 3, 2010Alvaro Vargas Llosa WASHINGTON—An investigation triggered by the contents of computer files captured during a raid on a guerrilla camp in Ecuador has now suggested a Venezuelan link between the ETA terrorist organization in Spain and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. A Spanish court’s decision […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Is Dick Cheney Unpatriotic? January 6, 2010Ivan Eland Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been railing against President Barack Obama for being weak-kneed on terrorism and failing to interdict the BVD bomber’s recent attempt to blow up a plane. Cheney seems to want us to put aside his own administration’s abysmal record on the subject—ignoring warnings […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Terror on Board December 31, 2009Charles PeñaThe Baltimore Sun The ‘system’—such as it is—didn't fail ——— On Christmas Day, alleged would-be terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab managed to light his pants on fire but, fortunately, not detonate what amounted to an underwear bomb aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253. President Barack Obama said, “A systemic failure has occurred, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Learning the Wrong Lessons From the Attempted Bombing December 30, 2009Ivan Eland The botched attempt by a Nigerian, apparently trained in Yemen by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to conduct a suicide bombing on a plane as it neared Detroit has highlighted the U.S. government’s overzealous, ineffective, and even counterproductive efforts to overcome terrorism. Although Homeland […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Government Terrorism Lists Are a Holiday Turkey November 25, 2009Ivan Eland As the holiday travel season rolls around again, the government’s terrorism watch list and no-fly list get ever more bizarre. Of course, for starters, the list has always been unconstitutional, because the government does not have probable cause to believe the vast majority of those […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Civilian Trials for 9/11 Suspects Aren’t Enough November 18, 2009Ivan Eland The Obama administration’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and four alleged co-conspirators in civilian court is a laudable return to the rule of law from the Bush administration’s kangaroo military commissions, which convened offshore in Guantanamo […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Terrorism and Civil Liberties Politicians Blow Smoke Rather than Address Vital Issues May 26, 2009Ivan Eland Unfortunately, politicians claim they don’t read opinion polls, while scrutinizing them even more closely than options for their next junket. This has been most evident recently in the civil liberties arena. On the same day he was inaugurated, President Barack Obama […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Lesson of Gaza January 26, 2009Charles Peña Three days after Hamas fired rockets and mortars into southern Israel from Gaza, Israeli military forces launched Operation Cast Lead with the stated objective of defending the country against Hamas rocket fire. As is always the case, Israel asserted its right of self-defense to justify the military operation. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.