Security Theater

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Security Theater: “This is a good piece by Ted Conover pivoting off the arrest of the Oregon bomber, to talk about the convictions of supposed terrorists in Newburgh, New York: These prosecutions fail the smell test, and lately the odor has washed over my own Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale. Last month, if you …

He Reported the FBI’s Own Informant to the FBI

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes: He Reported the FBI’s Own Informant to the FBI: “Here’s an incredible piece of reporting in the Washington Post about Craig Monteilh, a convicted criminal turned FBI informant-provocateur, and former foot-solider in our War on Terror: Before the sun rose, the informant donned a white Islamic robe. A tiny camera was sewn …

Two on the Street Right Now

“Let me put this in perspective,” Biden said on Face the Nation. “There have been three people tried and convicted by the last administration in military courts. Two are walking the street right now. There have been over 300 tried in federal courts by the last administration and by us. They’re all in jail now. …

Obama on Anderson Cooper 360

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Word to the Wise

Under Obama, `war on terror’ catchphrase fading – Yahoo! News: “The ‘War on Terror’ is losing the war of words. The catchphrase burned into the American lexicon hours after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is fading away, slowly if not deliberately being replaced by a new administration bent on repairing the U.S. image among …