Posts filed under ‘Terror’
I could not believe my eyes this morning when I checked all three cable “news” networks and saw that they were breathlessly covering the “congressional inquiry” into the death last month of our Libyan ambassador and three other men at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
The whole thing is a freaking charade but would actual “news” organizations have the guts to point that out? No.
Michael Tomanski says it like it is:
The admission this morning on CNN by Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz that he’s “absolutely” voted against administration requests for increased embassy and consulate security funding should, in a rationally ordered world, put an end to this whole Benghazi business. I mean, it really takes a set of onions to do this. Vote down increased security funding, then a tragedy happens, then try to exploit it to help your presidential candidate because it happened to occur in September of an election year. This deserves the word disgusting.
Now, why it took Soledad O’Brien to elicit this fact, and not Chaffetz’s Democratic counterparts or the White House a month ago is a disturbing question that for the moment I’ll set to the side. But the Christian Science Monitor has the goods on two votes, in 2011 and 2012:
“In 2011 they [Republicans] came in and passed a continuing resolution for the remainder of that fiscal year. The House proposed $70 million cut in the WSP [Worldwide Security Protection program] and they proposed a $204 million cut in Embassy security,” says Mr. Lilly. “Then the next year, fiscal 2012, they cut worldwide security by $145 million and embassy security by $376 million. This year’s bill is the same thing all over again. The House has cut the worldwide security budget $149 million below the request.”
But pin this on Obama? Especially now that we know that his administration sought diplomatic security funding that the Republicans cut? The only scandal here is that hypocrites like Chaffetz and Darrell Issa have the kinds of jobs that permit them to subpoena people.
And here, by the way, is what the Ryan Budget would do to the State Department. Unbelievable people, these are.
Yet another monumental cable “news” fail and another extraordinarily whimpass response by the White House. Why didn’t they point this out? Why didn’t Democrats as a whole point it out? How about Hillary? People listen to and respect her.
Here we have a corporate media just in it for the show and the drama and the fights and cowering Democrats who continue to exhibit signs of Stockholm Syndrome.
Here is an interesting article succinctly laying out why the war in Afghanistan is — still — a colossal failure. Here’s the bullet point:
Beyond al Qaeda, the U.S. president has achieved little of strategic importance in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is incorrect, if not disingenuous, when he says that the Taliban’s momentum has been “blunted.” The Taliban’s spear is sharp as ever. Last week, on Sept. 14, it cut through Camp Bastion, one of the most secure foreign bases in Afghanistan. There, in a complex attack that cost $10,000 or $20,000 at most, it destroyed six jets valued at up to $180 million. The ratio of cost to achievement of the $100 billion-a-year war in Afghanistan is indefensible, though it must be said that the president, with his emphasis on “nation-building here at home,” recognizes this uncomfortable fact.
The U.S. surge is over. All troops brought into Afghanistan after December 2009 will have returned home by the end of this week. But the Taliban surge has just begun. Attacks on coalition forces by Afghan security personnel — the Taliban are responsible for a small, but probably growing number of these — are on the rise. The Taliban reintegration campaign — designed to bring low-level Taliban into the fold — is working, but in an unintended way, with the penetration of the Afghan security forces by Taliban infiltrators.
The local militias raised by coalition forces and Kabul are a motley of opportunistic, quasi-jihadi criminals on temporary leave. The training program has been put on hold due to the rising green-on-blue attacks. The most crucial element of Obama’s Afghanistan strategy — the transition of control to Afghan security forces — has been effectively suspended with the pause in joint coalition-Afghan operations.
Last we heard, we were going to train Afghan security forces and when we felt they were ready to take charge of their country, we were going to leave. But now, what with the rise in “green on blue” attacks, that training plan is on hold.
So now what?
My Tweet of the Day regarding the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens:
We shouldn’t condemn all Libyans for what happened last night any more than they should condemn all Americans for the Wisconsin mosque massacre or the torching of a mosque in Missouri.
This is what Paul Ryan did for the cameras today:
Oak Creek, Wisconsin–Paul Ryan returned home to his Wisconsin congressional district Tuesday and visited first responders on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
The GOP’s vice presidential nominee – and also still a candidate for reelection to Congress – visited the Oak Creek fire and rescue where he chatted with firefighters and addressed the group before joining them for lunch.
“I just wanted to come on the anniversary of 9/11 and say thank you to all of you who are first responders for what you do for us every day,” Ryan told them. “This is a day where we as Americans need to think and remember the people who lost their lives and be thankful for those of you who put your lives on the line for us every day. So we are here simply to bring notoriety and a gift of thanks for what you do for us on a daily basis.”
And this is Paul Ryan’s voting record when it comes to “thanking” first responders and appreciating them for “what you do for us every day,” via the AFL-CIO:
Today, the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed thousands and destroyed the World Trade Center, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued a statement that forgot to mention the heroic first responders, including 343 Fire Fighters (IAFF) members, who lost their lives trying to save others.
His running mate, Paul Ryan, voted three times against the 9/11 first responders health care bill in 2010.
The bipartisan bill provides medical monitoring, treatment and compensation to emergency responders, recovery and clean-up workers and community members suffering serious diseases as a result of hazardous exposures resulting from the 9/11 attacks.
While the bill did pass and was signed into law January 2011 by President Obama, Ryan voted against it July 29, Sept. 29 and didn’t even bother to vote when it came up for final passage Dec. 22. However, he later issued a statement: “Had I been present, I would have voted against passage of the bill.”
Talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words Paul. Your actions put the lie to your talk.
Remembering all the innocent people who died on September 11, 2001 as well as all the innocent people who died since then in the “Global War on Terror.”
Hey USA, let’s put human beings in cages and leave them there to die; no charges, no trials:
A former hunger strike prisoner at Guantánamo Bay has died, the US military said Monday, after the man was apparently found unconscious in his cell at the isolated, high-security prison.
The prisoner, whose name and nationality were not released, was found by guards on Saturday and taken to a base hospital, where he was declared dead “after extensive lifesaving measures had been performed,” the US military’s southern command said in a brief statement.
He was the ninth prisoner to die at the facility since it was opened in January 2002 to hold men suspected of terrorism or links to al-Qaida and the Taliban. The military has said two of those deaths were by natural causes and six were declared suicides.
No info as to how old the man was, where he was from or how long he’d been at Gitmo.
I was raised to believe and to be proud that the United States of America doesn’t throw people in prison until they’ve been charged and found guilty by a jury of their peers.
How things have changed.
Public Policy Polling is out with a very detailed poll of Ohio voters. It’s a pdf file, with a link at the bottom of the page here: Obama Leads by 5 in Ohio.
The most mind-blowing thing I saw in the results was this:
Romney got 6%?
Who thinks Romney had anything whatsoever to do with killing Osama bin Laden?
My god. Talk about low information voters. Those 6%ers aren’t low information voters, they’re voters who are pulling stuff out of thin air.
This headline is up at FoxNation this morning:
This is the summary that appears below the headline:
Document Reveals Accounts Of Vicious Assault From Victim And SuspectsKKTV.comCourt documents reveal that the victim of an alleged vicious sexual assault remembers some of the suspects telling her about being unhappy with the way they were treated in the United States. Five Iraqi nationals were arrested in connection with the case.Two are charged with the crime while all five are charged as accessories with the crime. Some of the victim’s injuries were described by police as being “rarely seen.”“I can tell you this is one of the most horrific sexual assaults I’ve seen in my career as a police officer,” said Lt. Howard Black with the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Excuse me, but we all remember this,
so what the hell’s with this:
Group launches campaign accusing Obama of taking credit for bin Laden raid
A group of former military and intelligence operatives launched an aggressive campaign against President Obama Wednesday, accusing the president of claiming undue credit for the Usama bin Laden raid and suggesting his administration is behind politically motivated security leaks.
The group, called Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc., unveiled a 22-minute video on its website, and pledged to go on air with a TV ad sometime in September.
In the video, an array of retired CIA agents and other intelligence personnel suggest the administration has been leaking security details for political gain, and specifically criticize the president over his public handling of the bin Laden raid.
“Mr. President, you did not kill Usama bin Laden. America did,” Navy SEAL Ben Smith said in the video. “The work that the American military has done killed Usama bin Laden. You did not.”
More (warning — links to FoxNews so if you’re opposed to giving them hits don’t click)
This is so, so lame. It’s got desperation written all over it.
Yesterday I posted about making a donation to help rebuild the mosque in Joplin, Missouri that was torched and burned to the ground on Monday.
I don’t remember what the donation level was at that time but their goal of $250,000 hadn’t been reached. I just checked back and — wow — it has been reached and surpassed by almost $50,000:
USA! USA! USA!
The day after the tragic massacre at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, this happened:
Shortly after the Islamic Society of Joplin opened a mosque in 2007 in Joplin, a small town in Southwest Missouri, the sign in front was set on fire, an act determined to be arson. On the 4th of July of this year, someone who is undoubtedly a deeply patriotic person was filmed by a surveillance camera throwing a flaming object onto the roof of the mosque in an attempt to burn it down, causing some fire damage (see the video below); despite a $15,000 reward offered by the FBI for information leading to the arrest of those responsible and a clear shot of the attacker’s face, nobody has come forward to identify him.
On Monday of this week — the day after the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin — that same Joplin mosque burned to the ground,
completely destroyed by a fire that began in the middle of the night. So powerful was the fire that “only remnants indicated a building had been there, including some stone pillars that were still standing and a few pieces of charred plywood loosely held up by a frame.”
Meanwhile, a fund has been set up to help the Islamic Society of Joplin rebuilt their mosque. I’m not sure how long the site has been up but as of this second, it has raised $211,860 toward its $250,000 goal.
I just gave $20.00 that I don’t have because it’s the right thing to do and because I’m sick of the paranoia, anger and hate that has infected our country. I want the Islamic Society of Joplin to feel welcome and to know that I acknowledge their constitutionally protected right to practice their religion in peace.
If you want to give too, here’s where to go.
I hope the voice of those who support the Muslims in Joplin is louder than those who don’t.
Remember when the Obama administration raised a red flag about veterans becoming right-wing extremist but it caved under ah, pressure from right-wing extremists?
Remember the DHS report about Veterans being recruited to Right-Wing terrorist groups which was leaked and led newly appointed Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano to initially defending the report but later having to apologize and withdrawing the report after she was thrown under the bus by her own party (Bennie Thompson, Congressman from MS) & severely criticized by Republicans.
That was then (2009):
From RightWingNews: Napolitano Apologizes To Veterans For DHS Report
This is now:
Filed under “Obama — Don’t Count on My Vote.” You were right, but you didn’t have the guts to follow through.
Look at us now.
Per the Southern Poverty Law Center, this is a photo of Wade Michael Page, the man who killed six people yesterday at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin:
The man who allegedly murdered six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee yesterday, identified in media reports as Wade Michael Page, was a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band.
Go to the link above to see a second photo and for more into on Page.
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards held a press conference about an hour ago to update the public on this morning’s massacre at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin:
Seven people were shot and killed today at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in what officials are treating as a domestic terrorism incident.
Three other people — two civilians and a police officer — were injured and were being treated at a local hospital.
Individuals attending Sunday services at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, just south of Milwaukee, fled in all directions this morning when a gunman entered and began firing. Many hid in bathrooms or other rooms within the temple while the shooter attacked, according to police.
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said 911 calls began pouring into the police department around 10:25 a.m.
The first police officer to respond to the scene, a 20-year veteran on the police force, exchanged gunfire with the suspect and sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He is undergoing surgery at Froedtert Hospital, the main trauma center in the Milwaukee region, along with two other injured victims.
The gunman was shot and killed by the police officer outside the temple. Four other people were found dead inside the temple, while two other people were found dead outside the building.
“The officer stopped a tragic event that could’ve been a lot worse,” Edwards said.
Edwards said authorities were treating the event as a domestic terrorism incident and the FBI would be conducting a full investigation.
I watched part of the press conference and I was amazed to hear a reporter ask Chief Edwards what domestic terrorism was. While it was almost impossible to hear the reporters’ questions, Edwards stopped at one point and explained that domestic terrorism meant, and I’m paraphrasing here: terrorism originating within the borders of the United States. Duh. Hello. How can someone be a reporter and not know, or have thought of, the concept of domestic terrorism?
Anyway, good on Edwards for saying those two words. The Aurora shooter was a domestic terrorist, Timothy McVeigh was a domestic terrorist and it looks like today’s shooter was too.
It time we started talking about that for God’s sake.
Terrorists want to terrify people: Gun Sales Up Nation-Wide in Wake of Aurora Shooting.
Does our government want us to be terrorized? Sure seems like it because it isn’t doing Jack shit to stop these killings. We know gun owners have all kinds of rights. What about the rights of the people who are being killed and again, terrified?
There has been another mass shooting. This time at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
We don’t know much yet but the first thing that came to mind was that some wacko figured he’d go out and kill him some Muslims, even though Sikhs aren’t Muslims.
So, so sad.
My thoughts are with the victims, their families and their friends.
Check out the infographic over at Business Insider — here — showing all the guns, bullets and body armor Aurora shooter James Holmes had on his body at the time of last Friday’s massacre.
He did everything he could to make sure he didn’t die, while obviously not giving a sh*t about his victims.
I’m sure the victims of the Aurora shooting l-o-v-e-d this:
Christian Bale, star of the Batman films, met at the Medical Center of Aurora on Tuesday afternoon with seven patients injured in the mass shooting that occurred during a midnight showing of his new film.
Bill Voloch, interim president of Medical Center of Aurora, said Bale spent about 2½ hours at the hospital, where he met with five people still being treated for their injuries. Two others came from Swedish Medical Center to meet Bale, who stars at Batman in “The Dark Knight Rises.
“The patients were really happy to meet Bale,” Voloch said. “They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale.”
Bale and his wife, Sibi Blazic, also met with a number of doctors, Aurora police officers and emergency medicial [sic] technicians who were first reponders [sic] when James Eagan Holmes allegedly killed 12 people and injured 58 others at Century Aurora 16 theater early Friday morning. Bale spent about 10 minutes with each person.
(Just sayin’: Do Denver Post reporters have spell check?)
I live in Boulder, Colorado which is roughly 25 miles northwest of Denver. Off and on since Friday morning I’ve been watching local coverage of the massacre at the Aurora movie theater.
Yesterday we were told that President Obama would come here this evening to meet with “friends and family of the victims.” I thought we would see live video of him getting out of his car, walking into one of the hospitals, coming out of a hospital or whatever.
No. There’s been none of that.
The only “live shot” has been of Air Force One sitting on the tarmac at Buckley AFB.
I also thought he might make a statement near the theater or in the park across the street where people have been gathering. But no.
He hasn’t made any public appearances whatsoever.
Now I hear, again, via local media, that he did visit “friends and family of the victims” but he’s traveling back to the fortified Buckley Air Force Base and he’ll make a statement to the people of Aurora, Denver and the nation from there.
They. Are. Scared.
The NRA owns the place. Apparently we can’t even have a discussion about banning assault rifles because the Founding Fathers supposedly included those when they wrote the Second Amendment, even though they weren’t invented until the 1940s. Fact is, the highest tech weapon at the time the Second Amendment was adopted was a muzzle-loaded musket.
(Here’s a link to the article headlined above.)
Michele Bachmann, trying to score points with her whacked-out base, has turned Huma Abedin’s
life into a horror movie. Abedin is a top adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the wife of former New York Senator Anthony Weiner:
Anthony Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin has been placed on close watch after being threatened by a New Jersey man.
The typically press shy Abedin made headlines last week after [Republican] Rep. Michele Bachmann claimed that her family had connections to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Now police have been forced to place extra security around the wife of the disgraced former Congressman after a man, who is thought to be Muslim, threatened her.
The unidentified man has been questioned by police but has not charged, according to the New York Post.
Bachmann, who rose to national prominence during her failed bid for position of this year’s Republican presidential candidate, alleged that Ms Abedin’s deceased father, mother, and brother are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, the controversial political opposition group who often works against American interest in Arab states.
Touting her role on the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Bachmann wrote a letter, which was co-signed by four other congressmen,alleging that given Ms Abedin’s highly-sensitive position as as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top advisor, she is effectively a national security threat.
In the letter, which was sent to the deputy inspector general of the State Department and the Director of National Intelligence among others, Mrs Bachmann and her co-signers gave no traces of evidence of their findings.
But former presidential candidate Senator John McCain spoke passionately about Ms Abedin’s years of dedicated public service and denounced the senseless character attacks that were made by some of his more conservative party members.
Now, thanks to Bachmann’s baseless, McCarthy-like attack on Ms. Abedin, Ms. Abedin is living in fear.
Michele Bachmann is the terrorist in this case.
The Guardian has published a short video showing Colorado shooter James Holmes speaking:
A six-year-old video shows Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes speaking at a science camp at Miramar College in San Diego when he was 18. Holmes, accused of killing 12 people at a cinema in Aurora on Friday, is presenting a project on what he describes as ‘an illusion that allows you to change the past.’
I can’t get it to embed so go here to see it.
He looks and sounds like a perfectly normal brainiac kid to me.
Rupert Murdoch (the owner of News Corp and Fox News) Says We Need Commie Gun Control:
Email or tweet me if you see this headline on FoxNews.com or FoxNation.com. I’m expecting crickets.
Yes, people like James Holmes are in this world but so are people like this:
It’s just a movie folks, nothing serious, nothing to see here. Move along:
Tea Partiers, neocons and the radical right “media” take their cues from the Drudge Report. This is their take on what happened. As in, meh.
I so agree with this:
Like everyone, and I’d say especially like every parent, I am of course saddened and horrified by the latest mass shooting-murder. My sympathies to all.
And of course the additional sad, horrifying, and appalling point is the shared American knowledge that, beyond any doubt, this will happen again, and that it will happen in America many, many times before it occurs anywhere else.
Recently I visited the site of the “Port Arthur Massacre,” in Tasmania, where in 1996 a disturbed young man shot and killed 35 people and wounded 23 more. The site is a kind of national shrine; afterwards, Australia tightened up its gun laws, and there has been nothing remotely comparable in all the years since.
I agree with the Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta about the inevitable pattern of public reaction to these events. But I find my own thoughts most precisely matched by Adam Gopnik‘s on the New Yorker’s site today. He says:
The truth is made worse by the reality that no one–really no one–anywhere on the political spectrum has the courage to speak out about the madness of unleashed guns and what they do to American life….
The reality is simple: every country struggles with madmen and ideologues with guns, and every country–Canada, Norway, Britain–has had a gun massacre once, or twice. Then people act to stop them, and they do–as over the past few years has happened in Australia. Only in America are gun massacres of this kind routine, expectable, and certain to continue.There will be more of these; we absolutely know it; we also know that we will not change the circumstances that allow such episodes to recur. I am an optimist about most things, but not about this. Everyone around the world understands this reality too. It is the kind of thing that makes them consider America dangerous, and mad.
As long as we Americans are unwilling to have a serious discussion about gun control, we will suffer through these mass murders until the end of time.
Let’s get used to it.
Take a little tour around this site — KeepShooting.com — and you’ll find tear gas, body armor,
stun guns, batons. Everything you’d need to prepare — like James Holmes did — for a massacre at a movie theater.
This morning, Warner Brothers pulled the trailer for upcoming film “Gangster Squad” from screenings of “The Dark Knight Rises,” which debuted in theaters last night.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. held a meeting this morning to deliberate on whether or not to pull the trailer.
The decision comes after news of the Century Theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, which, so far, has left as many as 12 dead and tens more wounded.
The scene in question features a men shooting people in a movie theater.
Per TheDenverChannel, this is a picture of James Holmes, the monster who did the shooting at the premiere of the Batman movie earlier this morning in Aurora, Colorado:
The American Rifleman “is an official journal of the National Rifle Association, providing the latest in shooting news and firearms reviews.”
Seems to me the shooting early this morning in Aurora, Colorado at the Batman movie premiere would qualify as “shooting news,” but apparently not. This is the American Rifleman’s official morning tweet:
Just got this tweet from my local newspaper: