Soon — with help from Allah — their happiness will turn into sorrow, and their blood will be mixed with their tears.A message reportedly from al-Qaeda • Revealing that Osama bin Laden is dead (on their end), and that retaliation was likely in the cards. The statement was posted on notable jihadist forums this morning, and SITE Intelligence Group translated it. “We will not deviate from that or change until Allah judges between us and between our enemy with truth,” the note continues. “Indeed, He is the best of all judges. Nothing will harm us after that, until we see either victory and success and conquest and empowerment, or we die trying.” So, to those doubting Bin Laden’s death: So there’s this. source (via • follow)
The return of the torture debate is striking because its apologists no longer feel the need to advocate for a narrow exception to prevent an American city from being nuked or a busload of children from dying. In the jubilation over getting bin Laden, they’re instead employing this frightening standard: torture of multiple detainees is justified if it might produce a single useful nugget that, combined with lots of other intelligence, helps lead us to the secret location of the highest value terrorist leader many years later. It’s suddenly the new baseline in our renewed national argument. That’s torture creep.The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf on the renewed torture debate taking hold of American politics (via theatlantic)
Where were you when you found out Osama bin Laden died? If you were anything like us, you were sitting in a bar in Virginia Beach, having your birthday weekend abruptly ended by a historic news story, reblogging and retweeting stuff on your phone and taking grainy photos of the bar’s TV screen when something notable happened. (We have the photos to prove it.) Maybe you might’ve been watching “The King’s Speech” on pay-per-view and had to pause it in the middle. Or perhaps you were getting off a plane when your phone started buzzing with all sorts of crazy crap. Or about to get on one — to Afghanistan — when you suddenly had to jump off and cover a major story at home. Or maybe you were sitting in bed, reading a book about Bob Dylan. Or maybe you were actively ignoring the news, only to have your daughter call you to point out that all hell was breaking loose. All of these scenarios happened to journalists. All of them stopped what they were doing and got directly to work. source
Today, we ran across a right-leaning Tumblr who posted this message. Out of a desire not to make them a target, we’ve removed their name.
If he was really dead, Obama would provide proof that he is dead. It all a ploy to increase his approval ratings. By boosting his approval ratings he believes that he will have a better chance at getting re-elected.
Just my thoughts.
We cannot condone comments like these. The world doesn’t need another conspiracy theory. We’ve already had too many of those lately. The world needs to re-assess its goals and move forward. I don’t care what party you’re a part of. If you think this is seriously a conspiracy to help Obama’s electoral chances, or there’s some other reason why the government is pulling wool over your eyes, you cannot be taken seriously. It’s one thing to be skeptical, it’s another to be foolish. Stop being foolish.