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June 22, 2013
Everything is ready on our side and the plane could take off tomorrow…Now we are only awaiting a response from the [Icelandic] government.
Wikileaks-allied businessman Olafur Sigurvinsson, on efforts to obtain political asylum for Edward Snowden. Apparently, Julian Assange and Sigurvinsson have contracted a plane to take Snowden from Hong Kong to Iceland. An Icelandic official confirmed that the country has had “informal talks” with a Snowden intermediary about the possibility of his asylum, but it’s uncertain if it will actually grant it to him. While the country has a reputation for housing whistleblowers and journalists, some suspect that the newly-formed conservative coalition in the government may not feel as bound by this tradition as its predecessors. source
14:01 // 1 year ago
June 19, 2013
"This could be the kind of catastrophe that ends civilization — and that’s not an exaggeration." So claimed Newt Gingrich on Capitol Hill yesterday. Gingrich was, of course, referring the havoc an electromagnetic pulse (EMPT) attack might wreak upon America. While the possibility of such attacks is hardly ever acknowledged in public discourse, the former Speaker told the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus (yup, it exists) that such an attack could “throw all of our lives back to an existence equal to that of the Middle Ages.” (Photo credit: Getty images) source

"This could be the kind of catastrophe that ends civilization — and that’s not an exaggeration." So claimed Newt Gingrich on Capitol Hill yesterday. Gingrich was, of course, referring the havoc an electromagnetic pulse (EMPT) attack might wreak upon America. While the possibility of such attacks is hardly ever acknowledged in public discourse, the former Speaker told the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus (yup, it exists) that such an attack could “throw all of our lives back to an existence equal to that of the Middle Ages.” (Photo credit: Getty images) source

19:01 // 1 year ago

Attack in Somali capital kills nearly two dozen

  • 22 people were killed after Somali rebels stormed a United Nations compound in Mogadishu just before midday on Wednesday. Islamist militant group al Shabaab has claimed credit for the attack, which included detonation of car bomb and a 90 minute gunfight before African Union troops regained control of the multi-building compound. Seven attackers and seven civilians were among the dead, which also included local guards and U.N. security personnel. source
17:08 // 1 year ago
June 18, 2013
I would much rather be here today debating this point than trying to explain how we failed to prevent another 9/11.
NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander • Discussing, in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the terror plots that the agency’s surveillance programs have stopped, including a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, the New York Subway and the offices of a newspaper which drew scrutiny for publishing cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. Even if this is the case, do you feel that the programs are worth the added security?
11:52 // 1 year ago
June 14, 2013

stubborngrape says: in response to your post on the double standard of intelligence sharing: we knew they were terrorists. they BOMBED a city. not everyone in this country is a terrorist, however, and should be treated as such. innocent until proven guilty. sorry i am using this method of commenting. i'm new haha

» SFB says: Not disagreeing—just pointing out what John McCain said about intelligence sharing, because he’s one of the guys deciding this thing for the rest of us. — Ernie @ SFB

16:52 // 1 year ago
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May 23, 2013
I have asked the Department of Defense to designate a site in the United States where we can hold military commissions. I am appointing a new senior envoy at the State Department and Defense Department whose sole responsibility will be to achieve the transfer of detainees to third countries. I am lifting the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen so we can review them on a case-by-case basis.
President Obama, during his lengthy speech today on counterterrorism. Obama also stated his continued support for shutting down the facility, saying that “there is no justification beyond politics for Congress to prevent us from closing a facility that it should — should have never been opened.” source
20:02 // 1 year ago
President Obama just delivered a near hour-long speech on drone strikes and counterterrorism policy. There was a lot there; he announced, among other things, new steps the administration is taking to close Guantanamo Bay, changes in policies regarding drone strikes, and a more lenient policy for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees. He defended the strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and the practice of drone strikes in general, but also acknowledged their limitations. You can read the full text of the speech here (Photo credit: AP) source

President Obama just delivered a near hour-long speech on drone strikes and counterterrorism policy. There was a lot there; he announced, among other things, new steps the administration is taking to close Guantanamo Bay, changes in policies regarding drone strikes, and a more lenient policy for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees. He defended the strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki and the practice of drone strikes in general, but also acknowledged their limitations. You can read the full text of the speech here (Photo credit: AP) source

15:35 // 1 year ago
May 22, 2013
The American people are owed a full explanation of how [Abdulrahman al-Awlaki] wound up dead. ‘We weren’t trying to kill the 16-year-old American we blew up’ isn’t sufficient explanation.
The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf on Eric Holder’s letter to Congress, in which Holder acknowledged that the Obama administrated has killed four US citizens via drone stroke—only one of whom was actually being targeted. source
22:53 // 1 year ago