To Defeat ISIS, Win the Peace
Mar05

To Defeat ISIS, Win the Peace

To Defeat ISIS, Win the Peace By Jason Stanford After huddling with his war council in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says we’ve got the “ingredients of the strategy” to achieve a “lasting defeat” over ISIS. Some Senate Republicans claim that ISIS is going to kill us all in our sleep even as the U.S.-led coalition has the Islamic State forces playing defense for a change, but killing bad guys is the...

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Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)
Mar01

Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

The recently reported theft by American and British intelligence of SIM card codes for potentially billions of smart phones around the world may be a tipping point in thinking about how much crime a democracy is willing to allow its spies to commit. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung columnist Jasper von Altenbockum writes that ‘If even American or British intelligence agencies are so unscrupulous, others will be even more...

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Guantanamo: Interview with Nancy Hollander
Feb28

Guantanamo: Interview with Nancy Hollander

Nancy Hollander is a partner at the law firm of Freedman, Boyd, Hollander, Goldberg, Urias & Ward in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her practice is largely devoted to criminal cases, including those involving national security issues. She has also been counsel in numerous civil cases, forfeitures and administrative hearings, and has argued and won a case involving religious freedom in the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Hollander also...

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Replicas and at Least One Treasure Destroyed by ISIS in Museum
Feb27

Replicas and at Least One Treasure Destroyed by ISIS in Museum

On Thursday, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a video purporting to show members of the group destroying ancient artifacts in Iraq. A group of men takes sledgehammers, drills and chain saws to the statues, leaving them in ruins. “The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same...

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Je Ne Suis Pas Scott
Feb27

Je Ne Suis Pas Scott

I generally like the political cartoons by talented Mike Peters, our guest cartoonist. However, I feel somewhat uncomfortable with his “National Security Threat” cartoon posted at TMV today. The cartoon shows a young kid dressed in ISIL-like attire, wielding a knife à la “Jihadi John,” saying — while standing where his parents, who are reading books, cannot see him — “I’m joining a group that threatens homeland...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: National Security Threat
Feb27

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: National Security Threat

National Security Threat by Mike Peters Of Related Interest: –Why Did Boehner Make This Awkward Kiss Face at a Reporter? –GOP leaders set to swerve DHS off the cliff –Jackson Lee: GOP threatens to shut down Homeland Security --GOP’s shutdown mess a ‘comedy of errors,’ Pelosi says –House Republicans Not Ready To Cave On DHS Funding Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon...

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Daryl Cagle Cartoon: GOP Threatens Dept of Homeland Security
Feb27

Daryl Cagle Cartoon: GOP Threatens Dept of Homeland Security

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Jihadi John Finally Identified: What We Know About Mohammed Emwazi
Feb26

Jihadi John Finally Identified: What We Know About Mohammed Emwazi

The masked Islamic State executioner known as ‘Jihadi John’, named earlier today by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi, grew up in West London, wore Western clothes and graduated in computer science from Westminster University. Emwazi has appeared in seven confirmed execution videos, including those showing the beheadings of British aid workers Alan Henning and...

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West Must Absorb: For Islamic State, the ‘End of Days’ has Begun (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Feb26

West Must Absorb: For Islamic State, the ‘End of Days’ has Begun (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

When it comes to combating the Islamic State, what is the West missing? For de Volkskrant, author Adjiedj Bakas writes of what the word ‘Caliphate’ means to followers of so-called ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: ‘It is the duty of a caliph to conduct war and continue to conquer territory until a select group of chosen believers establish utopia on earth. An important part of this jihad is the terror...

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Guantanamo: Interview with Joseph Hickman
Feb22

Guantanamo: Interview with Joseph Hickman

Joseph Hickman spent most of his life in the military, first as a marine, then as a soldier in both the army and the National Guard. He has deployed on several military operations throughout the world, sometimes attached to foreign militaries. The recipient of more than twenty commendations and awards, Hickman was awarded the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation Medal while he was stationed with the 629th Military...

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UPDATE: The Upcoming Battle for Mosul: Are We ‘Telegraphing’ Too Much?
Feb22

UPDATE: The Upcoming Battle for Mosul: Are We ‘Telegraphing’ Too Much?

UPDATE: Reactions to the Pentagon’s announcement of plans to retake Mosul have ranged from “so what,” to surprise to dismay and anger. Among the latter are the reactions by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham who, according to the New York Times, sent “an angry letter” to President Obama arguing that the disclosures “not only risk the success of our mission, but could also cost the lives of U.S., Iraqi, and coalition forces.” The...

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The truth about terrorism we refuse to see (Canadian Guest Voice)
Feb21

The truth about terrorism we refuse to see (Canadian Guest Voice)

Barack Obama, who gives great speeches, gave two clever ones Wednesday and Thursday in Washington — the first at the counterterrorism gathering of religious and civil society groups, and the other at the 60-nation summit of ministers responsible for security. He laid down some great principles but his central ones bore little resemblance to reality. He… graphic via...

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Cartoon: Thanks Obama
Feb21

Cartoon: Thanks Obama

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Lars Vilks is NO Cartoonist
Feb21

Lars Vilks is NO Cartoonist

Lars Vilks is NO Cartoonist by Daryl Cagle Another Islamic extremist killing spree was blamed on cartoonists as recent, ugly events unfolded in Denmark surrounding Swedish “cartoonist” Lars Vilks. A lone killer sprayed machine gun fire at a “free speech event” organized around Vilks, who has attained a bizarre level of celebrity for drawing Prophet Muhammad heads on the bodies of dogs. Vilks is a...

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Is Italy The Next Breeding Ground For ISIS?
Feb20

Is Italy The Next Breeding Ground For ISIS?

As the Islamic State group expands its reach into Libya, the group also known as ISIS sits on the doorstep of a nation that has one of the largest Muslim populations in Europe: Italy. The militant group threatened to seize Rome in a video released this week showing the beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians from...

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Fifty Shades of Decadence, One Shade of ISIS
Feb19

Fifty Shades of Decadence, One Shade of ISIS

The “Islamic State” has gone full Genghis Khan during the past week — beheading 21 Christians on a beach in Libya, incinerating 45 hapless souls in a northern Iraqi town, linking up with Boko Haram in Central Africa, establishing cordial ties with al-Qaeda, and watching contentedly as apostles of jihad inflicted death in Denmark. From its origins as an insolent rogue state in the deserts of northern Mesopotamia, ISIS...

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Do Americans want to send ground troops to fight ISIS? CBS Poll: Y-e-s
Feb19

Do Americans want to send ground troops to fight ISIS? CBS Poll: Y-e-s

Do Americans want to send ground troops to fight ISIS? A CBS poll finds the answer is yes, with the numbers growing: Amid more executions by the militant group ISIS, Americans increasingly see the group as a threat to the U.S. Now, 65 percent of Americans view ISIS as a major threat – up from 58 percent in October – while another 18 percent view it as a minor threat. Majorities of Republicans (86 percent), Democrats (61...

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With ‘Nuclear Taboo’ Broken, Putin Threatens the Whole of Humanity (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Feb18

With ‘Nuclear Taboo’ Broken, Putin Threatens the Whole of Humanity (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

This much is clear, the ceasefire agreed to in Minsk has done little to dampen the alarm felt by most east Europeans about what they perceive as Russian expansionism. In this column from Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, senior commentator Janusz Rolicki writes that Russia’s new military doctrine fails to renounce the first use of nuclear weapons, which until recently was the centerpiece of the contemporary world. Rolicki believes...

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What we’re going to do about ISIS
Feb18

What we’re going to do about ISIS

John Cassidy gets into the weeds and explains how the President and Congress are working (together, sort of) to get in there and “take out” ISIS. In the coming weeks, Republicans and Democrats will be forced to approve, strike down, or modify the Administration’s request, which is what is supposed to happen. (The would-be Presidential candidates in 2016, by virtue of their ambitions, will also have to adopt a public...

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Seventh Century Selfie
Feb18

Seventh Century Selfie

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