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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 28, 2012 The reason I'm helping Chris Hedges' lawsuit against the NDAA: By placing journalists in jeopardy for reporting on 'terrorists', the Homeland Battlefield Bill has had a chilling effect on media work
QUOTE: I believe part of my job involves meeting with, discussing ideas with, and publishing stories about persons and groups who have, or are under threat of being, labeled a terrorist or terrorist group. My understanding of the [NDAA] bill, however, has forced me to decline to meet with certain newsworthy individuals, and groups of people, for fear that my communications with them and publishing articles on these individuals could be considered to be providing material support to a terrorist or terrorist organization.
Guardian Unlimited Mar 08, 2012 Online, a Distant Conflict Soars to Topic No. 1
QUOTE: in a testament to the explosive power of social media, he managed to do so in a matter of days, baffling diplomats, academics and Ugandans who have worked assiduously on the issue for decades without anything close to the blitz of attention that Mr. Russell and his tight-knit group of activists have generated....many viewers had never heard of Mr. Kony or his murderous band of fighters until seeing the video by Mr. Russell’s group, Invisible Children, pop up in their Facebook feeds.
New York Times Dec 26, 2011 Debate Persists on Deadly Flu Made Airborne
QUOTE: The discovery has led advisers to the United States government, which paid for the research, to urge that the details be kept secret and not published in scientific journals to prevent the work from being replicated by terrorists, hostile governments or rogue scientists. Journal editors are taking the recommendation seriously, even though they normally resist any form of censorship.
New York Times Dec 13, 2011 Beirut Bank Seen as a Hub of Hezbollah’s Financing
QUOTE: an intricate global money-laundering apparatus that, with the bank as its hub, appeared to let Hezbollah move huge sums of money into the legitimate financial system, despite sanctions aimed at cutting off its economic lifeblood....While law enforcement agencies around the world have long believed that Hezbollah is a passive beneficiary of contributions from loyalists abroad involved in drug trafficking and a grab bag of other criminal enterprises, intelligence from several countries points to the direct involvement of high-level Hezbollah officials in the South American cocaine trade.
New York Times Sep 30, 2011 U.S. drone killing of American al-Awlaki prompts legal, moral debate
QUOTE: The U.S. drone killing of American-born and -raised Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a major figure in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has re-energized a national debate over the legal and moral quandaries of a government deliberately killing a citizen.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 02, 2011 Files Note Close C.I.A. Ties to Qaddafi Spy Unit
QUOTE: Documents found at the abandoned office of Libya’s former spymaster appear to provide new details of the close relations the Central Intelligence Agency shared with the Libyan intelligence service — most notably suggesting that the Americans sent terrorism suspects at least eight times for questioning in Libya despite that country’s reputation for torture.
New York Times Jul 31, 2011 Is terrorism against Israel really more justified than terrorism against Norway?
QUOTE: Norway is the most anti-Semitic and anti-Israel country in Europe today.
Aish HaTorah Jul 20, 2011 Stopping wartime sexual abuse - of men
QUOTE: the United Nations (UN) and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) “barely acknowledge” the pervasive sexual violence against men that occurs in modern war....of roughly 4,000 NGOs addressing wartime sexual violence, only 3% mentioned male victims (and usually only in passing).
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 04, 2011 Pakistan’s Spies Tied to Slaying of a Journalist
QUOTE: Obama administration officials believe that Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ordered the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of militants in the country’s military, according to American officials.
New York Times Jun 13, 2011 Activists cry foul over FBI probe
QUOTE: The search was part of a mysterious, ongoing nationwide terrorism investigation with an unusual target: prominent peace activists and politically active labor organizers....The apparent targets, all vocal and visible critics of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and South America, deny any ties to terrorism. They say the government, using its post-9/11 focus on terrorism as a pretext, is targeting them for their political views.
Washington Post May 14, 2011 As Rift Deepens, Kerry Has a Warning for Pakistan
QUOTE: The United States and Pakistan are veering toward a deeper clash, with Pakistan’s Parliament demanding a permanent halt to all drone strikes just as the most senior American official since the killing of Osama bin Laden is to arrive with a stern message that the country has only months to show it is committed to rooting out Al Qaeda and associated groups.
New York Times Apr 02, 2011 Author of Israel-Hamas report: Would reconsider findings
QUOTE: The chairman of a U.N. commission whose report accused Israel of "actions amounting to war crimes" against Hamas says he would have reached different conclusions if the Israeli military had been more forthcoming and if he had known the results of subsequent investigations. "If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document," wrote Richard Goldstone, a former South African jurist, in a Washington Post op-ed column Friday.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 29, 2010 In U.S. Sting Operations, Questions of Entrapment
QUOTE: The arrest on Friday of a Somali-born teenager who is accused of trying to detonate a car bomb at a crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., has again thrown a spotlight on the government’s use of sting operations to capture terrorism suspects. Some defense lawyers and civil rights advocates said the government’s tactics, particularly since the Sept. 11 attacks, have raised questions about the possible entrapment of people who pose no real danger but are enticed into pretend plots at the government’s urging.
New York Times Jun 21, 2010 Court Affirms Ban on Aiding Groups Tied to Terror
QUOTE: In a case pitting free speech against national security, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a federal law that makes it a crime to provide “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations, even if the help takes the form of training for peacefully resolving conflicts.
New York Times Jun 15, 2010 Cameron Calls N. Ireland Killings ‘Unjustified’
QUOTE: Prime Minister David Cameron offered an extraordinary apology on Tuesday for the 1972 killings of 14 unarmed demonstrators by British soldiers in Northern Ireland, saying that a long-awaited judicial inquiry had left no doubt that the “Bloody Sunday” shootings were “both unjustified and unjustifiable.”
New York Times Sep 29, 2009 Zazi case: How far should FBI go in tracking Muslims?
QUOTE: For all their apparent success [surveillance measures outlined in the USA Patriot Act], the surveillance measures are overly intrusive, Muslim groups say, undermining the integration of an overwhelmingly law-abiding community.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 10, 2009 Rights group criticizes Saudi Arabia's Al Qaeda reeducation program: The vaunted program is supposed to convince militants that Al Qaeda's ideology is un-Islamic. But Human Rights Watch says it violates international law.
QUOTE: Saudi Arabia's much praised rehabilitation program for terror suspects is under fire from the US-based Human Rights Watch because its participants are detained for lengthy periods without charges.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 17, 2009 Who is the CIA allowed to kill? Cheney's secret assassination program may be terminated, but the U.S. is already carrying out "targeted killings"
QUOTE: The United States has had plenty of legal latitude to carry out targeted killings during the so-called war on terror -- and has been exercising that option vigorously for the past eight years.
Salon Jun 23, 2009 Easy for suspected terrorists to buy guns in the US, report says: One senator calls this the 'terror gap' and vows to plug it, but gun owners fear the government might use the FBI's terror list to crack down on law-abiding citizens.
QUOTE: Gun-control activists say the [Government Accountability Office] report demonstrates potentially lethal flaws in gun laws. But gun-rights advocates counter that the terror list is perhaps a greater menace in itself. They see it as ripe for manipulation – allowing the government to tar people as terrorists when it is politically expedient to do so.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 15, 2009 A.C.L.U. Report Says Antiterror Fight Undercuts Liberty of Muslim Donors
QUOTE: The fight against terrorism has dealt a harsh blow to Muslim charities and interfered with their donors’ religious freedom, a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union concludes.
New York Times Jun 03, 2009 List of U.S. Nuclear Sites Inadvertently Posted Online
QUOTE: The document contained descriptions of sensitive civilian sites, including the locations of facilities that store enriched uranium and other materials used in nuclear weapons....Nuclear experts said it was theoretically possible that the document could benefit terrorists contemplating an attack on one of the facilities.
Washington Post May 27, 2009 Ethnic profiling doesn't stop terror: A new study finds the tactic is worse than useless in combating terrorism.
QUOTE: The report [from the Open Society Institute]... argues that [ethnic] profiling is both ineffective and counterproductive
Salon Jan 15, 2009 Gaza War Generates Debate on Civilians: Questions Reflect Asymmetry of Fight
QUOTE: The Israeli military blames Hamas for using Gazans as human shields and for retreating to densely populated areas to fight the war. But Palestinians and human rights groups say that Israel has been reckless and that in pursuing Hamas, it has employed tactics that unnecessarily drive up the civilian toll.
Washington Post Nov 24, 2008 In India, Controversy Over Hindus' Arrests: Terrorism Case Sets Off Politicking, Protests
QUOTE: the arrests of Hindus in a terrorism case and the use of the new tag "Hindu terror" have sparked enormous controversy. The acrimonious political debate and the street demonstrations in support of the accused threaten to paralyze India's concerted response to terrorism. The controversy also points to the growing complexities of combating tit-for-tat terrorism in this predominantly Hindu but officially secular nation.
Washington Post Nov 04, 2008 Call Off Your Drones: Negotiating with Pakistan over remote-controlled killing.
QUOTE: The tricky question is whether the drone attacks are directly alienating too many people or whether the Pakistani government is asking to Petraeus to call off the drones for more complicated reasons....If suicide bombs in hotels can force us to call off the drones, then terrorism is trumping remote-control technology.
Slate Oct 06, 2008 Female fighters: We won't stand for male dominance
QUOTE: The PKK has an idealistic philosophy, one that combines Kurdish nationalism with certain communist goals, such as equality and communal ownership of property. The fighters here say that their cause has evolved beyond a desire for a Kurdish state -- that they are now fighting to generate dramatic social change. Today, the PKK's ideology revolves around a belief that global crises and injustice are a result of millennia of male-dominated rule.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 03, 2008 Israel’s Tactics Thwart Attacks, With Trade-Off
QUOTE: the very steps they are taking to thwart bombers appear to collide head-on with the government’s agenda of achieving peace with the Palestinians. It is a classic military-political dilemma.
New York Times Jan 14, 2008 The coddled "terrorists" of South Florida
QUOTE: Anti-Castro Cuban exiles who have been linked to bombings and assassinations are living free in Miami. Does the U.S. government have a double standard when it comes to terror?
Salon Nov 12, 2007 Panel Decries Terrorism Blacklist Process: U.N., E.U. Methods Violate Basic Human Rights Principles, European Committee Says
QUOTE: The methods used by the United Nations and the European Union for blacklisting terrorism suspects are "totally arbitrary" and "violate the fundamental principles of human rights and rule of law," a European human rights panel said Monday.
Washington Post Nov 04, 2007 A Battle Rages in London Over a Mega-Mosque Plan
QUOTE: This summer on the Web site of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, more than 250,000 critics of the proposed mosque supported a petition initiated by a backer of the conservative British National Party. Some of them said a large mosque had no right to exist in such a prominent place in a Christian country.
New York Times Oct 24, 2007 Terror watch list swells to more than 755,000 names
QUOTE: The size of the list, typically used to check people entering the country through land border crossings, airports and sea ports, has been growing by 200,000 names a year since 2004. Some lawmakers, security experts and civil rights advocates warn that it will become useless if it includes too many people.
USA TODAY Oct 22, 2007 Sidebar: Say What You Like, Just Don’t Say It Here
QUOTE: The government’s actions in these cases are reminiscent, civil liberties groups say, of another era. For about four decades that coincided roughly with the cold war, the United States routinely barred intellectuals and literary figures from visiting here based on their political views. Graham Greene, Gabriel García Márquez and Doris Lessing were all excluded.
New York Times Oct 22, 2007 Airports object to latest background checks
QUOTE: A security policy that mandates government background checks of new airport hires, including sales clerks, waiters and custodians, is drawing protests from some airports that say they can't hire workers because clearances take so long.
USA TODAY Oct 16, 2007 Defiant artist draws Prophet Mohammed
QUOTE: Muslims in Sweden demanded an apology from the newspaper, which has stood by Vilks on his freedom of expression stand. Pakistan and Iran also lodged formal protests with Sweden.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 22, 2007 America's Hackable Backbone
QUOTE: But because SCADA systems are largely owned by the private sector, critical infrastructure like power plants and water systems may remain vulnerable until the problem affects profits--or leads to disaster. Christy argues that we can't wait that long: His unofficial opinion is that SCADA needs government regulation.
Forbes Aug 17, 2007 Death Grip: How Political Psychology Explains Bush's Ghastly Success.
QUOTE: the mere thought of one's mortality can trigger a range of emotions--from disdain for other races, religions, and nations, to a preference for charismatic over pragmatic leaders, to a heightened attraction to traditional mores....Barring another assault on American soil, the moment of September 11--and the reminder of mortality that it brought--may well have passed. And with it, too, the ascendancy of politicians who exploited the fear of death that lies within us all.
New Republic, The (TNR) Aug 16, 2007 Notes on a Scandal: Allegations of embezzlement, abuse and hate speech roil a Washington mosque.
QUOTE: the Islamic Center has become immersed in a nasty court battle marked by charges of embezzlement, abuse of women and an alleged attempt to spread radical messages of hate.
Newsweek Jul 25, 2007 Case Against Islamic Charity Opens: Now-Shuttered Organization Funneled Money to Militants, Prosecutors Say
QUOTE: Federal prosecutors opened their case yesterday against what was once the nation's largest Islamic charity, arguing in a Dallas courtroom that the organization funneled at least $12 million to Palestinian militants.
Washington Post Jul 20, 2007 If We Don't Call Them Names, the Terrorists Win
QUOTE: Official rhetoric after terrorist acts has become ethically neutral, merely strategic in tone and content .... Should Ayman al-Zawahri, deputy head of Al Qaeda, be the only "leader" quoted making moral judgments — that Arab regimes are "corrupt" — in a week of terrorist incidents? Why do media parrot this moral irresponsibility...?
Chronicle of Higher Education Jul 19, 2007 Without a plot, is Padilla guilty? Prosecutors say they don't have to link the US citizen to a specific terror plan.
QUOTE: [Although] government lawyers argue that a series of shady phone calls and a few documents are enough to establish the existence of a terror conspiracy .... [defense lawyers] voice similar complaints that the government has presented no evidence linking their clients to a specific murder conspiracy.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 13, 2007 Bush Distorts Qaeda Links, Critics Assert
QUOTE: [President Bush's] references to Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, and his assertions that it is the same group that attacked the United States in 2001, have greatly oversimplified the nature of the insurgency in Iraq and its relationship with the Qaeda leadership.
New York Times Jul 12, 2007 Sting Reveals Security Gap at Nuclear Agency
QUOTE: Undercover congressional investigators posing as West Virginia businessmen obtained a license with almost no scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that enabled them to buy enough radioactive material from U.S. suppliers to build a "dirty bomb," a new government report says.
Washington Post Jul 12, 2007 A Nuclear Ruse Uncovers Holes in U.S. Security
QUOTE: Undercover Congressional investigators set up a bogus company and obtained a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in March that would have allowed them to buy the radioactive materials needed for a so-called dirty bomb.
New York Times Jun 27, 2007 Defense Objects as Padilla Jury Sees Video
QUOTE: Presenting the tape to jurors is "unduly inflammatory and has nothing to do with the charges against these men," Marshall Louis, Jayyousi's attorney, said in court. But prosecutors said the interview...shed light on their allegiance to al-Qaeda.
Washington Post May 18, 2007 'Ecoterrorism' case stirs debate in US: Environmental radicals, who pleaded guilty to arson, may face harsher sentences under antiterror laws.
QUOTE: Among the crimes solved were a string of arsons and other attacks across five Western states totaling more than $40 million in damage. Intimidation, coercion, and retaliation aimed at the conduct of government, prosecutors said, deserves "enhanced" punishment under federal antiterrorism laws.
Christian Science Monitor May 03, 2007 Facing Trial Under Terror Law, Radical Claims a New Outlook
QUOTE: After a grand jury investigation, Mr. Coronado, 41, was charged under a 1999 antiterrorism statute that prohibits “teaching and demonstrating” an explosive device with the intent of its use to commit a violent crime. But Mr. Coronado stands by his San Diego speech on First Amendment grounds and says he had a right to describe his life — crime and all — including how he once burned an animal research laboratory at Michigan State University.
New York Times Mar 18, 2007 When Terrorists Become 'Warriors'
QUOTE: Not a single Sept. 11 planner has been held accountable for his crimes, but they can all crow that America sees them as they see themselves: as soldiers, not criminals.
Washington Post Feb 14, 2007 Bill Would Restore Detainees' Rights, Define 'Combatant'
QUOTE: The bill would also prevent the executive branch from making blanket determinations about who is an enemy combatant and would restrict the president's authority to interpret when certain human rights standards apply to detainees. The legislation would limit the label "enemy combatant" to a person "who directly participates in hostilities in a zone of active combat against the United States" or who took part in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Washington Post Jan 31, 2007 After 20 Years, Deportation Case Against Palestinians Dismissed
QUOTE: A federal immigration judge in Los Angeles yesterday dismissed a 20-year-old effort by the U.S. government to deport two Palestinian activists who once supported a group later determined to be a terrorist organization, calling Washington's lengthy case against the men "an embarrassment to the rule of law."
Washington Post Dec 15, 2006 Israeli High Court Backs Military On Its Policy of 'Targeted Killings'
QUOTE: Israel's high court upheld Thursday the military's right to assassinate members of groups the state defines as terrorist organizations, but cautioned that such operations should always be weighed first against the potential harm to civilian bystanders and the human rights of the target.
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