Category Archives: overreactions to 9/11

The Zelikow Memorandum

The newly-unearthed Zelikow memorandum is interesting as historic record, like the dissenting opinion in an 8-1 Supreme Court decision. There has been some speculation that it provides a “smoking gun” to reopen the possibility of criminal prosecutions for torture, but … Continue reading

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NDAA: Wheeler vs. the War Machine

It’s really all in the story you tell. This photo of the first openly-gay coming-home kiss depicts two characters. One is a sailor who expects to be paid on time — and for her ship to leave and return on … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Death Panels for Freedom

The White House objected to several provisions contained in the National Defense Authorization Act, threatening to veto the bill if they weren’t changed. The blogosphere nevertheless erupted over NDAA, with the usual suspects insisting the president would never veto it … Continue reading

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Play “Spot The Muslim”

The FOX News fear factory keeps endorsing “profiling” as a sensible, small-government alternative to the TSA. It’s a useful narrative: not only does it excuse the idiotic bigotry of stupid expectations and keep unreasoning fear alive, it also lets Juan … Continue reading

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Preexisting Failure

How Republicans reacted to the news that accused embassy bomber Ahmed Ghailani has been found not guilty on almost all charges: U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday’s verdict confirms that the Obama … Continue reading

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Osama Bin Laden Likes Our Weapons

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Actual Lessons Of 9/11

I’m taking a semi-vacation from blogging while I finish the book, but as it is important to post every day I will take part in the decade-ending hoopla. Here, then, are ten ACTUAL lessons from the defining tragedy of our … Continue reading

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More Stupid Sessions

Try as they might, the GOP’s call to tea party activists to oppose Gitmo detainee trials in New York was a big fail. No one but press showed up at the hearing. David Corn reports: The hearing did heat up—because … Continue reading

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Giuliani Argues With Himself

This weekend, Rudy Giuliani delivered a soundbite destined for skewering by Jon Stewart: From ThinkProgress: In fact, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani praised the prosecution of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers: -– “‘It should show that our … Continue reading

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Rule of Law

Whaddaya know? Here’s a 9/11 family member who’s fine with trying KSM in New York:

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Solving Gitmo

Whodathunkit? There’s a place that actually wants the Guantanamo Bay prisoners: CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Sunday tried to build support and counter criticism of a proposal to sell a prison in rural northwestern … Continue reading

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