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Domestic Terrorism: Home Is Where The Hate Is

While most such groups had collapsed after 9/11, the law center noticed an explosion of so-called Patriot groups that began in 2009, the first year of Obama’s presidency, and reached a peak in 2012, when the group counted 1,360 active Patriot groups and 1,007 hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, skinheads and neo-Nazis.

According to our database, during this same period, from 2008 to 2013, terror plots and actions by far-right groups outnumbered Islamist domestic terror cases by more than 2 to 1. Far-right extremists also inflicted three times as many deaths as Islamists during this period.

June 25, 2017
Democratic, healthy, resistance

How Healthy Are We The People?

When Congress returned home, Republicans got clobbered at town hall meetings. These scenes made me check up on our democracy’s wellness. Bad news: The body politic’s muscles got flabby in the last 16-17 years. Blood pressure up, and too many Cheetos, not enough kale.

February 25, 2017
Supreme Court

Supreme Court To Set Guidelines For Trump Treatment Of Non-Citizens

The most pertinent of the three cases in terms of Trump administration priorities involves whether immigrants in custody for deportation proceedings have the right to a hearing to request their release when their cases are not promptly adjudicated. The other immigration cases to be decided concern whether U.S. government officials can be sued over mistreatment of non-citizens.

February 17, 2017
Saudi kingdom's financial power protects terrorism

The Saudi Hypocrisy Behind Trump’s Muslim Ban

The list of Wall Street banks, private equity firms, and hedge funds with extensive fundraising operations in Saudi Arabia reads like a “Who’s Who” of American business, including major firms from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to Blackstone and BlackRock. All these corporations are unwittingly helping to fund Saudi Arabia’s expansion of extremism.
Not surprisingly, Trump is continuing this awful partnership with the Saudis. But this time, it’s for an even more self-centered reason—they help keep him rich.

January 31, 2017
Pence, Trump, Fake News

14 Fake News Stories Created Or Publicized By Donald Trump

Fake news is the one thing Trump hasn’t claimed to have invented that he actually deserves at least partial credit for inventing. Trump puts out so much misinformation he is a fake news factory unto himself, an artisan of lies, a curator of untruths.

January 13, 2017
Obama, Guantanamo, Defense Bill

Obama Signs Defense Spending Bill, Criticizes Guantanamo Policy

Obama pledged in his 2008 presidential campaign to close the military prison, but his efforts have been blocked by mostly Republican opposition in Congress. The Democratic president has instead reduced the population there by transferring prisoners to other countries.

December 24, 2016
Trump conspiracy theories, tax returns

The Dark Conspiracy Theories That Consume The Mind Of Donald Trump

Trump seemingly can’t, or chooses not to, distinguish fact from fiction, and he has a long history of adopting conspiracy theories and Tweeting about them.

December 5, 2016
Bad year for journalism

A Very Bad Year For American Journalism

Some of the criticism about the media is certainly deserved. Sometimes, news media are too timid. Too obsessed with ephemera. And, yes, biased.

December 3, 2016
Donald Trump, Democracy, and Indecency

From Nixon To Trump: Democracy and Indecency

Trump made scores of promises he could not possibly fulfill. The biggest was the same one fascist strongmen always offer: transcendent national renewal, built upon the cleansing of dangerous untermenschen from the body politic.

December 2, 2016
Trump political 9/11

A Political 9/11 Changes Our World

Like the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Donald Trump upset win threatens Americans’ sense of safety and continuity. The difference is that the 9/11 tragedy forged national unity, whereas the Trump election exposed grave internal discord.

November 10, 2016
Guantanamo, Obama

‘Civilized’ Nation Can’t Justify Torture

Chances are you haven’t thought about Guantanamo Bay – that American gulag – for a long time. Not everyone has the luxury of forgetting.

October 18, 2016
Supreme Court

Supreme Court To Hear Appeal on 9/11 Detentions Lawsuit

The top court agreed to hear an appeal by former senior Bush officials – including John Ashcroft and Robert Mueller – seeking to block a lawsuit filed by immigrants, mainly Muslims, detained after the Sept. 11 attacks.

October 11, 2016

Former Whitewater Counsel Endorses Clinton – And Dismisses ‘Scandals’

Asked about Clinton’s email problems, former GOP prosecutor Chertoff briskly brushed that overhyped “scandal” aside, comparing it with the Whitewater circus as a frivolous distraction from serious issues.

October 7, 2016

The Awful 9/11 Trump Stories The Sunday Shows All Ignored While Remembering 9/11

Coinciding with the fifteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, this week’s Sunday morning network talk shows dedicated a lot of their time to covering and reflecting on two stories: The 9/11 attacks, as well as the unfolding presidential campaign. If they had wanted to, the programs could have also examined the distinct overlap between those events.

September 13, 2016
Devin Nunes

The Growing Clout Of House Intelligence Chairman

Spies brief him. Multibillion dollar black budgets await him. Television producers invite him to assess the terrorism threat as he did Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I think we’re even worse today,” Rep. Devin Nunes said, comparing the situation to last year. “I think the threat level is even higher.”

September 11, 2016

Solemn Date, Serious Decision: What 9/11 Reveals About Clinton and Trump

Every year, we tell ourselves how much we learned from the experience of 9/11 about courage, compassion, and community. This year, we can look back upon that time and discover everything we should know about the choice that is coming on November 8.

September 11, 2016
REUTERS/Peter Morgan

U.S. House Votes To Allow Sept. 11 Families To Sue Saudi Arabia

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Friday that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages, despite the White House’s threat to veto the measure. The bill’s passage in the House by voice vote was greeted with cheers and applause in the chamber.

September 10, 2016
Travelers stand in line to go through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) check-points at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The 9/11 Legacy: Airport Security Still Largely A Matter Of Faith

The tools deployed by the security agents — including full-body scanners — get ever more sophisticated while the most basic of questions go without a satisfying answer: Do all the security measures work? Are terrorists truly deterred? Are we safe? Experts agree on only one thing. Heightened airport security is here to stay.

September 9, 2016
9/11-related cancer

Newsweek Exclusive: 9/11-Related Cancer Is Surging

Doctors with the World Trade Center Health Program, which the federal government created in the aftermath of the attacks, have linked nearly 70 types of cancer to Ground Zero.

September 7, 2016
A Maricopa County, Arizona police SWAT team with an armored vehicle stand guard outside a campaign rally being held by Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Fountain Hills, Arizona March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo

Why Are We Still Wasting Billions On Homeland Security Projects That Don’t Make Us Safer?

Certainly, some of the government programs created to address vulnerabilities exposed by the 9/11 attacks were long overdue. But for every valid effort, it seems like the terrorism-industrial complex came up with an array of boondoggles that were profitable for the companies involved but added little to the security of ordinary Americans.

August 20, 2016

Cartoon: Mr. Giuliani, Out In Front Of A Car Wash Near You

Just shut it, already…

August 16, 2016

Rudy Giuliani Forgets About 9/11, Despite Being The Mayor Of New York City On 9/11

In a speech introducing GOP nominee Donald Trump in Youngstown, Ohio Monday, former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani appeared to forget about the biggest terror attack that happened under his mayoral tenure: the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2011.

August 16, 2016
The Tribute in Light is illuminated during events marking the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York

Questions Remain on Saudi Role in Sept. 11

Formerly classified, 28 pages of a probe into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks are a mystery no longer. Their release 14 years after Congress made the rest of its report public was supposed to end suspicions of an official Saudi role in the horror. It did not.

July 19, 2016
Saudi Arabia's King Salman is seen during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Erga Palace in Riyadh January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Saudi Arabia Isn’t Untouchable Anymore

In their long marriage of economic and military necessity, things haven’t been this icy between the United States and Saudi Arabia since 2001.

April 20, 2016

Endorse This: Trump Remembers ‘7/11’

Neither Trump nor his audience batted an eye at the mistake — though that silence wasn’t as powerful as Trump’s was last fall, when he refused to support the James Zadroga Act, which permanently extended heath care benefits to 9/11 first responders.

April 19, 2016