The speculation began before the smoke cleared: who was responsible for Monday’s terror attack at the Boston Marathon? What was their motive? Not only is it human to speculate, it’s just about impossible for us not to. We’re inherently theoretical animals, constantly seeking more informed and reliable ways of understanding and explaining (and predicting) how the […]
A week ago, Glenn Greenwald performed an excellent dissection on a New York Times article about President Obama’s secretive anti-terrorist “death panels.” When Greenwald finished peeling back the skin, he aptly pinned a great many horrible hidden things with descriptive tags to help us see the inner blood and guts more clearly. There is more […]
Osama Bin Laden was concerned with how the brutality of al Qaeda’s affiliates was losing the hearts and minds of Muslims.
My doctoral dissertation addressed what I called the “Frankenstein Complex.” So guess why this story bothers me. Today, a scientific journal published a study that some people thought might never be made public at all. The paper describes experiments that suggest just a few genetic changes could potentially make a bird flu virus capable of […]
What Palin captured, with her belligerent “Never Retreat, Reload” war cry, looks back to our lying invasion into Iraq (indeed ten years of foreign policy) plus today’s street stalking of Trayvon Martin, violent politic rhetoric and increasing, take-no-prisioners manias dominating the right’s politics.
Alleged would-be assassin Manssor Arbabsiar may have been more interested in cashing in on a drug deal than pulling off acts of terrorism.
The C.I.A. may have obtained information on a key terrorist’s whereabouts from the I.S.I.’s interrogation of Syed Saleem Shahzad.
There is a particular narrative about Ronald Reagan and the end of the Cold War that has always struck me as compelling. I bought the argument at the time and I think I still do, to some extent, even though I’m hardly a Reagan fan. The story goes like this: Reagan was able to finally […]
I am compelled to write about 9/11, an event which affected me profoundly in ways I still do not completely understand. On September 11, 2001, we were on Long Island at a company offsite. During a break, I went back to my room and picked up a message from Jill telling me that an event […]
If the Taliban wishes to be taken more seriously, it needs to outgrow suicide bombing.
DJ Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: 30-Day Song Challenge, the Sequel, day 27 – a song you think would be an effective instrument of torture
It seems that America now officially believes in torture as a primary tool of investigation. And back in 2008, I did a little story on how, believe it or not, we are using music as an implement of torture. So I suppose today’s challenge has a dark side, huh? Mercifully for those suspected terrorists in […]
Though he reported al Qaeda and the Taliban’s innermost machinations, Syed Saleem Shahzad was most likely killed by his own country.
The national celebration of the killing of bin Laden suggests it’s time we all confronted our inner avenger.