Tag: Terrorism
Manufacturing Militarism: US Government Propaganda in the War on Terror
The stands at Super Bowl LV were filled with cardboard cutouts. The half-time show by the Canadian singer known as “The Weeknd” had some of us wondering where he spent that extra $7 million. A man streaking in a skimpy pink leotard ran for more yards than the Kansas City Chiefs. If Tampa Bay...
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Domestic War on Terror Is Coming, Warns Glenn Greenwald
For decades, the federal government has been mounting a “War on Poverty” and even supporters find it hard to make a case for victory. The same could be said about the government’s “War on Drugs,” and the “War on Terror,” in progress since the attacks of September 11, 2001.  The mighty “intelligence community,” including...
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USA PATRIOT Act: Leviathan in Search of a Crisis
Nearly 20 years after its hurried passage, key components of the USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001), are currently up for renewal. Yet despite no evidence that its sweeping surveillance powers have prevented any acts of terrorism, Section 215 of...
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Joker Earns Its Accolades, but Offers Much More
Joker is billed as a psychological thriller, and indeed it is... to the core. An origin story for the Batman villain, this dark drama is the blockbuster its creators had hoped, already earning nearly $300 million worldwide. Joker deserves the accolades and the revenue. Perhaps more importantly (long term), the movie has the potential...
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Hotel Mumbai and the Face of Terrorism
Hotel Mumbai captures it all—the heroism, the carnage, the evil, the heartbreak, the senselessness, the pure terror—while never losing its humanity.
American Exceptionalism
When others do it, it’s terrorism; when Americans do it, it’s national defense. When others do it, it’s a war crime; when Americans do it, it’s collateral damage. When others do it, it’s torture; when Americans do it, it’s enhanced interrogation. When others do it, it’s unprovoked attack; when Americans do it, it’s shock...
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Free Market Think Tanks, Persuasion, and Big Data
Can free market think tanks do a better job of persuading people?
TSA Treatment of Gun-Toting Travelers
What happens if the TSA catches someone with a firearm at one of their checkpoints? It happens a lot. Last year the TSA found 3,391 guns in carry-ons at checkpoints. This happened to a friend of mine this week. Here’s what he told me. He and his wife were going through the TSA checkpoint...
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How Many Americans Have Refugees Killed?
Last week President Trump issued an executive order that suspended new refugee admissions for the next 120 days. The order capped the total number of refugees allowed into the United States this year at 50,000, about half of what was allowed under Obama. Travelers from seven nations—Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia—are...
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Another Shooting in a “Gun Free” Zone
The tragic shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport on January 6 occurred in a “gun-free” zone. Florida is one of six states that make it illegal for individuals—even those who have concealed carry permits—to carry guns in any part of an airport terminal. The killer’s motive is at this point undetermined, but he did...
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