By Gareth Porter, an investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, who received the UK-based Gellhorn Prize for journalism for 2011 for articles on the U.S. war in Afghanistan. His latest book is Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (Just World Books, 2014). Originally published by Middle East Eye. Republished with permission of author.
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to “back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria”. The reason he gave for that recommendation was not that US wars in the Middle East are inevitably self-defeating and endless, but that it would reduce the “pressure on Assad, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah”.
Continue reading “U.S. ‘Deep State’ Sold Out Counter-Terrorism To Keep Itself in Business”
April 26th is shaping up to be a busy day.
As we reported on Friday, that’s when Operation Gotham Shield, an exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies and which simulates a nuclear bomb blast over Manhattan, is set to conclude.
Then, as we learned earlier, April 26 is also when the entire Senate will be briefed by Donald Trump and his four top defense and military officials on the situation in North Korea at the White House, an event which Reuters dubbed as “unusual.” Continue reading “Washington D.C. To Hold Massive “Coordinated Terror Attack” Drill This Wednesday”
The U.S. government has prosecuted 796 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of violence. The Intercept The U.S. government segregates terrorism cases into two categories — domestic and international. This database contains cases classified as international terrorism, though many of the people charged never left the United States or communicated with anyone outside the … Continue reading Trail and Terror
The Daily Mail
French police have said tonight’s attack was ‘probably a terrorist act’, and if so it would be at least the sixth terror strike on Paris in three years.
Most recently, on March 18, a convicted criminal with links to radical Islam shouted ‘I am here to die for Allah, there will be deaths’ seconds before he was shot dead during an attack at Orly airport. Continue reading “City under siege: Latest attack in Paris would be the sixth terrorist strike on the French capital in three years”
The UK Sun
A POLICEMAN was killed and two cops seriously injured after an AK47-wielding gunman opened fire in central Paris.
A 39-year-old attacker – identified as Karim C. – was shot dead by police following the “terror attack” at the central boulevard of the Champs-Élysées, which ISIS have claimed responsibility for.
The attack comes just three days before the start of the French presidential election, and sparked calls for voting to be suspended. Continue reading “PARIS TERROR RAMPAGE Paris shooting leaves one policeman dead and two seriously injured as ‘ISIS terrorist who was jailed for 20 years for gun attack on cops’ opens fire with an AK47 on the Champs-Élysées”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the MS-13 gang could be designated as a terrorist organization.
Asked by Fox News‘s Tucker Carlson on Tuesday whether he thinks the designation would be helpful, Sessions replied, “I think so, perhaps. I believe it could qualify for that.” Continue reading “Sessions: MS-13 gang could be designated as terrorist organization”
French police foiled an attack during the presidential election with the arrest of two men in Marseille on Tuesday. Explosives and weapons, including a machine gun and two hand guns were found at the suspects flat in the southern city.
The two Frenchmen, one born in 1987 and the other in 1993, had met while sharing a cell in prison and were known to police as having turned to radical Islam, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said at a press conference.
Molins added that an Islamic State group flag was also found in the apartment where the two suspects were arrested.
French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl underscored to reporters that the two are, “suspected of wanting to imminently commit a violent act on the eve of the French presidential election.” Continue reading “French police find bombs, make arrests over ‘planned presidential election attack’”
Washington Free Beacon
Federal authorities have open investigations into radical Islamic terrorists in all 50 states, according to the Department of Homeland Security, which is warning that the threat of terrorism in the United States has reached an all time high with radicalized individuals in the country plotting to strike “each and every single day.”
The FBI has “open terrorist investigations in all 50 states,” according to DHS Secretary John Kelly, who disclosed on Tuesday that there have been at least 37 “ISIS-linked plots to attack our country” since 2013, a number that shows no signs of diminishing. Continue reading “FBI Investigating Radical Terrorists in All 50 States as Threats Hit Peak”
Wrong tick in box about three-month-old’s terror activities leads to 10-hour detour, missed flights and £3,000 bill
A three-month old baby was summoned to the US embassy in London for an interview after his grandfather mistakenly identified him as a terrorist.
Harvey Kenyon-Cairns had been due to fly to Orlando in Florida for his first overseas holiday, until his grandfather Paul Kenyon made the error on a visa waiver form.
On the part of the Esta form which reads “Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?” Kenyon ticked yes instead of no. Continue reading “‘Terrorist’ baby faces US embassy interview after error on visa form”
The New York Post
FBI Director James Comey said he let cameras into the New York FBI offices to film a new television series in hopes that he might build trust with the American people.
“I worry sometimes that people don’t know us,” Comey said in explaining why he green-lighted “Inside the FBI: New York,” a new television documentary by Dick Wolf of “Law & Order” fame and documentarian Marc Levin. Continue reading “Comey OKs new TV series to boost FBI’s image”