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In Plain Sight

The Berlin terrorist attack just a little over a week ago fit a noteworthy pattern. German authorities had investigated Anis Amri — the Tunisian man who drove that large truck into a crowded Christmas market, killing 12 and wounding 56 others — and found “links with Islamic extremists.” Later killed

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Crime and Terror and Panic

Many people think crime is going up. But it’s going down. Similarly, many people think terrorism is “an existential threat” to our very civilization. Could the latter folks be wrong for the same reason the former folks are? Because news reporting concentrates on crime, covering it intensely, incessantly — if

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The Crooked News Network

A recent Gallup poll found Americans’ trust in their news media has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded. Only 32 percent expressed either “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of confidence in the press “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.” Trust among Republican is down to

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The Other Half of the Truth

Another terrorist event. And another. Douglas A. French, of the National Review, while writing about Islam and terrorism, innocently drew up a half-truth: “In Saint Cloud, Minn., Dahir Adan’s family identified him as the man who stabbed eight people in a mall before being shot and killed by an armed

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10 Out of 10

10 out of 10 terrorist Jihadists agree… American gun rights must be restricted!  

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The Longest War

Is there a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel? President Obama announced, Wednesday, that he would leave more troops in Afghanistan when he exits office than previously planned. Instead of cutting the current troop deployment of 10,000 down to 5,500 soldiers, Obama will now keep 8,400 “in country,”

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Secrecy, Conspiracy, and the Sauds

The U. S. cleaves to some bizarre security standards. That is, about secrecy. Critics have been complaining for years about how “liberal” the federal government is in classifying information as secret. Or, put another way, how stingy the government is in providing us with information. Not liberal at all. This

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Inch, Meet Mile

Give ’em an inch, they will take . . . a continent. When Edward Snowden broke the secrecy of the NSA’s illegal surveillance on innocent Americans, many folks (especially those in government) said the snooping was OK, because it is necessary for our security, and, besides, the collected data would

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Breaking the Safe

As we tromp repeatedly to the polling booth this year, we should wonder: are we being played? The answer: yes . . . at least on the issue of Apple’s iPhone security. I’ve written about this before. Our politicians and government officials are playing demagogue, trying to convert (too successfully?)

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Guantánamo Gestures

It’s a fun word to say: “Guantánamo!” Almost like “Geronimo!” Of course, Guantánamo and Geronimo are nearly opposites. Geronimo was an iconic Native American warrior against the U.S. military. Guantánamo is the famous — or infamous — American military prison located at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. President Obama wants to shut

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Zetabytes and Zombies

Zombie government wants to eat our brains. Did I overstate this on Sunday? Most folks don’t look at the Apple/FBI controversy over digital security quite that starkly. The National Security Administration sure doesn’t see it that way. The NSA is in the “information harvesting business,” says Business Insider. And boy,

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Our Masters’ Malign Agenda

Reacting to terrorism, President Obama’s first thought? Scratch out the Second Amendment and the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of “due process” from the Bill of Rights. Why? To advance his mania for gun control. Now comes Republican front-runner Donald Trump, one-upping the president. He wants to block any Muslim from entering

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