In what is being considered a terrorist attack, two bombs detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon earlier today, killing two people and sending 22 more to the hospital with serious injuries.
Shortly after the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, a man named Michael David Turley decided to send his 16 year old nephew walking around Phoenix dressed as a terrorist, carrying a fake RPG launcher… you know, because people in Arizona are fucking nuts and this guy just was doing a public service by testing police reaction time.
America has used a wide variety of tools at its disposal to try and fight global terrorism, but it may have another, more unlikely weapon— internet trolls. People planning terrorist or insurgent plots often use the internet to rally voices and plan, sometimes just in normal internet forums. So the US State Department figures that if it can infiltrate a bunch of trolls to embarrass and expose such plots, I guess with things like “lol suiside bombers r fags”, we win.
According to The Sun, Islamic terrorists are using online war games such as Call of Duty, Battlefield 3 and Halo for combat and strategy planning and training, as well as using game servers to plot attacks. How are we ever going to stop their explosive donkey attacks now?
The US Senate passed a $662 billion Pentagon funding bill yesterday that includes provisions to authorize indefinite detention without trial and give preference to military detention of terror suspects instead of the civilian justice system. After much wrangling, the bill passed overwhelmingly with a 93-7 vote.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a news conference earlier this evening to announce the arrest of 27 year old Jose Pimentel, a man Bloomberg said was a ‘lone wolf’ terrorist that planned to set off bombs with the intention of killing New York City police officers as well as veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Shortly after 9/11, George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act, which among other things, greatly increased the ability of law enforcement to spy on American citizens without a warrant. But how much of the Patriot Act has actually been used to thwart terrorism?
Yesterday, hackers called the Script Kiddies hacked the Twitter feed of NBC Nightly News and then proceeded to put out several tweets announcing a terrorist attack at Ground Zero. But like fucking idiots, the tweets weren’t believable, since they were also peppered with “Hacked by Script Kiddies, follow us at s_kiddies”. Not surprisingly, they were easy to track down.