So what’s the huge security threat? Al-Qaeda can now turn clothes into undetectable bombs by dipping them in liquid, no biggie
The past several days, the US intelligence community has issued dire terror attack alerts, prompting the temporary closure of American embassies across the the Middle East and North Africa? What’s the big deal? Apparently, we’ve discovered that Al-Qaeda has developed a high tech new method of creating undetectable bombs by dipping normal clothing fabric into explosive liquid. Uh oh. We’re about to have to fly nekkid on airplanes.
The technique was supposedly invented by AQAP, or Al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula, aka the rich mad scientists, aka Osama Bin Laden’s homies.
This morning, a military judge ruled that Bradley Manning was not guilty of aiding the enemy, but did find him guilty on five counts of espionage. The aiding the enemy charge was the big one, with the government accusing him of indirectly aiding the enemy as opposed to directly sending information to bad guys. However, the five espionage charges are still enough that Manning will never be a free man again.
It recently came to light that as part of the War on Terror, the NSA, under the direction of President Obama, has been collecting phone records of US citizens for years, mainly from Verizon, under a secret court order. For about seven years.
When French and Malian troops took back the city of Timbuktu, the Al-Qaeda Islamist rebels that had been holding big chunks of northern Mali left in a big hurry, leaving behind a bunch of secret Al-Qaeda documents, including a manual on how to avoid American drones.
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. And to mark the date, let’s think of all the fun and creative projects we could do with the skull of Osama bin Laden. Get out your markers, glitter, glue and dried macaroni!
From the “Fuck you, we really should be better than this” department, the US Marines has launched an investigation into a video that hit the web recently of a group of American soldiers pissing on the corpses of dead Taliban.
Yesterday, president Barack Obama announced that he will be withdrawing 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan in 15 months, ahead of the pre-determined schedule for drawing down. In a nationally televised address from the East Room of the White House, Obama said 10,000 of the “surge” forces would withdraw by the end of this year, and the other 23,000 would leave Afghanistan by September 2012.
There’s no link on CNN yet other than the headline… thanks to Tinypenguininja for pointing this out in chat, at least I think it was TPN. Anyway, CNN is reporting that Osama bin Laden is dead, no further details right now. Obama will be making a statement shortly.
Update: A better link from ABC News confirms that he was killed by US forces and he didn’t just choke on a falafal sandwich or something. Also, better header picture.
McCarthyism is cool again as Rep. Peter King (R-NY) starts his “radicalized Muslim” hearings in Washington
Emotions ran high today on Capitol Hill as Rep. Peter King of New York started his “examination” of radicalization among Muslim Americans. They’re among us. You might be one of them. Your GRANDFATHER that fought in Korea might be one of them. You just never know. And Peter King should know all about terrorists, since he was a fervent supporter of the IRA in Northern Ireland.
Responding to feedback from both parents and the families of US military, EA Games had decided to pull the Taliban from Medal of Honor’s multiplayer mode, replacing it with a generic slightly MEC-like “Opposing Forces”. S’right kids… no more Ackbar Allahing for you!
With the 9th anniversary of the attacks on DC and NYC coming up this weekend, former chief of staff and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice opened up a bit about the White House’s response to the craziness of that day.
When the attacks happened, George W. Bush was in Florida and was absolutely insisting that he had to come back to Washington, but Rice had to put her foot down and demand that he absolutely not.