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The day after the attack – one which, per capita, was as significant for Norway as 9/11 was for the U.S. – Oslo Mayor Fabian Stang, when asked whether greater security measures were needed, sternly rejected that notion: ‘I don’t think security can solve problems. We need to teach greater respect.’ It is simply inconceivable that any significant U.S. politician – the day after an attack of that magnitude – would publicly reject calls for greater security measures.

Schools To Get Blowed Up By Terrorists, Says Man Who Really Really Wants To Carry Gun At Schools

Matt Davis is a renaissance man. He’s a former GOP spokesman, a columnist, and a fan of armed insurrection. He also sounds like a raving paranoid.

It is against the law to carry concealed weapons at schools, but Matt Davis cares not for these burdensome rules that deny him the right to protect his children from purely imaginary threats.

My worst fear: Dozens of terrorist sleeper cells, with five or six men each, would activate roughly at the same time and attack designated schools across the country. I’d be at work, and I would be helpless to retrieve my children and keep them safe from maniacs.

Clearly, we need to make sure that all of our laws account for the Rambo fantasies of those Americans with the most fevered imaginations.

readability.com
The FBI again thwarts its own Terror plot

The U.S. routinely drops 500-pound or 1,000-pound bombs from actual fighter jets; this plot — even if it were carried out by someone other than a hapless loner with no experience and it worked perfectly — could not remotely “blow up” the Pentagon or the Capitol.

I’m sure there is a good explanation for the NYT’s exaggerated framing. Perhaps the FBI told Ferdaus that the Pentagon and Capitol buildings are actually made of papier-mâché, so that a cherry bomb in an RC airplane would be sufficient to blow ‘em up, as the paper of record imagines.

In our next episode, FBI agents will tell some Muslim kid that they have given him superpowers: if he blinks it will kill all infidels everywhere. Our brave federal protectors will thwart the dastardly plot by not actually giving him superpowers. When the dark-hearted lad finally closes his eyes, newspapers will provide a credulous, breathless account of his obvious malice, and police will finally gain the right to search anyone who blinks.

“It’s time you learn who benefits from war.” Armed Democrats
War for profit culprits. Just watch republican politicians use fear tactics to agitate republicans to endorse and support wars. The “terrists” are coming! let’s start a war! Anytime we attack anyone the kickbacks begin for the republican party. McCain is the war cheerleader with his WE NEED WAR NOW ANYWHERE national campaign.
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Drone Terror Attack Thwarted Because Only Pentagon Is Allowed To Do That

Somehow, the FBI found an angry young Islamic dude in America who was, for some reason, angry about the endless murder of Muslims committed by the U.S. Department of Defense under orders from the Defense Contractors and their primary lobbyists, the U.S. Congress. And then the FBI did the usual thing of giving this dude a bunch of “fake” military explosives and assault weapons, so they could arrest him for having these things they just gave him, so they could say, “Terror Averted! (Please double our anti-terrorism budget, for freedom.)”

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Sweet 'phobe Alabama

I guess I’m the last to know, but Mr Google tells me that dozens of states have “Departments of Homeland Security” and they and other public safety departments are recipients of many millions of DHS grants to “fight terrorism.” I knew, of course, that vast amounts of federal money was flowing to state and municipal police agencies in the wake of 9/11 but I did not realize that states were explicitly replicating the federal DHS at the state level. I guess you just can’t have too many redundant policing agencies.

Isn’t there some kind of budget crisis going on?

salon.com
FBI entraps old white guys in terror sting, just like it does to young Muslim men

The “good news,” I guess, is that now the Justice Department is carrying out the same ridiculous stings on old Christian guys that it regularly carries out on young Muslim guys. Because let’s be honest, we have no way of knowing whether these four guys would’ve actually acted on their anti-government beliefs if they hadn’t been led to action by the “informants.” They met at a Waffle House and called themselves “the covert group.” They range in age from 65 to 73. How much of a real threat could they possibly have been? How much of a role did the “informant” play in pushing the men toward formulating an actual terror plot instead of just grumbling fantasies of revolution over omelets?

Ya want security theater? Make it real theater. Hire actors! If there are N teams currently ‘working’ the subways, replace 25% of the teams with groups of 1 NYPD, the rest actors. There are always plenty of unemployed actors around town, and I’m sure they’d love to get a paid, challenging, job. They’d only be needed part-time, and they’d be much cheaper than actual NYPD. (There would be one officer on each team, just in case an actual incident were to occur). It would be just as effective as the current setup, and less expensive, too! Everyone wins!
readability.com
The meaning of political rituals like 9/11 Day

Yet nobody criticized Goldberg, Hitchens, or, for that matter, Obama and Biden for using 9/11 Day to advance political claims. That’s because nobody – least of all those shrieking about Krugman’s “impropriety” – believes that 9/11 Day is meant to be apolitical. They know that it’s deeply political – primarily political – and want it to be that. That day has became so important precisely because it enables all sorts of consequential messages to be delivered – about the U.S., its role in the world before 9/11 and after, who is Good and Evil, the need for our Endless Wars and Surveillance State – all with a very emotional punch backing them up: the emotions prompted by the attack that are exploited to reinforce those messages and place them beyond the realm of questioning for decent people.

salon.com
The decade's biggest scam

The Los Angeles Times examines the staggering sums of money expended on patently absurd domestic “homeland security” projects: $75 billion per year for things such as a Zodiac boat with side-scan sonar to respond to a potential attack on a lake in tiny Keith County, Nebraska, and hundreds of “9-ton BearCat armored vehicles, complete with turret” to guard against things like an attack on DreamWorks in Los Angeles.

WTF.

theonion.com
Al-Qaeda Claims U.S. Mass Transportation Infrastructure Must Drastically Improve Before Any Terrorist Attacks

He also revealed the terrorist organization had wasted six months planning to take down Amtrak’s regional operations before realizing that with its constant delays and malfunctions, the government-owned passenger train service “basically terrorizes itself.”

Amtrak does that much more literally in its obsession with police dogs (it’s mostly a depraved from of marketing–behold our “k-9” celebrities!) and by running that creepy DHS video on a loop on a huge screen in Penn station.

But yeah. Their service is also terrible, independent of their security theater. Go Mica, go.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for Amtrak "no ride list"

Oh, Schumer. When he isn’t working behind the scenes to have a popular separated bicycle lane in front of his house torn up, or exerting pressure on software marketplaces to censor applications he doesn’t approve of (but can’t be bothered to legislate against, which is his actual job), he’s calling for ineffective and intrusive security measures that leave no room for due process. Of course the terrists were considering blowing up our pathetic excuse for trains. What weren’t they considering blowing up?

Bike lanes. There has been no chatter about blowing up bike lanes, meaning there is no rationale to strip search everyone entering them, which must be why Schumer hates the damn things so much. They enable efficient transportation that evidently–if he looks outside his window–does not require or desire anything from his ever expanding police state in order to be Safe.