Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

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Entries Tagged as 'Terrorism'

Sobering poll on Democratic support for previously-opposed Bush terrorism policies

February 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Sobering poll on Democratic support for previously-opposed Bush terrorism policies

There’s a lot of discussion going on now in liberal circles about a new Washington Post poll which shows that not just Democrats, but liberal Democrats support for President Obama’s policy of using drones to assassinate American citizens without warrant or judicial oversight, as well as support for his continued use of Guantanamo Bay. Greg […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Rule of Law · Terrorism

Leaks versus secrecy

February 2nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Leaks versus secrecy

Glenn Greenwald has a post on the ACLU suing the Obama administration to find out what legal arguments and doctrines were used to justify the assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American citizen who was never charged with a crime. Greenwald notes throughout that the administration has used anonymity granted by a compliant press corps to […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Terrorism

Killing Iranian Scientists Is Terrorism

January 11th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Like Atrios, I have no idea who is assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists. Odds are that it’s the US or Israel or both. But this is unquestionably terrorism. Advocating for the murder of civilians, as Glenn Reynolds did in the Bush years and Rick Santorum is doing now is clearly sick. But actually perpetrating these attacks […]

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Tags: Rule of Law · Terrorism

Olbermann on Michael Moore & Bin Laden

May 13th, 2011 · Comments Off on Olbermann on Michael Moore & Bin Laden

Great stuff from Keith Olbermann. The transcript is available here.

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Tags: Rule of Law · Terrorism

Torture doesn’t work & other lessons

May 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on Torture doesn’t work & other lessons

There has been a really strong push on the left since Sunday to make clear that Osama bin Laden was found and killed because of traditional interrogation and intelligence methods, essentially the police work version of counter-terrorism. Marcy Wheeler has done great work clarifying this here, here, and here; in these posts, Wheeler looks at […]

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Tags: Rule of Law · Terrorism

Bin Laden Killed

May 2nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Bin Laden Killed

Bin Laden is gone, but the threat of terrorist attacks remains, as do the policy responses following the 9/11 attacks. The surrender of our liberties for security continues. Guantanamo remains open. US troops are still fighting wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan, as well as Libya and Pakistan. While some leaders are calling for an […]

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Tags: Terrorism

Derived from the far right

January 12th, 2011 · Comments Off on Derived from the far right

The Los Angeles Times: Most wind up concluding that Loughner suffered from mental problems. But experts said that several oft-repeated phrases and concepts — his fixation on grammar conspiracies, currency and the “second United States Constitution” — seem derived from concepts explored with regularity among elements of the far right. “What you can see across […]

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Tags: Republicans · Terrorism

Assassination in Arizona

January 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on Assassination in Arizona

I haven’t posted earlier for two reasons – first, there’s still a lot of information and insight coming out of the investigation in Arizona. Second, the pace of rapid fire punditry was somewhat overwhelming. At a certain point, while people are still in surgery, I don’t really care to be arguing with conservatives on Twitter […]

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Tags: Republicans · Sarah Palin · Terrorism

This Is A Problem

September 9th, 2010 · Comments Off on This Is A Problem

This paragraph, in the New York Times article on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against former CIA prisoners who were tortured in overseas prisons after their extraordinary rendition, is the sign of a very large problem: The sharply divided ruling was a major victory for the Obama administration’s efforts to advance a sweeping […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Rule of Law · Terrorism

At War

July 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on At War

Reading Glenn Greenwald’s latest posts on the war in Afghanistan and the bizarre place the rule of law currently stands in America (viz. no longer existing in a meaningful form), I can’t help but think that Hunter S. Thompson was 100% right and utterly prescient when he wrote this on the morning of September 12th, […]

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Tags: Afghanistan · Rule of Law · Terrorism