Illicit Transfer of Cookery

Who didn’t see this coming? America has already started detaining and arresting people for the obviously suspicious act of moving a pressure cooker from one location to another. I feel safer already. I suppose the real question is when will we finally come to our senses and outlaw doing science in pressure cookers?

What the Nobel Peace Prize Winner is Up To These Days

Andrew Napolitano describes it this way: The leader of the government regularly sits down with his senior generals and spies and advisers and reviews a list of the people they want him to authorize their agents to kill. They do this every Tuesday morning when the leader is in town. The leader once condemned any […]

Clowns Of the Left, Jokers Of the Right

Anders Behring Breivik’s terrorist attacks in Norway are bringing out the idiots. For example, from the (more-or-less) right, there’s Cheradenine Zakalwe at Islam Versus Europe in a post titled “Why the Left Shouldn’t Gloat about Anders Breivik”: Reading through Anders Behring Breivik’s comments on the document.no website, it’s clear that he was on the verge […]

Suspicious Activity Reporting, You Decide

John Farmer Jr., a dean at the Rutgers School of Law and former senior counsel for the 9/11 commission, has a New York Times op-ed promoting the Justice Department’s new Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative, which basically encourages Americans to report each other to the government if they see anything suspicious. Farmer offers the […]

More On Subway Searches

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged my criticism of a Washington Post editorial in favor of the new random bag search policy on the D.C. subways. It was deriding the fine folks at Flex Your Rights for encouraging people to refuse the searches, and I argued the importance of privacy rights. There’s another issue I […]

More On the Marathon Problems

The story of yesterday’s marathon meltdown is taking shape. Runners continue to report water shortages along the way, but marathon officials insist there was plenty of water to be had. Friend-of-the-blog John Ruberry ran in the race (and finished it), and he reported no problems getting water. On the other hand, I was in Chinatown […]

A Preview of Terrorism

Did you ever wonder if your city was really prepared to handle a major terrorist attack? Here in Chicago, which is in the running for the 2016 Olympics, we may have just found out the answer. No, we didn’t have a terrorist attack. We had the 2007 Chicago Marathon on the hottest day ever in race history. According […]

Tremors of Terrors

I’m not sure what to make of this latest busted terrorist plot in Germany: BERLIN – Three suspected Islamic terrorists from an al-Qaida-influenced group nursing “profound hatred of U.S. citizens” were arrested on suspicious of plotting imminent, massive bomb attacks on U.S. facilities in Germany, prosecutors said Wednesday. … Sudwestfunk televison, citing unnamed security sources […]

A Useful Theory About Al Queda

Gateway Pundit links to a story in which the Saudi Arabian government is blaming the bombing of the Shiite Golden Mosque in Samarra on…wait for it…Jews. This sounds like an opportunity to me. Al Qaeda operatives have already taken credit for both bombings of the mosque, and many Moslems believe that 9/11—also an Al Qaeda […]

Monitoring Michael Chertoff’s Guts

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff recently announced that he has a “gut feeling” that Al Qaeda is up to something this summer. Wired magazine beat me to the joke:

The Most Recent Terror Threat

Heh. Update: Ebay’s gone insane with this stuff. You can buy one of the actual Mooninite LED signs, a commemorative T-shirt or two, and my favorite T-shirt so far:

The Myth of Easy Explosives

Want to blow up an airplane with common household chemicals? The Register explained the process a few weeks ago: Once the plane is over the ocean, very discreetly bring all of your gear into the toilet. You might need to make several trips to avoid drawing attention. Once your kit is in place, put a […]

Terror Time

Back in January, Osama bin Laden offered the United States a truce. Well, not just a truce, but also a threat: The voice in the tape said heightened security measures in the United States are not the reason there have been no attacks there since the Sept. 11, 2001 suicide hijackings. Instead, the reason is […]

Meanwhile In Congress…

…they’re debating whether to allow scissors on planes. Bob Hesselbein, the [Air Line Pilots Association]’s national security committee chairman, said pilots think it’s more important to focus on passengers’ intent rather than what they’re carrying. “A Swiss army knife in the briefcase of a frequent flyer we know very well is a tool,” Hesselbein said. […]

Security Theater at the TSA

Eric’s Grumbles Before the Grave has this really good criticism of the Transportation Security Agency’s handling of air travel security. A few choice excerpts: As far as I can tell, from the outside looking in, the TSA has not done the basics needed for a truly effective security program. Rather than identifying threat and vulnerability […]