Howard Zinn: historian and card-carrying Commie

August 1, 2010

I can’t say I’m shocked at the revelation that Howard Zinn, favorite historian of the progressive Left and Matt Damon, was a member of the Moscow-aligned Communist Party-USA and a willing tool of Stalin. It’s one of those “I kind of suspected this all along” things, sort of like suspecting John Edwards really is a supreme jerk or that touching a hot stove really will get you burned. It just figures.

But, if you’re interested in digging into the evidence, R.S. McCain has done the heavy spadework in a very through article.

(via Obi’s Sister)

LINKS: Much more at Memeorandum.


Big FBI raids? Updated!

March 28, 2010

There’s not much detail, but the FBI conducted raids in three states last night, at least one of which involved the Joint Anti-terrorism Task Force:

Federal officials would not say who they were targeting or where, but the FBI has set up a command center at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department in Ann Arbor (MI), where they have brought in two satellite trucks and a radio tower.

Last time this happened, it was tied to a jihadist plot to murder one of the cartoonists responsible for the Muhammad cartoons and attack the publisher. This time… ?

(via The Jawa Report)

UPDATE: Homegrown militia troubles?


A screw-up of colossal proportions, part two

November 11, 2009

In an earlier post, regarding the efforts of Major Hasan to contact al Qaeda prior to his rampage at Ft. Hood, I wrote:

It’s time for subpoenas to start flying. If this report is true, or if Intelligence passed on the information and the Army did nothing, then heads should roll and careers be ended.

We now know the answer – nobody told the Army:

The Pentagon said it was never notified by U.S. intelligence agencies that they had intercepted emails between the alleged Fort Hood shooter and an extremist imam until after last week’s bloody assaults, raising new questions about whether the government could have helped prevent the attack.

A top defense official said federal investigators didn’t tell the Pentagon they were looking into months of contacts between Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki. The imam knew three of the Sept. 11 hijackers and hailed Maj. Hasan as a “hero” after the shooting last week at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead.

“Based on what we know now, neither the United States Army nor any other organization within the Department of Defense knew of Maj. Hasan’s contacts with any Muslim extremists,” the official said.

Just to emphasize the mind-blowing incompetence this required, Ed at Hot Air reminds us that al-Awlaki was named several times in the 9-11 commission report as being an important contact for the 9-11 hijackers. We know also that he was the imam at a Virginia mosque attended by both Major Hasan and two of the 9-11 hijackers. And yet no one on the interagency task force that had learned of Hasan’s contacts with al-Awlaki thought there was a problem:

A person familiar with the matter said a Pentagon worker on a terrorism task force overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigation was told about the intercepted emails several months ago. But members of terror task forces aren’t allowed to share such information with their agencies, unless they get permission from the FBI, which leads the task forces.

In this case, the Pentagon worker, an employee from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, helped make the assessment that Maj. Hasan wasn’t a threat, and the FBI’s “procedures for sharing the information were never used,” said the person familiar with the matter.

Emphasis added. Excuse me while I go beat my head against the nearest brick wall.

UPDATE: Oh, looky here! Even more connections between Major Hasan and “people” being tracked by the FBI:

A senior government official tells ABC News that investigators have found that alleged Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan had “more unexplained connections to people being tracked by the FBI” than just radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki. The official declined to name the individuals but Congressional sources said their names and countries of origin were likely to emerge soon.

Apparently the only thing Hasan didn’t do was wrap himself in flashing Christmas lights and skip through a park shouting “I’m a jihadi! I’m a jihadi!” How many clues did these schmucks need?

(via Hot Air)


Home-grown jihadis, made in the USA

November 1, 2009

It’s not just foreign jihadis trying to attack America. No, lunatics born and bred here are taking up the sword of Islam to wage war against the West. The Long War Journal reviews recent developments:

In recent months, the US has experienced an alarming rise in jihadist activity. In the last two months alone, five terror plots have been foiled by the FBI, and there have been dozens of other arrests for various related crimes, such as providing material support for terrorists. The plots have been directed at targets at home and abroad, both civilian and military. The arrests clearly demonstrate the potential for al Qaeda and other extremist groups to recruit and carry out attacks in the US.

The extent of influence by al Qaeda and allied groups is evident in their ability to convince potential terrorists in other countries to come to the US with the intention of carrying out attacks; it is also shown by the capacity of these groups to indoctrinate US citizens and nationals. The case of Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan national accused of plotting attacks in the US, stands out in what has been described as the biggest plot against America since 9/11. Listed below are the incidents that have occurred so far in 2009.

Be sure to read the linked article to get the whole depressing picture.

They’re still trying to kill us.