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Adding insult to injury

In ISIS-style execution videos, the captives make a speech blaming and condemning the US/West before they are killed. Why? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Sep 3, 2014 - 10 answers

geolocating question for techies out there

One of many painful aspects to the James Foley tragedy is that the US attempted rescue, but was in error as to the location of the hostages. I wonder - is there not some geolocating device, maybe even a microchip, that could be required for journalists and tourists/hikers entering a war zone? I can understand that it would be an intolerable risk for soldiers and spies, but Foley was leaving an Internet café when he was abducted - not trying to live a hidden life.
posted by mmiddle on Aug 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Turkey Safety

So. We are Americans planning to spend a week in Turkey in two weeks. Should we reconsider? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Aug 20, 2014 - 19 answers

Enhanced interrogation under George W. Bush

Can anyone recommend neutral documentation of "enhanced interrogation" / "torture" under the Bush presidency, the changes during the War on Terror? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Apr 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Why can't we all just get along!?

I'd like to read some different perspectives on war and violent mentality of certain groups. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Jan 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Is it safe to visit Beirut right now?

Is Beirut safe right now to visit? I heard about the Ashrafieh bombing recently -- is that known as a not-so-safe area, or are attacks really an "anytime, anywhere, no safe zones" sort of thing? Aside from bombings, if there's an angry mob are they likely to react particularly violently toward Americans, or would we just blend into the scenery?
posted by Televangelist on Nov 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Will I die in Nairobi?

I have upcoming business travel scheduled in Nairobi and recent reports have me more than a little alarmed. [more inside]
posted by MasterShake on Jun 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Anyone read a book about Korea, the Baltic States, and Saladin?

I'm trying to find out the title and author of a near-future geopolitical thriller written sometime back in the 90's. [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Dec 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Listfilter for "faked" terrorism

Can anyone tell me about terrorist-like attacks perpetrated, or verifiably planned, by governments against their own people, with the intent of blaming other parties? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Nov 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Squirrel intruder!

A squirrel chewed through the window screen and broke into our apartment. How can we live with the windows open again? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Jul 13, 2011 - 17 answers

How do I become an informed citizen of the world?

What's the best neutral, digestible, comprehensive primer to politics in the Middle East? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on May 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Where can find I data for TV ratings and/or newspaper sales before, during and after September 11th, 2001?

Where can find I data for TV ratings and/or newspaper sales before, during and after September 11th, 2001?
posted by FuckingAwesome on Feb 8, 2011 - 1 answer

Comics and terrorism

What recent, mainstream, non-political comic books have featured terrorism as part of the plot? [more inside]
posted by brozek on Jun 30, 2010 - 20 answers

ID this graphic T-shirt logo/brand/design?

Can anyone identify the T-shirt brand/design on the terrorist in these CCTV screen captures (linked)? How about the sneakers? [more inside]
posted by sudeva on Jun 13, 2010 - 1 answer

Hope this question doesn't get an FBI file started on me

So let's say a Jack Bauer-type had to stop a terrorist from blowing up a nuclear power plant... Where within the plant might the final showdown take place? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Mar 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Will the goverment torture me?

If I go to a local engineering college and a friend of mine turns out to be a terrorist, will the government torture me? Or am I just being paranoid? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Feb 25, 2010 - 23 answers

Cumulative backscatter X-ray risk

How many additional people would die per year because of exposure to radiation if every flyer in the US was examined with a backscatter X-ray machine? [more inside]
posted by zxcv on Jan 11, 2010 - 12 answers

Funding for the Global War on Terror?

I'm looking for a list of foreign governments receiving aid (military and developmental) under the auspices of the GWOT (global war on terror). BUT, not aid related to either Afghanistan or Iraq. For example, since 2001, how much has the US provided places like Colombia, the Philippines and Indonesia to fight terrorism? The more official and exhaustive the source (GAO, CRS) the better. Thank you for your time!
posted by B-squared on Jan 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Virtual Afghanistan?

In Thomas Friedman's weak OP-ED entitled www.jihad.com, he writes: “Let’s not fool ourselves. Whatever threat the real Afghanistan poses to U.S. national security, the “Virtual Afghanistan” now poses just as big a threat. The Virtual Afghanistan is the network of hundreds of jihadist Web sites that inspire, train, educate and recruit young Muslims to engage in jihad against America and the West.” If this is true, could someone provide examples? I mean, I'm sure they're using the internet to recruit people, but this makes it sound far more sophisticated than I would have assumed.
posted by defenestration on Dec 16, 2009 - 15 answers

A processor that's faster than a speeding bullet, and more deadly!!

Let's say you had the fastest super-computer the world has ever seen, and you were a villain who wanted to take over the World with it. How might your super-computer make that happen for you? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Dec 2, 2009 - 43 answers

What was said in 2006 Bombing Trial ?

What was said in trials of '2006 transatlantic aircraft plot' to overcome objections to how practical manufacturing explosives in flight is ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Sep 9, 2009 - 10 answers

Escaped from Greenock Prison

Browsing today's newspapers here in Scotland it would seem that there is an anti-Scottish feeling pervading the whole of the USA after the compassionate release of the Pan-Am bomber last week. Question1: Am I right in thinking that this is the case, or is it just right wing neo-con nonsense eminating from the Fox News stable? Question2: If this anti-Scottish feeling does exist, how best can I explain that we the UK/US public have been sold a lie by our Governments and that this guy was merely a patsy? [more inside]
posted by cameronfromedinburgh on Aug 26, 2009 - 60 answers

Why Did the Libyans Welcome the Lockerbie Guy as a Hero?

Regarding the Lockerbie bomber, recently released and returned to Libya, where he was given a heroes welcome (in defiance of Obama's warning that such a homecoming would affect American/Libyan relations)....has anyone read an article, perhaps in the foreign press, explaining the feelings Libyans (the people, not the whacky regime) have for this guy?
posted by jimmyjimjim on Aug 23, 2009 - 21 answers

Where are the ticking time bombs?

I am collecting examples of the “Ticking Time Bomb Scenario” in fiction, film/tv, and journalism. [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Apr 10, 2009 - 10 answers

Why are the Taliban not a terrorist group?

Why is the Taliban not on the US or UK proscribed lists of terrorist organisations? [more inside]
posted by YouRebelScum on Mar 4, 2009 - 12 answers

How vulnerable is the Internet to a cyber attack?

So how vulnerable is the Internet to some sneaky worm attack that targets Windows? It looks like organised crime is running increasingly sophisticated malware attacks to control large numbers of clients, if I were a bad person I could imagine a smart, quiet rootkit or similar that infected many, many machines then went live and could be very disruptive. [more inside]
posted by bystander on Jan 23, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me better understand the Taliban, etc.

What are good (non-Alex Jonesy, please) documentaries, websites, and other resources that explore and explain al Qaeda, the Taliban, and all related matters? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Oct 6, 2008 - 20 answers

How can I convince my friend's dad she'll be safe to visit me in Israel?

I'm going to be studying in Jerusalem next year, and I'd really like it if one of my friends could come and visit me. The only problem is her father - he is very resistant to the idea, and undoubtedly gets his concerns from the news - which we know has an awful tendency of sensationalizing things beyond recognition. I was hoping you guys could help me put something together that she could show her father, to hopefully help assuage some of his fears. I mean, we're not planning on road-tripping down to Gaza or anything! [more inside]
posted by howgenerica on May 24, 2008 - 10 answers

Theories of literary terrorism?

Have any literary theorists or critics, or professors of literature, written about literary terrorism? By literary terrorism, I mean the use of flash violence to shock subvert political or cultural structures. I will especially appreciate studies that explicitly analyze these techniques in comparison with concrete terroristic acts.
posted by limon on Nov 23, 2007 - 13 answers

Publicly available databases involving terrorism and war

After hearing this story on NPR this morning about the Harmony Database of al Qaeda correspondence, I began wondering what other public databases like this exist out there that are ripe for analysis and picking apart. I'm looking specifically for things like this related to the "War on Terrorism" and the Iraq War, but older stuff would be good too.
posted by proj on Oct 23, 2007 - 2 answers

What would happen to the financial markets if they were attacked by terrorists?

What would happen to the financial markets if they were attacked by terrorists? [more inside]
posted by covert7 on Jun 15, 2007 - 23 answers

What was the US up to in Central and South America?

I am looking for the definitive book on the United States involvement in Central and South America. Can anyone recommend one -- or several, I suppose? [more inside]
posted by chunking express on May 16, 2007 - 14 answers

Article link about Israeli terrorism against US.

A year or two ago there was a news story about Israel awarding medals to several agents of their government for acts of terrorism against Egypt and the United States (in the 70s I think). Formerly they had been denounced by the Israelis as "rogue" agents or some such. Anyone have a link to the story?
posted by BrotherCaine on Jan 27, 2007 - 2 answers

How do I avoid buying stocks in companies that fund terrorism?

How do I know if a company I want to buy stocks in funds terrorist groups? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull on Dec 27, 2006 - 8 answers

Flying with Meaningful Water

I am flying soon. I would like to bring a bottle of water to security, a nice plain Muji style bottle, with a custom label on it. What should be pasted on it for this lame, meaningless, nearly silent protest? What will not get me violated or detained, but will clearly state the idiocies of fear we are now enduring? Or is this horrible, this idea?
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat on Sep 6, 2006 - 69 answers

Fear of flying

Comfort my wife's fears. She has recently developed a phobia of flying and we are leaving on a flight on thursday. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Sep 5, 2006 - 36 answers

"I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with 'p' ..."

Why can't I take a book on a plane? [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Aug 11, 2006 - 28 answers

Travel Terror Gauge!

I have a 16 year old daughter traveling from Newark Airport to London Gatwick on Sunday ... [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Aug 10, 2006 - 17 answers

Can someone really be that ignorant?

"It is absolutely not true, I did not call him a terrorist. I'm ignorant. I don't even know what the word means." [more inside]
posted by blim8183 on Jul 10, 2006 - 22 answers

Why aren't people who bomb or plan to bomb abortion clinics considered terrorists?

Why aren't people who bomb or plan to bomb abortion clinics considered terrorists? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger on Jun 14, 2006 - 30 answers

Robot Planes!!!

Flying Robot Planes? The analysts seem to think there is no good way to stop these things. Why isn't the government interested in using the wisdom of crowds to prevent terrorist attacks? [more inside]
posted by tweak on May 10, 2006 - 14 answers

Was what we were told about Flight 93 a myth?

Was what we were told about Flight 93 a myth? [more inside]
posted by brokekid on Feb 2, 2006 - 32 answers

Hotel Rwanda and other movies

I loved Hotel Rwanda. What particularly hooked me was the film's unflinching realism in showing civilization as it is slowly being encroached and oppressed by large-scale terrorism which casts a shadow of uncertainty and danger on even the most mundane routines of daily life -- a sort of real-life Night of the Living Dead. Other similar films are Salvador, Missing and The Killing Fields. I also enjoyed the recent The Constant Gardener. What else will I like? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Nov 15, 2005 - 30 answers

How many Al-Qaeda number twos are there?

How many Al-Qaeda number twos are there? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Oct 12, 2005 - 26 answers

where is it illegal to deny the existence of terrorism?

Is it illegal in some places to deny the existence of terrorism or the severity of terrorist activity? If so, where? [more inside]
posted by troybob on Oct 4, 2005 - 5 answers

seeking practical guide on domestic terrorism

I need help finding a book that I read about 15 years ago. I think I checked it out of the Illinois State Univerity library. It may have also been found in boing boing or some other ezine. I don't know the author or the title. It was possibly a farcical or possibly a practical guide to domestic terrorism. It listed the practicalities of hitting domestic targets and what havoc it would wreak.
posted by indigo4963 on Sep 8, 2005 - 10 answers

What is Osama bin Laden's legal status?

What is Osama bin Laden's legal status? [more inside]
posted by biffa on Aug 24, 2005 - 11 answers

Are maps and blueprints on the 'net a security risk?

I often get called to appear on the nightly news whenever they need a guy to talk about computers, the internet or blogging. This time, it's a piece about "how terrorists use the net to organize and plan attacks" to be aired in a series for the week leading up to 9/11. In my segment, I will use my Google-fu to demonstrate how easy or hard it is to dig up maps and blueprints, especially for "sensitive" places. I'm trying to make sure the facts get out there, but I also want to do my bit to counter any scaremongering. My question: Can anyone point to sites or articles that discuss whether or not such publicly-available maps, diagrams and blueprints are a real security risk?
posted by AccordionGuy on Aug 18, 2005 - 13 answers

Find Spanish al Qaeda indictment

On September 17, 2003 Spanish über-judge Baltasar Garzón issued a 700-page indictment of the "Madrid cell" of al Qaeda for its support role in the 9/11 attacks. Is this document online anywhere? Has it ever been translated?
posted by dhartung on Jul 15, 2005 - 3 answers

G8 disruption

NotSoHumbleDilettanteBlogosphereOpinionsFilter: So, at noon today, Blair called out the attacks for disrupting the G8 agenda today, namely Africa. What, if any can be speculated, effect might this have on proceedings in the G8?
posted by Jongo on Jul 7, 2005 - 3 answers

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