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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What recent, mainstream, non-political
comic books have featured terrorism as part of the plot? [more inside]
posted by brozek
on Jun 30, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What would happen to the financial markets if they were attacked by terrorists? [more inside]
posted by covert7
on Jun 15, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
"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 -
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 -
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
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
If you ran a city, what would you do, in a practical and local sense, to help protect your city from terrorist attacks?
posted by pracowity
on Jul 7, 2005 -
A question for all police, medical, fire, or other emergency professionals: what rules of thumb should everybody know in case they are present at a terrorist attack or other emergency? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog
on Jul 7, 2005 -