Midnight In The Desert — terror

We Need to Educate the Public about Dirty Bombs

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We Need to Educate the Public about Dirty Bombs

Terrorism works not as much by causing death as by causing fear. Bombings and shootings kill a few, or a few dozen or few hundred or even a few thousand, but frighten millions. The unpredictable random attacks in public places leave us all feeling vulnerable, afraid, just what terrorists hope to achieve. So wouldn’t you assume that among all the things that governments are doing to reduce the danger from terrorist attacks, that a big part of that effort would be to try and minimize the fear these attacks cause? You’d think so, but with one of the most fear-inducing...

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The key to defeating ISIL is understanding how it markets itself

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The key to defeating ISIL is understanding how it markets itself

One of the most vital tools we have in understanding the Islamic State are the videos it uses to inspire potential recruits. A terrorist organization always reveals far more in messages to sympathetic listeners than to enemies. In understanding these narratives often lie the keys to defeating them. Two weeks ago ISIL released the above video via its official media channel, al-Hayat Media Center, and it is “typical” of the organization’s favored propaganda, says Aaron Y. Zelin of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who uploaded it. It may be typical for those who follow these things closely, but...

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4 Ways to Not Remain a Victim of Terrorism

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4 Ways to Not Remain a Victim of Terrorism

“You can’t have a war on terrorism because that’s not an actual enemy, it’s an abstract. It’s like having a war on dandruff. That war will be eternal and pointless. It’s idiotic. That’s not a war, it’s a slogan. It’s a lie. It’s advertising, which is the only art form we ever invented in America. And we use it to sell soap, wars and presidential candidates in the same fashion.” –Gore Vidal “'Support our troops' and 'What about Hitler' aren’t invitations to actually discuss either subject. They’re magic words intended to shut down further discussion, because the “Team Violence” part...

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After Paris, police are being retrained to kill terrorists

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After Paris, police are being retrained to kill terrorists

The Paris attacks were horrific. And the police are changing their tactics to deal with violent incidents and the indiscriminate killing of civilians. In Britain, officers are now being trained to “go forward” to confront terrorists. Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Patricia Gallan said in a Paris-style attack, officers’ priority is to stop the terrorists killing more people, even if that means walking over the injured to eliminate the threat, the BBC reports. She said: We appreciate within that there could be casualties and when meeting that threat they will have to walk over casualties that might have been injured and...

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Obama Just Called Saving the Planet an “Act of Defiance” Against Terror

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Obama Just Called Saving the Planet an “Act of Defiance” Against Terror

A major two-week summit on climate change opened on Monday in Paris, and President Barack Obama was there to urge world leaders to push for a strong international agreement to slow global warming. In his speech (video above), the president also offered a rebuke to the terrorists behind the November 13 attacks in the French capital that left 130 people dead. The summit, he said, is “an act of defiance that proves nothing will deter us from building the future we want for our children.” Obama acknowledged America’s unique responsibility for ensuring success at the talks, which are designed to...

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