Al Qaeda at the DNC

Journalism professor Jay Rosen, who attended the Democratic national convention, says the "great overlooked story in all the reporting" was the heightened security situation. "It was in your face, nonstop, in thousands of ways inside what was called, in military terms, The Perimeter," Rosen writes. "It came lunging at you as you approached the site and enveloped all when you were on site. You could have your credentials checked twenty times on a single trip from the ground floor to your seats. ...


When Is A Terrorist A Terrorist?

Of the 35 federal terrorism-related cases in Iowa since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Des Moines Register reports that "most defendants had questionable links to violent extremism. Those defendants who could be identified by the newspaper were, in most cases, charged with fraud or theft and served just a few months in jail."


The Importance of Timing

Wondering why the Bush administration only "significantly increased its pressure on Pakistan to kill or capture Osama bin Laden, his deputy, Ayman Al Zawahiri, or the Taliban's Mullah Mohammed Omar" this spring, The New Republic interviewed Pakistani security officials. One member of Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence said, "The Pakistani government ...


Art Imitates Life Sciences

"I feel sorry for Steve Kurtz because he lost his wife ... and he didn't even have time to grieve," said art professor Beatriz da Costa. Kurtz is part of the Critical Art Ensemble, an acclaimed group "dedicated to exploring the intersections between art, technology, radical politics and critical theory." Following Kurtz's wife's sudden death, police found "biological materials" at their home and involved the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Kurtz's art uses plants, bacterial cultures and lab equipment.



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