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07.23.14 Sophie Weiner

The Intercept has obtained a federal document detailing dramatic new U.S policies for categorizing “terrorists” and it’s massive in scope. Did you know that our government has the power to label nearly anyone a terrorist with no “concrete facts” or “irrefutable evidence” necessary? Entire categories of people can be registered as terrorists and placed on […]

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07.15.14 Amy K. Nelson

When James Prigoff roamed the streets in the 70s and 80s photographing graffiti and murals, he likely didn’t have to worry about being labeled a possible terrorist, at least not officially. But some 30 years later, Prigoff, now 86 years old, finds himself in a U.S. government counterterrorism database and he — along with four […]

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05.06.14 Sophie Weiner

Branding Terror — a book by graphic designer Francesco Trivini and former counter-terrorism analyst Artur Beifuss — is a fascinating study on the aesthetics of terrorism. The book is meant to serve as an encyclopedia of the logos and symbols that terrorist organizations around the world use as their calling cards, and an analysis of these images from a […]

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03.20.14 Andy Cush

Inspire, the official magazine of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, published its latest issue recently. Inside, among articles with titles like “Under Calm Ash,” “Why Did I Choose Al-Qaeda?” and “Sincere Advice From a Muhajir,” there’s “Open-Source Jihad,” a recurring feature dedicated to bringing “strength, power, and intelligence” to Inspire‘s readership. This edition features instructions for building […]

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01.13.14 Andy Cush

A new report from the think tank New America Foundation claims NSA surveillance isn’t nearly as effective at stopping terrorism as the feds would have you believe. The study, titled “Do NSA’s Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorism?” Of the 225 counterterrorism cases researchers studied, only 7.5 were investigated under evidence obtained by the NSA. The […]

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04.08.13 Julia Dawidowicz

No one enjoys graphic materials that expose the cruel treatment of factory farm animals. Seeing little piglets crammed into dark, filthy cages on top of their dead, rotting brethren is disturbing, horrible, and makes us sick with guilt. But does that make the animal rights activists who put together these materials “terrorists”? Yes, if several […]

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12.31.12 Andy Cush

New Yorkers Morgan Gliedman and Aaron Greene were arrested in their West Ninth Street apartment over the weekend when police found a stash of weapons, homemade explosive materials, and a stack of bomb-making instructions labeled the “Terrorist Encyclopedia.” There’s no word on whether the couple had plans for a specific attack. Gliedman, who is nine months pregnant […]

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12.26.12 Andy Cush

Just as the FBI used counterterrorism agents to surveil law-abiding members of the country’s Muslim community, so they did against the Occupy movement. According to agency documents obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, the Bureau snooped on Occupy communications as early as September 2011. The investigations weren’t limited to New York, as agents looked into Occupy branches […]

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12.13.12 Andy Cush

In October, the New York Court of Appeals heard a case in which a member of the St. James Boys street gang was tried as a terrorist under a law passed after 9/11. Yesterday, the court ruled unanimously not to charge Edgar Morales under the law, saying there’s no evidence that legislators intended the law […]

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10.29.12 Andy Cush

An NYU course on transnational terrorism is asking students to plot out an imaginary terrorist attack in a 10- to 15- page paper, including “methods of execution, sources of funding, number of operatives needed and the target government’s reaction.” According to the New York Post, law enforcement officials are outraged–even though the class is intended […]

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