There's a certain irony in the fact that the American president who won the office vowing to end the two wars he inherited finds himself after six years as much a wartime president as the man he succeeded.
Most of the coverage about the Oklahoma University fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon specifically focuses on the students using a racial slur do describe African Americans. Their gleeful singing about lynching is overshadowed by that Boogie Man — the "n-word." It's the sensational, sexy angle. It's also lazy analysis.
By making it an ideological priority to deny the Islamic nature of Islamic terrorism, the White house is forcing serious people to think more deeply about the challenges we face. It's not the debate Mr. Obama wants, but it's valuable nonetheless.
Onstage at a major computer security summit at Stanford University, President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday to make it easier for private companies to dip into the government's deep reservoirs of data on cyberattacks.
Putting aside any optimism that the Republicans in Congress would somehow be afflicted with sweet reasonableness now that they hold the majority in both houses, President Obama has signaled that in his last two years in office he will more fully embrace the liberal Democratic agenda.
Al Qaida has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris. The motive for the attack by the Kouachi brothers was to avenge what the brothers believed to be blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed. But there may be another motive for the timing of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Al Qaida has a penchant for timing some of its more spectacular attacks to coincide with the court trials of its operatives in captivity.
Saudi Arabia is not our ally in the war on terror. Their inhumane treatment of their own people enables, facilitates and inspires jihadists like the ones whose most recent targets were the journalists in Paris and the innocent clientele of a kosher grocery store on the outskirts of the French capital.
In a rare case of editorial initiative, the New York Times editorial board has flatly called for an investigation of former Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent George W. Bush administration figures involved in authorship of the so-called torture memos, which authorized use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against suspected terrorists captured in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The editorial was more wish that prediction.
Insurance and real estate firms are scrambling to prepare for the expiration of a federal terrorism insurance program at the end of the month that supporters say is critical for construction projects and large buildings, such as utilities and sports stadiums.
As Pastor Tom Richard, of Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren, in Westminster, prepared to introduce the afternoon's speaker, Musa Mambula, he said though the crowd in attendance was small, he was happy people chose to come out.
CIA director, John Brennan disputed the claim that nothing was gained by so-called "torture" tactics. "Our review indicates that interrogations of detainees on whom (the harsh techniques) were used did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save lives," he said. "The intelligence gained from the program were critical to our understanding of al-Qaida, and continues to inform our counter-terrorism efforts to this day."
A new policy barring the public from interacting directly with Harford County elected officials flies in the face of the country's founding democratic principles, open government advocates said Tuesday.
The international community has not developed a coordinated communication strategy as force-multiplier against ISIL. Mindful of this dynamic, there are now demands for the United Nations to enhance its ability to deal with the threat more effectively and provide leadership and strategic direction on countering violent extremism.
A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the NSA's vast phone data collection program — the next act in the legal battle pitting the agency's anti-terrorism efforts against the privacy rights of Americans.
With broad public doubts about the wisdom and tactics of Mr. Obama's new and more muscular initiatives against the Islamic State, a congressional debate seems inevitable, and should be held, even in a demonstrably dysfunctional Congress.