Archive for Terrorism

Boston Bomber Charged with Terrorism Crime of Using Weapon of Mass Destruction

File Photo of Blurred Image of Boston Marathon Terrorist Bombing Suspects

U.S. Magistrate Judge Marrianne Bowler, on Monday, April 22, 2013, held a court hearing in the hospital room of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to inform him that he has been charged with the federal crime of using a weapon of mass destruction, punishable by fine, imprisonment or death. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen from Massachusetts with origins in Russia and Kyrgyzstan, will be

Terrorist bombings at Boston Marathon, three dead and many maimed or otherwise wounded; investigations underway

Two comparatively small bombs were detonated on a wide urban sidewalk near the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street killing at least three persons, including a child, maiming dozens, and injuring more than 100.  The bombings, within less than a minute of one another, appear to be acts of terrorism and are being investigated as such.  Their lethality apparently was magnified by the close

TSA Ending Nude X-Ray Body Scanner Images at Airport Checkpoints

Airport Security file photo

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced by way of their blog, on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, the gradual elimination of nude x-ray images of airline passengers. By June 1, 2013, all TSA screening at U.S. airports is planned to feature a new kind of technology that will still scan passengers, but display an abstract, cartoon-like figure without

Treasury Department Designates Militant Groups in the DRC


(Department of Treasury – 1/3/2013) Sanctions Target Rebel Groups for Using Violence Against Children and Contributing to the Ongoing Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated two militant groups fomenting violence and instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This action against Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23) and the Forces Démocratiques de

Bhengazi Report: Accountability Review Board (ARB) Report (Unclassified)

Image of Interior Damage of U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, After Attack, adapted from VOA image at

[Unclassified version of report by Accountability Review Board investigating the attack upon the U.S. consulate in Bhengazi, Libya, of Sept. 11, 2012, and related security lapses; adapted from PDF that appeared at:] “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana, Reason in Common Sense (1905) INTRODUCTION Pursuant to Title III of the Omnibus Diplomatic and Antiterrorism Act of