Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It gets weirder

This WSJ article references that the guy was seen a lot with his dog, but in Islam dogs are not allowed to kept as pets, only as guard and hunting animals. An angel reportedly refused to visit Mohamed once because there was a dog in his house, and the hadith has lots of admonitions against them. Something is not making sense...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Things I Didn't Know Were Illegal

In an otherwise straightforward story about US born jihadis, the AP has this tidbit:
Several of the defendants, including Boyd, were also charged with practicing military tactics on a private property in Caswell County in June and July of this year.
I wonder what the definition of "military tactics" is? And why would it be illegal on private property? If I drill, march, or practice convoy ops, that might be weird but should not be illegal. If I want to practice shooting, play airsoft or paintball (as I have done many times) is it breaking the law because the tactics might be military?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Logic Problems

The President claims that Gitmo "created more terrorists than it contained" and wants to remedy that situation by moving the detainees to US domestic prisons. Congress is outraged because they are worried about the dangers of these hard-core jihadists running lose in the streets. Both sides are missing the greater danger, however. Our prisons are a breeding ground for a uniquely American version of radical Islam, as the arrests this week in New York demonstrated. We cannot prevent gang leaders from ordering hits and controlling gangs from prison, and we cannot prevent mafia leaders from organizing and directing from prison. What makes us think we can keep these hard-core, Afghanistan trained jihadists from organizing terrorist attacks, much less spreading their ideas and ideology, from prison? The danger isn't that terrorists will get out of prison; the danger is that their followers will.