'Obviously the biggest error that we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone.'1:19 PM, Jan 23, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry argued that, as the Associated Press phrased it, "violent extremism is not Islamic" in a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos:
"Today we are witnessing more than a form of criminal anarchy. A nihilism which illegitimately claims an idealogical and religious foundation," said Kerry.
"Against this enemy we are increasingly organizing and fighting back. But in doing so, we have to also keep our heads. Obviously the biggest error that we could make would be to blame Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone. Crimes that the overwhelming majority of Muslims oppose. Crimes that their faith utterly rejects. And that Muslim leaders themselves have the greatest ability to address.
"Religions don't require adherence to raze villages and blow up people. It's individuals, with a distorted and an even ignorant interpretation of religion who do that."
1:15 PM, Jan 18, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama's former defense secretary and former head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, said this morning on CNN that we've entered into "a much more dangerous chapter" of the war on terror:
“I don’t think there’s any question. I think what we’re seeing ... is a much more aggressive chapter and a much more dangerous chapter in terms of the war on terrorism,” Panetta told CNN's Fareed Zakaria.
9:38 PM, Jan 14, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
An institute named for the father of possible presidential candidate Rand Paul has published a piece saying the Charlie Hebdo massacre, like 9/11, was a false flag operation. The claim comes in piece titled, "Charlie Hebdo Shootings: False Flag?," put online today at the Ron Paul Institute.
7:01 AM, Jan 14, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
The Pentagon called the hacking of the Central Command's (CENTCOM) YouTube and Twitter accounts Monday "
3:22 PM, Jan 13, 2015 • By JONATHAN SPYER
Under a cloudless Jerusalem sky, a crowd of thousands gathered at the cemetery at Givat Shaul on Tuesday, to bury the four Jews murdered at the Hyper Cacher in Paris. Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, and Francois-Michel Saada were laid to rest in Har Hamenuhot, on the approach to Jerusalem from the west.
9:31 AM, Jan 13, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN described its reasoning for not showing the latest cover of Charlie Hebdo (the first issue to be published after last week's massacre) in a broadcast this morning:
"CNN will not show you the new cover, which depicts the Prophet Muhammad, because it is our policy not to show potentially offensive images of the prophet," the host declared this morning.
Here's the image CNN (and others!) refuse to show you:
9:21 PM, Jan 12, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House spokesman Josh Earnest offered this excuse to explain why President Obama skipped the weekend rally in Paris: it would've impacted "common citizens."
"[H]ad the circumstances been a little bit different, I think the President himself would have liked to have had the opportunity to be there," Earnest said, after saying the White House should've sent a person of higher profile than just the U.S. ambassador to France.
12:20 PM, Jan 12, 2015 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
The terrorist attacks in Paris were nightmarish in many ways, but perhaps the most worrisome news to come out of the Charlie Hebdo affair is that followers of a “pure” al Qaeda affiliate – al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula – and of ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – worked together.
12:34 PM, Jan 11, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
House Homeland Security Committee chair Mike McCaul said on CBS that he expects to "see more and more" of the Paris style attacks take place around the world:
12:03 PM, Jan 9, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Reuters and Agence France-Presse report that four hostages at the Kosher market in Paris are dead.
11:18 AM, Jan 9, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN is reporting that the sounds of shots and explosions were heard near the Kosher market in Paris, where a terrorist has reportedly been holding several captives.
8:01 PM, Jan 7, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters today that the United States needs to "redouble" efforts to explain "what the tenets of Islam actually are." He made the comments in response to a question about how the U.S. might respond to the terror attack today in France.
4:47 PM, Jan 7, 2015 • By LEE SMITH
French authorities have reportedly indentified the three suspects in today’s massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices—Hamyd Mourad, whose nationality has not yet been identified, and two French nationals, Said Kouachi and his younger brother Cherif Kouachi.