April 18, 2013 |
Terrorism is speech — speech that gathers its audience by killing innocents as theatrically as possible. The 19th-century anarchist Paul Brousse called it "propaganda by deed. " Accordingly, the Boston Marathon attack , the first successful terror bombing in the United States since 9/11, was designed for maximum effect. At the finish line there would be not only news cameras but also hundreds of personal videos to amplify the message. But what message? There was no claim of responsibility, no explanatory propaganda.
September 19, 2012 |
The U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed last week in Libya died "in the course of a terrorist attack," a senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers Wednesday. Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, repeated earlier statements by the Obama administration that initial conclusions do not point to a planned assault. Instead, he said, "the facts that we have now indicate that this was an opportunistic attack," in which heavily armed militants took advantage of an ongoing...
October 26, 2011 |
Brittany Norwood lost control the night she killed her co-worker at a Bethesda yoga store, her defense attorney said Wednesday as the high-profile trial began. Norwood, 29, and co-worker Jayna Murray , 30, got into a "horrific fight" that March night, Douglas Wood told jurors during his opening statement. He said that Norwood grabbed makeshift weapons from the store and that Murray was dead within 15 minutes. "Ladies and gentlemen, Brittany Norwood lost it," Wood...
September 10, 2013 |
U.S. counterterrorism officials have determined that several extremist groups, including Ansar al-Sharia, took part in last year's attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other officials. They think the terrorist organizations selected the U.S. diplomatic outpost there as a potential target ahead of time. The officials have identified numerous people involved — some new to U.S. intelligence and others who are well-known — and have issued several...
September 15, 2013 |
When a close friend spent his money from the charity for Boston Marathon bombing survivors on a new house, J.P. Norden rejoiced along with him. When another used some of his six-figure payment to rent an apartment and pay off debts, Norden, who lost his right leg in the terrorist attack, knew the money had been put to good use. But Norden's own $1.2 million check still sits in a drawer in his mother's apartment. The 33-year-old former truck driver lives there for now, along with...
August 21, 2013 |
BEIRUT — The Syrian opposition on Wednesday accused the government of launching a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs that killed large numbers of civilians as they slept and packed makeshift hospitals with hundreds of victims convulsing and gasping for breath. Photographs and videos posted online showed the bodies of men, women and children, many appearing to be dead, without visible wounds. Varying opposition claims put the death toll in the hundreds, with some...