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Pray for Paris—and What of 9/11 Victims?

The striking terrorist attack in Paris—and others very recently in Beirut and Baghdad—have everyone’s mind on terrorism. This coming week, there will undoubtedly be much discussion and legislation introduced in Congress aimed at dealing with the scourge of international terrorism, especially from Daesh. (And you should be calling them Daesh, too.) But what of our […]

9/11’s Secret Cost

The goal of terrorism is to exploit emotion and fear and to cause overreaction. So we don’t do emotional response to terrorism around here. Indeed, some of what we’ve seen in 9/11 commemorations is not just emotional, but excessively maudlin. Instead of indulging emotion, let’s examine a way that the 9/11 attacks have effected our […]

Do We Really Want to Go Back Over This?

H.R. 2623 would establish a National Commission to Review the National Response Since the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.

How to Commemorate 9/11 Ten Years Later

Here’s one idea: S. Res. 237 would express the sense of the Senate “regarding coming together as a Nation and ceasing all work or other activity for a moment of remembrance beginning at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on September 11, 2011, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks committed against the […]

USA-PATRIOT—The Debate Congress Doesn’t Want to Have

Update: On Tuesday, the House failed to pass H.R. 514 as the Republican leadership had expected. This symbolizes that support for the USA-PATRIOT Act is weaker in their caucus than they thought, but it will not prevent the bill from passing, probably later in the week. The bill was brought to the floor under a […]

Which Do You Favor More—The Ground Zero Mosque or Obamacare?

That’s how we occupy our time during the August recess—pure political agitation! And oh are we agitated lately! It’s not that the “Ground Zero Mosque” debate and the fallout from Obamacare’s passage don’t matter. They do. But what are you missing when you focus on these hot political topics? The answer is below. Should an […]

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Airline Security

Well, this isn’t hot off the presses, but it’s a fascinating paper that I just had the chance to read. Mark Stewart, a civil engineer at the University of Newcastle and John Mueller, a political science professor at Ohio State University, have done an analysis of the dollars spent per life saved by a couple […]

The TWIC Card – Killing Summer Jobs for Kids?

“TWIC” stands for Transportation Worker Identification Credential. The TWIC card is a federal program that’s been floating around for a few years now. Post-9/11, someone decided that if we knew who all the transportation workers were, our transportation would be more secure. That’s true in a small way, but it wouldn’t stop terrorists, it treats […]