CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1986
Terrorism is a word we hardly knew in America 30 years ago. Now in 1986 as we sum up the year of terrorist activity it is realized no one is safe from this enemy rampage. The act of violence is growing at such a fast rate it makes me wonder if we are dealing with the problem properly. Our government seems willing to deal with terrorists in a "Rambo" retaliation. This mentality creates even more hatred, and puts us further away from solving the problems these people have that pushes them to the limit of such acts.
May 5, 2010
Are shoe bombers and car bombers facts of American life now? Sadly, they probably are, just as school shootings, gang violence and the occasional rampage by a knife-wielding mental patient at Target are lamentable features of contemporary society. Citizen vigilance and the incompetence of would-be bombers have spared American lives on a couple of occasions now, most recently in Times Square . Nimble police work and improved coordination among law enforcement agencies have saved untold more.
July 28, 2013 |
"This is a great time to be a white-collar criminal. " An assistant U.S. attorney I know startled me with this remark in 2002. The bulk of her FBI investigators, she explained, had been pulled off to work on terrorism, which left traditional crime investigations sorely understaffed. Little has changed since then. For more than a decade, the U.S. government has been focused on one type of threat above all others: terrorism. This obsession has not only been used to justify an erosion of Americans' privacy, it has opened them to other dangers and, paradoxically, made it easier for terrorists to achieve success.
September 7, 2011 |
Ten years after Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked jetliners, steered them into the World Trade Center towers and plunged a stunned country into a transformative war on terrorism, California voters overwhelmingly believe the fight remains a crucial priority, according to a new poll. Four-fifths of the voters surveyed in the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll said the need to combat terrorism remained the same or was increasing. Just 13% believed the need was decreasing. And, as the intensely ideological conflicts over how best to keep Americans safe have cooled, many voters have come to terms with once-controversial initiatives that have helped foil plans for terrorist attacks and protect the country from another deadly cataclysm.
October 31, 2009 |
It is a worrisome first: an American accused of going to Europe to plot a terrorist attack there. Recent arrests in Chicago underscore a growing concern among Western officials about the threat posed by U.S. militants who take advantage of their passports to travel easily around the world on violent missions. "We never thought it could be persons from the U.S. coming here to commit attacks," said Hans Jorgen Bonnichsen, a former chief of Denmark's police security intelligence service.
February 22, 2012 |
A North Carolina man convicted on terrorism charges last fall has been indicted in a case accusing him of hiring a hit man to behead three witnesses who had testified against him. Hysen Sherifi, 27, a naturalized U.S. citizen who emigrated from Kosovo, was indicted Tuesday on nine counts of conspiring with his brother and a female friend to retaliate against the witnesses. Prosecutors have said Sherifi arranged for a $4,250 payment to a "hit man" who was actually an FBI informant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal law enforcements officials are monitoring the crash of the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 on Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, but sources said there was no immediate indication of terrorism or other foul play. The National Transportation Safety Board is beginning an investigation into the crash. Federal law enforcement sources said the focus now is on a mechanical or operating error. Another source said 48 passengers received medical care.