Adam Serwer

Muslims vs. Terrorism.

Everyone always asks, "Where are the Muslims denouncing terrorism?!?" Well, aside from brushing off unfounded accusations of radicalism, they're here, in a new video produced by the Muslim Public Affairs Council:

McCarthy: State Department Was "Pro-Sharia."


Andy McCarthy, responding to the fact that Imam Faisal Rauf was recruited by the Bush administration to help burnish America's image abroad:

Krauthammer On Park 51.

Charles Krauthammer, predictably comes out against the proposed Islamic center at Ground Zero with the "hallowed ground" argument, followed by a little fearmongering for good measure.

When we speak of Ground Zero as hallowed ground, what we mean is that it belongs to those who suffered and died there -- and that such ownership obliges us, the living, to preserve the dignity and memory of the place, never allowing it to be forgotten, trivialized or misappropriated.

Khadr Trial Suspended For 30 Days.

As if the Omar Khadr trial wasn't dramatic enough already, yesterday Khadr's lawyer, Lt. Col. Jon Jackson collapsed in the courtroom while cross examining a witness. It's not entirely clear what happened, but he had undergone gall bladder surgery a few weeks ago. The Judge, Col. Patrick Parrish, has suspended the trial for 30 days.

The Anchor Baby-Terrorism Nexus.

Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas hit a wingnut sweet spot with his "terror babies," the basic concept of which is that terrorists will immigrate here, have children who are American citizens, and then train them to be deadly al-Qaeda assassins, so that years later they can launch an attack from within the United States. It has everything a right-wing conspiracy could possibly want -- xenophobic fear of immigrants, hysteria over terrorism, even a jab at birthright citizenship. If he could have just found a way to throw in the estate tax, his being might have reached some kind of nirvana where he would have ceased to be a physical human being and instead become some form of higher consciousness.


Marriage equality returns to California. Let's hope it's here to stay.

Conservatives miss ACORN more than anyone. But here's a reason liberals should.

Britain prosecutes people for abusing terrorist suspects in their custody.

Voting Rights veteran Gerry Hebert on why localities don't bail out of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and why they should.

What To Do About Drugs.

Mark Kleiman is guest posting over at Ta-Nehisi Coates' place, and he has a list of reforms we should make to American drug policy. I want to highlight the first two:

1. Leave heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine illegal for non-medical use.

2. Allow use of cannabis, and growing for personal use or gratis distribution. Forbid commercial activity.

Liz Cheney Attacks...Herself.

Greg Sargent reports on how Liz Cheney and friends are responding to the news that Imam Faisal Rauf, who is behind the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero, was part of the Bush efforts to burnish the U.S. image in the Muslim world. Apparently, they've got a new attack ad going after Rauf and the Obama administration for sending him out on a similar trip. Greg comments:

Marriage-Equality Tipping Point?

I noted yesterday that in an otherwise disappointing CNN poll a majority of Americans thought that gays and lesbians should have a constitutional right to marriage. I didn't realize it was the first poll to show this. Nate Silver puts it in context with this chart:

Faisal Rauf's Radical Associations.

Megan Carpentier has more on Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf palling around with the Bush administration:

Al-Qosi's "Secret Sentence."

Osama bin Laden's former cook, Ibrahim al Qosi, is following in the footsteps of Osama bin Laden's former chauffeur, Salim Hamdan. Yesterday a judge sentenced al-Qosi to 14 years for material support for terrorism. Al-Qosi won't be serving that sentence, though, because he's already secured a secret plea deal that will send him home by 2012. Carol Rosenberg reports:


"An estimated 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the United States in 2008 were the offspring of unauthorized immigrants."

Despite White House insistence that it was a "local issue," the State Department posted the text of Michael Bloomberg's speech defending the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" in Arabic.

The project's developers start a twitter feed.

More On Rauf's "Radicalism."

The State Department is apparently sending Imam Faisal Rauf to Muslim nations abroad to lecture on how "Islam is perceived in America." Cue Republican outrage:

“It is unacceptable that US taxpayers are being forced to fund Feisal Abdul Rauf’s trip to the Middle East,” say Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) of Florida and Peter King (R) of New York in a statement issued Tuesday. “This radical is a terrible choice to be one of the faces or our country overseas. The USA should be using public diplomacy programs to combat extremism,” they add, “not to endorse it.”

CNN's Mixed Poll Results.

Greg Sargent is shocked by a new CNN poll showing a bare majority of Americans oppose ending birthright citizenship, 51 percent to 49 percent. I haven't seen a party breakdown, but I suspect this is reflective of the debates over torture and global warming -- once a position becomes part of how Republicans self-identify and distinguish themselves from Democrats it doesn't actually matter how radical it is.