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Why We Shouldn’t Call the Oregon Militia Guys “Terrorists”

January 7, 2016 COMMENTARY BY: Sam Adler-Bell TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security

TCF policy associate Sam Adler-Bell discusses what's at stake when we use the word "terrorist" to label certain lawbreakers.


The Republican Obsession with ‘Radical Islam’ Is a Smokescreen for Something Else

Many of the current Republican presidential candidates have been calling for a tougher response from President Obama on radical Islam. TCF fellow Michael W. Hanna, commenting on recent rhetoric from the right, says that this often xenophobic language has only worked to "exaggerate and collectivize" the perceived threat of radical Islam. 

"It’s not even dog whistle at this point," Hanna said. "They have moved past the need to conceal certain kinds of bigotry."

Read what Hanna and other experts had to say about the right's obsession with "radical Islam" at the Washington Post.

Clear Thinking on Terrorism, Not Myths, Needed After Paris Attacks

Following the Paris attacks, a host of myths have cropped up attempting to explain everything from ISIS' motivations to proposed plans for dealing with the extremist group. TCF fellow Michael Cohen takes four such myths head on in his latest column out today.

It seems, however, that among the pundit class, one emotion above all is dominating: panic. And it’s creating a set of myths about what actually happened in Paris, and what the attacks mean, that could keep us from learning the necessary lessons from Friday’s horrors.

Read more about the four myths discussed by Cohen at World Politics Review.

Former DOJ Lawyer Martin Lederman Agrees: Purdue Overstepped in Deleting Snowden Lecture

Georgetown law professor Martin Lederman offers his legal analysis of Barton Gellman's experience at Purdue University, and finds that Purdue, indeed, made a mistake.


Sharp divide over California’s bullet background check bill

Al Jazeera America wrote an article about options of controlling gun violence in response to California's latest ballot initiative which would require background checks on ammunition purchase. TCF fellow Harold Pollack says that requiring these types of tracking on massive ammunition purchases are likely to curb gun abuses in America because they would give police a better handle on who is at risk of shooting. 

“It creates a paper trail that can be very helpful to law enforcement. We have people committing mass shootings after buying up large amounts of ammunition,” Pollack said. “That’s a useful piece of data for law enforcement to know,” he says.

Read the full Al Jazeera America piece on gun control.

Tags: mass shootings, gun violence, gun control

Scholarship, Security, and ‘Spillage’ on Campus

TCF's Barton Gellman recently gave a keynote presentation at Purdue University, only to later find out that the university destroyed the video of the event to comply with the institution's high security standards.



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