Court Documents: Royer v. Federal Bureau of Prisons

"Defendant’s sneering argument that plaintiff is not prejudiced by all this delay by defendant because he remains incarcerated is beyond the Court’s comprehension. The whole point of this litigation is whether defendant can continue to single out plaintiff for special treatment as a terrorist during his continued period of incarceration. Did any supervising attorney ever read this nonsense that is being argued to this Court?"

Pity me, I’ve been victimized

When I was fourteen I knew a girl who always had some devastating personal issue or another to unload on me. Her brother was always trying to kill himself, or her parents hated her, or she was running away from home or something. Being the nice, bleeding heart guy that I am, I always felt compelled to listen to her endless whining and try to help her in some way. But of course I never really liked her, I never really respected her. How can you respect someone drowning in self-pity? It's human nature to be repulsed by undignified people...

Who are the Radicals?

In a very practical sense, the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were a tremendous success. September 11, 2001, dramatically advanced the agenda of a tiny group of radicals who perceive that the only way to achieve their goals is by driving the worlds of Islam and Christianity into a cataclysmic confrontation...

Who Is Responsible for the Death of Nawar al-Awlaki?

On January 29, 2017, 8-year old Nawar al-Awlaki, along with over a dozen other civilians, was killed in a raid in southern Yemen by U.S. special forces. U.S. officials said the target of the raid, the first under the Trump administration, was the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Nawar was the daughter of Anwar Al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born spokesman for Al Qaeda killed by an American drone strike in 2011...

Islam or Islamist Extremism?

In recent months and years, certain Muslims have been cruelly and gratuitously slaughtering innocent people around the world. In Paris, Peshawar, Boston, New York, Canada, and Kenya, these people have staged spectacular murders with the specific aim of generating as much revulsion as possible. Not only do the perpetrators profess to be Muslims, they claim that their deeds are justified, even praiseworthy, because they advance the religion of Islam. Taking these people at their word, the casual observer might conclude that something about Islam itself inspires these acts. As a Western convert to Islam with a long history of involvement with jihad groups, I can attest that this is false, and that these people are delusional liars...

Clipped Wings

A student of philosophy laments that I am a religious person. He tells me that my “wings are clipped,” that my belief prevents me from soaring in the heights of thought and wisdom. Rather, the right example is that of a tree. It requires for its health that its dead and stray branches be trimmed. The more skillfully this is done, the more fruitful the tree will be...