As his reelection campaign ramps up, President Obama has touted his winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s also kept up the tough talk about the broader war against Al Qaeda. In 2008, Obama stressed that his presidency would break from George W. Bush’s most controversial national security policies. So we took a look back at some of those policies, to see how much has changed under Obama — and how much has stayed the same.
The U.S. Embassy In Beirut Was Destroyed By A Suicide Bomber On This Date In 1983
On a rainy April evening late last week, a military transport plane taxied to a halt at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington. As an honor guard stood at attention, the flag-draped coffins of 16 Americans were lowered to the ground. They were the latest victims of the endless killing in Beirut— victims of a mammoth car bomb that shattered the U.S. Embassy in the Lebanese capital five days earlier, injuring 130 people and leaving at least 47 Americans and Lebanese dead in the rubble.
Newsweek May 5, 1983
(via Makes sense.)
Delayed-notice search warrants issued under the expanded powers of the Patriot Act, 2006–2009.
(via Patriot Act – NYMag)
Infographic: Single-day terror blitz in Iraq
Terrorist across Iraq launched wide-ranging attacks Monday, killing about 80 people and wounding more than 3,000, marking the most violent day in Iraq this year.
With President Obama fresh off the press conference podium, a jointUSA Today/Gallup poll asked the American public how they feel about the U.S. mission to kill elusive Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Do they approve of it? Who do they think most deserves credit?
In his blog post titled “All The Names: Algorithmic Design and the 9/11 Memorial”, Jer Thorpe meticulously describes his design process to arrange the 2,982 names on the 9/11 memorial to be built in Manhattan. According to Michael Arad’s vision for the memorial, the layout of the names should be designed according to where people were, and who they were with, when they died.
Amazing interactive data visualization from the NY Times on the sentiment related to the death of Bin Laden.
On January 11, 2002 the first detainees arrived at Guantánamo. On January 22, 2009, President Obama ordered Guantánamo to close in a year. The Guantánamo Docket is an interactive database compiled by The New York Times and NPR that shows the detainment and transfer of 792 men.
The leaked release of Guantánamo Bay files reveals the world inside the US detention centre. See what the data says