US suspect in Pakistan defends ‘jihad’ plans – AP


SARGODHA, Pakistan – One of five Americans detained in Pakistan said their aim was to go to Afghanistan to wage jihad against Western forces, defending their intention as justified under Islam. But he denied any links to al-Qaida or plans to carry out terrorist attacks in Pakistan, as alleged by Pakistani authorities. Monday was the […]

Ron Paul Wants Me To Have a Day Off From Thinking Hard


On Monday, the gift-that-keeps-on-giving known as Congressman Ron Paul had a fierce debate with the Ben “Captain Monotone” Stein over what causes terrorism. Predictably, Ron Paul stuck to the line that they are only terrorists because we are “occupiers.” See the video below:

To Mr. Paul, the terrorists are not pan-Islamic theocrats but violent nationalists fighting [...]

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Obama Offers Rhetorical Support to Iran Protesters — Is It Enough? – FOXNews.com


President Obama offered rhetorical support Monday to anti-government protesters in Iran facing a bloody crackdown, but some analysts say the United States should do more than just “bear witness” to the unrest. via FOXNews.com – Obama Offers Rhetorical Support to Iran Protesters — Is It Enough?.

Obama vows to use power to thwart terrorists – Yahoo! News


President Barack Obama on Monday vowed to use “every element of our national power” to keep Americans safe and said the failed Christmas Day plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner was “a serious reminder” of the need to continually adapt security measures against changing terrorist threats.But even as Obama spoke, word came that a […]

Feds assess terror watchlists after airline attack – AP


Federal authorities met Monday to reassess the nation’s system of terror watchlists to determine how to avoid the type of lapse that allowed a man with explosives to board a flight to the U.S. even though he was flagged as a possible terrorist. A senior U.S. intelligence official said authorities were reviewing the procedures that […]

Aides to Iran’s Opposition Leaders Said to Be Arrested – NYTimes.com


A number of opposition figures were arrested Monday in the wake of violent nationwide protests a day earlier, Web sites reported, including three top aides to the opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi and the leader of a banned political group, Ibrahim Yazdi. via Aides to Iran’s Opposition Leaders Said to Be Arrested – NYTimes.com.

Security System Failed, Napolitano Acknowledges – NYTimes.com


The secretary of homeland security, Janet Napolitano, said Monday that the thwarted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner represented a failure of the nation’s aviation security system, not the success she and other administration officials had portrayed in comments over the weekend. via Security System Failed, Napolitano Acknowledges – NYTimes.com.

Christmas Eve and Christmas at NewsReal


NewsReal will be featuring fewer than usual posts on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We wish everyone a very merry Christmas. We’ll be back at it in full force on Monday and with more new content on Saturday.

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Spinning a U.N. Failure – by Joseph Klein


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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon claims that the Copenhagen climate conference was a success.

Throngs of Mourners Attend Funeral of Iran’s Dissident Ayatollah – NYTimes.com


The funeral of a founding father of Iran’s Islamic revolution now embraced as the spiritual leader of the reform movement became a vast opposition protest on Monday, as mourners flooded the holy city of Qum and faced off with Iranian security forces and the volunteer Basij militia. via Throngs of Mourners Attend Funeral of Iran’s […]