St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Congressman Todd Akin was arrested at least three times in the 1980s during anti-abortion protests, not just the one time he has publicly acknowledged. Akin’s previously undisclosed arrests, in 1985, were for criminal trespass and resisting arrest at abortion clinic protests in St. Louis and Illinois.” Akin is currently the Republican candidate for the senate in Missouri, and courted controversy when he voiced his belief that women could not get pregnant through rape.
Washington Post: “Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the ‘disposition matrix.’ The matrix contains the names of terrorism suspects arrayed against an accounting of the resources being marshaled to track them down, including sealed indictments and clandestine operations. U.S. officials said the database is designed to go beyond existing kill lists, mapping plans for the “disposition” of suspects beyond the reach of American drones.”
Talking Points Memo: “At the final debate in the Indiana Senate race, held Tuesday night, Republican nominee Richard Mourdock explained his opposition to abortion in the cases of rape or incest. In the course of the explanation Mourdock suggested that rape should not be an exception to a ban on abortion, since rape pregnancies are themselves the will of God.”
Anti-Defamation League: “On October 21, Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan delivered the “Part 2” of his Holy Day of Atonement address in Chicago. While “Part 1” of his address in Charlotte last week primarily focused on harshly criticizing President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, the audience at the NOI’s Mosque Maryam was exposed to Farrakhan’s views on Jewish control in the U.S. and a litany of conspiracy theories.”
Huffington Post: “A paid informant for the New York Police Department’s intelligence unit was under orders to ‘bait’ Muslims into saying inflammatory things as he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending study groups on Islam.” Shamiur Rahman followed the “”create and capture” strategy to be rewarded with “$1,000 a month and goodwill from the police after a string of minor marijuana arrests.”
The Atlantic: “Lawyers at Guantanamo aren’t exactly sure what to do after a number of suspected terrorists have decided not to show up for their own trials. The latest is Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a suspected organizer of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole who decided to boycott his pretrial hearings in order to protest the use of belly chains which he would have been forced to wear. “
Analysis: Fair Observer: Daryl Johnson, author of a Department of Homeland Security report on right wing extremism in the United States, assesses the consequences of his dismissal by the federal government. Noting a spate of violent deaths at the hands of right wing extremists, Johnson laments that though the “DHS rightwing extremism report was sadly validated by the blood of these victims. No one seems interested in reexamining it or discussing its merit.”