It was a terror-filled weekend across the country, and it's unfolding into a terror filled week as a result. Bombings in New York and New Jersey ended with a shoot out and the arrest of Ahmad Rahami. A stabbing attack in a Minneapolis shopping mall ended when an off-duty police officer shot and killed Dahir Adan. And the weekend wasn't without distinctly American terror too - just look at the police shooting of an unarmed black man with his hands up in Tulsa, and in Charlotte police shot and killed another black man under disputed circumstances. All of these crimes are unsettling to the American public, and both only added urgency to national policy conversations that have electrified the public for years now. We've noticed many policymakers are becoming dooms day preachers about the constancy of international-ish (in the case of Rahami and Adan) terrorism and what that requires of the us. Many rushed to say that terrorism is a permanent phenomenon and so we must change who we are as a free nation to cope with it. And then there was John Yoo - famed torture-defending lawyer from the Bush administration - who went out of his way to sacrifice American democracy in order to punish criminals. But while we've been alarmed by the many counterterrorism proposals that weaken our democracy, we've yet to see many democracy-strengthening proposals that will help address the litany of social justice, equal rights, education, police brutality, mass incarceration, employment, and poverty realities that continue to result in the wrongful killings of black men across the country. In the face of terror of all kinds, are we going to get worse rather than better?

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