Do you remember how fucking crazy this country was in 2003? No? Jeff Stein:

NASA officials worried that al-Qaeda might attempt to attack the space shuttle Columbia on its launch pad in 2003 because there was an Israeli astronaut aboard, according to a new book by a former CIA operations officer.

Their concern was shared by national security officials in the Bush White House, Richard G. Irwin writes in “KH601,” his memoir of 28 years of CIA service, in which he rose from a low-level security guard to Director of Incident Management in the Bush White House.

It’s well known that thermal insulation tiles have long-standing ties to jihadist sympathizers and apologists. The tiles’ grandfather was Hassan al-Banna. So why should Western intellectuals who excuse the tiles’ origin be considered liberals? You can’t trust NASA to defend civilization.