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Congress OKs Killing of Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress: The Authorization for Use of Military Force, which is enabling a system of eternal warfare.

Was Something Missed Before the Boston Marathon Bombing?

David W. Kearn | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
David W. Kearn

The confirmation that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been the target of a federal investigation in 2011 led some to conclude that interagency cooperation, a central priority of the post-9/11 reforms, had once again proven inadequate.

Boston Marathon Attacks Push the Limits of Post-9/11 Reforms

David W. Kearn | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
David W. Kearn

The United States is undoubtedly safer a decade after the 9/11 attacks, but as the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism emerges as a real concern, we must continue to improve intelligence and information-sharing capabilities.

Guantanamo Desperation 'Unprecedented,' Dianne Feinstein Tells White House

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

The International Committee of the Red Cross told congressional staffers that the level of desperation amongst Guantanamo detainees is "unprecedented,...

Why We Need to Know

David W. Kearn | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Only in effectively reconstructing the motivations and strategies behind the Patriots Days bombing, can counterterrorism officials hope to identify and avert such acts of homegrown terrorism in the future.

Rights Groups, Senate Demand Answers on Drones

Chris Rogers | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Chris Rogers

How many people have been killed and wounded as a result of drone strikes and how many civilians? What are the existing processes to prevent and mitigate harm to civilians?

Beware of Easy Answers to the 'Who Dropped the Ball?' Question

David Schanzer | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
David Schanzer

It is easy to say -- "you had him in your sights, why didn't you do more." It is a far, far different question when there are thousands of pieces of data flowing into a system to figure out which of them is deserving of the limited governmental resources available.

The Boston Tragedy Reveals the Need for Community-Based Counterterrorism Strategies

Deborah Ramirez | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Deborah Ramirez

It is true that not all terrorist acts in the United States can be avoided, and unfortunately more will succeed. But by incorporating voluntary, partnership-based community intelligence gathering practices into our national security infrastructure, we can improve our chances of preventing some attacks.

Ryan J. Reilly

SEE Guantanamo's Camp X-Ray In 2013 | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

Camp X-Ray was the most infamous detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Only used for a few months in 2002 to house prisoners in the "wa...

Will Senate Hearing Finally Yield Answers on the Drone War?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 06.22.2013 | Home
Daphne Eviatar

At least some members of Congress are clearly fed up with the administration's excessive secrecy about who the American government is killing and where exactly we're at war -- as they should be.

The Coldest War: What Russia Had Better Learn From Boston About Terrorism

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.19.2013 | Home
Sanjay Sanghoee

Today Russia's problem may just have become ours, but tomorrow our problem could become theirs, and if the Russians want to prevent that from happening, they need to cooperate with the U.S. and start becoming part of the solution rather than trying to sabotage global efforts for peace.

Lessons: Boston and the Human Spirit

Binta Niambi Brown | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Binta Niambi Brown

I am a runner. I'm not likely to ever qualify for Boston, but as always, I will do what I can do... and when I run, will carry Boston in my heart.

After the Boston Attack: The Terrible Truth about Terrorism

Carlo Strenger | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science
Carlo Strenger

We would all like terrorism to disappear, but this is wishful thinking. There is no alternative to keeping a clear and cool mind, even in the face of the horror perpetrated by terrorist acts. If we lose our minds, terrorism wins.

Muslims and the Boston Bombing: A Statement

Ethan Casey | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Each new incident represents both a need and a fresh opportunity to say the same things over again: We're all in it together; there is no "us" versus "them"; Muslims and Americans are not each other's enemies; the fact that terrorism is wrong does not excuse bigotry.

Early Clues in Terror Cases Can Be Tantalizing, But Also Wrong

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Home
Brian Levin, J.D.

While there is significant speculation about the meaning of the date and location of yesterday's horrific terror attack at the Boston marathon that killed 3 and injured over 170, physical evidence will yield some of the most important clues. One of the most important clues is a bomb's signature.

Harnessing Our Indomitable Spirit: Healing Our Emotional Hemorrhages

Carol J. Carter | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Until we know more, we won't have a place to "put" this tragedy in our minds in either "homegrown" or "foreign extremist." Somehow, however awful homegrown is, it seems less scary than the ineffable force of "foreign extremist."

My Nightmare Comes Home

Matt Zeller | Posted 06.16.2013 | DC
Matt Zeller

Watching the television coverage of the Boston Marathon attacks, I found myself thrown five years back to a battlefield in Afghanistan. I've spoken with numerous veterans today and all echoed the same fear -- the tactics of our enemies abroad may finally have followed us home.

This Isn't Homeland: Real Women Working in Counterterrorism

Whitney Kassel | Posted 06.11.2013 | Home
Whitney Kassel

Between watching Homeland and Zero Dark Thirty, you could be forgiven for thinking our nation's defense and counterterrorism operations are run by rail thin, whip-smart blonde women and a cadre of loyal but less brilliant men.

After Years of Broken Promises, Time for Leadership on Guantanamo

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

More than 11 years after Shaker Aamer was first seized from Afghanistan and imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, the now 47-year-old lawful British resident ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Will Achieve Goals 'Or Die Trying,' Lawyer Says | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainees refusing solid foods are “more determined than ever to achieve their goals or die trying,” a ...

More Coordination Needed to Combat Human Trafficking

Jane Mosbacher Morris | Posted 03.28.2013 | Impact
Jane Mosbacher Morris

Using an interagency working group, and with the leadership and input of civil society, the U.S. government could outline an interagency strategy to combat human trafficking.

Ryan J. Reilly

Bigmouth Congressman Spills Secret In Capture of Bin Laden Son-In-Law | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Peter King's (R-N.Y.) public thanks to Jordan this month for helping capture Osama bin Laden's son-in-law has upset a delicate U.S....

Obama Seeks Global Influence On Drones

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

(Repeats with no change) By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who vastly expand...

Imagining a New Form of Power

Dominique de Villepin | Posted 05.20.2013 | Home
Dominique de Villepin

It's time to imagine another form of power for our future action. It's time to invent a new responsibility. The terrible fate of Syria today is a call for action. We must get out of the deadlock between systematic use of force or powerlessness.

What Eric Holder Should Say About Drones Tomorrow

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

With bipartisan concern clear and public interest in the program growing, now is the time for the Justice Department to explain fully its legal support for the program, or risk more claims of the Obama administration's hypocrisy.