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How the Government Talks About a Drone Program it Won't Acknowledge Exists

ProPublica | Cora Currier | Posted 09.13.2012 | World

Related Interactive: Stacking Up the Adminstration's Drone ClaimsDrones have become the go-to weapon of the U.S.'s counter-terrorism strategy, with st...

Counter-Terrorism Technologies -- Taking Stock on 9/11

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 11.11.2012 | Technology
Abraham R. Wagner

Taking stock on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we can clearly see numerous examples of places where the investment in the science and technology base has enabled more effective counter-terrorism operations.

11 Years After 9/11, It's Time to End the War on Terror

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.11.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Today marks 11 years since terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. It was the worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil, and it changed completely the way the U.S. government responds to terrorist threats. In some ways, that's a good thing. After all, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies were so disjointed and poorly managed that they missed clear warnings that could have prevented the deaths of more than 3,000 people. It was important to fix that. But fixing the real problem isn't how things happen in politics. Much of that response to the 9/11 attacks wasn't only unnecessary, it was downright destructive. Spending trillions on secret wars, secret trials, offshore prisons and forever prisoners? There's no future in that.

NYPD Opens Israeli Branch

Posted 09.06.2012 | New York

Even if they do dramatically overstate their counterterrorism record, it's no secret that the bigger-than-the-FBI NYPD has extensive counterterrorism ...

Beware of Photographers, Note-Takers and Protesters

Yaman Salahi | Posted 11.04.2012 | Los Angeles
Yaman Salahi

LAPD identifies not only criminal acts like possessing fake IDs, but also "suspicious activities" including taking photographs or video, making notes, drawing diagrams -- even making friends (or building "contacts," in the language of the order).

Does It Matter Whether Osama bin Laden Was Armed?

David Uberti | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
David Uberti

If Mark Owen's account -- to be released on Sept. 4 -- is true, it really doesn't change anything. All it does is show that the administration doesn't trust its own public to digest the truth, even with something as easy to swallow as the death of its greatest enemy.

Why Aren't We More Worried About White Power Extremists?

Ted Hesson | Posted 10.16.2012 | Crime
Ted Hesson

Part of preventing another tragedy like this will require an honest assessment of what constitutes a terroristic threat. We need to give credence to the risks posed by domestic extremist groups.

Romney's Foreign Policy Thematics

Bruce W. Jentleson | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics
Bruce W. Jentleson

While not always articulated in these terms, these big picture concerns run along three themes: conception of power, assessment of threats, and view of America and its role. What Republican hasn't made this claim over the last 40 years?

Selective Counterterrorism Practices Threaten Social Mobility of American Muslims

Sahar Aziz | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Sahar Aziz

At the Brookings' U.S. Islamic World Forum in Doha, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough was asked whether President Obama would implement his Cairo speech commitment to stop government discrimination against American Muslims.

Andrea Stone

Peter King Plans Another Hearing On Muslim Radicalization | Andrea Stone | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security has scheduled a fifth hearing on radicalization within the Muslim-American comm...

Sec. Clinton Should Make Sure the U.S. Lives Up to Her Promises

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Last week, at a largely-overlooked Global Counterterrorism Forum in Istanbul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that "the United States will work with all of you to combat terrorists within the framework of the rule of law."

The Death of al Qaeda's #2: Time to Wind Down the War on Terror

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

This is the time to start publicly acknowledging we've won the war the United States declared in 2001 against those who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the September 11 attacks, and those who harbored them. It's time to embark on a more rational counterterrorism policy.

Cyberweapons, Drone Strikes Circumvent Congress' Constitutional Authority

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

The United States' use of cyberweapons against Iran threatens to undermine the critical and sensitive ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

The Evolution of an Anti-Islamist Muslim

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

As a Muslim it is very simple to argue theologically against the Islamists. Islam is nothing if not justice. Any injustice committed or pursued in the name of Islam is anathema to the believing Muslim and counter to the ideal which is Islam.

Schumer's One-Way Street

Len Levitt | Posted 07.21.2012 | New York
Len Levitt

Chuck Schumer put his Senatorial arm on FBI Director Robert Mueller last week -- pressuring him to call NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and brief him on the recently foiled Yemeni bomb plot.

Andrea Stone

Homeland Security Trade Show Deserted Even As Industry Keeps On Growing | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than a decade after 9/11, it isn't easy to stage a "first-of-its-kind" event centered on homeland security and counterterrorism. ...

Andrea Stone

Counterterrorism Chief Urges Congress To Renew Surveillance Law | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government's top official in charge of analyzing intelligence warned Congress Wednesday not to "wait until the last minute" ...

Ex-FBI Counter-Terrorism Agent Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 05.15.2012 | Crime

Donald Sachtleben was an FBI agent for 25 years, with a record that includes such high-profile investigations as the Oklahoma City bombing, United Fli...

Everyone Loses In a 9/11 Show Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

When even the former chief prosecutor opposes a trial in the military commissions he headed, there's something seriously wrong. Since their creation...

Security Pact Ensures America's Presence in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Malou Innocent

President Obama's arrival in Afghanistan and signing of the strategic partnership agreement with President Karzai supposedly represents yet another corner turned in our nearly eleven year (and counting) war.

Bin Laden's Death, One Year On

Malou Innocent | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Malou Innocent

Policymakers and prominent opinion leaders must stop conflating the punishment of al Qaeda with the creation of stable societies, particularly when waging counterinsurgency campaigns distracts from the conceptually simpler task of targeted counterterrorism measures to find and eliminate terrorist threats.

Andrea Stone

John Brennan: Drones Strikes Are 'Ethical And Just' [UPDATE] | Andrea Stone | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Saying that President Barack Obama "has instructed us to be more open with the American people" in the use of drones to kill suspected t...

Mike Sacks

Bin Laden Raid: 'Obama Made The Decision' | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan appeared on three separate Sunday morning programs to discuss the administration's eff...

Officials: Al Qaeda Incapable Of New 9/11-Scale Attack

Reuters | Posted 06.27.2012 | World

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's core organization is likely incapable of carrying out another mass-casu...

Imagining A Terrorist Attack On LA

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 04.23.2012 | Los Angeles

If Los Angeles were to fall victim to a terrorist attack, one of the most likely methods would be a "dirty bomb," USC researcher Adam Rose told The Hu...