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The Truth Behind U.S. Interrogation Policy

Human Rights First | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

by Joe Navarro Has the CIA been displaced from its rightful role as global terrorist jailer and interrogator, a shift that may make the United States...

Obama Caves to Fear -- and to Politics -- in KSM Trial Reversal

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

There was something pathetic about watching Eric Holder announce that the administration will bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to trial at Guantanamo Bay on the same day that Obama announced the start of his re-election campaign.

Best Author Excuse For Turning A Manuscript In Late

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.28.2011 | Books
Keith Thomson

After 2008's Ghost, the bestselling memoir of his early career as a State Department counterterrorism agent, Fred Burton turned his attention to an unsolved murder.

Terror In Jereusalem: Seeking A Wise Response

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

In a region scarred by generations of violence, it takes resolve to imagine that "normal" is peace, not war.

U.S. Official Warns Of Libyan-Backed Terrorist Attacks

The New York Times | ERIC SCHMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The United States is bracing for possible Libyan-backed terrorist attacks, President Obama's top counterterrorism official said on Friday....

Policing the FBI

Emily Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emily Berman

The existing safeguards to ensure that the FBI complies with all of the applicable laws, rules, and regulations simply are not up to the task.

Understanding: The Most Forgotten Weapon In The War on Terror

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

The case of Alaskan Airlines 241 reminds us that while tefillin are not a security threat, ignorance is. It's troubling when airline personnel have no idea how to distinguish between a genuine threat and an unusual practice.

Peter King's Radicalization Hearings Deaf To Reality

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

These commissions, though ostensibly undertaken for the sake of improving cooperation, only perpetuate a sense of tension and conflict

Peter King's Hearings Hurt Our Troops

Ashwin Madia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ashwin Madia

The hearings are a political show to play to the fringe base, not a real attempt to better our security. And, unfortunately, it comes at the expense of our troops fighting overseas.

Muslim Cops Put Faith, Lives On The Line

Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service (RNS) When Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca asked Sgt. Muawiya "Mike" Abdeen to set up a liaison unit to ...

Peter King, Islamic Terror And Islamophobia

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

These hearings, if conducted properly, could surface realities that are rarely acknowledged in the same places and at the same time

Law Enforcement And Muslim Communities In LA: A Lesson For Rep. King?

Mary Slosson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mary Slosson

The unit consists of seven members, not all Muslim, doing everything from internal education within the LAPD about Islam and Muslim culture to community education on issues like domestic violence and hate crimes.

Marines Say Bradley Manning Is Imprisoned Isolated and Naked 'For His Own Good'

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

If Bradley Manning isn't mentally disturbed already, it would seem that forcing him to stay naked in his cell all night while under constant surveillance would certainly push him in that direction.

How We Train Our Cops To Fear Islam

Washington Monthly | Meg Stalcup and Joshua Craze | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

There aren't nearly enough counterterrorism experts to instruct all of America's police. So we got these guys instead....

Big Apple Bonanza: $24M in Homeland Grants for NYPD Overtime

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
G.W. Schulz

New York City plans to use an eye-popping $24.3 million this year for paying overtime to its police department -- money that's generally set aside to prepare for disasters.

Dangers in U.S.-Pakistan Rift

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

The diplomatic spat between the U.S. and Pakistan over Embassy employee Raymond Davis's comes at a time when Pakistan is increasingly challenged by growing violence and a teetering economy.

Counterterror NYC Ignores Inconvenient Truths

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

Counterterror NYC, a National Geographic special, blindly and uncritically endorsed NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's high-tech approach to fighting terrorism. It failed to address Kelly's fatal flaw: his ego.

Ghailani Trial and Sentence Affirms US Federal Court System

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

In addition to noting their own pain and anger, victims today praised a federal court judge and the United States justice system for bringing Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani to justice in a public courtroom following a fair trial.

The Corruption Game: What the Tunisian Revolution and WikiLeaks Tell Us about American Support for Corrupt Dictatorships in the Muslim World

Juan Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Juan Cole

There should be a diplomatic middle path between overthrowing governments on the one hand, and backing odious dictatorships to the hilt on the other.

Aggressive FBI Interrogation of US Teen in Kuwait Raises Concerns

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Increasingly, it seems that Americans who've traveled to Yemen at some point have been detained abroad, where they're subjected not only to aggressive questioning by U.S. officials but also to brutality by the U.S. allies detaining them.

'Big Sister' Continues Push for Suspicious Activity Program

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Suspicious activity isn't a new legal phenomenon, but it has created a new stream of intelligence and sensitive personal information for the government to collect without absolute clarity about what should be considered genuinely suspicious.

Manufactured Muslim Identities: From Nablus to Newham, Emblems of Islamist Sympathizers

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Many British Muslims fervently erase their ethnicity with ritualistic religiosity, deliberately choosing distinction from that of their parents'. They do so in a desperate search of politicized Muslim identity, with little understanding of either Islam, or politics.

Terrorama: The Next Congress Will See Terror in Everything

Stephan Salisbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephan Salisbury

What should be increasingly clear is that Republican members of the incoming Congress are looking for terrorism in ever more startling places. It seems that, for them, all domestic issues are potentially terrorist issues.

Falkenrath's Backyard "Terror"

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

So Richard Falkenrath, the NYPD'S former Deputy Commissioner for Counter-Terrorism, is back in the news, touting his terrorism credentials to fight a personal battle literally in his Riverdale backyard.

Slouching Towards Tyranny

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The state of civil liberties and national security in the United States is alarming. In the American Empire, the former are routinely crippled or lacerated in the false name of the latter.