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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 | World
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.

Paradoxes of Community Policing in Counterterrorism

Sahar Aziz | Posted 04.29.2013 | Crime
Sahar Aziz

Until this stereotype can be stripped away from "hard on terror" preventive counterterrorism strategies, the benefits gained in the traditional local community policing model of the 1990s are unlikely to be realized. And Muslim communities have the most to lose.

Drones: What Are We Doing to Ourselves?

Ethan Casey | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

I don't have much to say about drones that isn't being said, except that -- as my late grandmother, may she rest in peace, would have put it -- they're just plain wrong.

Joshua Hersh

Bush-Era Torture Program Spanned Over 50 Nations

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.05.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. counterterrorism practice known as extraordinary rendition, in which suspects were quietly moved to secret prisons abroad and o...

Not Only Does 9/11 Trial Have a Censor, But No One Can Know Who It Is (UPDATED)

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

A military commission judge's attempt to explain this morning why the 9/11 pre-trial hearing being held at Guantanamo Bay was briefly blacked out from observers yesterday has only caused more confusion.

Secrecy Continues to Dominate 9/11 Hearings

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It was another chaotic day at the Guantanamo military commissions. When Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's lawyer started talking this afternoon about his request for information pertaining to his client's case, someone -- it's not clear who -- hit the censor button.

Top 5 Reasons to Preserve the CIA Black Sites

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-conspirators have asked the government to preserve the notorious "black sites" where U.S. agents tortured detainees after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Here are five good reasons the government should do so.

Military Commission Won't Say Whether US Constitution Applies to 9/11 Case (Updated)

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.17.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

In an opinion not yet publicly released by the Office of Military Commissions, the judge presiding over the trial of the five co-defendants accused of masterminding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has said he won't decide whether the U.S. Constitution applies to the case.

A Short Film, a Powerful Argument for Closing Guantanamo Now

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.13.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Following home to Yemen the corpse of Adnan Latif, a Guantanamo prisoner cleared for release three separate times by the Defense Department but still held indefinitely, Laura Poitras' short film reminds us that we are all responsible for this ongoing tragedy.

Brennan Needs to Correct the Record on Drones

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Historically, it's been impossible to get the agency to say anything about its drone program or even its interpretation of the laws it's required to follow. Would Brennan support a more open flow of information about how the CIA is carrying out targeted killings, if it continues to do so?

A New Frontier in Terrorist Attacks?

Clara Beyler | Posted 03.06.2013 | World
Clara Beyler

Should we expect women with bomb implants to be the next evolutionary step in 21st-century terrorism?

"Homeland" Season 3: Carrie, Call Your Lawyer

David Laufman | Posted 03.03.2013 | Entertainment
David Laufman

According to bootleg scripts for the upcoming season, the White House will express its strong preference that all investigative activity be centralized under the umbrella of the Commission. Consequently, other investigative bodies will, naturally, insist on doing their own thing.

Winning the War on Terror One Child at a Time

Matt Zeller | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Matt Zeller

Literacy is not only the path to social mobility in Afghanistan and numerous other countries, it is also the only truly effective long term weapon we have against ilk like the Taliban and al Qaeda.

Indefinite Detention Is Already Bad, Don't Add Discrimination

Andrea Prasow | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Andrea Prasow

Where the laws fail, as with the codification of indefinite detention, it is incumbent on Congress to correct them. But to do so in a way that rejects the basic principle that everyone is entitled to due process of law, would be a grave mistake.

Warning: Avoid Military-Age Men in Muslim Countries

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.21.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

All men in Pakistan between the ages of 20 and 40 are potential targets for a U.S. drone strike, says former Ambassador Cameron Munter. And all "mili...

Karzai Accuses U.S. Of Violating Detainee Pact

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ | Posted 01.18.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president accused U.S. forces of capturing and holding Afghans in violation of an agreement to turn over tha...

Petraeus: Much Less Than Acclaimed

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The nation deserves consolation -- the loss to America of General Petraeus is much smaller than the media has made it out to be.

To Honor our Veterans, End the War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama's reelection is, among other things, a mandate for his promise to withdraw most combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2013. But he hasn't said when he'll end what increasingly looks like an ever-expanding war around the world.

Voting for Drones

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Much as U.S. officials like to call them "surgical strikes," no one performs surgery with missiles.

Food Trucks A Terrorist Threat?

Posted 10.25.2012 | New York

With trendy food trucks proliferating in New York City, officials have become increasingly concerned that the restaurants-on-wheels could bring conseq...

Details Emerge On Obama Administration's Counterterrorism Blueprint

Washington Post | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics

Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting li...

Getting Away With Murder

Andrea Prasow | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Andrea Prasow

In the years since the executive order was signed, tolerance for torture seems resurgent. What happened in those intervening years? Actually, what didn't happen is what matters.

Post-War Counterterrorism

C. Dixon Osburn | Posted 12.16.2012 | World
C. Dixon Osburn

Does the United States need to be trapped in a perpetual global war on terror? With the Iraq war over and U.S. military deployment in Afghanistan winding down, the United States needs to recalibrate its counterterrorism strategy.