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Counterterrorism

Can We Stop the Lone Wolf Terrorist?

Matthew Dunn | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dunn

The best tactic that democratic societies can adopt to combat radicalized, homegrown terrorists is to confront the cause itself and expose it for what it is: a factually incorrect, intellectually flaccid, bundle of vitriolic nonsense.

You Have No Privacy. So What?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

We can, and should, be angry to learn that all of our communications and movements have been secretly monitored for years. But we can't escape our own responsibility by claiming to be surprised.

Top 8 Lessons of the NSA Spying Scandal

Seriously Skewed | Posted 08.07.2013 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

In the wake of the spying scandal involving the National Security Agency, also known as the NSA, here is my top eight list of things we learned from this revelation

Act Two of US Drone Policy Reform

Yaron Schwartz | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Yaron Schwartz

The Obama administration recently lifted its veil of secrecy about its drone usage by providing a substantial amount of information for the first time to a public audience about the program.

Pushing Past the 'Grey Area' on Homegrown Radicalization

Peter Henne | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Peter Henne

The time has come to seriously consider (1) the relationship between radical beliefs and behaviors, (2) trajectories of violent and non-violent radicalization, and (3) the radicalization process across the ideological spectrum.

Winning the Ideological Battle Against Terrorism

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Salam Al Marayati

Al-Qaeda made war rather than let Muslim communities survive, and mainstream Muslims must accept this challenge rather than let the union of God's religions break up and let extremists define Islam.

Leak Investigation of Fox News' James Rosen Crosses Red Line by Seizing Contents of Emails, not Just Data

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.29.2013 | Media
Peter Scheer

We take for granted a loss of privacy for all manner of data generated by our connection to, and use of, the internet. But government's access, on a secret basis, to the content of my communications -- that is a difference in kind that is exponentially more "chilling."

Mali and the Primacy of Civil Authority

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Christopher Holshek

While it's also not clear the elections or MINUSMA will bring peace or more conflict to Mali, there seems to be a longer learning curve at work on peace and security in Africa.

Everyday Counterterrorism

Joseph Young | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Joseph Young

If people want to use violence, completely preventing it is nearly impossible. Everyone can, however, respond in ways that confront these acts and reduce their destructive power.

Is The George W. Bush Administration Finally At An End?

New York Times | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics

DALLAS — DO we dare to hope that the Bush administration is finally at an end? After four years of bending the Constitution, the constitutional l...

Drones Gone Wild: Uncensored!

Seriously Skewed | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Seriously Skewed

The following conversation between a drone and its operator was intercepted by Wikipedia (or is it Wikileaks?) during a seek-and-destroy mission somewhere in Pakistan.

'As Madison Wrote In Article 3, Yippee-Ki-Yay Motherf***er!'

Posted 05.24.2013 | Comedy

With President Obama's announcement that he intends to depart from Bush-era counterterrorism tactics, some critics have questioned whether his actions...

What Obama Should Not Say on Thursday

Ramzi Kassem | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Ramzi Kassem

In his years in office, Obama has retreated from the moral argument against Guantánamo. If he is serious about closing the prison and not repeating the errors of the past, then he should reclaim that moral high ground.

Pentagon To Take Over Some CIA Drone Operations, Sources Say

Reuters | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics

* Pentagon control could open program to more congressional oversight * Strikes in Yemen to be run by armed forces * CI...

Asymmetrical Warfare: For all Americans a 21st Century Challenge

Darryl Woodard | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Darryl Woodard

The United States is now the sole technological super power in the world, and spends far more on defense than any other nation in the world. America had spent $711 billion on the War on Terror which also included the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the brief involvement in Libya.

Ryan J. Reilly

Witness Protection Lost 'Known Or Suspected' Terrorists: DOJ Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Marshals Service gave new names and identities to "known or suspected" terrorists admitted to the witness protection program an...

Free Jimmy Haslam! Go After Terrorists!

Marty Robins | Posted 05.09.2013 | Crime
Marty Robins

One would not think that the Cleveland Browns football team has much to do with the Boston Marathon bombing, and it may not, but the connection is wor...

It's Time to Delist Cuba

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Arturo Lopez Levy

Characterizing Cuba as a terrorist state--and more generally implying that the island in any way poses any threat to U.S. security--hinders the United States' ability to develop a strategic vision for post-Fidel Cuba.

Reevaluating the Usefulness of Predator Drone Strikes: A Bostonian Perspective

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

While there is no such thing as an excusable killing of a civilian, these statistics, and the constant pressure to prevent further terror acts on American soil, somewhat mitigate the harm caused by the CIA's controversial drone assassination campaign.

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?