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War on Terrorism

The Legacy of 9/11 and the War on Intellectuals

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.11.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Ten years after 9/11, for the first time, a plurality of Americans recognizes that US policy in the Middle East played a major role in the attacks. It was not, as George W. Bush famously put it, simply because, "They hate our freedom."

A Decade of 9/11: Past, Present and Future

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.08.2011 | World
Paul Heroux

A decade after 9/11, where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going?

Oslo and the War on Terror

Michael Brenner | Posted 09.28.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

The Oslo attacks should prompt a moment's reflection on the terrorist threat and how we approach it.

Somali Citizen Brought To New York To Face Terrorism Charges

AP | By MATT APUZZO | Posted 09.04.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- A Somali citizen captured in April was interrogated aboard a U.S. warship for two months and is now in New York to face terrorism charge...

The Absurdity of the National Security State

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

As lawmakers fall all over each other to prove who's toughest on terrorism, critics from across the political spectrum are finally starting to decry the absurd results.

WATCH: NBC News' Richard Engel Calls War On Terrorism 'A War Of Fear'

Posted 08.20.2011 | Media

NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel had some critical words on Sunday's 'Meet The Press' about the war on terrorism. SCROLL UP FOR V...

The Search for War

Norman Solomon | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

In times of war, U.S. presidents have often talked about yearning for peace. But the last decade has brought a gradual shift in the rhetorical zeitgeist while a tacit assumption has taken hold -- war must go on, one way or another.

Bin Laden Kill Shatters Obama Soft-on-Terrorism Myth

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.02.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

During the 2008 presidential election campaign, the GOP hit plan on Obama was simple: pound him as soft on the war on terrorism. But Obama moved quickly to counter the fable.

Jennifer Bendery

John Brennan: We Would Have Taken Osama Bin Laden Alive | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Monday that U.S. military operatives were prepared to capture ...

Words of Wisdom About Terror Trials -- Whatever Your View

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Robins

In light on the ongoing debate around military commissions for terrorist suspects and the disposition of the Gitmo holding facility, a new book will interest anyone concerned with national security policy.

Gitmo Detainee Gets Life Sentence For Embassy Plot

AP | TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW YORK — The first, and possibly the last, Guantanamo detainee to have a U.S. civilian trial was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for his r...

Fasting for Justice

Alice Bach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alice Bach

When I decided to fast in solidarity with the Witness Against Torture group in Washington D.C., I thought I had little hope of lasting more than a day. But on day five, I remain determined.

Why Aren't We Calling Loughner a Terrorist?

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

I can't help but wonder why folks are so afraid to call the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona an act of terrorism. The fear of the "T" word seems almost palpable in describing the gruesome events that took place this past Saturday.

WikiLeaks: Where's the Oil?

Charlotte Dennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charlotte Dennett

Like FOIA, the ability of WikiLeaks to act as a watchdog over government will depend largely on whether an engaged public succeeds in protecting it from retaliatory actions by embarrassed governments.

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.

The Lesson of Roshonara Choudhry's Radicalization

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Last spring, a young girl tried to murder a member of parliament. Her inspiration? A man that is to Islam what Terry Jones is to Christianity. It's a valuable lesson about how we can prevent radical Islamic violence.

Drone Victims Speak

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Though victims acknowledged that drones often kill militants, they decried the strikes for the harm they cause to civilians and claimed that they are ineffective at combating militancy in the long-run.

Sonic Peacemakers Go Where the Rest of Us Fear to Tread

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Levine

Perhaps politicians could see the folly of borders if they rode the Baghdad Railway together. But until then, a diverse group of musicians are reestablishing that once-promised cultural interchange.

US Condemns Murder of Israelis -- But Never of Palestinians

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

We wonder why no one except our government considers the U.S. to be "honest brokers" between Israelis and Palestinians. But it's no wonder at all. Honest brokers would condemn all killings of innocent people.

Afghan Official Blasts Pakistan For Alleged Ties To Al Qaeda

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today's AfPak news round-up: Afghan national security adviser blasts Pakistan over terror ties. Rangin Dadfar Spanta told reporters he had "tremendou...

The Supreme Court: Working for Peace Is a Prosecutable Offense

Kay Guinane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kay Guinane

While nobody would argue that the government shouldn't take all necessary and justifiable steps to prevent terrorism, what rational person would argue that turning extremists away from violence runs contrary to that goal?

Afghanistan: More Than a Country of War

Holly Frew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Holly Frew

In the U.S., we hear the ongoing war in Afghanistan consistently reported in the media, but what we don't hear about is the country's deteriorated health system.

The Non-Bush Doctrine: Still Waiting for Obama's

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

That the Obama Doctrine and the foreign policy that the president has been pursuing are closer in terms of substance and approach to those advanced by Bush I and Clinton may sound like very good news.

Stopping Orwell's Nightmare

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Alan Grayson introduced H.R. 5353: The War Is Making You Poor Act. It strikes me as the focal point of a reborn movement to end our wars in Asia and halt the spread of American hubris.

Guantanamo Bay and History: Will the Future Belong to Dick Cheney?

Eric M. Freedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric M. Freedman

Under the Constitution, the battle against terrorism is not "a war," which is why attempts to try terrorists before military tribunals have been exercises in fitting a round peg into a square hole.