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Eyes Off the Afghan Election

Adam Cohen | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Adam Cohen

Just because the odds are against a successful outcome in Afghanistan does not mean the United States should wash its hands of it now.

Terror on Trial: What 9/11 Families Learned in Court

Phil Hirschkorn | Posted 04.03.2014 | Crime
Phil Hirschkorn

During the trial of al Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith that ended last week, a special group spectators went largely unnoticed. "This man is evil from his head down to his toes," said Rosemary Cain, one of half a dozen 9/11 family members who attended part of the three-week trial.

Confessions of a Former Muslim Students Association Board Member

Atif Choudhury | Posted 03.25.2014 | College
Atif Choudhury

Categorically bugging all mosques and "infiltrating" MSAs might be the quick and easy option for our government to show us that it is "doing something" to combat terror, but is it really the most optimal method for serious law enforcement?

Trouble Looms as Kenya Struggles to Combat Terrorism

Jonathan Horowitz | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Jonathan Horowitz

While the media's gaze may sharpen on Somalia, the port city of Mombasa is becoming increasingly known for acts of terrorism, counterterrorism human rights abuses, and -- most recently -- growing tensions between violent Muslim youth and the old-guard.

Pentagon Top Brass Should Explain How This War Will End

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama was right when he said "democracy demands" that all wars must end. Last month, he reaffirmed he wants to move America "off a permanent war footing" in his State of the Union address. Now is the time for senior Pentagon officials to explain the steps they'll take to get us there.

Skiing as a Counterterrorism Policy

Oliver Kaplan | Posted 02.19.2014 | College
Oliver Kaplan

There are several possible causal mechanisms linking skiing and terrorism. I outline some of both the positive and negative associations.

Should President Obama Use Drones to Kill American Terrorists?

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's nice to say the government should never be in the business of targeting American citizens, but it's a new world, and a much more dangerous world. The level of threats we face both here and abroad is unprecedented, which means we have to take new steps to ensure public safety.

Hope for a New Paradigm in U.S.-Pakistani Relations?

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Prem M. Trivedi

The need for a paradigm shift in the bilateral relationship appears to be an idea whose time has come within the U.S. foreign policy community. A revived U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue has the potential to launch a different kind of strategic framework.

Biden Expresses Support For Iraq's Fight Against Al Qaeda

AP | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the United States continues to support Iraq in its fight against al-Qaida-linked militants. The Whi...

Terrorism and the Media: Something to Think About

Nushin Arbabzadah | Posted 03.22.2014 | Media
Nushin Arbabzadah

The recent suicide attack in Kabul that killed 22 innocent civilians reminded me of a conversation I had with a BBC colleague in 2006. We had just rep...

De Blasio Inherits NYC's Massive Counterterror Force

AP | COLLEEN LONG and TOM HAYS | Posted 12.29.2013 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) — At a recent briefing in lower Manhattan, the New York Police Department gave an auditorium full of private security executives plent...

What to Do Next About Syria

James P. Farwell | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
James P. Farwell

It didn't take long for the Syrian rebel Supreme Military Council to unload on the U.S. and U.K. as co-conspirators in a scheme to hand over Syria to violent extremist Islamists as the U.S. and U.K. cancelled non-lethal aid to the rebels.

A Survivor's Tale: John Odom and the Boston Marathon Bombing

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jens Erik Gould

John Odom says he doesn't think of himself as a hero. The people who helped him survive the Boston Marathon bombing are the real heroes, he says, while his role is just to inspire other victims to recover. Yet it's this type of comment that makes him even more heroic.

Torture in U.S. Custody: Why It Will Happen Again If We Don't Address It Now

Mehroz Baig | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

If we don't take an introspective look at the policies and actions we've taken in the name of national security, actions that grossly violate our fundamental values, then we are leaving the door open for this to happen again.

Obama Nominee Deviates From Predecessors On Key Priorities

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL and EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's pick to be the Homeland Security secretary said Wednesday that filling key leadership vacancies and impro...

NSA Spying: Did Bin Laden Win?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Life in a national insecurity state... ...

Muslim Leader Attends Counterterrorism Seminar, Nearly Gets Banned

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY -- OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The leader of a Muslim advocacy group in Oklahoma attended a law enforcement seminar Friday at the state Capit...

NSA Spying Prompts Reversal From GOP Rep

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — He gave more surveillance power to U.S. government spies, railed against civil liberties advocates who warned about ...

A Fresh Start For U.S.-Pakistani Relations?

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 12.23.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

As President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meet in Washington today, American officials have struck a positive tone ahead of their talks.

Cutting Aid Hurts U.S. More than Egypt

Allan Topol | Posted 12.23.2013 | World
Allan Topol

By losing our influence with Cairo, the United States is on a path to becoming marginalized in this critical part of the world. Leaders in other American allies, including Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are frustrated by Washington's unwillingness to assist itself in the Middle East.

Why Washington Can't Stop

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Washington's military plans and tactics since 9/11 have been a spectacular train wreck. But lessons learned from the collapse of war policy? Don't count on it.

Authorities: NY Man Tried To Join Al Qaeda Group

AP | Posted 10.21.2013 | New York

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. -- CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man sought to join an al-Qaida group in Yemen, conspired to commit murders overseas and...

Even al Qaeda Operatives Deserve Their Day in Court -- and Justice

Aki Peritz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Aki Peritz

Intelligence gathering is certainly one important aspect of the counterterrorism business, but ultimately the U.S. needs to prosecute and incarcerate these individuals -- and our federal court system remains the most effective way to bring terrorists to justice.

Qaeda Suspect Should Be Transferred to the U.S. for Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The capture of alleged al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi by American forces last weekend in Tripoli raises a range of troubling questions. But the answer to one of them -- what to do with him now -- is clear.

Terrorists 'Can Run But They Can't Hide'

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. commando raids in Libya and Somalia suggest the future shape of U.S. counterterrorism efforts — brief, ta...