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The Plan To Kill Osama Bin Laden

Reuters | Caren Bohan, Mark Hosenball, Tabassum Zakaria and Missy Ryan | Posted 07.13.2011 | World

(Reuters) - A pivotal moment in the long, tortuous quest to find Osama bin Laden came years before U.S. spy agencies discovered his hermetic compo...

Why Bin Laden's Killing Is No Case For Torture

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Justice was served by bin Laden's death. But the Bush administration policy of torture deserves no credit. Never again should Washington, like Esau, sacrifice America's fundamental values for a mess of pottage.

U.S. Braced For Fights With Pakistanis In Bin Laden Raid

nytimes.com | Eric Schmitt, Thom Shanker and David E. Sanger. | Posted 07.10.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- President Obama insisted that the assault force hunting down Osama bin Laden last week be large enough to fight its way out of Pakistan ...

Myths of Abbottabad

Michael Brenner | Posted 07.09.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

Myth-making, especially national myth-making, is normally a slow and long process. Not so for the myths being spun about the death of Osama bin Laden....

Obama: Fighting a Smarter War on Terror

Ashwin Madia | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Ashwin Madia

Two developments -- from the use of key intelligence that came from means that didn't include torture to the president's decision to not release photos of a dead bin Laden -- demonstrate a more deliberate way of fighting this war.

The Killing of Bin Laden and the Threat of Al Qaeda

Stephen Zunes | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

The killing of Al-Qaeda founder and leader Osama bin Laden is not likely to have a profound impact one way or the other in the struggle against the te...

Inside Bin Laden's Lair With SEAL Team Six

AP/The Huffington Post | CALVIN WOODWARD | Posted 07.05.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- So much could have gone wrong as SEAL Team Six swept over Pakistan's dark landscape, dropped down ropes into a compound lined by wall af...

Bin Laden's Demise: Operational, Inspirational and Motivational Consequences

Arie Kruglanski | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Arie Kruglanski

The long awaited demise of Osama bin Laden is a crowning accomplishment in the global struggle against terror. Operational, inspirational and motivational consequences are likely to unfold.

No Guts, No Glory: Mission Was Risky Business For Obama

AP | By LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 07.04.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) -- No guts, no glory. The nail-biting, 40-minute clandestine operation that resulted in Osama bin Laden's death could have been a c...

Sam Stein

From 9/11 To Osama Bin Laden's Death, Congress Spent $1.28 Trillion In War On Terror

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK CITY -- It took 3,519 days since September 11, 2001, for U.S. forces to finally kill Osama bin Laden, the chief architect of the terrorist at...

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.