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Outsourcing the Dirty War in Afghanistan

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

Bob Woodward's new book Obama's Wars reveals that the CIA maintains a 3000-strong Afghan paramilitary force that conducts cross-border operations into Pakistan. It's news in the U.S., but Afghanis have known this for long time.

A Phony War

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

If 9/11 had not occurred, all other factors being the same -- including our wars in the Greater Middle East, would we be so worried over the threat of home grown terrorism? Highly unlikely.

Everything Democracies Can Do on Social Media, Terrorists Can Do Better

David Saranga | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Saranga

Imagine what the 9/11 terror attacks would have looked like had YouTube, Facebook and Twitter been around at the time. Imagine the kinds of photo that...

Inspector General Criticism Doesn't Faze FBI Raids on Midwestern Anti-war Activists

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

An FBI agent gains "stats" for serving subpoenas, national security letters, executing search warrants, contacting confidential sources, etc., whether or not any relevant evidence is obtained via this "work".

Graham Bill Plays Right Into al Qaeda's Hands

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Al Qaeda wins even if its terrorist attacks fail, so long as it sees the U.S. reacting with alarm - allowing itself to be "terrorized."

Ghailani Trial Showcases NYC Is Safe for Terrorist Trials

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Most people don't even realize it, but one of the most dangerous terrorists in US custody has been quietly appearing in a U.S. federal court in downtown Manhattan for pretrial hearings for weeks now.

Investigators Detonate Car Bomb Replica, Prove Killing Power

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Investigators secretly detonated a working replica of the car bomb used in the failed Times Square terror attack, creating a large ex...

Public Diplomacy and Counterterrorism

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Seib

Even to those of us who work in the field of counterterrorism, the breadth and growth of extremist media activity is striking, with new ventures popping up constantly.

The National Security Case for Religious Tolerance

T.A. Ridout | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

For every Muslim that is the victim of a hate crime, for every vandalized mosque, for every self-serving pundit that spreads hatred by misrepresenting Islam, American national security is endangered.

Lindsey Graham's Backwards Look at Military Commissions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

I'll agree with Sen. Lindsey Graham on one thing: "Americans still wait for justice." But Graham's explanation for why we haven't yet seen justice is actually backwards.

Counterterrorism Memoir Blocked by Pentagon Available on EBay

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Keith Thomson

In an effort to contain classified information brought to light by the book, the Department of Defense sought to purchase the entire print run and destroy it. This plan may have backfired.

Is the Obama Administration Guilty of a War Crime?

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

A new paper published today by an expert on international law and the laws of armed conflict, argues that the military commission trial of Omar Khadr is itself a war crime.

On the Iraq Speech Tonight

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

The war in Iraq is not over. The president must make that clear tonight. Though planned combat operations are done, every single one of the 50,000 remaining troops is a combat troop.

Build a School; Then Build It Again

Neetu Mahil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Neetu Mahil

How do you win a hearts and minds campaign? Protecting and prioritizing the hearts and minds of civilians over all else is a pretty good start. Unfort...

U.S. Intel Agencies Catching al-Qaeda in its own Web

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Keith Thomson

Devastated by Predator attacks, al-Qaeda is transforming from a terrorist group that uses propaganda into a propaganda group that outsources terrorism.

Towards a Fiscally and Politically Solvent Counterterrorism Strategy

Gabriel Lajeunesse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel Lajeunesse

Helene Cooper and Mark Landler of the New York Times recently reported on the shifting focus of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan toward targeted killings t...

Latest CIA Interrogation Tapes Don't Tell the Whole Story

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Even if the newly released footage of Bin al shibh's interrogation in Morocco shows largely benign interrogations, we shouldn't forget that many of the videotapes that the CIA destroyed in 2005 documented serious abuse.

Former Extremist Launches Movement to Reclaim Pakistan

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephanie Rudat

Khudi is a self-described social movement peacefully advocating for nationalism, democracy and stability by tactically promoting tolerant discussion and debate to constructively resolve disputes.

Khadr Lawyer Collapses as Historic War Crimes Trial Gets Underway

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The trial of Omar Khadr is the first one before a military commission under the Obama administration, and the first alleged child soldier to be tried by a Western country since World War II.

Serious Setback for 'Child Soldier' in Obama's First War Crimes Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr was not lucky today. Judge Parrish concluded that despite the threats and abuse, Khadr's statements to interrogators were not tainted and could all be admitted at trial.

Dismembering Afghanistan

Conn Hallinan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Conn Hallinan

Arbitrary partitions and local militias will not salvage the war for the United States and NATO. The only way out is to cut a deal with the people we are fighting.

First U.S. Trial of 'Child Soldier' in Modern History Starts This Week at Gitmo

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Omar Khadr was only nine when his father, an alleged Al Qaeda financier, dragged him from Canada to Afghanistan and put him to work helping his Al Qaeda-connected friends. Khadr has said that he never had a choice.

Are Our Goals in Afghanistan 'Fairly Modest'?

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Unless the United States is prepared to eternally enforce the conditions of a power-sharing agreement, it should renounce its commitment to spread the legal rights articulated in the Afghan constitution.

Prisoners Deserve a Hearing Before Being Sent to Countries That Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Under international law, the United States isn't supposed to transfer anyone to a country where they're likely to face torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. But in the case of Abdul Aziz Naji that's what may happen.

UN Official To Ask U.S. To Stop CIA Drone Attacks, Limit Use To Military

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- A senior United Nations official is expected to call on the United States next week to stop Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes ag...