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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...

Wikileaks Document Dump Supports New Rules of Engagement and Need for Responsible Transition

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

When the firestorm over the latest Wikileaks document dump dies down, let's hope that a responsible transition strategy remains standing.

The Secrecy State

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

In our otherwise financially bankrupt society, where we can afford virtually nothing that actually helps people, money is no object in the Secrecy State, described by the Washington Post a in harrowing tale of government gone wild.

US Intelligence Community

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Al-Shabaab's Desperation?

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

The recent terrorist attacks in Uganda during a World Cup celebration, while terrible, likely represent desperation on the part of AS to maintain an appearance of strength.

Obama's First Guantanamo Conviction Demonstrates Failure of Commissions

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

By Renée Schomp, Law and Security It took only two and a half hours here at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Tuesday for a detainee to enter a guilty plea in...

A Tale of Two Terrorists

Ken Gude | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Gude

Government prosecutors had a good day Wednesday, breaking major ground in two terrorism cases -- the Najibullah Zazi subway bombing case, and Osama bin Laden's chef. No seriously, bin Laden's chef!

Time for 'A Full and Open Debate' About Drones

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Last week, in a rare public interview, Michael Leiter, the nation's counterterrorism chief, acknowledged that the government's drone and targeted kill...

Forget the Terrorists: Fear Is Our Real Enemy

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

Said in another time and different context, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's exhortation that "we have nothing to fear but fear itself" holds true today, more than ever, in our fight against terrorism.

Bombing on the Analysis of the Times Square Bomb Plot

Louis Klarevas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Klarevas

The failure of Shahzad's plot serves as a reminder that the capabilities available to terrorists seeking to harm us are drastically limited. This lesson seems to have been lost on the plethora of terrorism "experts" that took to the airwaves this week.

Congressional Sparring Ignores Practical Reasons For Miranda

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The consequences of not reading rights to terrorist suspects that we later want to prosecute are now on display at the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. And it's not looking good for the government.

All politics is local: Al-Qa'eda and the Afghanistan War

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Talking to Terrorists

Scott Atran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Atran

In fieldwork with jihadi leaders, foot soldiers and their friends across Eurasia and North Africa, we find huge variation in the political aspirations, desired actions, and commitment to violence of militant groups and their supporters.

National Counterterrorism Planning: Who's Calling the Plays?

Jeffrey D. Ratner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey D. Ratner

In the wake of the September 11th attacks, it was clear that significant gaps in U.S. counterterrorism structures had left us vulnerable to attack. But nine years later, many gaps still exist.

Jan Fedarcyk, First Woman To Head New York's FBI

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

WASHINGTON — A woman who has worked at the FBI for 23 years is the new head of the FBI's New York Division, the bureau's largest with 2,000 agen...

Counterinsurgency Doctrine Is a Long-Term Strategy: Afghanistan Lacks a Long-Term Commitment

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

The required U.S. commitment to Afghanistan is one that the American public cannot stomach, particularly in the midst of an economic crisis and a massive healthcare overhaul around the corner.

US Refusal to Investigate Torture Lets Other Countries Do it for Us

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

In only looking forward on torture, not back, the Obama administration is reneging on its obligations under the Convention Against Torture, which demands both that torturers be held accountable and that victims receive remedies.

Court Order Highlights U.S. Legal Distortions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

A judge found that a young man from Yemen, seized at the age of 17, has been imprisoned in the United States detention center in Cuba for the past eight years without cause. Sadly, such opinions are now common.