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18th February 2014 – NPR

Intelligence Squared Debates

James Woolsey

Many people fervently consider alleged NSA leaker Edward Snowden a whistleblower who did a great service by revealing information about the U.S. government's... more...

10th February 2014 – Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times

Obama Administration Mulls Lethal Strike on American in Pakistan

Bill Roggio

The Obama administration is considering authorizing the CIA or the military to kill an American citizen hiding in Pakistan who allegedly has helped Al Qaeda militants... more...

20th January 2014 – Fox Business

The Independents

Clifford D. May

Should NSA be allowed to track your phone? FDD's Clifford May discusses. more...

17th January 2014 – Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May debates the value of the NSA surveillance program and President Obama's planned reforms. more...

16th January 2014 – Fox News

The Kelly File

FDD's Joel Mowbray debates the Department of Justice decision to ban FBI agents from using religion and national origin in counterterrorism probes. more...

15th January 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Accidentally Kills Civilian in Eastern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US accidentally killed a civilian in the second drone strike that targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the eastern Yemeni province of Hadramout... more...

15th January 2014 – The Long War Journal

Senate Report: Terrorists ‘Affiliated’ with Multiple al Qaeda Groups Involved in Benghazi Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has released its review of the intelligence concerning the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. more...

14th January 2014 – CNN

The Situation Room

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May debates the value of the NSA's terrorist surveillance program. more...

9th January 2014 – National Review Online

The Sorrows of Young Snowden

Clifford D. May

If the attacks of 9/11 taught us anything, it’s that we must connect the dots. But before we can connect the dots, we must collect the dots. Those railing against... more...

8th January 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 2 AQAP Fighters in Eastern Yemen

Bill Roggio

Two al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters were killed today in the first recorded US drone strike in Yemen or Pakistan this year. The remotely piloted Predators... more...

27th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 2 AQAP Fighters in Eastern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US killed two suspected al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters today in the first drone strike since mid-December, when 15 civilians were reported... more...

27th December 2013 – Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May comments on the NSA surveillance program and whether Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor. more...

26th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 4 ‘Militants’ in North Waziristan Strike

Bill Roggio

The US killed four "militants" in a drone strike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan late last night. The strike is the first in Pakistan... more...

12th December 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills Civilians in Central Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US launched its second drone strike in Yemen this week, killing several civilians in an attack on a wedding convoy that is thought to have included members... more...

12th December 2013 – Cited by Paul D. Shinkman, US News & World Report

Local Officials: Drone Strike Hits Wedding Party in Yemen, Killing 15

Bill Roggio

At least 15 people are dead and five more were injured after an apparent U.S. drone strike missed its target and struck a wedding convoy in Yemen, according... more...

22nd November 2013 – The Daily Beast

The Taliban’s Hydra

Bill Roggio

Yesterday's drone strike in Pakistan's northwestern district of Hangu that killed a top Haqqani Network leader is a major tactical win for the U.S., but in the... more...

21st November 2013 – The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 3 Haqqani Commanders in Pakistan’s Hangu District

Bill Roggio

The US launched a drone strike at a seminary in Pakistan's settled district of Hangu, killing six people in what appears to have been an attempt to kill Sirajuddin... more...

20th November 2013 – War on the Rocks

The Anatomy of an Evolving Threat: Publication of Classified Information

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Fast-paced technological advances have, for decades, been causing wrenching changes to national security and international affairs that are generally... more...

11th November 2013 – Weekly Standard

When to Spy on Our Friends

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It is often remarked that espionage is the second-oldest profession. Written records from Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Iran suggest that spying and civilization... more...

4th November 2013 – The Weekly Standard

Death of an Anti-American Terrorist

Thomas Joscelyn

The head of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed in an American drone strike in northern Pakistan late last week. Mehsud can now be added... more...

Experts

Jonathan Schanzer

Vice President for Research

Clifford D. May

President

James Woolsey

Chairman of FDD, Fmr. Director of the CIA

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

cia, iran, iraq

Events

12th February 2014 - 5:45 PM

Jim Woolsey Debates Granting Clemency to Edward Snowden

Has Edward Snowden done the U.S. a great service? There is no doubt that his release of highly classified stolen documents has sparked an important public debate, even forcing what could be a major presidential overhaul of the NSA’s surveillance programs. But have his actions—which include the downloading of an estimated 1.7 million files—tipped off our enemies and endangered national security? Is Snowden a whistleblower, or is he a criminal?

15th October 2012 - 10:15 PM

Is Al-Qaeda Dead? An Experts Debate

In Collaboration with the New America Foundation

While some counterterrorism analysts and officials say that U.S. military efforts over the past 11 years have resulted in the defeat of al-Qaeda, others argue that the terrorist organization is more durable than that. The successes won by the CIA drone program in Pakistan’s tribal regions and the symbolic killing of Osama bin Laden might be tempered by the growing strength of al-Qaeda's affiliates in countries such as Yemen, Somalia, and Libya. On the other hand, many point out that al-Qaeda has failed to carry out a large-scale terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11.