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13th August 2015 – Associated Press

US Officials Say They Can Tell If Iran Is Cheating On Deal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Despite a track record of misjudgments about weapons of mass destruction, U.S. intelligence officials say they are confident they can verify Iran's compliance with the recently completed nuclear deal. more...

4th August 2015 – Quoted by FCW

Is Hacking Back a Cyber-Theft Deterrent Option?

Juan Zarate

A new report from the Hudson Institute on economic espionage in cyberspace reflects a shifting conversation in Washington from passive to proactive cyber defense – to the point of suggesting that an “Economic Warfare Command” be set up at the Treasury Department for using offensive coercion against adversaries. more...

3rd August 2015 – Quoted by Walter Pincus - The Washington Post

The Limitations of Sanctions on Iran

Juan Zarate

The parts of the Iran nuclear agreement that would lift sanctions are among its most complicated and controversial elements, partly because there is disagreement about what effect the sanctions have had on Tehran’s nuclear program. more...

3rd August 2015 – Quoted by Grant Gross - CIO

Counterterrorism Expert Says It’s Time To Give Companies Offensive Cybercapabilities

Juan Zarate

The U.S. government should deputize private companies to strike back against cyberattackers as a way to discourage widespread threats against the nation’s businesses, a former government official says. more...

28th July 2015 – CBS

Evening News

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman Jim Woolsey comments on Jonathan Pollard being released on parole. more...

23rd July 2015 – Family Security Matters - Co-Written by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry

Heading Toward An EMP Catastrophe

James Woolsey

For over a decade now, since the Congressional EMP Commission delivered its first report to Congress eleven years ago in July of 2004, various Senate and House committees have heard from numerous scientific and strategic experts the consensus view that natural and manmade electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is an existential threat to the survival of the American people, that EMP is a clear and present danger, and that something must be done to protect the electric grid and other life sustaining critical infrastructures--immediately. more...

25th June 2015 – FOX Business

Risk & Reward with Deirdre Bolton

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses U.S. cyber-security. more...

22nd June 2015 – FOX Business

Risk & Reward with Deirdre Bolton

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses cyber-security and hacking. more...

2nd June 2015 – FOX News

America’s Newsroom

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey comments on the Patriot Act legislation. more...

2nd June 2015 – FOX Business

Varney & Co.

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses Rand Paul and the Patriot Act. more...

1st June 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Slow Release

Thomas Joscelyn

After four years of fierce internecine battles and inexplicable delays, the intelligence community last week started the process of releasing more documents captured in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) posted on its website several dozen documents of uneven importance, bringing the total number of bin Laden documents available to the public to slightly more than 100. more...

1st June 2015 – BBC

BBC World News America

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses the impact of the Patriot Act on national security. more...

3rd March 2015 – Quoted by Emily Cadei - Ozy

Eyes and Ears in the Arab World

Reuel Marc Gerecht

In the campaign against the Islamic State group, Faisal Al Shoubaki might be the most important spy in the world. more...

27th February 2015 – Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on new revelations from the bin Laden documents. more...

18th February 2015 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

As David Cohen Becomes CIA’s No. 2, Jews Appear to Have Smoother Sailing at Security Agencies

Mark Dubowitz

David Cohen’s path to second in command at the Central Intelligence Agency is, in many respects, a typical one in Washington. more...

13th February 2015 – Quoted by Nathan Guttman - The Jewish Daily Forward

David Cohen Becomes the CIA’s ‘Financial Batman’

Jonathan Schanzer

In a reflection of the increasing role the U.S. Department of the Treasury is playing in clandestine operations, America’s “sanctions guru” was sworn in on February 9 as the country’s second-in-command spymaster. more...

30th January 2015 – Quoted by Julia Ioffe - The New York Times Magazine

Spy vs. Nonspy in Putin’s Russia

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Earlier this week, F.B.I. agents in New York arrested a 39-year-old Russian man named Evgeny Buryakov, whom federal prosecutors accused of participating in a spy ring gathering economic intelligence on the United States. more...

21st January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Freed Former al Qaeda Operative Was Part of Intelligence Dispute

Thomas Joscelyn

The story of how Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri was first identified and arrested became a key part of the dispute between Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the CIA. Al Marri, who was recently released from a US prison, admitted that he was an al Qaeda sleeper agent. more...

14th January 2015 – Cited by Jeryl Bier - The Weekly Standard

Pentagon Labels YouTube/Twitter Hacking ‘Cyber Vandalism’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon called the hacking of the Central Command's (CENTCOM) YouTube and Twitter accounts Monday "cyber vandalism" in a letter to service members and their families to allay concerns about the incident. more...

12th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

CENTCOM Sites Hacked with Pro-Islamic State Propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn

Hacker(s) purportedly serving the Islamic State hacked CENTCOM's official Twitter feed and YouTube page on Monday. more...

Experts

Jonathan Schanzer

Vice President for Research

Clifford D. May

Founder and President

James Woolsey

Chairman of FDD's Leadership Council, 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.