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9th December 2014 – CNN

The Situation Room

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD Senior Fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht on the release of the Senate CIA report. more...

23rd October 2014 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - VOA News

Analysis: Concerns Rise About US Intel Capabilities on IS

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Concerns about the capabilities of U.S. intelligence agencies have been steadily rising, sparked in part by comments from President Barack Obama that they “underestimated” the rise of the group known as Islamic State. more...

22nd April 2014 – Cited by Joshua Gillin, PolitiFact

Rubio’s Claim that Snowden Scandal ‘Most Damaging’ U.S. Espionage Not Definitive

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio makes it clear where he stands on Edward Snowden's exposure of the National Security Agency's spying programs: The situation... more...

21st April 2014 – Quoted by Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

U.S. Drones and Yemeni Forces Kill Qaeda-Linked Fighters, Officials Say

Bill Roggio

American drones and Yemeni counterterrorism forces killed more than three dozen militants linked to Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen over the weekend in one of... more...

16th April 2014 – The Blaze

Real News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD's Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses a recent video by al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula which may indicate the organization's resurgence. more...

12th March 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Rand Paul Seems Confused

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Unfortunately for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), he chose to grab the spotlight on foreign policy amid several foreign policy crises that demonstrate the folly of his philosophy. more...

11th March 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 4 AQAP Commanders and Fighters in Central Yemen

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Late last night a US drone strike killed four al Qaeda commanders and fighters in Marib province east of Sana'a, the Yemeni capital. The strike is the third in Yemen... more...

3rd March 2014 – The Long War Journal

US Kills 3 AQAP Operatives in Yemen Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The US killed three al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in a drone strike in Yemen today. The strike is the first recorded in Yemen in more than five weeks. more...

26th February 2014 – Quoted by Michael Hirsh, National Journal

Is the CIA Better Than the Military at Drone Killings?

Bill Roggio

It’s been more than a year since incoming CIA Director John Brennan signaled his intention to shift drone warfare to the Pentagon as soon as possible. Brennan, a career... more...

20th February 2014 – Cited by Adam O'Neal, Real Clear Politics

Terrorism Analysts Urge Release of Bin Laden Cache

Thomas Joscelyn

When Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound in May 2011, they found -- in addition to the terrorist’s immediate family and an extensive... more...

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...


Jonathan Schanzer

Vice President for Research

Clifford D. May


James Woolsey

Chairman of FDD, Fmr. Director of the CIA

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

cia, iran, iraq


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.