The Latest - Intelligence Community

Intelligence Community Latest

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...

4th November 2013 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The head of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, killed by a drone strike in Waziristan as he was leaving the mosque for his luxe villa nearby; death... more...

2nd November 2013 – The Long War Journal

Pakistani Taliban Names New Emir After Hakeemullah Killed in Drone Strike: Report

Bill Roggio

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has named a successor to replace Hakeemullah Mehsud, the group's emir who was killed by the US in a drone strike... more...

1st November 2013 – The Daily Beast

Pakistani Taliban Leader Killed By US After 4-Year Hunt

Bill Roggio

After years of effort, the US has finally succeeded in killing Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Movement of the Taliban Pakistan, in the... more...

31st October 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Why Spying on Merkel Is So Damaging

James Woolsey

Nearly a quarter of a century ago, the nuclear-policy strategist Albert Wohlstetter wrote in these pages a fine essay titled "The Fax Will Make You Free." more...

31st October 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

Drone Drama

Clifford D. May, Bill Roggio

In 1996, al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden issued a formal declaration of war against the United States. No serious strategy was developed for defeating what... more...

25th October 2013 – Quoted by İlhan Tanır, BBC Turkey

CIA ve MOSSAD Ajanları Gözünden Hakan Fidan Tartışması

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Batılı basında Hakan Fidan ve MİT üzerindeki tartışmalar arttıkça, Milli İstihbarat Teşkilatı'nın, Amerikan ve İsrail istihbarat kurumları ile olan ilişkileri de dikkat... more...

25th October 2013 – The Weekly Standard

A Covert Story

Reuel Marc Gerecht

There is probably no harder beat in Washington than intelligence. Journalists rarely have sources inside the Central Intelligence Agency who are not authorized... more...

23rd October 2013 – Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Reports: U.S. Cancels Drone Sales to Turkey Over Intel Disclosure to Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States has reportedly cancelled the delivery of 10 unmanned Predator drones to Turkey following Ankara’s disclosure of several Israeli intelligence... more...

22nd October 2013 – CBN News


Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May discusses the Obama Administration's drone policy and civilians being caught in the crossfire. more...

18th October 2013 – Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Turkey Outing of Mossad a Betrayal, Say Former Spies

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey's outing of agents for Israel spying on Iran is a major blow to Western agencies trying to gather intelligence on an Iranian nuclear bomb and shows the NATO... more...

17th October 2013 – The Long War Journal

Senior al Qaeda Leader and Former US Detainee Killed in Drone Strike in 2012

Bill Roggio

Hassan Ghul, a top al Qaeda leader who was in US custody for two years before being transferred to Pakistani custody and then promptly released... 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.