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20th October 2015 – FOX Business

Risk & Reward

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey on Apple’s decision to ban more than 200 apps from its App Store. more...

15th September 2015 – FOX Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey comments on U.S. offensive and defensive cyber capabilities. more...

11th September 2015 – AM 640

The Sid Rosenberg Show

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal discusses his experience in NY on 9/11. more...

4th September 2015 – The Weekly Standard

More Than 100 Ex-Gitmo Recidivists At Large

Thomas Joscelyn

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released its latest statistics on the number of former Guantanamo detainees who are either confirmed or suspected of returning to the fight. As expected, there has been a slight increase in the number of ex-detainees who have rejoined the jihad. more...

20th August 2015 – FOX News

America’s Newsroom

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses Hillary Clinton and email classification. more...

18th August 2015 – The Washington Times - Co-authored with Peter Pry

A Shariah-Approved Nuclear Attack

James Woolsey

Congress must stop President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The most important reason — Iran can threaten the existence of the United States by making an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack using a single nuclear weapon. more...

18th August 2015 – Quoted by Joe Davidson - The Washington Post

Manipulation of Feds’ Personal Data is a Major Danger in OPM Cyber Heist

Pasi Eronen

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach shows us how espionage is done in the digital world. more...

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...


Jonathan Schanzer

Vice President for Research

Clifford D. May

Founder and President

James Woolsey

Member of FDD's Leadership Council, 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.