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20th June 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Pakistan’s New Al Qaeda Detainee and Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

Pakistani officials have reportedly captured Naamen Meziche, an al Qaeda operative with an extensive dossier. Meziche plays a significant role in an article that I co-authored with my colleague Benjamin Weinthal earlier this year. more...

13th June 2012 – Ordered Liberty

Obama’s Classified Leaks Are Probably Not Prosecutable

In my post over the weekend about the folly of pushing for a special prosecutor on the Obama administration’s intelligence leaks to the New York Times, I argued that holding the president politically accountable is far more important than indicting the leakers. more...

13th June 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Abu Zubaydah and Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

At the Washington Free Beacon, Bill Gertz has a piece about Jose Rodriguez, the former chief of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Rodriguez warns that the CIA is “out of the business” of interrogating senior al Qaeda terrorists. more...

5th June 2012 – The Long War Journal

Guantanamo Detainee Releases Audio Message to Syrian People

Thomas Joscelyn

An audio message to the Syrian people purportedly from a current Guantanamo detainee has been released online by jihadist forums, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. more...

31st May 2012 – Ordered Liberty

From ‘Rule of Law’ to ‘Hit List’: NY Times Lauds Obama at War

“The president accepts as a fact that a certain amount of screw-ups are going to happen, and to him, that calls for a more judicious process.” Well, that’s certainly a judicious use of judicious by William Daley. more...

30th May 2012 – Boston University International Law Journal

A Defense of Drone Attacks in Pakistan Under Humanitarian Law

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, international law has had to grapple with the fundamental challenges that large-scale violence carried out by non-state actors poses to the traditional inter-state orientation of international law. more...

23rd May 2012 – Ordered Liberty

Why We Need to Know Why — Honoring Attorney General Mukasey

Last night in New York City, I had the privilege of presenting former U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey with the 2012 Freedom Flame Award, an annual honor bestowed by Frank Gaffney’s invaluable Center for Security Policy. more...

22nd May 2012 – Ordered Liberty

The Supreme Court Enters the Surveillance Debate

Since 2004, the Supreme Court’s transnational progressive bloc has forged a novel — and, in my view, a damaging — judicial oversight role in American national security. more...

17th May 2012 – Ordered Liberty

Tea Party Should Oppose Latest Terrorist Bill of Rights

Libertarian extremists, who purport to be the face of the tea party movement, and their pals on the Lawyer Left, whose obsession is more rights for mass-murderers, are again making common cause. more...

12th May 2012 – National Review Online

Western Sharia

Ismail Belghar, a 36-year-old Muslim man living in Australia, assaulted, abducted, and nearly killed his sister-in-law. The victim, a 25-year-old Moroccan named Canan Kokden, had dared to take her older sister, Mrs. B, to the beach without Belghar’s permission. more...

1st May 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Declassify Intelligence that Led to Bin Laden

Thomas Joscelyn

Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and National Clandestine Service, has made quite a splash in the past couple of days. more...

28th April 2012 – National Review Online

Triple Play! Obama Blows Off Congress, Funds Palestinians, Lies About PA Stance on Israel

Friday night news dump: President Obama has decided to provide $192 million to the Palestinian Authority despite Congress’s freeze on PA funding after its president, Mahmoud Abbas... more...

26th April 2012 – Scripps Howard News Service

Law Games

Clifford D. May

Progressive activists are corrupting the laws of war and putting free nations at increased risk. more...

26th April 2012 – The Washington Post

Virginia Detainee Law is Dangerously Unconstitutional

David B. Rivkin

The United States has just lost a key ally in the fight against al-Qaeda terrorists: the residents of Virginia, and state employees in particular. more...

25th April 2012 – The Weekly Standard

A Desperate ‘Longshot’

Thomas Joscelyn

Some in the Obama administration are desperate to jumpstart peace negotiations with the Taliban in advance of NATO’s summit in Chicago next month. more...

20th April 2012 – The Long War Journal

2 Uighur Gitmo Detainees Transferred to El Salvador

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense announced the transfer of two Uighur detainees from Guantanamo to El Salvador yesterday. The two detainees were not named in the DoD's press release. more...

20th April 2012 – The Ottawa Citizen

Government was Right Not to Rush Omar Khadr Home

Sheryl Saperia

This week, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced that Toronto-born terrorist Omar Khadr could be brought back to Canada. The government has been criticized for not moving faster to repatriate Khadr. more...

20th April 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Selective Reporting on Guantanamo Transfers

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense announced on Thursday that two Guantanamo detainees had been transferred to El Salvador. The DoD did not name them in its press release, but the New York Times identified the men as two Uighurs (Muslims from western China). more...

18th April 2012 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Delivers Ransom Demands for Kidnapped Saudi

Thomas Joscelyn

On March 28, a Saudi diplomat named Abdullah al Khalidi was kidnapped by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the port city of Aden, Yemen. AQAP's gunmen captured al Khalidi, who served as Saudi Arabia's deputy consul in Aden. more...

2nd April 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda’s Network in Iran

Benjamin Weinthal, Thomas Joscelyn

An al Qaeda cell slated to take part in one of the final plots ordered by Osama bin Laden made use of an Iran-based terror network that, according to the Obama administration, operates “under an agreement between al Qaeda and the Iranian government.” more...


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22nd February 2013 - 9:30 AM

Policy Under Fire: How Should the US Handle the Non-Criminal Detention of Violent Non-State Actors?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Dawit Giorgis, Raha Wala and Ben Wittes

Militant fighters have been captured during the war in Mali. This raises questions about whether the American and European positions on preventive detention rest on shaky foundations. Does the fact that Western nations don't do preventive detentions in some way encourage killing rather than capturing enemy forces?

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.