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24th September 2012 – The Long War Journal

34 ‘High Risk’ Guantanamo Detainees Approved for Transfer

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration has released a list of 55 Guantanamo detainees who were approved for transfer by the Guantanamo Bay Review Task Force. The task force, which was... more...

20th September 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda in Libya—a Growing Threat

Thomas Joscelyn

FOX News reported Wednesday night that a former Guantanamo detainee named Sufyan ben Qumu has been tied to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that... more...

8th August 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration Making Concessions to the Taliban

Thomas Joscelyn

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama famously said that the U.S. should negotiate with Iran without any preconditions. Obama’s notion of diplomacy with the mullahs was widely ridiculed at the time. more...

2nd August 2012 – The Long War Journal

Egypt Requests Release of al Qaeda Explosives Expert

Thomas Joscelyn

The Egyptian government has requested the release of a top al Qaeda explosives expert from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, according to Agence France Presse and Reuters. more...

30th July 2012 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Surrenders to Saudis

Thomas Joscelyn

A former Guantanamo detainee who joined al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) after completing a rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia has reportedly turned himself in. more...

30th July 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Interrogating Terror

Reuel Marc Gerecht

This volume hints at being a memoir of a young Puerto Rico-born spook rising to the top of Langley’s white-bread operations directorate. But the personal gives way quickly to a professional cri de coeur. more...

26th July 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Missed Clues Before Fort Hood Shootings

Thomas Joscelyn

In the wake of the November 5, 2009 Fort Hood shootings, Steve Hayes and I wrote about the FBI’s and Defense Department’s many failures with respect to Major Nidal Malik Hasan. more...

12th July 2012 – The Long War Journal

Bin Laden Loyalist Transferred from Guantanamo to Sudan

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced on Wednesday that Ibrahim al Qosi, a Guantanamo detainee who long served deceased al Qaeda master Osama bin Laden, was transferred to his home country of Sudan. more...

3rd July 2012 – New York Daily News

Liberals Ignore Obama’s Guantanamos

In a city full of them, Harold Koh is Washington’s biggest hypocrite. As the dean of Yale Law School, Koh was the most prominent critic of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies, deriding them as “executive muscle-flexing.” more...

30th June 2012 – National Review Online

On Egyptian President-elect’s Vow to Work for Blind Sheikh’s Release

The New York Times has a report this morning about the pledge by Egypt’s newly elected president, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, to work for the release from U.S. prison and repatriation to Egypt of Omar Abdel Rahman. more...

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...


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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.