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9th December 2011 – National Review Online

The Real Rules of Detention

Earlier this week, Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) responded to my column from last weekend, which criticized (a) his endorsement of enhanced constitutional protections for alien enemy combatants (the practical effect of his call for a return to pre-9/11 counterterrorism) more...

7th December 2011 – National Review Online

Holy Land Foundation Hamas Support Convictions Affirmed

Given the lengths to which the current administration goes to portray the Muslim Brotherhood — inside and outside the United States — as a “moderate,” “largely secular” organization more...

5th December 2011 – The Weekly Standard

Iran Showed Al Qaeda How to Bomb Embassies

Thomas Joscelyn

In a little noticed ruling on Monday, November 28, a Washington, D.C. district court found that both Iran and Sudan were culpable for al Qaeda’s 1998 embassy bombings. more...

23rd November 2011 – National Review Online

Romney’s Iran Gaffe

For a guy who generally seems solid on national security, Mitt Romney flashed some disturbing weakness at last night’s foreign-policy debate among the Republican presidential hopefuls. more...

12th November 2011 – National Review Online

The President, the Constitution, and National Security

Position One: The president has the authority to launch war unilaterally — without any authorization from Congress — in the absence of an attack, or even a threat of aggression, against the United States more...

5th November 2011 – National Review Online

A Terrorist Released

Binyam Mohamed is back in the news. You may remember him as the al-Qaeda operative who was slated to help would-be “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla conduct a second wave of post-9/11 attacks, targeting American cities. more...

1st November 2011 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda IED Cell Leader Denied Habeas Petition

Thomas Joscelyn

A DC district court released its opinion denying Guantanamo detainee Bostan Karim's petition for a writ of habeas corpus yesterday. The opinion is dated Oct. 12, but the unclassified version was not released to the public until a few weeks later. more...

29th October 2011 – National Review Online

Islam or Islamist?

Islam or Islamist? That is the question. Is the term “Islamist” a politically correct fabrication to dodge the inconvenient truth that Islam itself is inherently and inevitably chauvinistic and totalitarian? more...

27th October 2011 – Roll Call

Bill’s Detainee Provisions Reaffirm the Law of War

David B. Rivkin

Gen. David Irvine’s objections to the detainee provisions in the 2012 defense budget bill miss the mark. These provisions do not change existing U.S. counterterrorism policy, much less challenge the country’s values or character. more...

22nd October 2011 – National Review Online

Fears and Smears

‘From a purely academic point of view, this translation is superior to anything produced by orientalists in the way of translations of major Islamic works.” Taha Jabir al-Alwani was writing about Reliance of the Traveller, the English version of Umdat al-Salik, the classic manual of sharia (“Islamic Sacred Law,” as the cover of Reliance puts it). more...

21st October 2011 – National Review Online

The Justice Department and the Islamists

At the Daily Caller, Neil Munro has an important report this morning about the Obama Justice Department’s continued outreach to Islamist organizations. more...

18th October 2011 – National Review Online

The “Moderates” Celebrate the Shalit Swap

Well, spring is certainly in the air today as the Middle East’s ubiquitous moderate Muslim groups mark Israel’s profoundly self-defeating exchange more...

15th October 2011 – National Review Online

Breaking Tehran

The Islamic democracy project is nothing if not beguiling. From Clinton’s Orwellian “peace process” through Bush’s cloying “freedom agenda” to Obama’s contortion of an Islamist ascendancy into “the Arab Spring,” the dream teems with self-congratulation more...

12th October 2011 – National Review Online

With Holder, the Politicizing Never Stops

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be underwear bomber who tried to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and kill its 292 passengers and crew on Christmas Day 2009, has pleaded guilty in Detroit to all eight counts of the federal indictment against him. more...

12th October 2011 – National Review Online

Iran Plot

Trumped up case? There are conspiracy theories floating around claiming that this bizarre plot — the Iranians recruit a Mexican drug cartel guy who just happened to be a DEA informant to rub out the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. more...

10th October 2011 – The Weekly Standard

Awlaki’s Law

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a martyrdom statement for Anwar al Awlaki, the al Qaeda cleric who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last month. more...

1st October 2011 – National Review Online

Moderation, Saudi-Style

A woman is sentenced to be whipped ten lashes for . . . drumroll . . . driving a car. That might have made for a fairly typical week in Saudi Arabia. more...

30th September 2011 – National Review Online

War-Power Paranoia

Zero. If you’re keeping score, that would be the number of American citizens assassinated so far by President Obama. Oddly enough, it turns out to be the same number of our countrymen killed by President Bush. more...

14th September 2011 – The Weekly Standard

Guantanamo Recidivism Rate Climbs Higher

Thomas Joscelyn

During a joint hearing of the Senate and House intelligence committees yesterday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified that the recidivism rate for former Guantanamo detainees has risen to an estimated 27 percent. more...

10th September 2011 – National Review Online

Of Mafiosi and Mullahs

This was supposed to be a reflection on 9/11 and what we’ve learned in the decade since — what we’ve done right, what we’ve done wrong. It would be foolish, though, to waste time retracing our steps when the lesson is simple and the threat that we will unlearn it is immediate and concrete. more...


David B. Rivkin

Senior Fellow

Thomas Joscelyn

Senior Fellow


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.