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11th January 2012 – The Weekly Standard

The Stories Ex-Gitmo Detainees Tell

Thomas Joscelyn

Ten years ago this week, the U.S. government opened the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention facility. And three years ago this month, shortly after his inauguration, President Barack Obama ordered Guantanamo shuttered within one year. more...

4th January 2012 – The Long War Journal

White House Denies Deal to Release Taliban Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

The Guardian (UK) reported yesterday, citing anonymous sources, that the Obama administration had already decided to release several senior Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo. more...

4th January 2012 – National Review Online

While You Were Watching Iowa, Obama Was Springing Taliban Terrorists from Gitmo

The Guardian reports that the Obama administration has “agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantanamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents’ agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar.” more...

4th January 2012 – National Review Online

Meet the Jihadist War Criminal Obama Plans to Release from Gitmo

At AEI’s blog, Marc Thiessen provides the low-down on Mullah Mohammed Fazi, one of the Taliban terrorists President Obama envisions releasing from Gitmo, in return for … nothing more...

2nd January 2012 – National Review Online

Muslim Brotherhood to Renounce Peace Pact With Israel . . . By Referendum

Mindful of its lopsided electoral triumph in Egypt, which has been so enthusiastically welcomed by the Obama administration and top Democratic emissary John Kerry, the Muslim Brotherhood has announced plans to submit the Camp David Accords more...

31st December 2011 – National Review Online

Obama Recruits Qaradawi

The surrender is complete now. The Hindu reports that the Obama administration has turned to Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s leading jurist, to mediate secret negotiations between the United States and the Taliban. more...

19th December 2011 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Seek Freedom for Dangerous Guantanamo Detainees

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration is considering repatriating some Guantanamo detainees to Afghanistan as part of a diplomatic effort to engage the Taliban, according to Reuters. more...

19th December 2011 – The Weekly Standard

Fantasyland Peace Talks with the Taliban

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration is still pursuing negotiations with the Taliban, even if it doubts a viable negotiating partner sits across the table. And, as part of this ad hoc diplomatic effort, the administration is considering the transfer of Taliban members held at Guantanamo back to Afghanistan. more...

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...


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.