The fate of the terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo Bay hangs in the balance as detainees look to challenge their detentions in U.S. federal courts.
Cops in New York and Los Angeles offer America two models for preventing another 9/11.
A few years ago, with little fanfare, the United States opened a base in the horn of Africa to kill or capture Al Qaeda fighters. By 2012, the Pentagon will have two dozen such forts. The story of Africa Command, the American military's new frontier outpost.
U.S. efforts to staunch the spread of terrorism across northern Africa have increased. But some experts warn excessive focus on counterterrorism there could be counterproductive.
This commentary by William Tucker published in The American Spectator says that Iraq is a colonial war, and compares it to the US experience in the Philippines.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute presents this analysis by Greg Mills, head of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation (he was from May-September 2006, seconded to ISAF HQ in Kabul as a special adviser to the Commander). He argues that scrutinizing the past has limited benefit in dealing with a modern, complex insurgency, where the insurgent faces a national government but with a complex range of multinational governmental and nongovernmental actors involved in the security and development effort. He says domestic insurgencies have to be confronted internationally and in many dimensions with unprecedented demands for intelligence gathering and analysis, interoperability and flexibility, and cultural sensitivity and understanding.
Facing domestic unrest and an increasingly untenable situation in the northern “tribal lands,” Gen. Pervez Musharraf has signed another controversial pact with tribal militants even as Washington demands a crackdown.
This commentary originally published in Defense News in late March and now hosted by the Center For Defense Information says that the US military is employing a strategy of counterinsurgency in Iraq, led by the general who developed the doctrine, but that a counterinsurgency strategy only addresses one part of the complex environment that is Iraq.
Congress is considering legislation to shore up security along U.S. railways, but the system’s need for openness makes it inherently vulnerable to terrorist attack.
Daniel Markey, a former State Department specialist on South Asia for the Policy Planning Council, says relations between Pakistan and the United States have fluctuated widely in recent years. The United States now needs Pakistan badly to help stem the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Amnesty International reports that the United Kingdom authorities are attempting to deport more than 15 Algerian men considered to be a ‘threat to national security’ to their country of origin, contrary to the prohibition of sending persons to countries where they face a real risk of serious human rights violations, including torture or other ill-treatment. Amnesty says it is concerned that the UK authorities’ claims against these men are based on secret information, including intelligence material, never disclosed to the individuals concerned or their lawyers of choice.
The “war on terrorism” is often portrayed as playing out on the streets of Baghdad or in the mountains of Afghanistan. But New York City is another important battleground and could provide lessons for how other U.S. localities deal with counterterrorism.
Responsibility for safeguarding the homeland often falls to state and local governments in spite of the increased federal role after 9/11. Of these thousands of agencies, New York City has moved the most aggressively, creating a counterterrorism bureau complete with overseas agents and intelligence analysts.
The U.S. military’s updated counterinsurgency manual acknowledges today’s soldiers must often serve as “nation builders as well as warriors.” The doctrine offers lessons drawn from those stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, but critics argue its tenets are too soft.
Richard A. Posner and Juliette Kayyem debate whether a domestic intelligence agency, such as Britain's MI5, would benefit U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
The EU Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which was adopted by the European Council in December 2005, reflects the EU's aim of forming a network of the member states' foreign and domestic policies in the fight against terrorism. The accompanying action plan contains 160 separate measures in the four strands of work of the EU strategy (prevent, protect, pursue and respond). The main objective of this EU policy is to confront "the networks of terror with networks against terror".
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Counterterrorism agencies in the United States proudly point to the lack of a “second 9/11 attack” in response to critics of their methods. Here’s a look at the continuing debate over the proper organization of U.S. counterterrorism agencies.
Though there has not been a major attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, experts say new expertise and some self-criticism will be required if America’s counterterrorism agencies are to keep that record intact.
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