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Posts 21 to 30: Terrorism and National Security

The National Security Benefits of NSA Reform

January 17, 2014

Today, in a speech at the Justice Department, President Obama announced a program of National Security Agency reform that strengthens oversight, ensures greater transparency, and creates additional protections for the privacy of American and foreign citizens.  The President also announced a major overhaul of the NSA’s controversial program for collecting telephone metadata.  If properly implemented, […]

NSN Mentioned In The Times And Democrat On Future of U.S. Counterterrorism In Afghanistan

January 13, 2014

By T&D Staff January 11, 2014 | The Times and Democrat As the United States prepares to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan this year, the security situation there grows more uncertain. According to the National Security Network, there is increasing doubt about the Afghan government agreeing to a security agreement to keep a minimal number […]

Battlefield Earth | Heather Hurlburt

January 8, 2014

By: Heather Hurlburt Winter 2014 | Democracy: A Journal of Ideas This year, Congress will reconsider our expansive, post-9/11 definition of war. It must start with a realistic assessment of the existing threats. Next December, more than 13 years after they arrived in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11, the last U.S. combat troops will […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In The Washington Examiner On Administration’s Handling Of Post-War Iraq

January 7, 2014

Critics: Obama did little to prevent al Qaeda resurgence in Iraq By Susan Crabtree  January 7, 2014 | Washington Examiner A resurgence of violence and advances by al Qaeda fighters in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon is providing new evidence undermining White House claims that the terrorist group is on the run and prompting fresh scrutiny of President Obama’s decision […]

Iraq Insurgency: “Fight Belongs to Iraqis”; U.S. in Support Role

January 6, 2014

The situation in Iraq’s Anbar province remains uncertain and concerning as insurgents linked to al Qaeda battle for control of two major Iraqi cities. Over the weekend, Iraqi security forces made gains in Ramadi, reclaiming parts of the city from Sunni militants aligned with al Qaeda. However, the insurgents continue to control of much of […]

Heather Hurlburt Speaking at New America Foundation Event on Terrorism

Battlefield Earth Reassessing U.S. Responses to Terrorist Threats  New America Foundation in collaboration with Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. EVENT TIME AND LOCATION Monday, January 13, 2014 12:15 PM – 1:45PM New America Foundation 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 In 2001, the U.S. Congress authorized the president to use “all necessary […]

Heather Hurlburt on Bloggingheads Discussing Events of 2013 with Daniel Drezner

December 23, 2013

Bloggingheads, December 23, 2013

Double Raids in Africa

October 7, 2013

This Saturday, American commandos carried out two raids aimed at capturing fugitive terror suspects in Africa. In Libya, American forces captured Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his nom de guerre, Abu Anas al Libi, who was indicted in 2000 for his role in the 1998 bombings of the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania […]

Early Take-Aways from Kenya Attack

September 23, 2013

As we learn more about this weekend’s attack on an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya, several early lessons stand out:  al Shabaab, the Somali extremist group that has claimed responsibility for the attack, has become more closely linked to al Qaeda in recent years; this act of mass terror in a neighboring country comes as […]

Moving Forward on Guantanamo Bay

July 24, 2013

Today the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights is holding a hearing titled, “Closing Guantanamo: The National Security, Fiscal, and Human Rights Implications.” The hearing is part of an important discussion on the next steps towards closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. While the detention facility has been on the […]

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