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Hyperbole is not a Strategy

Hyperbole is not a Strategy December 18, 2015 While all the candidates on the Republican debate stage in Las Vegas criticized Democrats on national security issues, very few of them presented anything resembling a clear strategy for tackling the threats facing the United States. Instead, they substituted tough talk, threats,… Read More ›

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What We Know – and What We Don’t – About the Paris Attacks

What We Know – and What We Don’t – About the Paris Attacks As the world gathers to demonstrate its resilience in the face of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris and its commitment to the freedom of expression, European and U.S. policymakers are beginning to respond. Foreign leaders from around the world gathered in Paris for a symbolic march, and U.S. policymakers are pressing forward with practical counterterrorism efforts, including a summit next month to address the threat of terrorism and radicalization. Reports are beginning to illuminate who the terrorists were and how the tragedy occurred. These reports suggest that the attacks were acts of domestic terrorism perpetrated by individuals radicalized in France. The terrorists appear to have been affiliated in some way with jihadi groups in the Middle East, particularly al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), but it is still unclear to what extent foreign terrorist organizations were involved or if they had any role in planning or directing the attacks. This limited intelligence, though, has not stopped reactionary critics from making unwarranted assumptions and misconstruing the facts of the case. In doing so, they are politicizing the attacks to push failed interrogation and detention policies and further… Read More ›

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Charlie Hebdo Attack | Brian Katulis

Charlie Hebdo Attack: Can We Sustain a Response to Extremist Ideologies? By Brian Katulis, NSN Board of Directors Chairman January 9, 2015 | Wall Street Journal Remember all the talk after 9/11 about a battle of ideas? The notion that we were in a contest over the values that underpin civilized society? Despite regular wake-up calls–whether it’s scores of school children murdered in Pakistan, mass killings in Syria and Iraq, the atrocities of Boko Haram in Africa–we somehow lost sight of that. From time to time, the inhumanity of extremism stirs our conscience, especially when it is not just on distant shores, as in Boston in 2013. But for the most part we are untouched by the attacks taking place every day. We in the U.S. have somehow become desensitized to the fact that a dangerous ideology is fueling murders of the sort committed in Paris on Wednesday–and that fighting it requires more than paying lip service to “countering violent extremism” and doing little beyond carrying out targeted military actions in far-off places. Brian Katulis is the Chairman of the National Security Network Board of Directors, and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.  To continue reading, click here. Photo Credit: Secretary Kerry and French Foreign Minister Fabius… Read More ›

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Conservatives Politicize Paris Attacks with Inaccurate Criticism and Ineffective Policies

Conservatives Politicize Paris Attacks with Inaccurate Criticism and Ineffective Policies Paris and the world are still in shock two days after the horrifying attack on the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. While information about the perpetrators is still being discovered, reports so far have identified the attackers as brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, reportedly killed in a raid this morning, and Mourad Hamyd, who turned himself in. The brothers had long-established ties to terrorist-recruitment efforts and Saïd Kouachi traveled to Yemen to train with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The brothers “have been under scrutiny for years by officials in France and the United States,” the New York Times reports, “and according to an American intelligence official both were in the American database of known or suspected terrorists and on the no-fly lists maintained by the government.” The murder of a Parisian police officer and an attack on a kosher supermarket this morning may be related. Despite such a limited knowledge of events, many conservative politicians have quickly politicized the attacks, seizing them as an opportunity to criticize the Obama Administration’s counterterrorism policies and to propose reactionary measures that would violate American civil liberties and even the Constitution. Conservative… Read More ›

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