Terrorism and Homeland Security

Releasing the Senate Report on CIA Torture: Making Sure History Isn’t Censored

April 4, 2014

Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify portions of its investigation into the practice of torture by the CIA in the period following 9/11. The CIA now is tasked with reviewing the report and determining what parts can be released to the public.  However, there are serious concerns that the CIA will excessively redact […]

Obama’s NSA Reform Proposal: A Step Forward but More is Needed

March 28, 2014

Yesterday, the White House announced its proposal for reforming NSA metadata collection programs. The proposal includes constructive elements, especially ceasing government collection and storage of citizens’ telephone metadata and requiring Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Courts to approve government access to citizen’s metadata stored by telecoms. However, it remained silent on critical issues that must […]

Calibrating the Threat Assessment of al Qaeda Affiliates

February 5, 2014

Yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the changing threat posed by al Qaeda. The hearing comes on the heels of some political leaders, mostly conservatives, having asserted that the United States is no safer today than before 9/11 and that the degradation of core al Qaeda is a “false” or “wishful […]

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

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