Terrorism and Homeland Security

The Case for Repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF

July 28, 2014

As the debate continues over how the United States should respond to the Islamic State, the Administration last week reiterated its calls to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). Indeed, the need for an effective response to the Islamic State not only coincides with the need to repeal the Iraq […]

The Islamic State and al-Qaeda: Threat Inflation and Conflation

July 25, 2014

  Today, large areas of the Iraq-Syria border region remain under control of the Islamic State, a violent Salafi jihadist organization that has declared the territory a new caliphate under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Members of the Obama Administration appeared before Congress this week to testify about the organization and the threat it […]

What the Islamic State Really Means for al-Qaeda, Iraq, and the U.S.

July 2, 2014

  On Sunday, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) declared that it had established itself as a new nation, the Islamic State, and restored the caliphate, led by ISIS’ ruthless leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In its announcement, the organization now known as the Islamic State demanded all Muslims swear their allegiance to Baghdadi […]

The Right Call: Benghazi Suspect to be Tried in Civilian Court

June 30, 2014

On Saturday, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the alleged mastermind behind the Benghazi attack, appeared in a Washington, D.C., court to plead not guilty to charges of conspiring to support terrorism. Khatallah’s arraignment in an Article III federal court has prompted outrage from conservatives who claim Khatallah should be tried as an enemy combatant or war criminal, […]

Top Issues with the Declassified Drone Memo

June 25, 2014

Earlier in the week, a classified Department of Justice memo was released by court order that laid out the legal reasoning for the targeting of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen and accused member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) who was killed in 2011 by a drone strike in Yemen. Despite its heavily-redacted format, […]

[UPDATED] NSN Press Call: Iran and Iraq, What Next

Iran, Iraq and Regional Security Threats CALL TIME: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9:00 AM Eastern Time ABOUT THE CALL: As the violence in Iraq continues to swell and ISIS expands its controlled territory,  the Obama administration plans to send 300 military advisers to Iraq to assist the Iraqi military against the Sunni insurgents. At the […]

Paul Eaton on CNN Discussing Sgt. Bergdahl With Candy Crowley

June 8, 2014

  CNN’s Candy Crowley interviews NSN’s Paul Eaton on Sgt. Bergdahl Release June 8th, 2014 | CNN On CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Major General Paul D. Eaton (Ret.) defended the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as “the whole fabric of the U.S. military is based upon the fact that we do not […]

Setting the Record Straight on the Bergdahl Release

June 6, 2014

  In the week since the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, there has been a flurry of conflicting reports and deliberate distortions of the issues involved. Some of this stems from the dearth of information about Bergdahl’s capture. But much of the discussion – including claims that Bergdahl was responsible for the deaths […]

Defending the Deal that Freed Sgt. Bergdahl

June 2, 2014

  Over the weekend, the Administration negotiated the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban in exchange for five Taliban fighters held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, who have been moved to Qatar. The successful release of Sgt. Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years, responsibly upheld the commitment to […]

Assessing the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund

May 30, 2014

  The most substantive proposal in President Obama’s national security speech at West Point earlier this week is a new Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF). The initiative would amplify ongoing efforts to build the capacity of partnered foreign militaries to confront insecurity related to terrorism in more places and with greater resources. This approach, which is […]

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