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    Liveblogging Obama’s Detainee Speech: What is Obama Reading?

    The president’s speech hits again and again on the dual obligation of keeping the nation free and safe-sounds like he read our book-Winning the Long War.

    Liveblogging Obama’s Detainee Speech: Charting Freedom

    It makes perfect sense to make a speech about battling terrorism standing in front of the charters of freedom-kudos to the president for the symbolism. Its government’s job to keep us safe and free- and do both equally well. Bush could and did often make the same speech.

    Liveblogging Obama's Detainee Speech: Pushed from Left and Right

    It is easy to take the middle road when you are being pushed so hard by the right and the left on combating terrorism. This is a speech the president has to make because no one is happy with his policies. The president just dodged a bullet at Notre Dame, … More

    Webb on Obama Administration: "They've said a lot of things"

    This Sunday on This Week, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) echoed a point we’ve been making for months: Guantanamo Bay is a distraction. The real issue is how to best establish a system for holding accountable and incapacitating terrorists in a detention framework that is lawful, durable, and internationally acceptable. Or … More

    Defending the Country is Hard

    The Washington Post reports today: Intelligence officials released documents this evening saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was briefed in September 2002 about the use of harsh interrogation tactics against al-Qaeda prisoners, seemingly contradicting her repeated statements over the past 18 months that she was never told that these … More

    Morning Bell: A 9/10 Security Mindset

    Yesterday the citizens of New York and New Jersey who lived through 9/11 were witness to an ominous flashback. A massive aircraft, trailed closely by an F-16 fighter jet, descended towards the city and flew so close and low to Manhattan skyscrapers that office building windows rattled. Fortunately this was … More

    Release the Memos

    When he decided to release selected and redacted documents on terrorist interrogation used by the CIA after 9/11, President Barack Obama said “we should be looking forward and not backwards.” It is impossible to tell whether this statement was calculated or just naive, however, the political firestorm the document release … More

    What Else is in the CIA Memos?

    Hoover Institution visiting fellow and chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush Marc Thiessen looks beyond last weeks headlines to find the real news buried in the released CIA memos: In releasing highly classified documents on the CIA interrogation program last week, President Obama declared that the techniques used to … More

    Al-Marri To Be Indicted In Federal District Court

    According to various news outlets, including the Washington Post, al-Marri (also known as Abdulkareen A. Almuslam), the last remaining unlawful enemy combatant in the United States, is about to be indicted in federal district court in the Central District of Illinois. The news stories indicated that he will be charged … More

    More Detainee Sanity from White House

    The Heritage Foundation has long argued that the Department of Defense’s detention of combatants picked up on the battlefield was consistent with both the Geneva Conventions and U.S. law. The ACLU and other activists strongly disagreed with this position ad hoped the Obama Administration would reverse this policy. Instead, the … More