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    Morning Bell: Obama's Failure to Confront the Iranian Threat

    Yesterday, America learned that Iran conspired to launch a terrorist attack in Washington, D.C., with a planned assassination of the Saudi ambassador and bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies. U.S. authorities disrupted the plot and have brought charges against the men who planned to carry out the attack, but the … More

    United States Thwarts Iranian Terrorist Plot

    U.S. authorities announced today that they disrupted an Iranian plan to commit a “significant terrorist act in the United States,” making it the forty-second thwarted terrorist attack against the homeland. The federal government has filed criminal charges against two Iranians with conspiracy to murder the Saudi ambassador to Washington and … More

    Awlaki Death: Another Blow to Al-Qaeda

    According to media reports, Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni-American Islamist radical who played an increasingly influential role in the al-Qaeda network, was killed in a CIA drone strike earlier today in Yemen. Awlaki was reported to have been killed at least twice before, and one of his brothers reportedly already has … More

    Recent Terror Arrest Underscores Need to Think Outside the Box

    The recent arrest of Rezwan Ferdaus marked yet another turn in the ever-shifting struggle to protect the American homeland from Islamist-inspired acts of terrorism. The 26-year-old from Ashland, Massachusetts, is accused of plotting to fly explosives-laden remote-controlled airplanes into the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. His arrest came after a … More

    Military Commissions Just Became More Transparent

    The Office of Military Commissions quietly launched a new website this past Monday that was a year in the making.  Located at www.mc.mil, it is an invaluable informational site loaded with court documents, historical information, Supreme Court cases dealing with military commissions, and other pertinent and helpful information.  In a … More

    Osama's Dead, but Terrorism Isn't

    Osama bin Laden was disposed of last April, but al-Qaeda’s intention to commit acts of terrorism against the U.S. and its allies is undeterred. In his testimony this week to the joint congressional intelligence hearing, CIA director David Petraeus warned, “Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, the United States continues … More

    Scribecast: John Yoo Talks Terrorism and the Future of National Security

    Earlier this week at Heritage, a Bush-era deputy assistant attorney general shared the stage with a former president of the American Civil Liberties Union. It’s not exactly the type of combination you might expect talking about terrorism 10 years after 9/11. But for John Yoo and Nadine Strossen, it was … More

    U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy: Sticks and Carrots

    The counterterrorism strategy published by the Obama Administration in June was not exactly a hard-hitting document, turning counterterrorism into a law enforcement issue and generally containing few details and little new thinking. When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the subject on September 9, the subject took on more life. … More

    Morning Bell: Confronting Terror The Best Way We Can

    While opinions about America’s post–9/11 policies come and go, facts remain: The U.S. has thwarted 40 terrorist plots through an aggressive and prioritized plan of offense to protect America. That is not a plan to abandon now, in an age of increasingly high-tech terrorism. As John Yoo, a former official … More

    A Nightmare That Could Be Worse than 9/11

    After 9/11, an event that Americans and their allies will never forget, the United States focused on a war on terrorism. There is, however, a threat that has been largely ignored—the threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), noted by Investor’s Business Daily. In 2004 and 2008, the Commission to Assess … More