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    “Terrorism Is Real, Definable, and Bad”

    “[W]e are not as safe as we should be,” Christopher Harmon notes in chapter one of his new book, A Citizen’s Guide to Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Harmon focused on his two reasons for writing the book during his lecture Tuesday afternoon at The Heritage Foundation. His first reason and “the … More

    Terrorist Attack Shows Vulnerability in Critical Infrastructure

    Just after midnight on April 16, 2013, someone slipped into underground tunnels and cut the phone lines running to the PG&E Metcalf power substation near San Jose, California. Then two snipers proceeded to fire over 100 rounds into the substation in 19 minutes, knocking out 17 transformers. The electric company … More

    House Comprehensive Benghazi Report Faults Lack of Planning and Military Resources

    The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations this week released a comprehensive interim report on the military response—or lack thereof—to the Benghazi attack. As it was composed by the majority staff at the behest of subcommittee chairman Buck McKeon (R–CA) and other Republican members, it is probably fair … More

    Why Did the Benghazi Story Change?

    The truth about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, is finally coming out. An explosive intelligence report made public this week revealed that officials knew it was a terrorist attack that killed four Americans on September 11, 2012—and they knew right away. It also revealed that the lapse in security … More

    Exclusive Interview: Bachmann Says Obama Was AWOL During Benghazi

    Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN), one of the most vocal critics of the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack, told The Foundry that she was misled in the aftermath of attack and still lacks key details of President Obama’s response. “It appears he was AWOL,” Bachmann said. In an … More

    Bachmann on Benghazi: Symbol of Obama Administration’s Incompetence

    A new report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on the Benghazi terrorist attack drew a fresh critique from members of Congress, who said President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must be held accountable. The attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, resulted … More

    Al-Qaeda Seeks American Recruits in Syria

    Al-Qaeda forces in Syria are actively seeking recruits from Americans who have traveled there to fight or to assist opposition forces, according to U.S. officials quoted in today’s New York Times. At least 70 American citizens have traveled to Syria, and most of them are still there, according to U.S. … More

    Threats to America in 2014

    Americans will die on American soil in large numbers. So predicted the Hart-Rudman Commission seven months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. No commissioner felt good about it getting it right. But the purpose of identifying “black swan” events before they happen is to give our leaders a chance to … More

    How Privately Owned Warships Are Combating Piracy and Terrorism

    In his new book, Private Anti-Piracy Navies, award-winning author John-Clark Levin explains how private security companies are combating and preventing piracy and maritime terrorism by protecting merchant ships with armed escort vessels. In 2008, Somalia saw a steep increase in piracy when merchant ships were hijacked and prisoners taken ransom … More

    Benghazi: Let Eyewitnesses Tell the Whole Story

    As Congress laboriously extracts eyewitness accounts of the Benghazi terrorist attack, unexplained aspects of the tragedy are becoming clearer. Important case in point: the reports of an “order to stand down,” which prevented or at least delayed CIA security personnel from coming to the rescue of the diplomats at the … More