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    Aviation Security: Defending U.S. Passenger Airplanes Is as Important as Ever

      Terrorists may have attempted a hijacking “dry run” onboard a recent flight from Washington, D.C., to Orlando. According to news sources, four men engaged in disruptive behavior seemingly designed to distract flight crew members. The incident reminds us that terrorists still view commercial aviation as a potential target, and … More

    U.S. Embassies Remain Closed: 5 Heritage Must-Reads on Counterterrorism

    Twenty U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia this week. The State Department says that “current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in … More

    Al-Qaeda Hub: East Africa

    Four U.S. embassies in sub-Saharan Africa—in Burundi, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Rwanda—remain closed this week in addition to the embassy closures in the Middle East and North Africa. Concerns over terrorist plots in east Africa are not new to the region: 15 years ago today—August 7, 1998—the U.S. embassies in Kenya … More

    Morning Bell: Where NOT to Travel This Month

    The State Department closed 21 U.S. embassies over the weekend and issued a travel alert for Americans regarding the Middle East and northern Africa, warning of possible terrorist threats in the region. Where did the intelligence come from that prompted the caution? As NBC’s Brian Williams said, “It all began … More

    NSA Spying Stops Terrorism but Should Also Respect Liberties

    General Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency (NSA), testified in an open hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee for Intelligence on how intelligence collection supports the national effort to fight transnational terrorism. For the first time, he revealed that more than 50 incidents of potential terrorism … More

    British Report Supports Heritage Analysis of Al-Qaeda Threat

    On Monday, the Britain-based think tank the Henry Jackson Society—named for Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson of Washington—published a major report by co-authors Robin Simcox and Emily Dyer on Al-Qaeda in the United States—A Complete Analysis of Terrorism Offenses. The report provides, in its words, “a comprehensive overview of those who … More

    Four Men Arrested in a Plot to Bomb U.S. Targets in Afghanistan

    Early this morning, news broke of an attempted terrorist attack against U.S. military targets in Afghanistan. A federal complaint unsealed yesterday alleges that four men—all U.S. citizens or permanent residents—were engaged in an active plan to carry out “violent jihad” and target U.S. government facilities in Afghanistan. From the news … More

    Congress Meets to Consider the Continued Threat of Terrorism

    Today, the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on “Understanding the Homeland Security Threat Landscape.” In announcing the hearing, committee chairman Peter King (R–NY) explained: U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence communities have made significant progress over the past 15 months since the killing of Osama bin Laden. However, even … More

    Online Chat on Terrorism

    With the 51st terrorist plot foiled since 9/11, the question still remains: is Al-Qaeda still a threat? Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” online chat.  We are joined by Homeland Security expert Jessica Zuckerman. She is taking your questions about Al-Qaeda and the war on … More