The Week: Most Recent Terrorism recent posts.en-usFri, 08 Feb 2013 07:35:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Terrorism from THE WEEKFri, 08 Feb 2013 07:35:00 -05007 things we learned from John Brennan's drone-kissed confirmation hearing<img src="" /></P><p>"John Brennan isn't quite James Bond," says Brian Fung at <em>National Journal</em>, but President Obama's pick to head the CIA, who spent 25 years in the agency, "is a bit of a mystery man." On Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee had the rare chance to grill Obama's little-seen top counterterrorism adviser, and they did so with relish. In a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, senators from both parties unleashed "their anger at years of intelligence stonewalling from presidents of both parties," says Josh Gerstein at <em>Politico</em>. As expected, much of the focus was on the Obama administration's active...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Fri, 08 Feb 2013 07:35:00 -0500Drones and strange bedfellows: Why neocons are showing Obama some love<img src="" /></P><p>Finally, President Obama's ramped-up drone war is big news, says Conor Friedersdorf at <em>The Atlantic</em>. With "kill list overseer John Brennan" facing his CIA directorship confirmation hearing Thursday, and threatened resistance from some senators, the White House leaked a white paper outlining its justification for drone strikes against al Qaeda leaders &mdash; even U.S. citizens &mdash; and agreed to show its secret legal rationale to the congressional intelligence committees. So, "how is everyone reacting to the unprecedented attention being paid to drone strikes?"</p><p >Some neoconservatives have suddenly...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:33:00 -0500Why Obama should come clean on drones<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">When Lanny J. Davis worked as the Clinton White House's top crisis manager from 1996-1998, he had a strategy for dealing with potentially damaging news stories (and he dealt with many): "Tell it early, tell it all, tell it yourself." The Obama administration would do well to consider my old boss' philosophy as it contemplates how much information to disclose about the nation's quasi-secretive drone program.</p><p class="p1">A recently leaked white paper outlining the general thrust of a highly classified Office of Legal Counsel memo that explains when the United States may use drones to target American citizens...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Thu, 07 Feb 2013 08:25:00 -0500Will Congress curb Obama's drone strikes?<img src="" /></P><p>Since at least the 9/11 attacks, Congress has been less than confrontational with the White House over presidential powers to conduct war and anti-terrorism operations, to the dismay of civil libertarians. So we had President George W. Bush's warrantless domestic wiretaps retroactively green-lighted by Congress, torture only officially nixed by a change in presidents, and a big ramping-up of lethal drones being used to kill terrorism suspects under President Obama. But Obama's decision to kill at least two Americans working for al Qaeda in Yemen in 2011, and the legal justification that emerged...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Wed, 06 Feb 2013 07:00:00 -0500Obama's license to kill: Has the president gone too far in the war on terror?<img src="" /></P><p>"If George Bush had done this, it would have been stopped." That's how MSNBC host Joe Scarborough characterized a Justice Department memo obtained by <em>NBC News</em> that outlines the Obama administration's legal rationale for killing American citizens suspected of helping al Qaeda prepare a terrorist attack on the United States. Critics say the 16-page document gives President Obama essentially unlimited powers to target U.S. citizens without trial, raising a host of ethical and constitutional questions about the administration's heavy reliance on drone missile attacks to enfeeble the terrorist network...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:47:00 -0500The war on terror isn't over. Here's how America can win it<img src="" /></P><p>"A decade of war is now ending."<br />&mdash; <em>President Obama, January 21, 2013</em></p><p>Those words, so simple and so significant, earned the president loud applause at his second inauguration on Monday. But only gross na&iuml;vet&eacute; would cause America to fall for the notion that we've achieved a lasting and comfortable peace. Sadly, for many years to come, America will have to grapple with the multi-faceted challenge of Islamic extremism. And we lack a winning strategy. For too long, we have fixated on terrorism in the moment, perilously ignoring the deeper-running currents beneath individual acts of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/tom-rogan" ><span class="byline">Tom Rogan</span></a>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 06:35:00 -0500The Algerian hostage crisis: Is Obama leading from behind again?<img src="" /></P><p>The hostage crisis in Algeria reportedly reached a deadly turning point on Thursday as Algerian forces attacked al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants holding dozens of Western hostages, including Americans, at a remote natural-gas complex. According to unconfirmed reports, some of the hostages &mdash; and some of their captors &mdash; were killed. Members of the al-Qaeda-linked group claiming responsibility for the kidnapping said that Algerian helicopter attacks left 35 hostages and 15 militants dead.</p><p>The White House called the Islamists' siege of the gas facility, partly owned by BP, a "terrorist...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:16:00 -0500Does Zero Dark Thirty celebrate torture, or condemn it?<img src="" /></P><p><em>Zero Dark Thirty</em>, director Kathryn Bigelow's cinematic recounting of the events leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden, is "garnering a pile of top awards and virtually uniform rave reviews," says Glenn Greenwald at Britain's <em>The Guardian</em>. And yet, "by most accounts, the film glorifies torture by claiming &mdash; falsely &mdash; that waterboarding and other forms of coercive interrogation tactics were crucial, even indispensable in finding bin Laden." The fact that the film &mdash; which Greenwald hasn't seen &mdash; is America-boosting Big Hollywood "propaganda" is no surprise, but still...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500Can Obama still close Guantanamo?<img src="" /></P><p>As President Obama prepares to start his second term, his first-term "pledge to close Guantanamo Bay looks deader than Osama bin Laden, thanks to a buzzsaw of bipartisan congressional opposition for the past four years," says Spencer Ackerman at <em>Wired</em>. On his second full day in office, Obama signed an executive order that, among other things, sought to close the U.S. military prison in Cuba and send the remaining detainees to countries or move them into the regular U.S. judicial system. Congress said no, blocking funding to modify U.S. prisons, banning the president from transferring any detainees...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Fri, 30 Nov 2012 08:31:00 -0500The rise of drone warfare: By the numbers<img src="" /></P><p>Human rights activists this week stepped up their criticism of President Obama's use of armed drones to kill terrorism suspects, after <em>The New York Times</em> reported that the Obama administration is drawing up a rule book spelling out when such targeted assassinations are justified. The U.S. military and intelligence agencies are increasingly relying on remotely controlled aircraft for surveillance and for taking out enemies, and other nations are scrambling to catch up by putting their own drones in the air. Here, a look at this 21st century arms race, by the numbers:<br /><br /><strong>2,500</strong><br />Estimated minimum number...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:47:00 -0500North Africa: The next Afghanistan?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>What are the group's goals?<br /></strong>Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb is an independent offshoot of al Qaida that's fighting to implement an extremist version of Islamic rule across North Africa. Founded during the bitter Algerian civil war of the&nbsp;1990s, the organization was once known as the&nbsp;Salafist&nbsp;Group for Preaching and Combat. But in the early&nbsp;2000s, the Algerian government launched a highly effective amnesty program for former insurgents, throwing the outfit into disarray. Deprived of recruits, the group in 2006 boosted its profile by joining Osama bin Laden's global jihad and rebranding...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 18 Nov 2012 07:20:00 -0500What the alleged Federal Reserve bomb plot says about the terror war: 4 theories<img src="" /></P><p>The FBI has arrested a 21-year-old Bangladeshi national, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, for trying to remotely detonate a bomb outside the Federal Reserve in New York City. It turned out that the 1,000 pounds of "explosives" he'd allegedly packed into a van parked outside the building were fake, and that the person who'd supplied them was actually an FBI agent. Prosecutors say the suspect is an al Qaeda sympathizer who came to the U.S. in January on a student visa, hoping to "destroy America." While trying to recruit people from a terrorist cell, he apparently wound up contacting an FBI informer...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 18 Oct 2012 12:24:00 -0400The Benghazi attack: Does it matter whether Obama calls it terrorism?<img src="" /></P><p>Many Republicans are baffled by Mitt Romney's notable failure to singe President Obama on his administration's handling of the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. Almost every political scorekeeper rates the Benghazi episode a real political liability for Obama. Among the "variety of attacks available," suggests Jonathan Bernstein at <em>The Washington Post</em>, are Obama's decision to intervene in Libya, his handling of the Arab Spring, whether the diplomats should have been better protected, or more generally whether the attack "undermined Obama's claim of policy competency...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 18 Oct 2012 10:45:00 -0400The evolution of SEAL Team Six<img src="" /></P><p>This week, SEAL Team Six once again finds itself in the sunlight as Mark Bowden, the celebrated journalist behind <em>Black Hawk Down</em>, applies his talents to the Abbottabad raid that ended with the death of Osama bin Laden. The novel <em>Tier One Wild</em> by Dalton Fury, a former Delta Force commander, further widens the aperture. These books come only a month after the publication of <em>No Easy Day</em> by Mark Bissonnette, the former SEAL Team Six member who actually put bullets in bin Laden's still-twitching body.</p><p>A third book hitting Kindles this week has a slightly lower profile, but a warmer welcome in many...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/david-w-brown" ><span class="byline">David W. Brown</span></a>Thu, 18 Oct 2012 06:14:00 -0400Is al Qaeda finally ready to make peace with the West?<img src="" /></P><p>The brother of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is offering to try to mediate a peace deal with the U.S. and its terror-war allies. Mohamed al-Zawahiri tells CNN that his close personal and ideological relationship with his brother make him uniquely qualified to broker an agreement to prevent future attacks, but he says both sides would have to make concessions. Is there really any chance that al Qaeda's fugitive leaders would agree to stop targeting Americans &mdash; and that they would hold up their end of any bargain? Here, a brief guide to this unexpected proposal:<br /><br /><strong>Is this guy serious?</strong><br />He insists...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 12 Sep 2012 18:31:00 -0400The new evidence that Bush could have stopped 9/11: 4 takeaways<img src="" /></P><p>Eleven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, a controversial op-ed piece in <em>The New York Times</em> has rekindled the bitter debate over whether George W. Bush ignored clear warnings that an al Qaeda attack was imminent in 2001. Former <em>Times</em> investigative reporter Kurt Eichenwald, author of the new book <em>500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars</em>, writes that the most infamous red flag, a now-declassified Aug. 6, 2001, presidential daily briefing with the ominous headline "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." really didn't contain any specific details on a coming strike. Nevertheless, Eichenwald says...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 11 Sep 2012 18:02:00 -0400