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Archive for September, 2011

Treasury Sanctions Alleged Terrorist Financiers, Haqqani Network Member – WSJ

According to a September 29, 2011 article in the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Treasury Department initiated sanctions against five men who allegedly funnel monetary and other support to extremist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The article quoted David S. Cohen, Under-Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, who stated "These […]

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Man indicted for allegedly plotting attack on Pentagon, U.S. Capitol – CNN

On September 29, 2011, CNN reported that 26 year old Massachusetts resident Rezwan Ferdaus was charged for attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda. Federal authorities noted that although he has no direct connection to a foreign terrorist organization, Ferdaus watched radical videos on the internet. Ferdaus was arrested as a result of an undercover […]

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How the US gets military intelligence and where it goes – AP

The September 12, 2011 edition of the Rome News-Tribune featured an article by Calvin Woodward and Kimberly Dozier of the Associated Press. Written in a "question and answer" format, the piece provided an overview of intelligence gathering and dispensing procedures. Specifically, the piece covers the various forms of available intelligence, the way in which intelligence […]

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The DOJ’s escalating criminalization of speech –

In a September 4, 2011 op-ed featured on, Glenn Greenwald critiqued the Justice Department's decision to prosecute Jubair Ahmad, the 24-year-old Virginia resident who was recently charged with providing material support to a designated terrorist organization. Originally from Pakistan, Ahmad was charged with providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba after he uploaded a YouTube video […]

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Ultrasecret satellite spy shop NRO turns 50 – AP

On September 16, 2011, the Associated Press reported that the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) turned 50 years old. Founded during the Cold War, the NRO is responsible for satellites used in the intelligence community. Today, NRO spy satellites target new enemies ranging from al-Qaida to North Korea. More recently, data collected through these satellites assisted […]

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Hezbollah leader could get military tribunal in US – AP

On September 25, 2011, the Associated Press reported that the Obama Administration was considering the establishment of a military tribunal for Hezbollah leader, Ali Mussa Daqduq. Daqduq has been linked to a 2007 raid in Iraq that resulted in the abduction and death of four American soldiers. Should the U.S. government move forward with this […]

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“Countering Terrorist Financing: Progress and Priorities” – U.S. Department of Justice

On September 21, 2011, Lisa Monaco, U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security, testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Monaco focused her speech on the Department's efforts to "disrupt the flow of funds and other material support to terrorist organizations." In doing so, Monaco addressed three separate issues: (1) "capacity building […]

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Ban opens UN forum with call for enhanced global cooperation against terrorism – United Nations

On September 19, 2011, the United Nations reported that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off the Symposium on International Counter-terrorism Cooperation at the UN 66th General Assembly. Alluding to the limits of fighting terrorism individually, the Secretary General stated "Effective counter-terrorism requires a combination of social, educational, economic and political tools that target those […]

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Appeals court says 17-year prison sentence for terror plotter Jose Padilla is too short – AP

On September 19, 2011, the Associated Press and New York Times reported that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new sentencing hearing for Jose Padilla on the grounds that his sentence was too lenient. Padilla and two co-conspirators were convicted in 2007 on several terrorism-related charges. In affirming Padilla's conviction and re-opening sentencing matters, […]

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Three Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to the Pakistani Taliban – FBI

On September 12, 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that three Pakistani citizens pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the Pakistani Taliban, a designated foreign terrorist organization. According to federal authorities, Irfan Ul Haq, Qasim Ali, and Zahid Yousaf conspired to provide the terrorist organization with false documentation and identification in […]

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