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Archive for December, 2011

Twitter lawsuit threatened over alleged Hezbollah aid – CNN

According to a December 30, 2011 article on, the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center is asserting that Twitter is in violation of U.S. law for allowing foreign terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah to use their online network. According to CNN, the director of the organization, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, sent a letter to Twitter noting that […]

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Under Obama, an emerging global apparatus for drone killing – Washington Post

On December 27, 2011, the Washington Post featured an article that analyzed the Obama Administration's extensive use of drones to carry out targeted killings and stealth surveillance.  The article notes that "no president has ever relied so extensively on the secret killing of individuals to advance the nation's security goals." Moreover, the article discusses the […]

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Analysis: Al Qaeda vs. the West: 2012 and beyond – CNN

On December 27, 2011, CNN's national security blog, "Security Clearance" featured an opinion piece by Mitchell D. Silber, Director of Intelligence Analysis for the NYPD. In his piece, Silber analyzes terrorist threats that the West should anticipate in 2012. Specifically, Silber focuses on threats in foreign geographies: Somalia, Yemen, and Sub-Saharan Africa as well as […]

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NYPD’s Spying Programs Produced Mixed Results – Fox News

On December 23, 2011, featured an article by the Associated Press, that assessed both the successes and shortcomings of NYPD's counter-intelligence program.  Titled NYPD's Spying Programs Produced Mixed Results, the article provides a time-line from the program's inception after the 9/11 attacks to present day.  The article highlights some of the program's successes such […]

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US $10m bounty for ‘al-Qaeda man’ based in Iran – BBC

On December 22, 2011, the BBC reported that the U.S. government has announced a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest of terrorist financier Yasin al-Suri (also known as Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil). According to the BBC, the reward is the "first time a 'terrorist financier' has been targeted in such a way."  […]

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Dec 23rd, 2011 investigations

Are Military Courts Soft on Terrorism? – The Atlantic

On December 21, 2011, the Atlantic featured an opinion piece by Wendy Kaminer, an author, lawyer and civil libertarian. In her piece, Kaminer notes the stark contrast between Article III courts and military commissions on terrorism cases.  Kaminer cites to a study conducted by the Center for American Progress, which stated that "Two of the […]

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Woman charged with sending money to Pakistan group to fund terrorist attacks – Fox News

On December 21, 2011, Fox News reported that a Los Angeles, California woman was indicted for sending money to Pakistan to "help fund terrorist attacks against U.S. military personnel." According to the website, Oytun Ayse Mihalik was apprehend at Los Angeles International Airport in August 2011 while attempting to board a flight to Turkey.  Federal […]

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In swift decision, Mehanna convicted of terror charges – Boston Globe

On December 20, 2011, the Boston Globe reported that after deliberating for a total of ten hours, a federal jury found Tarek Mehanna guilty on all counts. According to the article, Mehanna was "Convicted of charges of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a foreign terror organization, conspiracy to provide material support to […]

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House passes $662 billion defense bill after White House drops veto threat – Washington Post

On December 14, 2011, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a highly contested defense appropriations bill after the Obama Administration dropped its threat to veto the bill.  According to the article, the White House dropped its veto threat after members of the Administration were successful in obtaining key revisions to […]

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Iraqi man changes plea, admits trying to support al-Qaida – Washington Post

On December 16, 2011, the Washington Post reported that an Iraqi man changed his plead to guilty of "conspiring to attack American soldiers in Iraq, conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to terrorists." According to the article, 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan, appeared in a Kentucky federal courthouse […]

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