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Archive for January, 2012

Uzbek refugee arrested on terror charges in Chicago – Reuters

According to a January 24, 2012 article by, 35 year old Jasmshid Muhtorov was arrested at Chicago O'Hare International Airport on charges for providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. According to the article, a criminal complaint filed by federal authorities allege that Muhtorov "planned to travel overseas to fight on behalf […]

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Feds: US Terrorist Took Out Murder Contract on Witnesses – ABC

On January 25, 2012, reported that convicted terror supporter Hysen Sherifi has been charged with attempting to murder key witnesses who testified against him and his co-conspirators. According to the article, Hysen Sherifi "tried to arrange for the witnesses to be murdered for $5,000 apiece by a hitman named "Treetop," but the go-betweens in […]

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Jan 27th, 2012 AIII Courts

Do Drones Undermine Democracy? –

Peter W. Singer, director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution, argues that, “[d]rones are blurring the civilian and military roles in war and circumventing the constitutional mandate for authorizing it,” in the 1/22/12 Opinion section of the New York Times.  Singer writes about killings by the U.S. Government using unmanned aerial […]

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Web Seminar on Regulating the Conduct of Military Personnel in Peace Operations

The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University is hosting a live web seminar on Thursday, 1/26/12, entitled Regulating the Conduct of Military Personnel in Peace Operations.  Registration is required, but participation is free. From their website: (Register) Date and time: Thursday, January 26, 2012 9:30 am Eastern Standard Time (New York, […]

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Senior police officials meet at White House as part of effort to combat homegrown terrorism – Washington Post

On January 18, 2012, the Washington Post reported that 46 senior federal, state, and local law enforcement officials met at the White House to discuss how "police can maintain the trust of their communities while identifying and preventing violent extremism and homegrown terrorism."  According to the article, the meeting was in response to a visible […]

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Three men sentenced in North Carolina terrorist ring – CNN

On January 13, 2012, reported that three men were sentenced for "their role in a homegrown terrorism ring based in North Carolina." According to the article, the terrorist ring's leader, Daniel Patrick Boyd, had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy in February. He has not yet been sentenced. The three men, Hysen Sherifi, Ziyad Yaghi, and […]

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Jose Pimentel, NYC Pipe Bomber, In Plea Bargain Negotiations – Huffington Post

On January 9, 2012, the Huffington Post reported that attorneys for suspected terror supporter, Jose Pimentel, was in plea negotiations with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.  According to the article,  a decision to accept a deal or proceed to a grand jury is expected by March 1, 2012.  Jose Pimentel is being held on New […]

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Guantanamo detainees’ bleak future – CNN

On January 8, 2012, CNN's national security blog, Security Clearance featured a piece that analyzed the future of the 171 Guantanamo Bay detainees.  According to the article, Republican roadblocks buried any attempt by the Obama Administration to close the facility.  Among the 171 remaining detainees, CNN reports that seven are to be tried by military […]

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Pakistani man sentenced for conspiring to smuggle member of Taliban into U.S. – Washington Post

On January 5, 2012 the Washington Post reported that three men who previously pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to "smuggle a member of the Pakistani Taliban into the United States" were sentenced. According to the article, Irfan Ul Haq received four years and two months in federal prison while Qasim Ali and Zahid Yousaf […]

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U.S. State Department upgrades counterterrorism – CNN

On January 4, 2012, CNN's national security blog, Security Clearance reported that the U.S. State Department elevated its counterterrorism efforts to a "full-fledged bureau," thereby "putting them in the same class as its divisions that oversee regional international diplomacy and intelligence gathering."  According to CNN "Specifically, the new bureau will take the lead in U.S. […]

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