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Foreign Policy Contributors Favor a Less Military-Centric Approach to U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts

Phillip Carter and Deborah Pearlstein recently published an article in Foreign Policy arguing, “[W]e’ve already figured out how to win the legal war on terrorism.” And how, exactly, is that? According to Carter and Pearlstein, the United States should use military force only when “necessary and appropriate,” and, in most instances, should instead rely on […]

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Warsame’s Case Provides a “Template” for How U.S. Will Proceed Against Alleged Terrorists Captured Overseas

The manner in which to proceed with the prosecution of Ahmed Abdul Kadir Warsame, a top facilitator between al-Qaeda franchises who was captured while on a boat in the Gulf of Aden sailing between Somalia and Yemen, sparked controversy between politicians and intelligence officials, according to The Washington Post. Generally, The Post reports that the Obama […]

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More Questions on Scope of the AUMF

The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) has served as the legal foundation for many of the United States’ counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda for at least a decade. Similarly, the AUMF provides some legal basis under which the U.S. may carry out targeted strikes.  But the scope of the United States’ authority to […]

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Alleged Al Qaeda Operative Extradited to the United States

BBC News reports that Abid Naseer, who is accused of playing an instrumental role in the Al Qaeda conspiracy to bomb Manchester in 2009, has been extradited to the United States where prosecutors will try him for the UK plot as part of an alleged larger plan to also attack New York. UK prosecutors did […]

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Alleged Alabama Terrorists Arrested, Masri Sentenced

In early December 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the arrests of Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, and Randy “Rasheed” Wilson, 25, as well as the sentencing of Shaker Masri, 29. All three men are United States citizens. In the Southern District of Alabama, Abukhdair and Wilson were arrested for conspiring to provide material […]

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European Court of Human Rights Holds CIA Rendition Program Violated Man’s Rights

According to The New York Times, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the rights of Khaled el-Masri, a German man who was mistakenly identified as a terrorist and abducted nine years ago, were violated by the CIA’s rendition program. This decision, The Times reports, cannot be appealed. The article goes on […]

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Deputy Secretary Comments on State of Counterterrorism Efforts at Global Counterterrorism Forum Plenary

The U.S. Department of State released a transcript of remarks made by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns at the Global Counterterrorism Forum Plenary in Abu Dhabi, UAE on December 14. The Deputy Secretary emphasized that the meeting took place “at a pivotal moment in our fight against violent extremism . . .  Al-Qaeda […]

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Dec 15th, 2012 al-Qaida, Terrorism

Three Attempted Bombers are Sentenced to Prison

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio sentenced Douglas Wright, Brandon Baxter, and Connor Stevens to eleven and one-half years, nine years and nine months, and eight years and one month, respectively, for conspiring to use explosives to blow up an Ohio bridge, according to a press release. The press release […]

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Al Qaeda Operative Gets Life Sentence

A Department of Justice (DOJ) press release reports that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York sentenced Adis Medunjanin to life in prison for his role in multiple federal terrorism offenses, including conspiring to suicide bomb the New York City subway system at the direction of al Qaeda leaders in […]

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Second Circuit Court Sharply Questions Government Tactics in Terrorism Investigation

The New York Times reports that the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sharply questioned government tactics in an undercover terrorism investigation that led to the conviction of four men in 2010. The Times reports that Chief Judge Dennis G. Jacobs inquired as follows: Is there another case that you can talk […]

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