Conflicting Reports Indicate that Drone Strikes Still Occurring in Pakistan

By: Friday July 1, 2011 9:35 am

So what’s going on with the US drone base in Pakistan? Yesterday, the Financial Times wrote that the Pakistani Defense Minister, Ahmed Mukhtar, demanded that the US remove itself from the Shamsi air base used to launch drone attacks. But the US is apparently refusing to leave, and suggested they didn’t even know about the [...]

John Brennan – Not a Diplomat – Seeking Diplomatic End to Yemeni Civil War

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 1:35 pm

The US and Arabian Gulf nations are locked in crisis negotiations as they try to avert a civil war in Yemen. Over the past week-plus, clashes between regime security forces loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Hashed tribe have killed close to 150. The regime has used tanks, automatic weapons and even [...]

Brennan: “Inconceivable” That Pakistan Wasn’t Supporting Bin Laden

By: Monday May 2, 2011 1:38 pm

This is not some back-bencher, but the leading counter-terrorism adviser: President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser called it “inconceivable” that Pakistan was not providing a “support system” for Osama bin Laden, who was killed Sunday in a raid in a mansion north of the capital city of Islamabad. “We are pursuing all leads on this issue,” [...]

Anti-American Chatter Surges on Jihadist Websites in Response to Park51 Fury

By: Monday August 23, 2010 9:16 am

While the White House’s top counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, has said that he’s seen no evidence that the controversy over the Park51 project has fueled extremism abroad, Jonathan Weisman of the Wall Street Journal begs to differ. Islamic radicals are seizing on protests against a planned Islamic community center near Manhattan’s Ground Zero and anti-Muslim [...]

Brennan Did Brief GOP Reps About Abdulmutallab

By: Monday February 8, 2010 7:31 am

If anybody was actually paying attention, they’d see the Republican national security brand melt before their eyes in the past couple weeks. They first smeared the White House about reading Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights. Then it came out that Abdulmutallab was talking after an interrogation process marked by help from his family and [...]

Obama’s Kinder, Gentler War On Terror

By: Sunday January 10, 2010 6:10 pm

I never got around to commenting on President Obama’s statement about the failed Christmas Day bombing, and the subsequent memorandum and review summary about the terrorist attack. First, let me say that it was a very assured speech, the best Obama has been on the subject and the kind of statement I would very much [...]

Will Gitmo Detainees Be Returned To Yemen?

By: Monday January 4, 2010 1:45 pm

We’re over a week away from the failed Christmas Day bombing attack, and White House officials are still vowing to continue the release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, including returning some to Yemen, where the most recent threat reportedly originated. The United States still intends to send some Yemeni detainees at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, [...]

Man Who Created Terror Watch List To Oversee Review Of Failures In Terror Watch List

By: Thursday December 31, 2009 6:44 am

Some of the criticism that the nation’s intelligence agencies are getting about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab seems a bit misplaced to me. But what is true is that the NSA had evidence that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was chattering about using a Nigerian for an upcoming terrorist attack, and while they shared that information, [...]

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