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Would the 9/11 Hijackers’ Money Trail Raise Red Flags in Today’s System?

Would the 9/11 Hijackers’ Money Trail Raise Red Flags in Today’s System?

 
If terrorists entered the U.S. today to conduct a 9/11-scale attack and used the same money-movement methods employed by the hijackers in 2001, it is “possible, but not probable” that their financial activities would bring them to the attention of intelligence and law-enforcement officials.
That’s the assessment of Dennis M. Lormel, …

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Governments Race to Delink Rigby Murder from Support for Free Syrian Army & al Nusra

Governments Race to Delink Rigby Murder from Support for Free Syrian Army & al Nusra

Am I lucky or what? Made it through Heathrow, UK airport security, and onto the plane headed back for the US a measly 48 hours before a British-born Islamic extremist of Nigerian extraction drove his car over a British soldier outside the Woolwich Artillery Barracks and then tried to hack the victim’s head off with a rusty meat cleaver. Across the pond, before the UK went into shock, and Cameron’s government into an emergency meeting designed to address what common-sense suggests might be the response of the British people: rage and retaliation. . .

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A Death in London and Extremism Within

A Death in London and Extremism Within

A colorful mosaic of flower petals brightens an otherwise grim corner in the Woolwich section of London.  Its mirror image rests outside a quiet home in Middleton, Greater Manchester.  Each bouquet serves as a worthy tribute to both the beautifully adorned uniform of an Army Drummer and the character of …

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Mogadishu, Boston and the ‘Pavlovian Response’

Mogadishu, Boston and the ‘Pavlovian Response’

The recent terrorist attacks that took place in Mogadishu and Boston were not just intended to kill and mutilate many civilians, but to create widespread terror, disarray, and insecurity that would last far beyond the initial shock of these bloody events. It goes without saying — anyone who takes part …

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Benghazi, Adequate Security, and Reporting What You Know before You Know It

Benghazi, Adequate Security, and Reporting What You Know before You Know It

Hillary Clinton’s testimony before Congress the other week brought the country’s attention back to the Benghazi attack of Sept. 11, 2012. It is a topic that I find fascinating, less for what it says about U.S. foreign policy than for what it says about domestic politics and the processes of …

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

This film is riveting.
It is a fictional look at the hunt for and eventual killing of Osama bin Laden, the man who is believed to have masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Jessica Chastain rightfully won the best actress in a drama at the Golden Globes. …

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The Greatest U.S. National Security Threat May Come From Africa in the Future

The Greatest U.S. National Security Threat May Come From Africa in the Future

With the election of President Barack Obama to a second term as President of the United States, the operational realities of an exit strategy for U.S. forces to leave Afghanistan by 2014 began to be put into place. Obama campaigned strongly on the notion of turning the security of Afghanistan …

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Confusion in Benghazi

Confusion in Benghazi

With the election behind us and David Petraeus having testified in closed House and Senate hearings, we may hope for a more measured and less emotional examination of the events in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. In a previous post, I looked at some of the background behind the …

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Security in Benghazi

Security in Benghazi

 
There seem to be two enduring issues surrounding the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. The one that has received the most attention is the election-year hysteria over a supposed administration effort to cover up the fact of an attack. I shall return …

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The Counterintuitive Jihad

The Counterintuitive Jihad


 
Gone are the days when avoidance of religious and political discussions was essential to retaining friendships. Today discussing these two topics in the public and private squares is essential to peace, coexistence, development and progress!
At hand is the most misunderstood and indeed most abused moral concept of the …

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Still Droning On

Still Droning On

Yesterday’s Review section of the Sunday New York Times carried an “analysis” piece by journalist Scott Shane, “The Moral Case for Drones,” which was really more in the nature of a news story reporting that a group of political scientists and moral philosophers believe there is in fact a …

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The Boko Haram Knockout Punch is Needed Now

The Boko Haram Knockout Punch is Needed Now

Boko Haram continued their killing on Sunday, 10 June 2012, when a suicide bomber blew up his car outside a church and gunmen opened fire on another service in Nigeria.
At the same time, there is a fierce debate in Washington whether to designate the activities of the Islamic sect, Boko …

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Underwear Bomb Informant Worked for Saudi Intel–Not CIA, FBI, or MI6

Underwear Bomb Informant Worked for Saudi Intel–Not CIA, FBI, or MI6

Underwear bomber number 2 (still unnamed) isn’t the only one with his shorts in a twist over the latest attempt to bring terror to the sky over the Atlantic. The CIA, FBI, and MI6 are all scrambling to explain (or unexplain) their accounts of who did what when to take-down the would-be bomber and save a planeload of unwary infidels from mid-air incineration. US intelligence is blaming the administration for ‘leaks’ they say compromise a secret intelligence partnership, while other, perhaps less sanctioned leakers from each agency continue to spin the story in ways designed to claim victory for their team. Word is that someone at the White House leaked ‘the story’ to a national security advisor or some intel czar who then passed it on to three major networks.

The result? Alerts about the nefarious ‘underwear bomber’ have dominated the news for days, the mainstream media (getting it wrong again) rushing to attribute the just-in-time preemptive strike to the talents and skill of US intelligence. First reports indicated that the individal in charge of the entire operation was employed by the CIA, a ‘double agent’ in control of the whole operation from start to finish…

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Africa, Nuclear Security and the 2012 Summit

Africa, Nuclear Security and the 2012 Summit

Many hold a view that the terms Africa and nuclear security have no correlation. This is a false and dangerous perception.
South Africa’s Energy Minister Dipuo Peters announced on Tuesday 28 February 2012 that the country plans to use nuclear energy as part of diversified mix to help cure …

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Targeted Killings and the Law of War

Targeted Killings and the Law of War

I recently had the privilege to attend an event sponsored by The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program entitled, “Targeted Killings and the Law of War.”  The roundtable discussion brought …

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