Jihadist Terrorism: A Threat Assessment

The Bipartisan Policy Center has released a report titled, Jihadist Terrorism: A Threat Assessment. The report examines the jihadist threat at home and abroad, the U.S. Government response to al-Qaeda and its allies, and how certain trends and events in the Middle East will impact the future of terrorist organizations.

From the report: "A dozen years ago the enemy was clear and plainly in sight. It was a large terrorist organization, situated mostly in one geographic location, and led by an identifiable leader. Today, the borders between domestic and international terrorism have blurred, and the United States' adversaries are not only organizations, but also individuals. The United States therefore needs to develop defenses against a more amorphous, diffuse threat posed by radicalized individuals while continuing to destroy and disrupt al-Qaeda and its associated groups, and the ideology that fuels and sustains them."

The authors of the report make several recommendations intended for the legislative branch and the Obama administration. These recommendations include:

  • Congress should overhaul its oversight committees on national security
  • Congress should hold public hearings on U.S. counterterrorism strategy
  • Congress should put the CIA drone program on a more solid legal foundation
  • The administration should repatriate some of the prisoners currently held at Guantanamo Bay
  • The United States should maintain a military presence in Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission ends in 2014
  • The government should release additional documents captured at Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound

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