Tagged: counterterrorism

House Committee on Homeland Security: Preliminary Findings on Counterterrorism Challenges of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Released yesterday, “Syrian Refugee Flows: Security Risks and Counterterrorism Challenges,” is a Majority Staff Report by the House Committee on Homeland Security. This report presents the preliminary findings of the committee’s year-long inquiry into the counterterrorism challenges associated with Syrian refugee flows. With just ten findings and seven recommendations, this...

Country Reports on Terrorism 2014

Throughout 2014, global news headlines were frequented by stories concerning the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and lone wolf terrorists. Today, the U.S. Department of State released the Country Reports of Terrorism report for 2014 to the public, a report that further investigates ISIL and the lone...

The Blueprint: A New National Security Strategy

During the State of the Union (SOTU) address last month, President Barack Obama highlighted numerous American accomplishments in 2014 such as decreasing the number of troops deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, and the fall of unemployment to its lowest rate in 6 years. The President also mentioned his future ambitions...

GPO Offers a Unique 2015 Counterterrorism Desk Calendar

The Government Printing Office (GPO) is the “Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government.” Carrying the responsibility to produce and distribute products for all three branches of the Federal Government, in addition to the...

President Obama Announces U.S. Intent and Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

“If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”  On September 10, 2014, President Barack Obama delivered a speech to the American Public declaring the intent of the United States government to respond strongly to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known...

Terrorism Prevention and Training Within State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies

The events on 9/11 brought drastic change to the United States in numerous ways. Today, Americans look towards law enforcement agencies now, more than ever, for a feeling of safety. Knowing that the FBI agency has been trained in counterterrorism, the question lies as to how our state, local, and...

Taking a Hard Look from Above: Task Force Issues New Recommendations for U.S. Drone Policy

For a one-year period, a task force of three expert working groups (the “Task Force”) met under the roof of the Stimson Center to focus on different aspects of current Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) policy. The Task Force, composed of 10 senior-level military, intelligence, legal, and academic scholars, focused on...

Federal Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Targeted Killing of Anwar al-Aulaqi

This Monday a federal court released a July 2010 Justice Department memo that justified a DoD or CIA drone strike against senior al-Qaeda member Anwar al-Aulaqi. The 41-page memo, penned by then-Assistant Attorney General David Barron, sheds new light on the controversial “targeted-killing-of-American-citizens” debate in the United States. It explores the legal aspects...

New Releases on Boston Bombings: Counterterrorism Lessons-Learned & Death of Ibragim Todashev

The House Homeland Security Committee released today its declassified report on the Boston Marathon bombings, entitled “The Road to Boston: Counterterrorism Challenges and Lessons from the Marathon Bombings.” The report “examines much of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s personal history and his interaction with Federal agencies, including his radicalization, the 2011 threat assessment...

Boston Marathon Bombings: The Public’s Attitudes and Beliefs Before and After the Attacks

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) released a study on the public’s attitudes before and after the Boston Marathon bombings, entitled “U.S. Attitudes Toward Terrorism and Counterterrorism Before and After the April 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings“. The study compared responses of American adults...