Tagged: counterterrorism

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...

Department of Homeland Security at 10 Years: Examining Challenges and Achievements and Addressing Emerging Threats

Department of Homeland Security at 10 Years: Examining Challenges and Achievements and Addressing Emerging Threats, Hearing Before the United States Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, September 11, 2013 On September 11, 2013 the United States Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and...

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....

Report on the National Network of Fusion Centers

Last week, Michael McCaul, Chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee , and Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence , released a Majority Staff Report entitled “The National Network of Fusion Centers.” The report analyzes the effectiveness of fusion centers across the nation...

Environmental and Animal Rights Extremists in the United States

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) has released a new report entitled, “An Overview of Bombing and Arson Attacks by Environmental and Animal Rights Extremists in the United States, 1995-2010: Final Report to the Resilient Systems Division, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department...

2012 Country Reports on Terrorism Released by the U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism has released the 2012 Country Reports on Terrorism (CRT). This document comes in the wake of the 2012 Global Counterterrorism Forum, whose 30 founding members represent many UN countries with a universally agreed-upon Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. The CRT details terrorism reports on...