Tag: terrorism

American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike in January

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A U.S. drone strike in January targeting a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group, the first known instance in which the Central Intelligence Agency killed hostages in a

Reforming the Intelligence Machine in an Era of Asymmetric Warfare

John O. Brennan

There’s no doubt that we are now well into a time when wars are won and lost on intelligence efforts. In an era of budgetary constraints, low appetite for overt foreign intervention, and highly asymmetric insurgency — the likes of

Spy Chief Says Australia May Raise Terror Threat

Australia may elevate its terrorism threat to the second highest level within days because of the growing danger posed by Islamic State group supporters, the national domestic spy chief said. Australian Security Intelligence Organization Director-General David Irvine said Australia’s terrorist

Inside SITE Intelligence Group: Steven Sotloff Beheading Discovered By Nonprofit Research Organization

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ISIS has allegedly beheaded Steven Joel Sotloff, the American journalist who appeared in the terrorist group’s propaganda video of James Foley’s beheading two weeks ago. In the first video, the executioners threatened Sotloff would meet the same fate if the

Despite billions spent on intelligence, we know very little

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WASHINGTON, September 1, 2014 – The U.S. spends billions on intelligence, yet we always seem to be surprised by events in the world. George W. Bush told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and CIA Director George Tenet

The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post

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The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be. As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database

The NSA is monitoring dead people

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You may be dead, but the U.S. government won’t take you off its terrorist roster. That’s according to newly leaked internal guidelines from last year that reveal intimate details regarding the government’s process for determining whether an individual should be

Qaeda Plot Leak Has Undermined U.S. Intelligence

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WASHINGTON — As the nation’s spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials have made a startling finding: the impact of a leaked terrorist plot by Al Qaeda in August has

REVIEW: Terror in the Name of God. Why Religious Militants Kill

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By Jessica Stern. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2003. 368 pages. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Those who support the current US administration's views about a global American empire; the demonization of terrorists and major efforts to hunt down and eradicate them will not

REVIEW: Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror

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By Rohan Gunaratna.  New York, NY:  Columbia University Press, 2002.  276 pages _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Rohan Gunaratna is a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland and an

CIA “overlooked” Osama bin Laden movie documents

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The Central Intelligence Agency says it "inadvertently overlooked" documents related to its assistance to filmmakers creating a movie about the Osama bin Laden raid and failed to hand them over as part of a lawsuit against the CIA and the

Two Killed, Some 14 Hurt In Northwest Pakistan Suicide Bombing

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Two people were killed and some 14 others wounded on September 1 when a suicide bomber blew up his car in northwestern Pakistan. Police signaled a suspect vehicle to stop and opened fire when the driver ignored the instruction. Local