Osama bin Laden

Republicans say CIA torture brought down bin Laden

Republicans say CIA torture brought down bin Laden

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will soon release a report asserting the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques helped bring down Osama bin Laden and disrupt terrorist plots, the panel’s top Republican said on Sunday. “Information gleaned from these interrogations was in fact used to interrupt and disrupt terrorist plots, including some information […]

Memories of 9/11 shape debate, opinion, over Syria

Memories of 9/11 shape debate, opinion, over Syria

Twelve years later, haunting memories of Sept. 11 are shaping the debate over what to do about Syria. As Americans mark the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, the nation again is wrestling with painful questions about al-Qaida, weapons of mass destruction and the risks of American inaction. At the center of the debate is […]

More airborne terror ahead?

More airborne terror ahead?

The nature of terrorism has changed in Robert Mueller‘s dozen years as FBI director, but his concerns for the future are much the same as when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, merely a week after he’d taken over the bureau. As he wraps up his FBI tenure, Mueller worries that terrorists will once again […]

Terrorists use online chat rooms

Terrorists use online chat rooms

Al-Qaida fighters have been using secretive chat rooms and encrypted Internet message boards for planning and coordinating attacks — including the threatened if vague plot that U.S. officials say closed 19 diplomatic posts across Africa and the Middle East for more than a week. It’s highly unlikely that al-Qaida’s top leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, or his […]

Disturbing questions about U.S. use of drone strikes

Disturbing questions about U.S. use of drone strikes

CIA Director-designate John Brennan‘s vigorous defense of drone strikes to kill terror suspects — even American citizens — overseas is causing key lawmakers to consider lifting secrecy from what has become an important weapon in the fight against al-Qaida. Brennan, President Barack Obama’s top counterterror adviser, was grilled for more than three hours Thursday before […]

Use of drones to target Americans raises questions in Congress

Use of drones to target Americans raises questions in Congress

President Barack Obama’s choice to head the CIA faces a Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing just hours after lawmakers are expected to receive a classified report providing the rationale for drone strikes targeting Americans working with al-Qaida overseas. John Brennan, the White House counterterrorism chief and Obama’s nominee to run the nation’s spy agency, helped […]

Court overturns yet another Gitmo conviction

Court overturns yet another Gitmo conviction

A U.S. appeals court on Friday overturned the Guantanamo war crimes conviction of an al Qaeda videographer, a ruling likely to lead to dismissal of conspiracy charges in the pending trial of five men accused of plotting the September 11 attacks. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out the conviction […]

All U.S. troops out of Afghanistan? It’s possible

All U.S. troops out of Afghanistan? It’s possible

The Obama administration says it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon’s view that thousands of troops may be needed to contain al-Qaida and to strengthen Afghan forces. “We wouldn’t rule out any option,” including zero troops, Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser, said […]

Obama’s pick for CIA director defends drone strikes

Obama’s pick for CIA director defends drone strikes

In White House councils, John Brennan has been privy to the most secret U.S. intelligence programs. Outwardly, he has been the administration’s most public defender of one of President Barack Obama’s most controversial practices – the expanded use of armed drone aircraft to kill terrorism suspects overseas. This is the second time that Obama has […]