Former State Department special agent Fred Burton on interactions with Carlos the Jackal.
On Monday night, The Washington Post reported that President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a meeting at the White House. Specifically, he is said to have described the details of an Islamic State threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. The information itself was reportedly […]
In his inaugural address, President Trump railed against “radical Islamic terrorism,” which he promised to “eradicate completely from the face of the earth.” The statement was meant to signal a bold new approach to counterterrorism, one in which terrorism is defined by the religion embraced by its supporters. But this rhetorical change is really a […]
Did the FBI work closely enough with other law enforcement agencies when it was investigating Omar Mateen in 2013? Local police in Florida have said that the FBI should have given them more information about the man who went on to commit mass murder in Orlando last month, claiming his actions were guided by ISIS. […]
Sen. Ted Cruz’s recent call to “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods” brought widespread scorn, including from some strange bedfellows. Lambasting Cruz’s statement were not just civil liberties groups and President Obama but also the NYPD, GOP candidate Gov. John Kasich and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. The consensus: Singling out Muslim communities would backfire, and persecuting […]
Since the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris, many U.S. leaders have unleashed discriminatory rhetoric in the name of counterterrorism. Thirty-one governors said that Syrian refugees were not welcome in their states. Jeb Bush suggested that refugees should be allowed into the United States if “you can prove you’re a Christian.” Donald Trump said that he […]
In November 2008, Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamist militant group, carried out a series of coordinated attacks over the course of four days across Mumbai, killing 164 people and wounding more than 300. Since then, counterterrorism officials throughout Europe have feared that sooner or later commandos using paramilitary tactics would do something similar in some European capital. As […]
U.S. special operations troops are training and equipping elite counterterrorism units in four African countries as part of a strategy against Al Qaeda-affiliated groups and associates, according to a published report.