Current Events vs. Founding Documents Entry 91 Current Event According to the New York Times on March 7, 2011 WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday reversed his two-year-old order halting new military charges against detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, permitting military trials to resume with revamped procedures but implicitly admitting the failure of his pledge [...]
Vice President Joseph Biden recently proclaimed that the al Qaeda division in Pakistan is not as strong or influential as it used to be. Biden is basing his judgment on current American intelligence assessments on the international terrorism threat. The once-significant al Qaeda cadre in Pakistan is no longer believed to be able to execute [...]
Download Military Tribunals: Justice for The al-Qaeda Terrorist and American Citizen Military Tribunals: Justice for The al-Qaeda Terrorist and American Citizen By Archana Vuyyuru, Intern, Homeland Security Division. ** This essay took second place in the Bradley Foundation’s Freedom Prize Essay Contest in 2010. “The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in [...]
The Central Intelligence Agency concluded early this year that a man named Anwar al-Awlaki has been actively involved in planning and launching attacks against the United States, and the Obama administration has since designated him to be captured or killed. A lawsuit brought by Mr. Awlaki’s father, who is represented by the American Civil Liberties [...]
Very recently, the news wires have been abuzz with speculation and conjecture that al-Qaeda’s third-in-command, Mustafa al-Yazid, aka Saeed al-Masri, has been killed by a CIA drone bombing. While few doubt that the man is in fact dead, or what his position was within al-Qaeda’s hierarchy, the relative importance to the group itself is debatable. [...]
Al-Qaeda in the Malay Archipelago: A Case Study of the July 2009 JW Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia
The Case Study This case study examines the history of the Indonesian terrorist network al-Jemaah al-Islamiyah (JI) and its most deadly and violent splinter cell Tanzim Qaedat al-Jihad, particularly through the lens of the 17 July 2009 terrorist bombings of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta. Focus is given the history of both [...]
Yemen has served as a safe-haven for Al Qa’ida Arabian Peninsula since 2001. As U.S. and Coalition Forces continue to drive insurgents out of Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorists are seeking refuge in the ungoverned, mountainous swaths of northwestern and eastern Yemen. The 30,000-strong U.S. troop surge will only expedite the transition of terrorists to places like Somalia, North Africa, and Yemen unless the United States and Yemen direct more resources to these dark corners. This threat assessment is a concise overview of the threats posed to the U.S. and U.S. interests in the region by terrorists in Yemen.