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Intel Report: al-Qaeda in Yemen Determined to Strike in U.S.

By | 05.12.10 | 2:44 pm

Mark Hosenball gets a hold of a report from a northern California-based “fusion center” of federal, state and local homeland security and law enforcement organizations. Looking at al-Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate, which provided the training for failed Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the fusion center views the threat from More…

56 Percent of Americans Are Too Soft to Fight Terrorism

By | 02.19.10 | 3:31 pm

Greg Sargent finds a plum for liberals inside a new CNN poll.

As you know, the police and FBI agents always inform suspects of their constitutional right to remain silent and to have a lawyer present during any questioning. Do you think law enforcement officials should or should not


More GOP Ignorance About National Security

By | 02.10.10 | 12:57 pm

Given that the entire GOP congressional leadership just loudly bleated that they know less about FBI procedure than the average moviegoer, maybe Newt Gingrich didn’t want to show how blitheringly ignorant he is. Josh Marshall:

Classic moment last night on The Daily Show when Newt Gingrich explained that it


Obama’s Terrorism Poll Numbers Rise Despite GOP Attacks

By | 02.10.10 | 9:13 am

This Washington Post/ABC News poll is filled with bad news for congressional Democrats, but it also contains one piece of bad news for congressional Republicans. Look at Obama’s approval rating on handling the threat of terrorism: he gets a 56 percent approval rating, up from 53 percent on November 15, More…

Vindicating the Approach of Obama’s Elite Interrogators

By | 02.09.10 | 11:51 am

From Walter Pincus’ piece about how the Obama administration considered and rejected placing Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in military custody:

After Abdulmutallab decided to stop talking, was read his Miranda rights and got lawyers, the FBI devised a complex investigative plan, which was outlined to reporters last week.

Brennan Says Critics of Terrorism Policy ‘Serve the Goals of al-Qaeda’

By | 02.09.10 | 9:15 am

Building off his Sunday retaliation at Republican critics over the Mirandization and (successful!) interrogation of would-be Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan goes much further in a USA Today op-ed.

It begins as an aggressive defense of the utility of law-enforcement approaches More…

Bond, Hoekstra, GOP Leaders Claim Ignorance on FBI Procedure

By | 02.08.10 | 8:37 am

Evidently out of patience with attacks on the Obama administration for reading would-be Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights,  John Brennan, the White House counterterrorism chief, called out the Obama administration’s conservative critics for what he described as selective outrage.

The GOP, National Security and Facts Not in Evidence

By | 02.04.10 | 8:59 am

The most significant quote in this Washington Post piece about the post-Northwest Airlines Flight 253 debate on national security comes from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.):

“Instead of trying to excuse the inexcusable, the administration should take responsibility for the dire consequences of its decision to swiftly grant civilian rights


This Threat Warning, Brought to You by the U.S. Law Enforcement Community

By | 02.03.10 | 8:47 am

Two data points that are almost certainly connected. First:

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit on Dec. 25, started talking to investigators after two of his family members arrived in the United States and helped earn his cooperation,


Gates Defends the Administration on Abdulmutallab

By | 02.02.10 | 10:02 am

Carrying forward a conservative attack on the Obama administration’s handling of the interrogation and prosecution of would-be Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), at this morning’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates whether Abdulmutallab should be tried in a military commission instead of More…