April 7, 2010 |
When I joined the Senate in 1973, crafting nuclear policy meant mastering arcane issues like nuclear stability and deterrence theory. With the end of the Cold War and a new relationship between our country and Russia, thankfully these subjects no longer dominate public discourse. Today, the danger of deliberate, global nuclear war has all but disappeared, but the nuclear threats we face from terrorists and non-nuclear states seeking to acquire such weapons are graver than ever. On Tuesday, President Obama took an important step toward addressing these threats by releasing a plan that will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy while ensuring that our nuclear arsenal remains safe, secure and effective for as long as it is needed.
March 9, 2010 |
Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan, and Lahore, Pakistan -- A suicide car bombing at a building in Lahore that houses terrorism investigators killed at least 13 people and wounded 80 others Monday, the first terrorist strike this year to hit a major city in Pakistan's Punjab heartland. The blast targeted a special investigative unit that interrogates key terrorism suspects. The building collapsed from the force of the blast, and rescuers spent the morning searching for survivors in the rubble.
March 8, 2010 |
Pakistani intelligence sources in Karachi said Sunday that security forces in the southern port city have arrested Adam Gadahn, a Southern California native who became a top propagandist for Al Qaeda and is wanted by the U.S. on treason charges. A U.S. counter-terrorism official said later that the CIA and other agencies "are looking into reports" of Gadahn's capture, but could not immediately confirm his arrest. Some reports said the man arrested may have been another American-born Al Qaeda operative.
February 24, 2010 |
Shaqeel Qalander, a furniture maker living on the Indian side of divided Kashmir, for years has been telling anyone willing to listen that India and Pakistan need to dial down their distrust, remove the cumbersome restrictions impeding trade and take other steps toward getting along. The tradesman said he wholeheartedly welcomed Thursday's meeting of the two nations' foreign secretaries in New Delhi, the first formal talks between the nuclear-armed neighbors since Pakistani-based militants attacked the Indian city of Mumbai 15 months ago. "We are very much pleased with such initiatives," Qalander said.
January 6, 2010 |
Washington reopened its embassy in Yemen on Tuesday after Yemeni security forces killed two alleged militants a day earlier north of the capital, said a statement posted on the website of the U.S. mission. The United States, Japan and several European nations shut their embassies this week amid worries about rising Al Qaeda activity on the troubled Arabian peninsula. The U.S. Embassy statement cited "credible information that pointed to imminent terrorist attacks." U.S. officials said they reopened the embassy in Sana, the capital, because of the Yemeni operation against Al Qaeda operatives, which also left two suspects wounded.
January 4, 2010 |
President Obama's leading counter-terrorism advisor said Sunday that human error, not turf battles among federal intelligence officials, allowed an Al Qaeda-trained operative to carry out an attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound passenger plane on Christmas Day. Deputy national security advisor John Brennan, in appearances on several morning television news programs, also said there was "no smoking gun" of intelligence gathered by American officials that...
January 3, 2010 |
As the war on terrorism turns toward the Al Qaeda threat from Yemen, U.S. intelligence officials say that the country's strategic location, lawlessness and instability may make it an even more problematic battleground than Pakistan or Afghanistan. The impoverished nation, already struggling with civil war, has become a far more inviting haven for Al Qaeda fighters than even Afghanistan before the Sept. 11 attacks, the officials say. The severity of the threat -- and the United States' deepening involvement -- were underscored by President Obama on Saturday as he declared a new counter-terrorism partnership with Yemen that will include more intelligence-sharing, training and possibly joint attacks against the rising Al Qaeda affiliate in the region, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
December 30, 2009 |
British investigators are hunting for signs that a Nigerian terrorism suspect could have had contact with London's extremist underworld before the attempted plane bombing over Detroit on Christmas Day, counter-terrorism officials said Tuesday. But so far, an investigation of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's time as a student in London from 2005 to 2008 has not revealed links to known Islamic ideologues or operatives there, British officials said. It is not yet clear where he may have become radicalized or established contact with Al Qaeda's offshoot in Yemen, the network suspected of masterminding the plot, officials said.
September 6, 2009 |
The Obama administration wants to maintain the secrecy of terrorist watch list information it routinely shares with federal, state and local agencies, a move that rights groups say would make it difficult for people who have been improperly included on such lists to challenge the government. Intelligence officials in the administration are pressing for legislation that would exempt "terrorist identity information" from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Such information -- which includes names, fingerprints and other biometric identifiers -- is widely shared with law enforcement agencies and intelligence "fusion centers," which combine state and federal counter-terrorism resources.