January 9, 2009 |
Barack Obama picked CIA veteran John Brennan as his top advisor on counter-terrorism, a White House position not subject to Senate approval. Brennan will be an influential advisor on the Middle East and on Iran, an area in which he has called for a sharp break with past U.S. policy. The president-elect's decision comes only six weeks after Brennan was forced to pull out of contention for the directorship of the Central Intelligence Agency because of fears that his statements supporting some controversial interrogation techniques would have complicated his confirmation.
September 11, 2008 |
On the campaign trail, the two presidential teams have been savaging each other over what they contend are stark differences between how Barack Obama and John McCain would lead the United States in its multibillion-dollar war on terrorism. Obama declared in his convention speech: "McCain likes to say that he'll follow Bin Laden to the gates of Hell -- but he won't even go to the cave where he lives." At the GOP convention, Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate, fired back: "Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America -- he's worried that someone won't read them their rights?"
July 26, 2008 |
Right-wing plotters targeted prominent figures for assassination, including Orhan Pamuk, the Nobel Prize-winning author, and planned to attack NATO installations in Turkey, the government charged Friday in a wide-ranging indictment against what it described as a nationwide network of conspirators. The 2,500-page document laying out details of the alleged ultranationalist plot was released by prosecutors Friday, as an Istanbul court agreed to take up the case and scheduled hearings to begin Oct. 20. At least 86 people face trial on charges that include conspiracy and terrorism, and authorities have said more people are likely to be charged.
April 2, 2008 |
Saudi Arabia remains the world's leading source of money for Al Qaeda and other extremist networks and has failed to take key steps requested by U.S. officials to stem the flow, the Bush administration's top financial counter-terrorism official said Tuesday. Stuart A.
August 19, 2013 |
On Aug. 9, the Obama administration released a previously secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act that it used to justify the bulk collection of every American's phone records. The strained reasoning in the 22-page memo won't survive long in public light, which is itself one of the strongest arguments for transparency in government. As the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants. " Recent revelations by the Washington Post emphasize the need for greater transparency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1999
Edward N. Luttwak's "Chasing Terrorism by Subcontractor" (Commentary, Dec. 23) directly attacks all Muslims in all countries, including the U.S., which he states is "the leading Christian nation," a statement that in itself undoubtedly bothers not only American Muslims but also American Jews and American members of other religions and philosophies. He maintains that "Islamic terrorists" are free to travel in Canada and in this country because each nation has "Islamic immigrant communities," a terrible and unfounded indictment of all immigrant Muslims.