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.
February 6, 2014 |
Shooters armed with assault rifles and some knowledge of electrical utilities have prompted new worries on the vulnerability of California's vast power grid. A 2013 attack on an electric substation near San Jose that nearly knocked out Silicon Valley's power supply was initially downplayed as vandalism by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the facility's owner. Gunfire from semiautomatic weapons did extensive damage to 17 transformers that sent grid operators scrambling to avoid a blackout.
July 28, 2013 |
"This is a great time to be a white-collar criminal. " An assistant U.S. attorney I know startled me with this remark in 2002. The bulk of her FBI investigators, she explained, had been pulled off to work on terrorism, which left traditional crime investigations sorely understaffed. Little has changed since then. For more than a decade, the U.S. government has been focused on one type of threat above all others: terrorism. This obsession has not only been used to justify an erosion of Americans' privacy, it has opened them to other dangers and, paradoxically, made it easier for terrorists to achieve success.