Terrorism is always one bad day away from being the most important issue in America. With election-eve cargo plane bombing plots disrupted by information from a repentant al Qaeda member who was also an ex-Guantanamo detainee, a timely new counter-terrorism report analyzes the most effective means for achieving the "reverse radicalization" of terrorists in prison. Among the countries whose efforts it examined was Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, where President Obama landed Tuesday morning on his Asian tour...
A rare glimpse into the lives of detainees held in Singapore for terror activities was unveiled yesterday in an international report presented at an Interpol meeting. Held in individual cells at Whitley Road Detention Centre, these extremists are isolated from one another and follow a daily routine that includes two to four hours of psychological assessments, critical reflection, studying or religious counselling...
Security officials around the world need more grass-roots strategies to understand the "radicalization process" and win over extremists with brains-over-brawn outreach such as moderate clerics, said a report Monday at an Interpol gathering in Qatar. The paper - compiled by former counterterrorism experts from agencies including the CIA and FBI - urges authorities to expand traditional intelligence and investigation work to include programs that directly challenge the ideology of groups such as al-Qaida...
Newly declassified documents show the frustrations of top White House counterterrorism officials over the U.S. failure to respond to al-Qaida's October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole despite evidence that Osama bin Laden was reading poetry about the murderous attack and publicly taking credit for it. The lack of U.S. response to the Cole attack - under both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush - has re-emerged as a painful issue this week, as crew and family members gather at the U.S. naval base in Norfolk, Va...
The most successful interrogation of an Al-Qaeda operative by U.S. officials required no sleep deprivation, no slapping or "walling" and no waterboarding...