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Category Archives: Domestic Terrorism

FBI 9/11 Commission Releases Report

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 2:38 PM

The FBI 9/11 Commission has released its congressionally mandated report on the “implementation of the recommendations related to the FBI that were proposed by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.” The report, principally authored by Edwin Meese, Tim Roemer, and Bruce Hoffman, issued three key findings: The FBI has made measurable . . .
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The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

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Monday, February 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Last week, the White House convened a summit on countering violent extremism. The summit took place over three days and featured remarks by Obama administration officials, global leaders, law enforcement representatives, local activists, and President Barack Obama, among others. Below the fold, we’ve compiled video from the event.

Safe Havens Still Matter

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 9:13 PM

Micah Zenko and Amelia M. Wolf, both with the Council on Foreign Relations, have a new piece in Foreign Policy which argues against the “myth” that safe havens allow terrorists a space in which to flourish. They claim that this myth has only led us fruitlessly abroad in search of monsters to destroy. It’s a stunning . . .
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Thoughts on the Al-Marri Release

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:28 AM

In October 2009, Ali Saleh Al-Marri was sentenced to more than eight years in prison under a plea deal the Al Qaeda sleeper agent had struck with federal prosecutors. Quietly, on January 16, Al-Marri was released—having served just over five years of his time. Reports the Washington Post: Ali Saleh Mohammad Kahlah al-Marri, 49, was released from a maximum . . .
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President Obama Comments on Back-doors in Encryption

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Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5:50 PM

We’ve yet to find a transcript of President Obama’s remarks during today’s press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, but according to several news outlets, the President made a number of interesting statements regarding cybersecurity and data encryption. “If we get into a situation which the technologies do not allow us at all to track . . .
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Did the FBI Just Prevent an Attack in DC from a Homegrown ISIS Supporter?

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:12 PM

A very, very big arrest in Cincinnati today, involving allegations that a man named Christopher Cornell (online alias Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah) had planned to travel to DC in order to carry out an attack (via assault rifle) at the Capitol. It appears Cornell was arrested today after he purchased two ArmaLite M-15s. How did the . . .
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Byman and Shapiro on Returning Foreign Fighters

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:44 AM

My Brookings colleagues Daniel Byman, Lawfare‘s Foreign Policy Editor, and Jeremy Shapiro have a new paper out on a very timely subject: returning foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq. Entitled, “Be Afraid. Be A Little Afraid: The Threat of Terrorism from Western Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq,” it was the subject of an event yesterday . . .
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On War and Crime

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Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Yesterday at Lawfare, Bryan Cunningham sought to breathe new life into the “military versus law enforcement” debate over terrorism, along the way deeming the horrific assaults in Paris to be “consequences” of France’s police-centric strategy. He thus finds fault with the current counterterrorism regime generally, and invites others to join in a broader discussion about . . .
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More on Passport Revocation and Temporary Exclusion: The New Counter-Terrorism Bill in the U.K.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The United Kingdom’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, HC Bill 127, had its first reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday, November 26. The Bill has been published at a time when the British Home Secretary has described “the threat we face right now is perhaps greater than it ever has been and we must have . . .
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Jose Padilla Re-sentenced to 21 Years

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:39 AM

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke has re-sentenced Jose Padilla to 21 years in prison for his 2007 conviction for conspiracy to murder, kidnap, and main individuals in a foreign country; conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists; and providing material support to terrorists. An appellate court had vacated Padilla’s original, 17-and-a-half year sentence, after finding . . .
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DOJ to Seek Death Penalty Against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for Boston Marathon Bombings

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 3:04 PM

The DOJ has just announced it will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his alleged role in the Boston Marathon bombings. Here’s the notice the government filed today in federal court.  U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz has also issued a statement regarding Attorney General Eric Holder’s authorization of the death penalty. It reads: . . .
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Brennan Center Report Slams Current State & Local CT Programs

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The Brennan Center for Justice released today a new report titled “National Security and Local Police.”  They conducted surveys of more than a dozen major police departments and their affiliated state or city intelligence “fusion centers” (funded heavily by federal grants) and Joint Terrorism Task Forces (FBI-led interagency and intergovernmental coordination groups for terrorism investigations).  . . .
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Overview of Restrictions on Counsel in the Tsarnaev and 9/11 Cases

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Monday, December 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

From the defense’s standpoint, which are more onerous: restrictions on lawyers in civilian terrorism cases or restrictions used in military commissions? Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is currently challenging Special Administrative Measures (SAMs) imposed on him and his attorneys; Judge George O’Toole of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts heard argument on . . .
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Tsarnaev Files Reply in Support of Motion to Vacate Special Administrative Measures

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Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM

On Monday, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed his reply to the government’s response to his motion to vacate special administrative measures (SAMs) imposed on him and his attorneys. In his filing, Tsarnaev rejects the government’s claim that the court lacks jurisdiction to consider his motion, and he reiterates that the measures are not properly authorized and violate the Constitution. Tsarnaev opens . . .
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Government Files Response to Tsarnaev’s Motion to Vacate Special Administrative Measures

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Last Monday, the government filed its response to accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s motion to vacate the special administrative measures (SAMs) imposed on him and his attorneys. (We previously described the measures and Tsarnaev’s challenge here.) In essence, the opposition filing makes two arguments: first, that the court lacks jurisdiction to consider Tsarnaev’s motion because he failed to exhaust his . . .
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Tsarnaev Files Motion to Vacate Special Administrative Measures

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Monday, October 7, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Last Wednesday, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed a motion to vacate special administrative measures (SAMs) imposed on him and his attorneys. In his motion, Tsarnaev argues that the government has not alleged facts sufficient to justify the measures—essentially a package of additional security restrictions—and that the measures violate the First, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. Lawfare will cover the defense challenge, . . .
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Shane Harris on Nathan Myhrvold’s Paper

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Friday, September 20, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Over at Foreign Policy, Shane Harris has a story about Nathan Myhrvold’s Lawfare Research Paper Series paper: “Strategic Terrorism: A Call to Action.” Along the way, it also contains some nice words about Lawfare. It opens: Add to Nathan Myhrvold’s already eclectic résumé—which includes ex-chief technology officer of Microsoft, co-founder of one of the world’s largest patent-holding firms, and author of . . .
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Al Nusrah/Al Shabaab Supporters Brought to the US for Prosecution, and other Terrorism Prosecution News

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Friday, August 9, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Some interesting terrorism-prosecution developments over the past few days that are worth noting. United States v. Mohammed (S.D. Fla.) First, a pair of men (one leaving in Kenya, and the other–who happens to be a naturalized US citizen–living in Saudi Arabia) are in custody in the US facing material support charges based on their efforts . . .
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POTUS Plans to Nominate James B. Comey as Next FBI Director

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 7:29 PM

So report the New York Times and the Washington Post.  

Our Testimony on Military Detention for Domestic Captures: Congress Should Foreclose This Defunct Option

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Today we will appear before the House Judiciary Committee, and will argue that Congress should put to rest the question of military detention for domestic captures.  More specifically, we will argue that Congress should state explicitly that such detention is not an option under the AUMF or the NDAA FY’12.  Here is the complete text . . .
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