The New York Daily News
December 28, 2010
Does anyone in our government have a comprehensive long--term strategy to stop the trend of increasing numbers of domestic extremists?
December 23, 2010
Emergency sirens rang out in Rome this morning after two small package bombs exploded at the Swiss and Chilean embassies, according to police. A similar suspicious package was sent to the Ukrainian Embassy but proved to contain no explosive material.
December 21, 2010
Donald F. Borelli, who retired last week as head of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York, today joined a private security consulting company headed by Ali Soufan, another notable FBI agent who worked against al-Qaeda.
December 19, 2010
British Parliament Committee Invites Ali Soufan to Discuss "Roots of Radicalization"
December 19, 2011 - The transcript and video of Ali Soufan's October appearance before the House of Commons' Home Affairs Committee is now available on The Soufan Group's website. Mr. Soufan was invited to give evidence on the roots of radicalization, and also discussed with MPs the so-called Arab Spring and the current situation in the Middle East.
December 15, 2010
President Obama didn't stop by Detachment 88 Headquarters during his recent visit to Indonesia, but if he had he would have gained valuable insights into strategies to defeat terrorists before they reach the battlefield. Detachment 88 is Indonesian police's counter-terrorism unit, and they've had both notable successes and failures in their efforts against the al Qaeda affiliated Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) group ? all of which provide important counter-terrorism lessons for everyone else. I spent time in the unit's offices during a trip to South-East Asia with a team from the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS) tasked with analyzing terrorism risk reduction strategies.
November 19, 2010
If you rely on headlines and partisan politicians for news, you'd be forgiven for believing that the just-concluded civilian trial of former Guantanamo detainee, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, was, as Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) described, "a total miscarriage of justice." It wasn't - certainly not in the way King and others may mean.
November 9, 2010
A RETIRED assistant chief constable who was once in charge of policing Drumcree has been praised for his role as part of a team of international security experts whose ground-breaking report will provide direction for countries seeking to gain the upper-hand in the fight against terrorism. Former RUC and PSNI ACC Stephen White, who now works for QIASS (Qatar International Academy for Security Studies], was a member of its project team which presented a key report Extremist Violence Risk Reduction for the 79th Interpol general assembly.
November 9, 2010
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.
November 8, 2010
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 and other factions.
October 12, 2010
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...