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On Gitmo, Obama has two faces.

“The idea that we would still maintain forever a group of individuals who have not been tried, that is contrary to who we are. It is contrary to our interests and it needs to stop,” responded President Obama earlier this week to questions regarding terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. To whom exactly is our […]

WH: Actually, drones strikes are legal and effective counterterrorism policy!

Remember the tried and true age-old adage: When Republican presidents use drones to kill terrorists they’re “shredding the constitution,” but when Democrat presidents do the same it’s “legal,” “ethical,” and “wise.” A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior […]

Bush secret prisons bad, Obama secret prisons okay.

Marc Thiessen has a list of great questions regarding the Washington Post story about secret CIA prisons. Here’s one: 1. The Obama administration has been openly critical of the Bush administration for its “secret detention” of captured terrorists. Now it turns out the Obama administration been conducting the “secret release” of captured terrorists. How long […]

CIA drone killers a predictable irony.

In an article noting a gradual but measurable increase in CIA’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to assassinate terrorists I was struck by how ironic, predictable and asinine was the criticism by human rights groups. [Wa. Post] About 20 percent of CIA analysts are now “targeters” scanning data for individuals to recruit, arrest or […]

Will new Dem policies help or hinder counterterrorism?

Despite the favorable outcome a week ago, it doesn’t change the fact that the Obama Democrats are still woefully wrongheaded on our counter-terrorism policies. Here’s Bill McGurn: During the 2008 campaign, for example, Mr. Obama asserted it was “the fact” that Mr. Bush “championed a strategy that distracted us from capturing bin Laden, that focused […]

In Libya, first do no harm, second look to Poland @ 1989.

Even now the United States military and other Western powers are deploying ships and other assets around the Med and near Libya. But posturing aside the National Review editors advocate a different kind of military strategy — do nothing. Here’s why: We understand and share the impulse to stanch the killing. But there are two […]

Four parting shots from Thiessen’s “Courting Disaster.”

The following excerpts are taken from Marc Thiessen’s book Courting Disaster — and relevant to the discussion post below regarding Obama Justice Department officials who worked previously defending terrorists (point #3 is huge): Others say that the lawyers at these firms are in fact following a  great American tradition, in which everyone gets a lawyer […]

Mukasey’s high road vs. Thiessen’s “tell it like it is.”

There’s an interesting debate between two former Bush Administration officials regarding the Obama’s  attempt to hide the fact that many of the policy-makers in the Justice Department previously defended al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees in private practice. Both Michael Mukasey, former U.S. attorney general, and Marc Thiessen, former Bush adviser, make comparisons to the Democrats smearing […]

Mark Thiessen destroys NSA deputy Brennan’s OpEd.

Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security John Brennan blasts critics of the Obama administration for their handling of Christmas Day bomb plotter Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, saying among other things, doing so, “only serve the goals of al-Qaeda.” So much for dissension being “the highest form of patriotism.” These same hypocrites cried foul after any […]

Who are these 300 Mirandized terrorists?

Former WTC bombing prosecutor Andrew McCarthy discovers that the claim that the U.S. has Mirandized and prosecuted 300 terrorists is highly dubious. It was just brought to my attention that, if you don’t read carefully, the phony figure of 195 convictions of “international terrorists” since 9/11 magically becomes 300 by the time the Justice Department is done […]