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Terrorism & National Security

Guantanamo Bay Must Be Closed to Keep America Safe

Report 22 January 2010
A year from the day the President pledged to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, a task force led by the Justice Department issued its recommendations on how to get the job done safely. Overheated conservative rhetoric and the legacy of the Bush administration's "sloppy" and incompetent handling of detainees have contributed to delays and obstacles.  But the facts laid out by military and intelligence leaders remain the same - closing the facility will make America safer.
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Afghanistan

New Challenges Emerge in Afghanistan

Report 6 January 2010
The last few weeks have highlighted significant obstacles to the Administration's efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  President Karzai, whose rule is already overshadowed by widespread allegations of corruption and vote-tampering, has encountered new difficulties in working with the Afghan Parliament. The President and his team must maintain focus, holding the Afghan government, and more importantly itself, accountable, creating the conditions for a transition away from a large-scale military presence, and resisting the calls for limitless commitment that Al Qaeda is happy to promote.
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Terrorism & National Security

Putting ‘Jihad on Trial’ Advances American Security

Report 23 November 2009
Bringing the full weight of the American justice system to bear on the 9/11 conspirators is the best means for rebuking their hate-filled ideology before the world.  While the announcement that those being brought to trial will plead not guilty in order to condemn U.S. foreign policy may alarm some conservative fear-mongers, sensible Americans have nothing to fear.As experienced counterterrorism and Middle East hand Steven Simon wrote in the New York Times, by relying on its courts, the U.S. can put “Jihad on trial.” 
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Terrorism & National Security

In Midst of Advancing Broad Agenda - Terrorism Plot Thwarted

Report 25 September 2009
This week marked a significant step toward a counter-terrorism policy that is sound and secure, not based on hype.  At the UN, President Obama was making progress on the international underpinnings of our security, strengthening international efforts to control nuclear weapons, gaining global backing against Iran, and moving forward on Middle East peace.  With little fanfare back in Washington, the government has also been defusing what appears to be a highly developed and operational al-Qaeda plot.What was missing from this investigation were the multiple press conferences and politicized hype that accompanied terrorism prosecutions in the Bush years.  
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Terrorism & National Security

Eight Years After 9-11

Report 11 September 2009
Eight years ago today America was attacked. Today we pause to look back and honor those who died as well as those who struggled and sacrificed to defend us on that day and ever since. As we look back, it is worth remembering how eight years ago the world rose united in grief and support, and how Americans rose to support each other and to turn new attention to foreign affairs. But this year, significant steps from the Obama administration have changed the way we fight terrorism – changes that are making us safer today and in the future, and once again inviting the world to stand beside us united.
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Terrorism & National Security

Somalia’s Crisis Owed to Failed Bush Terrorism Legacies

Report 22 May 2009
In recent weeks, international attention has been fixed on the challenge posed by pirates off the coast of Somalia. But on land, a new crisis has been unfolding with far greater ramifications.  A coalition of extremist rebels, including the group al-Shabaab, has all but surrounded the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Mogadishu, raising the prospect of a rebel government with reported ties to international terrorist groups taking control of Somalia.  It would be easy to write this off as an inevitable addition to the long litany of crises that have plagued Somalia since 1991.  But the policies and approaches of the Bush administration greatly contributed to the current crisis. The faint hope of reversing this situation lies not in the invasion that some have proposed, but in pragmatic support for political solutions that will bring Somalia a lasting respite from nearly two decades of instability. 
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Terrorism & National Security

Rice’s Comments Undermine Conservative Credibility on National Security

Report 1 May 2009
This week conservatives in Congress have begun a new effort to claim that Barack Obama is not keeping America safe and that they are the party of national security. But these claims were once again undermined yesterday by former Secretary of State Condoleezza’s Rice’s assertions that the Al Qaeda threat was comparable to that of Nazi Germany. Rice also stated that if an interrogation technique is approved by the President, by definition it is not torture.
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Pakistan

Pakistan Descends

Report 23 April 2009
This crisis is critical to the security of the United States. Pakistan possesses nuclear weapons, has served as safe haven for al Qaeda and other international terrorist groups, has frequently gone to war with India, and holds some of the keys to U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. Yet despite Pakistan’s critical importance, we are only now emerging from eight years without a comprehensive Pakistan strategy.
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Afghanistan

A Focused and Comprehensive Strategy

Report 27 March 2009
After more than six years of strategic drift and lack of attention, the United States finally has a focused and comprehensive strategy for dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan.  As President Obama explained today, “We have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future.” 
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Iraq

A Disastrous Legacy: Six Years Since the Invasion of Iraq

Report 19 March 2009
Six years ago President Bush launched the invasion of Iraq.  Thankfully, we finally have a clear exit strategy that will redeploy all American forces out of Iraq by the end of 2011.  Today, the National Security Network is releasing a comprehensive analysis of the legacy of the Iraq war and tomorrow we will be analyzing the changes that Barack Obama and progressives have managed to push through in the last year.
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