NEWS & ANALYSIS

Presidential Hopefuls on U.S. Security

Presidential hopefuls Senator Barak Obama (D-IL) and the former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney each made news yesterday offering how they would improve the security of the United States.

The Insurgent That Wasn't

With all the kinetic commentary on the National Intelligence Estimate's analysis that al Qaeda is resilient and revamping to attack the United States, comes this interesting bit of news about the leader of its affiliate in Iraq, al Qaeda in Mesopotamia: He's a ghost.

3 Found Guilty of Failed 2005 London Bombings

The BBC reports that three men have been found guilty of plotting to carry out suicide bombings on London's transport network on July 21, 2005.

DHS Vacancies Hurt National Preparedness

The House Homeland Security Committee released a report today detailing "critical leadership vacancies" at the Department of Homeland Security due to the department's seeming "overpolitization" of top posts.

Jihadi Doctors Will Attack U.S.?

The United Kingdom's Daily Telegraph features a disturbing piece on terrorist discussion of doctors striking the United States, as in last week's botched attacks in London and Glasgow .

Does the U.S. Need a Unified Security Budget?

Does the U.S. Need a Unified Security Budget? On Boston Globe's op-ed page yesterday, two security experts - Lawrence Korb from the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of defense and Miriam Pemberton of Foreign Policy in Focus - argued the United States needs a unified security budget.

White House Wants 3 New Categories for Detainees

Ever since enemy combatants in the "war on terrorism" were detained at Guantanamo prison, a debate has raged between those who believe Guantanamo prison and the legal limbo it represents is a necessary evil in this new age of spectacular terrorism and those who believe it is an erosion of our Constitution and the due process rights it affords.

Private Contractors from Iraq Suffering PTSD and Other Problems.

It's no secret the U.S. military in Iraq relies on a vast army of private contractors - about 126,000 - to help bolster U.S. troops occupying and stabilizing Iraq. But unlike soldiers returning from Iraq suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who can rely on government care, private contractors who return must face their demons alone, relying on the private healthcare system reports the New York Times.

UK: Two More Arrested in London and Glasgow Terrorist Plots

Two more suspects have been arrested for the failed attacks on London's nightclub district on Friday night and Saturday's failed attack at Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, reports the BBC and the New York Times. This brings the total arrested to seven.

Sources: UK airport, car bomb suspects are same

Authorities suspect the two men who drove an explosives-laden car into Glasgow's airport on Saturday are related.
 




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