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Supreme Court Update: Terrorism

- The Court has ruled that a law prohibiting “material support” to terrorist organizations is constitutional and that it is permissible to ban any support to such groups—including humanitarian support—because all support is tantamount to promoting terrorism.

Terrorism and Public Safety Policing: Implications for the Obama Presidency

- Should some police functions get outsourced to private service providers? James F. Pastor envisions a new model of public-safety policing in which private security forces carry out certain community security and safety functions in partnership with public law enforcement personnel.

Retired Israeli Intel Officer: U.S. a Victim of Its Own Omissions

- A retired Israeli intelligence professional offers alternative ways to fight al Qaeda and jihadism in general.

Profile of a British Islamist As a Terrorist

- On the anniversity of the 7-7 bombings, a new report from a U.K. think tank breaks down the 124 individuals who have committed Islamism-related offenses inside the United Kingdom since 1999.

Al Qaeda's Yemeni Franchise Publishes English-language E-Zine

- The English-language magazine represents al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's attempt to radicalize and recruit Western homegrown terrorists, experts say.

DHS Agency Criticized Over Lack of Nuclear Terrorism Defense Plan

- The agency responsible for protecting the United States from nuclear terrorism wasted time, money, and effort on flawed detection technology rather than developing a plan to close critical vulnerabilities terrorists could exploit, a panel of watchdogs told a Senate committee today.

Terror and Iraq: How We Can Better Combat Islamic Terrorism

- A retired Israeli intelligence professional offers alternative ways to fight al Qaeda and jihadism in general.

Companies Purchase Terrorism Insurance at Increasing Rates

- The percentage of U.S.-based companies that have purchased terrorism insurance is at its highest level ever, according to a new market survey.

Supreme Court Rules that Humanitarian Aid to Terrorist Organizations is Illegal

- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a law prohibiting “material support” to terrorist organizations also bans support intended for an organization’s humanitarian activities.

U.K.: Police Raid Companies Suspected of Selling Fake Bomb Detectors

- Five locations linked to three British companies were raided by London police on Tuesday for suspicion of exporting fake bomb detectors banned earlier this year by the British government and blamed for hundreds of deaths in Iraq.

Options Limited for Fighting Online Radicalization and Recruitment, Experts Say

- Jihadists' efforts to radicalize and recruit Americans online have been largely unsuccessful, but incidents are growing in number and the campaign is tough to stop, terrorism experts told lawmakers today.

Numbers

- 13 The number of U.S. criminal cases in 2009 where charges were tied to jihadist terrorists, according to the RAND Corporation.

Morning Security Brief: Radiation Detection, Full-Body Scanners, Superbug Killers, and Another al Qaeda Video

- NYPD faults DHS for moving too slowly on grant funding. Scientists raise new questions about safety of full-body scans. Research offers hope to U.S. soldiers infected with a superbug when wounded in Iraq. And Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki appears in al Qaeda video.
 




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