Why Stopping Worldwide Terrorism Is So Challenging

The terrorist threat in the United States is episodic, sporadic and inconsistent. Too often policies react to fear rather than real threat estimates.

A woman places flowers at a memorial for the victims of a suicide attack at a concert by Ariana Grande that killed more than 20 people Monday night in central Manchester, Britain, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP/Emilio Morenatti)

A January 2017 Pew survey showed that Americans rate terrorism as the top priority for the Trump administration and Congress. They put the issue ahead of the economy, education, jobs and health care costs. For the past 12 years as Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, I have worked with


How America’s ‘Deep State’ Sold Counter-Terrorism To Keep Itself In Business

Since 2001, senior Pentagon and CIA officials have sacrificed American interests in weakening al-Qaeda to pursue their own interests

Former CIA director James Woolsey adjusts his glasses during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to "back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria". The reason he gave for that recommendation was not that US wars in the Middle East are inevitably self-defeating and endless, but that it would reduce the "pressure on


How The Drone King Turned Assassination Into Counter-Terrorism Policy

Barack Obama launched more drones strikes in his first year in office than George W. Bush did in both of his terms combined. ‘Behind the Headline’ host and MintPress News editor-in-chief Mnar Muhawesh exposes what one military scholar called a global policy of assassination.

Obama Drone King

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMK5uB8XLvg MINNEAPOLIS --- As President Barack Obama reaches the final stages of his presidency, for the general public, he will most likely be remembered for denuclearizing Iran and opening the door back up to Cuba. But will the Drone King also be remembered for normalizing targeted killings as a pillar of


Former Counter-Terrorism Adviser Says Police Tactics Creating More Terrorism

An analysis of arrest statistics from 2014 revealed that out of 289 arrests, 102 were charged with a terror offence — 35% of those arrested.

British police officers watch as stepladders are placed by members of the media outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

United Kingdom — A former U.K. counter-terrorism adviser has claimed police anti-terror tactics are contributing to radicalisation. Jahan Mahmood, who resigned from his position last year due to disagreements with the U.K.’s counter-terrorism strategy, told Sky News that British police are misrepresenting the threat level in the U.K. Mahmood


Both Terrorists And US Counter-Terrorism Efforts Reportedly Worsened Somalia Famine

An Oxfam spokesperson said the international community puts too much emphasis on security issues in the developing world and not enough on humanitarian crises.

International aid analysts are blaming the slow delivery of U.S. aid and attacks by Al-Shabaab terrorists for the 2010-2012 Somalia food crisis, a two-year famine that resulted in the deaths of 258,000 and thousands of others in East Africa. The study released Thursday was produced by the U.S.-based Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET)