Tusks for Terrorists: Ivory, Elephant Poaching and the War on Terror

Reading Time: 6 minutes African terrorist groups are funding themselves through the sale of ivory from illegally slaughtered elephants. That connection is giving the fight against poaching a martial makeover, styled after the wars on drugs and terrorism.

Homeland Security Still Dodging Questions on Terrorist “Hands Off” List

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sen. Chuck Grassley still has no answers to his questions about the existence of secret “hands off” list that lets some people with terrorist ties enter the U.S. And that’s even after Customs and Border Protection officials briefed his staff. WhoWhatWhy looks at the latest case of national security stonewalling.

The Viral Video That Could Wound Obama—and the Hidden Agenda Behind It

Reading Time: 7 minutes You may not have seen the “Irina” video. But millions have. Could this criticism of Obama on Israel, Iran and terrorism itself be a dirty trick with a hidden, unrelated purpose? See what you think.

A Drive for Unrestricted Executive Power

Reading Time: 2 minutes The New York Times comes out with a strong editorial, calling for an investigation into Bush administration security abuses, now that it is clear that the practices were not necessary to protect the national interest. We’ve known for years that the Bush administration ignored and broke the law repeatedly in the name of national security. Read More

Jihad Leak Redux

Reading Time: 2 minutes Recently, I raised some questions about the impact of imprisonment at Guantánamo and how it affected those who were released. For example, I wrote: As for those who returned to jihad, one would like to know whether they were more motivated to do so as a result of their treatment at Guantánamo, or less. In Read More

Jihad Leak

Reading Time: 2 minutes A leaked Pentagon study claims one in seven Guantánamo detainees returned to jihad upon their release. A New York Times reporter says that the assertion could be used to argue against closing down Guantánamo. But…. -If the numbers are correct, that’s a pretty low recidivism rate. It could either argue for the effectiveness of incarceration Read More