May 28th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

In Pakistan, Clinton addresses rift, pushes anti-terror efforts

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she had a frank discussion with the Pakistani president on Friday as part of a push to repair the relationship with Islamabad in the wake of a U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accompanied Clinton for what one senior State Department official said beforehand would be a "sober" set of talks about the need for Pakistan to root out terrorists in its country.

The meeting between Clinton and President Asif Ali Zardari was behind closed doors, but afterward Clinton described it as "very extensive, open, frank and constructive."

Describing the countries as friends with shared interests, Clinton said the United States and Pakistan must intensify the fight against terrorists who have used Pakistan as a safe haven. FULL POST

May 26th, 2011
10:28 PM ET

Patriot Act provisions extended

The U.S. House followed the Senate on Thursday in voting to extend three key provisions of the Patriot Act scheduled to expire at midnight, sending the measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

By a 250-153 vote, the Republican-led House agreed to extend the expiring provisions of the law passed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They deal with roving wiretaps, the tracking of alleged "lone wolf" terrorists and the ability of law enforcement officials to obtain any records they deem relevant to an investigation after securing an order from a federal court.

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Filed under: Intelligence
May 26th, 2011
06:50 PM ET

U.S. designates Chechen group as terrorist entity

Washington (CNN) - The United States has added Caucasus Emirate, a Chechen group based in North Caucasus, to its list of terrorist groups, and authorized an award of up to $5 million for information leading to the location of its leader, the State Department announced Thursday.

The designation was made under the authority of a presidential executive order that targets groups and individuals that provide support to terrorists, terrorist organizations or acts of terrorism.

In a news release, the State Department said investigators had identified the group's leader, Doku Umarov, as having organized a suicide bombing outside the Chechen Interior Ministry in May 2009. The group also claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Domodedovo airport in Moscow earlier this year that killed 36 people, last year's bombings of the Moscow subway that killed 40, and the bombing of the high-speed Nevsky Express train in 2009 in which 28 people died. FULL POST

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Filed under: Military
May 25th, 2011
01:00 PM ET

NATO on alert for influx of foreign fighters in southern Afghanistan

Coalition forces in Afghanistan say that a recent security operation in the southeast part of the country suggests an influx of foreign fighters may be underway, just as the Taliban begins its "fighting season" against NATO troops.

And intelligence analysts say it seems a growing number of Europeans are among them. FULL POST

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Military • Taliban
May 18th, 2011
11:39 AM ET

Bin Laden death means possible power struggle in al Qaeda+

Osama bin Laden's elimination created a leadership void for al Qaeda, setting up a possible power struggle involving the organization's various factions, CNN sources and analysts say.

After the May 2 attack by U.S. special operations forces that killed bin Laden in his Pakistan compound, a "caretaker" leader was chosen by several al Qaeda leaders in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area rather than the group's formal shura council, according to an expert on the organization. FULL POST

The 9/11 generation's bogeyman is gone
May 15th, 2011
12:31 PM ET

The 9/11 generation's bogeyman is gone

They learned as children that the world is a scary place where strangers with hatred in their hearts steer planes into buildings, grown-ups cry for days and everything can change in an instant.

They grew up with color-coded terror alerts and long lines at airport metal detectors. They saw the economy sputter. And still, the bad guys appeared to get away with it.

Osama bin Laden was their bogeyman, the monster under the bed.

Now the 9/11 generation has come of age. Children who were 8, 9 or 10 when the World Trade Center towers fell and the Pentagon burned are in college. So when the news came that bin Laden was dead, it was young people across the country - from the campuses of Penn State to American University to Vanderbilt to Stanford –­ who filled the streets with a chorus of cheers, honking horns and fireworks that lasted well into the wee hours of the morning.

Read the full story from CNN's Ann O'Neill


Filed under: Living With Terror
May 13th, 2011
11:53 AM ET

WikiLeaks papers reveal Guantanamo detainees' talk of post-9/11 plots

Washington (CNN) - In the latest WikiLeaks dump of classified government documents, hundreds of risk-assessment files on Guantanamo Bay detainees tell a "he said, he said" story of terror plots considered and potentially planned as a follow-up to the 9/11 attacks.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who calls himself the mastermind of the attacks in which planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, seemed to be busy conjuring up many plots before his capture, according to the documents. Telling interrogators that al Qaeda had planned to create a "nuclear hell storm," Mohammed gave up a chilling laundry list of attacks in the works. FULL POST


Filed under: Intelligence • WikiLeaks
May 11th, 2011
11:56 AM ET

GAO: Investigators drove 'explosive' into secure port

Washington (CNN) - Undercover government investigators were able to get into major U.S. seaports - at one point driving a vehicle containing a simulated explosive - by flashing counterfeit or fraudulently obtained port "credentials" to security officials - raising serious questions about a program that has issued the cards to more than 1.6 million people, Congress disclosed Tuesday.

At issue are Transportation Worker Identification Credentials, or TWIC cards, now needed by truckers, stevedores, longshoreman and others for unescorted access to the nation's ports.

The Department of Homeland Security has long touted the cards as one of the most important layers in its multilayered system to protect ports from terrorists. FULL POST