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  • Backgrounder posted April 29, 2010 by Jena Baker McNeill, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Jessica Zuckerman 30 Terrorist Plots Foiled: How the System Worked

    Abstract: In 2009 alone, U.S. authorities foiled at least six terrorist plots against the United States. Since September 11, 2001, at least 30 planned terrorist attacks have been foiled, all but two of them prevented by law enforcement. The two notable exceptions are the passengers and flight attendants who subdued the "shoe bomber" in 2001 and the "underwear bomber" on…

  • WebMemo posted October 7, 2005 by James Phillips Bush Speech Clarifies the War Against Terrorism

    President George W. Bush yesterday gave one of his most comprehensive speeches to date on U.S. strategy in the global war against terrorism and how Iraq fits into that strategy.[1] Speaking before an audience at the National Endowment for Democracy, Bush stressed the importance of the long-term ideological struggle against Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network and other…

  • Backgrounder posted December 7, 2005 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Richard Weitz, Ph.D. The Truth About FEMA: Analysis and Proposals

    The days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall saw a flood engulf the city of New Orleans and a deluge of instant incriminations and knee-jerk solutions for improving the national response to catastrophes. Many complaints centered on the performance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)…

  • Backgrounder posted July 26, 2006 by Robert W. Poole, Jr., James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Time to Rethink Airport Security

    Although well-intentioned, much of the effort to enhance aviation security since September 11, 2001, has done little to make the skies significantly safer. Despite large amounts of taxpayers' money and pas­sengers' time, little has been accomplished that actu­ally increases aviation security. The time has come for Congress to start over and mandate a new…

  • Backgrounder posted July 2, 2009 by Jena Baker McNeill, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Terrorist Watch: 23 Plots Foiled Since 9/11

    Executive Summary Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 23 terrorist plots against the United States have been foiled. This report updates a November 2007 report from the Heritage Foundation that described 19 plots that had been foiled to date since 9/11. Less than two years later, the U.S. has foiled four more plots aimed at Americans. While some trials have ended…

  • Issue Brief posted October 23, 2013 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., David Inserra Top 10 Issues the New DHS Nominee Must Face

    Last week, the White House announced that it would nominate Jeh Johnson to fill the long-vacant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Johnson previously served as the general counsel for the Department of Defense from 2009 to 2012. As Johnson prepares to be vetted by the Senate Homeland Security Committee, here are 10 issues that he and the committee…

  • Issue Brief posted April 16, 2015 by David Inserra, Charles "Cully" Stimson Three Terrorist Plots Disrupted in Three Weeks: 66th Islamist Plot Reconfirms Scope of Threat

    On Friday, April 10, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Topeka, Kansas, arrested John T. Booker Jr., as he prepared a car bomb for use against the nearby Fort Riley Army post. Booker, a 20-year-old U.S. citizen who goes by the name Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, expressed a desire to support the Islamic State by engaging in violent jihad here in the U.S.[1] Through…

  • Backgrounder posted April 27, 2010 by Jena Baker McNeill, Richard Weitz, Ph.D. How to Fix Homeland Security Critical-Infrastructure Protection Plans: A Guide for Congress

    Abstract: Highways, bridges, power plants, and cyber networks are all part of the national infrastructure— which is essential for the daily functioning of American society. The Department of Homeland Security carries the prime responsibility for protecting “critical infrastructure” from terrorist attacks and natural disasters. The problem currently plaguing the…

  • Backgrounder posted June 23, 2011 by Matt A. Mayer, Scott G Erickson Changing Today’s Law Enforcement Culture to Face 21st-Century Threats

    Abstract: Many aspects of the terror threat—from communication between terrorist groups to recruitment of new members—has been changing, largely due to ever-developing Internet technology and new possibilities in cyberspace. One new trend is the lone-wolf terrorist—such as Army Major Nidal Hassan, who massacred his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. New developments in the…

  • Legal Memorandum posted February 6, 2003 by Paul Rosenzweig, Michael Scardaville The Need to Protect Civil Liberties While Combating Terrorism: Legal Principles and the Total Information Awareness Program

    Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Congress, the media, and the general public have urged the intelligence, counterintelligence, and law enforcement agencies to improve their ability to discover and preempt terrorist plots before additional attacks occur. The criticism is colloquially rendered as the failure…

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