A Landmark Verdict Finds Bank Responsible for Supporting Terrorist Attacks

A Landmark Verdict Finds Bank Responsible for Supporting Terrorist Attacks
 A Landmark Verdict Finds Bank Responsible for Supporting Terrorist Attacks

In what has the potential to be one of the most important verdicts in the era of modern terrorism, a federal jury has found the Arab Bank of Jordan liable for “knowingly supporting terrorism efforts” relating to 24 attacks by the terrorist group Hamas that took place during the Second Intifada.

The suit was filed under the American Anti-Terrorism Act, which allows for Americans or their families to sue if they are harmed in acts of terrorism abroad. In the case of the roughly 300 plaintiffs, they sought damages from the Arab Bank, in part, for hosting accounts for members of Hamas. Continue reading


Drone Strikes and the Lessons of Nonlinear Science

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intelligence (‘cognition’) is a vector (Photo credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³)

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The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to carry out targeted killings of suspected terrorist leaders has become a centerpiece of the United States’ global counter-terrorism strategy. Each new report of a strike in Pakistan, Yemen, or Somalia provides new fodder to critics, who point to civilian casualties and the resulting anger at the United States as evidence that the strategy is counterproductive in the long term. Recently, one critic, Col. Gary Anderson, USMC (ret.), raised an even more fundamental question: “Why…do we think that targeting what we consider key terrorists with drone strikes will bring down their network as a whole?”

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The Globalization of War

The “Military Roadmap” to World War III
Michel Chossudovsky and Finian Cunningham (Editors)
December 2011


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The Pentagon’s global military design is one of world conquest.

The military deployment of US-NATO forces is occurring in several regions of the world simultaneously.

The concept of the “Long War” has characterized US military doctrine since the end of World War II. The broader objective of global military dominance in support of an imperial project was first formulated under the Truman administration in the late 1940s at the outset of the Cold War.

In September 1990, some five weeks after Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invaded Kuwait, US President and Commander in Chief George Herbert Walker Bush delivered a historical address to a joint session of the US Congress and the Senate in which he proclaimed a New World Order emerging from the rubble of the Berlin Wall and the demise of the Soviet Union.

Bush Senior had envisaged a world of “peaceful international co-operation”, one which was no longer locked into the confrontation between competing super powers, under the shadow of the doctrine of  “Mutually Assured Destruction” (MAD) which had characterized the Cold War era.

George H Walker Bush addressed a Joint Session
of the US Congress and the Senate, September 1990
Bush declared emphatically at the outset of what became known as “the post-Cold War era” that:
“a new partnership of nations has begun, and we stand today at a unique and extraordinary moment. The crisis in the Persian Gulf, as grave as it is, also offers a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times… a new world order can emerge: A new era freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the world, east and west, north and south, can prosper and live in harmony.”

Of course, speeches by American presidents are often occasions for cynical platitudes and contradictions that should not be taken at face value. After all, President Bush was holding forth on international law and justice only months after his country had invaded Panama in December 1989 causing the deaths of several thousand citizens – committing crimes comparable to what Saddam Hussein would be accused of and supposedly held to account for. Also in 1991, the US and its NATO allies went on to unleash, under a “humanitarian” mantle, a protracted war against Yugoslavia, leading to the destruction, fragmentation and impoverishment of an entire country.

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KSM: The Mastermind of 9/11

KSM – The Mastermind of 9/11 – with author Richard Miniter September 7th 6:00 pm

clip_image001Richard Miniter, the New York Times bestselling author, will discuss his new book Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh MohammedMiniter’s extensive research around the globe helped him uncover information about Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the Al Qaeda network that was previously unknown.  Most importantly, he helps reveal how terrorists think—what motivates them, how they plan, and the lengths they are willing to go to for jihad.  The book also draws important lessons for law enforcement as it examines both failures and successes in the hunt for KSM.

Miniter is an award-winning investigative journalist who has written two New York Timesbestsellers: Losing Bin laden and Shadow War. He was an editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal in Brussels and a member of the famed investigative team of The Sunday Times in London.  He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, Newsweek, The New Republic, and National Review.

Wednesday, September 7th ♦ 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

At  The Westminster Institute •  6731 Curran Street, McLean, VA 22101

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New Terror Report Warns of Insider Threat to Utilities


Extremists Infiltrate High-Profile U.S. Facilities

By BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , RHONDA SCHWARTZ and MEGAN CHUCHMACH  July 20, 2011

Sabotage by an insider at a major utility facility, including a chemical or oil refinery, could provide al Qaeda with its best opportunity for the kind of massive Sept. 11 anniversary attack Osama bin Laden was planning, according to U.S. officials.

A new intelligence report from the Department of Homeland Security issued Tuesday, titled Insider Threat to Utilities, warns “violent extremists have, in fact, obtained insider positions,” and that “outsiders have attempted to solicit utility-sector employees” for damaging physical and cyber attacks.

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TEDGlobal: The business of terrorism

Terrorism is extremely expensive, and economist and journalist Loretta Napoleoni found unexpected ways that it drives the world economy

Loretta Napoleoni at TEDGlobal 2009 Credit: TED / James Duncan Davidson

Like the fall of the Roman Empire, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of Communism brought about surge in the shadow economy, what economist and journalist Loretta Napoleoni calls the rogue economics of terror and criminal networks. Continue reading

US courts convict 91 pct in terrorism trials: study

By Jane Sutton – Thu Jul 23, 3:40 pm ET

MIAMI (Reuters) – Guantanamo prisoners could be successfully tried in the United States because an overwhelming number of terrorism cases in U.S. courts since the September 11 attacks have led to convictions, a study released Thursday said.

Moreover, the trials did not leak national secrets or endanger surrounding communities, Human Rights First said in report issued amid a national debate over how to prosecute foreign terrorism suspects held at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Continue reading