Bin Laden endorses bomb attempt on US plane – AP

CAIRO – Osama bin Laden endorsed the failed attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day and threatened new attacks against the United States in an audio message released Sunday that appeared aimed at asserting he maintains some direct command over al-Qaida-inspired offshoots. However, U.S. officials and several researchers who track terrorist groups […]

Obama: No Gitmo transfers to Yemen ‘at this time’ – POLITICO.com

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the United States will halt all transfers of Guantanamo prisoners to Yemen for now, but insisted he is not wavering in his commitment to shut down the prison for terror suspects. “Given the unsettled situation, I’ve spoken to the attorney general and we’ve agreed that we will not be […]

Legal Jihad to Silence Christian Action Network? – by Ryan Mauro

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A Muslim group sues to silence critics of Islamic extremism.

Sessions: Jihadi rehab tied to terror – POLITICO.com

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee is pushing Attorney General Eric Holder to explore links between a jihadist rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia and Yemeni extremists linked to the failed Christmas Day terror plot. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday rereleased a letter he sent last month to Holder demanding that the Department […]

The Terrorists’ Best Weapon: Intelligence Failures – by Ryan Mauro

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Almost a decade after 9/11, information to stop al-Qaeda is still stalled.

Obama cites apparent al-Qaida link in bomb plot – AP

An al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen apparently ordered the Christmas Day plot against a U.S. airliner, training and arming the 23-year-old Nigerian man accused in the failed bombing, President Barack Obama said Saturday. “This is not the first time this group has targeted us,” Obama said, reporting on some of the findings of an administration review […]

Obama vows to use power to thwart terrorists – Yahoo! News

President Barack Obama on Monday vowed to use “every element of our national power” to keep Americans safe and said the failed Christmas Day plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner was “a serious reminder” of the need to continually adapt security measures against changing terrorist threats.But even as Obama spoke, word came that a […]

U.S. Man Accused of Helping Plot Mumbai Attack – NYTimes.com

An American at the center of an international terrorism investigation has been charged with helping plot the 2008 rampage in Mumbai, India, that left 163 people dead, according to a Justice Department complaint unsealed on Monday. via U.S. Man Accused of Helping Plot Mumbai Attack – NYTimes.com.