Posts By Henry Morgenstern

U.S. attorney vows to go after terrorists despite defeat in Hutaree case Detroit— The Hutaree case, which ended in surprise acquittals this week, won’t deter federal prosecutors from preventing terror attacks, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said Thursday. She spoke to The Detroit News hours after the high-profile case ended with guilty pleas on minor weapons charges against two group members. Five others walked free following acquittalsRead… Read more »

Terrorists may take advantage of Holy Week to launch attacks — AFP official Government forces have started securing churches, cathedrals and tourist spots where people are expected to converge during the Holy Week to prevent possible terrorist attacks, a ranking military official said Thursday. Brig. Gen. Roberto Almadin, co-chair of the Armed Forces-Philippine National Police Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council, made this assurance as he notedRead… Read more »

Link Grows Between Terrorism, Organized Crime, Officials Say WASHINGTON, March 28, 2012 – The two missions of fighting terrorism and combating global organized crime are increasingly linked, senior Defense Department officials told Congress yesterday. Michael A. Sheehan, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict; Garry Reid, deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism; and WilliamRead… Read more »

World Leaders to Continue Efforts to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism Leaders of more than 50 nations have reaffirmed their commitment to reducing the world’s stockpiles of nuclear weapons. U.S. President Barack Obama told attendees at the start of Tuesday’s final session of the two-day Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul that the international community must make “a serious and sustained effort” to reduce the world’sRead… Read more »

Two British NATO troops killed in attack by shooter wearing Afghan army uniform KABUL — A gunman wearing an Afghan National Army uniform Monday turned his weapon against NATO troops in southern Afghanistan, killing two British soldiers. “The individual who opened fire was killed when coalition forces returned fire,” the International Security Assistance Force said in a statement. “A joint Afghan and ISAF team is investigating theRead… Read more »

Soldier’s Killing Spree Likely to Incite Violence NATO’s International Security Assistance Force has confirmed that an American soldier recently turned himself in, and admitted to leaving his base in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province and went on a rampage from house to house in villages adjacent to his base, killing 16 Afghan people in their homes. Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai immediately demanded anRead… Read more »

Alleged Terrorist Pipe Bomber Jose Pimentel Pleads Not Guilty Jose Pimentel, who is either a would-be terrorist or a stoned entrapment victim, pleaded not guilty today to rarely used state-level terrorism charges which were enacted after 9/11. You’ll recall that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly made a big deal in announcing Pimentel’s arrest, holding a press conferencein which he held up a theatrical pipeRead… Read more »

Sentence struck down in millennium bomb plot LOS ANGELES — A 22-year sentence was unreasonably lenient for al-Qaida-trained terrorist Ahmed Ressam, who drove a trunkload of powerful explosives into the United States from Canada with the intent of bombing Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 7-4 ruling by the fullRead… Read more »

Should Hospitals Be Considered a Significant Target Of Terror? Many social scientists referred to guerrilla warfare as the “weapon of the weak” and terrorism as the “weapon of the weakest,” using violence to generate fear, and thereby to achieve their political goals, when direct military victory is not possible. Today terrorists usually prefer to avoid attacking heavily defended “hard targets” such as militaryRead… Read more »

Iran won’t respond to anything but lethal force I just got back from AIPAC, and felt that the official statements by the US President fell way short of the mark. No hardened Iranian leader with blood on his hands is going to have sleepless night because the President says “everything is on the table” but give sanctions a chance. We know howRead… Read more »