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Bin Laden mulled tenth anniversary of 9/11 terror attack

WASHINGTON — Slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and a top lieutenant discussed the make-up of a team of militants to attack the United States on this year’s 10th anniversary of 9/11, a report said Thursday. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed US officials, said the “communications” were recovered from…

White House defends secret detention of Somali terror suspect

WASHINGTON — The White House Wednesday defended the treatment of an alleged leader of Somalia’s Shebab Islamist insurgency who was interrogated for two months on a US warship, saying his detention was lawful. In the first known case of the secret detention of a terror suspect by the administration of…

Bahrain king ‘sows terror among journalists’

PARIS — Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) added Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa to its latest blacklist of “predators” against press freedom on Tuesday. The king entered the watchdog’s list of 38 state “predators” that “sow terror among journalists”, which included three Arab countries hit by recent…

Gitmo detainee cleared of terror suspicions, sent home to face ‘reprisals’

WASHINGTON — US officials said Thursday an Algerian national who was held at Guantanamo and cleared of terror suspicions by a US judge more than a year ago was repatriated, despite his objections. Saiid Farhi had contested the move, fearing reprisals in his home country. The Pentagon said in a…

Former Bush intel chief commends Obama’s handling of terror threats

President Barack Obama received praise for his handling of national security matters from an unlikely place Sunday. The former director of national intelligence under President George W. Bush commended the Obama administration for its pursuit of terrorists. “Interesting point I would make just for the sake of the listeners here,…

Officials: CIA gave waterboarders $5M legal shield

Officials: CIA promised $5M in legal fees for psychologists who waterboarded detainees The CIA agreed to cover at least $5 million in legal fees for two contractors who were the architects of the agency’s interrogation program and personally conducted dozens of waterboarding sessions on terror detainees, former U.S. officials said.…

Obama opens talks as Netanyahu vows peace

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Wednesday opened long-odds Middle East talks, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to defy skeptics by forging a “once and for all” peace with the Palestinians. Obama warned Hamas meanwhile that its “senseless slaughter” of four Israelis in the West Bank would not thwart…

Congressman flips out when challenged on ‘terror babies’

Sometimes you just gotta have faith that evil things can happen. The Mayans could be right about 2012. The Antichristers could be right that three sixes are stamped somewhere on President Obama’s head. And a Republican congressman could be right that terrorists are plotting to have babies in the United…

New US security policy dumps Bush anti-terror doctrine

President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected George W. Bush’s doctrine that made a “war on terror” the driving force of US power, framing a pragmatic foreign policy for a world bristling with threats. Under a new national security strategy, Obama also steps back from the former president’s concept of pre-emptive…

US terror suspects show court wedding gear: lawyer

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Five Americans on trial in Pakistan for terrorism on Friday claimed wedding finery and return tickets to the United States proved they had nothing to do with militancy, a defence lawyer said. The men aged 19 to 25 are on trial in a closed anti-terrorism court convened…

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