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No-Fly List Has Doubled to 21K Since Last Year

New standards imposed after attempted 'underwear bombing'

(Newser) - One year ago, the US no-fly list was at about 10,000 names; today, it has more than doubled to around 21,000. The list has been growing at a quick clip ever since the failed Christmas 2009 "underwear bomber" plot , after which the government lowered the standards required...

Obama Signs Defense Bill Despite 'Reservations'

President questions provisions about treatment of suspected terrorists

(Newser) - President Barack Obama signed a wide-ranging defense bill into law today despite having "serious reservations" about provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. The bill also applies penalties against Iran's central bank in an effort to hamper Tehran's ability to fund its nuclear...

German Police Bust 2 in Bomb Plot

Men caught purchasing suspicious chemicals

(Newser) - German police today arrested two men suspected of plotting a bomb attack, searching both their Berlin apartments and an Islamic Center they frequented, the AP reports. The men, a 24-year-old German of Lebanese descent and a 28-year-old Gaza native, came under suspicion when two chemical companies reported some suspiciously large...

Feds Hunt Possible 5th 9/11 Terrorist Cell
 Feds Hunt Possible 
 5th 9/11 Terrorist Cell 

wikileaks reveal

Feds Hunt Possible 5th 9/11 Terrorist Cell

Suspected terrorists got away, WikiLeaks reveals

(Newser) - The FBI is looking for a team of suspected terrorists that may have been involved in the 9/11 attacks but got away, newly released WikiLeaks documents reveal. The three Qatari men flew from London to New York three weeks before the attacks, conducted surveillance on the targets and other locations...

The NRA Fights for Terror Suspects' Gun Rights
The NRA Fights for Terror Suspects' Gun Rights
Dana Milbank

The NRA Fights for Terror Suspects' Gun Rights

We prevent them from flying, but not buying weapons

(Newser) - If you ascribe to George W. Bush's “you're either with us or you're with the terrorists” logic, then the head of the NRA “should be just a few frequent-flier miles short of a free ticket to Gitmo right about now,” argues Dana Milbank of the Washington Post...

New 'Profile' Screenings Set for US Airports

Guidelines replace nationality-only focus

(Newser) - Passengers entering the US will now be screened based on whether they fit intelligence profiles of potential terrorists, not solely on nationality, the Obama administration is announcing today. Under the new plan, passengers will be subject to special screening if they share characteristics that match the latest intelligence information about...

'Pakistanis Torturing Us,' Yanks Shout to Reporters

Terror suspects yell for help

(Newser) - Five Americans being detained in Pakistan shouted out to passing reporters that they are being tortured. The five, being held on suspicion of ploting terror attacks in Pakistan, yelled out in unison as they were being driven from a Pakistani court. Authorities denied the men were being mistreated. The men,...

Ex Gitmo Inmates Linked to Bomb

Al-Qaeda leaders did art therapy, were freed in Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Two former Guantanamo Bay inmates are believed to be behind the plot to blow up the Northwest flight to Detroit, according to officials and Defense Department documents. Muhamad Attik al-Harbi—who now calls himself Muhamad al-Awfi—and Said Ali Shari were sent in 2007 to Saudi Arabia where they entered...

Tighter Rules to Keep Passengers in Seats

Regulations come in wake of yesterday's foiled bombing attempt

(Newser) - Some airlines were telling passengers today that security regulations in the wake of yesterday's attempted bombing prohibit them from leaving their seats an hour before landing. Air Canada, for example, said new rules imposed by the Transportation Security Administration limit on-board activities by passengers and crew in US airspace. The...

Suspect Charged With Trying to Blow Up Plane

Nigerian man reportedly had explosive PETN on the jet

(Newser) - The Nigerian man in custody after yesterday's failed attempt to blow up a plane has been charged with trying to bring down the airliner. Federal authorities say Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to use a highly explosive chemical known as PETN, reports CBS . He reportedly kept the substance near his groin...

Nigerian Banker Reported Son to US Embassy
 Nigerian Banker 
 Reported Son 
 to US Embassy 
foiled plane attack

Nigerian Banker Reported Son to US Embassy

Elder Mutallab grew suspicious of son's extremism

(Newser) - A prominent banker in Nigeria says the thwarted terrorist on the jet bound for Detroit is his son. The banker, who is meeting today with security officials, tells the Nigerian newspaper This Day that he reported his son, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, to the US Embassy 6 months ago when he...

France, Hungary Take Gitmo Detainees

Italy to prosecute 2 others; 211 prisoners left in detention center

(Newser) - Two more detainees were released from Guantanamo Bay prison last night, marking incremental progress in the Justice Department's goal of closing the facility. Sabir Lahmar, an Algerian, was handed over to French authorities after having been found "innocent of any charges relating to the involvement in potential terrorist activities,...

Ill. Dems Rally Around Plan to Take Gitmo Prisoners

Quinn, Durbin say detainees at empty prison would create 3,000 jobs

(Newser) - Illinois' governor and senior senator spent yesterday feverishly trying to regain momentum on their plan to use a nearly empty maximum-security prison 150 miles from Chicago to house Gitmo detainees. With federal officials visiting Thomson Correctional Center today, local GOP lawmakers had gone on the offense Saturday, calling it a...

UN to US: Drone Attacks Could Be Unlawful

Human rights watchdog wants more accountability from CIA in Pakistan

(Newser) - A UN human rights watchdog has some strong misgivings about the CIA drone attacks on suspected terrorists in Pakistan that have killed 600 people since last year. "Extralegal executions" are a violation of international law, Philip Alston tells the BBC. “These Predators are being operated in a framework...

Bomb-Making Notes Found on Shuttle Pilot: FBI

Officials release evidence against Najibullah Zazi

(Newser) - An airport shuttle driver arrested last night kept notes on bomb-making as well as a scale and batteries, items that can be used in explosives, authorities said today. Najibullah Zazi, 24, also allegedly confessed to taking explosives training with al-Qaeda in Pakistan. The FBI arrested him, his father, and an...

Need a Gun? On the Terrorist Watch List? No Problem

Feds OK sales thanks to controversial law

(Newser) - People placed on Washington's terrorist watch list can be prevented from boarding an airplane or getting a visa, but they can still buy a gun, the New York Times reports. In the last 5 years, people on the list tried to buy guns nearly 1,000 times, and current laws...

Infamous Terrorist Flees to Lebanon
Infamous Terrorist Flees
to Lebanon

Infamous Terrorist Flees to Lebanon

Suspect in 1982 Pan Am bombing spotted in Tripoli: FBI official

(Newser) - A master bomb maker who once targeted commercial airliners and was suspected of aiding the Iraq insurgency has fled to Lebanon, an FBI official has confirmed. There is information that 73-year-old Abu Ibrahim was reportedly in Tripoli, a city in northwest Lebanon, the official said earlier this week. The...

First Gitmo Detainee Coming to US for Trial

He's linked to 1998 embassy bombings

(Newser) - A top al-Qaeda suspect held at Guantanamo Bay will be sent to New York for trial, an Obama administration official said. Ahmed Ghailani would be the first Guantanamo detainee brought to the US, and the first to face trial in a civilian criminal court. Ghailani has been indicted in the...

Pentagon: 1 in 7 Gitmo Prisoners Rejoin Fight

(Newser) - A Pentagon report concludes that 74 of 534 prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay returned to militant activity—a recidivism rate of 14%, or about 1 in 7, the New York Times notes. The report, still under review, could complicate President Obama’s goal of shutting the facility by January because...

Obama OK With CIA Rendition
Obama OK With CIA Rendition

Obama OK With CIA Rendition

Prez allows abductions, transfers to continue, promises suspects won't be tortured

(Newser) - Torture techniques are out and Guantanamo Bay is facing closure, but Barack Obama is keeping one anti-terror tool: rendition, the Los Angeles Times reports. He signed an executive order allowing the CIA to continue the practice of secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to US-friendly nations. "You still...

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