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Flake, Kaine renew call for Congress to weigh in on ongoing military strikes

When Congress first authorized military action against terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Jeff Flake was a freshman in the House and Tim Kaine was still mayor of Richmond. Today, both are U.S. senators and the county is still waging war under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force – a vote they say it’s time to revisit.... Read more»

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Flake bill would let U.S. military strike ‘non-state actors’ like ISIS

U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine introduced a use-of-force resolution that would let the president take military action against “non-state actors” like al Qaeda, ISIS and other terror groups.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s false Gitmo blame

President Trump wrongly tweeted that “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield.” Actually, it’s only nine former detainees. The other 113 were released under President George W. Bush.... Read more»

U.S. bolsters cyber defense for election, few new steps on violence

Federal and state authorities are beefing up cyber defenses against potential electronic attacks on voting systems ahead of U.S. elections on Nov. 8, but few are taking new steps to guard against possible civil unrest or violence. ... Read more»

The terror suspect who had nothing to give

Abu Zubaydah’s sworn statement provides a chilling, first-person account of how U.S. officials tortured a man they wrongly believed was a top al-Qaida operative. ... Read more»

Terrorism term ‘radical Islam’ debated by Senate panel

Refusing to use terms like 'radical Islam' in the fight against terror is giving in to what ISIS, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups want, a Valley resident told a Senate panel Tuesday.... Read more»

Obama on terrorism: 'Let's not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear'

Full text: "The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us. Our success won't depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values or giving into fear. That's what groups like ISIL are hoping for. Instead, we will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless."... Read more»

FactCheck: Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted 9/11 co-conspirator, says members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family helped finance al Qaeda prior to the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Saudi government says that “there’s no evidence to support Moussaoui’s claim.” Who’s right?... Read more»

French president calls for unity as Charlie Hebdo attack stokes fears

Wednesday's attack is the deadliest suspected Islamist attack on French territory and is sure to crank up fear in a country already tense after a series of recent incidents. ... Read more»

Analysis

How to stop Islamic extremism in Europe

Some experts worry increased security and surveillance in Europe could lead to a backlash, and a more radicalized public.... Read more»

Inside Charlie Hebdo: Attack targeted paper that mocked fundamentalists

Charlie Hebdo's French satirists had refused to bow in face of terror threats. Islamist radicals were among the favorite targets of its biting, sometimes crude, satire — along with French politicians, religious leaders of all denominations and celebrities from Michael Jackson to anti-Semitic comic Dieudonee M'bala Mbala.... Read more»

FactCheck

Cheney's tortured facts

The former vice president offers misleading spin in defending CIA interrogation tactics.... Read more»

Read in full: Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a long-awaited report on Tuesday into the use of torture by the CIA in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks. It contains graphic and previously unknown details of the agency's "enhanced interrogation program," and suggests that the techniques used were in fact far more brutal than it had previously admitted. Another key finding was that the intelligence gleaned from using these methods was of little use for counterterror operations, and in fact may have been counterproductive.... Read more»

McCain: CIA torture 'stained national honor'

I believe the American people have a right – indeed, a responsibility – to know what was done in their name. They must know when the values that define our nation are intentionally disregarded. Those policies stained our national honor, did much harm and little practical good. ... Read more»

Commentary

Global news community stands ground against 'new war on journalists'

Commentary: Amid growing violence against us, our colleagues’ work and their sacrifices inspire us to keep going.... Read more»

Afghanistan Newspeak: 10 ways the U.S. skews the narrative

As the clock ticks down to the promised withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. military is trying to figure out how to market the idea that the international intervention has actually accomplished its core mission — bringing peace and stability to a nation that has known little of either for the past 35 years. The solution: a little Newspeak.... Read more»

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