Times Square Bomber Made Relatively Clever Efforts to Cover Tracks

While investigators and experts are saying that the bomb which authorities defused in an SUV at New York's Times Square on Saturday night was so crudely designed and constructed as to be almost idiotic, some investigators also say that one reason that the would-be bomber or bombers have not yet been arrested is that they made relatively sophisticated efforts to cover their tracks and conceal their identity (or identities).

Is Hakimullah Mehsud Alive? New Video Evidence

A new video offers potentially conclusive evidence that Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud survived a Predator attack in January. News reports and U.S. officials had argued that Mehsud, a notorious media hound who was silent for months afterward, had been killed by a CIA drone strike in Waziristan.

Cops Say Neither License Plates nor VIN on Bomb SUV Were Reported Stolen

While someone tried to obliterate the unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) from one or more parts of the SUV used in Saturday night's unsuccessful Times Square bombing, investigators have succeeded in recovering the VIN from the engine block of the Nissan Pathfinder, a senior law-enforcement official says.

Feds Feared Multi-City Attacks

When federal and local law-enforcement authorities first learned that a car bomb had been discovered in New York's Times Square, one of their most urgent concerns was that there were bombs placed elsewhere and that the attempted attack as part of an elaborate 9/11-style series of assaults.As a result of discussions between domestic and foreign counterterrorism agencies, two federal officials told Declassified, one of the first steps the Department of Homeland Security took in the wake of the...

Arizona Needs Homeland Security's OK to Deport

Amid the outrage about Arizona's strict new immigration law—which calls for the pursuit, arrest, and deportation of illegal aliens—a pivotal question remains: how will the Obama administration respond?

Is Hakimullah Mehsud Alive?

Pakistani intelligence officials are reportedly claiming that an American drone attack failed to kill Hakimullah Mehsud after all. As Declassified previously reported here and here, the Pakistani Taliban commander, who costarred in the "martyrdom video" of a Jordanian double agent who killed seven Americans and a Jordanian intelligence officer at a secret CIA base in Afghanistan in December, was thought to have been in the sights of a missile fired by a Predator drone this January.

How the Media Dealt With Carl Levin's 'S--tty' Questions

American broadcast TV networks appeared to have no hesitation about what to do when Sen. Carl Levin, grand inquisitor in a Senate investigation into the alleged delinquencies of Goldman Sachs, repeatedly quoted from an internal e-mail circulated within the investment bank that used a dirty word. "boy that timeberwof [misspelling of Timberwolf] was one s--tty deal," wrote one senior Goldman banker to another in June 2007.

Senators Say Obama Administration Fails to Comply With Fort Hood Subpoenas

The leaders of the Senate's most powerful oversight committee say the Obama administration has "failed to comply" with subpoenas the committee sent to the Justice and Defense departments demanding access to records and witnesses the committee says it needs to pursue an investigation into the background to the mass shootings at Fort Hood last Nov. 5 by accused killer Army psychiatrist Maj.

Queens Terror Suspect Pleads Guilty on Eve of Scheduled Trial

On the eve of his scheduled trial in Manhattan, an alleged member of a notorious British-based Islamic extremist group pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of conspiring to provide material support to Al Qaeda, according to a federal official who asked for anonymity when discussing the case.

Underpants Bomber Inspires New Counterterrorist 'Pursuit Team'

In the wake of the failed Christmas Day underpants bombing attempt, the government's National Counterterrorism Center has set up a new "pursuit team." Its main objective: to spot and pull together fragmentary and inchoate threat information like the scraps of information the government had gathered but failed to assemble before the Dec. 25 close call.

Feds Lose Top Al Qaeda Expert

One of the federal government's most knowledgeable experts on Al Qaeda and related terror phenomena quietly left the government within the last few weeks.

U.S. Military Says It's Positive It Killed Insurgent Leader Whose Existence It Once Doubted

The U.S. military in Iraq says the American command there is positive that raids it conducted with Iraqi security forces over the last weekend killed both Abu Ayyoub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, alleged two most senior leaders of Al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate. "We can confirm with certainty that Masri and [Hamid Dawud Mohammad Khalil] al-Zawi [the supposed real name of Baghdadi], were killed," said Maj.

Are Iraqi Al Qaeda Leaders Really Dead?

U.S. intelligence and defense officials say "indications" have reached Washington appearing to substantiate claims by the Iraqi government that its security forces over the weekend killed the two most senior leaders of Al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate.

A Break in the Ash Clouds?

Authorities in Britain are hopeful about an apparent break in the volcanic eruption in Iceland that has paralyzed air traffic across the Atlantic and within Europe.

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