Mark Hosenball

Possible Tie Between Hakimullah Video and Pakistani Taliban Claim of Responsibility for Attack

A prominent expert on jihadist media says there is an apparent link between the new video message in which Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, once thought to have been killed, proclaims he is still alive, and a message posted overnight Saturday in which the Pakistani Taliban appears to claim credit for the failed Times Square car-bomb attack.

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).

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...

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.

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.

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.

Exclusive: House Republican Staffer Introduced Alleged NSA Leaker to Reporter

Declassified has learned that a member of the Republican staff of the House Intelligence Committee was the individual who introduced a senior National Security Agency official, indicted earlier this week for leaking classified information, to the journalist who allegedly received and wrote about the secret material.