Mark Hosenball

British Authorities Summon Israeli Ambassador to Talk About Dubai Hit-Team Probe

Britain's Foreign Office announced that it has asked for a meeting tomorrow with Israel's ambassador to the U.K. to discuss a delicate subject: the growing international uproar over the mysterious team of assassins that used fraudulent British passports last month in a plot to murder a senior Hamas official.Dubai officials have released pictures, names, and passport numbers of 11 foreigners they say were members of a hit squad that killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in his Dubai hotel room on Jan. 19.

Where's Hakimullah?

Hakimullah Mehsud, reputed leader of Taliban forces in Pakistan, evidently enjoys attention. After he allegedly succeeded fellow tribesman Baitullah Mehsud (no relation) as Pakistani Taliban leader last year─Baitullah was reportedly killed by a missile fired from a U.S.-operated drone─Hakimullah featured in several video messages, now available on YouTube.

Statistics GOP Criticized Were Originally Touted by Bush Administration

Maybe it's time to stop some of the name-calling over counterterrorism policy and start checking the facts. As the debate over Obama administration counterterrorism policies has heated up in the wake of the failed Christmas Day underpants airplane bombing, prominent Republicans, ranging from leading senators to a former press secretary for George W.

Terror Prosecution Statistics Criticized by GOP Were Originally Touted by Bush Administration

Maybe it's time to stop some of the name-calling over counterterrorism policy and start checking the facts. As the debate over Obama administration counterterrorism policies has heated up in the wake of the failed Christmas Day underpants airplane bombing, prominent Republicans, ranging from leading senators to a former press secretary for George W.

Can Intel Agencies Kill Americans?

The director of national intelligence, Dennis Blair, shocked Washington last week when he told a congressional committee that U.S. spy agencies have the authority to assassinate American citizens abroad who are believed to be involved in terrorism. But he suggested that intel officials would have to follow special rules to do so: "If … we think that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that," he told the House intelligence committee.

A Single Database Held All the Spies' 'Bits and Pieces' on Alleged Underpants Bomber

A single intelligence community database operated by the CIA, known by the code name "Hercules," held all the "bits and pieces" of intelligence that White House officials believe could have led U.S. authorities to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before last Dec. 25, according to current and former counterterrorism officials.

Louisiana Suspect's Academic Program Was Designed to Attract and Recruit Potential Female Spies

The Washington academic program that Louisiana telephone-tampering suspect Stanley Dai helped to manage was part of an "affirmative action" initiative by U.S. intelligence agencies to recruit more female and minority spies—an irony in light of the strong "movement conservative" views that Dai and his codefendants in the bizarre New Orleans criminal investigation have espoused.

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