(CNN) – Businessman Herman Cain previously advocated for a criminal trial in the event that al Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki was captured.
But now that al-Awlaki has been killed by a drone missile, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate is "pleased that we have one less al Qaeda member that's threatening us," according to campaign spokesman JD Gordon.
Ames, Iowa (CNN) - In a break from his anti-President Obama flame-throwing, Newt Gingrich used a campaign appearance Friday to offer rare public praise for the president on the killing of American-born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
"We're going to take out Al Qaeda, the way they just did it in Yemen, where I do give the president credit," Gingrich said at a town hall at Iowa State University on Friday.
(CNN) - The death of Anwar al-Awlaki is a "major blow" to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and marks another milestone in the effort to defeat the terrorist network, President Barack Obama said Friday.
But the president cautioned that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula remains a "dangerous but weakened" threat that calls for continued vigilance on the part of the United States despite the death of Anwar al-Awlaki.
Washington (CNN) - Less than one-fifth of Americans think a terrorist attack is likely in their own community, according to a new national survey.
And a CNN/ORC International Poll also indicates that just over a third of the public says an act of terrorism is likely somewhere in the U.S. in the next few weeks.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul criticized President Obama Friday for "assassinating" al Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki, saying that the American-born Muslim cleric should have been tried in a U.S. court.
Al-Awlaki, who preached terror as the public face of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in Yemen Friday when an airstrike hit his motorcade, a Yemeni government official said. A "successful joint intelligence-sharing operation" between Yemen and the United States led to the attack that killed al-Awlaki, a Yemeni government official said Friday.
Washington (CNN) – Here is more information from Democrats familiar with today's closed-door House meeting, with Vice President Biden.
The Vice President said the 14th amendment was NOT an option for the President. Context: Rep. DeFazio (D-Oregon) wanted to know why the president didn't just use the 14th amendment. The VP explained the president had his legal scholars look into it and decided it was not appropriate. We've previously been advised that VP Biden consulted with the White House counsel's office about options – including whether the 14th amendment could be invoked.
On reports that the VP called tea party lawmakers "terrorists": Multiple Democratic sources say the VP was listening to angry Democrats vent about Republicans who said they "negotiate like terrorists" "how can you negotiate with hostage takers" and that they "feel pick pocketed."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder promised an audience of progressives and liberals Thursday that he will not abandon the fight to steer accused terrorists to civilian court trials rather than military tribunals.
Holder lashed out at Congress for forcing him to recently surrender on the issue, and to place accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other co-conspirators before military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Sunday that the United States is “never going to be totally immune from threats” to its national security.
One day after the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Napolitano said in an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley on "State of the Union" that the country is safer now than it was then, but added, “there is no 100 percent guarantee” that we won’t be attacked again.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff echoed Napolitano’s assessment.
“We have reduced the risk, we have not eliminated the risk,” Chertoff told Crowley on Sunday.
Napolitano said a small number of American citizens have become “radicalized to violence,” but said that it is “not unique” to the United States, “nor was it unanticipated that that could occur.”
Washington (CNN) - Nearly nine years after the September 11 terror attacks, a record number of Americans believe the United States is unlikely to ever capture or kill Osama bin Laden, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday reveals that only 36 percent think the country is safer from terrorism than it was before the 2001 attacks.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans, however, are not personally worried about becoming a victim of terrorism. And most say they are prepared to deal with an attack if the worst should happen.
While the federal government has given no indication that it has stopped its pursuit of the man behind the September 11 attacks, only 30 percent of Americans now believe it is likely the U.S. government will ever capture or kill bin Laden. Sixty-seven percent believe it is unlikely.
Washington (CNN) – Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Friday that Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert "is so off the mark" in his assertion that terrorists are plotting to conceive babies in the United States so they can grow up to kill Americans.
The Republican congressman first made the claim on June 24, while discussing on the House floor what he felt were serious gaps in our border enforcement.
"They [terrorists] would have young women who became pregnant, would get them into the United States to have a baby-they wouldn't even have to pay anything for the baby-and then they would return back where they could be raised and coddled as future terrorists," Gohmert said. "And then one day, 20, 30 years down the road, they could be sent in to help destroy our way of life."
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Napolitano, in a Friday interview on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, said that she has seen no evidence of such a plot.
Watch the full interview after the jump