Source: Suicide attack on U.S. Capitol foiled
February 17th, 2012
01:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Source: Suicide attack on U.S. Capitol foiled

Washington (CNN) – U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI on Friday arrested a Moroccan man who was planning a suicide attack on the Capitol, police and a federal law-enforcement official said.

The man had what he thought was a vest with explosives, but the materials in the vest had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement, Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said.

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Filed under: Congress • Terrorism • Uncategorized • Washington D.C.
Senators reach compromise on detainee language in defense bill
December 1st, 2011
08:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Senators reach compromise on detainee language in defense bill

Washington (CNN) - The Senate on Thursday passed a giant defense bill that includes a new policy for detaining and trying suspected al Qaeda terrorists - a policy that attracted controversy during the debate and may draw a presidential veto.

The defense authorization bill passed by a vote of 93-7.

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Filed under: Democrats • Republicans • Senate • Terrorism
Ron Paul reissues claims on American policy and 9/11
November 20th, 2011
12:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Ron Paul reissues claims on American policy and 9/11

(CNN) - Presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul reiterated his controversial stance Sunday that some policies of the United States contributed to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Speaking on the CBS program “Face the Nation,” Paul said his views were consistent with analysis from various groups.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ron Paul • Terrorism
Cain's conditional al-Awlaki policy
October 3rd, 2011
05:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain's conditional al-Awlaki policy

(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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Terrorism
Gingrich offers rare praise of Obama on killing of al Qaeda cleric
September 30th, 2011
04:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich offers rare praise of Obama on killing of al Qaeda cleric

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.
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Filed under: Newt Gingrich • President Obama • Terrorism
President Obama: Anwar al-Awlaki death is 'major blow' to al Qaeda
September 30th, 2011
12:06 PM ET
3 years ago

President Obama: Anwar al-Awlaki death is 'major blow' to al Qaeda

(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.


Filed under: President Obama • Terrorism
CNN Poll: Few think terrorist attack likely in near future
September 30th, 2011
11:48 AM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Few think terrorist attack likely in near future

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.
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Filed under: CNN poll • Polls • Terrorism
Paul criticizes Obama on al-Awlaki killing
September 30th, 2011
10:40 AM ET
3 years ago

Paul criticizes Obama on al-Awlaki killing

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Ron Paul • Terrorism
Biden: 14th amendment and terrorists
August 1st, 2011
07:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Biden: 14th amendment and terrorists

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."

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Joe Biden • Terrorism
Holder vows to keep fighting for terror trials in civilian courts
June 17th, 2011
11:10 AM ET
3 years ago

Holder vows to keep fighting for terror trials in civilian courts

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.

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Filed under: Terrorism
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