Frances Fragos Townsend

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Anwar al-Awlaki in a video message in 2010. YouTube announced last month that it had taken down his lectures and sermons. Credit Site Intelligence Group, via Associated Press

A major victory in the fight against extremism was secured last month when YouTube announced that it had taken down the lectures and sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American who had turned into a firebrand preacher and notoriously effective recruiter for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

In 2011 President Barack Obama took the extraordinary step of ordering a drone strike on Mr. Awlaki in Yemen, citing his “lead in planning and directing efforts to murder innocent Americans.” Unfortunately, given the ubiquity of his lectures and sermons online, Mr. Awlaki continued to inspire and incite extremist violence after his death.

In December 2015, a search for “Anwar al-Awlaki” on YouTube yielded nearly 60,000 results for his sermons and lectures.…  Seguir leyendo »

Homeland security, intelligence and legal experts share their reactions.

The president has ordered two reviews since the attack attempted against Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day. While such reviews are necessary to understand why a multibillion-dollar aviation security system failed to prevent Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding a U.S.-bound flight with explosives, the American people rightly expect more.

This plot appears to trace back to Yemen, a country that is not a new counterterrorism problem. Since the October 2000 attack against the USS Cole, in which 17 U.S. sailors were killed, two administrations have pushed Yemen to confront al-Qaeda without sufficient success.…  Seguir leyendo »