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Boston Bombing: FBI Backlash 'Risks Turning U.S. Into Surveillance State' | The Guardian (U.K.)

April 23, 2013

Philip Mudd, a former FBI senior intelligence adviser, said there was a risk of a backlash turning the US into a "surveillance state". "During daily threat briefings, we would look at homegrowns all the time," he told the Guardian. "The question is ...

When Terrorists Strike, Left Looks To The Right | Boston Herald

April 23, 2013

CNN's Peter Bergen explained that if the bombs contained conventional explosives — instead of al-Qaeda's favorite, hydrogen peroxide — the attackers “might be some other kind of right-wing extremists.” According to CNN's Tim Lister and Paul ...

Will We Deny Constitutional Rights In The Name Of Fear? | Truthdig

April 22, 2013

GOODMAN: Glenn, I wanted to turn to former CIA Deputy Director Philip Mudd. On Sunday, he told Fox News Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be charged as a murderer, not a terrorist. PHILIP MUDD: What I fear, though, is that people too ...

Boston Bomb Suspect's Citizenship Bid Is Part Of Widening Probe | San Francisco Chronicle

April 22, 2013

The two brothers displayed an amateurish modus operandi, failing to disguise themselves from cameras, suggesting they were motivated by feelings of social alienation as immigrants in the U.S., said Philip Mudd, a former CIA deputy director in the ...

5 Key Questions In Boston Bombing Probe | CNN International

April 22, 2013

As CNN's national security analyst Peter Bergen points out, the brothers' e-mail traffic will be of huge importance to investigators as they seek an answer to this question. 2. What was Tamerlan Tsarnaev doing in Russia? The older brother's six-month ...

Two Arrested In Al Qaeda Us-Canada Train Plot – Directed From Iran | Christian Science Monitor

April 22, 2013

As Peter Bergen, wrote for CNN last month, "According to US documents and officials, in addition to [Suleiman] Abu Ghaith, other of bin Laden's inner circle who ended up in Iran include the formidable military commander of al Qaeda, Saif al-Adel, a ...

Suspect Charged In Boston Bombing Case | USA Today

April 22, 2013

Philip Mudd, a former FBI and CIA counterterrorism official, said the Boston attacks more closely resemble "Columbine than any connection to al-Qaeda." Referring to the 1999 Colorado high school shooting that involved two young attackers, Mudd said the ...

Boston Bombings Based On Emotion Rather Than Terrorism: Ex ... | Talk Radio News Service

April 22, 2013

Philip Mudd, a former key intelligence officer with both the FBA and CIA, said that the aspects of the Boston bombing's operation – the acquisition of widely available materials, the absence of an apparent escape plan, little attempt by the suspects to ...

Despite Wmd Fears, Terrorists Are Focused On Conventional Attacks | National Journal

April 19, 2013

"In the past decade, there is no evidence that jihadist extremists in the United States have acquired or attempted to acquire material to construct CBRN weapons," according to authors Peter Bergen and Jennifer Rowland. They documented a number of ...

Iraq Failing Security Test Ahead Of Vote | Radio Free Europe

April 18, 2013

Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security studies fellow at the New America Foundation, attributes the rising death toll to Al-Qaeda and its local affiliates in Iraq regaining lost ground. This is especially notable, he says, in the western desert ...

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