On Thursday, Condoleezza Rice, President Bushs national security adviser, is scheduled to testify under oath before the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks. The Op-Ed page invited two people with expertise in terrorism and national security to suggest questions for Dr. Rice. 1. A search of all your public statements and writings reveals that you apparently mentioned Osama bin Laden only once and never mentioned Al Qaeda at all as a threat to the United States before 9/11. Why?

Thursday, Dec 16, 2004 New Bin Laden Tape

For some additional insight, we turn to CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen. He’s here in Washington. And also Nail al-Jubeir. He’s director of information for the embassy of Saudi Arabia here in Washington, as well. Nail, let me begin with you. You obviously speak Arabic. Have you heard this tape? NAIL AL-JUBEIR, DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION, […]

Thursday, Dec 16, 2004 More on the New OBL Tape

Let’s talk about all this now with CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen. He is in Washington this morning.Peter, first your take of the significance of this particular — or this latest bin Laden tape? PETER BERGEN, CNN TERRORISM ANALYST: Well, three things. This is the fastest turnaround that I can call from any bin Laden […]

Sunday, Dec 12, 2004 Al Qaeda and Europe in LA Times

Is Al Qaeda capable of carrying out another Sept. 11 attack in the United States?

The terrorist organization doesn’t appear to have sleeper cells in the country able to perform such a mission, or even capable of launching a smaller-scale operation against a “soft” target such as a mall. If Al Qaeda had this capability, its cells would have attacked either at the beginning of the Iraq war in spring 2003 or during the recent presidential election. Almost without exception, the “terrorism” cases in this country since 9/11 have involved wannabes and malcontents accused of “material support” for terrorism, not planners of terrorist acts. Moreover, to its enormous credit, the Muslim American community since 9/11 has rejected Osama bin Laden’s ideas.

Monday, Dec 06, 2004 Late Edition, Hunt for Bin Laden

Welcome back to “LATE EDITION.” Terrorism fears are running strong with the ongoing violence in Iraq and Osama bin Laden still very much on the loose. Joining us now to help sort out where the war on terror stands, four guests: Michael Scheuer, he’s a former high-ranking CIA analyst, also the author of the best-selling […]

Europe seems increasingly likely to be the target of the next major Qaeda attack, a trend that could intensify when scores of Qaeda-affiliated militants who left European countries to fight in Iraq return home, several top terror analysts said.

Europe is vulnerable in ways that the United States is not, said many of those attending what was described as the largest conference ever on Al Qaeda, the group behind the Sept. 11 attacks.

Peter Bergen*
Fellow, New America Foundation; terrorism analyst, CNN
and author, Holy War Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden

Bruce Hoffman*
Vice President, External Affairs, RAND Corporation; author Inside Terrorism

The best of the recent slew of books on terrorism, as chosen by one of the few Western journalists ever to interview Osama bin Laden.

It may have been a very mixed year for America’s progress in the war on terror, but it was a very good year for book buyers trying to understand the evolution of al Qaeda, the Bush administration’s conduct of the war on terrorism, and the future direction of jihadist terrorism.

BLITZER: Osama bin Laden’s surprise videotaped message to America is raising several questions, among them his whereabouts, whether he’s planning more terrorist attacks, and if he’s trying to influence the U.S. presidential election. For some answers we turn to two guests who have both met with the al Qaeda leader in recent years. In Los […]

Saturday, Oct 30, 2004 The new bin Laden tape

Since the 9/11 attacks bin Laden and his chief deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, have released more than two dozen audio and videotapes, an astounding average of one tape every six weeks. Tracing back the chain of custody of these tapes is the one guaranteed method of finding the location of al Qaeda’s leaders. However, despite the […]


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"We Got Him": President Obama, Bin Laden, and the Future of the War on Terror, CNN


Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma, HBO