Robin Simcox a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Centre for Social Cohesion. He is the co-author of "Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections" and the author of "A Degree of Influence: The Funding of Strategically Important Subjects in UK Universities" and "Control Orders: Strengthening National Security". He has written for The Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator, Prospect, Weekly Standard and Standpoint and regularly comments across the media, including in The New York Times and The Times, and on the BBC, Sky News, Fox News, and Al Jazeera.
Al-Qaeda will continue to carry out attacks, fundraise, kidnap Westerners and recruit more followers. Underestimating them is a sure-fire way to ensure that the group gets even stronger - and the threat to our national security gets even higher.
Anyone who has listened to a Tony Blair speech in recent years would not be surprised that he is concerned about radical Islam. On that front, his speech on the Middle East at Bloomberg yesterday broke little new ground...
Do not be fooled by the conviction of Suleiman Abu Ghaith, al-Qaeda spokesman and Osama bin Laden's son in law. His successful prosecution in a civilian court does not mean all terrorists can be tried in this way. Military commissions such as those in Guantanamo Bay will continue to play a vital role.
Balancing national security concerns with human rights obligations is a perennial problem for Western governments. Nowhere has this liberty/security balance proven more controversial than Guantanamo Bay, where a recent incident particularly highlighted this dilemma.
I have read Sadiq Khan MP's article from last week several times and am still dumbfounded by it. His criticism of Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan's extradition to the U.S. to face terror charges is wildly misguided.
Security on site is as relentless as expected. Barbed wire fences surround our walk to the courtroom. Inside, all electronic equipment is prohibited and observers sit behind soundproof glass with the audio feed on delay in case classified information is discussed...
For better or worse, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden have ignited a debate on state secrecy. The momentum within public sentiment presently seems to be that our governments have concealed too much, for too long.
After two extremely bloody and costly interventions in Iraq in recent times, there is surely little enthusiasm for a third. However, the growing al-Qaeda threat in that country may force Iraq to once again be prioritised.
I had never heard of anyone having their limbs blown off while <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/may/16/terrorism.guantanamo" target="_hplink">trying</a> to buy property until I learned of Tarek Dergoul, the former British Guantánamo Bay detainee.
09/01/2012 22:30 GMT
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