Dina Temple-Raston http://ktep.org en Yemeni Officials Claim To Have Foiled Al-Qaida Terror Plot http://ktep.org/post/yemeni-officials-claim-have-foiled-al-qaida-terror-plot Days after the U.S. announced it would close its diplomatic missions across the Middle East and Africa, Yemeni security officials said that they had foiled a plot by al-Qaeda to attack fuel pipelines and two of the nation's ports. It is unclear if this plot is the same as the one that was alluded to in al-Qaeda communications U.S. intelligence officials intercepted earlier this month. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:31:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 22564 at http://ktep.org Interpol Asks For Help Tracking Escaped Al-Qaida Inmates http://ktep.org/post/interpol-asks-help-tracking-escaped-al-qaida-inmates Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Just after the State Department announced it would close those diplomatic missions came another alert, this one from Interpol, the global police organization. Interpol is asking for help tracking hundreds of terrorism suspects who've escaped from prisons in Iraq, Pakistan and Libya over the past month. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 22416 at http://ktep.org Iraq Prison Break Worries Counterterrorism Officials http://ktep.org/post/iraq-prison-break-worries-counterterrorism-officials Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And when we think about the future of Iraq, one big concern is al-Qaida's growing strength there. This week, al-Qaida's arm in Iraq launched coordinated attacks on two prisons near Baghdad. One was the notorious Abu Ghraib Prison. To break through the prison walls there, the group used a dozen suicide bombers, and they attacked guards with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. Al-Qaida has staged spectacular prison breaks in the past. It's a tried-and-true method of reinforcing their ranks. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:27:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 21676 at http://ktep.org How Secret Does A Secret Court Need To Be? http://ktep.org/post/how-secret-does-secret-court-need-be Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Here's another question Congress took up today: Do secret courts always have to be secret? The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court decides whether wiretaps and other surveillance methods used by the intelligence community are legal. It's staffed by federal judges, but their work takes place in the shadows.<p>So today, Congress joined the debate over whether there's a better way. At a hearing, lawmakers and top intelligence officials all seem to agree that the FISA court could be more transparent. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:09:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 21194 at http://ktep.org 'Guardian' Releases More Documents On NSA Surveillance http://ktep.org/post/guardian-releases-more-documents-nsa-surveillance Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Britain's Guardian newspaper has released documents that reveal more about this country's National Security Agency and its surveillance programs. The documents involve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court which is supposed to oversee and give approval to surveillance programs. That's the court that meets in secret to assess requests for surveillance against suspected foreign agents. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:34:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 19402 at http://ktep.org NSA Leaker Snowden Defends Actions In Live Web Chat http://ktep.org/post/nsa-leaker-snowden-defends-actions-live-web-chat The man who leaked secret National Security Agency documents, Edward Snowden, defended his decision to reveal details of U.S. surveillance programs in a web chat on Monday. Snowden said he's still in Hong Kong and claims he wouldn't get a fair trial in the U.S. He also said he has not been in contact with the Chinese government and that there are more disclosures to come. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 19147 at http://ktep.org NSA Leaker Checks Out Of Hong Kong Hotel http://ktep.org/post/nsa-leaker-checks-out-hong-kong-hotel Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Investigators are trying to learn all they can about the American intelligence contractor who says he leaked sensitive documents to reporters. Edward Snowden is 29 years old, a former tech specialist for the company Booz Allen Hamilton, which does a lot of government intelligence work. Over the weekend, he took responsibility for disclosing details of two U.S. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 18661 at http://ktep.org Civil Liberties Group Concerned Over NSA Programs http://ktep.org/post/civil-liberties-group-concerned-over-nsa-programs Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The news that the National Security Agency is collecting reams of telephone data and tracking Internet behavior has alarmed civil liberties groups. President Obama believes U.S. Sat, 08 Jun 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 18526 at http://ktep.org Digging The Depth Of The NSA Phone Data Program http://ktep.org/post/digging-depth-nsa-phone-data-program Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The National Security Agency is collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans, U.S. customers of Verizon. The Guardian newspaper broke the story last night and published a copy of an order by a special court that allowed the NSA to gather that information. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:08:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 18403 at http://ktep.org U.S. Drone Strike Said To Have Killed Taliban Leader http://ktep.org/post/us-drone-strike-said-have-killed-taliban-leader Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Another big piece of President Obama's new national security vision is a rethinking of how the U.S. uses drones. Last night, for the first time since the president laid out new stricter conditions for their use, the U.S. launched a drone attack. It appears to have killed a top military commander in the Pakistani Taliban. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.<p>DINA TEMPLE-RASTON, BYLINE: Less than a week ago, President Obama said the U.S. would only use drones against individuals who pose an imminent threat to the United States. Wed, 29 May 2013 21:49:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 17859 at http://ktep.org Obama Tweaks U.S. Vision For Fight Against Terrorism http://ktep.org/post/obama-tweaks-us-vision-fight-against-terrorism Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>President Obama has outlined a new vision for the fight against terrorism. His speech at the National Defense University in Washington yesterday covered a lot of ground. Obama spoke about limiting drone strikes, working more with allies and closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. Broadly, the president said the terrorist threat against America has changed, and so the time has come to take a hard look at how the U.S. Fri, 24 May 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 17499 at http://ktep.org Obama Speech Expected To Touch On Drones, Guantanamo http://ktep.org/post/obama-speech-expected-touch-drones-guantanamo Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>For months now, the Obama administration has promised to reveal more about America's secret drone program, and today could be the day. The president will speak this afternoon at the National Defense University, and he's planning to discuss America's fight against terrorism. Thu, 23 May 2013 08:44:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 17395 at http://ktep.org White House Has Renewed Resolve To Close Guantanamo http://ktep.org/post/white-house-has-renewed-resolve-close-guantanamo For the first time in years, the Obama administration appears to be focused on shuttering the Guantanamo Bay prison and – at a minimum — has redoubled its efforts to reduce the number of people held there.<p>The key, officials familiar with the administration's thinking say, may lie with 56 Yemeni detainees, a group of men who have been at the island facility for more than a decade though U.S. Mon, 20 May 2013 21:28:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 17224 at http://ktep.org Three Friends Of Boston Bombing Suspect Arrested http://ktep.org/post/three-friends-boston-bombing-suspect-arrested Dina Temple-Raston talks to Audie Cornish about the three people who face charges in connection with the Boston marathon bombing. Wed, 01 May 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 15936 at http://ktep.org Obama Renews Call To Close Guantanamo Amid Hunger Strike http://ktep.org/post/obama-renews-call-close-guantanamo-amid-hunger-strike Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Now to the hunger strike underway in the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It began back in January. At first, a few dozen prisoners refused meals. Now, more than 100 of the 166 men still at the facility have joined the protest, and more than a dozen of those are being force-fed. Well today, their action drew a response from the president. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 15855 at http://ktep.org Investigators Trace Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Activities Abroad http://ktep.org/post/investigators-trace-tamerlan-tsarnaevs-activities-abroad The investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing continues. Investigators have spoken with the parents of the suspects in Russia. Audie Cornish talks to Dina Temple-Raston about the latest developments. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 22:25:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 15474 at http://ktep.org Investigators Name Two Suspects In Boston Bombing http://ktep.org/post/investigators-name-two-suspects-boston-bombing Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>We begin this hour with a major break in the investigation into Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.<p>RICHARD DESLAURIERS: Today, we are enlisting the public's help to identify the two suspects. After a very detailed analysis of photo, video and other evidence, we are releasing photos of these two suspects. They are identified as Suspect 1 and Suspect 2. They appeared to be associated. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 15098 at http://ktep.org Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Set To Appear In N.Y. Court http://ktep.org/post/osama-bin-ladens-son-law-set-appear-ny-court Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and former al-Qaida spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is expected to appear in a New York courtroom Monday afternoon.<p>Abu Ghaith was captured by U.S. officials in February, and his arrest is considered important not just because he was so close to bin Laden, but also because the Obama administration has decided to try him in a federal court instead of using a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.<p>On the surface, Abu Ghaith, 47, would appear to be a perfect candidate for a trial at Guantanamo. He is affiliated with al-Qaida, and he is a foreigner. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 07:24:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 14308 at http://ktep.org Osama Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Set To Appear In N.Y. Court Pakistan's Ambitious Program To Re-Educate Militants http://ktep.org/post/pakistans-ambitious-program-re-educate-militants A Pakistani army officer named Col. Zeshan is giving a tour of a jihadi rehabilitation center secreted in the hills of northwest Pakistan's Swat Valley.<p>"This place was also captured by the Taliban," he says, walking me around the heavily guarded complex. "The army took over this place from them ... when the war was going on."<p>The war against the Pakistani Taliban in Swat began in 2009. It was a military offensive that took a year to drive most of the Pakistani Taliban out of the valley. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 07:15:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 13839 at http://ktep.org Pakistan's Ambitious Program To Re-Educate Militants After Decade Of Detention, Guantanamo Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike http://ktep.org/post/after-decade-detention-guantanamo-prisoners-go-hunger-strike Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. More than two dozen detainees at the prison at Guantanamo Bay are on a hunger strike. U.S. officials say the prisoners are refusing meals because after a decade in detention without trial, they feel they have been forgotten. But lawyers for the men tell a different story. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.<p>DINA TEMPLE-RASTON, BYLINE: There are dueling narratives about why the 26 prisoners at Guantanamo stopped eating. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:56:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 13296 at http://ktep.org Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Arrested, Brought To U.S. http://ktep.org/post/bin-ladens-son-law-arrested-brought-us <strong>Update at 4:30 p.m. EST. Details Of Capture </strong><p>Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and a former al-Qaida spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, is in U.S. custody and is being held in a Manhattan jail. He could appear in a federal court as soon as Friday, U.S. officials familiar with the case say.<p>His capture is considered important not just because he was so close to bin Laden but also because U.S. officials have decided to try him in a federal court, not Guantanamo Bay.<p>Abu Ghaith, 48, may be best known for his multiple appearances in al-Qaida propaganda videos. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:11:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 12262 at http://ktep.org Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Arrested, Brought To U.S. Sept. 11 Trial Judge Gives Defense Attorneys Access To 'Camp 7' http://ktep.org/post/sept-11-trial-judge-gives-defense-attorneys-access-camp-7 Defense attorneys in the trial of the five men accused of orchestrating the terror attacks on September 11th will get to see for the first time where their clients are incarcerated.<p>The army judge presiding over<a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/04/26/151440655/the-sept-11-trial-khalid-sheikh-mohammeds-connections-to-terror"> the trial at Guantanamo Bay</a> said today he will allow the lawyers to visit a secret section of the prison.<p>It's known as Camp 7 and it's nestled in the crevice of a hill at Guantanamo Bay. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:29:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 11351 at http://ktep.org Sept. 11 Trial Judge Gives Defense Attorneys Access To 'Camp 7' Hints Of Progress After Investigation at Guantanamo Court http://ktep.org/post/hints-progress-after-investigation-guantanamo-court The most dramatic moment of the week's hearing at Guantanamo Bay's military commissions was when a one-legged man stood up and began to berate the judge.<br /> <br />The one-legged man, Walid bin Attash, is one of the defendants in the high-profile Sept. 11 case, and his complaint was a throwback to a time when the tribunal first opened. <br /> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:41:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 11088 at http://ktep.org Alleged Sept. 11 Plotters In Court, But Lawyers Do The Talking http://ktep.org/post/alleged-sept-11-plotters-court-lawyers-do-talking Pretrial hearings in the death penalty trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks lasted a little more than an hour Monday before the judge recessed the session until Tuesday.<p>The men, who all came into the courtroom in camouflage vests and traditional garments known as<em> shalwar kameez</em>, have been in jail — awaiting this trial — for more than a decade.<p>They were arraigned back in May, didn't enter pleas, and their trial has been moving at a plodding pace ever since. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:05:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 10651 at http://ktep.org Alleged Sept. 11 Plotters In Court, But Lawyers Do The Talking Procedure Expected To Bog Down Hearing For Alleged Sept. 11 Planners http://ktep.org/post/procedure-questions-expected-bog-down-hearings-alleged-sept-11-planners Pretrial hearings resume Monday in the death penalty trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The men have been in jail, awaiting trial, for more than a decade. The hearings in their case started back in May, and they have hardly moved forward since then.<p>Eventually, the case will be one of dueling narratives. The prosecution will focus on the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the defense will talk about the treatment of its clients after their capture. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:31:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 10604 at http://ktep.org New Threat Emerges At Intersection Of Terrorism, Syndicated Crime http://ktep.org/post/new-threat-emerges-intersection-terrorism-syndicated-crime Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This month's hostage taking at a natural gas plant in Algeria shows how international terrorism is evolving. Groups such as al-Qaida have long been motivated by radical ideology. What's happening now in North Africa is a little different. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:09:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 9716 at http://ktep.org Algerian Gas Plant Seizure May Mark New Stage In Al-Qaida Evolution http://ktep.org/post/algerian-gas-plant-seizure-may-mark-new-stage-al-qaida-evolution The man who says he masterminded last week's attack on a BP-operated gas facility in Algeria claimed responsibility in a video.<p>"We are behind the blessed daring operation in Algeria," says Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a former member of al-Qaida's arm in North Africa. "Forty men from Muslim and Western countries took part in the operation," he continues. "We did it for al-Qaida."<p>The video is dated Jan. 17, a day after the hostage siege began. But it was only posted Monday on a website called Sahara Media, which often carries jihadi messages. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 9353 at http://ktep.org French Troops, Air Power Could Attract More Foreign Fighters To Mali http://ktep.org/post/french-troops-air-power-could-attract-more-foreign-fighters-mali Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>We have two stories now about Mali, where France has intervened to stop al-Qaida-linked rebels who've taken over the north of the country. First, how this fight could have consequences for the United States. One lesson the U.S. has learned from fighting al-Qaida for more than a decade is this: Never underestimate the group's terrorist affiliates. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:45:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 8917 at http://ktep.org How Mali's Conflict Affects Americans http://ktep.org/post/how-malis-conflict-affects-americans Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Now a look at who's fighting in Mali and why that far away conflict might affect the United States. Yesterday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta offered the most basic take on America's interests in Mali - al-Qaida is there.<p>SECRETARY LEON PANETTA DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: The fact is, we have made a commitment that al-Qaida is not going to find any place to hide.<p>MONTAGNE: And that includes Mali.<p>NPR's counter-terrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston joins us now to talk more about this. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:22:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 8868 at http://ktep.org Lawyers Say Teenage Terror Suspect Was Entrapped By FBI http://ktep.org/post/lawyers-say-teenage-terror-suspect-was-entrapped-fbi Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Jury selection began today in the terrorism trial of a young Somali-American. He's accused of trying to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon two years ago. But the case is drawing attention for another reason: There was no bomb. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:53:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 8633 at http://ktep.org