Islamist Terrorism: Eight Years Later
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Eight years after September 11, the UK may be at greater risk than the US from Islamic extremists. Why are young British Muslims so ripe for radicalization? Did the US jeopardize British efforts to foil a plot that could have been more deadly than 9/11? Also, the media mistakes a Coast Guard training exercise for the real thing. On Reporter's Notebook, the so-called Northeast Passage between the West and Asia has been opened by global warming — and Russian bureaucrats. We get a report from Moscow.
Banner image: UK terror suspect, Rashid Rauf, is escorted by police to a civil court hearing on January 5, 2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Photo: Warrick Page/Getty Images
Media Mistakes a Training Exercise for the Real Thing ()
With the President just pulling away from today's 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon, CNN broadcast a report that the Coast Guard had fired ten times at a boat in the Potomac River. The cable network also showed pictures of Coast Guard boats speeding around in the water. A few moments later, CNN and others reported that no shots were fired. What they heard was a routine training exercise of a sort conducted every day. Cam Simpson is Washington Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
- Cam Simpson: Washington Correspondent, Wall Street Journal
Islamist Terrorism: Eight Years Later ()
Almost eight years to the day since September 11, three British Muslims were convicted this week of plotting to bomb seven airliners in flight over the Atlantic Ocean, an act that could have killed more people more dramatically than the events of 9/11. After the most expensive counterterrorism investigation in British history, the case indicates that Islamic extremists may now be a greater threat to the United Kingdom than they are to the United States. It raises other issues as well. Did US authorities jeopardize the investigation by blowing the whistle too soon? What’s the state of international cooperation on counterterrorism? And why are so many young British Muslims becoming radicalized? Is it a function of British society? What about the US war in Afghanistan?
- Andy Hayman: Former UK Police Chief for Counterterrorism
- Bruce Hoffman: Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University, @hoffman_bruce
- Ed Husain: Co-founder, Quilliam Foundation
- Fawaz Gerges: Professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations, London School of Economics
Commercial Ships Pass through the Arctic Ice ()
The ancient dream of mariners for a shortcut through Arctic waters may be realized by global warming. Two German ships are on their way to becoming the first commercial vessels to negotiate what's called the Northeast Passage. One obstacle in addition to floating icebergs is Russian bureaucracy. That's according to today's New York Times in an article co-authored by Andrew Kramer in Moscow.
- Andrew Kramer: Moscow Correspondent, New York Times
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