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September 21st, 2012
10:35 PM ET

Giuliani: I worry about homeland attack

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he fears a terrorist attack with nuclear material, chemical or biological weapons. The interview is part of AC360's series "What Keeps You Up at Night," which focuses on election issues.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Terrorism
September 20th, 2012
11:45 PM ET

KTH: GOP concerned blind sheikh will be set free

Keeping Them Honest, there's no evidence that the Obama administration will release Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the notorious terrorist convicted of plotting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

He is serving a life sentence in a North Carolina prison. The NY Post cites unnamed sources and a former federal prosecutor who say he may be set free as a goodwill gesture to Egyptians.

Rep. Peter King and other Republican lawmakers wrote a letter to Attorney General Holder and Secretary Clinton to make the point that the release of the sheikh would be seen as a sign of weakness.

The Justice Department, the National Security Council and the State Department have denied any plans to move the sheikh from his current location.

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Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • Terrorism
September 20th, 2012
11:10 PM ET

Libya Prime Minister: Consulate attack not al Qaeda

Arwa Damon spoke to Libya's prime minister about the eight people in custody who are directly linked to the assault at the consulate in Benghazi. He says they are not members of al Qaeda, but are individual extremists loosely banded together.

The Prime Minister told her that the consulate attack was "pre-planned," which contradicts the U.S. statement on the assault. Elise Labott reports that U.S. officials say they didn't have "actionable intelligence" that the consulate or diplomats were targeted.

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Filed under: Libya • Terrorism
September 19th, 2012
11:01 PM ET

Exclusive: Amb. Chris Stevens worried about al Qaeda hit list

A source says Ambassador Chris Stevens was concerned about the threat of extremists in Benghazi, Libya before he died during an attack on the U.S. Consulate.

At a Senate Homeland Security hearing on Wednesday, the National Counterterrorism Center Director acknowledged that Stevens and three other Americans were killed "in the course of a terrorist attack."

Sen. John McCain says it doesn't make sense that the White House, Sec. Clinton and United Nations' Ambassador Susan Rice stated "categorically that it was not a terrorist attack, when obviously it had all the earmarks of a terrorist attack."

McCain believes Amb. Stevens should have been provided more security in Libya, and particularly in Benghazi with reports of the growing al Qaeda presence.

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Filed under: Libya • Terrorism
July 19th, 2012
10:38 PM ET

Police: Bombing suspect had fake U.S. ID

Authorities say the suspect in the deadly blast in Bulgaria used a fake Michigan driver's license with a Louisiana address. CNN's Tom Foreman reports on the investigation.

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Filed under: Terrorism
May 8th, 2012
10:44 PM ET

Bob Baer: Double agent operation 'brilliant'

Security experts discuss the successes and risks of the double agent who infiltrated al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

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Filed under: Terrorism
May 8th, 2012
10:42 PM ET

Rep. Peter King: Bomb plot leak 'put a lot at risk'

Rep. Peter King says it's "unfortunate" that someone leaked information about the double agent who infiltrated al Qaeda.

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Filed under: Terrorism
May 7th, 2012
10:11 PM ET

Was foiled bomb plot leaked?

Rep. Peter King tells Anderson Cooper that Congress was caught off guard by the news of the foiled bomb plot.

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Filed under: Terrorism
May 7th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

'One day terrorists will get through'

After an airplane terrorist plot was intercepted, national security experts discuss the likelihood of a future attack.

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Filed under: Fran Townsend • Nic Robertson • Robert Baer • Terrorism
April 30th, 2012
11:08 PM ET

Does al Qaeda pose a threat to cruises?

On May 16 last year, a 22-year-old Austrian named Maqsood Lodin was being questioned by police in Berlin. He had recently returned from Pakistan via Budapest, Hungary, and then traveled overland to Germany. His interrogators were surprised to find that hidden in his underpants were a digital storage device and memory cards.

Buried inside them was a pornographic video called "Kick Ass" - and a file marked "Sexy Tanja."

Several weeks later, after laborious efforts to crack a password and software to make the file almost invisible, German investigators discovered encoded inside the actual video a treasure trove of intelligence - more than 100 al Qaeda documents that included an inside track on some of the terror group's most audacious plots and a road map for future operations.

Future plots include the idea of seizing cruise ships and carrying out attacks in Europe similar to the gun attacks by Pakistani militants that paralyzed the Indian city of Mumbai in November 2008. Ten gunmen killed 164 people in that three-day rampage.

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