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The Hill By Mallory Shelbourne President Trump has approved of a national security strategy and has the support of key Cabinet secretaries, Axios reported on Sunday. According to the report, the new strategy will be centered on new technological threats, homeland security and economic competition in regards to national security.It will lay out the path for how the administration will handle various choices about foreign policy and national security, Axios said. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo back the strategy, which will come under evaluation by the Cabinet this week in its meeting.The report on the strategy comes as Trump continues to grapple with North Korea’s nuclear aggression and amid the ongoing investigations into Russia’s efforts to meddle in the United States election. Two aides to national security adviser H.R. McMaster worked with him on putting together the strategy, the report...
Suspect in custody after detonating a pipe bomb attached to his body in Port Authority terminal; travel hub partially evacuated The Times of Israel By Agencies and TOI staff NEW YORK — A pipe bomb apparently attached to a suspect exploded in the Port Authority travel terminal in New York Monday morning, injuring the suspect.A law enforcement official said an explosive device was set off on a subway platform at the busy New York City transportation hub in midtown Manhattan, which includes bus terminals and subway stations. The only person injured was a man detained in connection with the blast, New York police said on Twitter.They said subway trains were ordered to bypass that bustling part of New York.“One male suspect is in custody. No injuries other than suspect at this time. Avoid the area,” police said in a tweet.An official said a man had a pipe bomb strapped to...
By Elliot Friedland Clarion Project British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s just delivered a speech on the problem of Islamist terror that hit many right notes. The address, on December 7, named the ideology driving the extremism, called out Arab dictatorships who are deliberately enabling terror for their own ends and debunked the myth this is all the fault of Western foreign policy.Here are Clarion’s top five takeaways: 1.He defined the problemIn a line reminiscent of President Trump, Johnson defined the war on terror in stark terms of “winning” against an ideological enemy.“It is a struggle not against a religion but an idea, a perverse ideology.”He defined the ideology as a religiously-based idea that offers a powerful emotional solution to feeling alienated, powerless, humiliated and afraid – a violent path of holy redemption.“It is a very ancient idea, and common to virtually all religions – including Christianity – that any kind of...

Violence Should Not Determine Policy

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by Alan M. Dershowitz  •  Gatestone Institute Violence should be responded to by police and military action, not by giving in to the unreasonable demands of those who use violence as a tactic. The reason violence — whether rock-throwing or more lethal forms of terrorism — is used is because it works... as a way to extort concessions from the world. And it works because policy makers often make or refrain from making controversial decisions based on the fear of violent reactions. Now just imagine what will happen if peace negotiations are commenced and both sides have to compromise. Israel's comprises will be met with law suits, political pushback and possibly resistance from some settlers who will have to be uprooted.... Palestinian compromises will be met with street violence, terrorism and assassinations. That has long been the modus operandi of Palestinian leaders and dissidents. A clear message must be sent...

First counter-terrorism exercise held at State Courts

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The Straits Times by Ng HuiwenSINGAPORE - A counter-terrorism exercise was held for the first time at the State Courts on Thursday (Dec 7) at noon.In a statement on Thursday, the police said that the simulated terrorist attack was to test the coordination between the polic and the State Courts in emergencies.The exercise scenario began with two gunmen walking into the building and shooting at the crowd.Auxiliary Police Officers and State Courts staff were seen containing the situation, before officers from the Emergency Response Team and Bukit Merah East neighbourhood police centre arrived.The officers were able to locate and take down the gunmen within minutes.Earlier on Thursday, the police posted an advisory on the exercise on its Facebook page. "Exercise in progress" signage will be displayed at and around the exercise areas, and blanks will be fired, it said. In the statement, a State Courts spokesman said it has partnered...