Counterterrorism Blog: Islamists' message to Israel at New York

An issue in recent Counterterrorism Blog post jumped out at me because of my current research into how Islam has been treated by U.S. courts. Zeyno’s note dealt with the recent appointment of Imam Talal Eid to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which she questioned, in part, because of his suggestion in his Harvard Divinity School dissertation of “the establishment of Shari’ah courts which would manage the family affairs of American Muslims and mediate their religious affairs within the scope of American law.”

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This afternoon, government expert Dr. Matthew Levitt, a senior fellow and director of the Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Terrorism, Intelligence, and Policy, and Counterterrorism Blog contributor,continued his testimony. During his direct examination Wednesday afternoon, jurors were shown a videotape from a HAMAS graduation ceremony in the Gaza Strip. Children were dressed in army fatigues holding toy weapons and, in some cases, wearing suicide belts. Several of the children were dressed as well known figures including Sheikh Yassin, a founder and spiritual leader of HAMAS.

Counterterrorism Blog: July 2007 Archives

Counterterrorism Blog Panels: Welcome to the Counterterrorism Blog, a unique, multi-expert blog dedicated to providing a one-stop gateway to the counterterrorism community. To our knowledge, there was no such blog on the internet prior to our opening on January 5, 2005. We envision the blog’s audience to be the policymakers in the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch, as well as serious students elsewhere, who want to visit a single site to access (1) overnight and breaking news, with realtime intel and commentary by operational experts ("Contributing Experts"); (2) discussions of long-term trends in counterterrorism; (3) summaries of and discussions about US and international law; and (4) a calendar of upcoming events, hearings, and seminars featuring the Contributing Experts. We want to highlight those experts who are or have been deeply involved in counterterrorism cases, and thus enable them to expand their opportunities to bring their expertise to the attention of policymakers.

Counterterrorism Blog: Pictures of Hezbollah Tunnels in Lebanon

Counterterrorism Blog is a website hosting numerous rightwing terrorism experts. It describes itself as ‘The first multi-expert blog dedicated solely to counterterrorism issues, serving as a gateway to the community for policymakers and serious researchers.’

Counterterrorism Blog: October 2009 Archives


According to his own account Cochran founded Counterterrorism Blog as a result of his experience supporting the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services which includes anti-terrorism in its remit. There he says he, "had the opportunity to reach Administration officials, academics, and independent experts who ferret out, sometimes at great personal risk, critical information on individuals, groups, and the linkages among and between them and with state sponsors." These experts included , and who testied before the Committee on 11 March 2003. After leaving the Committee in late 2003 Cochran says he, "endeavored to build a consulting practice with a homeland security and counterterrorismcomponent which would support the interests of the private sector in the Global War onTerror". His desire to do so was reinforced after listening to a seminar on terrorism in December 2004 featuring , and he says he spent that month designing the blog and recruiting experts. The site opened on 5 January 2005. The website has since then changed sites. According to the current domain was registered on 15 March 2006 by the Counterterrorism Foundation. The Counterterrorism Foundation is the legal entity which funds Counterterrorism Blog and was registered as a non-profit organization on 26 April 2006. It is registered to the Washington address of .To Our Readers:

Thank you for your faithful readership through the past five years. Over its short run, the Counterterrorism Blog served an important role both as a leading terrorism news and information aggregator and as a site where noted practitioner-experts presented commentary and analysis. This combined to make the site a regular “one-stop” bookmark for the interested public, media and policy community at a crucial time. CTB has had a remarkable run, and a tremendous impact – in addition to being visited over 8.2 million times, the CTB spurred news stories, held Congressional briefings, embedded reporters in war zones, and informed the policy debate – even earning a negative review from Al Qaeda!
As the world has changed and the terrorism community has evolved so has the ability of the volunteer contributing experts on the Counterterrorism Blog to dedicate their time and energy to this enterprise. In light of this, the Board has made the decision to discontinue publishing here. In addition to their other policy, professional, publishing, teaching and research responsibilities, many of the CTB’s former contributing experts will be posting on other blogs and can continue to be read.
Thanks again for all the support through the years in making the CTB a leading voice in the Counterterrorism community and for your support and interest.The Counterterrorism Foundation Board, publishers