Peter Bergen

No Torture. No Exceptions.

n a Manhattan courtroom in May 2001, four men were convicted for their roles in al-Qaeda’s bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania three years earlier. The evidence against them had been collected without recourse to torture, coercion, or unorthodox interrogation techniques. The attacks had killed a dozen Americans and more than two… Read more »

The Enemy Within

Then this spring came the public hearings of the September 11 commission, and the revelations of just how much warning the president and his top aides had. They received briefings by alarmed members of the exiting Clinton administration; detailed memos from counter-terrorism officials requesting immediate action against al Qaeda; “hair on fire” alerts delivered personally… Read more »

Armchair Provocateur

In the past year, there has been a flood of stories about the thinking of neoconservative hawks such as Richard Perle, until March the chairman of the influential Defense Policy Board and a key architect of the president’s get-tough-on-Iraq policy. Perle has had a long association with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think… Read more »