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Today Marks Anniversary of Terror Bombing of USS Cole, 17 Sailors Killed in Blast Ten Years Ago

On October 12, 2000, 11 months before the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole was refueling at a port in Yemen when a motorboat approached and suicide bombers detonated 1,000 pounds of explosives. The blast killed 17 and injured 39 crew members, while blowing a hole forty-feet wide in the side of the ship. The attack was attributed to a cell within the al Qaeda network.  Read more »

Counterterrorism Expert Bill Braniff Presents "Understanding Al-Qaeda": Watch Now (Updated)

Learn about Al-Qaeda's history and ideology from counterterrorism expert Bill Braniff, the director of external education at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center.  Braniff offered an insightful and engaging  lecture on May 19 as part of the 9/11, Today and Tomorrow speakers series at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, 20 Vesey St.Braniff's lecture is now available online through    Read more »

Dissecting al Qaeda in 9/11, today and Tomorrow speakers series

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., counterterrorism expert Bill Braniff will explain the deadly inner-workings al Qaeda as part of the 9/11, Today and Tomorrow speakers series at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, 20 Vesey St., in Manhattan.On June 23, Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times reporter David Rohde (pronounced Road) will headline a lecture on the Taliban. Rohde escaped the Taliban after being held captive from November 2008 to June 2009.  Read more »

9/11 Speakers Series provides lesson on understading a relentless enemy - al Qaeda

CBS's 60 minutes recently had a report on homegrown terrorists, American citizens like the recent "would-be Times Square bomber, who have traveled abroad for terrorist training in order to attack  America or its allies."Recruiting sympathizers is just one page in al Qaeda's war strategy. Learn about other plans and the history and ideology of the terrorist group from counterterrorism expert Bill Braniff, the director of external education at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center.  Braniff is giving a presentation  Read more »

View panel discussion on 9/11 Terror Trials online

If you missed the discussion between a panel of legal and security experts on the pending 9/11 terror trials, view it on The MEMO blog in HD.The video of this unique experience is brought to you by WNET.ORG's THIRTEEN Forum, which is providing this panel discussion and others on various topics for free online. The terror trial lecture will also be available for download through Apple’s iTunesThe three-person panel was part of the  Read more »

Trials of terror and 9/11 (Updated)

A terrorism trial is heading for a New York City courtroom, but it's most likely not the trial you think.An anonymous jury is to hear a case against Syed Hashmi of Queens, who's accused of providing supplies to al Qaeda fighters, according to the New York Daily News and the a WABC broadcast report. Hashmi will be tried in Manhattan Federal Court. Update: Hashmi pleads guilty, according to an updated story by the  Read more »

RSVP now for event that explores the inner-workings of an enduring U.S. enemy: al Qaeda

Reserve your seat now for the next event in the 9/11 Today and Tomorrow speakers series.  On May 19, counterterrorism expert Bill Braniff of West Point's Combating Terrorism Center will present Understanding the Enemy: Counterterrorism and al Qaeda. All events in the series are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site at 20 Vesey St. in Manhattan. A suggested donation of  Read more »