Category: Joseph Wippl

New Benghazi hearings unlikely to fully answer key questions

USA Today Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Thursday’s reopening of congressional hearings into the 2012 fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, promises to produce high political theater, as Republicans try to embarrass then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as President Obama… Expert quote: “They’ll […]

‘Blind Spots and Inefficiencies’: The CIA Before and After 9/11

Vice News Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies On a Friday night last June, the CIA quietly released an internal accountability report focusing on the lead-up to the September 11 terrorist attacks… Expert quote: “That was the last time I was asked to speak on the topic. There are […]

What makes young people drawn to radical terror plots?

Fox 25 News Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The terror investigation that led to the arrest of two local men and the shooting death of another suspect, by a Joint Terrorism Task Force, shows the influence the Islamic State has on the minds of some young Americans… Expert […]

The Spy Who Billed Me

Slate Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Health In 1961, when a KGB counterintelligence officer showed up at a CIA station in Helsinki, Jeanne Vertefeuille held the keys to the office safe… Expert quote: “As a general rule, case officers do not spend enough on cultivating agent candidates or liaison […]

Experts Media Alert – White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

The White House will hold a “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” on February 18. According to a statement from the White House press secretary, the summit will “highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit […]

Richard Burr, incoming head of Senate intelligence, plans scrutiny of CIA

McClatchy Newspapers Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences U.S. Sen. Richard Burr says he plans a new approach to keeping close tabs on the nation’s spy agencies when he becomes chairman of the Senate committee that’s charged with making sure the intelligence community operates within the law… Expert quote: “The advantage of real-time oversight […]

Senate CIA torture report release: expert reaction

The Conversation US Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences The US Senate has released the executive summary of a long-withheld report on harsh interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the post-9/11 era… Expert quote: The timing of the issuance of the Senate report on the use by CIA of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques after the World […]

Plot alert amps up T patrols

Boston Herald Joseph Wippl, College of Arts & Sciences State and transit police are beefing up patrols along T routes and at commuter lots out of “an abundance of caution” after the Iraq prime minister warned yesterday that captured Islamic State terrorists told his intelligence agents of a plot to attack U.S. and Paris subways… […]