Why Edward Snowden Could Be an Even Bigger Threat Than We Think

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America should be concerned not just by what NSA leaker Edward Snowden has already revealed but by what he could give away in the future.

Snowden has fled to Hong Kong, where he says he enjoys free speech protections. But he may have miscalculated a bit: Hong Kong is part of China and under the authority of its communist government.

“What happens when NSA leaker extraordinaire Edward Snowden stops being a “guest” of Hong Kong and becomes a subject of a People’s Republic of China (PRC) Ministry of State Security interrogation?” Heritage Foundation expert Steven Bucci asks.

Especially since he revealed that the U.S. has been spying on Chinese computers, Snowden has become a very important asset to the Chinese government–and a liability for us.

“What information beyond the fact that we hack does this guy have that the Chinese could possibly get out of him?” Bucci asks. “This is a very, very dangerous thing.”

How do you think the US should respond to this threat?

What’s Really Going on with the NSA Surveillance Leaks

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“America is built on the principle of ‘ordered liberty,’ which seeks to maximize both security and freedom at the same time,” Heritage Foundation national security expert James Carafano writes on National Review Online. “The art of governance, then, is to establish rules that let the good guys get the bad guys without infringing on the freedom of the people.”

The latest front in this struggle between freedom and security is the recently-exposed National Security Agency electronic surveillance program, through which the government allegedly captures e-mail and other data transmitted online.

Getting the balance right between security and freedom is critical, Carafano argues. “There is no question it can be done right,” he says. “In the case of battling transnational terrorism, Washington has honed instruments such as the Patriot Act and the FISA courts to do just that.” Continue Reading »

51 Terrorist Attacks Thwarted Since 9/11

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Earlier this week, American intelligence officials disrupted a sophisticated airplane bombing intended to mark the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. This recent plot is the 51st publicly known thwarted terrorist attack since 9/11.

This planned attack serves as a reminder of the continued threat of al-Qaeda and other terrorist organization.

The Heritage Foundation’s Steven Bucci and Jessica Zuckerman explain the need to maintain U.S. counter-terrorism efforts:

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Heritage on TV Today: CIA Interrogation Investigation

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At 10:30 a.m. Eastern on FOX News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Heritage legal scholar Cully Stimson will discuss Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that the Department of Justice will investigate the deaths of detainees being interrogated by the CIA.

Heritage on TV Today: The CIA and Osama bin Laden

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At 10:15 a.m. Eastern on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” national security expert Peter Brookes will discuss the CIA’s involvement in the killing of Osama bin Laden and whether the agency should get some credit.

UpdateIn the 5:00 p.m. hour on Washington, DC’s FOX 5 Evening News, foreign policy expert James Carafano will discuss the meeting between Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama.

Heritage on TV Today: Releasing bin Laden Intelligence

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Today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox News’ “Your World,” Heritage expert Lisa Curtis will discuss the release of intelligence details about the bin Laden operation and whether this is a mistake from a national security perspective.

Heritage on TV Today: Raiding bin Laden

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This morning at 10:35 a.m. on FOX News’ “America’s Newsroom,” national security expert Peter Brookes is discussing the special forces raid on Osama bin Laden and the question of whether too much intelligence is being released.

Earlier this morning, on Bloomberg’s “Inside Track,” China expert Derek Scissors discussed the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialog talks that begin this week.

Update: Heritage’s Lisa Curtis appeared on Fox News in the noon hour to discuss Pakistan.

Heritage on TV Today: Getting bin Laden

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This morning on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” national security expert Peter Brookes is discussed the Navy SEAL raid that led to Osama bin Laden’s death.

Update: Brookes will also appear in the 5:00 p.m. Eastern hour on CNN’s “Situation Room” to explain how bin Laden was able to avoid capture for so long.

He will appear again in the 5:00 p.m. hour on Washington, D.C.’s Fox 5 to discuss the possible release of the photos of bin Laden’s death.

Second update: At 7:00 p.m. on FOX BusinessLou Dobbs Tonight,” Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom Director Nile Gardiner will discuss Osama bin Laden’s death.

And Lisa Curtis will appear on CNN Headline PrimeNancy Grace” at 8:00 p.m. to discuss the CIA’s role in bin Laden’s death.

Video: Enhanced Interrogation Helps Catch bin Laden

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In the 24 hours following the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death, The Heritage Foundation’s experts appeared more than 70 times on media outlets across the country.

Heritage immediately went to work dissecting what the death of Osama means for U.S. national security policy. Cully Stimson, the former the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs, went on Fox News this morning to offer his insights into how the much-derided enhanced interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay had a direct role in the effort to locate and kill Osama bin Laden.

Watch his appearance on Fox News this morning:

Heritage on TV Today: Intel on Osama bin Laden

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At 10:20 a.m. Eastern on Fox News’ “Happening Now,” legal expert Cully Stimson will discuss the intelligence gained from detainees that led American forces to Osama bin Laden’s hiding place.

Update: At 1:15 p.m. on Fox News’ “America Live,” national security expert Peter Brookes will discuss the increased terror threat resulting from bin Laden’s death.

An hour later on Fox Business Network, security expert James Carafano will discuss the death of bin Laden.

And at 6:30 p.m. on ABC World News, Carafano will discuss precautions Americans should take in light of the heightened terror alerts.

Update: In the 6:00 p.m. hour on Fox News’ “Special Report,” Stimson will discuss the role of intelligence gathering, including detainee interrogations, in finding and killing bin Laden.

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