News The NSA in Fort Meade, Maryland. The Office of Tailored Operations, whose existence is rarely acknowledged by the NSA, hacks computers around the world – harvesting data, monitoring communications and even mounting its own cyber-attacks

TAO was established in 1997 to hack into global communications systems at a time when fewer than 2 per cent of the world’s population had access to the internet

Prime Minister 'completely fed up' as terror suspect Abu Qatada walks free from prison

The controversial preacher looked relaxed and happy as he was driven away from Long Lartin high security jail in acute contrast to outrage at both local and national level

Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay faced a different style of interrogation
Eighty-eight per cent of young Americans couldn't find Afghanistan on a map, 75 per cent couldn't locate Iran or Israel, and 63 per cent couldn't identify Iraq

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Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed accuses US of justifying murder, torture in name of security

Wearing a camouflage hunting vest, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks issued a blistering critique of US defense policy during a court hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Wednesday, saying Washington has wantonly used national security as a pretext to murder and torture.

Britain sought Jordanian pardon for Abu Qatada, tribunal hears

Ministers had a 'Plan B' to find out when the King of Jordan could intervene if overtures to Amman failed
Morten Storm is currently thought to be in hiding

Born in Denmark, lived in Yorkshire, led the CIA to al-Qa'ida's leader in Yemen

Jonathan Brown on the extraordinary double life of motorcycling outdoor pursuits enthusiast Morten Storm

Terror suspects fight extradition

Radical cleric Abu Hamza and other terror suspects will attempt to persuade the High Court tomorrow to halt their extradition from the UK to the US.

The killing of Osama Bin Laden at his compound was watched by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the Situation Room at the White House

Pentagon kept out of the loop on book about killing of Osama bin Laden

The worlds of publishing, politics and national security are set to collide with unpredictable consequences next month with the release of a book that promises to offer a first-hand account of the killing of Osama bin Laden penned by a leader of the Navy Seals team that carried it out.

Qatada stays in custody as High Court rejects judicial review

The controversial Muslim cleric Abu Qatada will remain behind bars after his latest bid for freedom was rejected by the High Court yesterday.

Guantanamo man may keep book profit

The Australian government has dropped its court battle to seize profits from a book written by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, saying that his guilty plea before a US military commission could not be relied upon.

Taliban bans polio vaccinations

The health of hundreds of thousands of children has been put at risk after the Taliban announced a ban on a polio immunisation campaign in the country's tribal areas to protest against US airstrikes.

Tahrir Square in 2011; the Arab Spring could lead to 'a new backwardness', warns Haddad

MI5 chief warns that Arab Spring aided al-Qa'ida

The bloody upheavals of the Arab Spring have handed a great boost to al-Qa'ida, providing it with fertile ground to reorganise and opportunities for British extremists to undergo terrorist training for attacks at home and abroad, the head of MI5 has warned.

Al-Qa'ida deputy 'target of CIA drones'

Al-Qa'ida's second in command in Pakistan was in a house hit by a US drone strike, according to intelligence officials, but they do not know whether he was killed.

Nato kills senior al-Qa'ida leader in Afghanistan

The US-led Nato force in Afghanistan killed al-Qa'ida's second-highest leader in the country in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province, the coalition said today.

Abu Qatada's 'freedom' blocked by judge

Abu Qatada's bid for freedom was blocked by a judge today over Britain's terror threat at the Olympics.

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