Michael Scheuer

former head of the CIA Bin Laden Tracking Unit

Michael Scheuer appears in the following:

The Tenth Anniversary of the First 'Torture Memo'

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Ten years ago today, President George W. Bush signed a two-page memorandum called "Humane Treatment of Taliban and al Qaeda Detainees." The memorandum, drafted in part by John Yoo, is now best known as the first of the so-called "terror memos." It argued that the government was exempt from the Geneva Conventions in any war on terror-related investigations, as, the document asserts, the treaty refers only to "High Contracting Parties."

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With 3 Leaders Dead, What's Ahead for Al-Qaida?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Somali officials confirmed Saturday that they shot and killed Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the head of al-Qaida in East Africa, and one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists, at a checkpoint on Tuesday. Mohammed had a $5 million bounty on his head for his connections to bombings of embassies in Africa that lead to the deaths of more than 200 people. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the killing a "significant blow to al-Qaida." 


Osama Bin Laden and the Burden of Proof

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Sunday’s mission to infiltrate and extract Osama bin Laden was by all measures a success. But in the nearly decade-long process that led up to this moment, there's a new debate raging over how intelligence officials went about finding the world's most hunted terrorist. The latest reporting by journalists suggest detainees at Guantanamo Bay and in secret prisons in Europe were interrogated to obtain any information about bin Laden's whereabouts — including the identity of his courier.

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Former Head of CIA's bin Laden Unit on the Al Qaeda Leader's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

Michael Scheuer, who led the CIA's Osama bin Laden Tracking Unit from 1996 to 1999 and was a counterterrorism analyst until 2004, discusses  bin Laden's death and what it means for al Qaeda and the continuing military operations in Afghanistan. His latest book is Osama bin Laden.


Military Intervention: An Opportunity for Al-Qaida?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Just three months ago, the common assumption was that al-Qaida was losing its importance in the Muslim world. The popular protests in Tunisia and Egypt appeared to herald a newer, younger, Internet-savvy, pro-democratic voice— a voice silenced by autocratic regimes for decades. Following the U.N.'s authorization of a no-fly zone over Libya, and a swift military intervention by international forces, those same pundits fear that al-Qaida might find new inspiration and opportunities for safe haven. Michael Scheuer, Former head of the CIA Bin Laden Tracking Unit, and author of the book “Osama Bin Laden" says that the U.S. is essentially providing air cover for al-Qaida.

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Too Quiet: Al-Qaida's Silence Could Be Strategic

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Over the past two months, the world has witnessed tremendous change in the Middle East; but one voice has been conspicuously absent. Al-Qaida has yet to make a single announcement on the popular demonstrations that have forced out autocratic leaders from Tunisia and Egypt, or on the similar protests which have besieged the governments of Libya, Bahrain and other Arab nations. Is this a strategic move or has democracy wiped out the terrorist organization?

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Osama bin Laden

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Michael Scheuer, the chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999 and a counterterrorism analyst until 2004, explains why Osama bin Laden continues to be a significant and powerful figure—he’s devout, talented, patient, ruthless, and a formidable, implacable enemy of the West. In Osama Bin Laden, Scheuer shows bin Laden to be a figure of remarkable leadership skills, strategic genius, and considerable communication abilities.

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Osama bin Laden Releases New Threat to Americans

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A new audiotape aired on Al Jazeera this morning that appears to be Osama bin Laden promising to kill Americans if authorities execute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. According to Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA bin Laden unit, the threat is a response to a poor play on behalf of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.


Remembering Charlie Wilson

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Tex) died yesterday at 76.  A member of the House Appropriations Committee, Mr. Wilson was best known for funding CIA support for the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in the 1980s, and of course, the movie, "Charlie Wilson's War."  We hear about Charlie Wilson's legacy with Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, and then with former CIA operative, Mike Scheuer.


Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan Raises Question of Trust

Friday, January 01, 2010

The Taliban claimed responsibility for an Afghan officer who blew himself up on a US military base in Afghanistan killing eight Americans. We get an update from Anand Gopal, reporter ...

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Scheuer on Negroponte and Post-9/11 Foreign Policy

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Michael Scheuer, CIA veteran, senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation and the author of Imperial Hubris and Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq (Free Press, 2008) says we’ve taken a wrong turn in combating terrorism since 9/11 and reacts to selections from Brian's interview with Deputy Secretary ...

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