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Touring the Reagan Ranch with Michelle Malkin

At a Young Americas Foundation conference in Santa Barbara, California, Professor J. Michael Waller gave a seminar to college students on how to combat Islamist extremism on the campuses. Waller used examples from fighting the Soviets and Soviet front organizations that can be adapted to expose, discredit, document and uproot terrorist support groups at American universities. He specifically

Undermining the war on terror: Top American Muslim groups courted by the Bush administration have used their political cover to launch influence operations and extend support to terrorists

by J Michael Waller, Insight, March 18, 2003 Terrorists and their supporters are doing their best to weave themselves into the political fabric of American society, say specialists in homeland security. They are operating front groups and charities to finance their operations, and they are running influence operations to weaken federal antiterrorism laws under the guise

How terrorists use ‘civil liberties’ arguments to undermine war effort

by J. Michael Waller, Insight, March 4, 2003 Terrorists and their supporters are doing their best to weave themselves into the political fabric of American society, say specialists in homeland security. They are operating front groups and charities to finance their operations, and they are running influence operations to weaken federal antiterrorism laws under the guise of

International terrorism: The Communist connection revisited

By J. Michael Waller, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, 2002. Twenty-five years ago, Stefan Possony posited the then-radical thesis that the Soviet Union was behind much of the world’s growing terrorist problem, and that otherwise independent terrorist organizations operated in international networks. Possony’s book, International Terrorism: The Communist Connection, published in 1978,[1] blazed a trail that other scholars, journalists,

Wahhabi lobby takes the offensive

by J Michael Waller, Insight, August 5, 2002. Totalitarian regimes in the Middle East have targeted the United States with a well-financed influence campaign that is being rooted in American politics. Veteran watchers of the “active-measures” programs of the former Soviet Union say this Islamist propaganda offensive bears an uncanny resemblance to the old Soviet

Blinded vigilance: How Deutch and Tenet helped weaken CIA prior to 9/11

by J. Michael Waller, Insight magazine, October 15, 2001 While the terrorists and their sponsors were plotting to hijack airliners and crash them into Manhattan skyscrapers and the Pentagon, senior CIA officials were compelling analysts and operations officers to attend sensitivity-training classes and sew diversity quilts. That is a fact. It also is a metaphor for why