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National Security & Counterterrorism

National Security & Counterterrorism

The Open Society Foundations seek to investigate and combat human rights violations linked to national security and counterterrorism operations around the world. In the United States, we support work to promote national security policies that respect human rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law.

Recent Work

Voices
Why Snowden Won’t Get the Public Interest Defense He Deserves

European members of parliament have called on the United States to give Edward Snowden a chance to defend his disclosures as being in the public interest.

Event
Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Warfare

Scott Horton discusses his new book, Lords of Secrecy, which explores national security debates including the turn to private security contractors, sweeping surveillance methods, and the use of robotic weapons such as drones.

Event
Getting the Balance Right: Security Assistance and Democratic Governance

The White House, Pentagon, State Department, and Congress have all supported increased assistance to foreign military forces as a key component of U.S. strategy, including for counterterrorism. Is it working?

Report
Death by Drone

The U.S. has secretly been using drones to conduct targeted killings in Yemen since 2002. Using on-the-ground research, this report details civilian casualties caused by nine such attacks, carried out between 2012 and 2014.

Voices
The Human Cost of Secret U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen  

Courageous on-the-ground researchers give the world a look at the reality of a counterterrorism strategy that some in the U.S. government would argue is a model program.

Voices
Three Things You Didn’t Know Are in the CIA Torture Report

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted to release a long-awaited report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention program on April 3, 2014. Here are three stories in the report that the media missed.

Open Society People

Senior Legal Officer, National Security and Counterterrorism
Open Society Foundations–New York, Open Society Justice Initiative
Senior Advisor, Washington Office
Open Society Foundations–Washington, D.C., Open Society Policy Center