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Online Shopping for Crime Services? EU Highlights Expanding Market through Darknet

CATF Reports Mar. 17, 2017, 10:05am

The EU’s 2017 Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessement report underscores the evolving crime-as-a-service market through the Darknet, an anonymous platform within the deep web.

The Terrorist Designation of the Muslim Brotherhood Cannot Be Dismissed on Ideological Grounds

CATF Reports Jan. 31, 2017, 10:15am

Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization appears to be on the agenda for the Trump administration’s first weeks in office. A preliminary investigation by the U.S. State Department could offer a valuable opportunity for a thorough and fresh look into the Muslim Brotherhood’s network and illicit activities in the U.S.

Belgian Police Must Start to Assemble the Puzzle Pieces

CATF Reports Jan. 17, 2017, 9:26am

A confidential report prepared by watchdog agency Comité P reveals the failures of Belgium’s security apparatus in identifying terrorist actors.

Terrorists’ Exploitation of Charities at an All Time High in the UK

CATF Reports Jan. 12, 2017, 1:00pm

The UK Charity Commission urges terrorist abuse is the most potentially deadly threat facing charities and has nearly tripled in the past three years.

Reported Leaked German Intelligence Report Links Saudi, Qatar, and Kuwait to Spread of Extremist Groups in Germany

CATF Reports Dec. 29, 2016, 12:56pm

Reports have emerged over the leak of a brief prepared by Germany’s most powerful intelligence agencies on the spread of extremist groups and ideologies through Gulf-linked NGOs.

FSB Making Efforts to Revitalize Correspondent Banking, Maintain Strict Checks on Terrorism Financing

CATF Reports Dec. 28, 2016, 9:47am

Burdensome and strict checks on correspondent banking relationships have led to their decline, but the FSB is making a balanced response to revitalize this important sector.

Could a Database Help Connect the Dots of ISIS’ Illicit Oil Trade?

CATF Reports Dec. 27, 2016, 10:00am

The creation of a database with oil samples indicative of specific minefields could help further loosen ISIS’ lingering grip on its illicit trafficking enterprise.

Room for Improvement: U.S. Real Estate Money Laundering

CATF Reports Dec. 12, 2016, 3:40pm

The Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) most recent report highlighted the U.S.’s inability to safeguard against money laundering in high-end real estate, among multiple other sectors.

Europe’s Ever Growing ISIS Threat

CATF Reports Dec. 5, 2016, 2:41pm

A new report released by Europol last Friday describes the evolving nature of the ISIS threat on European soil, expected to be turning to soft targets and refugees.

The Details of U.S. Terrorist Screening in the Post 9/11 Era

CATF Reports Nov. 10, 2016, 3:11pm

The U.S. has made significant progress in the nomination, verification and screening of terrorist suspects since the 9/11 attacks.

Acting Under Secretary Adam Szubin on Treasury Mission to Counter Terrorism Financing

CATF Reports Oct. 31, 2016, 10:38am

Last week, Adam Szubin spoke at SAIS on the status of Treasury’s fight against terrorism finance and the challenges that remain.

A New Espionage Law Polarizes the Bundestag

CATF Reports Oct. 26, 2016, 9:48am

Last Friday, October 21, the German parliament approved a much debated bill that broadens the powers of the Federal Intelligence Service while introducing long-awaited mechanisms that allow closer scrutiny.

House Committee Confirms Cash is King for ISIS

CATF Reports Oct. 17, 2016, 4:26pm

The House Homeland Security Committee releases a report outlining ways to take down ISIS by focusing on their finances, and makes note of their unique online fundraising tactics.

AQIM in Libya: An Enduring, Latent Threat to the Sahel

CATF Reports Oct. 3, 2016, 10:51am

A recent congressional testimony refocused attention on the persistent - albeit recently silent - threat that AQIM poses to Libya and the Sahel from its Libyan strongholds.

Congressional Hearing: Radicalization in the U.S. and the Rise of Terrorism

CATF Reports Sep. 19, 2016, 9:47am

The current and coming administrations should pay closer attention to experts’ unique and important views on the future of combating radicalization and terrorism in the U.S. and overseas.

France, Germany to Pressure Encrypted App Companies to Join Counter-Terrorism Fight

CATF Reports Sep. 1, 2016, 10:05am

French and German Interior Ministers announced their countries’ hopes to work with encrypted app companies to gain new access to terrorist networks and prevent future attacks.

Is Southeast Asia the New Terror Financing Hotspot?

CATF Reports Aug. 18, 2016, 9:01am

Bali counter-terrorism summit reports that terrorist groups are transferring significant funds into Southeast Asian countries.

U.S. Government May Be Playing Both Sides of the Field in Syria

CATF Reports Jul. 28, 2016, 10:01am

Congress’s introduction of a bipartisan bill to increase sanctions on the Syrian government seemingly counteracts that of current U.S. diplomacy efforts with Iran and Russia.

Senators Casey and Isakson Introduce Uncertain Bill on Combating Terrorism Financiers

CATF Reports Jul. 13, 2016, 4:04pm

Senator Casey and Isakson hope to give the White House additional powers to combat terrorism financiers through a newly proposed STORM bill but the legislation introduces important questions regarding U.S. policy.

Punishing Lebanon for the Crimes of Hezbollah: Going Too Far?

CATF Reports Mar. 29, 2016, 2:46pm

President Obama warned Saudi Arabia that withholding aid to Lebanon could further destabilize the Middle East, yet not everyone in Washington is on that same page. In a recent congressional hearing, Tony Badran and Daniel Byman recommended different approaches.