Taliban Seize Women’s Ministry Building for Use by Religious Police

Taliban leaders have turned the Kabul building that housed Afghanistan’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs into the offices for the religious police, an ominous portent for women’s rights.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban, #women-and-girls

In Panjshir, Few Signs of an Active Resistance, or Any Fight at All

On a recent visit, few civilians were about and signs of heavy fighting were scarce. What remained were opposing narratives and claims of massacres, ethnic cleansing and false charges.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #massoud-ahmad-1989, #massoud-ahmed-shah, #northern-alliance, #panjshir-valley-afghanistan, #taliban, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Struggle for Control of Afghanistan Comes to K Street

Ahmad Massoud, a leading figure in the resistance to Taliban rule, hired a lobbyist to seek military and financial support in the United States.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #justice-department, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #massoud-ahmad-1989, #saleh-amrullah, #stryk-robert, #taliban, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Rural Afghanistan, War Remnants Everywhere, but no Shooting or Checkpoints

Since the Taliban takeover, much of Afghanistan’s countryside has seen a big drop in violence after 20 years of fighting. “It has been a long time now since a bullet hit our homes.”

#afghan-national-army, #afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #police, #rural-areas, #taliban

A Million Afghan Children Could Die in ‘Most Perilous Hour,’ U.N. Warns

The international community pledged more than $1 billion in emergency funding as Afghans already unsure of where their next meal will come from risk running out of food just as winter sets in.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bachelet-michelle, #food-insecurity, #geneva-switzerland, #grandi-filippo-1957, #griffiths-martin, #humanitarian-aid, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #united-nations

Afghan Pilots Who Sought Safety in Uzbekistan Transfer to U.S. Base

Taliban leaders have been pressuring the Uzbek government to turn over the pilots, who fear for the safety of themselves and their families.

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Health Care in Afghanistan Is Crumbling, Aid Groups Warn

After the Taliban’s takeover, international donors withdrew funds that hospitals and clinics depended on. Now a fourth wave of Covid looms.

#afghanistan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #medicine-and-health, #poverty, #taliban, #world-bank, #your-feed-science

At Pro-Taliban Protest, a Symbol of America’s Lost Influence: Hundreds Dressed in Burqas

Several hundred women wore the head-to-toe garments at a pro-Taliban demonstration on Sept. 11. The march was a reminder of how after years of war, Afghanistan’s women are again at the mercy of the militants.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kabul-afghanistan, #muslim-veiling, #politics-and-government, #september-11-2001, #taliban, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

‘Football Is Like Food’: Afghan Female Soccer Players Find a Home in Italy

Members of a team from Herat left behind the lives they had built in Afghanistan in hopes that they can build a future where they can play, and thrive.

#afghanistan, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #italy, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #soccer, #taliban, #women-and-girls

20 years later, unchecked data collection is part of 9/11’s legacy

Almost every American adult remembers, in vivid detail, where they were the morning of September 11, 2001. I was on the second floor of the West Wing of the White House, at a National Economic Council Staff meeting — and I will never forget the moment the Secret Service agent abruptly entered the room, shouting: “You must leave now. Ladies, take off your high heels and go!”

Just an hour before, as the National Economic Council White House technology adviser, I was briefing the deputy chief of staff on final details of an Oval Office meeting with the president, scheduled for September 13. Finally, we were ready to get the president’s sign-off to send a federal privacy bill to Capitol Hill — effectively a federal version of the California Privacy Rights Act, but stronger. The legislation would put guardrails around citizens’ data — requiring opt-in consent for their information to be shared, governing how their data could be collected and how it would be used.

But that morning, the world changed. We evacuated the White House and the day unfolded with tragedy after tragedy sending shockwaves through our nation and the world. To be in D.C. that day was to witness and personally experience what felt like the entire spectrum of human emotion: grief, solidarity, disbelief, strength, resolve, urgency … hope.

Much has been written about September 11, but I want to spend a moment reflecting on the day after.

When the National Economic Council staff came back into the office on September 12, I will never forget what Larry Lindsey, our boss at the time, told us: “I would understand it if some of you don’t feel comfortable being here. We are all targets. And I won’t appeal to your patriotism or faith. But I will — as we are all economists in this room — appeal to your rational self-interest. If we back away now, others will follow, and who will be there to defend the pillars of our society? We are holding the line here today. Act in a way that will make this country proud. And don’t abandon your commitment to freedom in the name of safety and security.”

There is so much to be proud of about how the country pulled together and how our government responded to the tragic events on September 11. First, however, as a professional in the cybersecurity and data privacy field, I reflect on Larry’s advice, and many of the critical lessons learned in the years that followed — especially when it comes to defending the pillars of our society.

Even though our collective memories of that day still feel fresh, 20 years have passed, and we now understand the vital role that data played in the months leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But, unfortunately, we failed to connect the dots that could have saved thousands of lives by holding intelligence data too closely in disparate locations. These data silos obscured the patterns that would have been clear if only a framework had been in place to share information securely.

So, we told ourselves, “Never again,” and government officials set out to increase the amount of intelligence they could gather — without thinking through significant consequences for not only our civil liberties but also the security of our data. So, the Patriot Act came into effect, with 20 years of surveillance requests from intelligence and law enforcement agencies crammed into the bill. Having been in the room for the Patriot Act negotiations with the Department of Justice, I can confidently say that, while the intentions may have been understandable — to prevent another terrorist attack and protect our people — the downstream negative consequences were sweeping and undeniable.

Domestic wiretapping and mass surveillance became the norm, chipping away at personal privacy, data security and public trust. This level of surveillance set a dangerous precedent for data privacy, meanwhile yielding marginal results in the fight against terrorism.

Unfortunately, the federal privacy bill that we had hoped to bring to Capitol Hill the very week of 9/11 — the bill that would have solidified individual privacy protections — was mothballed.

Over the subsequent years, it became easier and cheaper to collect and store massive amounts of surveillance data. As a result, tech and cloud giants quickly scaled up and dominated the internet. As more data was collected (both by the public and the private sectors), more and more people gained visibility into individuals’ private data — but no meaningful privacy protections were put in place to accompany that expanded access.

Now, 20 years later, we find ourselves with a glut of unfettered data collection and access, with behemoth tech companies and IoT devices collecting data points on our movements, conversations, friends, families and bodies. Massive and costly data leaks — whether from ransomware or simply misconfiguring a cloud bucket — have become so common that they barely make the front page. As a result, public trust has eroded. While privacy should be a human right, it’s not one that’s being protected — and everyone knows it.

This is evident in the humanitarian crisis we have seen in Afghanistan. Just one example: Tragically, the Taliban have seized U.S. military devices that contain biometric data on Afghan citizens who supported coalition forces — data that would make it easy for the Taliban to identify and track down those individuals and their families. This is a worst-case scenario of sensitive, private data falling into the wrong hands, and we did not do enough to protect it.

This is unacceptable. Twenty years later, we are once again telling ourselves, “Never again.” 9/11 should have been a reckoning of how we manage, share and safeguard intelligence data, but we still have not gotten it right. And in both cases — in 2001 and 2021 — the way we manage data has a life-or-death impact.

This is not to say we aren’t making progress: The White House and U.S. Department of Defense have turned a spotlight on cybersecurity and Zero Trust data protection this year, with an executive order to spur action toward fortifying federal data systems. The good news is that we have the technology we need to safeguard this sensitive data while still making it shareable. In addition, we can put contingency plans in place to prevent data that falls into the wrong hands. But, unfortunately, we just aren’t moving fast enough — and the slower we solve this problem of secure data management, the more innocent lives will be lost along the way.

Looking ahead to the next 20 years, we have an opportunity to rebuild trust and transform the way we manage data privacy. First and foremost, we have to put some guardrails in place. We need a privacy framework that gives individuals autonomy over their own data by default.

This, of course, means that public- and private-sector organizations have to do the technical, behind-the-scenes work to make this data ownership and control possible, tying identity to data and granting ownership back to the individual. This is not a quick or simple fix, but it’s achievable — and necessary — to protect our people, whether U.S. citizens, residents or allies worldwide.

To accelerate the adoption of such data protection, we need an ecosystem of free, accessible and open source solutions that are interoperable and flexible. By layering data protection and privacy in with existing processes and solutions, government entities can securely collect and aggregate data in a way that reveals the big picture without compromising individuals’ privacy. We have these capabilities today, and now is the time to leverage them.

Because the truth is, with the sheer volume of data that’s being gathered and stored, there are far more opportunities for American data to fall into the wrong hands. The devices seized by the Taliban are just a tiny fraction of the data that’s currently at stake. As we’ve seen so far this year, nation-state cyberattacks are escalating. This threat to human life is not going away.

Larry’s words from September 12, 2001, still resonate: If we back away now, who will be there to defend the pillars of our society? It’s up to us — public- and private-sector technology leaders — to protect and defend the privacy of our people without compromising their freedoms.

It’s not too late for us to rebuild public trust, starting with data. But, 20 years from now, will we look back on this decade as a turning point in protecting and upholding individuals’ right to privacy, or will we still be saying, “Never again,” again and again?

#column, #counter-terrorism, #department-of-justice, #digital-rights, #mass-surveillance, #national-security, #opinion, #policy, #privacy, #taliban, #zero-trust

Reporters in Afghanistan Face an Intolerant Regime: ‘Everything Changed Overnight’

The Taliban promised to respect press freedoms, but the new government has already showed signs of repression, and has even physically assaulted Afghan journalists.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #freedom-of-the-press, #kabul-afghanistan, #news-and-news-media, #taliban

The Taliban’s New Government Shows Us They Haven’t Changed

The West must not mistake tactical flexibility for real change.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #haqqani-sirajuddin, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #september-11-2001, #taliban, #terrorism

In U.S. Drone Strike, Evidence Suggests No ISIS Bomb

U.S. officials said a Reaper drone followed a car for hours and then fired based on evidence it was carrying explosives. But in-depth video analysis and interviews at the site cast doubt on that account.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #bombs-and-explosives, #children-and-childhood, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #drones-pilotless-planes, #immigration-and-emigration, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

NATO Chief Backs Biden, Saying Europe Was Consulted on Afghanistan

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, also said that European calls for military autonomy would only divide the alliance and Europe itself.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #stoltenberg-jens, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

‘We Truly Have Lost Everything’: A Journey Out of Kabul the Day It Fell

Nadima Sahar, a government official, was determined to stay. But then she learned the palace staff, and maybe even the president, had already fled.

#afghanistan, #arlington-va, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-international-airport, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sahar-nadima, #taliban

First Flight From Kabul Is Hailed as Positive Step Amid Troubling Signs

A passenger jet’s departure on Thursday was the first foreign flight out of Afghanistan since the U.S. evacuation ended. But thousands who want to leave remain stuck.

#afghanistan, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #mazar-i-sharif-afghanistan, #politics-and-government, #taliban

Taliban Officials Say That International Flights at Kabul Airport Will Resume

The move would be the first step in resolving an impasse that has left scores of foreigners stranded, but there was no indication about whether Afghan nationals would also be allowed to depart.

#afghanistan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #humanitarian-aid, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations

International Flights Resume at Kabul Airport, as Taliban Say They Will Allow Americans and Other Foreigners to Leave

The move would be the first step in resolving an impasse that has left scores of foreigners stranded in Afghanistan, but there was no indication that Afghan nationals would be allowed to leave.

#afghanistan, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #humanitarian-aid, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #wang-yi

Inside the Abandoned Kabul Mansion Taliban Soldiers Call Home

More than 150 fighters have taken over the residence of a notorious Afghan warlord. Many are adjusting to a new lifestyle while awaiting orders from the new government.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #dostum-abdul-rashid, #kabul-afghanistan, #muslims-and-islam, #taliban

Afghans Flee to Pakistan. An Uncertain Future Awaits.

Refugees have drawn an angry response from many in that country, leading to discrimination and efforts to force them to go back to Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #pakistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban

As Taliban Crush Dissent, New Leaders Face Cascading Challenges

The Taliban continued to brutally crack down on demonstrations against their rule. The new government faces an unfolding humanitarian crisis and flaring tensions on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #kabul-afghanistan, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #taliban

New Taliban Leaders Face Cascading Challenges

The Taliban continued to brutally crack down on demonstrations against their rule. The new government faces an unfolding humanitarian crisis and flaring tensions on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #kabul-afghanistan, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #taliban

Afghanistan Aid Workers Tread a Tricky Path Under Taliban Rule

Afghanistan desperately needs aid. Nonprofits desperately want to provide it. But the aid groups are being tested as never before by the uncertainty that has followed the Taliban takeover.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #humanitarian-aid, #nonprofit-organizations, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban

Aid Workers Staying in Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan Tread a Tricky Path

Afghanistan desperately needs aid. Nonprofits desperately want to provide it. But the aid groups are being tested as never before by the uncertainty that has followed the Taliban takeover.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #humanitarian-aid, #nonprofit-organizations, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban

The Leadership of The Taliban, Explained: Who Are They?

Many of the acting cabinet ministers appointed Tuesday have played similar roles within the Taliban for years, but there were some surprises.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #akhundzada-haibatullah, #baradar-abdul-ghani, #haqqani-network, #haqqani-jalaluddin, #haqqani-khalil-ahmed, #taliban, #terrorism, #yaqoub-muhammad

From Afghanistan to the World Cup, Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Steps Up

The Gulf state played a major role in the American airlift, the latest evidence of the small but gas-rich country punching above its weight on the world stage.

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Defying Violence, Women Join in Protest Against the Taliban

In their latest demonstration, women in Kabul called for their rights to be respected. The protest was once again broken up by force, in a sign that the Taliban will not tolerate peaceful dissent in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban, #womens-rights

How Will the Taliban Rule This Time?

Now that most of the fighting is over, the group is turning to the task of building a government.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #audio-neutral-informative, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Clarissa Ward of CNN Looks Back on the Afghanistan War

The network’s chief international correspondent, one of the most visible reporters during the withdrawal of U.S. troops, decided to become a reporter after an epiphany on 9/11.

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Taliban Claim Control Over Panjshir Valley, but Resistance Vows to Fight On

Militants posted images apparently taken in Bazarak, the capital of Panjshir Province in Afghanistan, where opposition forces have fought against their rule.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bazarak-afghanistan, #panjshir-valley-afghanistan, #taliban

U.S. Citizens and Afghans Wait for Evacuation Flights From Country’s North

The Taliban have left hundreds of people stranded in Afghanistan awaiting approval for departure.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #mazar-i-sharif-afghanistan, #mccaul-michael-t, #politics-and-government, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states, #women-and-girls

The First Afghan Rhodes Scholar Saved Her Father, and Wants to Do More

Summia Tora used her connections to get her father and an uncle on a flight out of Kabul. Helping other Afghan refugees, she said, may occupy “most of the rest of my life.”

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #england, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rhodes-scholarship, #taliban

Our Afghanistan Failure and the American Empire in Retreat

There are very few paths back to just being an ordinary nation that don’t involve a truly wrenching fall.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #china, #military-bases-and-installations, #roman-civilization, #taliban, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Taliban Fighters Crush a Women’s Protest Amid Flickers of Resistance

The women were assaulted with rifle butts, tear gas and metal clubs, while anti-Taliban rebels in the north vowed to repel an assault by the Islamist group.

#afghanistan, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #islamic-state-khorasan, #kabul-afghanistan, #saleh-amrullah, #taliban, #women-and-girls

Threats and Fear Cause Afghan Women’s Protections to Vanish Overnight

As the Taliban advanced, safe houses for women closed, and the staff sheltered girls at home as relatives released from prison threatened to kill them.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #domestic-violence, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #shariah-islamic-law, #taliban, #women-and-girls, #women-for-afghan-women, #womens-rights, #womens-shelters-and-safe-houses

U.S. Wrestles With Taliban Sanctions as Afghan Crisis Looms

The Biden administration must balance maintaining pressure and letting humanitarian aid flow.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #kabul-afghanistan, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #taliban

Afghans With Ties to U.S. Who Could Not Get Out Now Live in Fear

Thousands did not make it onto U.S. military evacuation flights. Many of them are now in hiding, worried for their safety and their future.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-first, #human-rights-watch, #humanitarian-aid, #international-refugee-assistance-project, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas, #women-and-girls

Restoration of Kabul’s Closed Airport Begins as Some Afghan Aid Resumes

Despite the Taliban’s effort to project themselves as responsible stewards after seizing power, there was still no word on when a new government would be announced.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #airports, #ghani-ashraf, #humanitarian-aid, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-international-airport, #kam-air, #remittances, #taliban

How Will the Taliban Govern? A History of Rebel Rule Offers Clues.

Insurgents who seize power tend to be authoritarian but pragmatic, desperate for legitimacy and ruthless toward classes they see as hostile.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #china, #cold-war-era, #communist-party-of-china, #cuba, #ethiopia, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #mao-zedong, #nixon-richard-milhous, #politics-and-government, #rwanda, #taliban, #uganda

Afghans Who Worked for The New York Times Arrive in Houston

The group, 124 people including families, flew to Houston from Mexico City after their escape from Kabul. One Afghan journalist in the group has not been cleared by U.S. border officials.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #catholic-charities, #houston-tex, #mexico-city-mexico, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #sulzberger-a-g, #taliban

Why the Taliban Desperately Need Cash to Run Afghanistan

The group has long tapped underground banks and opium to fund Afghanistan’s insurgency. Fixing the nation’s problems will require a lot more than that.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food-insecurity, #foreign-aid, #hawala, #opium, #poverty, #smuggling, #taliban

Pentagon Leaders Wary of Working With Taliban

Cooperation with the group in fighting an Islamic State affiliate is “possible,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

#afghanistan, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #defense-department, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-international-airport, #khorasan, #milley-mark-a, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Life Under the Taliban? A Brother and Sister Tell Their Story.

A young man ventured out to explore the new world of Afghanistan. For his sister, it seemed safer to watch through the window.

#afghanistan, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban

Shifting to Governing, Taliban Will Name Supreme Afghan Leader

Facing immense challenges in a devastated country, and a hard transition from war to administration, the Islamist movement is preparing to name a new, theocratic government.

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Will the World Formally Recognize the Taliban?

The extremist group back in charge of Afghanistan has been a pariah to much of the world for its legacy of brutality, and the prospects for greater acceptance remain unclear.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #foreign-aid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #terrorism, #womens-rights

Afghanistan Before the Fall

It all happened so fast.

#bagram-air-base-afghanistan, #herat-afghanistan, #hicks-tyler, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban

After Afghanistan Withdrawal, Europe Must Step Up

A more strategically autonomous and militarily capable European Union would also be a boon for America.

#afghanistan, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #taliban

He Worked With the U.S. in Afghanistan. Now the Taliban Is Threatening Him.

Rasheed worked with the U.S. in Afghanistan. Now he is facing threats from the Taliban.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #international-relations, #taliban, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

I Was Left Behind in Afghanistan. I’m Terrified.

Rasheed worked with the U.S. in Afghanistan. Now he is facing threats from the Taliban.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #international-relations, #taliban, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

The Taliban Celebrate Victory, With a Crisis Looming

With the final U.S. troops gone, triumphant scenes were clouded by the prospect of famine and financial collapse. The Taliban spokesman called for international engagement.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #kabul-international-airport, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations