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Adapting And Upgrading Our Counterterrorism Tools

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The Hill

Adapting And Upgrading Our Counterterrorism Tools

By Nathan A. Sales and Marshall Billingslea, opinion contributor

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush signed a powerful executive order to deprive terrorists of the money they need to attack our country and our interests.

Since that moment, the U.S. government has aggressively wielded this vital tool, using it to target more than 1,500 terrorists, terrorist groups and their financial supporters and facilitators.

These sanctions have denied terrorists resources, and forced them to devote additional time and energy to seek out new financial channels. It also deterred would-be donors and facilitators.

In an effort to avoid our financial tradecraft, the terror groups have continuously adapted so we need to evolve our capabilities as well. That’s why earlier this week, President Trump issued a revised and expanded executive order that is the most significant update of our terrorist designation authorities since the aftermath of 9/11.

Read more: https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/461104-adapting-and-upgrading-our-counterterrorism-tools