Edwards calls for international anti-terror organization

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) Friday called for creation of an international anti-terror organization that will combine the resources of the U.S. and its allies in the fight against al Qaeda and like-minded groups.

“Instead of Cold War institutions designed to win traditional wars against large, fixed enemies and protect traditional borders, we need new institutions designed to share intelligence, cooperate across borders and take out small, hostile groups,” Edwards said in a speech at New York City’s Pace University.

The former Democratic vice presidential candidate wants to establish a Counterterrorism and Intelligence Treaty Organization (CITO).

Edwards claimed that the Bush administration’s answer to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks “has rigidly stuck to outdated approaches that are ineffective against the modern terrorist threat.” The former senator added that this approach has had “devastating consequences.”

“We need a counterterrorism policy that is strong, fast and hard enough to stop terrorists, but also smart, honest and prescient enough to draw people away from terrorism in the first place,” Edwards said.

He referenced the successful capture of terrorists in Germany this week that was the result of a joint German and American intelligence effort.