Is Law Enforcement Able to De-Radicalize Extremists Like John Walker Lindh?
The "American Taliban," a Californian who joined the Taliban in 2001, will be released today.
Why the 'Necessity' Defense Is Crucial to the Climate Struggle
Many Americans don't realize that breaking a law can sometimes be legally, as well as morally, permissible.
Why Did the CIA Classify the Soviet Army's Recipe for Borscht?
The problem for people who care about government transparency is that the CIA's efforts to conceal history go far beyond soup.
Trump's New CIA Director Played a Significant Part in Detainee Torture
Gina Haspel, now in the highest position at the CIA, was involved in the use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques on a suspected terrorist in 2002.
Where's the Evidence That Mass Surveillance Actually Works?
Officials are again pointing to the need for mass surveillance to take down terrorists. Here’s what we know about how well it works.
'Sicario''s Dirty War on Mexican Cartels Is Not Yet Reality
Denis Villeneuve’s movie gets much right about the borderlands but crosses the line into exaggeration. A veteran border correspondent compares the film’s underworld to the one he knows.
The Consequences of Psychology’s Shameful Collusion in Torture
The American Psychological Association pandered to the CIA out of self-interest. In so doing, it betrayed a core ethical spirit—and opened the path to a dangerous future.
Leaked Private Emails Reveal Former Hillary Clinton Aide's Top Secret Spy Network
Emails disclosed by a hacker show a close family friend was funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of State’s private account starting before the Benghazi attack.
Here's One Unexpected Way to Land on the NSA's Watch List
If you downloaded the privacy software Tor in 2011, you may have been flagged to be spied on.
ZunZuneo: Do Former Users Care That It Was Secretly Built by USAID?
Our criticism of the U.S. government's covert or "discreet" funding of communication channels like ZunZuneo or Radio Free Europe presumes that they try to seed something non-native.
Why Is the U.S. Arming Those in Syria It Legally Defines as Terrorists
The designation could also make it harder for Syrian refugees to come to the U.S., even if they haven’t actually taken up arms against the regime.
Does the U.S. Pay Families When Drones Kill Innocent Yemenis?
We requested information on how the U.S. handles condolence payments for civilian drone strike deaths in Yemen. But the military won’t reveal a thing.
How Can We Keep Prisoners Sane While They're Behind Bars?
Whatever the method, it’s in everyone’s best interest.
The Changing War on Terror: How Safe Is the United States?
The Authorization for Use of Military Force was passed by Congress after 9/11 to give the president authority to hunt and fight those responsible. But al Qaeda is a completely different kind of organization now, according to this former CIA operative who spearheaded the Zarqawi Operations team from 2004-2006 as a targeting officer, and we need to rethink the tools we've created.