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Libyan rebels

The US plan to create another armed group to inject into Libya’s fractious sea of competing militias is going forward—and is fraught with peril.

US Army

If you want to know what US forces are doing in Africa, it helps to be connected to a large engineering or construction firm looking for business.

Special Forces

The officers running secret operations there have been calling Africa "the battlefield of tomorrow, today." 

US Special forces

The deployment of US Special Operations forces is a growing form of overseas power projection.

Computer user

What is the NSA doing with your metadata?

Julian Assange

Just as the Assange saga consumes too much of Alex Gibney’s film, so today’s Snowden obsession deflects attention away from our sprawling surveillance state.

Ahmed Rashid, Pakistan on the Brink,  civil wars, Asif Ali Zardari

Ahmed Rashid’s gloomy, essential account of the divisive US-Pakistan alliance.

Digital surveillance

Search engine executives warn about invasive government surveillance, but the digital arms trade begins with their own technologies.

Anwar al-Awlaki

How three US citizens were killed by their own government in the space of one month in 2011.

Blogs

Because if he told them, he’d have to kill them. Wait. He did.

February 6, 2013

The leaked Department of Justice “white paper” attempts to justify the killing of American citizens, but what really has died is the rule of law.

February 6, 2013

A slippery slope that ought to scare us all.

February 5, 2013

Two breaking stories—a report on CIA secret detentions and the “white paper” on killing American citizens—incriminate the Obama administration before the confirmation hearings on Thursday.

February 5, 2013

With covert ops and drone warfare on the rise, we have to ask ourselves about how we fight terrorism.

January 28, 2013

The Washington Post investigative piece is truly frightening. The “Global War on Terror” goes on and on. 

October 24, 2012

A Tanzanian man was detained and tortured by US officials in Afghanistan on suspicion of terror. But he was completely innocent. 

July 6, 2012

How US counterterrorism strategy in Yemen is actually counterproductive.

May 17, 2012

Barack Obama’s general election campaign wasted no time in playing the bin Laden card against Mitt Romney.

April 27, 2012

While Rick Perry hails the president's authorization of the killing of two Americans in Yemen, Paul rejects “assassinating American citizens without charges.”

October 1, 2011