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The NSA Four reveal how a toxic mix of cronyism and fraud blinded the agency before 9/11.

Detainee in Guantanamo Bay

How a CIA torture network was turned into the only gulag-free zone on earth.

Wreckage from a drone strike in Yemen

The White House evidently believes it can kill us in secret and never own up to the fact.

Zero Dark Thirty

A new Open Society Foundations report details just how far down the river we've sold this country's democratic values in our overreaching response to terror.

Torture and Taboo: On Elaine Scarry

How the work of a literary critic became the proxy for our preoccupation with the horrors of torture.

The CFR report concludes that “the current trajectory of US drone strike policies is unsustainable."

Why aren’t film director Kathryn Bigelow’s claimed government sources, including employees of the CIA, in jail like Bradley Manning?

When The New York Times first revealed the NSA was wiretapping Americans without a warrant in 2005, it was a scandal. But the government continues to spy with impunity—and what was once illegal has become the law.

Timothy Melley

How thrillers inform spycraft, and the fictions that belie them both.

How the US intelligence community came out of the shadows. 

Blogs

The private defense operation formerly known as Blackwater—now called Xe—has cleaned up its act about as much as BP has cleaned up the Gulf, says Jeremy Scahill.

June 25, 2010

There's no doubt, McChrystal was rightly relieved of his duties. But in the end, it was his words--not his actions--that sunk his ship. Blackwater's ship of misconduct, crime and murder sails on, powered by new CIA contracts.

June 24, 2010

Blackwater has announced the infamous mercenary company is for sale. Will this include the CIA assassination business and the company's forward operating bases in Afghanistan?

June 8, 2010

The Obama administration has dramatically expanded the use of special operations forces across the globe, from Iran to Bolivia to Yemen. They've been "empowered more under this administration than any other in recent history--no question," says a special operations source.

June 4, 2010

A new report suggests that the interrogation facility is run by a little-known unit of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

May 14, 2010

The top commander in Afghanistan, who's spent his career in the shadow world of special ops, revealed little, but it was still fascinating.

May 13, 2010

More than 35 exciting job opportunities have opened up at the infamous mercenary company.

May 13, 2010

Two online databases provide a window into the world of private spooks and the undeclared US airwar in Pakistan.

May 13, 2010

The president made the statement during a press conference with Hamid Karzai. But is it true?

May 12, 2010

"The deaths of three American soldiers in a Taliban suicide attack on Wednesday lifted the veil on United States military assistance to Pakistan." So began a Feb 4th piece by Jane Perlez in the New York Times. But even all these days on, it's been a very discreet unveiling.

February 9, 2010