National security journalist Barton Gellman talks about "the surveillance-industrial state," the possibility of a Biden presidency or a second Trump term, and his gripping new book.
War on Terror
Florida Man Spits on Cops While Claiming to Have Coronavirus. Justice Department Accuses Him of 'Bioweapon Hoax.'
The War on Terror gave us federal anti-terror-hoax laws. Now the FBI is using them to punish a man who falsely claimed to have COVID-19.
If Bloomberg's Arrogance Worries You, His Weaselly Positions on Presidential Power Won't Reassure You
The presidential candidate reserves the right to wage unauthorized wars, kill Americans in foreign countries, prosecute journalists, and selectively flout the law.
"Most of the [indicators] of measuring success are now classified, or we don't collect it," the special inspector general for the Afghanistan reconstruction told a Senate committee.
Civilian deaths are also on the rise, and it's increasingly obvious that there is no clear strategy for the U.S. to "win" its longest military conflict.
The Trump Administration Wants To Deport an Iraqi Refugee for Being an Islamic State Terrorist. The Only Problem? He's Not.
Sending Omar Ameen back to Iraq will likely result in his execution, and the case against him doesn't make sense. The Trump administration is fighting to do it anyway.
A deadly shooting on a Naval base in Florida may lead to a new battle against encryption.
“Let’s vote on this and see who is serious about ending forever wars.”
The CIA and its defenders insisted that torture would help keep America safe. They were wrong.
The Council on Foreign Relations survey of foreign policy experts finds "more threats...likely to require a U.S. military response in 2020 than ever before."
It's hard to compete for attention with the ongoing impeachment proceedings, but the "Afghan Papers" should cause heads to roll (or explode).
A part of the law intended to hold suspected terrorists for deportation is being twisted to justify indefinite detention.
They simply disagree over who should be in charge of misusing and abusing those excessive powers.
He's wrong on both counts.
The mishandling of the Syrian withdrawal appears to have created less stability in Syria and considerably weakened Trump's ability to dictate foreign policy—a situation where actually bringing the troops home now seems even more farfetched.
“As though the only way that we can relate with other countries in the world is by bombing them.”
A new movie, The Report, documents the Senate struggle to inform the public about our wartime waterboarding and "enhanced interrogations."
It's necessary to confront the threat of white nationalism on the political right, but it must be done without handing new powers to law enforcement and government.
Acts of Politically Motivated Violence Are Already Illegal. Making 'Domestic Terrorism' a Federal Crime Won't Help
A domestic terrorism law is bound to threaten liberty more than it hampers terrorists.
It's refreshing to see many conservatives abandon their kneejerk support for militarism, and nice to watch Joe Biden be held accountable for his support for the Iraq blunder.
"The outsized power that the political parties hold can often be used in the wrong way to squelch our democracy and dissenting voices even within our own parties," says Gabbard.
It's not likely to get anywhere in the Senate, but consider it progress.
A never-ending war may mean a life sentence for being classified as an enemy combatant.
He Helped Reveal How U.S. Drone Strikes Were Killing Innocents. The Feds Just Charged Him With Espionage.
Another intelligence analyst who leaked important information to the public is treated like a traitor.
Should Israel negotiate with Hamas and Fatah, or are they unwavering enemies in a protracted struggle?
Plus: Stormy Daniels hints at more legal action and California ends the death penalty.
There's no room for errors and online platforms face huge fines, likely encouraging overly broad takedowns.
The AFGHAN Service Act would bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and repeal the legal justification for much of the war on terror.
Also suspicious: Recording police behavior.
The war continues and it's costing lives.
A soldier died in Afghanistan over the Thanksgiving holiday. Why are we still there?
The Nobel laureate had a brilliant, sadly ignored insight that would have short-circuited the worst cultural and political reactions of the past 17 years.
The proposed new Corker-Kaine AUMF would give even more power to the president to wage war against whoever he wants with Congress essentially powerless to curb him.
A hearing chaired by Sen. Rand Paul exposes wasteful and counterproductive spending of U.S. money.
Gina Haspel's Confirmation Hearing Is a Reckoning for America's Use of Torture During the War on Terror
"It says that it's OK to engage in war crimes and crimes against humanity, and if you do it, you'll get promoted."
Obama's shamefully weak stab at transparency has been abandoned.
Senators Respond to Trump's Unauthorized Military Strike on Syria by Trying to Give Him Even More War Powers
This new proposed bipartisan authorization seems more like a blank check for war.
The USS Cole defense team came to believe their meetings with their client were being bugged.
In Civilian Court, Terrorist Sentenced After 17 Months; At Guantanamo Tribunal, Still No Trials After 17 Years
And yet we supposedly need Gitmo because civilian courts aren't up to the task.
Let's Go Ahead and Have a Military Parade in Washington, but Declare Victory in the War on Terror First
Trump wants to outdo the Bastille Day festivities in Paris.
The war will continue until further notice.
The prison camp on the island of Cuba will remain open indefinitely.