Posts Tagged ‘Politics’


What Zero Dark Thirty Gets Right About the Hunt for bin Laden

The important and probably irresolvable debate about torture in the new movie has overlooked what it gets right: Namely, that the intelligence business is painstaking, frustrating, and slow. More…    

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Who Could Replace David Petraeus as the CIA Director?

The retired general resigned today, admitting to an extra-marital affair. Who might be on the short list to replace him at Langley?

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Into the Fray

How newspaper journalist Tom Ricks went from covering wars to influencing how they’re fought.

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7 Tips for Mark Owen, Navy Seal Turned Author, on Staying out of Prison

The government claims Mark Owen violated secrecy agreements in writing about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. Here’s how the ex-SEAL can avoid jail time.

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Book Review: No Easy Day

A former Navy Seal who took part in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has written a first-hand account. Despite the author’s public statements to the contrary, the book is political, and that’s too bad. More here.

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Giving in to the Surveillance State

My op-ed in today’s New York Times looks at a decade of secret government surveillance and why we’re still powerless against it.

The Next Battle in the Tanker War

Airbus, which lost out in a bitterly contested Air Force contract to rival Boeing, is building a $600 million assembly plant in Alabama. Here’s what it means for the military, and for a saga that won’t end.

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The Story Behind the Story about Warrantless Wiretapping

A just-published paper offers new insights and intriguing details about the New York Times’ 2005 blockbuster on government spying. More here.

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“We’re out for scalps.” Obama’s hunt for leakers.

  Why is the government pressing so hard to find leaks of classified information? Because it can. More here.

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A Long-Awaited Reply

How a grieving father’s telegram to the President got an answer–nearly 40 years later. More here.

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