The Latest: May 2014

Government / Elections / Politics
How the NSA’s Secret Elite Hacking Unit Works

The NSA is thought to deploy the Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit for specific hard-to-get targets. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
How to Train a Rebel Army (Secretly) In Seven Steps

Obama said he wants to step up training for rebel groups in Syria. Here's more on the covert rebel training program that's already in effect. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Who’s Helping Millions of Syrians Displaced by War?

It's the world's biggest humanitarian crisis, but no one in the international community has oversight or responsibility. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Obama’s Choices: Syria and Ukraine

Obama’s strategy is interventionism without overreach. But is he doing enough? A closer look at the president's response to the two crises — and what options he has left. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Syrian Rebels Describe U.S.-Backed Training in Qatar

Interviews featured in a new FRONTLINE film are the latest evidence that after more than three years of warfare, the U.S. has stepped up the provision of lethal aid to the rebels. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
For Syrians Fleeing Violence, Scant Refuge or Relief

An estimated 9,500 Syrians are being displaced every day — one family every minute — making Syria both the biggest and the fastest growing displacement crisis on Earth. But there are few resources to help them. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
The Faces of Syria’s Displaced

Syria is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with at least 6.5 million people displaced internally. These images offer a glimpse into their disrupted lives. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
How the NSA Can Get Onto Your Computer

Security expert Ashkan Soltani explains how the NSA can get onto a user's computer via the web browser. (read more »)

Tuesday on FRONTLINE: “Battle Zones: Ukraine & Syria”

On May 27, FRONTLINE reveals firsthand the deep-seated hatreds between right-wing Ukrainian nationalists with historic ties to the Nazis, and violent pro-Russian separatists vying for control of the country. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
How the NSA Can Get Onto Your iPhone

Security expert Ashkan Soltani breaks it down. (

Government / Elections / Politics
Live Chat: Silicon Valley, the NSA, and You

FRONTLINE’s Martin Smith, cybersecurity analyst Ashkan Soltani and Mashable's Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai take your questions on Wed. 5/21 at 2 pm ET. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Podcast: How to Protect Yourself (and Your Data) Online

In the latest FRONTLINE roundtable, privacy experts Julia Angwin and Hanni Fakhoury talk privacy and surveillance in today's data-saturated world. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
The Robot Defense: How Google Saw Privacy Before Snowden

In 2004, Google's co-founder offered a unique defense of the web giant's privacy policies. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
How the U.S. Gov’t Turned Silicon Valley Into a Surveillance Partner

Ten years later, Nick Merrill still can't discuss the details of the data request that came hand delivered to him from the FBI. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
SAC’s Michael Steinberg Sentenced to 3.5 Years for Insider Trading

The former SAC Capital trader was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for an insider-trading scheme that allegedly garnered him $1.8 million in illegal profits. (read more »)

Report: School Segregation Is Back, 60 Years After “Brown”

White students are the most isolated in the country, even as the number of minority students increases. That's bad for everyone, a new report finds. (read more »)

FRONTLINE Wins Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for “Rape in the Fields”

The award recognizes outstanding reporting on human rights and social justice issues. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Next Week: How Silicon Valley Feeds the NSA’s Global Dragnet

On May 20, FRONTLINE investigates what the tech industry said when the NSA came knocking. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Live Chat: How Did the Government Come to Spy on Millions of Americans?

FRONTLINE’s Mike Wiser, Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian and NSA whistleblower Kirk Wiebe will answer this question -- and take yours. Join us Wed. 5/20 at 2 pm EST. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
How Edward Snowden Leaked “Thousands” of NSA Documents

"I've got some stuff you might be interested in." With that simple message, the biggest leak of government secrets in history was set in motion. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
New Voter ID Laws Hit Setbacks

Courts are pushing back against laws in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Shelby decision. Several legal battles are still ahead. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Inside the NSA the Day After 9/11

Spying on the home front was the one rule that NSA analysts were constantly warned against before 9/11, but that all changed the morning after the attacks. (read more »)

Coming in May on FRONTLINE

This month, FRONTLINE investigates the government’s massive secret surveillance program, travels to the raging conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, and examines the alarming rise of drug-resistant bacteria. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
New Report Slams “Unprecedented” Growth in US Prisons

Despite a dramatic boom in incarceration rates, a new report finds that the deterrent effect of tough-on-crime policies remain "highly uncertain." (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
WHO: Drug-Resistant Bugs Have Spread to “Alarming Levels”

A drug-resistant world "is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century," according to a new report. (read more »)



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