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Outlawed in Pakistan

Why Is It So Hard to Try A Rape Case in Pakistan?

In Pakistan, just talking about rape and sexual violence is a cultural taboo. But bringing a case through the Pakistani courts and discerning truth from fiction is dangerous, complicated and, and as filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann learned, fraught with challenges.

Never Forget to Lie

Watch More Holocaust Child Survivor Stories

As many as 1.5 million children were killed in the Holocaust. But some managed to survive, at times because they hid with their families, because relatives sacrificed themselves to protect them, or because they pretended not to be Jewish.

Never Forget to Lie

Returning to the Haunted Ground of the Warsaw Ghetto

Before World War II, Poland’s capital was home to the country’s largest Jewish community. More than 350,000 Jews lived in the city. No more than 20,000 of them survived the Holocaust.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

The Magazine that “Inspired” the Boston Bombers

As investigators uncover details about what motivated the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, an early report suggests the two brothers learned their violent tactics online from an English-language Al Qaeda propaganda magazine.

Top Secret America

“Top Secret America” After the Boston Bombings

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Americans are asking why the country’s intelligence agencies failed to prevent the devastating attack.

Syria Behind the Lines

Syrian President Warns Against Western Intervention

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned this weekend that a Libyan-style Western intervention against his regime will lead to a regional crisis.

Syria Behind the Lines

A Rare Glimpse Inside A Syrian Loyalist Stronghold

Everyone at the public high school in Aziziya knows that the senior boys may soon be drafted in President Bashar al-Assad’s army to take up the fight in the country’s escalating civil war.

Syria Behind the Lines

The Bombing of al-Bara

When FRONTLINE filmmaker Olly Lambert sat to interview Jamal Maarouf, a Syrian rebel commander, he did not anticipate that bombs from government jets would begin to fall just 300 meters away.

Syria Behind the Lines

March Was Deadliest Month in Syrian Conflict

But a close look at the figures reveals a shift in who is dying.

Syria Behind the Lines

Syria Two Years Later: Bloody Civil War With No End In Sight

The Syrian revolution started two years ago today in Dara’a, a small farming town 60 miles south of Damascus. But what began as peaceful protests has grown into a bloody civil war with no end in sight.

Raising Adam Lanza

Report: Newtown Shooter Researched Several Mass Murderers

Articles and documents related to several mass murderers were found in one of two bedrooms Adam Lanza used in the house he shared with his mother, Nancy.

Newtown Divided

Bringing Good From the Newtown Tragedy

How the Barden family is coping with the loss of their 7-year-old son Daniel, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and trying to encourage acts of compassion in his memory.

Never Forget to Lie

Training A Camera On the Children of the Holocaust

Marian Marzynski was on WBUR Radio’s “Here & Now” program today to discuss why he decided to make “Never Forget to Lie,” the vivid memories of other child survivors and the unfinished business of his own Holocaust story.

Syria Behind the Lines

Is Kerry’s Syrian Aid Shift a Game Changer?

Earlier this week, Moaz al-Khatib, the leader of the Syrian opposition coalition, had no intention of meeting with leaders from the U.S. and Europe at today’s “Friends of Syria” gathering in Rome.

Climate of Doubt

The Surprising Way Obama Is Trying to Tackle Climate Change

When President Obama tried to push for legislation on climate change during his first term, he encountered such fierce political opposition that it quickly became clear Congress wouldn’t be the avenue to reform.

Big Sky, Big Money

Will the Supreme Court Lift Political Contribution Limits?

Alabama businessman and conservative activist Shaun McCutcheon donated $33,088 to 16 candidates during the 2012 election cycle, but he wanted to give much more. So he took his case to the courts.

The Spill

BP Facing Up to $17 Billion in Penalties in Civil Trial

The trial, which begins today, will determine whether the oil giant was “grossly negligent” in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Raising Adam Lanza

How Did They Report the Lanza Story?

“Hartford Courant” reporters Alaine Griffin and Josh Kovner have spent the last two months digging deep into the story of troubled shooter Adam Lanza and his relationship with his mother.

Syria at War

How Many People Are Dying in Syria?

The U.N. says Syria’s rising death toll is approaching a staggering 70,000 people killed since the rebellion broke out almost two years ago. But determining an accurate death count amidst a conflict is fraught with challenges.

The Battle for Syria

How To Form a Rebel Battalion in Syria

Reporting from Syria, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad breaks it down in “five easy lessons.”

Cliffhanger

“Cliffhanger” Interactive: A Guide to the Gridlock

Our interactive “Guide to the Gridlock” breaks down the dramatic two-year saga of Washington’s failure to address the country’s debt and deficit problems, and lets you track how it all broke down at every turn.

Cliffhanger

Did Obama “Poison the Well” in the Deficit Debate?

After Republicans rallied around an austere budget proposed by the party’s numbers wunderkind Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, President Obama delivered a speech condemning the plan. What he didn’t realize, his aides insist, was that Ryan was sitting in the front row.

Cliffhanger

From the Serenity Prayer to F-Bomb: Boehner and the Fiscal Cliff

On one of the biggest nights of his political career, House Speaker John Boehner didn’t have the votes he needed from his own party. So he gathered House Republicans in a closed-door meeting and led a prayer.

Foreign Affairs / Defense

John Brennan’s CIA Confirmation Hearing Renews Scrutiny of Counterterrorism Policies

In the days leading up to tomorrow’s Senate confirmation hearing, several national security-related leaks have intensified pressure on the administration to become more transparent.

Never Forget to Lie

Before I Was Anybody, I Was A Child Survivor of the Holocaust

FRONTLINE sat down with filmmaker Marian Marzynski to discuss why he made “Never Forget to Lie,” the emotional pain it wrought and what viewers can learn from the last remaining witnesses of the Holocaust.

The Untouchables

Blowing the Whistle on the Mortgage Bubble

Well before the 2008 financial meltdown, mortgage industry insiders discovered a ticking time-bomb that they say went up to the very top of Wall Street. What did they find? Who did they warn? And what happened to their warnings?

Inside Obama’s Presidency

The Republicans’ Plan for the New President

On the night of Barack Obama’s inauguration, a group of top GOP luminaries quietly gathered in a Washington steakhouse to develop plans for taking on the new president.

Inside Obama’s Presidency

FRONTLINE & Longreads: Inside Obama’s Presidency

Tomorrow, as Obama’s second inauguration nears, FRONTLINE will air a probing look at the first four years of his presidency. FRONTLINE and Longreads have partnered to cull the best long-form reporting and reading on President Obama’s first term.

The Education of Michelle Rhee

The Battle over Education Reform

The debate over how to improve K-12 public education in America has long been highly charged and contentious, but in recent years, it’s taken on a polarizing either or mentality.

The Real CSI

Mississippi Doctor’s Autopsies at Center of Wrongful Conviction Filings

Four petitions have been filed arguing that the testimony of Mississippi forensic pathologist Dr. Steven Hayne led to wrongful convictions.

The Education of Michelle Rhee

StudentsFirst Gives 11 States Failing Grades on Public Education

Today the education reform group StudentsFirst, led by former D.C. public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, released a report grading states based on adherence to its platform, giving 11 states failing grades of F. The highest grade any state received was a B-.

A Perfect Terrorist

Family of Mumbai Attack Victims Dealt Blow in Lawsuit

Earlier this week the State Department announced that two former Pakistani intelligence directors are immune from the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of Americans killed in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Environment

Interactive: Tracking Climate Change on Mt. Everest

Mountaineer & filmmaker David Breashears has created a stunning interactive image that lets you explore Mt. Everest in intimate detail and compare changes for yourself.

Newtown Divided

How Conservatives “Reinvented” the Second Amendment

While conventional wisdom suggests that an individual’s right to bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution, it is, in fact, a relatively recent interpretation, according to New Yorker writer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Poor Kids

Jezza Neumann on Making the Film & Helping the Kids

Director, producer and editor Jezza Neumann reflects on making “Poor Kids,” what he’s learned while making films about children living in poverty over the last decade and what he hopes viewers will take away from the film.

Big Sky, Big Money

What’s the Future for Campaign Finance Reform?

Studies suggest that Americans are concerned about the influence of wealthy donors in politics. But when it comes to finding feasible solutions for reforming campaign finance, there’s little consensus, and plenty of challenges.

The Spill

BP to Pay Record $4.5 Billion for 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Oil giant British Petroleum announced today that it will pay $4.5 billion to settle charges for the April 2010 explosion at its Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and unleashed more than 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Suicide Plan

Joan’s Daughter on Living With Her Mother’s Decision

FRONTLINE’s cameras stopped filming Joan Foley Butterstein in May, just three days before the terminally ill grandmother “hastened” her death with the support of her husband Art and daughter Kathleen. Here, her daughter reflects on their journey.

The Suicide Plan

Why They Joined the Right-to-Die Movement

The stigmas associated with what they do can make the work of the volunteers, activists and advocates involved in the right-to-die movement challenging and risky. So why do they do it?

Big Money 2012

What You Need to Read on Money & Politics

This year’s election is the most expensive in history, with outside groups calling the shots in political races across the country.

Big Money 2012

Citizens United and the Rise of the Campaign… Stalker?

Armed with high-definition cameras, their job is to follow and film everything a political candidate says and does.

Death By Fire

Family of Executed Texas Man Seeks to Clear His Name

Eight years after Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for the 1991 arson-murder of his three young children, his surviving family members asked the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to pardon him posthumously yesterday.

Climate of Doubt

How Does Climate Change Factor into Decision 2012?

Last election season, presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain agreed that climate change was a critical issue demanding urgent attention. Four years later, both candidates Obama and Mitt Romney barely discuss climate change.

Climate of Doubt

How Al Gore Galvanized the Climate Change Movement — On Both Sides

When it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006, “An Inconvenient Truth” — the blockbuster documentary about former Vice President Al Gore’s crusade to draw attention to the threat of global warming — received three standing ovations.

Afghanistan / Pakistan

Is This Man To Blame for the Attack on Pakistani Schoolgirl?

As the world closely watches the fate of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl fighting for her life after being gunned down by the Taliban last week, the pressure is on Pakistan to bring her attackers to justice.

The Choice 2012

Sneak Preview: The First 10 Minutes of “The Choice 2012″

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have spent years crafting their campaign narratives. Tonight, FRONTLINE takes you behind the slogans and behind the spin to present definitive portraits of the two men competing to lead this country.

The Choice 2012

Artifact 14: A Governor’s Legacy

Mitt Romney’s official gubernatorial portrait depicts him casually perched on a desk next to two objects: a photo of his beloved wife Ann and a bound copy of the 2006 health care reform law that was his crown policy achievement while in office.

Top Secret America

Senate Report: Massive Post-9/11 Surveillance Apparatus A “Waste”

Today a Senate committee published the searing results of a two-year investigation concluding that fusion centers have “not produced useful intelligence to support Federal counterterrorism efforts” and have “too often wasted money and stepped on Americans’ civil liberties.”

Son of Al Qaeda

Controversial Teenage Guantanamo Detainee Transferred to Canada

A juvenile when he was arrested, Omar Khadr’s case has been a lightning rod in the debate over post-9/11 detention policies. His treatment in detention and his family’s connections to Al Qaeda have only added to the controversy.

The Choice 2012

Artifact 10: Mitt Romney’s Olympic Pins

By 1999, following a crushing defeat in his bid to take the Senate seat of Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) almost five years earlier, Mitt Romney felt he had only one option left to remain in public life: becoming the CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games.

The Choice 2012

Lessons & Losses: A Discussion of Week Two’s Artifacts

We released four more “Artifacts of Character” this week, looking back at Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s early debates — and losses, and at the lessons they taught others. Now, a small group of the country’s leading journalists covering the candidates weigh in on this week’s artifacts.

The Choice 2012

Artifact Six: Mitt Romney on the “Businesses” of Life

In a 1978 talk at Harvard Business School, Mitt Romney aimed to teach young Mormon students how lessons from the business world can also apply to personal pursuits, and a path to self-improvement.

Syria at War

Syria: The Crisis, The Rebels & The Endgame

How organized are Syria’s opposition groups? What dangers might the conflict unleash? And what would it take to end it?

Syria at War

Syria’s Shocking Civilian Death Toll

August was the deadliest month since the Syrian rebellion began a year-and a-half ago — and more deadly for civilians than the bloodiest months in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as the recent uprisings in the Middle East.

ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America

Despite Show of Support, Federal Funding Ban on Needle Exchange Unlikely to Be Lifted Anytime Soon

Even though studies show that needle-exchange programs help to reduce the spread of HIV, the stigma that surrounds them is hard to shake.

Alaska Gold

Partner in Pebble Mine Fires Back At EPA Report

In its 635-page critique, Northern Dynasty described the EPA’s report as “seriously flawed, and not grounded in sound scientific analysis.”

Alaska Gold

Dig Deeper: Mining the Documents

The documents that shed light on the growing battle for fishing rights and mining wealth in southwest Alaska.

ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America

What Is President Obama’s Track Record on HIV/AIDS?

Starting Sunday, more than 20,000 HIV researchers and activists will gather in Washington, D.C. for the first international AIDS conference to take place in the country in 22 years.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

Relatives of Americans Killed in Yemen Drone Strikes File Suit Against U.S.

Relatives of three Americans killed in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen last fall filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against top CIA and military officials today.

ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America

Making ENDGAME: A Conversation With Filmmaker Renata Simone

Director, producer and writer Renata Simone reflects on making ENDGAME, what she’s learned over the last two decades in covering the AIDS epidemic and what she hopes viewers will take away from the film.

Top Secret America

“Top Secret America” Price Tag at Record High

It cost at least $11.36 billion to guard America’s secrets last year, according to a new report.

A Perfect Terrorist

New Evidence of Pakistan’s Role in the Mumbai Attacks?

Details are emerging about the Mumbai suspect arrested by Indian authorities last week.

Dollars and Dentists

Dig Deeper: What You Need to Know About America’s Health Care Crisis

The Supreme Court is expected to deliver its ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) within the next two weeks, a decision that could possibly overturn the health care reform bill passed in 2010 that has been a cornerstone of the Obama presidency.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

Yemeni Army Recaptures Two Cities from Al Qaeda

Last year Al Qaeda and and its local affiliate in Yemen, Ansar al-Sharia, succeeded in doing something they had never been able to do before.

Syria Undercover

The Troubled History of Hama, Syria

The Syrian government has cut off U.N. observers from accessing the site of a reported mass killing that took place yesterday in a village outside Hama, Syria’s fourth-largest city, where 30 years ago then-Syrian President Hafez al-Assad launched what’s known as one of the bloodiest chapters of modern Arab history.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

You Aren’t Hearing About Yemen’s Biggest Problems

Every day headlines highlight Yemen’s growing Al Qaeda threat, but some of the biggest threats to the country are largely absent from Western media.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

Spin City: Al Qaeda’s New Image-Obsessed Media Wing

When Ghaith Abdul-Ahad and his director Safa al-Ahmed met up with their Al Qaeda contact Fouad in the southern Yemeni town of Ja’ar, they had their cameras ready. What they didn’t expect was that Fouad — a fighter and political officer with Al Qaeda’s local franchise Ansar al Sharia — would as well.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

Study Suggests Yemen Strikes Are Radicalizing Population

The escalating campaign of U.S. air strikes targeting suspected Al Qaeda militants in Yemen has brought ”a marked radicalization of the local population” and is “driving tribesmen to join a network linked to terrorist plots against the United States,” according to a new study.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

Interactive Map: America’s War in Yemen

FRONTLINE’s interactive map illustrates two critical elements of the war in Yemen: drone and other air strikes believed to have been carried out by the U.S., and the major terror plots since 2000 directed at foreign targets for which Al Qaeda is suspected of involvement.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

Understanding Yemen’s Al Qaeda Threat

How did Yemen become Al Qaeda’s new stronghold? And how are American efforts to combat the threat against the U.S. homeland playing out on the ground there? FRONTLINE turned to several experts — diplomats, journalists working on the ground, academics, activists and others — to understand.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

Under the Constant Watch of Al Qaeda

“As a woman you have specific concerns with Al Qaeda…”

Al Qaeda In Yemen

Can “Friends of Yemen” Help Solve Country’s Deeply Rooted Problems?

Led by the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, a block of 20 countries and intergovernmental organizations dubbed the “Friends of Yemen” met in Riyadh today to pledge $4 billion in assistance to the Arab world’s poorest country.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

Suicide Attack Suggests Intensifying War in Yemen

In what was the most deadly terrorist attack in Yemen in years, a suicide bomber disguised as a Yemeni soldier detonated explosives during a military parade rehearsal near the Presidential palace in Sana today, killing more than 90 people and wounding 300 others.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

With U.S. Help, Yemen Intensifies Assault on Al Qaeda Stronghold

Yemen’s government intensified a campaign of air and ground strikes in the south of the country this week in an effort to recapture towns from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and affiliated insurgents.

Criminal Justice

Why Was Clarence Aaron’s Pardon Request Denied?

In 1999′s Snitch, FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel told the story of Clarence Aaron, a 23-year-old student who was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences after being convicted of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine — despite the fact that he did not buy, sell or supply the drugs, nor did he have a previous criminal record.

Money, Power and Wall Street

What Can We Learn from JPMorgan’s $2 Billion Loss?

JPMorgan’s risky trade highlights the ongoing debate over financial regulations currently being written

Money, Power and Wall Street

What’s the Status of the Dodd-Frank Financial Overhaul?

In July 2010, President Barack Obama signed what became known as the Dodd-Frank bill, the financial reform package aimed at overhauling the financial regulatory system and ending the risky practices that led to the 2008 financial crisis.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

AQ Militant Killed in Yemen At Center of Debate Over Pre-911 Intelligence Sharing

A less well-known part of Fahd al-Quso’s saga is that he was also at the center of a debate about whether American intelligence agencies could have prevented 9/11.

Afghanistan / Pakistan

Afghanistan’s Former Spymaster Warns of Civil War

Afghanistan’s former spy chief Amrullah Saleh told NPR this morning that the new strategic partnership agreement with the U.S. is a good step, but warns of the consequences if the U.S. engages in talks with the Taliban.

Money, Power and Wall Street

The Financial Crisis Is Like… Sangria?

Well, it’s like a lot of things, according to some of the economists, journalists, bankers, activists and officials we interviewed for our four-hour series on the global financial crisis, “Money, Power and Wall Street.”

Money, Power and Wall Street

The Buzz Around That Tim Geithner Scene…

A scene from Money, Power and Wall Street generated a lot of feedback on Twitter during last night’s broadcast, and we’ve curated some of the most interesting reactions…

Money, Power and Wall Street

Did the Fed’s Emergency Lending Prop Up “Too Big to Fail”?

The Obama administration arrived in Washington in early 2009 facing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression — and an American public outraged by bailouts for the financial institutions that had gotten them there.

Money, Power and Wall Street

What Has Occupy Wall Street Been Up To?

While today’s renewed protests are getting a lot of attention, a small group of activists has been quietly working within the financial system to change America’s regulatory processes.

Afghanistan / Pakistan

Colleagues Call British Aid Worker’s Murder in Pakistan “Senseless and Barbaric”

Khalil Dale, a British aid worker employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was found dead in Pakistan yesterday, almost four months after he was kidnapped while he was driving home from his office in Quetta.

Syria Behind the Lines

Blast in Hama, Opposition Stronghold, Disrupts Fragile Syrian Ceasefire

An explosion ripped through a poor neighborhood in the opposition stronghold of Hama this morning, disrupting the fragile Syrian ceasefire agreement brokered by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan last month.

Money, Power and Wall Street

The Buzz Around “Money, Power and Wall Street”

Financial journalists, Occupy Wall Street activists and even a senior economic adviser to President Obama all took to the internet to talk about last night’s broadcast of the first half of “Money, Power and Wall Street.”

Money, Power and Wall Street

Next Week: How the Financial Crisis Never Ended

Money, Power and Wall Street continues next Tuesday (watch a preview above), with an inside look at how the Obama administration, including a divided economic team, has handled the crisis and how the financial world has returned to many of the practices that created the meltdown in the first place.

Money, Power and Wall Street

Bloomberg: “Money, Power & Wall Street” “Takes No Prisoners”

“‘Money, Power and Wall Street’ is demanding — this isn’t Finance for Dummies, but it’s a compact and thorough lesson,” Bloomberg’s Greg Evans writes in his review of FRONTLINE’s new special on the global financial crisis.

Money, Power and Wall Street

Dig Deeper: What You Need to Know About the Financial Crisis

Amid the fiercest financial crisis since the Great Depression, FRONTLINE has been at the forefront of investigating the roots of the meltdown, the hidden stories of those who warned about what was to come and the lessons moving forward.

The Spill

Do We Need a “Death Penalty” for Negligent Oil Companies?

Two years after an explosion at BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and unleashed more than 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, deepwater drilling is back up at the levels it was before the April 20, 2010 accident…

Opium Brides

Afghanistan’s Opium Production on the Rise

Opium production will rise across Afghanistan in 2012, spreading to more parts of the country than it has in the last few years, according to a new UN assessment.

Syria Behind the Lines

Will Syrian Truce Hold?

Despite apprehensions in the lead-up to yesterday’s deadline, a tenuous ceasefire agreement brokered by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan took effect in Syria this morning.

Kill/Capture

What Changes Will New U.S.-Afghan Night Raids Deal Bring?

After months of negotiations, the U.S. and Afghanistan reached an agreement on Sunday that will transfer more control of controversial night raid operations to Afghan forces, allowing the two governments to move ahead in negotiating a broader strategic-partnership agreement.

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s ‘Dancing Boys’ Exploitation on the Rise

Bacha bazi — an ancient practice in which young Afghan boys are sold by families to “entertain” men – is on the rise, according to a new report.

Kill/Capture

Dispute Over Detention Policy Delays Night Raids Agreement

The U.S. and Afghanistan are near reaching a deal that would give Kabul greater control over night raids — the controversial signature tactic of the U.S.-led kill/capture campaign in the country — and allow the two governments to move ahead in negotiating a broader strategic-partnership agreement.

A Perfect Terrorist

U.S. Offers Up to $10 Million Reward for Alleged Mumbai Mastermind

The day after the U.S. announced up to a $10 million reward “for information leading up to the arrest and conviction of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed,” the suspected mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks brazenly took to the media to defend himself.

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

Ai Weiwei Pokes Fun at Gov’t Surveillance — with Webcams

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Ai Weiwei’s arrest for “economic” crimes – and China’s most famous dissident artist continues to provoke the authorities.

Syria Behind the Lines

“Syrian Society Is Beginning to Fall Apart”

Neighbors are turning on their neighbors, according to new accounts by refugees who have escaped Syria’s bloody conflict for eastern Lebanon.

Are We Safer?

Docs Reveal FBI Used Muslim Outreach As Guise to Collect Intel

For at least four years, federal agents used Muslim community outreach meetings at mosques in Northern California as a guise to collect intelligence and catalog the identities, personal information, religious views and travel of religious leaders and congregants, FBI documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union revealed yesterday.

Secret War

The Covert Convert Behind the CIA’s Drone Program

“He presides over a campaign that has killed thousands of Islamist militants and angered millions of Muslims,” wrote The Washington Post’s Gregg Miller, in a rare profile of the head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC). “But he is himself a convert to Islam.”

Are We Safer?

New Counterterrorism Guidelines Allow U.S. to Hold Americans’ Data Longer

Signed yesterday, the new rules will allow the government to hold data on U.S. citizens who are not suspected of terrorist activity for 10 times longer than before.

The Pot Republic

Amidst Federal Crackdown, Connecticut Marijuana Bill Gains Traction

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws on the books right now, and Connecticut looks like it could be the next.

Syria Behind the Lines

With Russian Support, U.N. Security Council Adopts Watered-Down Statement on Syria

After months of diplomatic stalemate resulting from the the objections of Russia and China, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a statement on the crisis in Syria today.

Syria at War

Syrian Opposition Accused of Serious Human Rights Abuses

Against the backdrop of the Syrian government’s brutal crackdown, the tactics of the country’s armed opposition groups have received considerably less scrutiny.

Kill/Capture

After Massacre, U.S. Offers Afghanistan Concessions on Night Raids

In the wake of the March 11 bloody shooting rampage allegedly carried out by Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the U.S. has found itself in a vulnerable position as it attempts to negotiate a strategic-partnership agreement with the Afghan government.

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

Has China Legalized Secret Detentions?

Yesterday, Chinese lawmakers enacted a number of revisions to the country’s criminal code ostensibly designed to bring some Western-style protections to the country’s legal process.

Syria Behind the Lines

Syria One Year Later: Growing Evidence of Torture, Detainee Abuse

Bisat al-rih is Arabic for “flying carpet,” but for those detained by the Syrian regime, it can mean being blindfolded, stripped down to the underpants and strapped to a foldable wooden board.

Syria Behind the Lines

Rare Video Evidence of Torture in Syrian Hospitals

Last night Channel 4 aired chilling footage of evidence of what appears to be the torture of injured Syrian civilians in a military hospital in Homs.

Syria Behind the Lines

One Woman’s Proposal to Halt the Violence in Syria

Over the past few months, one woman has driven the debate over whether and how the international community should intervene in the Syrian crisis.

Syria at War

Why Hasn’t Syria’s Assad Been Labeled A War Criminal?

Syria’s embattled president Bashar al-Assad could fit the category of a war criminal, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday. But officially designating him one, she added, could “complicate” options for persuading him to step down from power.

Dollars and Dentists

More Americans Visiting ER for Dental Care

More Americans are visiting the emergency room for toothaches and routine dental problems — at 10 times the cost of preventative care and with far fewer treatment options than a dentist’s office, according to a new report out today.

Secret War

Study Suggests Majority of Those Killed in Pakistan Drone Strikes Are Militants

A nearly-six-month-long investigation published by the Associated Press on Friday tracks with earlier studies that found 70 to 80 percent of those killed in CIA drone strikes in Pakistan are militants.

Secret War

Pakistan Spy Chief’s Term Set to Expire Amidst Shaky Relations with U.S.

There’s no shortage of thorny issues currently facing Pakistan’s intelligence chief — and Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha’s term as director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is set to expire on March 18.

Syria at War

What Is Al Qaeda Doing in Syria?

Yesterday, Iraqi forces arrested the head of Ansar al-Sunna, an Iraqi insurgent group Iraqi leaders say has links with Al Qaeda, as he tried to enter the country through its border with Syria.

Syria at War

U.N. Report Accuses Syria of Crimes Against Humanity

The Syrian state has committed “gross human right violations” amounting to crimes against humanity a panel of independent U.N. investigators concluded in a 72-page report released today.

Opium Brides

When Afghan Girls Pay the Price for the Crimes of Others

Shakila was just 8 years old when a group of men abducted her and her cousin from their beds as they slept in Naray district in Afghanistan’s Kunar province.

The Interrupters

A Digital Memorial For Victims of Violence

“Luis was killed trying to sign Michael’s altar,” 19-year-old Ashley tearfully explains in “The Interrupters.”

The Interrupters

Video: “Chicago Tonight” Goes Inside “The Interrupters”

Following last night’s broadcast of “The Interrupters” on FRONTLINE, WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” featured a special three-part program about the film.

The Interrupters

Q&A: Filmmaker Steve James on Making “The Interrupters”

Award-winning director, producer, and co-editor of the critically acclaimed film Hoop Dreams, Steve James reflects on making The Interrupters, what he’s learned through the experience and what he hopes viewers will take away from the film.

The Interrupters

Meet The Interrupters

Meet Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra, three of CeaseFire’s violence interrupters working to stop shootings and killings in Chicago.

The Interrupters

Videos: Caprysha, Lil Mikey, Kenneth… Where Are They Now?

Watch video updates of what key characters from “The Interrupters” are doing today.

The Interrupters

CeaseFire: Stopping Violence and Measuring Impact

“I’m most proud of when I see kids sitting on their porch on the streets, not worried about nobody,” says Tio Hardiman, the director of CeaseFire Illinois. “It just feels good when you see the kids running up to the ice cream truck, when you see a community coming back to normal.”

The Interrupters

Derrion Albert: The Death that Riled the Nation

On Sept. 24, 2009, Derrion Albert, a 16-year-old honors student, was walking home from school when he found himself amidst a violent confrontation between two rival groups from his school.

The Interrupters

“I Need Them and They Need Me”

Knowing the community helps a great deal when she tries to mediate a dispute, explains “violence interrupter” Ameena Matthews.

The Pot Republic

In a Down Economy, Will Taxing Medical Marijuana Lead to a New Green Rush?

Medical marijuana proponents have long argued that taxing pot dispensaries could provide sizable revenue to local governments, ushering in a so-called “new green rush.”

The Interrupters

“The Interrupters” Featured on “Fresh Air”

“Chicago has always been notoriously known for street organization, crimes and murders and all that, but what’s so profound for me is to see that, as I’m growing up, that death is inevitable and we’re not afraid of it.”

Syria at War

How Has Syria’s Assad Managed to Hold Power for So Long?

Eleven months into a violent uprising that has taken the lives of more than 5,400 Syrians, how has President Bashar al-Assad managed to hold onto power while his counterparts in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya were toppled?

Secret War

New Study Asserts Drone Strikes in Pakistan Target Rescuers, Funerals

CIA drone strikes in Pakistan have killed “dozens of civilians” who had gone to help rescue victims of drone strikes or were attending funerals for the victims of previous strikes, a new report by British and Pakistani journalists asserts.

Syria Behind the Lines

Violence Intensifies in Homs after U.N. Resolution on Syria Fails

Diplomatic efforts to resolve the 11-month-long crisis in Syria have stalled after a resolution condemning the regime’s crackdown on protesters failed in the United Nations Security Council on Saturday.

Are We Safer?

NYPD Eyed Shia Muslims Based on Religion

News that the NYPD recommended increasing the surveillance of thousands of Shiite Muslims and their mosques, based solely on religion, is the latest report in the AP’s ongoing investigation into the department’s controversial intelligence unit and its questionable tactics.

Syria Behind the Lines

On 30th Anniversary of Hama Massacre, Syrian Troops Lock Down City

Thirty years ago today, the regime of then-Syrian President Hafez al-Assad launched what’s known as one of the bloodiest chapters of modern Arab history: the Hama Massacre.

The Interrupters

“The Interrupters” Ameena Matthews on The Colbert Report

Last night “violence interrupter” Ameena Matthews was on The Colbert Report to talk about the film, The Interrupters, which airs on FRONTLINE Feb. 14.

Secret War

Leaked NATO Report Alleges Pakistani Support for Taliban

The BBC reports today that a classified NATO report leaked to the news organization “fully exposes for the first time the relationship between the Pakistani intelligence service (ISI) and the Taliban.”

Secret War

Is the Obama Administration Becoming More Transparent about Drones?

In a rare break with the usual silence regarding the CIA’s covert drone program, President Obama yesterday defended the controversial strikes that target suspected Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders abroad.

Syria Behind the Lines

High-Stakes Showdown Over Syria at the U.N.

The fight to end the Syrian government’s brutal 10-month crackdown moves to the United Nations today.

Foreign Affairs / Defense

Should the State Dept Outsource Drone Operations to Private Contractors?

The latest call for drones comes from an unlikely source: the U.S. State Department.

Syria Behind the Lines

Syria: “We No Longer Want Arab Solutions to the Crisis”

Calling it a “conspiratorial scheme” hatched against the country, the Syrian government rejected an Arab League peace plan yesterday proposing that embattled President Bashar al-Assad cede power.

Secret War

New Reports Say Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Recent Drone Strike

Sources now say the target of resumed U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas was Aslam Awan, an “external operations planner” for Al Qaeda who was planning attacks against the West.

Secret War

Drone Strikes Resume, Rumored To Kill Top Pakistani Militant

It’s an arresting sight: A Pakistani Taliban commander confidently rolls into a village in an American Humvee his forces have just captured. He turns to the journalists he has come to address and delivers a stark warning.

Opium Brides

Afghanistan’s Opium Profits Soared in 2011

The value of opium produced in Afghanistan increased by 133 percent last year to $1.4 billion, or about 9 percent of the country’s GDP…

Government / Elections / Politics

Did Santorum Suggest Iran Wants Nukes to Bring Back Messiah?

As international inspectors confirmed Monday that Iran has begun enriching uranium at its underground Fordo plant, presidential hopeful Rick Santorum laid out a bold claim that Iran’s leadership deliberately located the plant to hasten an apocalyptic “end-of-times” scenario. FRONTLINE asked some experts to assess his claim.

A Perfect Terrorist

Why Isn’t Pakistan Prosecuting Mumbai Suspects?

It’s been more than three years since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks — a slaughter carried out by Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-i-Taiba that left 166 dead, including six Americans — but there is still little to show that its masterminds in Pakistan are being held accountable.

Revolution in Cairo

Why Is America Reaching Out to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood?

As the final results of Egypt’s parliamentary elections come in this week, the country’s Islamists are walking away the biggest winners.

Opium Brides

Why Eradication Won’t Solve Afghanistan’s Poppy Problem

Afghanistan produces 90 percent of the world’s illicit opium, bringing billions of dollars a year into the country’s economy, fueling the global heroin trade, funding both the Taliban and government-linked warlords, and exacerbating government corruption.

Opium Brides

Afghanistan’s Opium Brides: Who Is Working on the Issue?

The practice of trading girls for debt is hardly new to Afghanistan, and goes far beyond debts incurred from opium eradication policies. And efforts to address the issue are constrained by many factors.

Opium Brides

Video: More Underreported Stories from Inside Afghanistan

Treacherous territory, hostility to foreigners and high personal risk keep most Western journalists from working from the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan.

Opium Brides

Face to Face with Afghanistan’s Opium Brides

From investigating the sexual abuse of young boys to embedding with a group of insurgents allied with Al Qaeda, veteran Afghan reporter Najibullah Quraishi takes FRONTLINE cameras where few Western journalists can go.

Secret War

What Kind of an Ally Is Pakistan?

As the U.S.-Pakistan relationship continued to descend to new, new lows over the past year, the U.S. has become increasingly vocal in expressing frustrations with its supposed ally in the fight against terror — and vice versa.

Kill/Capture

As Drone Use Surges, Pilots Report High Stress Levels

Nearly half of the military’s drone operators report high stress levels, according to a new Air Force survey, the first one to assess the psychological state of the people who operate one of the signature weapons of the campaign in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The Pot Republic

Is California’s Medical Marijuana Crackdown Coming to Colorado?

A coordinated, statewide crackdown on medical marijuana might soon find its way to Colorado.

Secret War

CIA Drone Program in Pakistan Reportedly “On Hold” as Relations Deteriorate

Drone strikes in Pakistan are “on hold” at the moment, U.S. intelligence officials involved in the CIA drone program told the Long War Journal Monday, out of fear the strikes would further harm the fragile relationship. But this isn’t the first time this has happened.

Secret War

How the Drone War Plays Out in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

Almost every single known U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has taken place in the country’s isolated, underdeveloped tribal areas. Off limits to most, evidence of America’s operations here is scant, but recently published photos of what appears to be the aftermath of the strikes raise important questions.

Syria Undercover

Syria’s Assad Denies Knowledge of Slain Singer

In his first interview with an American journalist since the uprising broke out, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied he’d ever heard of a popular anti-regime singer whose body — sans vocal cords — was found in a river last July.

Religion

Slideshow: Ashura, the Unique Face of Shia Islam

Though the schism between Sunnis and Shia Muslims arose from a succession dispute after the prophet’s death, a historic seventh century battle cemented it. The photos below illustrate how many Shias around the world spend the Islamic month of Muharram in remembrance of an event they believe saved Islam.

Iraq / War on Terror

Mapping the CIA’s Secret Prisons

The Associated Press and German public television, ARD Panorama, exposed stunning details today about a secret CIA prison in Romania, just minutes from the capital Bucharest.

Syria Behind the Lines

Pressure Mounts on Syria as U.N. Calls for Action to Prevent Civil War

Today U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called for international intervention to protect Syrians from the government’s brutal nine-month crackdown, which the organization estimates has now killed more than 4,000 civilians, including 307 children.

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

“Who’s Afraid of Ai Weiwei?” Director Headed to Sundance

Congratulations to filmmaker Alison Klayman, whose full-length film on China’s most famous artist and provocateur, Ai Weiwei Never Sorry, will premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Utah this January.

The Pot Republic

Two Governors Push to Ease Marijuana Restrictions

Amidst a federal crackdown, the governors of Rhode Island and Washington petitioned the federal government yesterday to reclassify marijuana as a drug with acceptable medical purposes.

Revolution in Cairo

Islamists: The Biggest Winners in Egypt’s Elections

Liberal parties and youth activists may have sparked Egypt’s revolution, but the country’s Islamists seem to be walking away the biggest winners in the first parliamentary elections since the fall of Hosni Mubarak last February. But what do we – and don’t we – know about Egypt’s Islamists?

Syria Behind the Lines

UPDATED: A Guide to Sanctions on Syria

Turkey, one of Syria’s top trading partners, announced wide-ranging sanctions against its neighbor today. But it’s not just Turkey: Below is a round-up of the various sanctions issued against theincreasingly isolated nation.

A Perfect Terrorist

Slideshow: An American’s Path to the Mumbai Attacks

David Coleman Headley isn’t a household name in the United States. But he’s as well known to Indians as Osama bin Laden is to Americans. Through our slidehsow, explore how Headley -– born Daood Gilani in the U.S. –- followed a path that led to the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai — and a plea bargain that both saved his life and put his best friend behind bars.

A Perfect Terrorist

“A Perfect Terrorist” Featured on “Fresh Air”

This Saturday marks the three-year anniversary of what’s often referred to as India’s 9/11 — the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, a slaughter carried out by Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-i-Taiba that left 166 dead, including six Americans.

A Perfect Terrorist

Could This Man’s Warnings Have Prevented the Mumbai Attacks?

It took the 2008 Mumbai attacks for much of the world to recognize Lashkar-i-Taiba’s threat, but renowned French investigative judge Jean-Louis Bruguière had for years warned of the Pakistan-based terrorist group’s evolving international ambitions.

Syria Behind the Lines

Syria More Isolated Than Ever as Arab League Suspension Takes Effect

The Arab League formalized Syria’s suspension from the 22-member organization yesterday and threatened to impose economic sanctions if the government did … Continue reading

Syria Behind the Lines

Syria Calls Arab League Suspension “Extremely Dangerous Step”

Syria’s foreign minister Walid al-Moallem called the Arab League’s vote on Satuday to suspend Syria’s membership in the 22-nation organization “an extremely dangerous step” and announced that the government has taken actions to comply with the terms of a peace plan proposed by the league. His statement comes as international pressure on the Syrian regime mounts.

Syria Behind the Lines

Report: Violence in Syria Amounts to Crimes Against Humanity

Human Rights Watch called on the Arab League today to suspend Syria’s membership and to support a move by the United Nations Security Council to impose an arms embargo and refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.

Syria Undercover

Q&A: A Closer Look at Syria’s Fragmented Opposition

The disparate opposition groups that have materialized during the eight months of Syria’s uprising have been criticized as fragmented, disorganized and lacking a clear vision for the country. And recent evidence of growing schisms within the movement have only raised doubts.

Syria Undercover

“If We Didn’t Shoot at Protesters, They Would Shoot Us.”

“If we didn’t shoot at protesters, they would shoot us,” a Syrian Army defector told FRONTLINE reporter Ramita Navai. “I saw with my own eyes when my friend beside me refused to shoot at the protesters. A sniper shot him in the head.”

Syria Undercover

Interactive Map: Syria’s Uprising

Syria’s mass protests, which began in the rural farming town of Dara’a in mid-March, have since spread to more heavily populated cities like Homs and Hama, where the regime has responded with brutal military assaults. In this interactive map of the uprising, explore where the unrest has spread, and where it has yet to reach.

Syria Undercover

How the World Stacks Up on Syria

As the international community mulls how to respond to the crisis in Syria, it faces a complex and changing web of geopolitical alliances, heated rivalries and strategic interests. Here’s a closer look at the key international players.

Syria Behind the Lines

Syria’s Secretive Ruling Minority Sect

Because their secret tenets and practices are known only to the few males deemed worthy to undergo instruction, the Alawites, Syria’s long-persecuted minority sect, remain a mystery to most.

Syria Undercover

“Gutsy Reporting Takes Viewers Right to the Edge of the Danger Zone”

Calling it a chilling “you-are-almost-there primer on the Syrian uprising,” Newsday’s Verne Gay gives FRONTLINE’s two-part Syria special airing tonight an “A.”

Syria Undercover

Inside the Underground Lives of Syrian Activists

Reporter Ramita Navai, who spent two weeks undercover with Syrian activists in September, at one point found herself trapped in a safe house for 72 hours while militias loyal to the government raided the house next door.

Syria Behind the Lines

Syrian President Warns Against Western Intervention

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned this weekend that a Libyan-style Western intervention against his regime will lead to a regional crisis.

The Pot Republic

Attorney General Sued Over Medical Marijuana Crackdown

A medical marijuana advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the top federal prosecutor … Continue reading

Syria Undercover

“Wherever We Went We Heard Stories of People Being Arrested and Tortured”

FRONTLINE reporter Ramita Navai talked to Lisa Mullins of The World this morning about the secret hospitals Syrian activists have … Continue reading

Syria Undercover

Syrian Activists Run Secret Hospitals to Avoid Brutal Gov’t Crackdown

In a bid to crush the mass demonstrations that broke out in March, Syrian authorities have turned government-run hospitals and … Continue reading

The Spill

Obama Admin. Approves BP’s Plans to Drill in Gulf of Mexico

On Friday, the Obama administration approved BP’s first plan to drill oil in the Gulf of Mexico since the April … Continue reading

Are We Safer?

FBI Criticized for Collecting Racial and Ethnic Data

Arab-Americans in Michigan, African-Americans in Georgia and “broad swaths” of Latino-Americans communities across multiple states are some of the groups … Continue reading

A Perfect Terrorist

Watch a Confessed Terrorist Scramble to Save Himself

After years of criminality and deception that included scouting targets for the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks — a slaughter that left 166 people dead — Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley was arrested by U.S. authorities in October 2009.

Revolution in Cairo

Key Egyptian Revolutionary Advising “Occupy Wall Street”

Since the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in New York and its offshoots first broke out, protesters have invited comparisons to … Continue reading

The Pot Republic

Support for Legalizing Marijuana at Record High

Fifty percent of Americans now say they believe marijuana use should be made legal, the highest percentage to date, according … Continue reading

Kill/Capture

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Friendly Fire Drone Strike

In the past several months, unmanned aerial aircraft drones have been successful in killing some of America’s top enemies, including … Continue reading

The Man Behind the Mosque

Rent Dispute Threatens Plans for Controversial NY Mosque and Community Center

A complicated rent dispute is the latest obstacle for Park51, the controversial project to build a mosque and community center … Continue reading

The Silence

Catholic Bishop Indicted in Sex Abuse Scandal

A Catholic bishop has been indicted for the first time in the U.S., more than 25 years after the sexual … Continue reading

Kill/Capture

Mapping Kill/Capture Missions in Afghanistan

Frustrated by the lack of aggregate data released by ISAF about its kill/capture missions in Afghanistan, two Kandahar-based researchers decided to examine … Continue reading

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

Ai Weiwei Reaches New York — Via Skype

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is well-known for integrating technology into his daily life and art.  And once again, Ai’s … Continue reading

The Pot Republic

President Obama’s War on Medical Marijuana?

Pop quiz! Who is the worst president in U.S. history when it comes to medical marijuana? According to the Marijuana … Continue reading

The Anthrax Files

Dig Deeper: The Anthrax Investigation

More on accused Army biodefense researcher, Dr. Bruce Ivins, and exonerated scientist Dr. Steven Hatfill.

Secret War

Making Sense of the Latest India-Afghanistan-Pakistan Drama

President Hamid Karzai’s provocative two-day trip to India this week continues to resonate across the subcontinent. His announcement of an unprecedented strategic partnership with India has put Pakistan on edge, with potentially significant consequences for the region.

The Pot Republic

A “Crushing Blow” to Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

Update — 7p.m.: The IRS ruling described below may be the least of medical marijuana dispensaries’ worries. Federal prosecutors have … Continue reading

Are We Safer?

NYPD Secretly Monitored City’s Muslim “Partners”

“Imams like [Sheik Reda] Shata — men who embrace American freedom and condemn the radicals they feel have tainted their … Continue reading

Afghanistan / Pakistan

You Aren’t Hearing About Pakistan’s Biggest Problems

We know Pakistan is important. Every day headlines raise questions about Pakistan’s stability: its military’s alleged ties to terrorism, the … Continue reading

Secret War

A New, New Low in U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Last week, Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen set off a landslide when he testified before Congress that the Haqqani network – a group U.S. officials call the most deadly insurgent group in Afghanistan — was a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s main intelligence agency, the ISI. How bad is this new, new low in U.S.-Pakistan relations?

The Man Behind the Mosque

Who Is the Man Behind the Mosque?

During the peak of the controversy last summer over plans to build a mosque and community center in Lower Manhattan, you probably saw or heard of Imam Abdul Feisal Rauf, then the spiritual leader and public face of the project.

The Man Behind the Mosque

America and Muslims: By the Numbers

American Muslims are ethnically and racially diverse, and see themselves as well integrated in line with American ideals, according to the latest polling data.

The Man Behind the Mosque

Proposed NYC Islamic Center to Open Temporary Space

Last year the debate over the plan to build a mosque and Islamic community center in lower Manhattan reached fever pitch.

Kill/Capture

Report: Current Pace of Night Raids in Afghanistan “Not Sustainable”

U.S.-led night raids in Afghanistan may be becoming more precise, but that doesn’t seem to be making them any less … Continue reading

Top Secret America

FBI Training Materials: Mainstream Muslims Are Violent, Radical

As part of her investigation into Top Secret America back in December, Dana Priest reported that some of the trainers hired by local … Continue reading

The Interrogator

Dig Deeper: Ali Soufan & The Debate Over Interrogations

Read more about Ali Soufan and the issues he raises about interrogation methods in this collection of articles, testimony and reports.

Are We Safer?

Mall of America Shoppers Find Themselves Ensnared in the War on Terror

Don’t let your elderly father forget his phone at a food court at the Mall of America. This was a … Continue reading

Secret War

JSOC Using Captured Militants to Analyze Intel

Last week the Washington Post published an investigation into the CIA’s operational shift to focus increasingly on “the cold counterterrorism objective of finding targets to capture or kill.” We talked to Stephen Grey about the expansion of the CIA’s counterterrorist apparatus and what it means, and discovered a significant development.

Iraq / War on Terror

Documents Reveal Secrets of CIA Rendition Program

A billing dispute between contractors in an upstate New York courthouse has revealed documents detailing sensitive information about the CIA’s … Continue reading

Are We Safer?

New Evidence of NYPD’s Controversial Spy Unit

In a follow up to its investigation we wrote about last week, the Associated Press published documents today that give … Continue reading

Afghanistan / Pakistan

‘Radio Mullah’ Alive and Well in Afghanistan — and Attacking Pakistan?

At least 33 people were killed in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday. The Pakistani Army says Afghanistan-based militants staged a cross-border … Continue reading

The Man Who Knew - 2011 Update

The FBI Files: 10 Years After 9/11, A Lens on a Changing Agency

The intelligence failure of the 9/11 attacks leveled intense criticism at the FBI.  While some critics declared the agency completely … Continue reading

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

Ai Weiwei “Sounds More Perplexed and Unsure than in the Past”

Until recently, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei had kept a low profile following his release from detention on June 22. … Continue reading

Afghanistan / Pakistan

NYT Covers “Little-Known Ethnic Rebellion” as Pakistan’s Feud with Paper Continues

For the past 18 months, dozens of tortured, bullet-riddled bodies have mysteriously turned up in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan.  … Continue reading

Are We Safer?

AP Documents Expansion of NYPD into “Domestic CIA”

Today the Associated Press published a months-long investigation into secret efforts by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and … Continue reading

Are We Safer?

ACLU Pushes for Info on Digital Tracking

Ever wonder how police might be collecting information from your Facebook profile? If recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests [PDF] … Continue reading

The Interrupters

Slate: “The Interrupters” Is “The Most Necessary Film of The Year”

During one weekend in 2008, 37 people were shot in Chicago, seven of them fatally. It was the year Chicago became a posterchild city of America’s gang problem.

Are We Safer?

Boston Airport Tests ‘Chat Downs’ to Detect Suspicious Activity

If you are planning a trip in the near future through Boston’s Logan International Airport, you may want to consider … Continue reading

Revolution in Cairo

Sennott Discusses Egyptian Revolution’s “Second Wave”

“What you see in Egypt now is fatigue, but not a loss of hope,” Charles M. Sennott told the PBS … Continue reading

Secret War

Top U.S. Officials Weigh In As Drone Debate Escalates

A controversial new report has reignited debate on the effectiveness of covert CIA drone strikes targeting Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

Environment

Growers Face New Blow in CA Medical Marijuana Ruling

Is medical marijuana an agricultural crop? In a decision observers say is the first time a court has addressed the … Continue reading

Inside FRONTLINE

“The Spill” Wins Environmental Journalism Award

The Spill, a joint investigation by FRONTLINE and ProPublica into the trail of problems — deadly accidents, disastrous spills, countless … Continue reading

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

Ai Weiwei Returns to Twitter with Anti-Government Comments

After a four-month Twitter hiatus, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is back to tweeting and has posted the strongest anti-government … Continue reading

Kill/Capture

Night Raids: Disrupting or Fueling the Afghan Insurgency?

“There are now nights when Rehmatullah’s children hear the distant thrum of a helicopter and rush into his room. He … Continue reading

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

Chinese Artist and Activist Ai Weiwei Held for ‘Economic Crimes’

Four days after he was taken into custody, the Chinese government officially announced on Thursday it is investigating famed artist Ai Weiwei for suspected “economic crimes.”

The Spill

Same Old Story?

WikiLeaks U.S. embassy cables offer this footnote to FRONTLINE’s recent report on BP, The Spill: A year and a half before their Gulf of Mexico disaster, the company had a giant gas leak halfway across the world at a gas platform in Azerbaijan.

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