Author Archives Robert Collins


Push to Reform the Freedom of Information Act Collapses in House

The collapse of a bill to reform a key pillar of federal open government laws marked a stinging setback for transparency advocates.

Iraq / War on Terror

Voices from the “Dark Side”: The CIA Torture Debate

A Senate investigation has prompted new debate on the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation” in the aftermath of 9/11. So what did key players who helped shape the policy think at the time?

Concussion Watch

NFL Sees a Drop in Concussions, But Problems Linger

NFL head injuries are down in 2014, as compared to the previous two years, but the league still struggles to keep some concussed players off the field.

Firestone and the Warlord

Three Stories from the Firestone Plantation

Sam Bindi, Joseph Brown, and Mary Pollee were born and raised on the Firestone rubber plantation in Liberia. Warlord Charles Taylor’s 1989 insurrection and the brutal civil war that followed turned their lives upside down.

Escaping ISIS

Slideshow: Life Under the Rule of ISIS

One of the few windows into the Islamic State comes from photographs produced by the group itself.

Losing Iraq

Inside the Rise of ISIS

It may have seemed sudden but ISIS has been rebuilding inside Iraq — turning itself into a professional military force — for years, according to Brookings Institute analyst Charles Lister.

United States of Secrets

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.

United States of Secrets

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.



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