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Putting the War on Terror under the law

In early February, a Department of Justice Office of Legal Council White Paper that summarized the White House’s legal reasoning for the war on terrorism leaked to the public. While the White Paper limited its discussion to why the White House can order lethal strikes against American citizens, it also contains some worrying hints about how [...]


Inside Obama’s presidency

Watch Inside Obama’s Presidency on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE. Related content: View more on drone strikes under the Obama administration. Drone strikes in Pakistan Reporting from Pakistan, Need to Know investigates the impact U.S. drone attacks are having on citizens in targeted areas. Interview with Pir Zubair Shah Anchor Scott Simon interviews Pir Zubair [...]


Paris murder mystery

By Eric Pape, Jan. 11, 2013 | PARIS — At first, it sounded like a horror story torn from the pages of American tabloids: the corpses of three women were found on the second floor office of an apartment building on Jan. 10. Two of the women had bullets holes in the back of [...]


Five things to know about the intervention in Mali

Over the weekend France launched an assault on northern Mali, part of an operation to unseat the extremists who have occupied half the country since last year’s coup. Immediately afterward, al Qaeda-linked rebels launched a counteroffensive, raising the specter of a drawn-out war. While the conflict is in its early stages, the Mali intervention is [...]


Politicizing the intelligence community

Last month, four Americans (including one U.S. Ambassador) were killed in a terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. While the death of an ambassador is always monumental – Chris Stevens is the first ambassador killed in the line of duty since Adolph Dubs was murdered by extremists in Afghanistan in 1979 – [...]


Portrait of ‘right-wing’ suspect in Oslo attacks emerges as ‘Jihadist’ link is debunked

The suspect in the bombing and subsequent shooting was described as a “right-winger with anti-Muslim views.” Some commentators, however, had seized on the now-debunked link to Islamic militants.


Right-wing extremist seen behind Oslo attacks as Jihadists retract claim of responsibility

The reports confirmed earlier indications that the suspected gunman was a local Norwegian and not a Jihadist. An Islamic militant organization retracted an earlier claim of responsibility for the attacks.


In turnaround, Republicans struggle to attack Obama on national security in first debate

“Republicans won’t have the historic advantage that they enjoyed for something like 30 years” on matters of national security, said one Democratic strategist.


The ever-expanding Uighur ‘threat’

Is China using the threat of terrorism as political cover for its repression of an ethnic minority group? Joshua Foust asks.

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