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The Bomb Detectors That Didn't Work in Baghdad
The ADE 651 bomb detector, which was modeled on a novelty golf ball finder, has been known to be fake for years.
July 6, 2016
Voices of Detainees and Dissent in New CIA "Enhanced Interrogation" Documents
New documents fill in some gaps in public knowledge about the CIA's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program that was investigated by the Senate.
June 16, 2016
A Change in Narrative at the 9/11 Trial?
Prosecutors asked Judge James L. Pohl to let the war court at Guantanamo hear testimony from 9/11 victims’ family -- before the actual trial begins.
May 31, 2016
Are the Guantanamo Tribunals Still About 9/11?
The battles playing out in the courtroom to date have been less about the criminality of the 9/11 attacks and more about how to balance the defendants’ right to material that is essential to their defense with national security concerns.
May 30, 2016
Nada Bakos: How Zarqawi Went From "Thug" To ISIS Founder
What if the rise of ISIS could have been prevented -- with just one airstrike? That's a question that Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst, has had to grapple with ever since the group's brutal rise to power.
May 17, 2016
Colin Powell: U.N. Speech "Was a Great Intelligence Failure"
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of ISIS, was still an unknown jihadist during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Colin Powell's 2003 speech to the United Nations would help change that.
May 17, 2016
David Petraeus: "No Substitute" for U.S. Leadership in Iraq, Syria
It took some time in Washington before anyone recognized that without U.S. leadership, Iraq could completely deteriorate, and Syria would spiral out of control, says the former CIA director.
May 17, 2016
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The Secret History of ISIS
The inside story of the creation of ISIS, and how the U.S. missed the many warning signs.
May 17, 2016
Who Was the Founder of ISIS?
The founder of ISIS was a onetime video-store clerk turned radical jihadist who had a rocky relationship with Osama bin Laden.
May 17, 2016
How U.S. Prisons in Iraq Became "Jihadi Universities" for ISIS
ISIS's current leader made the transition from religious scholar and soccer player to terrorist leader inside a U.S. prison in Iraq, as "The Secret History of ISIS" explores.
May 17, 2016
Where the Black Flag of ISIS Flies
Since its brutal rise to power, ISIS has recognized affiliates in nine nations beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.
May 13, 2016
Watch: Did the U.S. Miss a Chance to Prevent ISIS's Rise?
The founding father of ISIS emerged from a Jordanian prison dedicated to the establishment of an Islamic caliphate -- and there was a moment more than a decade ago when CIA insiders say they could have stopped him.
May 12, 2016