Intelligence

Report

The President's Man

John Brennan took over the CIA after years working for Barack Obama. Now he's on the hot seat as lawmakers demand to know whether the CIA spied on Congress.

Shane Harris |

Interview

Whistleblower or Traitor?

Exclusive: Former Google CEO says Snowden helped us, but he broke the law.

Shane Harris |

Amy Zegart

The Shortsighted Presidency

America's foreign policy is now trending on Twitter.

Amy Zegart |

Argument

If George Washington Were Alive, He'd be Reading Your Email

What James Madison (and the rest of the Founding Fathers) would have thought of the NSA and Edward Snowden.

Stephen F. Knott |

Dispatch

Blood Brothers

When Assad's horrific prisons were the CIA's dumping ground.

David Kenner |

Argument

Still Unprotected

President Obama’s reforms at the NSA won’t protect Americans’ privacy from continued government intrusion.

Rand Paul |

Argument

Just the Data, Ma'am

Obama admitted to dragnet surveillance. We still don't know what will happen next.

David Cole |

Report

NSA Surveillance Will Change. Just Not Very Much.

Seeking a middle ground on surveillance, Obama pleases few.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Cult of the Cyber Offensive

Why belief in first-strike advantage is as misguided today as it was in 1914.

P.W. Singer |

Argument

Undercover from Overhead in North Korea

Why satellite images -- not smuggled videos -- reveal the real dangers lurking inside Kim Jong Un’s nuclear hermit kingdom.

Joel S. Wit |

Report

What Was Edward Snowden Doing in India?

And why was he taking "ethical hacking" classes there?

Shane Harris |

EXCERPT

How Zionist Extremism Became British Spies’ Biggest Enemy

In World War II's aftermath, MI5 turned to fight a new threat. It wasn't the Soviets. It was bombers from Jerusalem.

Calder Walton |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

Argument

The Panopticon Paradox

When an enemy can be anywhere, the state looks everywhere. So how can it infringe on privacy nowhere?

Emile Simpson |

Argument

The Red Wedding

A botched drone strike in Yemen shows how America's anti-al Qaeda strategy has gone off the rails.

Adam Baron |

Report

This Court Case Could Kneecap the NSA

Why a judge's assault on 'Orwellian' surveillance could cripple the spy agency's legal and political support.

Shane Harris |

Report

Tone-Deaf at the Listening Post

My day at the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade.

Daniel Drezner |

The List

Spycrash

5 CIA operations that went south -- spectacularly.

David Kenner |

In Box

The Darknet: A Short History

A look at the Internet's lurid underbelly -- your one-stop shop for weapons, drugs, and illegal pornography. 

Ty McCormick |

Feature

Machines of Loving Grace

I'd rather risk becoming a terrorist's victim than live under a surveillance state.

William T. Vollmann |

Report

Israel's Kill List

Inside the Mossad's campaign to off its most dangerous foes, one by one.

Ronen Bergman |

Exclusive

Home Alone

With Keith Alexander out fighting fires, meet the woman who's really running the NSA.

Shane Harris |

Exclusive

Stuxnet's Secret Twin

The real program to sabotage Iran's nuclear facilities was far more sophisticated than anyone realized.

Ralph Langner |

Exclusive

Spy Copters, Lasers, and Break-In Teams

How the FBI keeps watch on foreign diplomats.

Matthew M. Aid |

Micah Zenko

Myth Dealers

In an uncertain world ... and 4 other ‘truths' America's generals want to sell you.

Micah Zenko |

By Other Means

Privacy Is a Red Herring

The debate over NSA surveillance is about something else entirely.

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

How Emperor Alexander Militarized American Cyberspace

And why the White House needs to split up the “deep state” of the NSA and Cyber Command.

Jason Healey |

Argument

A Bad Time to Kill a Bad Man?

Why the killing of the Pakistani Taliban's No. 1 might cause a lot more pain for Pakistan than the CIA counted on.

Arif Rafiq |

Micah Zenko

Shouting '9/11' in a Crowded Internet

Why the NSA's 'we keep you safe from terrorists' rationale is bogus.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

The Unconstant Gardener

How President Obama could have kept friends as friends and nipped the NSA fallout in the bud.

Daniel Drezner |