Intelligence

Argument

Intel Outside

Could the NSA just use foreign governments to spy on Americans?

David Cole |

Micah Zenko

To Protect and Defend...

No, Mr. President, your top job is not to 'keep the American people safe.'

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Hoovered

How J. Edgar laid the groundwork for the NSA's surveillance state.

David Gomez |

David Rothkopf

Control+Freedom+Delete

Do Americans realize their privacy rights have been obliterated?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

How Dangerous Is a Terrorist with a Twitter Handle?

There's an effort afoot in Congress to kick terrorists off Twitter. But the government's spies aren't so sure.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Rational Security

In Defense of PRISM

How else can we smoke terrorists out of their hidey holes?

John Arquilla |

Argument

Why the NSA Needs Your Phone Calls…

… and why you (probably) shouldn't worry about it.

Stewart Baker |

Dept Of Secrets

Mission: Assassination

The CIA's a lot better at targeted killing now than it used to be.

Malcolm Byrne |

Argument

Spies Like Them

How Robert Mueller transformed -- for better and for worse -- the FBI into a counterterrorism agency.

David Gomez |

By Other Means

Automatic for the People

How to end Obama's culture of secrecy in just a few lines of code.

Rosa Brooks |

Micah Zenko

Confront and Confuse

Did Obama's speech actually say anything new about drones?

Micah Zenko |

Argument

The Other War on Terror

Limiting drone strikes and closing Gitmo won't stop homegrown radicals.

Jane Harman |

Argument

Fear Factor

In defense of Obama's deadly signature strikes.

Philip Mudd |

Jeffrey Lewis

The EMPire Strikes Back

Electromagnetic pulse is the conservative fetish that just won't die.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

Spycraft for Hacks

A veteran FBI agent's rules for how to get a juicy leak in the Obama era -- and not get caught.

David Gomez |

Dept Of Secrets

War Scare

The real-life war game that almost led to nuclear armageddon.

Nate Jones |

Terms of Engagement

Obama's Plumbers

This time, a secretive president has gone too far.

James Traub |

Putinology

The 'Cold Peace' Between Moscow and Washington Just Got Colder

The arrest of the alleged CIA agent in Moscow looks like a joke. But it actually illustrates just how tense U.S.-Russian relations have become.

Anna Nemtsova |

Terms of Engagement

Out With It

Americans deserve to hear the dirty secrets of the CIA’s war on terror. We’ll all be better off with the truth.

James Traub |

Think Again

Think Again: Big Data

Why the rise of machines isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Kate Crawford |

Micah Zenko

Outsourcing Lethality

When there's a foreign finger on the trigger, is Washington still accountable when innocents die?

Micah Zenko |

Backstory

The Afghan Bag Man

The foiled arrest that explains America’s failure in Afghanistan.

Sarah Chayes |

Amy Zegart

Criminal Minds

Why the FBI still isn't good at stopping terrorists.

Amy Zegart |

Argument

Thick Red Line

No, we don't have enough evidence that Syria has used chemical weapons.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Micah Zenko

Hawking Something

The Syria interventionists want us to go to war. They're wrong.

Micah Zenko |

Dept Of Secrets

When America Became a Cyberwarrior

A secret document shows the NSA has been planning attacks since the Clinton years.

Jeffrey T. Richelson |

Argument

Did the FBI Bungle the Tsarnaev Case?

What the bureau can and can't do on American soil.

David Gomez |

Micah Zenko

What Is the Why

Does it really matter what motivated the Boston bombers? 

Micah Zenko |

Jeffrey Lewis

How About We Take Their Word For It

Do we really want the North Koreans to prove they can launch a nuke with a missile?

Jeffrey Lewis |