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The man who inspired the Boston bombings

One year after the Boston Marathon bombings and almost three years after his death in a CIA drone strike in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki, the New


What if the Afghan elections actually work?

Afghans will go to the polls on Saturday to elect their second president since the overthrow of the Taliban in the winter of 2001. You might


Why the Saudis unfriended the U.S.

What went wrong? In recent months the normally hyper-discreet Saudis have gone on the record about their dissatisfactions with the Obama adm


Get the government out of your phone records

The Obama administration is proposing to scrap the NSA's bulk collection of all Americans' phone call records. The administration's proposal


Pakistan sheltered Bin Laden? Prove it

It is, of course, hard to prove negatives, but having spent around a year reporting intensively on the hunt for al Qaeda's leader for my 201


Did terrorists take control of Flight 370?

Could the mystery of Malaysia Airlines 370 then be explained as an act of terrorism?


Dianne Feinstein is no bomb thrower

In an angry speech, Feinstein asserted that the CIA has violated federal laws by covertly removing classified documents from her committee's


When passenger jets mysteriously disappear

Nothing gets conspiracy theorists going more than a passenger plane crashing under mysterious circumstances.


Forecasts of terrorist apocalypse? Never mind

One topic where pundits, politicians and prognosticators of every persuasion don't have any problem about making pessimistic predictions is


Target an American with drones?

President Barack Obama is the first American president known to have authorized the assassination of a US citizen.


A terror group too brutal for al Qaeda?

When even al Qaeda publicly rejects you because you are too brutal, it's likely a reasonable indicator that you are. A long simmering disput


NSA and your phone records: What should Obama do?

On Friday President Obama will address the nation about the NSA's controversial surveillance programs. He is expected to announce some subst