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How Can Congress Debate a Secret Law?

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

Members of Congress are about to vote to extend the most controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act for four more years, even though few of them understand how those provisions are being interpreted and applied.

For Your Consideration: The Twin Qualities That Made Oprah One of TV's Best

Inder Sidhu | Posted 07.23.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

You're probably aware that Oprah Winfrey signs off this week as the host of TV's top-rated daytime talk show. As her show wraps, it's worth taking a moment to consider what made Oprah so successful and how it applies leaders like you.

Accidental Killing of 12-Year-Old Afghan Girl Highlights Major Challenge for U.S. Military

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.13.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Twelve-year-old Nelofar was shot dead early Thursday morning outside her family's home in Eastern Afghanistan because NATO troops mistakenly believed that her uncle was a Taliban leader.

Should Obama Show His School Transcripts?

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.12.2011 | Education
Bernard Starr

Once again Trump is demanding proof -- this time he wants to inspect Obama's school transcripts. Should we be concerned? I think not.

Bin Laden's Diary Found (Exclusive Excerpts)

Jack Helmuth | Posted 07.11.2011 | Comedy
Jack Helmuth

Included among the "treasure trove" of documents discovered during last week's daring raid was Osama bin Laden's personal diary. Here now, for the first time, is an exclusive look at some of the entries.

The Art of Politics; the Science of Interrogation

Steven Kleinman | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Steven Kleinman

It remains to be seen if the public, or the intelligence community, will ever know with certainty if coercive measures played a direct or meaningful role in obtaining the intelligence necessary to find the al Qaeda figurehead.

A Tip From Rove

Jonathan Richards | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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Did Torture Work?

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

There is only one thing that we know about torture that works for certain: torture debases us. It doesn't just debase its victims or those who perpetrate it. It debases all of us in whose name it is conducted.

The Red Line of Pakistan's Complicity?

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 07.09.2011 | World
Kristen Breitweiser

With all the hullabaloo surrounding bin Laden's execution, let's not lose sight of the fact that while it is undoubtedly a SOCOM success story, it is also a stunning seven-year-fumble by U.S. intelligence and foreign policy.

Pakistan Media Out Alleged Name Of CIA Station Chief

AP | MUNIR AHMED | Posted 07.08.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD (Associated Press) -- Pakistani media have reported what they say is the name of the CIA station chief in Islamabad - the second such potent...

Tortured Logic, Continued

William Hartung | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

The Obama administration got bin Laden through persistent intelligence gathering and well-coordinated military action. But now right-wing ideologues are trying to argue that the key to the success was torture.

Bin Laden Raid Shows Value Of Tech Startups To The Military

Renny McPherson | Posted 07.05.2011 | Technology
Renny McPherson

The recent operation against Osama bin Laden has consumed much news coverage, and there have been specific and more opaque references to the amount of intelligence collection necessary to move to raid bin Laden's compound.

David Wood

How A Little-Known Spy Agency Helped Track Down Osama Bin Laden

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 07.02.2011 | Politics

A little-known spy agency in Washington helped track the hour-by-hour movements of the al Qaeda courier who inadvertently led a Navy SEALs assault tea...

Is The FBI Up To The Job 10 Years After 9/11?

TIME | BARTON GELLMAN | Posted 06.28.2011 | Politics

FBI Director Bob Mueller glanced at the black chronograph he wears Marine-style, the face inside his wrist. It was 7:38 a.m. Not quite time. He review...

Why Atheists Have Higher IQs

Nigel Barber | Posted 06.25.2011 | World
Nigel Barber

Atheists score higher on IQ tests than religious people according to some research. Does this mean that people accept religious beliefs because they a...

The Truth Behind U.S. Interrogation Policy

Human Rights First | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

by Joe Navarro Has the CIA been displaced from its rightful role as global terrorist jailer and interrogator, a shift that may make the United States...

New Cracks In Gaddafi Regime As Minister Defects

AP | By RYAN LUCAS | Posted 05.31.2011 | World

AJDABIYA, Libya -- The defection of Libya's foreign minister, a member of Moammar Gaddafi's inner circle, is the latest sign that the embattled regime...

Improving the Contractor Control Status Quo

David Isenberg | Posted 05.26.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

In a paper called "Controlling the Corporate Warrior in Iraq," David Strachan-Morris of the University of Leicester, illustrates the problem of controlling private military contractors.

Intelligent Testing

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Scott Barry Kaufman

I still have a healthy dose of skepticism for the tests. But I'd like to see creativity better measured and appreciated.

Big Apple Bonanza: $24M in Homeland Grants for NYPD Overtime

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
G.W. Schulz

New York City plans to use an eye-popping $24.3 million this year for paying overtime to its police department -- money that's generally set aside to prepare for disasters.

Good and Bad News on Jane Harman: Why Her Voice in Congress Matters

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I wish Jane Harman well and congratulate her on her new post at the Wilson Center -- but I think it's also fair to lament some fronts where the nation will be worse off for her departure.

Obama "Disappointed With the Intelligence Community"

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

While the different agencies will now scramble to prove which one did or didn't drop the ball in an endless game of pass the buck, a pattern of intelligence failure needs to be addressed.

Satellite View of Military Response to Crisis in Egypt (VIDEO)

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Keith Thomson

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A Dispassionate Look at American Exceptionalism (Uh-Oh)

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

The US is as great as its people are smart and its leaders good. ...

Would Charles Darwin Get a Gun?

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Another devastating chapter in our long history of massacres with guns unfolded in Tucson Arizona on January 8th with the ambush of Congresswoman Gabr...