“We were inside their computers.”
June 20, 2013 • 6:00 AM • Share
The Authorization for Use of Military Force was passed by Congress after 9/11 to give the president authority to hunt and fight those responsible. But al Qaeda is a completely different kind of organization now, according to this former CIA operative who spearheaded the Zarqawi Operations team from 2004-2006 as a targeting officer, and we need to rethink the tools we’ve created.
May 17, 2013 • 4:00 AM • Share
Despite debates over its depiction of torture, Zero Dark Thirty became the most-watched movie in America this week, and looks to be heading for another strong weekend. How reliable the film’s portrait? Does it give an accurate picture of how the CIA anti-terrorism efforts really work? Nada Bakos, who spearheaded the CIA’s Zarqawi Operations team from 2004-2006 as a targeting officer, weighs in. Prior to the operations position, Bakos served as an analyst for the agency primarily in the Counterterrorism Center, and was a member of the team charged with defining the relationship between Iraq, al Qaeda, and 9/11.
January 16, 2013 • 11:27 AM • Share
There’s no black-and-white answer on the legality of killing Osama bin Laden, regardless of whether it’s approached as a law enforcement issue or as part of an ongoing war.
May 20, 2011 • 3:37 PM • Share
Conspiracy theorists have already emerged from the woodwork asking if bin Laden is really dead, or if he was dead already. Don’t be fooled.
May 4, 2011 • 11:49 AM • Share
“Patriot Games” on a grand scale: Will Osama bin Laden’s death spark greater danger or a decrease in violence?
May 3, 2011 • 8:49 AM • Share
Researchers debating the effect of “leadership decapitation” of terrorist organizations have come to very different conclusions.
May 2, 2011 • 12:59 PM • Share
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