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How the NSA’s High-Tech Surveillance Helped Europeans Catch Terrorists

“We were inside their computers.”

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The Changing War on Terror

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.

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The Iraq Sanctions Myth

Sanctions allegedly killed hundreds of thousands of children in Iraq and provided a rationale for invasion, a line still heard today. But those deaths almost certainly never happened.

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How True is Zero Dark Thirty? A Former Operative Weighs In

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.

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Assessing the Legality of Osama bin Laden’s Killing

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.

Was Osama bin Laden’s Burial Handled Correctly?

How to honor, or desecrate, the body of a fallen foe such as Osama bin Laden often leaves the victor fearful of creating a shrine where the unslain gain succor.

What Do Osama bin Laden and Paul McCartney Have in Common?

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.

Bin Laden Is Dead: A Study on Violence After the Demise of Previous Terrorists

“Patriot Games” on a grand scale: Will Osama bin Laden’s death spark greater danger or a decrease in violence?

Academics Debate Whether Osama bin Laden’s Death Will Have Impact on al-Qaeda Leaders

Researchers debating the effect of “leadership decapitation” of terrorist organizations have come to very different conclusions.

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How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

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Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014