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Is the NSA Really Preventing Terrorist Attacks?

The agency, President Obama, and members of Congress have all said NSA spying programs have thwarted more than 50 terrorist plots. But there’s no evidence the claim is true.

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What Would Make the Los Angeles Airport Bombs ‘Terrorism’?

Opinionated bombers.

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Why Is the U.S. Arming Those in Syria It Legally Defines as Terrorists?

The designation could also make it harder for Syrian refugees to come to the U.S., even if they haven’t actually taken up arms against the regime.

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The New Land of Jihad

Western support for the opposition in Syria’s bloody civil war raises fears of a blowback from European extremists.

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Who Is the United States at War With? That’s Classified Information

President Obama has repeatedly said the U.S. is targeting Al Qaeda and “associated forces.” But the government won’t say who those forces are.

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Vacuum Cleaners, Yoga, and Keeping Inmates Sane

Whatever the method, it’s in everyone’s best interest.

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The Man Who Wants to Shoot Islamist Terrorists Straight to Hell With Pork Bullets

An interview with Brendan Hill, a Tea Party conservative in Idaho and creator of the pork-tipped bullet meant to deter jihadi terrorists.

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

“We were inside their computers.”

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NSA Surveillance: Better Down the Stretch Than at the Start

Looking at 20 years of jihadist plots in the West, a leading expert on terrorism finds that Internet surveillance has its uses but is no panacea.

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Why Don’t Americans Seem to Care About Government Surveillance?

Prism and the NSA’s phone tapping programs were supposed to be emergency measures designed to combat terrorism. But what happens when the threat of terrorism is the norm?

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