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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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Terrorism’s Centerfolds

Why do almost all political killers have young admirers?

 

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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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Terrorism and Privilege: Tim Wise on the Power of Whiteness

A prominent anti-racism author attempts to identify what it is that allows many of us to view the Boston bombings and other tragic events as merely horrific.

 

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How Safe Can a Marathon Be?

As safe as the spectators want it to be.

 

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Driving Is Much Deadlier Than Terrorism—Why Isn’t It Scarier?

Humans are flighty, irrational creatures that calculate risk in fascinating ways.

 

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Why Do We Hurt Each Other?

Struggling to understand the Boston Marathon explosions.

 

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America’s Sea-Born Terrorism Challenge: the Panga Boat

Low-slung speedboats from Mexico are smuggling millions of dollars’ worth of marijuana along the California coast. And we can’t do a thing about it.

 

Terrorist? Cigarette Distributor? Both?

 

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Rethinking the Classic ‘Obedience’ Studies

Stanley Milgram’s 1961 obedience experiments and the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment are legendary. But new research adds new wrinkles to our understanding of allegiance and evil.

 

Dark Tourism Has Its Fans

 

Who is Bombing Mexico’s Nanotech Labs?

 

No Way Out: Exiting Afghanistan and Iraq

It’s hard to find an exit when you don’t know what leaving means, as the U.S. has found in winding down its on-the-ground military involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

The Physics of Terror

After studying four decades of terrorism, Aaron Clauset thinks he’s found mathematical patterns that can help governments prevent and prepare for major terror attacks. The U.S. government seems to agree.

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