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A Bittersweet Farewell to a TWI Icon, Spencer Ackerman

By | 06.23.10 | 3:15 pm

It is with a mix of emotions that I announce the departure of The Washington Independent’s national security reporter — and in many ways the cornerstone of the site — Spencer Ackerman. Spencer joined TWI when it was still just an idea, and he’s as responsible as anyone for turning More…

2008 FBI Audit Flagged Failure to Place Terror Suspects on Watchlist

By | 12.31.09 | 12:06 pm

While the State Department is fending off questions about why it didn’t revoke Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s visa and points fingers at the National Counterterrorism Center, it’s worth noting that the FBI last year was told, following an in-depth audit by its inspector general, that it More…

Spencer Ackerman and Rachel Maddow Discuss the ‘24’-ification of the National Security Debate

By | 12.30.09 | 9:45 am

After debating Pat Buchanan on “Morning Joe” earlier in the day about the efficacy of torturing terror suspects, TWI’s Spencer Ackerman returned to MSNBC last night to resume the conversation with Rachel Maddow. Video after the jump.

Conservatives Attack Administration for Upholding Constitution

By | 12.29.09 | 1:23 pm

The Wall Street Journal, Pat Buchanan and others are already condemning the Obama administration for treating Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as a civilian criminal rather than an illegal warrior to whom we can presumably do whatever we please. We are in “a war,” The Journal More…

Spencer Ackerman vs. Pat Buchanan on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’

By | 12.29.09 | 9:43 am

If you weren’t watching MSNBC at around 7 a.m. EST today, you missed some great television. TWI’s Spencer Ackerman appeared on “Morning Joe” alongside NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan to talk about the failed Christmas terror plot. The conversation took a sharp turn, however, More…

If the ‘War on Terror’ Is Over, So Is the Right to Preventive Detention

By | 08.14.09 | 12:58 pm

Writing about the role Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan played in the Bush counterterror surveillance program, Marcy Wheeler, blogging for Glenn Greenwald at Salon today, argues that as NSA adviser, rather than CIA director (a position Brennan was nominated for, but Glenn helped torpedo the nomination by More…

One Need Look No Further Than John Yoo for Evidence of Executive Lawbreaking

By | 07.13.09 | 8:56 am

The explosive inspectors general report released on Friday makes one thing increasingly clear: the Bush White House knew that it was probably breaking the law.

From the report itself, John Yoo’s Office of Legal Counsel memo — and the lightning-fast reporting of Spencer Ackerman, Marc Ambinder and More…

Video: Report From Afghan-Pakistan Border

By | 09.19.08 | 4:31 pm

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan — Spencer Ackerman reports from a dangerous region 12 miles from the porous Pakistan border, where Taliban insurgents cross into the country to fire rockets at the base home to 5,500 U.S. troops.

Afghan Police Corruption Stymies U.S. Weapons Hunt

By | 09.16.08 | 6:53 pm

COMBAT OUTPOST ZORMAT, Afghanistan – The Hooligans, officially the Alpha Cavalry Troop’s First Platoon, were on their way to interview some villagers out in sector when the call came over the radio: head back to base immediately.

New intelligence had come in about the Taliban weapons cache that the platoon More…