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Factchecking Trump’s bin Laden ‘prediction’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that he warned America about Osama bin Laden in his 2000 book "The America We Deserve."... Read more»

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FactCheck: Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted 9/11 co-conspirator, says members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family helped finance al Qaeda prior to the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Saudi government says that “there’s no evidence to support Moussaoui’s claim.” Who’s right?... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Middle Eastern Hydra

It seems like every time the United States tries to bring peace to any part of the Middle East, another terrorist organization rises up ... using U.S. weapons and training. ... Read more»1

Did Obama declare terrorist threat 'gone'?

In an interview on Fox News, former Vice President Dick Cheney went too far with his claim that President Obama “has stated repeatedly the terrorist threat is gone.”... Read more»

Pakistani cop pulled bin Laden over for speeding

Osama bin Laden might have been detected eight years before the Navy SEAL raid that ended his life, had a Pakistani traffic policeman spotted the world's most-wanted man in a car he stopped for speeding.... Read more»

Lindsey Graham’s ‘enemy combatant’ exaggeration

Sen. Lindsey Graham exaggerated when he claimed “all the information” that led to the capture of Osama bin Laden came from “enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Bay.” Detainees provided “key information” about bin Laden’s “courier network,” but “other sources” provided “other intelligence” that ultimately led to his capture and death, intelligence officials have said.... Read more»

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Acknowledging mistakes in Iraq would prevent repeat

For better or worse, the Vietnam War proved itself to be a learning experience for Americans. In many respects, President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq was an even greater catastrophe — one that is even less morally and intellectually defensible. And yet, as a nation, we appear to have learned virtually nothing this time around.... Read more»1

SEAL Team 6 member dies in Pinal training jump

A member of the U.S. Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 died Thursday when he and another member of the special forces unit collided in midair during training northwest of Tucson. Saturday, the Navy identified the deceased as Brett D. Shadle, 31, a special warfare operator chief. The injured SEAL remains in the hospital in stable condition.... Read more»

Everything we know so far about drone strikes

The U.S. is conducting drone strikes in in at least three countries beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. Here’s a reading guide to understanding the U.S.’ shadow wars. ... Read more»


‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is right: Torture useless in finding Bin Laden

As "Zero Dark Thirty" rightly implies, the systematic use of enhanced interrogation techniques came at a steep moral cost while producing little to no valuable information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. ... Read more»1

Factcheck: Veep debate violations

The Biden-Ryan debate was marked by some spirited claims that didn’t always match the facts. The participants in the vice-presidential debate roughed up the facts in their one and only meeting. (with full video)... Read more»

Documents: Bush ignored 6 warnings of impending terror attack

On the anniversary of 9/11, a new report claims the CIA became increasingly frustrated at the White House's failure to take seriously their information of a terrorist attack.... Read more»


FactChecking Obama and Biden

In a rousing double-header, Democratic delegates heard Barack Obama and Joe Biden both accept renomination on their convention’s final night. And we heard some facts being spun. President Obama boasted that his plan would cut the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years, citing “independent experts.” But … ... Read more»

White House may have leaked counter-terrorism intel

White House efforts to reassure the public that there was never a serious threat from the recently foiled underwear bomb plot may have inadvertently caused information about covert operations to be leaked.... Read more»

CIA thwarts bomb plot near anniversary of bin Laden's death

The CIA thwarted a plot by al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate to bomb a U.S.-bound airplane around the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.... Read more»

Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, on the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.... Read more»

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