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Abu Zubaydah’s drawings, which were made while he was in U.S. custody. These are two of eight drawings released by the CIA.

Beginning with an investigation in Poland five years ago into his detention and torture, Abu Zubaydah - who has never been charged with a crime and is one of the longest-held prisoners in the U.S. global war on terror - is finally getting a day in court. Sort of. Read more»

President Joe Biden took the notable step last week of ordering the Justice Department and other agencies to disclose new portions of their long-secret files on the Qaida plot - what remains in doubt is whether the declassification will resolve the mysteries that still surround the case. Read more»

Contractors working for Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate, examine and recount ballots from the 2020 general election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 8, 2021.

The team that conducted the troubled review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County - led by Cyber Ninjas, an unknown cybersecurity company out of Florida - will present a draft report of its findings to Senate President Karen Fann by Friday. Read more»

Republican legislators (left to right) Rep. Mark Finchem, Sen. Sonny Borrelli and Sen. Wendy Rogers spoke on Aug. 12, 2021, at Mike Lindell’s 'Cyber Symposium.'

3 Arizona GOP lawmakers spread long-debunked claims about the 2020 election at a “Cyber Symposium” organized by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, where one of the cybersecurity experts Lindell hired said that Lindell failed to provide the data he had promised to deliver. Read more»

Lockheed U-2 'Dragon Lady' with a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy in the background.

One of the U.S. Air Force’s high-altitude spy planes flew a path along the United State’s border with Mexico on Thursday. The U-2 flew along Arizona, New Mexico and California’s border with Mexico after taking off from Beale Air Force Base in California. Read more»

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell speaking with attendees at the 2019 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Richard Grenell did not disclose payments for advocacy work on behalf of a Moldovan politician whom the U.S. later accused of corruption. His own office’s policy says that could leave him vulnerable to blackmail. Read more»

A Border Patrol agent in the desert near Arivaca, Ariz.

The Trump administration is creating a center that will give immigration agents access to information from U.S. intelligence agencies. Migrants and others denied entry will be unable to see the evidence against them because it is classified. Read more»

Trump in 2011.

In the hours after the public release of the redacted report from Robert Mueller, President Trump took to Twitter with a message that reads, in part, "NO OBSTRUCTION!" That's not at all that the report says, though. Read more»

John McCain on CIA director nomination: "Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense. However, her role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying." Read more» 1

Donald Trump speculated on Twitter that Shahram Amiri — an Iranian nuclear scientist who defected to the U.S. and reportedly became a CIA spy — was executed in Iran recently “because of Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails.” There is no evidence of that. Read more»

Donald Trump said that “enhanced interrogation … works.” But scientists have shown that the stress and pain induced by techniques like waterboarding can impair memory, and, therefore, inhibit a person from recalling information. Read more»

Detainees in orange jumpsuits in a holding area at Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Jan. 11, 2002.

Abu Zubaydah’s sworn statement provides a chilling, first-person account of how U.S. officials tortured a man they wrongly believed was a top al-Qaida operative. Read more»

Iranian students climbing the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov.4, 1979.

Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have implied that Iran released U.S. hostages in 1981 on the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated because Reagan ushered in a new foreign policy toward Iran. But several experts on the crisis told us the hostages were released that day as a final insult to President Jimmy Carter, whom the hostage-takers despised. Read more»

We can counter what is still a limited global threat by understanding it and reacting sensibly. Our first priority is boxing off our own cowards and crazies who are ready to abandon fundamental values for the illusion of security. Read more»

Denis Villeneuve’s movie gets much right about the borderlands but crosses the line into exaggeration. A veteran border correspondent compares the film’s underworld to the one he knows. Read more»

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