Shane Harris

Shane Harris is a senior staff writer at Foreign Policy, covering intelligence and cyber security. He is the author of The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State, which chronicles the creation of a vast national security apparatus and the rise of surveillance in America. The Watchers won the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Economist named it one of the best books of 2010. Shane is the winner of the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He has four times been named a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which honor the best journalists in America under the age of 35. Prior to joining Foreign Policy, he was the senior writer for The Washingtonian and a staff correspondent at National Journal.


Imminent Threat?

In September, the administration said the Khorasan Group was about to attack America. But the terrorist group seems to have fallen off the radar.


The Hottest Party You’ve Never Heard Of

Forget Nerd Prom. Washington's social event of the year is Spy Prom. And in case you missed it, I was there.


Fort Meade and the Maple Leaf

The terror attacks in Ottawa mean that NSA-style surveillance could be coming to Canada much faster than anyone thought.


Why Was the NSA Chief Playing the Market?

Newly released documents show the NSA chief was investing his money in commodities so obscure that most financial pros stay away.


FBI Chief: Your iPhone 6 Is a Threat

The FBI has long had the ability to tap into the nation's telephone exchanges. James Comey wants it to be able to access computer servers as well.


‘No One’s Really in Charge’ in Hostage Negotiations

Insiders and administration officials tell Foreign Policy that efforts to free Americans held by the Islamic State are uncoordinated, inconsistent, and crippled by bureaucratic infighting.

The Complex

Islamic State Kills British Hostage Alan Henning

A new video released by the self-proclaimed Islamic State on Friday purports to show the beheading of Alan Henning, a British citizen, marking the fourth ...

The Complex

Syrian Rebels Tell Obama They’re the Key to Saving Baghdad From the Islamic State

With U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq failing to halt the advance of the Islamic State, opposition forces in neighboring Syria warn that the Obama administration risks ...


Obama’s Islamic State Blame Game

The nation's spies feel that the president is throwing them under the bus -- again.


Rebel Yell

Syrian opposition forces, Obama's key to defeating the Islamic State, say the Pentagon isn't consulting them on airstrikes.

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