The United States Used Depleted Uranium in Syria
The airstrikes on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled areas employed the toxic material, which has been accused of causing cancer and birth defects.
When Wall Street Went to Africa
A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit.
Unarmed Guards, Bogus Terror Drills, and 96 Tons of Plutonium
Three years after Fukushima, Japanese officials insist their nuclear facilities are safe. They're not.
Meet the Spies Doing the NSA’s Dirty Work
This obscure FBI unit does the domestic surveillance that no other intelligence agency can touch.
‘We Knew They Were Coming’
The untold story of al-Shabab's murderous attack on the U.N. in Mogadishu.
The Kafka-esque story of the U.S. translators being held against their will in a Kuwaiti hangar.
How Congress Screwed Up America’s Security Clearance System
Blame profits, politics -- and a huge growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions.
Secret Cold War Documents Reveal NSA Spied on Senators
...along with Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, and a Washington Post humorist.
The Cowboy of the NSA
Inside Gen. Keith Alexander's all-out, barely-legal drive to build the ultimate spy machine.
A Death in the Family
USAID's first known war-zone-related suicide raises troubling questions about whether America is doing enough to assist its relief workers.
Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran
The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history -- and still gave him a hand.
Inside Yemen’s Shadow War Arsenal
The U.S. has spent hundreds of millions fighting Yemen's terrorists. What did it buy, really?
The CIA’s New Black Bag Is Digital
When the NSA can't break into your computer, these guys break into your house.
The NSA Can’t Tell the Difference Between an American and a Foreigner
That's why it sucks up information on everyone.
The Inside Story of Russia’s Fight to Keep the U.N. Corrupt
From bullying out reformers to blocking efforts to save millions.