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Spencer Ackerman

writer for Wired magazine’s national security blog Danger Room

Spencer Ackerman appears in the following:

Spy Agencies Capture Millions Through Webcams

Friday, February 28, 2014

Millions were surprised to learn on Wednesday that, with help from the NSA, the British surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters captured and stored the webcam images of millions of Yahoo users worldwide. Spencer Ackerman, U.S. national security editor at The Guardian and the reporter who broke the story, explains how the government was able to get access to this information.

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Terrorist: An Evolving Term

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Like the definition of 'weapons of mass destruction,' the definitions of 'terrorism' and 'terrorist' are being challenged, extended and twisted in the Boston bombing case and others.

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This Might Be the Next American to Be Killed by Drones

Friday, April 05, 2013

Omar Hammami's was born and raised in a small town near Mobile, Alalbama, but now lives in Somalia where in 2006 he joined an Islamist guerrilla army group called al Shebab. His relationship with the al Shebab has faltered, though, and with the U.S. government assigning a $5 million bounty on his head he's a man with enemies on all sides.

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Benghazi and Petraeus: What We Know Now

Friday, November 16, 2012

Spencer Ackerman, writer for Wired magazine's national security blog, Danger Room, reviews what we know and don't know about the attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi and the scandal involving former CIA director Petraeus.

 

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David Petraeus and the Military's Culture of Celebrity

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In all the news surrounding General David Petraeus’s resignation, there’s a central question about military culture itself. As Petraeus implemented his counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq, and then Afghanistan, he became a celebrity, an old-school military hero who seemed to have all the answers to America's messy conflicts abroad. Wired Magazine's Spencer Ackerman describes this as the 'Cult of David Petraeus.'

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FBI Purges Hundreds of Islamophobic Training Documents

Thursday, February 16, 2012

After an internal review spanning many months, the FBI announced Wednesday that it has purged hundreds of training documents containing Islamophobic material.  The bureau stated that instructional materials were destroyed that contained "factual errors," stereotyped Arabs, were in “poor taste,"or lacked accurate information. The FBI is now in the process of reviewing and updating its training material and policies. 

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Conspiracy Theorists Question Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Within hours of the news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed and buried at sea, the Internet lit up with commentary, speculation, and the beginnings of conspiracy theories. The more conspiracy minded wondered: How do we know it wasn't a double? And how do we know that the real Osama is not still alive — or on the other hand, hasn't been dead for years?

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Last 'Surge' Troops Head for Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Today, troops from the 101st Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat team will leave for Afghanistan from Fort Campbell in Kentucky. It's been a tough couple of months for the 101st. They've lost 41 troops in Afghanistan since March.

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Not The Whole Truth

Friday, July 10, 2009

Spencer Ackerman, who covers security issues for the The Washington Independent, talks about the letter from seven Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee accusing "top CIA officials" of misleading Congress.

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Afghanistan: Examining McChrystal's Record

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

President Obama announced his nominee for top American commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, a few weeks ago. Confirmation hearings began today. Some critics are urging senators to look closely at what the general did or didn’t know about a facility called Camp Nama, which was operated by a task force under his command in Iraq, and what role he might have played in the Pat Tillman "friendly fire" coverup. Taking a critical look at this is Spencer Ackerman, who writes for the Washington Independent.

In the video below, Defense Secretary Robert Gates talks about McChrystal as the top commander in Afghanistan.

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Spooked

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The intelligence community is reacting with surprise at the choice of Leon Panetta as Obama's choice for CIA director. Spencer Ackerman, senior reporter for the Washington Independent, surveys the response.

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