Inside the Killing Machine, Newsweek, February 2011
In 2011, at the time of this article's writing, the American public knew the military used drones to kill suspected terrorists. But the formal process of deciding who should be hunted and killed had never been reported - until Tara Mckelvey snagged an exclusive interview with a man at the CIA who approved these "lethal operations."The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret, Rolling Stone, April 2012. In war, soldiers used to have to point a gun at the enemy to kill. Today, they simply have to push a button from a station on their base, what some say is like playing a video games. This piece is one of the most in-depth looks we found on the rise of the U.S. drone program, and how it's changed the way we fight. And for everything else you ever wanted to know about drones, see our guide.
Cyber-Intruder Sparks Massive Federal Response--And Debate Over Dealing With Threats, Washington Post, December 2011
The military discovered in 2008 that malware, borne on somebody's thumb-drive, had infiltrated their classified network. The resulting investigation set off a battle over the rules of engagement for cyber warfare, finally restricting the military to defending its own networks and not crossing into civilian or other federal agencies' turf.
Top Secret America: A Hidden World, Growing Beyond Control, Washington Post, July 2010
Since September 11th, the United States' intelligence operations have ballooned. An estimated 854,000 people hold top-security clearances, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington D.C., and comprise part of a network so sprawling that it's sometimes hard for top officials to keep track of it all.
The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say), Wired, March 2012
The National Security Agency's under-construction data center in Utah (dubbed, aptly, the Utah Data Center) will cost $2 billion and sprawl over 1 million square feet, more than five times the size of the U.S. Capitol. When it's done, slated for September 2013, it will be "the country's biggest spy center." And part of its duties may be to monitor your personal data.
ON PROSECUTING LEAKS:
The Secret Sharer, New Yorker, May 2011
Though Obama trumpeted the value of whistle-blowers when he entered office, he's also launched an aggressive crackdown on government leaks. The case of Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the National Security Agency, is a prime example of the tension between whistle-blowers who reveal wrongdoing and leaks that jeopardize national security.
Sealing Loose Lips: Obama's Crackdown on Leaks, ProPublica, March 2012
Our timeline of leak prosecutions under the Espionage Act 2013 and how they've picked up steam under Obama.