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Boston Bombing Investigation

As Tsarnaev Trial Starts, a Journey into the “Known Unknowns” Begins

March 4, 2015 by

The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may turn out to be one of the strangest in history. The main story doesn’t make much sense, yet nearly all mainstream accounts suggest there is nothing more to be learned about the Boston Marathon bombing. Russ Baker ruminates on the “known unknowns” that await resolution.

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Media Fail, Presidential Election

MediaFail: Jeb Bush, the Media, and the Public as Dunce

February 18, 2015 by

WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker weighs in on an early salvo in the Jeb Bush 2016 campaign, fired off in disguise as journalism. See why the big media appears to think we’re all dunces.

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Deep Politics, Media Fail

Explosive Saudi 9/11 Evidence Still Ignored By Media

February 6, 2015 by

Zacarias Moussaoui, the al Qaeda operative dubbed the “20th hijacker,” has given explosive testimony alleging substantial Saudi royal family support for al Qaeda right up until the Sept. 11 attacks. There may be some question about whether Moussaoui is telling the truth, but there’s plenty of evidence out there that the mainstream media has ignored for years. Russ Baker investigates.

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Deep Politics, The Odd

The Lost and “Found ID” Oddity in Terror Cases—Stupid or Sinister?

February 1, 2015 by

Committing an assassination? Carrying out a terrorist attack? Tradecraft usually dictates leaving your ID back at the hideout. So how come so many suspects keep dropping them at the scene of the crime?

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Boston Bombing Investigation, Deep Politics, Featured, Surveillance State

Paris and Boston: That Other, Missing, Comparison

January 8, 2015 by

The attack on a Paris magazine by apparent Islamists prompted some in the media to compare it with the Boston Marathon Bombing. Russ Baker looks at a crucial similarity between the cases that’s missing from other accounts: the fact the security apparatus knew the alleged perpetrators very well.

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Boston Bombing Investigation, Deep Politics, Our Investigations, Police State, Story Of The Week

The Boston Bombing Trial Starts, But Answers Aren’t on the Docket

January 5, 2015 by

The trial of accused Boston Marathon Bombing co-conspirator Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is starting, but answers about what really happened aren’t likely to be on the docket.

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Big Money, Media Fail

MediaFail: The Sony Hack, North Korea and Tales Swallowed Whole

January 2, 2015 by

It’s “Morning Again in America,” and the new year is dawning with some hopeful signs of skepticism from people with a platform. Russ Baker looks at the rising tide of voices that aren’t swallowing the official story about the Sony hack.

Double Your Impact: Donate Now

December 29, 2014 by

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Politics, Threats to Democracy, War & Peace

Our Most Important Stories in 2014

December 23, 2014 by

Here’s a hand-picked collection of our best journalism this year. We hope it arms you with the power of information, and inspires you into the new year.

Step Up for Truth

December 21, 2014 by

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Deep Politics, Rights, Story Of The Week, Threats to Democracy, War & Peace

Torturing the Truth: Why the CIA Report Won’t Change Anything

December 10, 2014 by

The CIA torture report is as grim as can be imagined, and damning enough proof to change things. But it won’t.

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Media Fail

MediaFail—Women in Saudi Arabia, Alcohol Surge, Presidential Shooters, Amazon Workers

December 4, 2014 by

In our inaugural MediaFail column, Russ Baker calls out four articles that fall flat. Read on for a look at how the media gets it wrong, fawns over its subjects or fails to check basic facts.

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Featured, Politics

New Bush Book Fun With Numbers: 41-43=45

November 10, 2014 by

George W. Bush is out with yet another book—this time his “biography” of his father, George H.W. Bush. What’s going on with this strange phenomenon where 43 narrates 41’s life for us? And could it possibly have something to do with rehabilitating the family surname to help ensure a possible third President Bush?

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Deep Politics

The “Double Government” Secret Gets Out

November 4, 2014 by

The secret is out: there’s a whole second government residing in the American national security apparatus that’s powerful enough to resist presidential orders. But don’t take our word for it. That comes courtesy of two recent pieces in the mainstream Boston Globe.

Welcome to the new look of WhoWhatWhy

November 3, 2014 by

We hope you like our new design. We are also pleased to introduce a daily newsletter and web feature, “WhoWhatWhy Now”—a five-day-a-week rundown of selected stories and irreverent views from around the world. It’s a quick way to keep up with the ever-changing news cycle.  As always, please let us know what you think.