Being Most Uncivil With Our Liberties: The War on All of Us

Reading Time: < 1 minute With the Patriot Act debate raging in Congress, there has perhaps never been a better time to consider what’s at stake. And what is that? Most of us never really knew. But this documentary, from Executive Producer Robert Greenwald and Earl Katz, directed by Nonny de la Peña, whose work has been funded by a MacArthur grant and shown at TriBeCa Film Festival, spelled it all out a decade ago, and is as relevant as ever.

How the Doomsday Project Led to Warrantless Surveillance and Detention after 9/11

Reading Time: 8 minutes Everyone knows that warrantless surveillance and detention arose in the wake of 9/11. But few know that the machinery that Dick Cheney and others used to pull it off was born in the Atomic Age. Peter Dale Scott exposes the maneuvers in this excerpt from his new book, “American Deep State.”

A Trillion Ways to Build a New Military-Industrial Complex

Reading Time: 8 minutes If you’d invested a trillion dollars in something, you’d definitely want a positive return. Yet the latest iteration of the military industrial complex, exemplified by the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, seems only to have produced more war, more terrorism, more surveillance and more presidential protection blunders. You can blame it on 9/11, but the blueprints were already there.

Bid to Solve 9/11 Mystery Via NYC Ballot Ends After Court Ruling

Reading Time: 2 minutes A referendum asking New York City voters to approve a new investigation into the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 won’t make it to the November ballot after all. The High-Rise Safety Initiative has decided not to appeal a New York Supreme Court judge’s ruling dismissing its petition. But the group hasn’t given up its push to shed more light on the building’s fate despite the odds.

UPDATE: Petition to Put 9/11 Probe on NYC Ballot Jumps Big Hurdle

Reading Time: 2 minutes An initiative to solve the mystery of the 9/11 collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 leapt over a big obstacle this week. New York City conceded that the High-Rise Safety Initiative has enough signatures to put a measure to investigate all high-rise building collapses since 9/11 on the ballot. But one more challenge still must be met.

George W. Bush, 9/11

Classic WHO: FBI Knew About Saudi 9/11 hijacker Ties, But Lied to Protect “National Security”

Reading Time: 5 minutes Here’s a repost of one of our most popular—and explosive—pieces of original reporting for your enjoyment: WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker’s scoop about how the FBI knew for a decade about connections between powerful Saudi interests and the 9/11 hijackers, and lied about it in the name of national security.

9/11 Silence on Saudis

Reading Time: 4 minutes Finally, the cracks in the official 9/11 story are beginning to widen. Two congressmen— alarmed by what they have read about financial and logistical support of top Saudi officials for the purported 9/11 hijackers—are demanding that President Obama declassify a report that would tell us much more about what the US government knows.

Classic WHY: Suppressed Saudi 9/11 Story

Reading Time: 21 minutes The anniversary of the 9/11 attacks seems the right moment to remind people how even very solid, careful reporting of apparent “deep politics” links in the attacks has never entered the larger American conversation. The story of the Saudi connection to a house in Sarasota, Florida, is must reading. It also is useful to consider given the established role of Saudi intelligence in the Syrian uprising.

MONDAY MORNING SKEPTIC: Is Snowden the Criminal—or is it the System?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Somehow, the leaks of NSA documents on the fragility of democracy have been turned around into public criticism of the leaker. The conservative press wants us to focus on Edward Snowden’s girlfriend. Ok, fine. Here’s that picture. Happy? Now can we move on to what’s really happening in this country—and why it’s so hard to speak the truth about it?

FBI: Knew About Saudi 9/11 Hijacker Ties—But Lied to Protect “National Security”

Reading Time: 5 minutes In new court filings, the FBI has tacitly admitted that it knows about ties between members of the Saudi royal family and 9/11 hijackers, that it lied about not knowing, and that no one should learn more about this — for reasons of “national security.”