Why the New Boss Is Just like the Old Boss

Reading Time: 15 minutes Who actually runs the country? If you said our elected officials, think again. Despite what candidates promise while running for office, the national security policy of each successive president and administration tends to look very similar, irrespective of party or stated philosophy. In this podcast interview, Michael J. Glennon, Professor of International Law at Tufts Fletcher School, lays bare the truth few are willing to acknowledge: “We have a structure of double government in which even the president now exercises little substantive control over the overall direction of US national security policy.”

Hastings’ Lessons From the Grave—Have We Learned Anything?

Reading Time: 7 minutes The Cold Case of the death of a hot reporter. Was there more to it than a tragic accident? And why did the media not look into this affair, given the kinds of things Hastings was investigating, and the unusual details of his final seconds.

RadioWhoWhatWhy: The Future of Outsourced Warfare

Reading Time: 1 minute Blackwater may have become a symbol of all that can go wrong when government contractors outnumber trained military personnel, but what really happened in the killing fields of Iraq and Afghanistan? WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman sits down with Blackwater founder Erik Prince to discuss the history and future of “outsourced” warfare.

Classic WhoWhatWhy: Police State Gears Up

Reading Time: 4 minutes On May 18, 2015, President Obama made a surprising announcement: he ordered the federal government to reverse its standing practice of providing American police departments with surplus weapons and vehicles from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Given declining confidence in police after a seemingly constant recent stream of fatalities involving black suspects, this newfound caution with heavy provisioning is understandable. But questions about the wisdom of militarizing police are not new. WhoWhatWhy first wrote about the issue in February, 2014.

The Lincoln Assassination and Cover-Up: Part of an On-Going Story

Reading Time: 4 minutes April 14, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Even a century and a half later, there are questionable aspects of his death that mirror unresolved questions in much more modern assassinations. What is the government hiding?

Why Obama Cannot Undo the Surveillance Society—But We Can

Reading Time: 5 minutes When a country is truly run by a handful, how can they ever let up on surveillance? They can’t, and won’t. But we can make them do it. However, not if we wait for instructions from the establishment.