Interview: Dale Watson
As the first assistant director of the FBI's counterterrorism division, Dale Watson headed the investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks.
Top Secret America
A Washington Post investigation by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin describes the huge national security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Mumbai Terrorist Attacks
ProPublica reporter Sebastian Rotella's investigation of the 2008 Mumbai attacks revealed that officers in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate collaborated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group in the plot that killed 166 people, six of them Americans.
In this PBS Frontline documentary, Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria examine U.S. counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan – a fight that promises to be longer and more costly than most Americans understand.
Interview: Art Cummings
In 2006, while serving as the FBI's special agent in charge of counterterrorism and intelligence, Art Cummings was interviewed for the PBS Frontline documentary film, The Enemy Within.
Hiding Details of Dubious Deal, U.S. Invokes National Security
An investigation by New York Times reporters Eric Lichtblau and James Risen revealed that California computer programmer Dennis Montgomery received more than $20 million in government contracts by claiming that software he had developed could help stop Al Qaeda's next attack on the United States. But the technology appears to have been a hoax, and a series of government agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency and the Air Force, repeatedly missed the warning signs.
The 3-day Logan Symposium now in its 5th year, serves a number of key constituencies. Culling together a group of dedicated investigative reporters, academics, philanthropists, media experts and graduate students, the invite only event is an industry must. Once a humble commitment to host an annual lecture in the name of its benefactors, the Logan Symposium quickly rose in popularity as "one of the most influential events of its kind," according to the Seattle Times. Covered and attended by a veritable 'who's who' in investigative reporting, the conference dissects controversial topics in the field, hosts internationally renowned panelists, and examines key factors of change in investigative reporting.
Lowell Bergman, Director of the Investigative Reporting Program, is also a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, and the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism.
Karen J. Greenberg is the executive director of the Center on Law and Security. She is the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days (Oxford University Press, 2009), which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post and Slate.com.
She is co-editor with Joshua L. Dratel of The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge University Press, 2005), editor of the books The Torture Debate in America (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Al Qaeda Now (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and editor of the NYU Review of Law and Security.
Her work is featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones, TomDispatch.com, and on major news channels. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
James Risen is an investigative reporter with The New York Times, based in Washington. He is the winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and the 2006 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
Sebastian Rotella is an author and award-winning investigative journalist and foreign correspondent. Since January of 2010, he has been a senior reporter in Washington for ProPublica, covering issues including terrorism, law enforcement, intelligence and organized crime. He spent almost 23 years at the Los Angeles Times, most recently as a national security correspondent in Washington. He also served as an investigative correspondent based in Madrid; bureau chief in Paris covering stories in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East; bureau chief in Buenos Aires covering South America; and Mexican border correspondent.
He is the author of Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border, which was named a New York Times notable book in 1998. His novel, Triple Crossing, will be published by Little, Brown and Company in 2011. Rotella was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 2006. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism awarded him the Maria Moors Cabot Medal for career coverage of Latin America in 2001. He has also won honors from Harvard University, the Overseas Press Club, the German Marshall Fund and the Inter-American Press Association.
He has given talks at FBI headquarters, the United Nations General Assembly, the Jamestown Foundation, U.S. embassies in Paris, Madrid and Buenos Aires, and universities in the United States and Europe. In 1995, his articles about the Mexican border inspired songs on Bruce Springsteen's album The Ghost of Tom Joad. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and speaks Spanish, French and Italian.
Mr. Watson is currently employed with Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Executive Advisor. As such, he coordinates and advises top level management in areas related to law enforcement, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence. Mr. Watson acts as liaison between government agency leaders within the FBI, DHS, CIA, DoD and Booz Allen Hamilton top level management. Mr. Watson retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in October 2002, after 24 years of service.
Prior to his retirement from the FBI, Mr. Watson was the Executive Assistant Director for Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Intelligence. He was involved in every major terrorist investigation during the nineties and up until his retirement in 2002, including the first World Trade Center attack, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Khobar Towers Air Force barracks bombing, the East Africa Embassy bombings, the Millennium threat, the USS Cole bombing, the Anthrax Attack, and the second World Trade Center/ Pentagon attack on 9/11.
Lawrence Wright has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. In 2007, he won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," parts of which first appeared in the magazine. His piece "The Apostate" ran in last year’s Anniversary Issue and won a 2012 National Magazine Award.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright weighs in on what the United States should do with Osama bin Laden should he ever be caught. Wright suggests having the al-Qaeda leader tried globally and then sentenced by Sharia law.
Collection, preparation, and distribution of news and related commentary and feature materials through media such as pamphlets, newsletters, newspapers, magazines, radio, film, television, and books. The term was originally applied to the reportage of current events in printed form, specifically newspapers, but in the late 20th century it came to include electronic media as well. It is sometimes used to refer to writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation. Colleges and universities confer degrees in journalism and sponsor research in related fields such as media studies and journalism ethics.
Systematic use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective. It has been used throughout history by political organizations of both the left and the right, by nationalist and ethnic groups, and by revolutionaries. Although usually thought of as a means of destabilizing or overthrowing existing political institutions, terror also has been employed by governments against their own people to suppress dissent; examples include the reigns of certain Roman emperors, the French Revolution (seeReign of Terror), Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union under Stalin, and Argentina during the dirty war of the 1970s. Terrorism's impact has been magnified by the deadliness and technological sophistication of modern-day weapons and the capability of the media to disseminate news of such attacks instantaneously throughout the world. The deadliest terrorist attack ever occurred in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 (seeSeptember 11 attacks), when members of al-Qaeda terrorist network hijacked four commercial airplanes and crashed two of them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City and one into the Pentagon building near Washington, D.C.; the fourth plane crashed near Pittsburgh, Pa. The crashes resulted in the collapse of much of the World Trade Center complex, the destruction of part of the southwest side of the Pentagon, and the deaths of some 3,000 people.