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Annie Jacobsen

Annie Jacobsen writes the "Backstory" blog (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/back-story/) for the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
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DHS Conducts ‘Drive-by’ Surveillance. What’s Next?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 - by Annie Jacobsen

The government flouts the Fourth Amendment in the name of security.

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The Department of Homeland Security Wants to Friend You?

Saturday, February 12th, 2011 - by Annie Jacobsen

Facebook and Twitter alerts are to replace the color-coded terror alerts. Friend DHS at your own risk.

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TSA: Living on Borrowed Time?

Friday, January 7th, 2011 - by Annie Jacobsen

The winds in Washington are blowing with the backlash from the holiday season.

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A Colossal DHS Error, or a Tale of Two Terrorists Gone Awry?

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

If the "corrected" story is true, wouldn’t we be having these kinds of terror alerts every day?

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Likely Terror Attack ‘Dry Run’ Exposes Dangerous TSA Missteps (Updated)

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

While defying common sense, a Yemeni citizen carrying mock bombs and $7,000 in cash apparently does not defy TSA security. (Updated at 1:50 PM PDT/4:50 PM EDT.)

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The ‘Super User’ Problem and Other Top Secret America Enigmas

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Generating so much information that no one person can digest it all, the post-9/11 intelligence business is an endless maze of bloated bureaucracy — one that does not necessarily keep America safer or more secure.

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Shoulder-Fired Missiles an Ever-Present Threat to U.S. Planes

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Two years after 9/11, Colin Powell stated that “no threat is more serious to aviation” than shoulder-fired missiles. Not much has changed. (Jacobsen will be interviewed on PJTV today. Leave your questions for Annie in the comments!)

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Why Wasn’t American Al-Qaeda Ghostwriter on No-Fly List?

Monday, July 26th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

U.S. citizen Samir Khan, believed to have written al-Qaeda's online recruiting magazine, managed to flee the country on a plane last year. We've known of him since 2007.

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Arizona Park a ‘No-Go’ Zone for American Citizens

Friday, June 25th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

The Sonoran Desert National Monument is so overrun with drug gangs that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has warned Americans not to enter the park.

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Bounty Hunters, Soldiers of Fortune, and Mercenaries for God

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Gary Faulkner, recently arrested in Pakistan claiming he wanted to kill Osama bin Laden, isn't the only American engaged in an extra-legal manhunt for bad guys.

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New Russian Missile System a Tool for Terrorists?

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

A weapons system camouflaged as an ordinary shipping container poses a massive threat to ships up to 400 miles offshore.

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SIGINT Spy Drone Key to Capturing Shahzad?

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Could an unmanned signals intelligence aircraft have tracked the movements of the accused Times Square terrorist? And is the use of drones in the U.S. legal?

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Top Terrorists Killed in Iraq, and We Only Hear From Biden?

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Why is the commander-in-chief silent following this news? Why was Biden so deferential to Iraqi forces?

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Nuclear Waste Leaves Workers Near Death in India

Friday, April 16th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

A scrap metal dealer clings to life and five of his employees are seriously ill as a result of being exposed to Cobalt-60.

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Not So Funny: Qatari Diplomat’s Shoe Joke

Friday, April 9th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

On his way to see an al-Qaeda prisoner in Colorado, Mohammed al-Madadi caused a bomb scare on a United Airlines flight. That's serious.

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Second Obama Nominee for TSA Withdraws in Scandal

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Retired Major General Robert A. Harding once claimed that he was disabled — by sleep apnea! — to help score his company a $99.7 million Army contract.

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Release the Al-Awlaki/Major Nidal Hasan Correspondence Now!

Sunday, March 21st, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Either the Obama administration was monitoring their year-long interaction, or the NSA managed to miss conversations between a radical cleric and an Army major. We deserve to know.

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Terror Suspects Had Jobs at British Airways and … U.S. Nuclear Facilities

Sunday, March 14th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

What did Sharif Mobley tell his terrorist handlers about our security protocols?

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Two British Airways Employees Arrested in Terror Funding Plot

Sunday, March 7th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

When the words “terror suspect” and “airline employee” appear in the same sentence, alarm bells inevitably sound.

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Al-Qaeda-Linked Terrorist Claims American Support

Friday, February 26th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Abdol Malek Rigi, leader of the al-Qaeda linked terrorist group Jundallah, is in Iranian custody and has confessed to receiving assistance from Washington.

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Eleven-Man Team Assassinates Hamas Commander (Updated)

Thursday, February 18th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Anatomy of an assassination. (Update: "Our investigations reveal that Mossad is involved.")

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Taliban Wants to Exchange U.S. Soldier for ‘Lady Al-Qaeda’

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Bowe Bergdahl, captured under cloudy circumstances, has been sentenced to death unless the exchange is made.

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Counterterrorism Scorecard: New Jersey Store Clerk: ‘A+,’ Congress: ‘F’

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Like the Dutch filmmaker on NWA Flight 253 and the video clerk near Fort Dix, a Quick Chek employee steps up to the front lines in the war on terror. (See also Phyllis Chesler: "The Terrorism Quiz")

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Little Rock Shooter Says He’s with Al-Qaeda in Yemen

Sunday, January 24th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Abdul Hakim Muhammad's reversal highlights the threat from al-Qaeda in Yemen, and should draw attention to "prison jihad."

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Al-Qaeda Targets the Navy

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 - by Annie Jacobsen

Threats to our sailors will be met with a new breed of stealthy, cat-quick shallow water vessels.

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