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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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Armed TSA Agents Threaten Travel Journalist

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

TSA shows up at the door of a Connecticut blogger, demands he relinquish his laptop, and says "we could make this difficult for you."

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Detroit Bomber Failure: His Dad Tried to Warn U.S. Authorities

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

The TSA has a lot of explaining to do, starting with why Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was not placed on the U.S. no-fly list. (Also read Roger L. Simon, Richard Fernandez, and Phyllis Chesler.)

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TSA Dodges Congressional Investigation of Breach

Saturday, December 19th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Twelve of Osama bin Laden's half-siblings have a pilot's license. And that's not even the most embarrassing TSA news lately.

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TSA Hands Al-Qaeda Its Playbook

Thursday, December 10th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Terrorists were surely rejoicing when the Transportation Security Administration posted one of its most sensitive documents online.

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Blaming Blackwater: Pakistan Awash in Conspiracy Theories

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Throughout Pakistan, including popular media, conspiracy theories blaming the U.S. for Pakistani violence are gaining acceptance.

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Terror Returns to Russia: What Will Putin Do? (Updated)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Last Friday’s terror attack on a Russian train was international news. The Kremlin hates to look weak. (Update: Putin says no plans to leave power.)

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Al-Qaeda Somalia Abroad: A Threat to Israel and the U.S.

Friday, November 20th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

A daring U.S. raid kills wanted terrorists in Somalia. Al-Shabaab — al-Qaeda's Somalian proxy — vows revenge.

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Federal Air Marshal on Trial for Rape in UK

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

There’s a major story brewing across the pond — one that threatens the entire future of the secretive U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service.

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Could Terrorists Attack Pakistan’s Nuclear Facilities? They Already Have

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Despite Hillary Clinton's assurances, we are relying on nothing but Pakistan's word. The facilities have already been attacked three times in the past couple years.

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Is the White House Really Neglecting Bioterror?

Sunday, October 25th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

A government commission wastes time and money to determine what they should already know: Al-Qaeda is looking to use biological weapons.

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Inside the Predator’s War on Terror

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

A firsthand look at the Air Force's hi-tech hunting of terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Two European Nuclear Scientists Arrested as Al-Qaeda Suspects

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Nabbed working at one of the most sensitive nuclear facilities in the world, this huge story has received almost no press.

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Zazi, Homegrown Terrorists, and the American Mosque

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Was the Colorado terror suspect radicalized in an American mosque?

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Trouble in Saudi Arabia: Al-Qaeda’s ‘Bum’ Assassination Attempt

Thursday, September 24th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

A suicide bomber almost managed to kill a heavily guarded Saudi prince, passing through several security checkpoints with a bomb hidden in his rectum.

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Does Omar Bin Laden’s Tell-All Reveal the Contents of Sandy Berger’s Pants?

Friday, September 18th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Osama's son is releasing a memoir telling of a failed Clinton attempt on his father's life.

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Al-Qaeda Murders Its Way Across the Sahara

Thursday, August 27th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

A suicide bomber attacks a French embassy in Mauritania in response to Sarkozy's stance on the burqa.

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Two French Agents Kidnapped in Somalia — Why Were They There?

Friday, August 7th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Two French intelligence agents, supposedly on a public mission without need for cover, get kidnapped while posing as journalists.

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Was Sa’ad Bin Laden Managing Al-Qaeda from Iran?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Osama bin Laden's son may be more than just a "low-level" target, as U.S. counterterrorism official once described him.

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Was Terrorism Behind Air France Crash?

Thursday, June 11th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Why would investigators tell a French newspaper that two terrorists boarded the flight only to recant the story later?

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Bin Laden’s Bridge over Troubled Waters

Friday, May 8th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Why is Osama's brother pushing a bizarre construction project in one of the world's most dangerous areas?

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It’s Not Over: What About the Rest of the Hostages in Somalia?

Monday, April 13th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

President Obama should spearhead a multinational operation to free the 200 mariners still held captive.

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Taliban Terrorist Targets Washington

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Should Baitullah Mehsud's threats to attack our nation's capital be taken seriously? (Watch an interview with Annie Jacobsen here.)

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Drone Attacks in Pakistan: The Mystery Deepens

Monday, March 30th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Al-Qaeda operatives are being taken out in Pakistan. Why the secrecy about it?

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U.S. Shoots Down Iranian Drone over Iraq

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Was the incident a simple Iranian "mistake" — or the prelude to a U.S. military nightmare?

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FBI Chief Faces Pakistani Pandora’s Box

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 - by Annie Jacobsen

Without cooperation from Islamabad, America will have trouble identifying terrorist sleeper cells in the U.S.

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