Asher Karni was “a genius” in South Africa’s military electronics trade. Now he’s in jail in Brooklyn, accused of orchestrating a nuclear black market deal. On New Year’s Day 2004, conditions in the Rocky Mountains seemed ideal for the ski vacation that Asher Karni had long anticipated. Fresh snowfall had slowed Denver to a cool […]
FRONTLINE, the weekly PBS television series, investigates the new front in the war on terror: Europe. Now home to 18 million Muslims — which some call “Eurabia” — the continent is a challenge to intelligence services on both sides of the Atlantic, exacerbated by political divisions over the Iraq War. In this joint multimedia project […]
This page 1 story, part of the “No Place to Hide” project, explains how a company collecting and selling person information about millions of Americans is transforming itself into a private intelligence service for the government.
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In No Place to Hide, award-winning Washington Post reporter Robert O’Harrow, Jr., lays out in unnerving detail the post-9/11 marriage of private data and technology companies and government anti-terror initiatives to create something entirely new: a security-industrial complex. Drawing on his years of investigation, O’Harrow shows how the government now depends on burgeoning private reservoirs […]
With his ahead-of-the-curve reporting from Vietnam for Time magazine and influential management stints at the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Examiner, Frank McCulloch was one of the great journalists of the past 50 years. Unfortunately, far too few people know that. Over the past year, as the conflict in Iraq slid from […]
Note: This story is based in part on reporting by O?Harrow for his forthcoming book, to be published in January by Free Press and supported by the Center for Investigative Reporting. One day in January 2003, an entrepreneur from Florida named Hank Asher walked into the Roosevelt Room of the White House to demonstrate a […]
Police in Florida are creating a counterterrorism database designed to give law enforcement agencies around the country a powerful new tool to analyze billions of records about both criminals and ordinary Americans. Organizers said the system, dubbed Matrix, enables investigators to find patterns and links among people and events faster than ever before, combining police […]
A passenger-screening system designed to help capture terrorists could also be used to target people suspected of violent crimes, under a proposal approved by Department of Homeland Security officials. Previously, government officials said the surveillance system known as CAPPS II would be used only to target potential terrorists and their allies — limits intended to […]
Assistant Attorney General Viet Dinh took his seat in La Colline restaurant on Capitol Hill and signaled for a cup of coffee. It was one of those standard Washington breakfasts, where politicos mix schmoozing and big ideas to start their days. An intense foot soldier for Attorney General John Ashcroft, Dinh had been in his […]