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Four in Ten Bostonians Skeptical of Official Marathon Bombing Account

A poll in Boston turned up a surprising finding—42 percent of those polled are unsure if Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev is guilty. That’s a shock given the dominant media narrative that says he’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Yet the case is still full of lots of contradictions and unanswered questions that beg for answers.

Tusks for Terrorists: Ivory, Elephant Poaching and the War on Terror

African terrorist groups are funding themselves through the sale of ivory from illegally slaughtered elephants. That connection is giving the fight against poaching a martial makeover, styled after the wars on drugs and terrorism.

The Original Sin of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

Do the American people get the wars they deserve? Did we fall for not one, but two wars since 9/11? Army Captain Danny Sjursen identifies the original sin that set off our continuing Century of War.

Christie’s New Jersey Window on American Recovery

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just pulled the plug on a bipartisan pension funding deal he’s been touting as the kind of solution he’d bring to America. So is what’s good for New Jersey good for the rest of the country? And has it been so good to New Jersey? WhoWhatWhy investigates.

Carlyle Group’s Latest Acquisition: the JFK Library (!)

Some things you just can’t make up. The Carlyle Group is funding a facelift for the John F. Kennedy museum and archives. It’s just the kind of huge global company Kennedy did battle with before his assassination. Sadly, the irony has been lost on a lot of people.

FBI Hanky-Panky on Guantanamo—Part of Larger 9/11 Mystery?

Something strange is going on between the FBI and the defense team that represents Guantanamo inmates who are being prosecuted in connection with 9/11.

Police Bring Used Weapons of War onto Main Street, U.S.A.

WhoWhatWhy first brought you the story of the disturbing trend of police departments arming themselves with surplus weapons from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq to patrol Main Street, U.S.A. Others are finally picking up on this explosion of police firepower.

ClassicWHO: Why Petraeus Takedown May Have Been an Inside Job

In this repost of a story we first ran last year, Douglas Lucas and Russ Baker examined exclusively obtained documents that suggest CIA Director David Petraeus may have been given a push to start his fall from grace. A relevant story now, given where the general has landed on his feet.

From Soldier of Fortune to Contractor: the American Shadow Warrior’s Evolution

Every war needs soldiers, and America’s undeclared wars since World War II have increasingly relied on nearly invisible ones for the jobs that need deniability. Read on to see how the influence of CIA contractors has surged since 9/11 in this excerpt from Shadow Warfare: The History of America’s Undeclared Wars.

The Art and Science of Lies, Liars and Lying

At WhoWhatWhy, we spend a lot of time picking through lies to get closer to the truth. Here’s a handy guide to some of our favorite quotes about lies, liars, and lying.

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