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Classic WHO: FBI Knew About Saudi 9/11 hijacker Ties, But Lied to Protect “National Security”

Here’s a repost of one of our most popular—and explosive—pieces of original reporting for your enjoyment: WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker’s scoop about how the FBI knew for a decade about connections between powerful Saudi interests and the 9/11 hijackers, and lied about it in the name of national security.

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.

A Rumination on the Bilderberg Group

Are the Bilderbergers an evil cabal ruling the world? Or just business as usual?

What Would Afghan Spending Buy at Home?

President Obama continues to draw down US troops in Afghanistan. But wait til you see how much will get spent on military-related activities in that country afterwards. And wait til you see how that stacks up against costs of programs back home.

More Fighting Words from Britain’s David Davis: Interview, Part 2

UK Member of Parliament David Davis has emerged as one of Britain’s top critics of government encroachment on liberty and privacy. In the second half of an interview with WhoWhatWhy’s Russ Baker, Davis talks about how he defied his party leadership to help stop Britain from fighting in Syria; the value and vulnerability of whistleblowers; and how government legal aid cuts are putting ordinary citizens at the mercy of the state.

Why You Need to Know Britain’s David Davis

UK legislator David Davis has emerged as one of Britain’s top critics of government surveillance. Davis talks to Russ Baker about going to America to get the ammunition he needed to fight back home, and how he turned his phone bill into a weapon. An intriguing conversation with an intriguing man.

VideoWHO: Russ Baker Takes a Trip Behind the Headlines

WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker takes a slightly unsettling—and occasionally amusing—trip behind the headlines during an April 24 talk in Seattle.

“Boston Strong”—A Feel-Good Distraction From A Darker Truth?

A quick look back at some of the groundbreaking reporting WhoWhatWhy has done on the Boston bombing case—why we’ve done it, and why we believe it matters.

Does New Boston Bombing Report Hint at Hidden Global Intrigue?

In this lengthy review of the newly released, but selectively blacked-out, government inspectors general report on the Boston Marathon Bombing, we read carefully between the lines and find some astonishing possibilities. Including a remarkable explanation of why so very many government officials seem afraid to speak the truth, and why it seems possible to pull off an almost impossible cover-up. Here, perhaps, is why so many things about Boston’s tragedy don’t add up—and why so many people appear to be keeping their mouths shut about what they know, or at least suspect.

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