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UPDATE: Louis Freeh’s Curious Car Accident

An update on the strange one-car crash involving ex-FBI chief Louis Freeh. He nearly took out several motorists. An unidentified FBI man materialized quickly at the rural scene. And more curiosities.

HuffPo National Security Fellow: Conspiracy Theories and Manslaughter. Huh?!?

We know Huffington Post loves celebrities and buzz. But its new National Security Fellow really pushes the boundaries of incredulity.

An Enduring Mystery About Bush 41’s WWII Escape from Death

George H.W. Bush has made jumping out of aircraft to celebrate his birthdays a habit, a nod to his image as a WW II naval aviator and hero. Here’s a look at the fog surrounding his first jump, made 70 years ago after Japanese fire struck his aircraft over the Pacific.

Curious Car Crashes: Louis Freeh, The Man With The Secrets

When a man like Louis Freeh has a car crash, it may be a plain old accident. And then again, it may not be.

Putting a 9/11 Mystery on the Ballot

Can a piece of the continuing 9/11 mystery be resolved by a local ballot initiative? One man and his hardy band think so.

So Sue Me: Obama Trails in Executive Order Rankings

Those who are furious at Obama over his executive orders—and suing or talking impeachment—need to see these statistics on other presidents. Just a wee hypocrisy issue.

Here’s Why Libya Is Burning—Again

Libya is sliding back into chaos. The escalating violence prompted the U.S. to evacuate its embassy, and European countries are urging their citizens to flee. We hate to say it, but it looks like deja vu all over again for another failed military intervention by the West. If you want to understand what motives are in play now, read on for a look back at the real reasons behind Qaddafi’s overthrow.

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.

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