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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From an FBI manual suggesting conversational techniques to recruit informants. The document was published by The Intercept in January. Read More
A tuberculosis crisis in the Black Belt
It may have been that I neglected to register with the Selective Service System when I turned eighteen, in 1960, as the law required. Or maybe my student deferment, available…
How elite youth basketball exploits African athletes
From a recently declassified article, written by an author whose name was redacted, published in the winter 1986 issue of Studies in Intelligence, the in-house journal of the CIA.
From blog posts on Paladin of Jihad offering advice for Western Muslims preparing to migrate (or “make hijra”) to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State. Read…
Smuggling and subterfuge in the North African desert
From a note sent in 1917 to the Appeal Tribunal in Middlesex, England, which reviewed requests for exemption from military service during World War I. The note is included in…
Ever since the last draft was ended, in 1973, a small but devoted chorus of pundits, legislators, and retired military men have been stumping for its return. These are not…
Scenes from the downsized life