Flying and Radiation Risks

In the aftermath of the foiled “underwear bomber” attack on Christmas Day, there’s a major push to install whole-body X-ray scanning machines at airport screening areas. It’s being led by former Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, now a paid consultant for a...

Arming Yemen against al-Qaeda

Americans got a crash course on Yemen for Christmas. That’s because we’ve wanted to know more about the little-known, dirt-poor country in southwestern Arabia where the “underwear bomber” who tried to blow up a plane—bound for Detroit from Nigeria on Christmas...
Eight Years of Guantanamo: What’s Changed?

Eight Years of Guantanamo: What’s Changed?

The first 20 detainees arrived at Guantánamo’s Camp X-Ray eight years ago, on January 11, 2002. Just over seven years later, President Barack Obama—on his second full day after taking office—issued an order to shut the prison within a year. His rhetoric was...

Fly the Unfriendly Skies, if You Dare

Before the old year passes out of sight and I’ve broken the last of my New Year’s resolutions, I’d like to relieve myself of a few opinions I didn’t unload when I should have. For example: The Friendly Skies: I have never been a great fan of flying, an experience I...