Forever Wars

Spencer Ackerman
Tracking the continuities, departures and permutations of the War on Terror.
Created 25 Jun 2021
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  • The Only Man Who Could Have Stopped The Iraq War Is Dead
    18 Oct 20211 day ago • 8 min read • 21 2
    Detail from Watchmen #2, script by Alan Moore, art by Dave Gibbons, July, 1986. Via DC Comics. Edited by Sam Thielman Buy REIGN OF TERROR: How The 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump THER...
  • Terrorism, Structural Racism, And Facebook
    15 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 9 1
    A cardboard cutout of Mark Zuckerberg dressed as the QAnon Shaman, placed on the National Mall by nonprofit group SumofUs. Caroline Brehman, via Getty Edited by Sam Thielman Buy REIGN OF TERROR: How T...
  • Fear Itself
    12 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 11 0
    A police officer pepper-sprays a counterprotester at a right-wing rally in Boston on August 31, 2019. Via Sam Thielman Edited by Spencer Ackerman THE POLICE ARE AFRAID. Sometimes they’re afraid of the...
  • Yes, Why Not Let Abu Zubaydah Testify?
    07 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 20 5
    Justice Stephen Breyer ponders as President Donald Trump addresses Congress on Feb. 28, 2017. Tom Williams, via Getty. Edited by Sam Thielman Buy REIGN OF TERROR: How The 9/11 Era Destabilized America...
  • Watching The FBI Lose, Destroy the Documents Justifying Surveillance
    05 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 12 4
    Edited by Sam Thielman Buy REIGN OF TERROR: How The 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump AN ASPECT OF THE TRUMP ERA that had me reaching for the Joker makeup concerned surveillance. The co...
  • Disparate Fronts: Seth Meyers, Press Freedom, and Our Abortion Fundraiser
    01 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 8 2
    Edited by Sam Thielman I HAVE ALL THESE RULES that I’ve set for myself about adding value when I write about other people’s stories. Gotta advance or complicate the story with original reporting, anal...
  • ‘A More Sustainable And Agile Counterterrorism Approach’
    28 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 13 1
    President Biden announces that the U.S. will help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines on Wednesday, Sept.15. Kent Nishimura, via Getty. Edited by Sam Thielman SURVEILLANCE, LOCAL PROXIES, and...
  • The Time The CIA Director Came To Hear My Band
    24 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 0
    Still frame from the only existing footage of D.C. punk band The Surge, featuring Spencer Ackerman (on drums, right). Via the Forever Wars morgue. Edited by Sam Thielman Read more
  • Return to Little Pakistan: Mohammad Razvi Holds It Together
    21 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 16 0
    The corner of Coney Island Avenue and Parkville Avenue in Brooklyn. Via Spencer Ackerman. Edited by Sam Thielman THERE’S A DEPRESSINGLY UNUSED kids’ plastic play area taking up space behind Mohammad R...
  • Return To Little Pakistan: Bobby Khan v. The Police
    14 Sep 2021 • 12 min read • 19 2
    Ahsanullah “Bobby” Khan. Via Spencer Ackerman. Edited by Sam Thielman SIX YOUNG MEN in their late teens and early twenties stopped eating and stood up when Bobby Khan passed their booth in a restauran...
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