Daniel Klaidman


John Ashcroft was in familiar form, part Sgt. Joe Friday, part Prophet of Doom. Standing by giant mug shots of seven terrorist suspects, the U.S. attorney general warned, "Be on the lookout...


John Ashcroft was in familiar form, part Sgt. Joe Friday, part Prophet of Doom. Standing by giant mug shots of seven terrorist suspects, the U.S. attorney general warned, "Be on the lookout...


In September 2002, just before the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a group of senior Bush administration officials convened for a secret videoconference to make a difficult decision: what to do with six Americans suspected of conspiring with Al Qaeda.


Last week was one of John Kerry's roughest in his still-young presidential campaign. On a daily basis the Bush-Cheney team savaged him as a weak-on-defense flip-flopper, while GOP operatives scoured his long Senate record for ammo.


Last September, at a debate sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus, Howard Dean declared, "I'm the only white politician that ever talks about race in front of white audiences." The other candidates were dumbfounded by Dean's assertion and quickly denounced him, citing their own various commitments to civil rights.

Lost In Translation

The clash of civilizations rages in some surprising places, and one of them is the large room in the FBI's Washington, D.C., Field Office that houses a unit known as CI-19.

The Battle Within

FBI agents don't like to go into mosques. The so-called right of sanctuary was drummed into young FBI agents during their training at Quantico: "You don't chase a thief into the cathedral." The message was reinforced over time by political correctness and the example of careers ruined by rule-breaking.

Al Qaeda's Summer Plans

Alsaha.com seems innocent enough. The Abu Dhabi-based Web site offers bulletin boards where Arabic speakers can advertise for wives and exchange messages about sports, politics and the true meaning of jihad.

Anatomy Of The Threat

The headline on the FBI document was stark and declarative: Al-Qaeda set to attack. The dossier, a classified summary of CIA intelligence on Al Qaeda as of the end of January, put together for distribution to FBI agents all over the world, had some frightening predictions.

No Time To Stand Down

It was a rare moment of relaxation for Lance Cpl. Antonio Sledd of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. On a break from a live-fire exercise in Kuwait last week, Sledd and some buddies were playing baseball on a makeshift diamond.

Al Qaeda's Man In Iraq?

In the weeks after the September 11 attacks, security officials around the world were on highest alert. So when a 37-year-old Iraqi national named Ahmad Hikmat Shakir stepped off a plane in Amman's Queen Alia airport on Oct. 21, Jordanian officials soon became suspicious.

Picking Up Terror's Trail

The terrorists didn't give up without a fight. When intelligence agents in Karachi, Pakistan, cornered a group of Qaeda operatives in an apartment building last Wednesday, the suspects opened fire, setting off a three-hour gun battle.

The Hunt For The Anthrax Killer

The dogs, purebred bloodhounds with noses a thousand times more sensitive than a human's, were barking and howling and straining at their leashes. Early last week FBI agents on the trail of last year's anthrax attacker turned to a 16th-century technology to help solve a 21st-century crime.

The Short Straw

Happy birthday, Colin Powell. The storied secretary of State turned 65 last Friday, lending gravitas to the "senior" part of his "senior statesman" role. "And his birthday present is a trip to the Middle East," says an old colleague of Powell's, with a rueful chuckle.

'He Knows It, He Feels It'

George W. Bush had his first unpleasant brush with Yasir Arafat in 1998. The then Texas governor toured Israel at the invitation of the Republican Jewish Coalition, a pro-Israel U.S. group, and by all accounts it was an eye-opening trip.

A Murder Most Foul

"My father is a Jew, my mother is a Jew, and I am a Jew." In the last moments of Danny Pearl's life, his kidnappers forced him again and again to denounce his family, his country and his religion, and to warn the world that he would not be the last to suffer if the United States did not change its ways.

Walker's Brush With Bin Laden

As an American among the Taliban, John Walker Lindh was an oddity, to say the least. But the young convert to radical Islam repeatedly proved his loyalty to the cause, undergoing spiritual education in Pakistan, then moving up to weapons and explosives training in two separate Qaeda camps in Afghanistan.

A Matter Of Missed Signals

FBI agents in Minneapolis don't snag many cases involving international terrorists. The field office's counterterrorism unit, "Squad 5" in bureau lingo, has spent much of its time tracking down radical animal-rights activists and other domestic fringe groups.


President George W. Bush described American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh as a "poor fellow" when he was captured two weeks ago. But administration views about Walker hardened significantly after officials began reviewing reports of Pentagon debriefings of Walker in the field.

Access Denied

Top Justice Department and FBI officials turned down a request by Minneapolis FBI agents early last month for a special counterintelligence surveillance warrant on a suspected Islamic terrorist who officials now believe may have been part of the Sept. 11 plot to attack the World Trade Center and Pentagon, NEWSWEEK has learned.The handling of the case of Zacarias Moussaoui--who is now being held in detention in New York--has raised new questions about how U.S. law enforcement officials handled...

Uneasy Hawk

Outwardly, Shimon Peres is his usual picture of elegance and control. The previous day Israeli helicopter gunships had struck ferociously at the West Bank town of Nablus, killing several Hamas figures but also two Palestinian children.