Evan Thomas

Al Qaeda In America: The Enemy Within

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed looked more like a loser in a T shirt than a modern-day Mephistopheles. But "KSM," as he is always referred to in FBI documents, held the key to unlock the biggest mystery of the war on terror: is Al Qaeda operating inside America?The answer, according to KSM's confessions and the intense U.S. investigation that followed, is yes.

The Secret War

It's Been The Best-Covered War In History. But The Key To Success Was What We Didn't See: Special Forces, Psyop, The Air War--And The Utterly Inept Iraqi Army

A Plan Under Attack

Did We Start The War With Enough Force? As The Blame Game Begins, The Fight In Iraq Is About To Get A Lot Bloodier. The Long And Dangerous Road To Baghdad--And Beyond

The 12 Year Itch

Dick Cheney likes to read history, especially military history. He disappears into his well-stocked library at the vice president's mansion for hours at a time, reading about Churchill and World War II or other war leaders in other crises down through the ages.

The War Room

It Was A Bold Move: Speed The Battle Plan With A Risky Strike. But Team Bush Had A Man On The Inside. Behind The 'Target Of Opportunity,' And What It Means For The Road To Baghdad.

Saddam's War

His Survival Strategy Is Probably Hopeless. But He Has Every Reason To Believe He Can Sway World Opinion. And If That Fails, He Can Turn A Surgical U.S. Invasion Into A Bloody Nightmare

Out Of The Blue

On A Picture-Perfect Texas Morning, The Shuttle Columbia Was Heading Home When Tragedy Struck, Leaving The Country And The World Wondering What Went Wrong-And Honoring The Lives Of Seven Brave Astronauts

Women, Wine And Weapons

One of the tougher reviews for the new James Bond movie, "Die Another Day," came from an official-sounding organization, located in Pyongyang, North Korea, called the "Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland." The film, the villain of which is a North Korean arms dealer who develops a doomsday weapon to annihilate the West, is a "dirty and cursed burlesque aimed to slander and insult the Korean nation," railed the Secretariat.

Race To The Exit

The White House strategy, stealthy and swift, went off without a hitch. On Friday morning, Dec. 20, President Bush was in the White House situation room for a briefing on Iraq when policy adviser Josh Bolten entered with the news: Trent Lott, the embattled Senate majority leader, had stepped down.

Bulking Up For Baghdad

About halfway through operation Internal Look--the military's just-completed practice run for a real war in Iraq--Gen. Tommy Franks, the overall combatant commander, held a banquet for his senior officers.

In The War Room

In the war in Afghanistan last fall, the United States bought off more enemy fighters than it killed. In one case, the CIA offered $50,000 to a Taliban warlord to defect.


RICHARD HELMS, 89 Helms was "the man who kept the secrets," as his biographer Thomas Powers memorably called the former CIA director (1966-73). Urbane, handsome and shrewd, Helms was a great favorite of the old boys at the CIA, in part because of his tight-lipped professionalism and because he almost became a martyr.

Mrs. G's Washington

Katharine Graham's "Personal History" was a Pulitzer Prize-winning, No. 1 best seller in part because it was disarmingly honest. The legendary matriarch of The Washington Post Company (which owns NEWSWEEK) turned out to be a most unstuffy grande dame, by turns vulnerable, tough and funny.

Shadow Struggle

Who to believe?On the one hand are the prophets of doom: the senior administration officials who have come forward, one after the other, to describe, in no uncertain terms, the threat posed by Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein.

Rumsfeld's War

Smart And Tough, Don Rumsfeld Wants To Take The Fight To Iraq. The Hawk Who's Battling For Bush's Soul

Their Faith And Fears

Downstairs, in Lisa Beamer's spacious home in Cranbury, N.J., is a coat closet crammed with things she never wanted to own. Large plastic containers filled with thousands of letters and postcards from all over the world, some addressed to "Lisa Beamer, New Jersey, USA," or "Lisa, hero Todd's wife, New Jersey"; songs and poems from strangers; cushions and blankets emblazoned with the Lord's Prayer; enough homemade "Let's Roll" mementos to stock a gift shop.

A Street Fight

Parachuting supplies to CIA operatives working behind enemy lines is a tricky business, even in an age of Global Positioning Systems and spy-in-the-sky satellites.


President George W. Bush's description of Iraq, Iran and North Korea as an "axis of evil" was dismissed as macho bluster in many capitals around the world.


The U.S. Senators seemed a little taken aback by the gall of the star witness. Hauled before a congressional committee last week, former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling not only declined to take the Fifth, he seemed unrepentant, unbowed, at times defiant.

Every Man For Himself

Incredulity is a polite word to describe the reaction to former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling, who swore last week at a congressional hearing that his company's bookkeeping trickery had caught him by surprise.

A Reporter Under The Gun

How dangerous is Karachi? In Pakistan's teeming port city (population: 15 million), the preferred mode of hit men is the motorcycle, the better to gun down targets stuck in the city's eternal traffic jam and then make a quick getaway.

Who Killed Kathy Nguyen?

The doctors in the Intensive Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York see a lot of very sick patients, but there was something particularly ominous about the bloody fluid that was fast filling the woman's chest cavity.

Cracking The Terror Code

On the night before they went out on a suicide mission to kill someone, the Assassins, the 12th-century cult of holy-warrior hit men, were given a taste of the Paradise that awaited.