Michael Isikoff

Memos Reveal War Crimes Warnings

The White House's top lawyer warned more than two years ago that U.S. officials could be prosecuted for "war crimes" as a result of new and unorthodox measures used by the Bush administration in the war on terrorism, according to an internal White House memo and interviews with participants in the debate over the issue.The concern about possible future prosecution for war crimes--and that it might even apply to Bush adminstration officials themselves--is contained in a crucial portion of an...

An American Connection

Hours after four railway bombs exploded in Madrid on March 11, killing 191 people, Spanish investigators got a big break. Early that morning, witnesses had seen three men in ski masks exiting a white van 20 miles from the blast.


Terrorism: A U.S. Link to Madrid? Nearly two months after the Madrid bombings, the investigation has yielded an interesting twist. A "perfectly formed" fingerprint--found shortly after the attacks in a stolen white van that contained detonators, a stick of dynamite and an audiotape with verses from the Qur'an--has been identified, according to U.S. authorities, as that of 37-year-old Brandon Mayfield, a family and immigration lawyer in Portland, Oregon.

An American Connection?

FBI agents today detained a Portland, Ore., lawyer after receiving evidence from Spanish authorities that the man's fingerprints allegedly were found on bomb-related evidence associated with the March 11 railway attack in Madrid that killed 191 people and wounded 2,000 people, NEWSWEEK has learned.The arrest of the lawyer was described by federal law-enforcement authorities as a major investigative breakthrough that for the first time suggests links between an individual inside the United...


A federal investigation into the bank accounts of the Saudi Embassy in Washington has identified more than $27 million in "suspicious" transactions--including hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to Muslim charities, and to clerics and Saudi students who are being scrutinized for possible links to terrorist activity, according to government documents obtained by NEWSWEEK.

Terror Watch: Tangled Ties

Within weeks of the September 11 terror attacks, security officers at the Fleet National Bank in Boston had identified "suspicious" wire transfers from the Saudi Embassy in Washington that eventually led to the discovery of an active Al Qaeda "sleeper cell" that may have been planning follow-up attacks inside the United States, according to documents obtained by NEWSWEEK.U.S. law-enforcement officials familiar with the matter say there is no evidence that officials at the Saudi Embassy were...


John Kerry needed cash, and soon. In July 1996 the Massachusetts senator was locked in a tough re-election fight, so he was more than happy to help when he heard that a generous potential contributor wanted to visit his Capitol Hill office.


When pressed on why he refuses to release a large chunk of his records as Vermont governor, Howard Dean has a standard response: he's being sued over the issue by a Washington watchdog group, so he's leaving the entire matter up to the Vermont courts, where a judge can decide which documents can be released. "Why can't a judge look at every single piece of paper and make that decision?" Dean asserted during a debate in Iowa.

Presidential Powers

The White House was repeatedly warned by senior lawyers that it was facing a major legal setback if it persisted with claims that the president was empowered to indefinitely lock up U.S. citizens as "enemy combatants" without access to counsel or a right to trial.

Show Me The Money

For FBI agents in Las Vegas, cases don't get any juicier. Earlier this year the Feds were closing in on Michael Galardi, the city's biggest strip-club baron, who was suspected of bribing local officials.