Stories by Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman is national security editor for Guardian US. Ackerman was part of the Guardian team that won the 2014 Pulitzer prize for public service journalism. A former senior writer for Wired, he won the 2012 National Magazine Award for digital reporting. subscribe to Spencer Ackerman's feed

Posted on: Feb 17, 2017, Source: The Guardian

Donald Trump’s controversial executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries is being tightened up to get around legal and constitutional objections with minimal input from the National Security Council, the Guardian has learned.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2017, Source: The Guardian

Former Navy Seal was eyed to replace Michael Flynn, who was asked to resign over contacts with Russia and his attempts to cover up nature of those contacts.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Lawsuit exposes more detail what looks like a kind of paramilitary operation.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Interrogators used a technique that elicits a drowning sensation and lowers body temperature on many more detainees than the agency admits to waterboarding.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2015, Source: The Guardian

William Bradford argues that attacks on scholars’ home offices and media outlets – along with Islamic holy sites – are legitimate

Posted on: Aug 11, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Pentagon reclaims vehicles meant for war one year after troops took to streets, but Ferguson remains exception to military-police rule.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Watchdogs shocked at ‘disconnect’ between doctors who oversaw interrogation and guidelines that gave CIA director power over medical ethics.

Posted on: May 7, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Could this small measure of justice for survivors of badge-protected brutality be the start of something big?

Posted on: Apr 1, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Afghan opium poppy cultivation is up despite the infamous mercenary firm formerly known as Blackwater being paid $569m by the Pentagon to stop it.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2015, Source: The Guardian

A secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror right here in America.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Richard Zuley oversaw a shocking military interrogation that has become a permanent stain on America.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2015, Source: The Guardian

Memoir serialized by Guardian tells how Mohamedou Ould Slahi endured savage beatings, death threats and sexual humiliation.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Report released by Senate concludes CIA repeatedly lied about brutal techniques in years after 9/11

Posted on: Nov 24, 2014, Source: The Guardian

The speculation about reasons and a successor begins.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Laura Poitras unpacks a historic intel controversy.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey say US is ‘at war’ with Isis, which will ‘threaten our homeland’

Posted on: Jun 28, 2014, Source: The Guardian

"These are critical numbers to review when talking about a program that sweeps in the records of hundreds of millions of Americans."

Posted on: Jun 20, 2014, Source: The Guardian

Members vote 293 to 121 to stop NSA performing warrantless searches of data collected under foreign surveillance program.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2014, Source: The Guardian

275 are going to provide support and security for U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2014, Source: The Guardian

In a bombshell statement, Dianne Feinstein accused the CIA of potentially violating the US constitution and of criminal activity.