Tara McKelvey

Tara McKelvey, a senior editor at the Prospect, is a research fellow at NYU School of Law's Center on Law and Security and the author of Monstering: Inside America’s Policy on Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War.

Recent Articles

The Military's War on Journalists.

People in the Army have long been wary of journalists, but rarely do soldiers actually kill them. It does happen, though. David Finkel, a Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post reporter, describes the killings of two Reuters journalists in Baghdad in 2007 in his new book, The Good Soldiers.

Convenient Untruths

A 9/11 Commission lawyer catalogues the deceptions that mounted in the attack's wake.

Government officials lied about 9/11. Not in a terrible, devastating way, of course -- but through various, small details that twisted the story and made it seem like they had done a better job than they really did.

Journalists Who Paved the Way for Torture.

According to The New York Times, Osama bin Laden has apparently spoken again, addressing Americans in an audiotape in which he explains some of the reasons why Al Qaeda attacked the United States and talks about “injustices against the Muslim world.”

Commando Troops Caused Death of Afghan Interpreter.

After New York Times reporter David Rohde escaped from the Taliban, Sultan M. Munadi, who had worked as an interpreter for The Times, sent him an email: “Oh my God! I’m really really happy for this great news. I’ll thank billions of times the God for this freedom.”

Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan.

A NATO air strike in Afghanistan this morning killed at least 80 people, and demonstrates the pitfalls of the American strategy in that country. Theoretically, the U.S. is protecting civilians in an enlightened counterinsurgency campaign: As Spencer Ackerman writes in The Washington Independent, “At a Pentagon press conference, Defense Secretary Bob Gates said that he took ‘seriously’ the idea that the ‘behavior’ of U.S. troops in Afghanistan was to some degree more important than the simple size of the troop component.” Nevertheless, U.S.