A year of Security Clearance
June 13th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

A year of Security Clearance

From the hunt for terrorists to intelligence on Iran, from debunking North Korea rumors to revealing military planning for SyriaCNN's Security Clearance blog has been reporting on all facets of terrorism, national security and related coverage. In one year, we've notched tens of millions of page views and our readers have left more than 100,000 comments, as well.

Examining terrorism and its implications on policy and daily lives, the blog has spanned the world. From the squeeze on al Qaeda in Pakistan to the evolving strengths of its affiliates in Yemen, the emerging threats in Somalia and in the West. We have looked at how governments try to stop terrorism with the increasing use of drones, intelligence gathering and messaging, as well as how terrorists influence and recruit, plus the debate at home about how to deal with terrorism and terrorists. CNN's terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank weighs in regularly with his insights on global jihad.

The threads of the terrorism story weave across many fronts: from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the challenge of Pakistan and the turmoil in the Middle East, to trends in intelligence and how the election intersects with national security.

We've featured stories from the national security team's travels around the world and from CNN reporters in our far-flung bureaus including Nick Paton Walsh in Kabul, Reza Sayah and Nasir Habib in Islamabad, Ben Wedeman from Libya, Ivan Watson in Turkey and Nic Robertson.

In its first year, Security Clearance has delivered its share of scoops and exclusives, from our reporting just last week about the intelligence chief's plans to crackdown on spying, plans to create a classified cloud for spies, first look at satellite imagery, details on investigations and diplomatic developments.

We've focused on the personalities behind national security from exclusive interviews with key officials from intelligence to military, to our ongoing Case Files series profiling key people in the U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism community and the growing prominence of women in key roles. In addition, we've brought you the inside stories of military missions and heroics.

And let's not forget the peek at the most classified iPad in the military, an introduction to the Pentagon's top dog and the efforts to create new technologies for counterterrorism and military use.

Thank you for reading our stories and for your abundant comments. We look forward to piquing your curiosity even more in the coming years.

Security Clearance team:

Adam Levine – Follow: @CNNAdamFAVORITE STORY
Suzanne Kelly – Follow: @SuzanneKellyCNNFAVORITE STORY
Tim Lister – Follow: @timlisterCNNFAVORITE STORY
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Barbara Starr – Follow: @BarbaraStarrCNNFAVORITE STORY
Chris Lawrence – Follow: @CLawrenceCNNFAVORITE STORY
Jill Dougherty – Follow: @CNNJillFAVORITE STORY
Elise Labott – Follow: @EliseLabottCNNFAVORITE STORY
Mike Mount – Follow: @MikeMountCNNFAVORITE STORY
Larry Shaughnessy – Follow: @ShaughnessyCNNFAVORITE STORY
Jennifer Rizzo – Follow: @RizzoCNNFAVORITE STORY
Jamie Crawford – Follow: @CNNJamieFAVORITE STORY

Special thanks to those at CNN.com who let us create the page and helped bring it to reality, including Meredith Artley, Manuel Perez, Amy Cox, Ashley Fantz and the CNN.com team that links to our reporting.  Laura Koran, Dan Merica, Leslie Bentz, Jonathan Helman, Lindy Royce, Shirley Henry and Simon Hernandez-Arthur for all the help posting in the wee hours of the night and weekends.  Gregory Wallace, Ashley Killough, Gabriella Schwarz and Kevin Liptak  for explaining all the nuance of blog publishing.  Our buddies Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi at Belief blog for their advice, and Sam Feist for his support and encouragement.

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  2. Aaron Chaney

    Romney vs. Frankenstein (Obama)

    Put simply, better the devil you don't know. Vote Romney.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • axby

      Frankenstein was constructed using body parts of different people. Romney was constructed using parts from moderates, conservatives and liberals - all into one.

      June 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • dreamer96

      Aaron Chaney

      Frankenstein Interesting choice...Was his a monster?...What would a Frankenstein of today be, A person with the heart, or liver, or kidney, or eyes from one or more organ donors, is Dick Cheney a Frankenstein now, because he has someone else's heart in his chest...Is a modern day Frankenstein a creation of lab DNA construction, or one person out of a million in our current world??

      The future is coming, science, and technology will play a big part in our countries security...but we might also be reaching back to the days of the Romans, and looking for our modern day psychics, mediums, clairvoyants, and oracles of Delphi..

      When Christianity sweep through the Roman empire these people were cast out as evil and read Leviticus to see what I mean....

      But did you know the worlds private corporations, and world governments, are looking for the few people that others would call freaks...Some call them people with "good instincts"..others call them true psychics...in a world of 6 billion..people are looking on the college campuses and grade schools for those that have special gifts...and they come in many different forms....the DOD had it remote viewers, men who stare at goats and radio men,...Some of these people have odd behavior, do not standout as special...some are like rain man...In another time and under different rules these people might be called witches, or undesirables....but the search for the one in a million, one in 100 million is going on today...

      June 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply

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