The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, January 18, 2014

From the sentence that launched America’s endless global war to the amazing world of underground marijuana smuggling, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

01.18.14 10:45 AM ET

The Most Dangerous Sentence in U.S. History
Gregory D. Johnsen, BuzzFeed

Written in the frenzied days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. More than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world.

In the Name of Love
Mika Tokumitsu, Jacobin

“Do what you love” is the mantra for today’s worker. But the ideological function of that phrase is to re-classify work as pleasure—and that drives workers apart.

A Dangerous Mind
Robert Kolker, New York

When do awful thoughts, shared with complete strangers, become criminal actions? The troubling case—in every direction—of New York’s “cannibal cop.”

The Online Avengers
Emily Bazelon, The New York Times Magazine

Are antibullying activists the saviors of the Internet—or just another kind of curse?

Inside the Incredible Booming Subterranean Marijuana Railroad
Jason Kersten, GQ

The Feds can’t see them. Or hear the digging. They don’t know how many there are or where they are headed. They know only that the tunnels are coming. And when they cross our border, when the soil gives way and the drugs start flowing, it’s already too late.

How the NSA Recruits In a Post-Snowden World
Joshua Kopstein, The Daily Beast

The surveillance state sold itself to hackers as the coolest place to work. Now it’s seen as the enemy, and that means going elsewhere to build an army of digital cat burglars.