Tara McKelvey, a 2011 Guggenheim fellow, is a correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. She is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and the author of Monstering: Inside America’s Policy of Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War (Basic Books).


The unusual disclosures about the thwarted plot suggest the CIA has reach and may throw terrorists off balance, says Tara McKelvey.

Secret Weapon

The man who once called President Bush the "torturer in chief" has become a fierce defender of aerial drone strikes.