By Charlotte Klein, Vanity Fair-HIVE

“The war on terror is about far more than, quote, unquote, ‘national security,’” he (Spencer Ackerman) told me, which might help explain why his beat is now in quotation marks in his Twitter bio. “It sustains itself in part by how deep and deeply American its roots already are. I want to put all of that up to question and in sustained focus.” The writing, Ackerman says, will “feel very much like a continuity” of the work he’s done at the Daily Beast. But he wants to “let stories marinate,” producing “something that reckons with a really awful reality, rather than what the provocation of the day is.”

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