Charles Homans

Charles Homans is the executive editor of The Atavist. He previously worked as a features editor at Foreign Policy. His work has also appeared in The New Republic and The Economist, and on several National Public Radio programs. He was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 2008 to 2010. Previously, he worked as a newspaper and public radio reporter in Washington, Wyoming, and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. He was born and raised in Minnesota.


Last Secrets of the Bush Administration

What we know: In October 2001, the National Security Agency began monitoring the phone and e-mail traffic that passed through “switches,” or telecommunications gateways, located on American soil. The program would later be retroactively named the Terrorist Surveillance Program. What distinguished it from previous, legal wiretapping operations was that it was warrantlessafter the Foreign Intelligence… Read more »

Last Secrets of the Bush Administration

n March 2001, U.S. Archivist John W. Carlin received a letter from Alberto Gonzales, then counsel to the newly inaugurated president George W. Bush. It concerned an important deadline that was loomingone that Bush owed to Richard Nixon. In 1974, Congress ordered a lockdown on all records kept by the Nixon White House, afraid that… Read more »

Last Secrets of the Bush Administration

n March 2001, U.S. Archivist John W. Carlin received a letter from Alberto Gonzales, then counsel to the newly inaugurated president George W. Bush. It concerned an important deadline that was loomingone that Bush owed to Richard Nixon. In 1974, Congress ordered a lockdown on all records kept by the Nixon White House, afraid that… Read more »

Last Secrets of the Bush Administration

n March 2001, U.S. Archivist John W. Carlin received a letter from Alberto Gonzales, then counsel to the newly inaugurated president George W. Bush. It concerned an important deadline that was loomingone that Bush owed to Richard Nixon. In 1974, Congress ordered a lockdown on all records kept by the Nixon White House, afraid that… Read more »