Scott Shane

New York Times reporter

Scott Shane appears in the following:

The Semantics of Terrorism

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bob talks with Scott Shane of the New York Times about the criticism of President Obama's language when describing acts of violent extremism.

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The Torture Report Reveals Big Paychecks for Two Psychologists

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane traces the money trails in the CIA's $300 million dollar torture report.

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Snowden Strikes Again With New Leaks

Friday, September 06, 2013

According to our partner The New York Times, the N.S.A. has bypassed or simply cracked much of the digital encryption used by businesses and regular Americans by building powerful supercomputers to break encryption codes, among other things. Scott Shane, national security correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains Snowden's latest leak.

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New Leak: U.S. and Britain Eavesdropped on World Leaders in 2009

Monday, June 17, 2013

Another revelation has come to light surrounding the nature of U.S. spying programs as the G8 summit kicks off in Ireland. A document disclosed by Edward Snowden, the leaker of the N.S.A. surveillance programs, reveals that American and British intelligence agencies eavesdropped on world leaders at 2009 conferences in London. Scott Shane, national security correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains how this will affect the G8 summit and U.S. diplomatic relations.

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Boston: The Russian Connection

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Scott Shane, New York Times intelligence reporter based in Washington, discusses ongoing questions about the investigation of the Boston bombings, and the effectiveness of the intelligence community in preventing and prosecuting domestic terrorism.


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Obama Administration Codifying Drone Policy

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Scott Shane, reporter for The New York Times, discusses his report that the Obama Administration has been working on writing a rule book for U.S. drone use.

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Secrets That Aren't Secret

Friday, June 08, 2012

The White House announced this week that they’d killed Al Qaeda’s number 2 operative, but, following standard operating procedure, would not tell reporters how they'd killed him. Why? Because they killed him by targeted drone strike, a program which is widely known about but still technically classified. The New York Times reporter Scott Shane tells Bob that the administration's coy attitude towards classified secrets is stifling public debate.

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Double-Agent Thwarted Al Qaeda Suicide Bombing Plot

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

There’s a new twist in the developing story of a thwarted terrorist plot orchestrated by Al Qaeda in Yemen. The would-be suicide bomber tasked with blowing up a United States-bound airliner was actually a double agent. Scott Shane, national security correspondent for The New York Times, explains.

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Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed

Friday, January 13, 2012

New York Times national security correspondent, Scott Shane, and senior staff writer for The Wall Street Journal covering the Middle East, Farnaz Fassihi, discuss the fallout from the killing of the Iranian nuclear scientist - and the global security implications. 

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The Quiet War Against Iran's Nuclear Program

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Stuxnet, the mysterious computer virus which only targets Siemens industrial software and equipment, devastated Iran's uranium enrichment facility at Natanz and nuclear reactor at Bushehr. These setbacks didn't incur any loss of life; however, they weren't the only actions taken against Iran's nuclear program. Many experts believe that a covert campaign of assassinations, bombings, and sabotage has been anonymously carried out over the past three years by Israel and the Bush and Obama administrations.


Oslo Attacks

Monday, July 25, 2011

Heidi Beirich, director of research at the Southern Poverty Law Center, and New York Times reporter, Scott Shane, walk us through items from the Oslo suspect's manifesto - specifically the references to American bloggers and writers who have warned about the threat from Islam for years now.

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Without New Leader, Future of Al-Qaida in Limbo

Friday, May 13, 2011

With the death of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida is now calling on all its followers to prepare do-it-yourself plans of attack against America. And it’s a sharp contrast to the strategy taken on by bin Laden, which focused on long-term planning for one big attack on U.S. soil. This message from the terror network’s online presence is just among the first signs that a change in leadership will also mean a change in strategy. And it seems that without a prominent candidate, the future of the organization is in limbo. We talk with Scott Shane, national security reporter for The New York Times who broke this story for the paper.


Proof is in the Hard Drives: Bin Laden's Terror Tech

Friday, May 06, 2011

After poring over documents and hard drives taken out of the compound in Abbottabad where bin Laden was killed, intelligence analysts have surmised that the al-Qaida leader was consistently in touch with the terrorist network he helped create, and still intimately involved in plotting more attacks. A story in The New York Times details the data found and C.I.A. surveillance conducted before the mission to take out bin Laden was completed. We're joined by Scott Shane, a New York Times reporter who worked on the story. 

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Did Torture Help or Hinder Efforts to Find Bin Laden?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

There is growing debate among Democrats and Republicans over which president's tactic helped find and kill Osama bin Laden. Was it the harsh interrogation techniques under the Bush administration, that included waterboarding and sleep deprivation of detained al-Qaida members? Or was it old fashioned surveillance and intelligence gathering methods that got bin Laden? Scott Shane, national security reporter for The New York Times says that until all the documents are declassified, it may be difficult to know.

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From Gitmo Prisoner to US Ally in Libya?

Monday, April 25, 2011

The New York Times obtained a trove of more than 700 classified documents holding new information about the prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay. The documents show that most of the 172 prisoners who remain locked up at Guantanamo are “high risk” and pose a threat to our national security if released without proper rehabilitation. But more alarmingly, the documents reveal that nearly 200 of the 600 detainees already released were also rated high risk. Also, surprisingly, one of the prisoners who was released is now fighting with the rebels in Libya. Scott Shane, reporter for The New York Times helps analyze the documents.


Egyptian Military and Mubarak's True Power

Friday, February 11, 2011

Egypt's autocratic leader, Hosni Mubarak announced his plans to remain president of Egypt, yet, more and more voices begin to consolidate power both inside the government, and outside its walls. Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei tweeted out, "Egypt will explode. Army must save country now," in response to Mubarak. Furthermore, some reports suggest Egypt's Army is deeply divided over how to deal with Mubarak. The question now is, how much longer can Mubarak count on the military’s support? 


Behind-The-Scenes Diplomacy Revealed in Latest WikiLeaks Release

Monday, November 29, 2010

WikiLeaks struck again this weekend, this time releasing a trove of over 250,000 documents containing cable messages between international diplomats. The New York Times and four other major international newspapers received the documents from WikiLeaks early, and agreed to publish their reports today. The confidential messages are plentiful and far-reaching, and reveal the tangled workings of diplomats behind the scenes as they relay messages about a potentially-nuclear Iran, contingency plans for North Korea and various coordinated efforts in the Middle East.

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Father of First US Citizen Marked for Kill Or Capture Challenges CIA in Court

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Can the U.S. government or its agents kill an American citizen even if he is a non-combatant? Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim Cleric born in America and hiding in Yemen, has called for a Jihad against America and is clearly inciting violence against his native land. But as his own father will argue in front of a federal judge today, that may not mean he should be marked for death or capture by the C.I.A.. The law suit, filed in Washington by two human rights organizations on behalf of al-Awlaki's father, argues that the U.S. government shouldn't be allowed to kill an American citizen who isn't on the battlefield without a judicial review.




Russian Spies?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Alleged Russian spies were arrested in the NYC area. 

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Details of Alleged Russian Spy Ring Unfold

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The FBI announced yesterday the arrests of 11 people associated with an alleged Russian spy ring. The arrests were made on Sunday in Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey and New York. Details coming out of the FBI reports read like a Russian spy novel — if not stranger.  Authorities worked for at least seven years to gather information about the suspects, who were all charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and failing to register as guests of a foreign government. The maximum sentences for these crimes are five to 20 years.

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