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Mark Mazzetti on the CIA's Secret Army and Shadow War

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Mark Mazzetti gives an account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines around the world. In The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, Mazzetti tells the story of that shadow war, a campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies.

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The Takeaway

Obama's C.I.A Nominee John O. Brennan Has "Personal Objections" to Torture

Friday, February 08, 2013

At his Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, John O. Brennan tried to restore Americans' faith in the C.I.A. While Brennan expressed his disapproval for torture, he staunchly defended the C.I.A.'s drone program.

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Features

Spy Ladies Take Over TV

Thursday, February 07, 2013

WNYC

Keri Russell is back on TV. The former Felicity star, along with Matthew Rhys, portray a Russian spy couple living in suburban D.C. on the new FX series, The Americans.

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The Takeaway

How Would John O. Brennan Change the CIA?

Thursday, February 07, 2013

If confirmed, how would Brennan shape the C.I.A.? Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and U.S. national security issues for the Guardian. He explores Brennan's foreign policy influence in the region, and his potential role in Obama's second term.

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WNYC News

Watch Live: Brennan CIA Hearings

Thursday, February 07, 2013

In the midst of a contentious national debate about the Obama administration's use of drone warfare, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will question John Brennan, chief counterterrorism advisor to President Obama and the president's pick to lead the CIA. 

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On The Media

The CIA's Double Standard on Secrecy

Friday, January 18, 2013

In recent years, the CIA has authorized many of its former operatives to land lucrative book deals and pundit gigs — a fact that would have horrified previous generations of spooks. And yet, notes journalist Ted Gup, the agency remains notably selective about the information it allows to be disclosed. Bob talks with Ted about what he calls the CIA's "double standard" on secrecy.

 

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On The Media

Violent Video Games, Lying Athletes, and More

Friday, January 18, 2013

The history of studies on video games and aggression, a reporter's coverage of every underage gun death in New York City, Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o, and remembering Aaron Swartz.

The Washington Report

Defense Nominations and the Looming Debt Ceiling Fight... Again.

Monday, January 07, 2013

In this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, talks to Kerry Nolan about the likely selection by the President of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary and John Brennen as Director of the CIA and the ongoing drama of the debt-ceiling negotiations.

The Takeaway

Obama Picks C.I.A. Chief, Secretary of Defense

Monday, January 07, 2013

President Obama is set to announce two high-profile nominations today. The president is expected to nominate John O. Brennan, his counterterrorism advisor, to lead the C.I.A. The president will also nominate Chuck Hagel, the former Republican senator from Nebraska, as secretary of defense. David Sanger is following the nominations for our partner The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

Could Morell Be the Next Director of the CIA?

Monday, November 19, 2012

In the aftermath of the David Patraeus scandal, Michael Morell is serving as the acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency. And if the speculation is to be believed, he’ll soon be Patraeus’s permanent replacement. But who is Morell? And is he really the best man for the job? Brian Fung, associate editor at The Atlantic, recently profiled Morell for The Atlantic.

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On The Media

Petraeus's Relationship with Journalists

Friday, November 16, 2012

Journalists that covered David Petraeus, both in his capacity as a General in Iraq and Afghanistan, and later as the director of the CIA, have done a lot of public soul searching in the wake of his recent scandal. Bob speaks to international investigative reporter Jon Lee Anderson about what he sees as the media's failings in covering Petraeus.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: I Don't Care about the Petraeus Scandal, and Neither Should You

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Can we stop to think for a second about how staggeringly pointless it is to expect sexual and moral purity from the head of the CIA?

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: My Afternoon with Petraeus

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

When I met General Petraeus I thought I was in the presence of a great leader. Perhaps I was. But that leadership has been entirely undone.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a Movie: "Argo"

Friday, October 26, 2012

Antonio Mendez, former CIA technical operations officer, author of Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, and A. O. Scott, chief film critic at The New York Times, discuss the events depicted in the new movie "Argo" and Mendez’s role in it.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a TV Show: Homeland

Monday, October 01, 2012

Every so often, we pick a popular movie, play, or TV show and talk about the real-life context. Today: Showtime's "Homeland."

Bob Baer, the Intelligence Columnist for TIME Magazine and 21-year veteran of the CIA, talks about what "Homeland" gets right and what it says about counter-terrorism. Then, June Thomas, a culture critic for Slate and host of the new Slate podcast The Afterword, discusses what the show says about the evolution of spy thrillers after 9/11.

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The Takeaway

Report: Civilians Bear the Brunt of Drone Attacks

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The CIA drone program in Pakistan has targeted and killed more low-level militants than senior commanders, according to a new report by Stanford University and New York University. The drone program, according to the report, traumatizes communities in Northwest Pakistan and results in civilian deaths and injuries.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Argo

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Antonio Mendez gives an account of leading the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran. He's joined by his wife, Jonna Mendez, also a former CIA agent. Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History, written with Matt Baglio, tells the full story of how Mendez, a top-level CIA officer, devised an incredibly risky plan to rescue the six escaped hostages. He disguised himself as a Hollywood producer and traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called “Argo.”

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The Takeaway

Holder Says No Prosecutions Against CIA for Harsh Interrogations

Friday, August 31, 2012

Closing a controversial three-year investigation, Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that no one will be prosecuted for harsh interrogation techniques carried out by the CIA that resulted in the deaths of two prisoners.

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The Takeaway

Historic CIA Kidnapping Case Back in the Limelight

Friday, July 13, 2012

In 2003, an Egyptian terrorist suspect was abducted and flown to Egypt, where he says he was tortured and interrogated by the CIA. Years later, several Americans were indicted in Italy and found guilty in absentia for kidnapping. Now one has the chance to have her conviction overturned.

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The Takeaway

Is the U.S. Government Too Prone to Leaks?

Friday, June 08, 2012

Members of congress met yesterday with the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, to discuss recent government leaks about two of America’s newest weapons: computer worms (like Stuxnet) and drones. They asserted that each leak puts lives at risk and makes America's allies less likely to trust our government with their secrets.

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