Friday, February 01, 2013
Trevor Aaronson talks about his investigation into how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the Bureau can then claim it is winning the war on terror. The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism reveals information about the FBI's paid informants and documents the methods the FBI uses to ensnare Muslims in terrorist plots.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Investigative journalist Ian Cobain argues that while the United Kingdom does not “participate in, solicit, encourage or condone” torture, when it’s faced with potential threats to national security, the rules change. His book A Secret History of Torture, shows how, from World War II to the War on Terror, the West has repeatedly and systematically resorted to torture, bending the law, and turning a blind eye. He draws on previously unseen official documents and the accounts of witnesses, victims and experts.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Peter Yost talks about his NOVA documentary “Rise of the Drones.” Drones are the next chapter in aviation history and are revolutionizing warfare. NOVA gains unprecedented access to engineers and labs, military experts, pilot training facilities to show how engineers are taking the pilot out of the cockpit with stunning new advances in this game-changing technology to explore if these could become part of our everyday lives here at home. “Rise of the Drones” airs on PBS at 9 pm January 23.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Wall Street Journal Reporter Julia Angwin discusses the National Counterterrorism Center’s new authority to access and keep data about innocent U.S. citizens for up to five years, and to analyze it for suspicious patterns of behavior even if there is no reason to suspect them.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. We start the show with a Please Explain look at the top science stories of 2012! George Saunders talks about his new short story collection, Tenth of December. Michael Cannell tells the story of a California mechanic who became the first American-born driver to win the Grand Prix. And the Wall Street Journal’s Julia Angwin discusses the new powers given to the National Counterterrorism Center to collect information on Americans, even if they have not been suspected of a crime.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate, talks about his new book, The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, and the president’s choices for his second-term national security team.
→ EVENT: Fred Kaplan will be reading from The Insurgents at the UWS Barnes & Noble on Jan. 15 at 7PM.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Fred Kaplan of Slate talks about his new book on David Petraeus and continues the discussion on President Obama's picks for his next national security team, including Chuck Hagel. Plus: Analysis of Governor Christie's State of the State address; reaction to yesterday's federal ruling that limits NYPD stop-and-frisk procedures; and background on Tibet's recent increase in self-immolation protests.
Friday, January 04, 2013
Last March, the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) was granted unprecedented power to collect data on ordinary U.S. citizens, data like flight records or lists of casino employees. Critics have likened the NCTC to the "Pre-Crime Squad" in the movie "Minority Report." Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin talks with Bob about this dramatic shift in the intelligence community's power over US citizens.
Friday, January 04, 2013
The most serious kind of subpoena - called a 'National Security Letter' - used to have a lifetime gag-order automatically attached. That is until Nicholas Merrill appealed his and won the right to talk about it. Despite 50,000 national security letters a year, there are only three organizations that have ever won the right to say they got one. In a segment that originally aired in January of 2011, Nick Merrill tells Bob why he's the exception and the rule.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Kurt Eichenwald recounts the first 500 days after 9/11, looking closely at the decisions, deceptions, and delusions of the 18 months that changed the world forever, as leaders raced to protect their citizens in the wake of 9/11. In 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars, he moves from the Oval Office to Number 10 Downing Street, from Guantanamo Bay to the CIA headquarters, from the al-Qaeda training camps to the torture chambers of Egypt and Syria.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
By Adam Dawson : It's A Free Country blogger
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?
Thursday, October 25, 2012
During Monday's Presidential debate, moderator Bob Schieffer asked just one question about U.S. drone-strikes, despite the fact that the controversial drone program is now one of the cornerstones of the country's counter-terrorism policy. Washington Post intelligence reporter Greg Miller tells us about his investigation of a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.” He's written about it in the Washington Post's special report, the Permanent War.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
How did this hot issue become a non-issue? Has the country forgotten about the Patriot Act? Or do the candidates just hope that we have? Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University's School of Law takes a closer look as part of The Takeaway's Don't Mention It Series.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin explains the rise of license plate tracking and how surveillance of seemingly mundane activities is growing. Her article, "New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates," written with Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, appeared in the September 29 issue of The Wall Street Journal.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Twenty-seven percent of Americans aged 17 to 24 are too fat to serve in the United States military. Add that number to those who cannot serve because they have a criminal record or have not graduated from high school, and that means 75 percent of our nation's youth are not eligible to serve in uniform. General Norman Seip, is a retired Air Force General and a member of Mission: Readiness.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Kurt Eichenwald recounts the first 500 days after 9/11, looking closely at the decisions, deceptions, and delusions of the 18 months that changed the world forever, as leaders raced to protect their citizens in the wake of 9/11. In 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars, he moves from the Oval Office to Number 10 Downing Street, from Guantanamo Bay to the CIA headquarters, from the al-Qaeda training camps to the torture chambers of Egypt and Syria. He reveals new information from the terror wars, including never before reported details about warrantless wiretapping, the anthrax attacks and investigations, and conflicts between Washington and London.
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.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran discusses America’s troubled war in Afghanistan. His new book Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan is an account of the surge, which he argues was sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance but by infighting and incompetence within the American government. Chandrasekaran examines the challenges of U.S. intervention there, and gives an eye-opening look at the complex relationship between America and Afghanistan.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, discusses President Obama’s use of new tools and weapons—cyberwar against Iran, drone attacks in Pakistan, and increasing reliance on the Special Forces to hunt al-Qaeda. Sanger’s new book, Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, provides a look inside the Obama administration’s national security decisions.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Over the weekend, Attorney General Eric Holder announced two investigations into the leaks: one for the Stuxnet operation in Iran and one for the now well-known drone program. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich discusses how these investigations could play out.