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Bradley Manning's Pre-Trial Hearing and a Look at Military Secrecy

Monday, December 19, 2011

In Fort Meade, Maryland, a pre-trial investigation to determine whether or not to court-martial Private Bradley Manning is underway. Manning is accused of passing confidential U.S. military documents onto WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In theory, the Article 32 hearing could give Manning's lawyers the chance to bring up a broad host of issues connected to the case — about military secrecy, for example, and about the personal difficulties Manning, who is gay, struggled with in the Army. However, over the weekend, Army investigators put strict limits on what witnesses Manning can call in his own defense.

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The Takeaway

GOP Candidates Debate Security and Foreign Policy

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The GOP presidential candidates discussed foreign policy and national security during yet another debate on Tuesday night. The candidates attempted to subtle distinctions between each other in policies on Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Patriot Act, Iran, and Israel. Newt Gingrich, the current front runner, made waves when he suggested the party should not adopt an immigration policy that "destroys families that have been here a quarter-century."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside the Global Arms Trade

Friday, November 18, 2011

Andrew Feinstein investigates the global arms trade and the collusion that often exists among senior politicians, weapons manufacturers, felonious arms dealers, and the military—a situation that compromises our security and undermines our democracy. His book Shadow World looks at the corruption and the cover-ups behind a range of weapons deals, from the largest in history—between the British and Saudi governments—to the guns-for-diamonds deals in Africa and the imminent $60 billion U.S. weapons contract with Saudi Arabia.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Playing with Fire

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen talks about his new book, Blink of an Eye, a thriller about a national security advisor in the aftermath of a nuclear attack on a U.S. city.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cyberthieves, Cybercops, and You

Monday, October 10, 2011

Misha Glenny explores the three fundamental threats facing us in the 21st century: cybercrime, cyberwarfare, and cyberindustrial espionage. Darkmarket: Cyberthieves, Cybercops and You explores the rise and fall of the criminal website DarkMarket and looks at the new, ever-changing, often invisible, breed of criminal: the hacker.

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The Takeaway

US and Other Countries Rely More on Drones

Monday, October 10, 2011

The United States military is increasingly relying upon remotely piloted drones to carry out tactical missions in the war in Afghanistan. Other countries, such as Pakistan and Yemen, are also using drones in battle more often. A drone killed the American-born, Yemen-based al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki last month, and before that the United States used them to gather intelligence on Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. With the increasing prevelance of drones, and the fact that they have killed both militants and civilians, some people are worried that a dangerous global drone arms race may be beginning.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dana Priest on Top Secret America

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Award-winning reporter Dana Priest investigates the top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State, she writes that it has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. The system put in place to keep the United States safe may be putting us in greater danger.

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The Takeaway

New York, Washington Face 9/11 Terrorism Threat

Friday, September 09, 2011

Last night, as President Obama was giving his jobs speech, federal authorities were confirming reports that there is a specific, credible terrorist threat for the New York City and District of Columbia areas this coming weekend. Counterterrorism officials are investigating a possible truck bomb, and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a press conference last night that he would increase security in the city, and that residents should keep their "eyes wide open."

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The Takeaway

9/11: Looking Back and Ahead with Lee Hamilton

Friday, September 09, 2011

All week long, we’ve been talking about the tenth anniversary of 9/11. We’ve spoken with young people, experts, soldiers, and you, our listeners. Today, we're focusing on the 9/11 commission, and what we've done to improve homeland security since the attacks.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Civil Liberties After 9/11

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Nadine Strossen, former head of the ACLU, joins us to talk about how civil liberties have changed since 9/11, from domestic surveillance, body scanners, and indefinite detention to an expansive national security establishment that remains largely hidden from view.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The FBI and Counterterrorism

Monday, August 29, 2011

Since 9/11 the FBI has made counterterrorism its number one priority, and its efforts have spawned a wide network of informants who are mostly tasked with spying on Muslim Americans. Mother Jones reporter Trevor Aaronson writes about how the Agency is infiltrating communities and in some cases, provoking people to plan terrorist attacks. He's the author of "Terrorists for the FBI," in the latest issue of Mother Jones.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: A Secret History of the Bay of Pigs

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A declassified secret CIA history of The Bay of Pigs Invasion.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Eric Schmitt, terrorism correspondent, and Thom Shanker, Pentagon correspondent, both of The New York Times, talk about the Pentagon's revolutionary new strategy to fight al Qaeda, and how it’s shaping the United States’ efforts to fight terrorism in the Middle East and at home. In Counter Strike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda, Schmitt and Shanker tell why the strategy to defeat al Qaeda through force wasn’t working, and how successful new counterterrorism strategies are being developed and adopted.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cyber War

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Joseph Gross looks at the scope of the raging cyber-war and gives details of what happened at Google during their 2009 attack. He also reveals information on a government-initiated program—Operation Starlight—to combat cyber-attacks. Gross was the first to report on Operation Shady RAT, which cyber-security firm McAfee has just released details of. His article “Enter the Cyber Dragon” appears in the September issue of Vanity Fair. He’s also written a Web exclusive, “Operation Shady RAT—Unprecedented Cyber-espionage Campaign and Intellectual-Property Bonanza.”

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The Takeaway

After The Takeaway: John Hockenberry Contemplates the Significance of the Bin Laden Raid

Thursday, August 04, 2011

In this video, The Takeaway’s co-host John Hockenberry reflects on the controversial essay by Nicholas Schmidle that appeared in this week’s New Yorker, entitled “Getting Bin Laden: What Happened that Night in Abbottabad.” We had Schmidle on The Takeaway earlier this week, and he discussed the symbolic as well as practical significance of the success of the bin Laden raid for the U.S. Military. Here, Hockenberry reacts to these sentiments, assessing the implications of our national preoccupation with security in a post-9/11 world.

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The Takeaway

Global Hacking Threats Raise Concern Over U.S. Readiness

Thursday, August 04, 2011

McAfee, a leading cyber security company, issued a report on Wednesday that indirectly points to China as the source of a broad ranging cyber attack on more than 72 organizations throughout the world — including the United Nations, the Olympic movement and the U.S. government. As cyber attacks become a growing threat to the country, the National Security Agency has made a push to employ the best and brightest to combat these attacks. Often, the most qualified people to play defense are often the ones that were once on the offensive — former hackers.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Education of a CIA Interrogator

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle talks about his years working as a CIA agent. The Interrogator: An Education tells about his most serious assignment—interrogating a top level al-Qaeda operative captured after 9/11 and held at one of the CIA’s notorious black sites. Carle explains why he began to seriously doubt whether the CIA had captured the right man, describes the underworld of the Global War on Terror, and looks at the ways in which war alters our institutions and American society.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Democracies and Emergencies

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University, talks about the ways modern democratic governments have undermined democracy by invoking the idea of emergency—they’ve bypassed constitutional provisions concerning presidential succession, the declaration of war, the use of torture, civilian surveillance, and the arrangements for nuclear weapons. In Thinking in an Emergency, Scarry looks at why citizens devalue thinking and ignore checks and balances on government power during emergencies, and offers rigorous, effective ways of thinking in times of crisis.

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The Takeaway

NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor

Friday, June 10, 2011

A former National Security Agency employee who was charged with leaking classified information has brokered a plea deal just days before his trial was set to begin. Thomas Drake pleaded guilty to a minor misdemeanor charge, and will face no jail time. Had he been convicted of the ten felony counts he was indicted for in April under the 1917 Espionage Act, he could have served over 30 years in prison. Drake pleaded guilty to misusing a government computer to share classified information with someone not authorized to receive that information. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: The Obama Administration's Crackdown on Leaks

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer describes how the Obama Administration is cracking down on leaks by prosecuting whistle-blowers. Her article, The Secret Sharer, appears in the May 23 issue of The New Yorker.  

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