Today’s announcement of a diplomatic breakthrough with Cuba reverses the policy of nine U.S. Presidents dating back to 1961. Anderson looks at the complicated and often messy history that led to this moment.
During President Jimmy Carter’s adminstration, he tried to normalize ties with Cuba and recently worked to win Alan Gross’ freedom. Tonight he told Anderson that if he had more time in the White House, there would have been full diplomatic relations with Cuba back then.
John Crawford III was shot dead by a police officer inside an Ohio Walmart. He was holding a “pellet” gun that he had picked up from the store’s shelf. Crawford’s death came four days before Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson. In both cases, grand juries cleared white officers of any wrongdoing. Today Mr. Crawford’s family filed a federal lawsuit against the police and the store. This comes as newly released video shows the police interrogation of Mr. Crawford’s girlfriend. Ana Cabrera has the latest.
Anderson discussed the case with retired NYPD Detective Harry Houck and CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin.
At least 145 people died in today’s massacre at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. Most of the victims were children, some as young as 12-years-old. It was the work of the Pakistani Taliban. Anderson looks at how they committed such a brutal atrocity.
Christiane Amanpour has spoken with Pakistan’s Defense Minister about today's tragedy and his country’s relationship with the Taliban.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has made it clear that he thinks the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report is 'full of crap' and has led a parade of George W. Bush administration officials who denounced the report on harsh interrogation techniques used against terrorism suspects, saying he would "do it again in a minute." The report concluded that the so-called enhanced interrogations didn't yield any actionable intelligence. Ali Soufan, former FBI Supervisory Special Agent, who was one of the first people to interrogate the first high-profile al Qaida terror suspect captured after the 9/11 attacks tells Anderson that the most of the information that help disrupt terror plots were obtained without torture.
Filed under: Torture
A 16-hour hostage siege with a lone gunman holding 17 people inside a chocolate shop ended in the early morning hours as commandos hearing gunfire inside the shop stormed in killing the gunman and ending the siege, but not before two of the hostages were killed. Jason Carroll takes a look at previous hostage situations and the outcome of the rescue attempts.
Filed under: Sydney siege
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