It initially appeared that President Putin made the decision to invade Ukraine with little warning. But now the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency says there was evidence more than a week in advance and the Obama Administration was warned. Anderson discussed this with former CIA officer Bob Baer, The New Republic's Julia Ioffe and World Policy Journal Editor-in-Chief David Andelman.
CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto reports there are now indications the invasion of Crimea was "not a vastly premeditated decision by Putin." But there are serious questions about why the U.S. did not have more warning the crisis was coming. Anderson discussed how well America's intelligence agencies can keep tabs on Russia with Sciutto and former CIA officer Bob Baer.
A pair of deadly bomb attacks in the Russian city of Volgograd killed at least 31 people, injured dozens more and sent a violent message just six weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. So far there are no claims of responsibility for the attacks. There are serious questions about whether this is the work of a known Chechen separatist group that vowed to unleash maximum force to disrupt the Sochi Games. Diana Magnay has the latest from Moscow.
What does this mean for security at the Sochi Games? Anderson discussed all of this with former CIA officer Robert Baer and National Security Analyst Fran Townsend.
Authorities in Mexico have located a stolen truck that was carrying a cargo of radioactive cobalt 60. What is not known at this point is if all of the material has been recovered. If terrorists get their hands on cobalt 60 they can use it to make a dirty bomb. Brian Todd has late developments.
Anderson discussed this situation with National Security Analyst and former CIA officer Bob Baer.
There are reports Americans are among the gunmen who attacked Nairobi's Westgate Mall. The group al-Shabaab is claiming responsibility for the massacre. What does this mean for the safety of soft targets like malls here in the U.S.? Anderson discussed all of this with former extemist and author Maajid Nawaz and former CIA officer Bob Baer.
Peter Bergen and Bob Baer discuss how the brothers accused of the Boston marathon bombing could have learned about the explosives they allegedly used to kill and maim innocent people.
Bashar al-Assad's regime and the opposition fighters accuse each other of using chemical weapons in Syria. Fran Townsend and Bob Baer react to the news and discuss what the situation means for the United States.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said "we're going into some very dark times" when asked about the Syrian government possibly unleashing chemical warfare. If they did indeed use chemical weapons, that would be crossing the red line set by Pres. Obama to mark when the U.S. would take action.
Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, are still trying to verify what's happening on the ground in Syria.
Editor's note: Peter Bergen and Bob Baer discuss reaction to interrogation scenes in a film that portrays the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
"Zero Dark Thirty" is a likely shoo-in, deservedly, for Oscar nominations for best director (Kathryn Bigelow) and best screenplay (Mark Boal) and perhaps a slew of other categories.
Jessica Chastain, who plays Maya, a CIA analyst who in the film is the key player in finding Osama bin Laden, is reminiscent of Cate Blanchett in both looks and talent. The movie is beautifully filmed, and the propulsive score moves the action forward effectively.
Leaving aside its obvious merits as a film, how well does Zero Dark Thirty tell the complex tale of the decade-long hunt for bin Laden after 9/11? It's a valid question to ask since, after all, Bigelow told The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins, "What we were attempting is almost a journalistic approach to film," and Boal told the Los Angeles Times, "I wanted to approach the story as a screenwriter but do the homework as a reporter."
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