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.
Fran Townsend and Bob Baer analyze video that purportedly shows patients sickened by chemical weapons in Syria.
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."
Bob Baer and Dr. Sanjay Gupta talk about the possible effects of Sarin gas if Syria uses chemical weapons against civilians.
CNN's Fran Townsend, Bob Baer and the Daily Beast's Eli Lake discuss new developments on the crime scene in Benghazi, Libya where four Americans were killed including Amb. Christopher Stevens.
Fmr. CIA Officer Bob Baer says he's concerned about the fate of Afghanistan and explains what he thinks the U.S. has to do to insure a safe transition. Baer is part of AC360's series "What Keeps You Up at Night," which focuses on election issues.
Fmr. CIA Officer Bob Baer and CNN National Security Contributor Fran Townsend discuss the U.S. Consulate's security detail and the dangers of an increased extremist presence in Libya.
Bob Baer and Arwa Damon explain the challenges America will face trying to find the U.S. Consulate attackers in Libya.
As widespread violence continues across Syria, there are disturbing unconfirmed reports that the Syrian regime has been moving stockpiles of chemical weapons. CNN Contributor and former CIA Officer Bob Baer tells Anderson Cooper: "My interpretation of events there, it’s getting very bad" and "So far, they've shown that they'll stop at nothing to defend themselves or to crush this rebellion."