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December 9th, 2014
11:14 PM ET

What's in the Senate's report on CIA torture?

The Senate Intelligence Committee spent five years looking at more than six-million pages of CIA documents. The report today is a scathing review of the interrogation techniques used after 9/11. It concludes the methods of torture were far more extensive than previously known, more brutal than officials had said and it found the techniques did not work. Barbara Starr breaks down some of the report's grisly details.

Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin looked at the report and pointed out that America never tortured enemies of previous wars like Nazis or Viet Cong like this. It was part of a discussion that also included Col. Morris Davis. a former Chief Prosecutor for Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay and CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen.

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Filed under: Barbara Starr • Jeffrey Toobin • Peter Bergen • Torture
November 14th, 2014
10:03 PM ET

Examining former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill's interview about the Bin Laden raid

Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill claims that he fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden. His account of the Abbottabad raid has triggered intense outrage and it is being disputed by some of his comrades in SEAL Team Six.

Robert O'Neill spoke to The Lead's Jake Tapper today, detailing his version of the raid and he addressed the backlash that came after going public with his story.

John Berman looked at the interview and discussed it with Jake, along with former Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam and CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen.


Robert O'Neill also responded to criticism from former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Secretary Panetta did not mince words on the issue, saying that SEALs are bound by their promise not to reveal details about sensitive operations without clearance from the Pentagon. Secretary Panetta went on to say breaking that promise compromises the military's ability to go after America's enemies.

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Filed under: Jake Tapper • Osama bin Laden • Peter Bergen
November 7th, 2014
10:22 PM ET

AC360 Exclusive: Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill in his own words on the shooting of Osama bin Laden

For the first time, we are hearing the former Navy SEAL who claims that he shot and killed Osama bin Laden describe the deadly raid.

Rob O'Neill first shared his story with Esquire Magazine three years ago without publicly revealing his identity. Three days ago, a special forces-oriented web site published his name, just before he was expected to go public in a TV documentary.

For more than a year, O'Neill has been speaking with freelance journalist Alex Quade. She shared her interview tapes exclusively with AC360.

There are serious questions about O'Neill's account of the raid and his decision to break the SEAL's code of silence. Anderson took a closer look at the O'Neill interview with Alex Quade, former Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam and CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen.

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Filed under: Osama bin Laden • Peter Bergen
November 3rd, 2014
11:43 PM ET

Report: New SEAL claims he made bin Laden kill 

There is word that another member of SEAL Team Six is preparing to step forward to claim credit for firing the fatal shot that killed Osama bin Laden. CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen looks at the possible repercussions of a move like this.

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September 25th, 2014
12:02 AM ET

Are the airstrikes working?

The Pentagon says the al Qaeda offshoot group called Khorasan was planning an imminent attack on European or American soil. But did the airstrikes inside Syria derail their plot? Anderson spoke with CNN Security Analyst Peter Bergen who was in a background briefing today and said it was possible Khorasan's plans were interrupted, but officials were unable to give definitive proof.

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Filed under: Khorasan • Peter Bergen • Syria
June 16th, 2014
10:10 PM ET

Why Iraq's military did not stand up against ISIS

Iraqi forces have done little to slow ISIS' march toward Baghdad. Anderson spoke with The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins about the state of Iraq's military and America's role in creating the current government they are supposed to protect.

Peter Bergen explains to Anderson how "there is no longer a border between Syria and Iraq" because of ISIS.

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Filed under: Anderson live in Baghdad • Dexter Filkins • Iraq • ISIS • Peter Bergen
May 27th, 2014
09:31 PM ET

President Obama's plan to bring the Afghanistan war to a "respectable end"

U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan are set to end at the end of the year. Now, President Obama is laying out his plan to leave nearly 10,000 troops there through 2015. That is contingent on the new Afghan government signing off on a security agreement. Even if this plan does win approval, President Obama admits Afghanistan "will not be a perfect place." National security analyst Peter Bergen has the latest.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Peter Bergen • President Barack Obama
May 5th, 2014
09:43 PM ET

What's next for hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls?

The words are appalling, and they are sparking outrage around the world. A man who says he is a leader of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram is threatening to sell some 200 young Nigerian girls taken at gunpoint from their school. The U.S. State Department says the video appears to be legitimate. There is a worldwide campaign going on right now that’s working to secure their freedom. How did their ordeal begin? What if anything can be done to help them now? Vlad Duthiers reports from Nigeria.

Anderson discussed this tragic situation with Vlad Duthiers and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.

April 15th, 2014
09:49 PM ET

Jihadist video could be a signal of a new al Qaeda plot

A video that was recently posted on a jihadist web site shows an al Qaeda leader telling at least 100 followers that he wants them to attack the United States. It was shot in Yemen and it is raising serious questions about what the U.S. really knows about al Qaeda's operations. Barbara Starr has the latest.

Anderson discussed this with national security analyst Peter Bergen.

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January 29th, 2014
11:18 PM ET

What's behind a new warning about al Qaeda?

The top U.S. intelligence chief says al Qaeda has morphed into at least five factions in a dozen countries. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also warned that one of the groups has set up training camps in Syria to plan attacks on the United States. Anderson discussed all of this with National Security Analyst Peter Bergen.

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