December 11th, 2014
09:51 PM ET

How CIA Director Brennan defends the agency after the torture report

The report on torture released by the Senate Intelligence Committee has shaken the CIA. It moved Director John Brennan to speak today. He laid out a very carefully-worded and sometimes contradictory version of the truth as he sees it. Barbara Starr takes an up close look at Brennan’s defense.

Glenn Carle and Gary Berntsen are former CIA officers and they have very different opinions on the issue of torture.

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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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July 22nd, 2014
11:49 PM ET

MH17: Intelligence community finds answers to some questions

Some questions about the downing of MH17 may never be answered. However, the U.S. intelligence community is analyzing clues and says it's certain about several key facts. Barbara Starr has the latest.

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Filed under: Barbara Starr • MH17 • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
July 15th, 2014
10:28 PM ET

U.S. intelligence fears Americans who fought in Syria could be preparing for a domestic attack

There are growing concerns over Americans who traveled to fight in Syria planning to return home to launch attacks here. The FBI and the U.S. Intelligence community are working to track these individuals. Barbara Starr has new details on why this investigation is so complicated.

Anderson discussed the dangers of fighters who carry U.S. passports with National Security Analyst Fran Townsend, CIA and FBI counterterrorism official Philip Mudd and counterterrorism veteran Robert McFadden.

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June 18th, 2014
10:47 PM ET

Inside the capture of the suspected mastermind of the Benghazi attack

Nearly two years after the attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans, Ahmed Abu Khatallah is in U.S. custody. The alleged mastermind of the deadly attack is on a ship facing intense interrogation. Barbara Starr looks at the events that led to Khatallah's arrest.

Anderson discussed Khatallah's interrogation with former NCIS special agent Robert McFadden.

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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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March 15th, 2014
12:33 AM ET

Flight 370: Analyzing the technical data

CNN's Barbara Starr reports that according to a U.S. official, authorities here in the U.S. analyzing technical data from Malaysia Airlines 370 are coming to a conclusion that "it may be harder to write off the notion that there was not some sort of human intervention in this flight." Starr explains the intelligence so far does not yet lead to a motive.

David Gallo co-led the search for Air France Flight 447. He reacts to the confusion surrounding conflicting information being shared about Flight 370. "It's not just about the missing plane, there's 239 passengers on that plane," said Gallo. He explains that when he was in the room of the few people who knew what was going on during Air France 447 ".. it was important to get some information out to the public and the families and the loved ones of the victims, because they needed to know that things were moving forward." Gallo added he was careful about what information was shared to avoid speculation.

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February 6th, 2014
10:09 PM ET

Terror threat linked to Olympics leads to changes on U.S. flights to Russia

The TSA has temporarily banned all carry-on liquids on flights headed to Russia. The move follows warnings terrorists may try to carry out attacks with explosives concealed in toothpaste tubes. All this comes as the clock ticks down to the Olympic opening ceremony. Anderson gets the latest from Ivan Watson in Sochi and Barbara Starr at the Pentagon.
Anderson discussed all of this with New York Congressman Peter King.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • Ivan Watson • Peter King • Sochi Olympics
December 23rd, 2013
10:42 PM ET

U.S. Marines poised to enter South Sudan

U.S. Marines are poised to enter South Sudan to help evacuate Americans and provide security for the U.S. Embassy, after hundreds of people were killed during a week of fighting. Thousands of civilians have taken refuge in United Nations bases within South Sudan. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the people in a message, "You are seeing people leave the country amid increasing chaos. The U.N. will stay with you."
Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reports.

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December 17th, 2013
09:52 PM ET

Serious questions surround deadly Black Hawk crash in Afghanistan

The Pentagon is urgently investigating the helicopter crash that killed six U.S. troops in Southern Afghanistan. U.S. officials tell CNN they are looking at whether they died from enemy gunfire after their helicopter crashed, not the impact of the crash itself. Barbara Starr has the latest on the situation.

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