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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Filed under: Barbara Starr • CIA • Torture
December 10th, 2014
09:53 PM ET

Heated debate over torture techniques

Gary Berntsen and Glenn Carle are both former CIA officers, but they have very different opinions on the use of torture. Mr. Berntsen read the Senate’s report and calls every sentence "an attack on the Agency." Mr. Carle argues that torture is not just illegal, but it doesn’t work.

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December 13th, 2013
10:19 PM ET

Was American hostage Bob Levinson captured while on a secret mission?

In 2007, it's believed Bob Levinson was taken hostage while traveling in Iran. He has now been held captive overseas longer than any other American. There is evidence suggesting Levinson may have been a spy and working with people inside the CIA who had no business staging operations. Anderson discussed all of this with "Blowback" author Valerie Plame and Bob Baer. Both are former CIA officers.
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March 7th, 2013
11:32 PM ET

Sen. Paul: Happy with answer from Holder

Sen. Rand Paul ended his quest Thursday to block a vote on the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director after he received an answer from the Obama administration about his question on drones.

Paul's decision to back down cleared the way for a final Senate vote this afternoon, and the chamber confirmed Brennan in a 63-34 vote that crossed party lines.

In a letter to Paul Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the president does not have the authority to use a drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil.


Filed under: CIA • Congress • Raw Politics
March 6th, 2013
11:32 PM ET

Hoover: Paul's filibuster is substantive

Margaret Hoover, Peter Beinart and Gloria Borger discuss Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster to stall a confirmation vote for President Obama's nominee for CIA Director, John Brennan. He began speaking at 11:47 a.m. on Wednesday and continued until 12:38 a.m. Thursday morning.

Paul used his time on the Senate floor to question the Obama Administration's use of drones against American citizens abroad, and the ability for the president to authorize a drone strike within the United States.

"This filibuster ... is all about getting attention," says Borger. "Because he knows he's not going to stop the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA."


Filed under: CIA • Congress • President Barack Obama • Raw Politics
November 28th, 2012
10:36 PM ET

Townsend: Talking points poorly handled

Fran Townsend and Reuel Marc Gerecht discuss the mistaken statements from the CIA on the Benghazi attack talking points.

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Filed under: CIA • FBI • Libya
November 14th, 2012
01:28 AM ET

KTH: The players in the Petraeus sex scandal

Anderson Cooper breaks down who's who in the growing scandal surrounding David Petraeus' affair with his biographer. Another four-star general is now connected to the controversy, and new information about what the FBI was doing at Paula Broadwell's house Monday night.

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Filed under: CIA • David Petraeus • FBI • Keeping Them Honest
November 14th, 2012
12:18 AM ET

What's known about Jill Kelley

Former CIA officer Bob Baer evaluates the information known about Jill Kelley and her role in David Petraeus resigning.

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November 14th, 2012
12:15 AM ET

What the FBI took from Broadwell's home

Fran Townsend, Suzanne Kelly, Bob Baer and Jonathan Turley discuss the FBI's investigation of David Petraeus.

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November 12th, 2012
11:02 PM ET

King: FBI should have informed Obama

Rep. Peter King says the FBI should have gone immediately to President Obama when it began investigating CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus.

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