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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Filed under: Barbara Starr • Domestic Terrorism • Fran Townsend • Philip Mudd • Syria • Terrorism
June 17th, 2014
10:24 PM ET

Foreign fighters prove dangerous in Iraq and back home

Sunni Iraqis make up the majority of ISIS's forces, but analysts say a growing number of foreign fighters are joining their ranks. That even includes some Americans. ISIS is producing videos that urge westerners to join the fight, and thousands may be answering the call. Pamela Brown looks at the danger these fighters pose on the battlefield and in their home countries.

What could be done about all of this? Anderson spoke with National Security Analyst Fran Townsend, who's a member of the DHS and CIA external advisory committees and Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist militant who is now an author and chairman of the Quiliam Foundation.

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Filed under: Anderson live in Baghdad • Fran Townsend • Iraq • ISIS • Maajid Nawaz • Pamela Brown
March 17th, 2014
11:11 PM ET

Flight 370's timeline adds to the mystery

Ten days after Flight 370 disappeared there are still few answers. 25 countries are searching for the plane as investigators still try to figure the flight path. Authorities are closely looking at who was on onboard and who had the know-how to disable the plane's two communications systems. Jim Clancy lays out the latest timeline of events in this mystery.

Anderson discussed this with  David Gallo who helped lead the search for Air France Flight 447, former Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend and 777 Captain Les Abend.

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Filed under: Fran Townsend • Jim Clancy • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
March 13th, 2014
10:16 PM ET

Theories on the disappearance of Flight 370

There is still no sign of Flight 370. There is no way to know which direction the plane was flying after its transponder stopped broadcasting. No one has spotted a single piece of debris from the Boeing 777. But there are plenty of theories about what may have happened. As we learn more about the signals the plane may have been broadcasting, Anderson discussed the possible scenarios with airline pilot Ron Brown, National Security Analyst and former White House Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend and former NTSB member John Goglia. 

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Filed under: Fran Townsend • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
March 10th, 2014
10:08 PM ET

Massive search for Flight 370 expands

So far, the massive search for any sign of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has come up empty. Officials are expanding the search area, while the airline urges families to prepare for the worst. Jim Clancy has the latest.

Anderson discussed all of this with Fran Townsend, who served as Homeland Security Adviser to President George W. Bush, and Mary Schiavo, who is a former inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Filed under: Fran Townsend • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
February 28th, 2014
10:05 PM ET

U.S. military options in Ukraine

President Obama said there would be “costs” to a Russian military invasion of Ukraine. What options does the U.S. have in this situation? Anderson asked CNN Military Analyst Major General James "Spider" Marks and CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend.

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Filed under: Fran Townsend • Major General Spider Marks • Ukraine
February 19th, 2014
10:13 PM ET

New shoe bomb threat

The Department of Homeland Security is warning airlines to pay particular attention to passengers' shoes. It is reportedly the result of new intelligence suggesting terror groups have been working on new shoe-bomb designs. What goes into the decision to warn passengers now? Anderson spoke with Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto and former White House Homeland security advisor Fran Townsend.

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Filed under: Fran Townsend • Jim Sciutto • Terrorism
December 31st, 2013
12:03 AM ET

Attacks in Russia ahead of Olympic Games

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.

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Filed under: Bob Baer • Fran Townsend • Olympics
October 3rd, 2013
01:36 AM ET

The shutdown and national security

National Intelligence Director James Clapper told a Senate panel that the shutdown is extremely damaging to intelligence operations, and seriously harms our ability to protect the safety of the nation. National Security Analyst Fran Townsend joins the AC360 Later panel.

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Filed under: AC360 Later • Ana Navarro • Fran Townsend • Government Shutdown
September 5th, 2013
09:31 PM ET

Attack plan on Syria

Our panel of experts discusses an ABC News report that U.S. military action in Syria could involve B-2 and B-52 bombers flying from the United States.

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Filed under: Christopher Dickey • Fran Townsend • Major General Spider Marks • Syria
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