The search area for Malyasia Airlines Flight 370 is expanding not shrinking. There are reports today that the plane may have been transmitting data indicating that it was still flying hours after its transponder stopped communicating. Jim Clancy is Kuala Lampur with the latest on how the search for the plane changed dramatically today.
CNN's Richard Quest spoke about the confusion surrounding the search saying "there is an element that has not been revealed or made public." Anderson spoke with him and Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto.
Malaysian authorities are facing a fierce backlash from the families of those missing on Flight 370. Jim Clancy is in Kuala Lampur and reports on inconsistencies coming from the top of the Malaysian government. He says officials there are "intent on exhausting every lead."
Jim Sciutto is in Washington with the latest on reports authorities may have data transmitted by Flight 370's engines.
There are now reports Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have vanished hundreds of miles from where authorities first thought. A Malaysian military source tells CNN that their radar suggests the plane may have been flying for more than an hour after the final contact with civilian authorities. Rene Marsh has the latest.
Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto looks at how the counterterrorism community is pursuing leads.
There are new details emerging about two passengers who boarded Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 using stolen passports. Their tickets were purchased by an Iranian middleman. There is no evidence suggesting the men have anything to do with the plane's disappearance. While some question whether there is a terror link, Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto reports this fits the pattern of a human smuggling ring.
Pam Brown takes a look at why stolen passports are used for international travel more often than you might realize.
The Pentagon is sending more fighter jets to Lithuania to beef up NATO's mission patrolling the skies over the Baltic. This comes as Russia orders defense drills right on the Ukrainian border. Senior national security correspondent Jim Sciutto and retired Army Major General James "Spider" Marks look at how the military picture is shaping up across the region.
CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto reports there are now indications the invasion of Crimea was "not a vastly premeditated decision by Putin." But there are serious questions about why the U.S. did not have more warning the crisis was coming. Anderson discussed how well America's intelligence agencies can keep tabs on Russia with Sciutto and former CIA officer Bob Baer.
There is plenty of Cold War rhetoric being used to describe Russia's invasion of Crimea. Putin has made no secret of his nostalgia for the old Soviet Union. But some say his ambitions in Ukraine are to build a new Russian empire to go up against the European Union and NATO. Anderson discussed this with CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto and Stephen Hadley, who is a former national security adviser to President George W. Bush.
Video that purportedly shows Russian helicopters over Ukrainian territory. There are reports of gunmen surrounding major airports. The Ukrainian government is describing the situation as an armed invasion. Today President Obama addressed the situation saying:
'Just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine."
Anderson discussed all of this with Ian Lee in Kiev, Diana Magnay in Crimea and Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto in Washington.
Tensions are rising in the south of Ukraine. Armed men seized control of the regional parliament building in Crimea and raised the Russian flag. Just over the border, some 150,000 Russian soldiers are taking part in surprise military exercises, a move that’s raising fears that President Putin could be planning a power grab. Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto has the latest.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans for steep budget cuts for the military. Under the proposal, the Army would shrink to its lowest troop level in nearly 75 years. Republicans are lining up to slam the plan. Former Vice President Dick Cheney claimed President Obama would "rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military." Anderson takes a look at criticism from the right and speaks with Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto about what these budget cuts really mean.
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