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Prisoner Abuse and National Security

KCRW Podcast of Amy Zegart, Burkle Center Fellow; R. Jeffrey Smith, Washington Post National Investigative Correspondent; Jane Mayer, Investigative Reporter for The New Yorker; and, Tim Weiner, Author of 'Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA'

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Duration: 50:38

In this podcast, you will hear a recording of the KCRW's "To the Point" on August 25, 2009 featuring Burkle Center Faculty Fellow Amy Zegart; R. Jeffrey Smith, Washington Post National Investigative Correspondent; Jane Mayer, Investigative Reporter for The New Yorker; and, Tim Weiner, Author of Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA. Together they will discuss a recent lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union which forced the Obama Administration to release a CIA Inspector General’s report kept secret since 2004. We now know that CIA interrogators used a gun and a power drill, faked an execution, choked one prisoner and threatened to kill another one’s children. Former Vice President Dick Cheney says they deserve America’s gratitude. Attorney General Eric Holder wants them investigated for possible crimes. President Obama established a new, Interagency Interrogation Group led by the FBI. Should policy-makers in the Bush White House be held accountable, too? Can the CIA still do its job? What’s the new role of the FBI? What does it take to protect America’s safety and obey the law? Learn more as our experts delve further into the events leading up to this debate and how the actions of its key players will shape the future of our national security.

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