WBEZ | CIA http://www.wbez.org/tags/cia Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Glenn Greenwald and press freedom, CIA admits to backing coup in Iran and gay rights in Russia http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-20/glenn-greenwald-and-press-freedom-cia-admits-backing-coup-iran-and-gay <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP929621546873.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Computers and hard drives are destroyed at &#39;The Guardian.&#39; Declassified documents reveals CIA&#39;s role in the 1953 coup in Iran. A kiss between two Russian female athletes calls Russian anti-gay propaganda laws into question.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106378938&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/cia-backed-coup-in-iran/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/cia-backed-coup-in-iran.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/cia-backed-coup-in-iran" target="_blank">View the story " Glenn Greenwald and press freedom, CIA admits to backing coup in Iran and gay rights in Russia " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-20/glenn-greenwald-and-press-freedom-cia-admits-backing-coup-iran-and-gay The global war on terrorism, the future of travel and Hollande pledges to aid French suburbs http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-05/global-war-terrorism-future-travel-and-hollande-pledges-aid-french <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>French President François Hollande commits to invest in French suburbs. We discuss the effectiveness of U.S. policy in the &quot;war on terrorism.&quot; The art of travel blogging is changing.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F104153563&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/hollande-pledges-to-aid-french-suburbs-the-rules-o.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/hollande-pledges-to-aid-french-suburbs-the-rules-o" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Hollande pledges to aid French suburbs and the changing nature of travel blogging" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-05/global-war-terrorism-future-travel-and-hollande-pledges-aid-french Petraeus: Fatal follies or forgivable foolishness? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/petraeus-fatal-follies-or-forgivable-foolishness-103925 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_ap110623045991.jpg" title="Should David Petraeus lose his position in light of recent scandal? (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)" /></p><p>David&nbsp;Petraeus has been a cadet, a second lieutenant, a captain, a major and a colonel; he&#39;s been a four star general, an army commander in a war zone and our chief of spies. Along the way Petraeus has been variously called ambitious, demanding and competitive; a military genius;&nbsp;a team player; a loner; a dedicated servant of the system; a publicity hound and careerist. But now there&#39;s a new lable to add to the list: adulterer.</p><p>The label may fit the crime, but I wonder if the potential punishment and fall from grace connected with this offence is a bit excessive. I don&#39;t condone his behavior in any way, but it is important to point out that David Petraeus is not the first American political or military power broker accused of playing fast and loose with his marital vows. Remember&nbsp;Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky?</p><p>Did Petraeus do something wrong? Yes. He is guilty of infidelity, from the Latin <em>fidere</em> &ldquo;to trust,&rdquo; &ldquo;to have confidence in.&rdquo; Petraeus was unfaithful and broke trust with his wife. Are there consequences for this kind of behavior? Yes! One remedy is divorce; the other, and often harder, road to follow, is forgiveness. Will Holly Petraeus forgive her husband or divorce him? Only time will tell. And frankly, it&rsquo;s an entirely private matter.</p><p>The big issue for me is whether Petraeus&rsquo; inappropriate personal conduct compromised his public role in any way. Did having an affair affect his work as CIA Director? Was he made more vulnerable or less effective? Did he put America&rsquo;s interests in jeopardy? If not, then perhaps, like Bill Clinton, Petraeus will offer a public apology, deal with his private domestic woes and find a new way to engage in public service.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/petraeus-fatal-follies-or-forgivable-foolishness-103925 Education of an interrogator: Questioning the CIA http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-07-17/education-interrogator-questioning-cia-89289 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-18/interrogator_custom_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Glenn Carle's bosses asked him if he could go on a trip — one that would last somewhere between 30 and 60 days. His job? To interrogate a man suspected of being a top member of al-Qaida.</p><p>It was 2002 and, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 tragedy, the U.S. was heavily engaged in its "War on Terror." Carle, a former CIA intelligence officer, was "surged" to become an interrogator and sent to one of the Agency's secret overseas facilities. He writes about his experience in his new book, <em>The Interrogator: An Education</em>.</p><p>Carle tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly that he was told do whatever it took to make the man talk. When Carle questioned his superiors, saying, "We don't do that," they replied, "We do now."</p><p>None of the specifics about the detainee's name, nationality, or location of the interrogations are included in the book. In fact, large chunks of the book are blacked out — Carle says that the CIA redacted close to 40 percent of the original manuscript</p><p>But what readers do learn is Carle's feelings about, and reactions to, the situation he was in. From early on, Carle believed that physical abuse would be counterproductive and it would not be something he would take part in.</p><p>"However," he says, "There are psychological measures that I had been subject to as part of my training. We had been taught that psychological manipulation was not lasting or severe — that's the definition of what would be unacceptable treatment. .... I concluded pretty quickly that that was wrong and came to oppose [psychological manipulation], too."</p><p>The subject of Carle's interrogations — a man he refers to as CAPTUS — had had contact with people of interest. He also had useful information. But he didn't have the intimate connections or the critical knowledge that would have marked him as a member of al-Qaida.</p><p>"Did his work facilitate some al-Qaida activities?" asks Carle. "You could argue that it did, but I try to give an analogy of a ticket conductor in Grand Central Station. If you sell a ticket to a member of al-Qaida going to Long Island, are you aiding and abetting? I think that's a long stretch to make."</p><p>Carle doesn't believe that CAPTUS was entirely innocent, but he also wasn't who the CIA claimed him to be. Toward the end of his time on the CAPTUS case, Carle wrote two cables saying as much and had them sent to Agency headquarters. When he returned to Washington, D.C., he found that no one even knew of the cables' existence.</p><p>"I think that they were impolitic and upset the apple cart," he says. "They challenged the premises of the specific operation and the methods being used. They placed in question years of work by very talented people."</p><p>Carle's experience left him deeply disturbed by what he'd found. That was the driving force behind his decision to write the book. "Americans need to know what we've done to ourselves, he says. "We have coarsened ourselves and weakened our laws and I think what we did is not at all what I took an oath to serve." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1310975102?&gn=Education+Of+An+Interrogator%3A+Questioning+The+CIA&ev=event2&ch=1033&h1=National+Security,Author+Interviews,Books,U.S.&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=137763095&c7=1033&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1033&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110718&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=3&v21=D%3Dc2&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Sun, 17 Jul 2011 23:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-07-17/education-interrogator-questioning-cia-89289 Was Pakistan’s government or military involved in hiding Bin Laden? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-03/was-pakistan%E2%80%99s-government-or-military-involved-hiding-bin-laden-86012 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-03/113435615.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When U.S. forces found and killed Osama bin Laden, he was in a million-dollar estate, just feet from a military base and only 35 miles from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. Reports reveal bin Laden may have hidden in the compound for years.</p><p>John O. Brennan, who serves as President Obama’s top adviser on terrorism, pledged today to “get to the bottom” of whether the Pakistani government provided help to Osama bin Laden in his decade-long efforts to avoid detection.</p><p>Pakistan’s government today denied any prior knowledge of the raid that killed bin Laden, but said it had been sharing information about the targeted compound with the CIA since 2009.</p><p><a href="http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/warstudies/people/professors/lieven.aspx" target="_blank">Anatol Lieven</a> is a professor in the war studies department at King's College London and author of the book <em>Pakistan: A Hard Country</em>. He examines some of the puzzling questions surrounding Osama bin Laden.</p></p> Tue, 03 May 2011 16:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-03/was-pakistan%E2%80%99s-government-or-military-involved-hiding-bin-laden-86012 Has the U.S. ever announced an assassination like this before? http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-05-02/has-us-ever-announced-assassination-85963 <p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-02/obama.jpg" style="width: 506px; height: 284px;" title=""></p><p>Like most Americans, I watched President Obama’s speech about the death of Osama bin Laden with a certain awe. Obama was unquestionably presidential: solemn but unapologetic; confident but never boastful; straightforward in his message but not overly detailed; patriotic but restrained.</p><p>And yet as I watched I asked aloud: When was the last time, if ever, that an American president has come forth to announce the assassination of an individual?</p><p>Sure, there have been presidential conferences to disclose arrests, to explain invasions in which countless people die, to tell of bombings in foreign lands.</p><p>But can anyone remember a time when the president has stepped up to personally tell the nation about a single kill?</p><p>I don’t question bin Laden’s guilt, nor do I doubt for a moment that this president carried this out for reasons he believes are moral and just. Whatever political gain this may have – and it will, substantial – the risks involved in the scenario were much too great to have entered into it for any such benefit.</p><p>Nor am I in a position to offer the president an alternative scenario, a way this might have gone that’s different or better had a decision been made to keep Bin Laden alive. I may be against killing, but I’m realistic enough to understand its widespread view as a necessity, and I’m too much of a fighter and survivor myself to embrace absolute pacifism.</p><p>So I am conflicted, watching our president, with his confident authority, telling us he has had someone, however despicable and evil, killed in our name.</p><p>Perhaps my feelings are such because Obama’s announcement provoked such Super Bowl style rowdiness outside the White House and throughout the country that no one even thought to discourage. Those faces – most too young to have fully understood 9/11 – still struck me as too fresh and new to understand what it means for a man to die, even this one.</p><p>I tried really hard to hear President Obama: “… we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens …”</p><p>But I couldn’t help but wonder if much of the rest of the world heard that message a little more succinctly: “… we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history.”</p><p>And I wonder too if the combination of those words and that deed didn’t bring a little shudder to people away from our borders, where our might is a wondrous but also a fearsome thing.</p></p> Mon, 02 May 2011 21:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-05-02/has-us-ever-announced-assassination-85963 Excerpt of 2007 conversation with Chalmers Johnson http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/excerpt-2007-conversation-chalmers-johnson <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/106422845.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, we&rsquo;re remembering author and political scientist Chalmers Johnson, who passed away last month.</p><p>Chalmers was a devoted cold warrior. While he once worked with the CIA, he came to believe the intelligence outfit&nbsp;would subvert the U.S. Congress and the constitution.</p><p>The last time Worldview talked to Chalmers was around the release of his final book from the Blowback trilogy called &quot;Nemesis: The End of the American Republic.&quot;</p><p>Chalmers told Jerome he believed the U.S. could collapse like the Soviet Union.</p></p> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 18:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/excerpt-2007-conversation-chalmers-johnson Film critic Hank Sartin reviews 'Fair Game' and 'For Colored Girls' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/film-critic-hank-sartin-reviews-fair-game-and-colored-girls <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Fair Game resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The recent release of former President George W. Bush&rsquo;s memoir &quot;Decision Points&quot; has people reviewing many of the pivotal moments in his administration. His decision to invade Iraq is one such moment. It&rsquo;s a move still embroiled in controversy for many reasons, including whether the administration deliberately outed a CIA agent as it made its case for war. Now that agent, Valerie Plame, is the subject of a new film &quot;<a href="http://www.fairgame-movie.com/" target="_blank">Fair Game</a>.&quot;</p><p>To find out if the film fairly represents the recent history of American foreign policy, Eight Forty-Eight turned to its hawkish dove, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicago.timeout.com/file/media-reference-guide/mrg_sartin.html">Hank Sartin</a>.&nbsp;He also reviewed TYler Perry's latest &quot;For Colored Girls.&quot;</p><p>Sartin is the editor of <a target="_blank" href="http://chicago.timeout.com/section/film">Time Out Chicago&rsquo;s film section</a> among other things. He regularly joins Eight Forty-Eight with bucketfuls of movie wisdom.</p><p>&quot;Fair Game&quot; is now playing at select Chicago locations.&nbsp; It opens nation-wide Nov. 19.<br />&nbsp;<br />&quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.forcoloredgirlsmovie.com/#/gallery">For Colored Girls</a>&quot; is in theaters now.</p><object height="385" width="500"><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FWzhwRJbcJY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" name="movie" /><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="385" width="500" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FWzhwRJbcJY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></embed></object><p><br /><br />&nbsp;</p><object height="385" width="500"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/sDWU_cFU9ZA?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="385" width="500" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/sDWU_cFU9ZA?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/film-critic-hank-sartin-reviews-fair-game-and-colored-girls