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The Senate Intelligence Committee dropped a much-awaited bombshell today: a massive report accusing the CIA of torture and dishonesty during the War in Iraq. We hear details and reaction. Also, bumping into the Free Syrian Army at coffee. 

Photo: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) discusses a newly released Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's anti-terrorism tactics on Capitol Hill in Washington December 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Senate TV/Handout)

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Black Sites and Dark Days for the CIA 38 MIN, 37 SEC

In the first years after 911, the CIA allowed the torture of detainees and lied to the Bush Administration and Congress about the intelligence it produced. That's according to a massive 6,000-page report of the CIA's so-called “enhanced interrogation program” released today by the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by California Democrat, Dianne Feinstein. Congress is divided over the content and the impact of today's release. While some Republicans claim torture of prisoners “saved American lives,” others warn today's report will produce a backlash overseas.

Guests:
Jonathan Broder, Newsweek (@Newsweek)
Jason Leopold, Vice News (@JasonLeopold)
David Rivkin, BakerHostetler (@DavidRivkin)
Robert Baer, former CIA field officer and author
Raha Wala, Human Rights First (@humanrights1st)

More:
McCain on the report on CIA interrogation methods
Newsweek on former CIA officials' CIASavedLives.com to defend interrogation program

The Perfect Kill

Robert B. Baer

Bumping into the Free Syrian Army 11 MIN, 38 SEC

Veteran Middle East reporter Robin Wright is back from an assignment in Gaziantep, Turkey for the New Yorker magazine.  What she saw up close was the desperate plight of Syrian rebels, caught between the Assad government and ISIS — with expensive support from the US, which may or may not be working.  Wright, a joint fellow at the US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson Center, is author of many books about the Middle East, including Rock the Casbah.  

Rock the Casbah

Robin Wright

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