The CIA at 60; AG Mukasey?
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President Bush has nominated a successor to Alberto Gonzales. We hear about Michael Mukasey. Also, the CIA at 60. Can the intelligence agency speak truth to power at the same time it runs covert actions on behalf of the White House? We look at the record and what it means for the future.
Gonzales Is Out, Will Mukasey Be His Replacement? ()
Former New York federal judge Michael Mukasey is President Bush's nominee to be the next Attorney General of the United States. He's a law-and-order conservative Senate Democrats may find acceptable, but he could face opposition from the Republican right wing. We hear about his record and some of the issues his confirmation will raise, including politics at the Department of Justice, warrantless wiretaps, the unitary executive and social issues, including abortion.
- Michael Abramowitz: Staff Writer, Washington Post
- Richard Schmitt: Staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times
- Mark Agrast: Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
- Richard Viguerie: Chairman of American Target Advertising
The Stormy History of the CIA ()
The Central Intelligence Agency was founded 60 years ago tomorrow. President Harry Truman wanted no more surprises--like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But from the beginning, the CIA has been asked to do more than gather intelligence. Subsequent presidents have demanded that secret agents also conduct secret missions, and that has corrupted the CIA's ability to speak truth to power. That's the thesis of Pulitzer-Prize winner Tim Weiner of the New York Times, whose latest book is Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA.
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