EP 290 Black Site: The CIA in the Post 9-11 World

 Phil Mudd, who you see often as an analyst on CNN, was the former
deputy director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center so he has firsthand
knowledge of the vast changes in strategy and tactics that took place
at     the CIA in the wake of the 9-11 attacks on our nation.  He
understands how and why the CIA morphed into an operational agency
instead of an intelligence gatherer for others to act on.  He knows what
The Program meant  in terms of covert ops, enhanced interrogation
techniques and extraordinary renditions.  Yet in his book, ‘Black Site’
he gives a forthright analysis of our intelligence efforts in the War on
Terror.  He places us back at the moment that America’s leaders decided
that they would not allow another attack on this nation and the lengths
they went to in insuring that result.  And then after de-briefs with
many members of the CIA he looks back at the steps of the process and,
in hindsight, after much criticism, what we have learned.  What happened
internally in the decade after the attacks has so rarely been discussed
or written about, until now.  Finally, we discuss whether he thinks
such steps could ever be taken again.