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Has the Balance Tipped?
FRONTLINE Managing Editor Philip Bennett reflects on this week's film.
September 7, 2011
Live Chat with "Top Secret America" Reporter Dana Priest and Producer Michael Kirk
Read a full transcript of the conversation.
September 6, 2011
John Rizzo: The Lawyer Who Approved CIA's Most Controversial Programs
In this rare interview, John Rizzo, described as "the most influential career lawyer in CIA history" describes his role in many of the "unprecedented" actions the CIA undertook after 9/11, including the "enhanced interrogation program" that critics described as torture and the CIA's secret prison system.
September 6, 2011
Dana Priest: Top Secret America Is "Here to Stay"
It started with an impulse to secrecy and a blank check from Congress says two-time Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter Dana Priest. She takes FRONTLINE through Top Secret America's rapid growth to where it now employs a million people at 1,900 private companies and 1,300 federal organizations. "These are gigantic edifices that are going to stay," she says.
September 6, 2011
Fran Townsend: "In a Post-9/11 World We Weren't Going to Be So Prissy"
"We were going to do what we needed to do to get the information we needed to protect the American people," says former homeland security adviser Fran Townsend. But now she questions what kind of return we're getting on the investment we've made in homeland security over the last 10 years.
September 6, 2011
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