March 10 - The War Within the War on Terror; Filibustering the New Head of the CIA; Rage on the Right and Outrage on the Left

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We begin with the capture in Jordan and the trial in New York of Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law that is reviving the war within the so-called war on terror, with Republican Senator Lindsay Graham vowing to make sure Sulaiman Abu Gaith is tried in Guantanamo. Peter Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst and author of “Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for Bin Laden – From 9/11 to Abbottabad” joins us to discuss the battle over Guantanamo that the president has vowed to close and Republican senators seem determined to keep open. peter bergen

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Then we look into the issues raised by Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster against the new head of the CIA over the use of drones in assassinating American citizens, that have made Rand Paul something of a hero on the political left while at the same time his message resonates with his true base of support on the libertarian right and among anti-government militia groups. Paul Pillar, the CIA’s former National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia joins us to discuss the Central Intelligence Agency’s more Para-military role that John Brennan is inheriting and when and how concerns over drones that American citizens on the left and right have will be satisfactorily addressed.

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Then finally we examine the new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center on the four year explosive growth of conspiracy-minded anti-government “Patriot” groups that have intensified rage on the right against America’s first black president. Criminologist, civil rights attorney and professor of Criminal Justice Brian Levin joins us. He was Associate Director of Legal Affairs of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Klanwatch/Militia Task Force in Montgomery, Alabama.

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