Monday, January 25, 2016

Film Review: The Spymasters: CIA In The Crosshairs

Released November 2015, this powerful and insightful documentary was written by Chris Whipple (The President’s Gatekeepers) and narrated by Mandy Patinkin(who plays former CIA head Saul Berenson on Showtime’s Homeland), the film looks inside CIA's controversial conduct in the war on terror – marked by the use of brutal interrogation techniques, secret prisons and lethal drone warfare.Announced during Showtime’s TCA panel in August of 2014, the documentary includes interviews with all 12 living directors of the CIA — George H.W. Bush, Stansfield Turner, William Webster, Robert Gates, James Woolsey, John Deutch, George Tenet, Porter Goss, Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta, David Petraeus and John Brennan. Also featured are former acting directors Michael Morell and John McLaughlin, along with former top agency operatives Cofer Black, Jose Rodriguez and current senior counterterrorism analyst Gina Bennett.
The film is 2 hours in length and quite engrossing. Some of the films highlights include former CIA Director Tenet and his Director of Counterterrorism Cofer Black detailing unheeded warnings
given to the Bush administration of an imminent al-Qaeda attack, just two months before 9/11, in an emergency meeting at the White House, they also warned National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice that the attack could even take place on U.S. soil.

Take a look at a clip from the film below.