Cia And Assassinations: When Is It Justified?

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After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, J. Cofer Black, the head of the CIA's counterterrorism center, was authorized by President Bush to hunt down those responsible for the attacks, including Osama bin Laden. According to former CIA officers, Black instructed his team to bring bin Laden's "head back in a box on dry ice." NPR news analyst Ted Koppel and former CIA deputy director Richard Kerr talk about when it is OK for the U.S. government to go beyond capture and target someone for assassination.

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Ted Koppel, NPR news analyst

Richard Kerr, former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency

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