CIA Directors: Working Under Fire

Judge Webster, a former CIA and FBI director, led a panel discussion on the lives of former CIA chiefs William Colby and Richard… read more

Judge Webster, a former CIA and FBI director, led a panel discussion on the lives of former CIA chiefs William Colby and Richard Helms. Joining Judge Webster were John Prados and William Hood. Mr. Prados is a senior researcher at the National Security Archive in Washington. He is the author of Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby, published by Oxford University Press. Mr. Hood was a former executive officer of the Counterintelligence Staff of the CIA. He is co-author of the autobiography of Richard Helms A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency, published by Random House. Richard Helms was director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1966 to 1973. Mr. Helms died in October 2002. Mr. Pincus, who has covered national security for twenty-five years, moderated the discussion. They discussed what it’s like to direct the Agency under constant scrutiny; confronting public criticism and political battles to lead through turbulent times, including the tenure of the current director, George Tenent. Among the topics they discussed were the problems of perception that result from the uncertain nature of intelligence information, the need to restrict access to the information, and the public’s ambivalence about intelligence activities. After their discussion the panelists answered questions from members of the audience. close

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CIA Directors: Working Under Fire

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Public Affairs Event
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Nov 24, 2003
Last Aired:
Feb 8, 2004

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  • Nov 24, 2003 | 6:02am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 08, 2004 | 2:03am EST | C-SPAN 2
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