New Documentary, "The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs," on Showtime

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21 November 2015
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The Spymasters
Photos (from left): White House Photo by Eric Draper, Associated Press,White House Photoby Pete Souza/courtesy of Showtime
"The Spymasters"
Saturday, November 28 at 9 PM ET/PT on Showtime
And Features Interviews With All Twelve Living Directors Of The CIA
Narrated by HOMELAND’s Mandy Patinkin

          Shrouded in controversy and secrecy, the Central Intelligence Agency is the world’s most powerful and clandestine spy agency.  On November 28th at 9 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME will present THE SPYMASTERS, a gripping documentary looking inside the workings of the CIA and talking candidly to the men who ran it.  For the first time ever, all twelve living directors of the CIA, and the agency’s top operatives, have given remarkable, introspective interviews and unprecedented access to America’s spy network.  THE SPYMASTERS is written by multi-Emmy® Award and Peabody winner Chris Whipple  (The President’s Gatekeepers) and directed by Gédéon Naudet and Jules Naudet  (the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film 9/11).  Gédéon Naudet, Jules Naudet, Chris Whipple, Pulitzer Prize winner David Hume Kennerly and multi-Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Susan Zirinsky (9/11, Three Days In September, 48 Hours)  will executive produce in a co-production with CBS News. Emmy and Tony® winner Mandy Patinkin (HOMELAND) will narrate.

          The film focuses on the organization during one of the most controversial periods in its history – marked by the use of torture, secret prisons, undeclared war, lethal drone warfare and even an alleged assassination.  It asks the burning questions of our time:  how far should America go to keep us safe from another terrorist attack?  What is considered fair game?  Has the world’s elite spying organization focused on paramilitary operations at the expense of gathering intelligence?  Killing enemy combatants from the air by remotely- piloted aircrafts? Targeting American citizens?  And as the CIA’s deadly drones wage a remote-controlled aerial war, are we losing moral high ground and creating more enemies than we kill? The film will examine the internal debate among the directors about what is ethical and how America should fight to protect its own citizens.

          THE SPYMASTERS will reveal never-before-seen footage of directors talking about their failures and previously classified successes.  The memorable and frightening terrorist attacks that each director lived through will be captured in vivid “real-time” as they developed and unfolded.  We will see moments as never before – through the eyes of the very men charged with preventing them.  And we will hear from key critics of the CIA with claims of ineffectiveness, overreaching authority and poor image. 

 

          The main focus of THE SPYMASTERS will be the over 100 hours of intimate and candid conversations and the unprecedented access with the men from the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
 
The participants who talk about the human struggles of balancing duty and conscience and the harsh reality of fighting terror are:

 DIRECTORS:
George H. W. Bush John Deutch David Petraeus
Stansfield Turner George Tenet John Brennan
William Webster Porter Goss Michael Morell (Acting Director twice)
Robert  Gates Michael Hayden John McLaughlin (Acting Director once)
James Woolsey Leon Panetta  

 OPERATIVES:
Cofer Black - Chief of the Counter Terrorism Center 
Jose Rodriguez - Chief of the Counter Terrorism Center
Gina Bennett - Analyst tracking Osama Bin Laden
Bob Baer - Case officer

 
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