American Public Media’s show ‘The Story’ sought out the women featured in an HBO documentary first broadcast in May 2013: Manhunt, The Search for Osama bin Laden. APM held two interviews in their weekly Podcast “APM, The Story” These were entitled:
- The Real-Life Analysts Who Led the ‘Manhunt’ For bin Laden (April 26, 2013) Link to podcast: http://goo.gl/nSpHsi
- Inside the Mind Of A CIA Analyst (August 25, 2013) Link to podcast: http://www.thestory.org/mediaplaylist/popup
The first features an interview with CIA analysts Cindy Storer and Susan Hasler, both featured in the HBO documentary. The second is an interview with Cindy Storer who has since retired from The Agency and is now teaching. Her insights into analyst trade craft, the mindset behind the work, the frustrations of being unable to pinpoint with precision with the intelligence gained at a moment in time; all these things are a fascinating look behind the people who try to keep us safe. These women spent a decade or more in the search for al-Qaeda; to prove the organization’s existence, to prove it’s link to bin Laden and then to locate the terrorist leader. Since the release of Zero Dark Thirty, it is fascinating to see the less glamorous, but supremely intense world of the intelligence trackers behind the raid. These women deserve more recognition.
Photo credit: HBO Doucmentary Films