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Feb 2016 · National Security
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Jim Zirin speaks with Bernard Haykel.

With the candidates sharply diverging as to what is to be done about the “cult of death” known as the Islamic State, Princeton Professor Bernard Haykel, the Nation’s leading secular authority on ISIS, tells Jim that the wisest course of action may be for the US not to overreact.

Dec 2015 · National Security
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Jim Zirin speaks with Raymond W. Kelly.

As New York City Police Commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly thwarted 16 terrorist plots against the City. He tells Jim of the lessons learned from the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, how we can intensify our counter terrorism efforts nationwide, and even answers the question whether he might run for Mayor.

Oct 2015 · National Security
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Jim Zirin speaks with Graeme Wood.

Journalist Graeme Wood wrote the most widely-read article in the history of The Atlantic. His subject was ISIS, and what makes it tick. He tells that ISIS is a “very Islamic” apocalyptic movement, and that its brutality is totally consistent with its vision of a global Caliphate and its interpretation of Islamic law.

Nov 2014 · National Security
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Jim Zirin speaks with John Rizzo.

Former CIA General Counsel John Rizzo saw Directors of Central Intelligence come and go as controversy increasingly enveloped the Agency.  Author of the bestselling book, The Company Man, he tells Jim how he reacted to the “torture memos” of the Bush administration, and how he couldn’t stop the CIA from destroying tapes of the “enhanced interrogation” of al Qaeda chieftain Abu Zubayda.

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