tv CIA Director Haspel at Univ. of Louisville CSPAN October 17, 2018 5:26pm-6:27pm EDT
>> and sunday at 6:00 p.m. on american artifacts, we'll tour the baseball americana exhibit, which contains pre-civil war do documents that spell out the basic rules of the became. and at 8:00 on the presidency, george w. bush and friends reflect on the life of barbara bush. >> she had this motto that you're going to be judged about the success of your life by your relationships with your family, your friends, your co-workers, and people you meet along the way. >> watch on american history tv this weekend on c-span3. and now cia director gina haspel outlines her priorities for the intelligence agency. she spoke at her alma mater at the university of louisville and is introduced by senate republican leader mitch mcconnell.
this is about an hour. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> thank you for braving this weather. i'm so pleasantly surprised at the size of this audience today. speaks a lot for your perseverance getting through the mud puddles and for the importance of this event. my name is gary gregg and i'm director of the mcconnell center. it's been my privilege to direct this center for the last 18 years, and i see a lot of familiar faces. i thank you all for coming out today. madam provost, board of trustees members, mcconnell senator board, lots of people in the audience today deserve some recognition. i'm just going to call out one
small group that we have with us today, because they are the future in some ways, and particularly future of the united states army. it's my privilege to be able to help host today here with us the cadre of the u of l rotc and a group of their cadets. folks, would you stand and be recognized, please. [ applause ] thank you. this is the 52nd major speaker to visit the mcconnell center in our history. i think i've introduced 40-some of them over the years. we have had colin powell's first major policy address as secretary of state. we had secretary of state clinton. immediately after important
negotiations on russian armaments. we had clarence thomas and vice president biden and neil gorsuch, and you name them. but i'm particularly excited today because i get to introduce for the very first time a woman that has come here just a few months ago and has shaken up the university of louisville and provided excitement. please welcome dr. capilouto, scott jennings, cia director haspel, and your senior senator mitch mcconnell. [ applause ]
>> good morning, everybody. >> good morning. >> thank you. you get an a-plus from this professor. it's an honor truly to host such distinguished guests today. and it's deeply rewarding to know their careers began right here. students, they were on the university of louisville campus just as you are here today. many heard me say higher education transforms lives and communities. i'm so proud that at the university of louisville we create leaders that impact not just their communities but the nation and indeed the world. many times people will say, i'm about to introduce somebody who needs no introduction. and a lot of times that's
hyperbole. but today i'm pleased to say it's definitely is not. i get to introduce to you somebody who truly needs no introduction anywhere in the country but especially here in louisville. i get the pleasure and horror to introducing you to senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. he's the longest serving senator in the history of the united states. he was first elected to the senate in 1984. he's only the second kentuckian ever to hold that post. his colleagues elected him unanimously in 2014 and again in 2016. his roles include senior member of the appropriations, agricultural and rules committees. before his election as a senator, he put his talents right here in louisville where he was executive for jefferson county. but before he did any of that,
he came to uofl in the '60s majored in politics and the college of arts and sciences. he was president in arts and sciences. he attended another kentucky based university for law school, but i guess we can forgive him for that. senator, what can i say, i just am so broad mind td and i believe in the redemption of souls. his many contributions to the uofl and there are very many, i only mention ha couple, include establishment of the mcconnell center in 1991. an institution that offers tremendous educational opportunities and has given hundreds of students talented kentuckians that would have gone elsewhere, but for the mcconnell scholars program. this program really attracts and graduates some of our best and brightest. mcconnell scholars have earned some of the highest accolades in the world, including truman
fellowships, full bright scholarships, they also tend to be student body leaders right here on our campus. so, senator, senate majority leader, i can't say mitch, my notes say mitch, but i'm just going to say senator mcconnell, we are so very pleased to call you a uofl cardinal and so honored to invite you to speak here today. [ applause ] >> well, good morning, everyone. >> good morning. >> thank you for braving the rain and being with us here today. dr. capilouto, we are so grateful you are here. what a terrific new leader we have just when we needed one.
and i know you join me in thanking her for choosing u of l. and so energetic and enthusiastic. and a great leader and we are so glad you are here. and i would also say as alumnus, i am proud to say you have become quite the expert in throwing the l. in fact we were doing some photographs when we came in here and she corrected my l. [ laughter ] also, i want you to know what an extraordinary job gary gregg has done as leader of this program. started in 1991, but i never thought it could be as full as it's become under his leadership. and i can't thank you enough for all you've done. another familiar face scott jennings, he's gone onto quite a successful career.
founded his own public relations firm. became a cable news contributor, cnn. [ laughter ] he has to send me his stuff so i'll see it. so we are lucky to have him this morning to lead this discussion. he's not the only alum we can be proud of. last year five students received prestigious scholarships and studying across the globe. and throughout the history the program 250 plus alumni have entered a wide range of skills taking with them the skills they learned right here. also i want to recognize, again,
you don't need to stand up again, but extremely proud of this military program, that gary landed from the u.s. army, and you already had an opportunity to meet those folks earlier in the program. we are certainly grateful for their service to the nation. so now it's my pleasure to introduce our distinguished guest who happens to be a native of ashland. spent her entire career in service to our nation. however, before president trump nominated her to be the first female director of the central intelligence agency, most americans, obviously, didn't know anything about gina. she had made few public appearances. most of her life had been spent in the shadows. maybe most unbelievable to the young people here, gina didn't even have a twitter account. so as the senate considered her
nomination to lead the cia our country had the opportunity to learn more about her. we learned about her impressive career as an intelligence officer, spanning more than three decades. we heard some interesting facts, such as how she keeps a cardboard cutout of johnny cash in her office as a symbol of american individualism. but i found one aspect of her biography rather shocking. this will shock you, too. although director haspel graduated from the university of louisville, she now calls herself a uk basketball fan. i'm sure she will explain that in the conversation. i'm not sure how she kept her allegiance to the wildcats a secret during her time here, but it clearly prepared her for a career in the clandestine services. [ laughter ] so, gina is in fact the consummate intelligence officer with service at the cia during
both the cold war and global war on terror. she is uniquely prepared to respond to any threat our nation may face. after seven fields, tours of duty, including several as chief of station, her unrivalled expertise is helping security america's position on the world stage. just a short recitation of her career reads like it's straight out of a spy thriller. she's disrupted enemy networks. she's recruited assets in the field. and captured dangerous terrorists. she even survived an overseas coo -- coup d'etat.
she has medal of merit. donavan award and george hw bush award in excellence in counterterrorism. gina has never been one to back down from the toughest missions. like so many of us she remembered where she was on september 11, 2001 just returned to washington after an overseas mission. gina saw our country come under attack. pan like so many other patriots she lept into action. she spent the next three years working around the clock to track down the culprits. for their service in those moments our nation's heros including gina haspel deserve our greatest respect. in la digs to distinction as first woman to ever lead the cia, she is also the first kentuckian to serve in that role. we can all sleep better at night knowing she and her colleges are on the job keeping our country safe. and kentucky can be proud to have one of our own at the helm. now, the director will come to the podium to share her
observations, then she will sit down with scott for a conversation about the important issues facing our country. ladies and gentlemen, it's my privilege to welcome the director of the central intelligence agency, gina haspel. [ applause ] >> good morning. >> good morning. >> it's a rare pleasure to be back home in kentucky, and truly a privilege to be back on this campus. i want to thank senator mcconnell and president for the gracious invitation. and i want to thank all of you
for being here today and for taking an interest in our nation's security and in the role cia plays in protecting our country. in the interest of full disclosure and as senator mcconnell mentioned, i should tell you that my college years weren't spent entirely in louisville. like senator mcconnell, i spent some of my time in college at a well-known university over in central kentucky. but after finishing my junior year, the bright lights of this beautiful city beckoned and i finished my degree as a cardinal, proudly so. [ applause ] because i am a proud kentuckian, and a proud u of l graduate, it is very special for me to be with you today. i look forward to speaking with scott a little later. but before i do, i would like to offer some brief remarks about the remarkable organization i am
honored to lead, the central intelligence agency. over the summer, we hosted a special guest at langley, daniel craig was kind enough to visit cia headquarters to talk about playing james bond and how it compares to the real world of espionage. and yes he parked his red aston martin right in front of our lobby. which raises a couple of big contrast between real world es pie and age and the hollywood version. first, if you are an under cover officer endeavoring not to be noticed a red aston martin probably is not the way to go. i'd go with the beige hyundai. second the average cia officer can only dream of parking right in front of the main lobby. even i can't do that. but whatever the real cia lacks in hollywood glamor, it more than makes up for it in job satisfaction.
service at cia is the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself. to serve your country in a meaningful and compelling way. as one of my favorite former directors, george tenet, used to say, cia doesn't do easy. the hard jobs come to us. cia officers take on the toughest assignments at some risk for the sake of our nation. from my first days in the clandestine service and first overseas assignment in africa, the meaning of our work was clear to me. my training prepared me well for a moon less night in ha remote and desolate place when i conducted my first meeting with a foreign agent. he passed me intelligence of great value to our government,
and i passed him a little extra money for the men he led. it was the beginning of an adventure i could only have dreamed of as a kid. and now that i think about it, that night was the stuff of movies. it's fair to say that cia back then in the late '80s and '90s was a thoroughly male dominated organization. but i was lucky to have bosses who were willing to take a chance on me. one of them was a tough, old school baron who picked me to serve as chief of station in a small but crucial frontier post. after my appointment was announced, a couple guys who had been in the running for the job weren't very pleased. and one told me to my face that he couldn't believe that, he couldn't understand why i as a woman had been chosen to go to a place like that. so while i could have done without the many long nights i spent sleeping on the floor of my small station, that assignment surpassed even the
imaginings of a hollywood screen writer. i was proud of the fact that we captured two major terrorists and conducted a counter proliferation operation against the nation state bad actor that went our way. i managed to do well as an operations officer, and i did what i could to help bring down some of the barriers i had faced. i'm also proud of a lot of other women who have risen through the ranks at cia, especially since the 9/11 attacks. the agency really has become a better place to work for all its officers over the years even though, like others, we still have a way to go. so it should come as no surprise that one of my top priorities since becoming director has been to champion diversity and inclusion at cia. our global mission at cia demands that we recruit and maintain america's best and brightest regardless of gender, race or cultural background. and i want every officer to have
equal opportunities to succeed. another strategic priority is to invest more heavily in collecting against the hardest issues. our efforts against these difficult intelligence gaps have been over shadowed over the years by the intelligence communities, justifiably, heavy communities since 9/11. groups such as al qaeda remain squarely in our sights but we are having our focus on nation states. the most strategic intelligence gaps is our push to steadily increase the number tv officers stationed overseas. that's where our mission as a foreign intelligence agency lies, and having a larger foreign footprint allows for a more robust posture.
we are also investing in foreign language excellence as a core attribute for our officers. we are strengthening our language training to ensure that our people are more capable and better a tune to the cultures in which they operate. by the way, i recall very fondly first class french literature classes at university of louisville. and we are building stronger partner sheriff's at cia not only with our sister agencies across the i.c., but with our foreign counterparts as well. team work is the only effective way of dealing with the range of complex threats we face cross the globe and cia is working more closely than ever with our allies across the world. finally, no foreign challenge has had a more direct and devastating impact on american families and communities, including right here in kentucky, than the flow of
opioids and other drugs into our country. that's why cia is going to invest more heavily in our counter narcotics effort abroad to combat this terrible threat. one that has killed far more americans than any terrorist group ever has. in the lobby of our headquarters building in langley, virginia, there is an inscription from the book of john, and yee shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. it's a reference to cia core mission, collecting the most accurate and timely intelligence to help policy makers protect our country and advance american interests across the world. finding the truth means operating against despotic governments and terrorist groups that violently guard their secrets. it's complicated, risky work.
but as i said we don't do easy. the hard jobs come to cia. within the intelligence community, cia is the keeper of the human intelligence mission. technical forms of collection are vital. but a good human source is unique and can deliver decisive intelligence on our adversaries' secret, even their intent. cia is also the lead agency for all source intelligence analysis. the assessments drafted by our analysts based on classified and open source information. much of the president's daily brief consists of cia collection and analysis. and very often the president relies on us to act as america's first line of defense. we are first in, collecting intelligence, moving ahead of the military, going where others can't go, and doing things that
no one else can. these are the sorts of activities that fall under the heading of covert action. our work requires secrecy and secrecy in turn requires a secr secrecy in term requires the profound degree of trust from the american people. nothing was more important to those of us at cia than our obligation to earn the trust of our fellow citizen. that's why our agency abides by and embraces an oversight structure that includes the congressional intelligence committees, our pfizer court, and own own inspector general. there's not another major intelligence agency in the world as comprehensive as our own but that's as it should be. it's what makes us accountable to the open society we serve. it's what makes us an american
intelligence service. in carrying out every aspect of our work, cia officerrings are guided by -- officers are guided by professional esos, a sum of our abiding principles, core values, and highest aspirations. these include service, integrity, excellence, courage, teamwork, and stewardship. sacrifice too is an inescapable part of our mission. 129 men and women at cia have died in the line of duty since our founding in 1947. my first boss in the field was killed in 1993 after volunteering for an assignment in a very dangerous and unstable place. he was brilliant, witty, and courageous. he was a man that always wore cowboy boots and spoke excellent russian and turkish. he was an inspiration to me and
to everyone that served with him and i think of him frequently. of the 129 heros represented by a star on our memorial wall at our headquarters, 42 have perished since september 11, 2001. the vast majority of them were lost fighting the long war against al-qaida. they include the brave americans who die in the line of duty in afghanistan. those include a different mind, a devoted wife and mother of three who was one of our greatest al-qaida experts. she was utterly determined to pursue the terrorists that attack our country, even if it meant putting herself in harm's way. people often ask cia directors what keeps them up at night. between rogue weapons of mass
destruction programs, cyber threats, terrorist organizations, great power or rivalries, and other global threats, there's bound to be more than a single reason on losing sleep on any given night. i'd like to show you a story i keep in mind when things get tough. i served in africa early in my career and one day a group of us, largely diplomats set out to climb mount kilimanjaro. our guide was a wonderful man, a diplomat himself who had been born at the base of the mountain. his approach was simple: three days up, two days down. as we made our way up the mountain, we were passed by a group of security officials from a third country who clearly hadn't done their homework. in the end, they had to be
stretchered off the mountain but our guide prepared us well for the journey. we moved up in altitude, he'd say again and again slowly, slowly. fuel leiahing this add -- following this advice, many made it to the summit safely. the view was unforgettable and i'll never forget the leadership example of our guide. others tried to make their way up, he showed us there's no substitute for patience and expertise. cia officers have those qualities in abundance, i couldn't be prouder to lead
them. for those of you who aspire to serve your country, take if from your fellow american, prepare yourself with a good education and don't do easy. raise your hand when the harder jobs come for you and that'll push you most of the way to the top. thank you. [ applause ]. >> thank you, director hascall for joining us on campus today. first ever event outside of the swamp. i'd like to start this conversation where you start it, in kentucky, you were born in 1956. can you tell us a bit about your family up bringing and eastern kentucky, what was that like? >> thank you, scott. yes. my roots go back to eastern
kentucky, both sides of the family. i was born in ashland. the family comes from morgan county out in eastern kentucky and the area boyd county and the surrounding counties. but my dad joined the air force when he was very young. he ended up falling -- we ended up following him to postings all over the world and we spent a lot of types overseas. i went to high school in england in the united kingdom, and i think that exposure to foreign cultures and languages was one of the things that ultimately drove me to a career at the central intelligence agency. i'm very proud of my kentucky roots and i'm very proud to be a from kentucky. >> i heard a story that you once told your dad and you mentioned he was in the military that you wanted to go to west point. how did that conversation go? >> well, i'm dating myself. but i was in boarding school in england when my dad was posted
to an air force base in the united kingdom, and i was trying to decide where i was going to go to college, and i thought i had an inspiring idea. i came home one weekend and i told him that i had decided that i wanted to go to west point and i thought he would be very pleased with that decision. i could tell from the look on his face that something was amiss and so my dad had to break it to me that women weren't allowed in those days to go to west point. that didn't happen for another couple of years. so i was a bit disappointed so ultimately we decided that i would come home to kentucky, but i think maybe fate intervened because it was one of the things that set me on the path to the cia where i probably was a better fit. >> you came back here and graduated from college and had engaged in a recruitment
opportunity, we're on a campus today that may have interested parties here. tell us in your mind what makes far good cia officer? what are you looking for when you're out recruiting today? >> i think first and foremost we're looking for people that are dedicated to serving their country and see that as part of their future. and we're looking for people who can communicate well both orally and written communication. but i think it's important to know that it's not only the things you see many movies. we do obvious recruit for options officers, we have a large group of analysts at cia but we also have lots of other occupations that you'd find at
other organizations. we have act taints, lawyer -- accounts, lawyers, engineers, scientists. we have fine military officers. if you're interested in serving your country if that appeals to you, cia can offer a rewarding career in a lot of different fields. >> you mentioned languages, you stress that had in your remarked. you stressed that in your remarks. how much do you speak? >> my turkish is the only one i have competency in at this point. i've studied a few over the years including russian. >> are there any languages that you find particularly valuable if someone were looking to study one today? >> yes, absolutely. we maintain a list of critical languages. we're very interested in people who can bring advanced proefficiency in arabic, chinese, farsi and turkish.
and french speakers and good spanish speakers so if you're proficient in a foreign language, we're probably interested in talking to you. >> let me ask you about mid career people, those who are doing other things but thought they maybe want to do some public service. is it common for cia to pluck folks o ut of corporate -- out of corporate environments or some other of the middle of their career to come inside? >> it's increasingly common. when i joined, we didn't so much of that and i think we learned people working in the private sector or the field of education have a lot o offer so we're -- to offer so we're doing a much better job and mid career and offering him a morning career. ask about a typical day for the director of the cia or routine as the director. are you modeling what you do each day based on a previous
director or charting a new path based on your own particular style? >> i've had the privilege and honor to work with a number of cia directors and learned something from all of them. but i've been at cia many years, over 30 years so i'm pretty comfortable with how i see my role. the days may start early and go long but it's an absolute privilege to be there every day. i start the day with quite a large binder. i could read my material on an ipad but i prefer hard copy. probably reflect the generation i come from, but it's a leather bound binder and full of the intelligence that our officers have collected overnight, all over the globe. we have quite an extensionive global network and includes imalps reigning afc from our -- imagery from colleagues at the
spatial agency and signal intelligence from our colleagues at the national security agency and all of that is in a binder and it's very important that i spend my first hour or so reading that material because it informed my meetings throughout the day, informs my briefings of other senior u.s. government officials, and helps with the decisions that i have to make throughout the day. after that preparation, i am several times a week part of the briefing team that goes into the oval office to present to the president the most important information. i direct the director of national intelligence dan coats and national security adviser as well. >> let me ask you about your perspective of running the agency and going through this routine. coming from a perspective of a career officer, do you think that changes your outlook on
this day-to-day activity versus someone coming into the agency with more of a political background like your predecessor? >> i will say that mike pompeo had a real natural instinct for intelligence work, but i do think having served at cia for 33 years, i have a deep and profound understanding of our mission and a deep understanding of our work force. i'm a bit prejudice but i think we have the best work force in government so it's an absolute privilege to lead the men and women at cia. >> i want to talk to you a moment about athletic equipment. what was going through your mind when vladamir putin handed your boss the soccer
ball in hedsinky. >> i'm very confident my brothers in the secret service x-rayed that ball. >> you mentioned cia is probably one of the best known intelligence agencies or the best known in the world but you noted the united states has a constellation of intelligence agencies that exist under various apparent organizations. the bureaucracy is much different than when you joined and it's changed a lot since 9/11 as the director now how would you rate our intra- government collaboration and do you intend to offer ideas on reforming the intelligence government bureaucracy so make it even more efficient? >> i think the intelligence community today is more integrated than it's ever been at any time in history. we have 16 to 17 intention agencies depending on if you include one small agency.
i think the collaboration between the agencies is extremely strong. and i think all of the leaders in the u.s. intelligence community understand that in order to be successful against the complex threats we face, those partnerships, those intra- agencies partnership haves to be very, very strong. that was a priority for mike pompeo and me. partnerships remain one of my priorities. the partnership with dod is extremely important. we couldn't have a stronger partnership with members and with secretary mattis and it could be really hard and i think everyone understands it has to be strong. >> the national events and political this, that, or the
other. what would you say the moral inside the cia is today and how is it different, better or worse, than when you joined the agency? >> today is a very resilient work force and we tend to be extremely mission focused so we tend not to pay attention to the political fray in the capital. we are very focused on events overseas and our collection mission, and problems that we face. i think moral tends to be preallotty constant -- pretty constant in the -- after the collapse of the soviet union was a crisis and we defeated the soviet union and in 1998, the attacks on our two
embassies in africa change that had and we've never looked back. >> i'd like to take a brief tour of hot spots in the news and start with north korea. what is the latest assessment of north korea's nuclear program in your opinion. do they still pose a threat as a nuclear power? >> scott, as you know, 2017 was a difficult year where north korea conducted a major nuclear test. they conducted a unprecedented number of missile tests including three icbm tests. north korea, the regime, has spent decades building their nuclear weapons program. they've stated they believe it's essential to their regime
survival. so i believe they're capability is leveraged. i will say however there doesn't seem to be a suggestion that our chairman can understand that and wants to take steps to improve the economic plight of the north korean people. he's interested in and committed to de-nuclearizing his country and cia is working extremely hard to support the administration and secretary of state pompeo if they try and figure out a road map to make that happen. but i will say that i do think sitting here today in 2018, we're certainly in a better place than we were in 2017 because of the dialogue
established between our two leaders, the president and kim jong-un. >> move to china. china has been making an announcement that they're going to continue to make serious investments in developing places all over the world. does it concern you that the chinese are spending so much time and investment resources in these going places a -- developing places as we sort of compete with them? >> it's a great question, scott. china has very significant global ambitions and they want to be the dominate force in the asia pacific region, of course, and unfortunately i think they're working to diminish u.s. influence in order to advance their own goals in the region. we do monitor very closely what appears to be an effort to expand their influence beyond their own region in places like
africa, latin america, the pacific islands, south asia, and we are concerned by some of the tactics they use offering poor countries investments and loans that perhaps those countries are not going to be able to repay. we want those countries to be aware of their own sovereignty and how foreign investment in their infrastructure and their national security infrastructure can ultimately compromise their sovereignty. their global ambitions on the world stage is one of them. >> i want to ask you about the middle east, specifically iran. would you say the iranian regime and their proxies are
lemurs in the area. there's a persian history that is admiral and right now the iranian people in iran are suffering and very serious economic problems. their economy has been mismanaged and it's surprising to me the intelligence officer the amount of money iran is spending in syria to prop up the off guide reseem that has -- regime that used chemical weapons against its own people several times . the money they're spending to try and maintain and expand their influence in their neighbor's government and iraq trying to achieve a government in baghdad that is behold to teheran. they're equipping and training of the yemen where there's a really tragic humanitarian
situation. the one os using missiles to fire at two of our allies, saudi arabia and the emir smith- marsette rats. we're -- emrits. those countries need to carve their own courses and we're trying to help them. >> would you say that the world today is safer or less safer today than when you joined the cia? >> i think when i joined the cia, the dominate threat was of course the soviet and the entire u.s. government national security apparatus was focused on that threat. but today we have to be more nimble, more agile, and we have to be able to face multi-it will threats, a very diverse -- multiple threats and a very
diverse range. two groups like isis and al- qaida. it's a more complex threat picture but i do think, i think fundamentally the united states is safe because i think the national security and intelligence community agencies are well resourced and are focus as they should be for meeting these threats. >> you've answered all my longer form questions. when i do these kinds of interviews, i like to go to what i call scott's famous lightning round. these are short answer yes or no type questions. don't think too hard about it. we'll see you how do. you've lived all over the world. what is your favorite city not in the united states? >> i have two competitors: london and istanbul. i loyola them both. >>-- i love them both.
>> what's a recent book you've read and would you recommend to the crowd? >> i was a little offended by the title but i say davie vance and even on cnn and i read hill billy elegy and i thought he did a fine job. i read a lot of heavy stuff during the day so when i have a few minutes in the evening, i have to confess that i go to the less serious genera and i'm a big fan of the scanned newburn police procedures. >> what's the last movie you saw and did you like it. >> i sell will ferrel and the author of the book jason matthews, was a colleague of mine. he's an eloquent bringer and
fine cia officer and the trade craft in his book is the real stuff. of course, there's a lot of other interesting aspects to his stories that make it, you know, fun to read. but i do recommend it, it's a great read. >> senator mcconnell mentioned and it's been a bit established that you're a huge johnny cash fan. if you were going to be stranded on a desert island and you could only take one of these two johnny cash songs with you, which would it be? ring of fire or folsom bris blues? >>-- prison blues? >> ring of fire. >> boy named sue or i walk the line? >> i walk the line. >> okay. i want to ask if you've ever is had a celebrity encounter? what's the best encounter you've had and did they know when they encountered you that you were a cia agent? >> well, i think it's hard to talk the queen -- top the queen, the queen of england and
most recently we gave a bottle of wood ford reserve. >> does the director of the cia carry a cell phone or is that something you'd not recommend any of us do? >> i think my security team has a cell phone. >> and my followup question was, if you ever are put -- if someone puts a cell phone in your hands, do you play games on your cell phone like candy crush or anything or no? >> i'm a baby boomer so never been there and probably never will go there. >> okay. so the history channel shows a lot of alien shows at night. i just want to ask, would you recommend we pay attention to these more closely or find something else to watch? >> scott, i'm sorry, but i can't discuss. >> all right.
you wake up in the morning and you grab a newspaper, which one is it? >> i have a great media team and so they hand me a complation of all the articles from -- compilation of newspapers from all over the country. wall street, washington post, guardian, telegraph. i'm reading all of them including a lot of foreign press. >> all right. you set aside your time in the cia in this time period. if you could wake up tomorrow and be an intelligence officer during any other historical period, when and where would you be? >> i'm a big fan of john lekarre and i think i'd want to be a cia officer in either berlin or moscow in 60s in the height of the cold war. >> you've had a security clearance the vast majority of your life. i want to ask since becoming
director of the cia, have you learned anything that fundamentally changed what you've thought you knew about something? >> oh, yeah. probably every day. that's what we do. >> i assume i know the answer to thvment have you ever had to form a -- inform a policymaker about a piece of information that fundamentally changed what they thought they knew about something? >> yeah, when we stand in the door way a lot of policymakers say, okay, what do you guys think? what are the facts? yes. >> last question, aisle going to read some -- i'm going to read some names: harrison ford, christopher pine, ben affleck, john krizinsky, and alex
baldwin. all have portrayed jack ryan in the movies. which of these does cia agent gina hascall most like? >> i hope harrison ford. >> ladies and gentlemen, the director of the cia, gina hascall. [ applause ] . >> thank you. >> i'm curious of who you want to play you in the movie? >> let me give that some thought. ladies and gentlemen, would you please welcome president ben diputti again to the podium. >> i hope that you all agree
that was an incredible opportunity for us to look at this panel and see our alumni, that gives me goose bumps. i want a number of thank yous so bear with me here. first of all i'd like to thank gary greg, the director of the mcconnell center. give him a round of applause. >> join me in thanks senate store mcconnell for having the vision for this center and creating incredible scholars. >> a big round of applause for scott jennings who we get to see on tv. and here. join me in thanks our alumni and most gracious and incredible person and the director of the cia, director
gina hascall and madame director, please come up here. we want to make sure that everybody that comes into your office that you are a ufl cardinal. please refrain but we're delighted to present this to you. >> thank you. >> let's take away from today poli poli. it's a good message for all of us and all of the challenges we face. nothing is too big if we have the patience, expertise, and courage. thank you all very much for joining us and, graham reigning afc, do i tell -- gary, do i tell them class is dismissed? all right, class dismissed. thank you so much. [ applause ].
members of congress in home districts with most campaigning for the midterm e researches in 20 -- elections in 20 days . house and senate will return and house working on federal government passing the december 2 deadline and the senate will return for votes on coast guard programs and nomination for the federal reserve board. see the house live on cspan and watch the senate live on cspan2. saturday on 10:00 p.m. on real network, the broadcast the nixon answer, southern town hall. >> i do not believe that nuclear bombs or weapons should be used in vietnam, i don't think they're necessary to be used in vietnam, and i think nuclear weapons should be reserved only for what we hope
will never come and great de- prelim i have and that's -- diplomacy and confrontation with a nuclear power. >> we'll tour the baseball exhibit at the library of congress and on the president i have, former president george w. bush reflect on the life of former first lady barbara bush. >> she had this motto that you're going to be judged about the success of your life by your relationships with your family, your friends, your coworkers, and people you meet along the way. >> watch on american history tv this weekend on cspan3. >> thursday morning, we're featuring augusta main on the
capitals tour. what is free speech on college campuses? acting assistant attorney general for civil rights john gore moderated a discussion with several attorneys and law professors about what type of speech is allowed on college and university campuses. this is about 90 minutes. our moderator is acting assistant general for the