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clearly. i believe their attempts are inevitable. i don't think their successes are. >> can you explain why these people want to kill us? how does attacking the united states further their interests? >> i think they're trying to provoke a clash between the west and the muslim world or the world that they're in. as a way to gain more adherence. what they're claiming is that, the united states is trying to take over their countries which is the furtherest from the truth. >> paris was a failure of intelligence. all but one of the eight terrorists were french citizens. trained by isis in syria. they returned unnoticed and attacked six locations killing 130 people. what did you learn from paris? >> that there is a lot that isil probably has under way that we don't have obviously full insight into.
red. we knew in the days before that isil was trying to carry out something. but the individuals involved have been able to take advantage the newly available means of communication that are -- that are walled off from law enforcement officials. >> you're talking encrypted internet communication? >> yeah, sophisticated use of technologies and communication systems. >> after paris you told your people what? >> we have got to work harder. we have to work harder. we need to have the capabilities, technical capabilities, human resources, need to have advanced notice about this so we can take the steps to stop them. >> believe me, intelligence security services have stopped numerous attacks, operatives that have been moved from -- from maybe the iraq syria theater into europe, stopped, interdicted, arrested. detained, debriefed. >> the failure in paris allowed yes to attack with bombs and assault rifles. brennan told us there is more in their arsenal. does isis have chemical weapons? >> we have a number of instances
munitions on the battlefield. >> artillery shells? >> sure, yeah. >> isis has access to chemical artillery shells? >> chemical precursor ammunitions they can use. >> the cia believes isis has ability to manufacture small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas. and the capability of exporting the chemicals to the west? >> there is always a potential to that. it is important to cut off various transportation and smuggling routes they used. >> are there american assets on the ground hunting this down? >> the u.s. intelligence is actively involved in being a part of the effort to destroy isil and get as much insight into what they have on the ground nside of syria and iraq. >> john brennan has worked at the cia most of 36 years.
while he was in graduate school. and he was a high-ranking kmek -- executive during the iraq phantoms of mass destruction and 9/11. do you think of waterboarding as a dark time in the history of your agency? >> sure, waterboarding was something authorized. i don't believe was appropriate, it is something that is not used now. and, as far as i'm concerned will not be used again. >> you were in management here at the time. you didn't stop it? >> no, i had expressed to a few people my misgivings and concerns about it. no, i did not, you know, slam my
did not go in and say, "we shouldn't be doing this." i think long and hard about what maybe i should have done more of at the time. it was a different time. the ashes of world trade center were still smoldering. we knew other waves of attacks were planned and some under way. >> in the year or so before 9/11, the cia had a covert action plan to attack al qaeda in afghanistan. the administration at that time said, "don't do that. we have time. we'll deal with this later" and then 9/11 happened. is this administration making the same mistake now? >> well, there are a lot of options presented to this administration, as well as to previous administrations. the president has pursued what he believes is appropriate for us to do in order to protect the citizens of the country. >> what do you think our policy would be after an isis directed attack in the united states? >> if there was a major attack here, we had isis fingerprints on it. certainly this would encourage us to be even more forceful in terms of what we need how to do. if our policy after an attack in the united states would be to be
our policy now? before an attack? >> i think we are being as forceful as we can be in making sure we are being surgical though as well. what we don't want to do is alienate others within that region. and have any type of indiscriminately actions that are going to lead to deaths of additional civilians. >> the cia brennan leads from langley, virginia, looks nothing like the agency he joined. it's grown significantly. but the numbers are secret. cia fights with its own ground troops. and has an air force of drones. the complexity of the threats today is unprecedented. hacking, the emergence of a more aggressive china, north korea, russia, and iran. and countries failing all across the middle east. in addition to syria, you are now dealing with failed states
you develop intelligence in all of these countries where the u.s. has no presence? >> we need to be able to operate in areas that are denied to us. we find a way to have -- our eyes and ears there. so that we can inform our policy makers. i do think this is more, and more a feature of the future. we here at cia are looking at how we need how to enhance our expeditionary capabilities and activities. because -- we need to be on the front lines. >> well, do you imagine setting up cia bases, covert bases in many countries. >> i see cia needing to have the presence as well as a, an ability to collect intelligence and interact with the locals and, we are in fact doing that. and, a number of -- number of areas. >> who around here has the authority to okay a drone strike? >> i know there are a lot of reports about cia's role,
as you can understand i will not address any of the reports about cia's covert action activities. >> do you have to accept the deaths of civilians when making a decision about using the weapons? do you have to say, there are likely to be civilians killed here but worth it. >> in war, there is the art of armed conflict. that allows for partial collateral. collateral being civilian deaths. i must tell you that the u.s. military and the u.s. government as a whole does an exceptionally strong job of minimizing to the greatest extent possible any type of collateral damage. >> but it isn't necessarily a shooting war that worries brennan most. his cia is facing a new front in cyber. and a focus on it, he set up the agency's first new directorate
that cyberenvironment can pose a very, very serious and significant attack vector for our adversaries if they want to take down our infrastructure. if they want to create havoc in transportation system thousands. if they want to do -- great damage to our financial networks. there are safe guard put in place. but that cyberenvironment is one that really is the thing that keeps me up at night. >> you can see more of scott pelley's report on our website. cbs news.com. the overnight news will be right back. i think we should've taken a left at the river. tarzan know where tarzan go! tarzan does not know where tarzan go. hey, excuse me, do you know where the waterfall is? waterfall? no, me tarzan, king of jungle. why don't you want to just ask somebody? if you're a couple, you fight over directions. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. oh ohhhhh it's what you do. ohhhhhh! do you have to do thattright in my ear? living well your immune system works hard to keep you on top of your game. you can support it by eating healthy,
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guitarist jack white is best known fr work with the white stripes. but he is also a musical historian with a project looking back on the legendary paramount records. anthony mason has the story. >> reporter: "eerie lament" -- >> imagine being in the room while she is recording this song. the original 78 of last kind words blues was released by paramount records, a powerhouse in black music before the war. the extraordinary rise and fall of paramount is chronicled in a two-volume boxed set. >> what were you trying to show with this? >> how ludicrous that i could be, really.
>> producer jack white, former white stripes front man and founder of third man records spent three years on the project. which includes 1600 tracks. >> jack, this is really an epic project. >> you can sit down on a sunday and -- and spend seven hours with this. you have only gotten through 5% of it. >> paramount records would unwittingly change the course of american music. started by the white owned wisconsin chair company which also made wooden cabinets for phonographs. paramount was created by spur sales. the label released artistsen all genres. but their biggest sellers were race records. the 1926 recording, lonesome blues would sell in the six figures. >> how did paramount get into race music. >> the producer there linked to
>> williams, a brown university graduate scoured the south looking for talent. >> the first african-american music executive? >> i think so, he is really important. >> paramount artists would include charlie patton father of the delta blues. and advertised in african-american papers. >> they mythologize all the blues musicians which is beautiful. there is also these incredible illustrations and drawings. and no one has any idea who did the drawings. he is just a ghost. he lost a time. him or her. >> in a way, you're bringing back a lot of ghosts here. >> don't i look like one? >> so many, singers. you have a name. no photograph. no record where they are. where they came from. that's it. we are lucky to have that. the depression took down paramount, the last recordings
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