Written by Chris Whipple (The President’s Gatekeepers) and narrated by Mandy Patinkin (who plays former CIA head Saul Berenson on Showtime’s Homeland), the film looks inside the agency’s controversial conduct in the war on terror – marked by the use of brutal interrogation techniques, secret prisons and lethal drone warfare. Announced during Showtime’s TCA panel in August, the docu includes interviews with all 12 living directors of the CIA — George H.W. Bush, Stansfield Turner, William Webster, Robert Gates, James Woolsey, John Deutch, George Tenet, Porter Goss, Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta, David Petraeus and John Brennan. Also featured are former acting directors Michael Morell and John McLaughlin, along with former top agency operatives Cofer Black, Jose Rodriguez and current senior counterterrorism analyst Gina Bennett.
Highlights include former CIA Director Tenet and his Director of Counterterrorism Cofer Black detailing unheeded warnings given to the Bush administration of an imminent al-Qaeda attack. Two months before 9/11, in an emergency meeting at the White House, they warned National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice that the attack could even take place on U.S. soil.
The Spymasters is directed and executive produced by Jules and Gédéon Naudet (9/11) in a joint Showtime and CBS News production. Whipple, Susan Zirinsky and David Hume Kennerly also exec produce. Take a look at the clip above.