"Robert Booker "Bob" Baer" is an American author and a former Central Intelligence Agency/CIA case officer who was primarily assigned to the Middle East. He is currently TIME.com's Espionage/intelligence columnist and has contributed to Vanity Fair (magazine)/Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Baer is a frequent commentator and author about issues related to international relations, espionage and U.S. foreign policy.

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It's insanity. These are rank amateurs and there is no legally binding law on these guys as far as I could tell. Why did they let them in the prison?

Palestinians, other Arabs, even Iraqis go through a very tight screen when they come into that country. Documents are looked at. You just can't do it [sneak in]. It is a police state.

You can't work in Kazakhstan without paying bribes. It's that kind of Wild West. Everyone was doing it.

They're watching Katrina. They're watching Rita. They're watching what it's doing to the United States.

They went to Jim Giffen to make problems go away. He was the channel.