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Gina Bennett

CIA Counterterrorism Analyst

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Gina Bennett talks about her early years working as a clerk typist for the State Department after graduating from Virginia University, how she uncovered al Qaeda's threats, and how she continues to fight the war on terror.
Gina Bennett has been an analyst in the Counterterrorism Center for 25 years.   In 1993, while working at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research inside the state department, Bennett wrote the first C.I.A. report that warned about the dangers of Osama bin Laden. She was the principal author of the 2006 National Intelligence Estimate "Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the U.S."   Today, Bennett is a mother of five and author of the book, "National Security Mom," about underworld of terrorism and to show that securing our nation is similar to how parents and secure their homes and families.   She will appear in "Spymasters" documentary that premieres November 28, and details the inside workings of the C.I.A. 

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One of the Early Signs
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The Ranges of Warning
Gina Bennett talks about the shift in the ideology of terrorism.

They All Received It
Gina Bennett talks about what it's like writing production in the intelligence community, and who received her early warnings about Osama bin Laden.

A Really Hard Thing to Believe
Gina Bennett talks about how difficult it was to educate the American government and the American people about al Qaeda and the changing face of terrorism.

Five Maternity Leaves Is a Lot of Time
Gina Bennett talks about why women excel in counter-terrorism analysis.

Women Just Had an Intuitive Sense
Gina Bennett talks about how women offer a larger perspective on terrorism that has helped to determine the overall root causes of it.

A Fear That We Appear Soft
Gina Bennett talks about why it's important to remove gender from the equation when trying to understand terrorism.

You Save Those Emotions
Gina Bennett talks about how you have to set your emotions aside when dealing with a national security crisis.

Gina Bennett talks about what it was like to explain her job to her oldest son.

Men and Women Are Different
Gina Bennett talks about what she thinks about the definition of feminism today.

We Still Avoid Failure
Gina Bennett talks about learning through failure.

Men Don't, So Why Should We?
Gina Bennett takes issue with why women are questioned when they want to serve their country.