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Former Adviser to Pres. Bush Joins CBS News

zarate_5-19.jpgJuan Carlos Zarate has joined CBS News as a national security analyst.

Zarate previously served as the Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from 2005-2009. He is currently a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“We are very pleased that Juan’s unique insight and expertise will be available to CBS News viewers,” says SVP Paul Friedman in the release.

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Juan Carlos Zarate has joined CBS News as a National Security Analyst it was announced today by Paul Friedman, Senior Vice President, CBS News. In this position, he will provide analysis across all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.

“Few analysts have as much deep knowledge of national security and counterterrorism,” said Friedman. “The United States is fighting wars overseas and terror threats at home, and we are very pleased that Juan’s unique insight and expertise will be available to CBS News viewers.”

Juan Carlos Zarate is a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Previously, Zarate served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from 2005 to 2009. In this role, Mr. Zarate was responsible for developing and overseeing the effective implementation of the U.S. government’s counterterrorism strategy. He was also responsible for overseeing all policies related to transnational security threats, including counternarcotics, maritime security, hostages, international organized crime, money laundering, and critical energy infrastructure protection.

Prior to joining the NSC, Mr. Zarate served as the first Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes where he led Treasury’s domestic and international efforts to attack terrorist financing, build comprehensive anti-money laundering systems, and expand the use of Treasury powers to advance national security interests. This included the development of a new brand of financial power that has been used to pressure North Korea, Iran, and other rogue actors.

Mr. Zarate also led the U.S. government’s global efforts to hunt Saddam Hussein’s assets, resulting in the return of over $3 billion of Iraqi assets from the U.S. and around the world. Mr. Zarate served at the Treasury Department from 2001 to 2005.

Prior to working at the Department of the Treasury, Mr. Zarate served as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Terrorism and Violent Crime Section, where he worked on terrorism cases, including the USS Cole investigation. Mr. Zarate previously worked as a federal law clerk for the late Chief Judge Judith Keep in the Southern District of California.

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