The CIA in Afghanistan; Same-sex Marriage in the US
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Is same-sex marriage a right whose time has come—even though Proposition 8 made it illegal in California? Could next week's challenge in federal court backfire even if it succeeds—because of the risk of reversal by conservatives on the highest court in the land? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, when a double agent turned into a suicide bomber, seven US intelligence agents were killed in Afghanistan. How much expertise did the CIA lose? What does the incident say about the abilities of al Qaeda and the quality of US intelligence?
Banner image: : Richard Yoder (R) and William Rackin (L) exchange vows during their wedding ceremony October 15, 2008 at City Hall in San Francisco, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
A Double Agent, the CIA and al Qaeda ()
A Jordanian doctor with a record as an Islamic extremist promised valuable information on Osama bin Laden’s top aide, Ayman al-Zawahri. Seven top CIA agents, including experts on al Qaeda, flew to meet with him in Afghanistan, but failed to conduct a rudimentary search, and lost their lives when he detonated explosives he wore on his body.
- Greg Miller: National Security Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, @gregpmiller
- Michael Scheuer: former Chief, CIA's Bin Laden Unit
- Brian Fishman: former Director of Research, West Point's Combating Terrorism Center, @brianfishman
- Joshua Landis: Professor of History, University of Oklahoma
Proposition 8 Goes to Federal Court ()
In 2008, the State Supreme Court revoked a law declaring same-sex marriage illegal in California. Months later, the voters passed Proposition 8, overturning the court decision. In the meantime, 15,000 same sex couples were married. Next Monday in San Francisco, Prop 8 will be challenged as a violation of rights protected by the constitution of the United States.
- Andrew Koppelman: Professor of Law, Northwestern University
- Ted Olson: Appellate attorney, challenging Proposition 8
- Andrew Pugno: General Counsel, Yes on Proposition 8
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