FROM Andy Hayman
Islamist Terrorism: Eight Years Later Almost eight years to the day since September 11, three British Muslims were convicted this week of plotting to bomb seven airliners in flight over the Atlantic Ocean, an act that could have killed more people more dramatically than the events of 9/11. After the most expensive counterterrorism investigation in British history, the case indicates that Islamic extremists may now be a greater threat to the United Kingdom than they are to the United States. It raises other issues as well. Did US authorities jeopardize the investigation by blowing the whistle too soon? What’s the state of international cooperation on counterterrorism? And why are so many young British Muslims becoming radicalized? Is it a function of British society? What about the US war in Afghanistan?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.