FROM Baher Azmy
ISIS in America and 'Twitter Terrorism' The FBI and other agencies are monitoring hundreds of Americans suspected of sympathizing with the Islamic State. Fifty-six have been arrested this year alone for sympathizing with ISIS or trying to join. At what point does a threatening tweet become a “clear and present danger” of possible terrorism to come?
Has Guantanamo Bay Been Holding the Wrong Men? The Bush Administration calls prisoners at Guantánamo Bay "the worst of the worst," but one of its own top officials says at least a third never belonged there. The US Supreme Court says they have the right to challenge their detention , but dissenting Justice Scalia warns that could lead to Americans being killed. Out of 770 Guantánamo detainees almost 500 have been released; 60 more have been cleared. Do they pose a danger? We hear about the most extensive investigation so far into who they are and how they got to Guantánamo Bay.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.