FROM Christian Alfonsi
September 11: Advance Warnings and the War in Iraq Seven years after the 9/11 Commission's best-selling report, co-chairmen Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean have issued a report saying the US is still not prepared for a major catastrophe. Though only Hamilton and Keane issued the " Report Card ," ten years after September 11, many questions remain. What about efforts to warn the Bush Administration about al Qaeda? Why did President Bush accuse Saddam Hussein? Has US intelligence strategy been improved?
September 11: Advance Warnings and the War in Iraq The co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission claim in a " Report Card " that the nation is still not as secure as it should be, partly because intelligence lacks coordination. Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean say first responders couldn't find each other on radios; Congressional oversight of homeland security and intelligence is "dysfunctional;" privacy, civil rights and the treatment of prisoners need further attention; and transportation security is a major concern. What about intelligence prior to 9/11? What did President George W. Bush know and when did he know it? Why did he insist that Saddam Hussein was involved? We talk with a former 9/11 Commission member, a former FBI agent who turned whistle-blower and a historian of two Bush Presidencies involved with Iraq, and hear how US intelligence has been updated since September 11.
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.