FROM Greg Krikorian
American al Qaeda Member Indicted for Treason America's first charge of treason since World War II makes an unlikely connection between al Qaeda and a Republican stronghold in California. Adam Gadahn of Orange County is thought to be overseas. He now calls himself Azzam al-Amriki -- "Azzam the American" -- and he's appeared on five the terrorist group's tapes, four of them with Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who's number two to Osama bin Laden. Yesterday, a federal grand jury in Orange County charged him with treason .
Head of Mexican Drug Cartel Arrested Yesterday, off the coast of Mexico, the US Coast Guard boarded a fishing boat and arrested Javier Arellano Felix, the leader of what US officials call the "most violent drug-trafficking operation in the Tijuana-Baja California area." The Arellano-Felix organization is accused of murder, kidnap and torture in order to maintain control of drug smuggling from Mexico to California. Greg Krikorian covers federal law enforcement and homeland security for the Los Angeles Times .
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.