FROM Kim Sengupta
Bloody Attack on Soldier Terrifies London After two men hacked another to death on a London street, one of them made a statement to an observer with a cell phone. "We swear by the Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. We must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." Prime Minister David Cameron, who returned from a visit to France to address the incident , assured citizens of heightened police security but encourage that "one of the best ways of defeating terrorism is to go about our normal lives." Kim Sengupta is defense and diplomatic correspondent for The Independent .
Eleven Suspects Appear in Court over Alleged Airline Terror Plot Eleven suspects in the alleged plot to blow up airliners bound for the US were brought to court today in Britain. The charges include conspiracy to murder, and so-called "martyrdom videos" are part of the evidence. Kim Sengupta, defense correspondent for The Independent , was in the courthouse and has the details.
The London Airline Plot and the War on Terror A jet plane from Britain to Washington, DC was forced down in Boston today because an "unruly" female passenger caused some disturbance. In Britain, police have arrested a 24th suspect in the airline bombing conspiracy, and they're trying to extradite another suspect from Pakistan. Interior ministers from the European Union met today to discuss their mutual security, and Britain's Interior Minister John Reid described the threat of terrorism "very real." We get the latest on these developments and what they reveal about airline safety and the war on terror. Were British investigators pushed to go public by making arrests before they were ready? Is Pakistan in accord with the West, against it--or both? Is the so-called "war on terror" being fought more by intelligence agents than soldiers?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?