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?
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
Is America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?