FROM Michael S. Smith
Border Patrol Agents May Get to Look at Travelers’ Facebook Profiles Declare your tweets at the border… The federal government is proposing to add one new line to the US customs form that visitors to the US have to fill out -- it would ask all Visa Waiver Program applicants to hand over information about their social media accounts. Federal officials say it’s an important tool in properly vetting European or naturalized citizens for potential ties to terrorist groups. Critics of the proposal say voluntary disclosure won’t keep anyone safe. Photo: Margaux-Marguerite Duquesnoy
The FBI Assault on Apple: Was This Necessary? The FBI created a firestorm over digital privacy by taking Apple to court and demanding access to the iPhone of a terrorist killed in San Bernardino. Now the Bureau says, " Never mind " -- at least for the moment. It turns out that somebody else may have figured a way to break Apple's encryption. That's raising a host of questions. Doesn't the FBI have its own hackers? Is Apple's vaunted security all it's cracked up to be? Should a private company become a surveillance arm of the government in the interests of national security? We hear a variety of answers.
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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.