FROM Thomas Sanderson
Scotland Yard Releases Information on Foiled Terror Plot Americans are still reeling over the conspiracy to blow up airliners leaving England for the United States. There’s still no word on when the coordinated bombings were scheduled to occur, but there is more information on who’s been arrested. That’s because the Bank of England froze their assets and released some of their names. They include a baker, toy-shop worker, biochemist, bookkeeper and second-car salesman. Two or three were white Anglos who converted to Islam as adults. We get an update, and hear about the Pakistani connection and the gaps in US intelligence capabilities .
Update on Foiled Terror Conspiracy In Britain, the airline terror conspiracy is still unfolding. Twenty-four people have been arrested there. In Pakistan, two British citizens and five Pakistanis are in custody. Was the airline conspiracy al Qaeda's so-called "big one," designed as a follow-up to September 11? We get the latest from Britain, look at the Pakistani connection and the state of western intelligence, and political implications in an election year.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."