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.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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?