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.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.