FROM Vincent Warren
Guantanamo Hearing Begins for 9/11 Suspects In a military courtroom in Guantánamo today, the confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks told a judge that he wants to fire his legal team, due to religious reasons. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators were arraigned today in preparation for a trial scheduled for later this year. It was the first time he has been seen in public since his detention five years ago. Vincent Warren is executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
CIA Admits Destroying Interrogation Videotapes Democrats are talking about "a cover up" and "obstruction of justice." Did the CIA destroy videotapes of interrogations to avoid prosecution, at the same time that Congress was looking into the agency's secret detention program? The suspects include Abu Zubayda and another man who were subjected to what are called "severe interrogation techniques." General Michael Hayden, CIA Director, says the tapes were destroyed because of a " serious security risk " to interrogators and their families from "al-Qa'ida and its sympathizers." Vincent Warren is executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents some of the detainees held at Guantánamo Bay.
In His Confession, Is Mohammed Exaggerating His Role? Today's papers report the written confessions of the man who claims he was not only the mastermind of September 11, but also responsible for 30 other terror attacks and plans to attack. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's confession was made at what's called a "combatant status review tribunal," held in secret last weekend at Guantánamo Bay. The Pentagon says part of his story was withheld to notify the family of the late Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl . Mohammed says he was the man who beheaded Pearl five years ago in Karachi.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.