FROM William Banks
Obama's 'Kill List' and the Rules of War The New York Times has published a lengthy account of what it calls, "the strangest of bureaucratic rituals." At meetings held every week or so, President Obama presides and takes full responsibility for deciding which of a "kill list" of suspected terrorists will live or die. His use of drone technology goes well beyond what the Bush Administration even tried. We speak with Times investigative reporter Jo Becker and others about the consequences in the law, for morality, international diplomacy and the upcoming election.
Obama the Warrior in a New Kind of War Soon after President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, he began authorizing the killing of individuals deemed threatening to the United States. Now he presides over regular meetings that determine which terrorist suspects will live or die, along with others who may become "collateral damage." New drone technology allows precise targeting, but what about the laws of war, the crossing of international boundaries and basic morality? In this election year, we hear why Republicans and Democrats are calling Obama "Bush-Cheney on steroids."
The Libby Trial and Revelations from Bush White House In the trial that is ripping open the Bush White House, the President's former press secretary testified today against Vice President Cheney's former top aide. Ari Fleischer told a jury that "Scooter" Libby knew Valerie Plame was a CIA agent days before Libby swore he was told by a reporter. That revelation could have led to the deaths of people Plame worked with overseas. Tim Russert of NBC, Matthew Cooper of Time and Judith Miller of the New York Times are all expected to testify at the trial. We speak with journalists, political strategists and legal experts about the White House dealings with the CIA and the media, and about a trial that's as much about politics as it is about perjury. (An extended version of this discussion was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)
More Revelations from Inside the Bush White House At Washington's most political trial in a decade, President Bush's former press secretary testified today against Vice President Cheney's former top aide. Ari Fleischer demanded immunity against prosecution himself before he would talk about when Lewis "Scooter" Libby knew that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent. The case is as much about politics as it is about perjury. We hear from journalists, Republican strategists and legal experts about how the case is casting new light on an administration that's notoriously secretive.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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?