FROM Michael S. Smith
Border Patrol Agents May Get to Look at Travelers’ Facebook Profiles Declare your tweets at the border… The federal government is proposing to add one new line to the US customs form that visitors to the US have to fill out -- it would ask all Visa Waiver Program applicants to hand over information about their social media accounts. Federal officials say it’s an important tool in properly vetting European or naturalized citizens for potential ties to terrorist groups. Critics of the proposal say voluntary disclosure won’t keep anyone safe. Photo: Margaux-Marguerite Duquesnoy
The FBI Assault on Apple: Was This Necessary? The FBI created a firestorm over digital privacy by taking Apple to court and demanding access to the iPhone of a terrorist killed in San Bernardino. Now the Bureau says, " Never mind " -- at least for the moment. It turns out that somebody else may have figured a way to break Apple's encryption. That's raising a host of questions. Doesn't the FBI have its own hackers? Is Apple's vaunted security all it's cracked up to be? Should a private company become a surveillance arm of the government in the interests of national security? We hear a variety of answers.
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.
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?
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.