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.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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?
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.