April 23 - The Anti-Terrorism Boondoggle; "The Guantanamo Mess"; Will Immigration Reform be Derailed?

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We begin with the possible motivations behind the bombings in Boston as indications emerge that the terrorists might have acted out of hatred, not of America, but of American Foreign Policy. Dr John Mueller, the author of “Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats and Why We Believe Them” and “Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security”, joins us to discuss the trillion dollar anti-terrorism boondoggle that once again failed to stop a terrorist act. john mueller

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Then we look into the push to try the surviving terrorist as an enemy combatant and what is behind the efforts to keep Guantanamo going even though the president has vowed to close it and it has become a symbol of our international disgrace as America’s gulag. Admiral John Hutson, the former Judge Advocate General for the United States Navy, joins us to discuss his article at the Huffington Post “The Guantanamo Mess”.

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Then finally we examine the fate of immigration reform that could be derailed by Republican calls to halt debate on a bi-partisan immigration reform bill in the Senate until issues relating to national security are answered. Shannon O’Neil, a Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of “Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead: joins us to discuss President Obama’s upcoming trip to Mexico and why immigration policies have failed so far.

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