December 11 - Comparing Roy Moore and Doug Jones' Approach to Law and Order; Erik Prince and Oliver North's Alternative to the CIA Could Become a Reality; How the Attempted Suicide Bombing by a Bangladeshi Immigrant Might Impact the Bangladeshi Community

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Part 1

With Donald Trump having accused the Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in Alabama of being “soft on crime”, we will begin with an analysis of the difference between Judge Roy Moore and the former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in terms of their approach to law enforcement with Moore having a record on the Alabama Supreme Court of siding with those accused of sexual crimes while Doug Jones is famous for successfully prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen for a church bombing that killed four black girls as well as convicting Eric Rudolph for the bombing of an Alabama abortion clinic along with targeting voter fraud, drug dealers and corrupt police. Joyce White Vance, a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Alabama School of Law who served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama for 8 years and prior to that was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Birmingham, Alabama for 18 years, joins us. She will discuss the role of the fired White House strategist Steve Bannon who is campaigning with Moore and what it will mean for the alt-right movement and those bent of destroying the administrative state to have their candidate in the U.S. Senate which Roy Moore alone could grind to a halt.  


Part 2

Then we look into reports that Erik Prince and Oliver North are lobbying the White House to set up a private sector “off the books” alternative to the CIA as a way around what Donald Trump sees as the “deep state” that is out to get him. While this could be dismissed as the fantasy of the founder of the mercenary army Blackwater, if Trump were to appoint Senator Tom Cotton as head of the CIA, it could quickly become a reality. Publisher, journalist, filmmaker and explorer Robert Young Pelton, author of “Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror” and former biographer of Erik Prince, joins us.

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Part 3

Then finally we speak with Chaumtoli Huq, a Bangladeshi-American lawyer with Law@theMargins in New York City about how the attempted suicide bombing at the busy Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City this morning by an Bangladeshi immigrant Akayed Ullah, might impact the Bangladeshi community of drivers, food vendors, retail workers and newspaper-sellers. We discuss a climate of fear and scapegoating on the rise in the Trump era in which Muslims and Latinos have been vilified and targeted.