June 16 - The Gaps in Intelligence on Potential Terrorists; Will the Brexit Vote Cause Political Chaos and Likely Be Overturned?; An Update From Moscow on Putin's Bromance With Trump

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Part 1

We begin with President Obama’s visit today to Orlando, Florida, the site of the recent worst mass shooting in U.S. history and speak with David Schanzer, the Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University who was previously the Democratic Staff Director for the House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security. He joins us to discuss the gaps in the post 9/11 intelligence reforms that created the Department of Homeland Security and the office of The Director of National Intelligence. We examine the difficulty in policing the thoughts of potential terrorist before they act on them and cause mayhem and assess what can be done to improve our broken immigration system so that potential terrorists can be screened out without scapegoating and surveilling communities and resorting to racial profiling.

Part 2

Then we get an update on the latest polls in the U.K. for the June 23 vote on the so-called Brexit that indicate the “leave” vote is at 51% while the “remain” vote is at 49%. William Walker, a Professor of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland joins us to discuss the pernicious role of Rupert Murdoch in tipping the scales for the “leave” vote, and how a narrow victory for “leave” could lead to political paralysis and the likely overturning of the vote by a majority of younger voters in the next few years. We will also look into the feckless performance of the new Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is hardly displaying a profile in courage.

Part 3

Then finally we go to Moscow to speak with Nina Khrushcheva, a Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School and author of “The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind”. We discuss Putin’s bromance with Donald Trump, the Russian reaction to the deployment of NATO brigades in Poland and the Baltics, and the unholy trinity ruling Russia today; Putin’s KGB cronies “the siloviki’ in the Kremlin, the reactionary orthodox church hierarchy, and oligarchs currying favor with Putin while exploiting a mafia economy.