September 21 - Criticism of the FBI Following the Latest Terrorist Incident; Changing the Law to Go After "The Not Yet Guilty"; A Hearing to Impeach the IRS Commissioner Backfires on the Tea Party Republicans

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Part 1

We begin with the criminal complaint filed in federal court on Tuesday in which the alleged New Jersey bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami was charged with the use of weapons of mass destruction and according to his blood-spattered bullet-holed journal, was inspired by “Brother Osama Bin Laden” and the American jihadist Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed by a drone strike in Yemen. David Schanzer, Professor of the Practice and Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at the School of Public Policy at Duke University joins us to address criticism leveled at the FBI following the shootout and capture of the bombing suspect in New Jersey whose father was concerned his son was a terrorist which, like the earlier case involving the father of the Orlando shooter, prompted the FBI to investigate these potential terrorists before closing the cases for lack of evidence. We also analyze Donald Trump’s bombastic anti-terrorism proposals that will make it all but impossible to identify and interdict home-grown terrorists such as Rahami, Orlando’s Mateen, the San Bernardino terrorists and the Boston bombers.


Part 2

Then we examine calls by Donald Trump to deny Ahmad Khan Rahami medical treatment and legal representation and a request from Senator Lindsay Graham to the Obama Administration to deny the alleged terrorist due process under the law and have him labeled as an “enemy combatant”. Stephen Vladeck, a professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law, a Supreme Court analyst for CNN, and the co-editor-in-chief of the “Just Security” blog, joins us to discuss the hysteria over domestic terrorism that Trump is generating in this election and the danger of changing the law to go after the “not yet guilty”, which would as Ben Franklin warned the likes of Donald Trump, that “he who would trade liberty for temporary security, deserves neither”.

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Part 3

Then finally we look into today’s impeachment hearing in the House, called to placate the Tea Party Freedom Caucus who are using the threat of impeaching the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to block any effort to reform IRS rules that allow unlimited and unattributed “dark money” into our elections under the loophole of a 501C-4 “social welfare” tax exemption. Emily Peterson Cassin, Project Coordinator of the Bright Lines Project at Public Citizen joins us to describe today’s hearing at which Democrats turned the tables on the Republicans and used the hearing to get the head of the IRS to debunk Donald Trump’s excuse for not releasing his tax returns to the public.

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