Also On Today's Show: Alaska has been experiencing abnormally warm weather this winter, which is presenting all sorts of challenges and even dangers...A federal lawsuit reveals that the corn refinery and sugar industries secretly funded Washington-based non profits and experts to grab market share and promote health risks of the opposing party's products.
Eric Lipton, investigative reporter for the Washington bureau at the New York Times, talks about the ethics charges against Congressman Rangel having to do with fundraising for a City College educational center named after him, how common these kinds of donations are, and what an oil company has to do with it.
Air travelers from any of 14 countries specified by the Obama administration will be subjected to extra security procedures if they wish to fly into the U.S. This measure is a direct response to the alleged Christmas Day almost-bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who failed in his attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. The countries on the list: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen. Washington correspondent for The New York Times Eric Lipton has been following these developments and he says that many of the countries are accusing the United States of racial and ethnic profiling and calling it unfair. Nuala McGovern, host of the BBC's "World Have Your Say," posed the question– "Can profiling stop terrorism?" – to people from countries on the list, and the responses she got were overwhelming.
Later today, President Obama gets a preliminary report on what went wrong in the country's airport security systems. One of the things the report will mention is how U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted a call back in August that warned of a terror attack being carried out by a Nigerian man. Despite that, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab got onto a plane in Amsterdam with PETN on his person.
We talk to New York Times reporter Eric Lipton, who broke this story. And we are also joined by international security analyst Bob Ayers, who's had a 30-year career in the intelligence services including the CIA, military intelligence and the National Security agency. He tells us why it's so difficult to fix the nation's intelligence system.
Increased international investment in U.S. properties is one sign that the global economic downturn is easing. But the Obama administration isn't pleased by all of the proposed investments. The New York Times reports in an exclusive story that the White House is citing national security concerns in objecting to two investment poposals by companies controlled by China and the United Arab Emirates. Times Washington correspondent Eric Lipton is covering the story.