We started the week out with Ukraine-based defense expert Reuben Johnson and he's back with us today to finish out the week and to look at a number of issues, including the consequences of America's behavior in the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan. Confidence in the U.S. among NATO nations, as well as Ukraine, is plummeting – should a neighbor country act aggressively, it's no longer certain that the U.S. would intervene to help out. He also covers Russia's and China's potential future geopolitical plans, the pandemic moving forward, and even a little on the California governor recall election.
A few weeks ago, former President Donald Trump filed a class action lawsuit against Google, Twitter, and Facebook for violating the free speech rights of millions of Americans. What's behind the lawsuit and what does it have to do with Section 230? Joining us today is May Davis (iwf.org), Visiting Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She discusses the publisher versus platform issue, how the lawsuit could succeed given precedent, and regardless of the outcome, the need to apply the rules evenly to everyone. The repercussions of Big Tech's censorship could reach farther than just who gets to speak on the internet – it could change the culture and founding principles of the country.
A lot of focus on immigration security surrounds the border with Mexico, but with the current administration's proposed policies, should the focus be elsewhere? Back with us after a long hiatus is former U.S. immigration Senior Special Agent Michael Cutler (michaelcutler.net). Many people are being let through the border now, few with any interview or investigation, and are then bused off to parts of the country's interior. Mr. Cutler looks at the need to beef up interior enforcement. He also explains how these new policies could lead to even more people coming across the border through family petitions. But with no investigation, fraud and even worse crimes could increase.
We may never know exactly where the Covid virus came from, but it's looking more and more like it could have originated in a lab in China. Joining us today is Dr. Roger Klein (rogerdklein.com), Chief Medical Officer at the cancer genomic company Omniseq. There will be investigations into the origins, but will anything come of it? Will we learn anything from this experience? Dr. Klein examines supply chain deficiencies, the need to rely solely on science and not politics, and whether lockdowns were the right move.
On Sunday, a plane in route from Greece to Lithuania was diverted to Minsk, Belarus after a bomb threat was called in. But that's not the whole story. Once the plane landed, Belarusian authorities arrested a passenger, an opposition blogger who is critical of the government. Back with us today to discuss this incident is Ukraine-based defense expert Reuben Johnson. He reveals that the Belarusian government called in the threat just so they could arrest a "dissident." Several members of the international community, including the U.S. and the EU, have condemned what is being referred to as a hijacking. What are the implications of this incident? More importantly, will other totalitarian governments see this as a precedent?
Under the Obama administration, we witnessed foreign policy that mostly did not work. Under President Trump, we saw a new and innovative way to approach foreign policy. But now we're back to the policies that have proven to be ineffective. First up this week is Gregg Roman (meforum.org), Director at the Middle East Forum, who looks at the Biden philosophy of hegemonic equilibrium – putting allies and foes on equal footing in a region – and how it has forced our allies to rely less on the U.S. He also points out how we are focusing on unimportant things while our geopolitical enemies are gaining strength.
Next, we have an important announcement for non-public schools. Brian Kelsey (libertyjusticecenter.org), Senior Attorney with the Liberty Justice Center, is with us to alert all private schools that there is money available for Covid relief – if you know where to look and ask for it. If you don't, it reverts back to the public schools.
One of the most important issues in this country is election reform. It is badly needed or dysfunction and fraud will continue to run rampant in our elections. We welcome to the program Michael O'Neill (landmarklegal.org), Assistant General Counsel for Landmark Legal Foundation. He reviews a case from Arizona involving people voting in precincts they don't live in as well as ballot harvesting, both backed by the DNC. The case is now at the Supreme Court and if this isn't overturned, it could set a dangerous precedent moving forward.
Finally this week, we look at the debate over whether online platforms should be considered publishers or editors. Political writer and author Steven Hill (steven-hill.com) joins us to explain both sides of the issue, the effects of the Facebook law in Germany and Section 230 here, and a host of other topics like algorithms, psychographic profiles, manipulated searches, and surveillance capitalism.