The Alyona Show: Spies head home
The US and Russia have completed one of the largest spy swaps since the Cold War with two planes, one leaving from New York, one from Moscow, meeting in Vienna. RT Correspondent Marina Portnaya joins Alyona with the spy swap details. Alyona talks to Joseph Finder, a New York Times bestselling author and member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers to ask him what happens to the spies now? Alyona asks Finder whether he thought trading four spies for 10 people who couldn't even be charged with espionage was a fair trade.
The jury reached a verdict in the case of Johannes Mehserle, the police officer being tried with involuntary manslaughter of Oscar Grant. Yesterday, thousands of people gathered in downtown Oakland, California to protest this verdict, and later some broke into violence. Alyona speaks to writer and activist Alessandro Tirangz to ask him if he thought justice had been served with this verdict.
General David Petraeus, in his confirmation hearings with the Senate, said he would take a good look at the rules of engagement, and now we know that he has told the top operational commander in Afghanistan to review those directives. Alyona asks Sean Naylor, senior writer for the Army Times, if Petraeus will he change the rules that McChrystal put in place to limit mortar strikes on homes in order to reduce civilian casualties.
Then, Judge Joseph L. Tauro found a law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, ruling that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. Alyona says, the Department of Justice will probably, have to appeal this case, which then could go to the Supreme Court. Joining Alyona is Suhail Kahn, former Bush administration official and board member of American Conservative Union, and Zack Rosen editor-in-chief of online publication The NewGay.net to discuss if the actions of the Department of Justice will represent the viewpoint of the current administration.
Later, Alyona gets comedian Seaton Smith’s take on everything from Dutch porn stars to a controversial Playboy cover with Jesus, to Lady Gaga helping the Wikileaks leaker shield his secret files.
And finally, Fox News host Glenn Beck decided to attack RT for interviewing Malik Shabazz, the leader of the New Black Panther Party. Glenn Beck claimed that RT allows people to freely spread their racist rhetoric. But Alyona calls out Beck for saying some racist things. Find out why Alyona thinks Beck hates Americans.