The Alyona Show: What it takes to be a terrorist


Ricardo Palmera was a senior leader of the FARC rebel group, which operates out of Colombia and is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States. Convicted in 2006 of conspiring to kidnap three US military contractors, Palmera is now in US custody, while his release is being called for by numerous human rights activists. We are wondering what it takes to be put on the State Department’s infamous black list of terrorist groups, so we brought Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute to provide the answers.

It is called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, and it sets out to enforce intellectual property rights across the world. If you download music, movies, books or anything else copyrighted, ACTA will provide the legal framework to go after Internet service providers and potentially shut off your Internet connection. The agreement is shrouded in secrecy, but James Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International, is with Alyona to provide details.

President Obama’s nominee to head the TSA, Robert Harding, has suggested to Congress that US airport security should closely resemble that of the Israelis. Widely accepted as having the safest airports in the world, Israel goes much further in screening travelers than most other countries. Would American flyers accept questions about where they have been recently, why they are going to a particular place or what the name of their church is? Cenk Uygur from the Young Turks is with Alyona to discuss.

With health care reform passed and a plethora of other issues on the table for President Obama, American domestic politics is hotter than ever. Katherine Mangu-Ward from Reason Magazine, Jake Brewer, campaign director for the Sunlight Foundation and conservative blogger Liz Mair all join Alyona in the studio for a lively discussion of the current political climate in America.