By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
Brian had a packed show today coming from WASHINGTON, DC! He weighed in on all the latest news updates, and is completely shocked that Paul Kevin Curtis, the man suspected of mailing Ricin-laced letters to the President and several other government officials, has been released! PLUS: Brian thinks that the government agencies are completely disorganized and lack an efficient means of communication. He discusses all this with his guests!
Tucker Carlson, co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, weighed in on all the unanswered questions surrounding the Tsarnaev brothers. Kilmeade and Carlson agreed that one thing we have learned from the Boston bombings is that there needs to be more organization within the government and a better system for government agencies to get in touch with each other. "Government agencies need to coordinate with each other. There has to be a free-flow of information between this alphabet soup agency and that ," Carlson said.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) also weighed in on the massive communication failure amongst government agencies. McCain said that we need to take action on this communication failure: "I believe the Homeland Security Committee needs to have a hearing and get all these people up and sort this out. The whole purpose of the post-9/11 Commission and legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security was so that there would not be "STOVE PIPING," meaning that different agencies of government would share information to prevent exactly this kind of thing," McCain explained.
"MONEY MATTERS!" Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) talked about the sequestration and where the country is heading with this. "We cut a substantial amount of money out of the budget in the middle of the fiscal year across the board. It's going to have an impact in a variety of different ways. You can't cut 88 billion dollars out of a budget in the middle of the year and not have an impact," Smith exclaimed.
Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Porter Goss, weighed in on the severity of last Monday's bombing. Goss explained: "You've got to recognize the fact that there is a serious war against the United States of America just because of who we are. It's the radical Islamists. They are serious about hurting us and they are not going to stop until somebody stops them. They question is, who could stop them?"
Host of FOX News Sunday, Chris Wallace, argued with Brian on whether it is dangerous and too sensitive to use the word "Islam" when describing terrorists. "I think should say "Jihadist;" I think he should say "radical fundamentalist," Wallace explained. He went on to clarify that he has no problem with profiling, but he understands where the President's hesitation is coming from with using the word "Islam" in that context. Brian could not disagree with him more!
Brian talked to the co-author of Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works... And Sometimes Doesn't, Pat Harris, about what the upcoming court case and defense team might look like for 19 year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Harris said that defending Tsarnaev would be "a defense attorney's dream." "In a way, when you get a client that is as hated and reviled as someone like the Boston bomber, it makes you feel like this is what you're doing for the country," Harris explained.
FOX News Correspondent James Rosen talked to Brian about the latest news surrounding Paul Kevin Curtis, the man suspected of mailing the Ricin-laced letters to the President and several other government officials. The duo also talked about the Boston bombing brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and the lack of communication amongst government agencies that caused Tamerlan to not ping when he returned to the United States after 7 months overseas.
FOX News' Chief Congressional Correspondent, Mike Emanuel and Shannon Bream, FOX News Anchor, talked to Brian about the Boston bombing. Bream expressed how lucky we are as a country that one of the suspects survived: "You lose both of them and it's much more difficult to try to piece this together," she explained. The trio went on to discuss the differing stories that have been coming out of the Tsarnaev family, with the parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar saying this was a setup, to the aunts and uncles who say there were signs of violent behavior.
Patricia Driscoll, President of the Armed Forces Foundation, and NASCAR Driver Kurt Busch talked to Brian about the Armed Forces Foundation Gala that occurred last night in Washington, DC, which Brian hosted. Driscoll explained what the goal of the Armed Forces Foundation is and how anyone can help a military family.
Jennifer Griffin, FOX News' National Security Correspondent, joined Brian and Jonah Goldberg, Columnist and editor-at-large of National Review Online. The trio talked about the Boston bomber and whether or not we should believe what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been saying to the FBI.