By Mary C. Rydzeski
Brian on Edward Snowden: "Since when are you a hero by persuing treasonous behavior? Breaking a convenant; breaking the bond that you signed off on... I don't care what the reasons were. What this guy did was flat out wrong. And now he runs to China."
Former Rep. LT. COL. ALLEN WEST, newest member of the FOX team, weighed in on the impact of the PRISM program being exposed. West, who never supported the PRISM program, pointed out that Jihadists have already responded by adjusting some of their tactics. "We should have been going after the Jihadists initially," he said, "It should have been a targeted program. It should be very narrow in scope instead of being very broad-based."
FAMOUS DAVE ANDERSON, founder of Famous Dave's BBQ restaurants, talked to Brian about how all of his success started. He explained that his passion for southern and barbeque foods came from his father, a Native American of the Choctaw tribe in Oklahoma. "He used to haul my mom down south every other weekend 'til she learned how to cook southern! So that's where the passion for southern foods and barbeque came from," Dave explained.
Dave also told Brian how he learned to cook: "I learned how to cook from my mom making Indian fry bread at Indian Pow-wows." He went on to explain that when you're cooking for tourists at an Indian pow-wow, there's a lot of people that come at you all the time, "so you really to be on the top of your game. You gotta be able to make the food, you gotta be able to cook the food, and you gotta serve it - all with a smile!" Famous Dave explained.
MIKE EMANUEL, FOX's Chief Congressional Correspondent, weighed in on Peter King's comments about what should happen to Edward Snowden and the reporter who took Snowden's story. "The tradition in Washington has been you go after the leaker not the recipient of the information. And then, if you say you go after the recipient, then you start thinking 'are reporters going to do their oversight of the government anymore or are they going to be worried about... losing their families and losing their homes and losing their livelihood?'"
Dean of the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, VALI NASR, weighed in on the situation in Syria. Nasr said that the issue of Syria has become even more contentious. "We see that the Russians and Iranians have been able to turn the tide of the war by scoring military victories on the ground," Nasr explained. "This essentially tells the region that the United States not engaged, is not involved and has allowed... the Russians and the Iranians to change the direction of the conflict in Syria."
GORDON CHANG, columnist at Forbes.com, talked to Brian about whistleblower Edward Snowden's decision to flee to Hong Kong. "If you are running from U.S. Justice, you do not go to a jurisdiction has an extradition agreement with the United States, which Hong Kong has," Chang explained, "Hong Kong authorities have been... working very well with the U.S. They've been turning over people to us. Obviously Snowden believes there is some reason Hong Kong won't turn him over; and the only reason I can think of is that China will prevent it. And the only reason why China will prevent it is because Snowden is going to give them some information that is valuable to Beijing."
America's Newsroom co-hosts Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum stopped by and sounded off about whistleblower Edward Snowden. MacCallum had a very different take on the situation, and thought that in many ways, what's going on "is a big nothing." She said the PRISM program is not keeping us any safer, nor is it helping the government catch any terrorists.
MacCallum cited Tamerlan Tsarnaev as an example to her point: "Tamerlan Tsarnaev had all the privacy that he wanted. He was all over the Internet, texting, sending e-mails, traveling back and forth... Not only that, we were tipped off to him, okay? So why on Earth, if this is a valid program that is necessary for us to have, why would that not have been able to catch him? They had to put his picture on television!"