Target USA Podcast by WTOP

Whether its terrorists, anarchists, cyber criminals or nation states, America has a target on its back. WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green investigates the threats facing the U.S., the people behind them, the agencies fighting them and their impact on Americans.


Target USA -- Episode 117: US-Pakistan relations hit a rough patch

The United States and Pakistan have had a steady relationship for 70 years. But in that period, the affiliation has been beset by ups and downs, including the Osama bin Laden saga. Now, yet another "misunderstanding," as characterized on this episode by Aizaz Chaudhry, Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., threatens to derail this critical relationship. And interestingly enough, new information related to the bin Laden story surfaces in this podcast.
00:00:00 5/16/2018

Past Episodes

The U.S. and North Korea are moving ahead with plans for President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to meet. But what happens after the meeting? Is there enough trust between the two to facilitate a nuclear deal? It's a big question, especially considering the U.S. has just pulled out of a similar deal with Iran.
00:00:00 5/9/2018
On the previous episode, retired U.S. spy John Sipher told Target USA that Russia possibly has as many as 225 spies inside the U.S. -- even after 60 were kicked out in March. Bitterly complaining about it, Russia's ambassador grumbled that no U.S. officials would meet with him. One congressman tells us why. And we hear why the U.S. gets the short end of the stick when it comes to tit-for-tat expulsions.
00:00:00 5/2/2018
Russia has more spies in the U.S. than it did during the Cold War. The man who knows all about Russian espionage joins Target USA to break down exactly what the spies are doing and how many are likely at work inside the U.S. during this very tense and dangerous time.
00:42:35 4/25/2018
In an exclusive interview, Europol Executive Director Rob Wainwright tells Target USA that it's just a matter time before terrorists turn to cyber to create chaos: "Down the tracks, how far I don't know, I'm pretty sure we'll see some form of cyber enabled terrorism and I'm surprised that we haven't seen that already." He says they can easily develop the capability by utilizing resources available online. Wainwright discusses that, and the recent and eerie lull in major terror attacks.
00:00:00 4/18/2018
Dozens of prominent Russians have died in the past four years in Russia and in other countries. Several of them died here in the United States. On this episode, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and former FBI agent and former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers say there is "absolutely" a need for U.S. authorities go back and look at a number of suspicious deaths in the U.S.
00:00:00 4/11/2018
Michael Tatham, Britain's deputy ambassador to the U.S., warns Russia "to stop testing Western countries in aggressive, counterproductive ways that increase international tension." If Russia doesn't, cooperate, former CIA officer Robert Baer says Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal fortune should be targeted. Both make their cases on this episode of Target USA.
00:00:00 4/4/2018
In the wake of the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in the United Kingdom, Hermitage Capital Management CEO Bill Browder tells Target USA, "The Russians are doing everything they can try to get me, to try to kill me, to try to stop me, to try to intimidate me." Browder, the architect of the Magnitsky Act, says "there are probably 250 people working full time inside the Russian government at any given moment trying to destroy my life." Browder says he's the number one enemy of the Russian government and, specifically, Russian President Vladimir Putin. All the details are available on this episode.
00:00:00 3/28/2018
A new and bitter schism between Russia and the west over the poisoning of a former double agent has opened up, and it could have lethal consequences. On this episode, British Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and former weapons inspector Dr. David Kay put the potentially deadly situation into context.
00:00:00 3/21/2018
Terrorism is shifting into a new phase. U.S. Department of State Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan Sales says terrorists are getting smarter -- using previous attacks as blueprints. But with the Islamic State group waning, al-Qaida- and Iran-backed terrorism are in resurgent trajectories. Sales says military efforts to fight terrorism are going to wind down, and sophisticated law enforcement and advanced screening measures are going to take precedence.
00:33:55 3/14/2018
On this episode, we hear the survival stories from the day in 1993 when "the earth shook" and thick black smoke filled New York's iconic World Trade Center. Six people died and more than a thousand were injured during an attack that many believe set the stage for an even more disastrous attack in 2001. Survivors' audio was provided by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
00:32:12 3/7/2018

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