The Nation Speaks (May 8): Havana Syndrome Mystery; Anti-Racism in Your Workplace; Free Speech vs Snitching
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence wants answers about the mysterious “Havana Syndrome”—a neurological sickness that hit U.S. embassy workers in Cuba and elsewhere. Was it a weapon? Who’s responsible? And how to treat dozens of sufferers?
We talk to Dr. Linda Birnbaum, former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, who was appointed to a State Department-commissioned committee to investigate the phenomenon. She discusses what her committee did, and didn’t, find out.
We also talk to Gary Miliefsky, a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security and publisher of Cyber Defense Magazine. Miliefsky doesn’t think it’s mysterious at all and explains why he’s sure U.S. diplomats were targets of an ultrasonic weapon attack—and why Cuba must be held accountable.
Then, in our first America Q&A we ask: Should there be any limits on the number of immigrants allowed into the country?
Next, anti-racism training in the workplace is becoming more and more common. So what exactly are HR departments teaching and what are the impacts on workplace culture? HR expert and author, Jim Stroud tells us.
And in our second America Q&A we find out if people think it’s OK for welfare to be permanent, or if it should just be used to help people out in tough times.
Finally, after an angry cheerleader made an unfortunate Snapchat post, a fellow student reported her and she got kicked off the squad. The Supreme Court will decide if the school violated her free speech, meanwhile Pacific Legal Foundation lawyer, Daniel Ortner, who submitted an amicus brief to the top court, warns about the dangers of snitch culture.