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September 7th, 2011
11:46 AM ET

Clips From Last Night: Trumka on Hoffa's comments; John Miller on post-9/11 al-Qaeda

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was a guest on "Piers Morgan Tonight" last night, and discussed the recent comments by Jim Hoffa about the tea party. "I think Jim Hoffa is speaking for the anger many Americans have," he told Piers Morgan. "All politicians that don't stand up for jobs...we ought to take them out of office. That's what he was saying."

Also on the show was intelligence expert John Miller on 9/11:

Said Miller: "In the post-9/11 world we had an average of about four plots targeting U.S. soil...a year, in 2008, 2009 that jumps to nine and then 10. In 2011 we're already on a pace to pass that."

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  1. donna

    yes ..Y...professor F.IS A VERY SPECIAL ANALIST -ECONOMIC -POLITICE
    SURE IAM LISTENING and every day i have news from NYT in my mail. thank you..

    September 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Investigative journalism is dead and buried

    Wow, a four-fold increase in "plots" against the U.S. but not a single one succeeding, generally instead being foiled by each "plot's" F.B.I. informant/ringleader who organized each one making sure it fails. Yep, since 9/11 the U.S. intel services have been batting a thousand, woo hoo. They've saved us from plots like the idiots who wanted to try to take down the Brooklyn Bridge with blowtorches and the guy who set up non-explosive fertilizer and an alarm clock in his car which would have biodegraded before it would have ever been a threat. Great work! Too bad the C.I.A. was carrying out its own exercises on 9/11 instead of doing something useful, too bad the U.S. Air Force was also carrying out its own exercises that morning which had most of the fighter aircraft in the northeastern U.S. diverted to Alaska where they could be of no help, too bad the N.R.O. was carrying out an exercise that morning that involved the premise of an airplane crashing into a building. They were psychic but apparently not THAT psychic right?

    Maybe they should have gotten George Bush to tutor them in clairvoyance because he had war plans for an invasion of Afghanistan sitting on his desk ready to be signed two days before 9/11 (as reported on twice by MSNBC way after the fact) when anyone with common sense knows that selling an invasion of Afghanistan to the American public would have been an impossibility WITHOUT a 9/11 attack. And without a 9/11 attack how would the U.S. have had the perfect excuse to invade Afghanistan to pacify it enough to allow construction of the natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan, across Afghanistan to Pakistan and a port as reported on multiple times by the BBC? Wow, sure was nice of "nineteen guys with boxcutters" who didn't have a one among them who could even fly a propellor plane worth a damn to decide to provide the U.S. energy supermajors with such a great opportunity wasn't it? Also was nice of them to hit the Pentagon in the absolute least destructive, least deadly manner possible by striking it in the one wedge that was under construction with much less military personnel present, the spot in the building farthest away from Rumsfeld's office, instead of swooping down and crashing into the roof, infinitely easier than what they're accused of doing and infinitely more deadly and destructive. Thank God for humanitarian terrorists who do just what energy supermajors want them to do, right?

    September 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. elizabeth

    elizabeth
    I want to thank the producer and/or Piers for obviously reading my recent post, regarding the fact that most Apple jobs are not benefiting Americans ... with the vast majority of jobs created to produce their products being jobs in China. THANK YOU Piers for stating this so openly and clearly on your show tonight and for calling on American companies to stop sending our jobs overseas! THIS is the problem with the economy! If you want your show to be an incredible success and you want America to be strong again, please start putting every government leader you interview in the hot seat ... forcing them to clearly explain why they individually have not introduced a bill to level the playing field with China – not closing our borders to trade but making it fair ... not free. Follow the money! Who is profiting from this? The middle class worker who lost his job to unfair trade practices? Hardly? Major American companies are earning record profits by selling products to us which they produced at reduced costs overseas, as a result of unfair practices. BUT THIS IS ALSO KEY: Because our jobs have been shipped overseas, workers in China and other "emerging markets" are now able to purchase goods themselves ... which is why American companies are racing to produce auto factories, etc. in those markets. Again, the companies will profit, but the workers will not be Americans. The only reason these markets are "emerging" is because they have cash to spend from the jobs which were unfairly stripped away from America's middle class ... call centers in India, factories in China, etc. Hence, it's easy to see why American companies want to protect the status quo.

    Meanwhile, we in America make NOTHING we consume. It is not sustainable. It never was. The housing bubble was a grand illusion, which distracted us from the impact of the loss of our entire manufacturing base. Now that housing is gone, we stand and look around and wonder what happened. A society which produces NOTHING it consumes cannot be sustained! Even if – over the course of 20 years – we all ultimately become tech gurus, given current trade laws, those high tech manufacturing jobs will also ultimately go overseas because workers in those emerging markets will also be highly skilled ... while continuing to benefit from unfair trade practices!

    If we do not hold Congress accountable right now to change the trade laws; take steps to make China stop manipulating its currency and prevent American companies from sending thousands of call center jobs (which serve American customers) overseas, America will implode. So, follow the money! Research the ways in which trade is grossly unfair! Start exposing! You will become America's most treasured anchor if you force them to bring our jobs home! We can and will compete, but it has to be FAIR!

    September 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Investigative journalism is dead and buried

      The middle class is being squeezed out of existence. We have essentially a service-oriented economy with huge amounts of retail workers, fast food workers, waitresses, dishwashers, pizza delivery boys, maids, cashiers, shelf stockers, all of these being crap jobs that have no benefits and pay an exploitative wage. When the U.S. had a manufacturing-oriented economy someone could graduate high school and go right to work in a factory and even with an entry-level job he or she was making a fair wage for their labor and had benefits with the likelihood of advancement. Even high school dropouts had a better shot at making it back then than most college grads do now! There was a semblance of upward mobility that was possible and each generation could look forward to the next generation having a little better of a life than they had.

      All this talk of us becoming a nation of "high-tech technocrats" or whatever is bunk. It's just whistling past the graveyard and trying to make us all feel better about the dismal present and future of this country if it continues on this path. For every one "high-tech" job created there are dozens of low-tech, low-paying wage slave jobs. This economy spends a lot less time asking "What kind of microchip do you want in your circuit board?" than it asks "Would you like fries with that?"

      America is fast headed toward third-world status and many aspects of it are already there. Like the educational system. And its health care system. And it political corruption. And the huge chasm of income inequality that grows wider every day. By any objective estimation the U.S. is the worst country in which to live in the industrialized world, bar none.

      September 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Fay

    Piers, you are my hero- you are naughty, real, bold, and honest with your interviews and with your choice of guests! I find your shows intelligently worth watching.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse | Reply

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