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Roundtable: The Truth About The Afghanistan War

U.S. forces and Afghan commandos in April in Asad Khil village, east of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Rahmat Gul AP
U.S. forces and Afghan commandos in April in Asad Khil village, east of Kabul, Afghanistan.
A Washington Post report details misleading public information over the course of the war in Afghanistan, San Diego has a stark racial gap when it comes to arrests and drug prosecutions, and the new religious themed Legacy International Center opens in Mission Valley.

Roundtable Guests:

Dorian Hargrove, investigative producer, NBC 7

Steve Walsh, military reporter, KPBS News

Lori Weisberg, tourism and hospitality reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune

Lyndsay Winkley, investigative reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune

The Afghanistan Papers

The Washington Post this week put out a series of reports detailing the 18 years of strategy and public messaging on the war in Afghanistan. An emerging theme is one of a conflict without a clear sense of purpose and a portrayal often at odds with the struggles behind the scenes. San Diego is one of several military towns tasked with sending thousands of troops over the years. This week’s story comes as congress works to approve another year of military spending.

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Racial Bias in Policing

A study commissioned by the local ACLU found black people were more likely to be stopped by San Diego Police and Sheriff’s Department than whites. The study covers a one-year period from 2018 to 2019. Both law enforcement agencies say the studies don’t necessarily mean there is an intentional racial bias at play, and that they plan to do their own analyses. Disparity issues continue through the legal process. An NBC 7 investigation found black people in San Diego were five times more likely to be prosecuted for drug cases in recent years.

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Legacy International Center Opens

The long-awaited Legacy International Center opens this weekend in Mission Valley. The $190 million project is being marketed as a religious resort with a variety of bible-themed attractions. It’s the product of evangelist Morris Cerullo, whose past views on LGBT issues have brought controversy. The San Diego Union-Tribune got a behind the scenes look at the resort ahead of its opening weekend.


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