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Did the FBI entrap would-be Tampa terrorist Sami Osmakac?

03/17/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Sami Osmakac, terrorism, islam, FBI, Tampa, entrapment, Trevor Aaronson, The Intercept, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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In 2012, Sami Osmakac, a 25-year-old naturalized Muslim American from Kosovo, was arrested in a counter-terrorism sting by the FBI for plotting a terror attack against a popular Tampa bar and casino. The Feds painted Osmakac as a lone-wolf Islamic extremist, citing a "martyrdom video" featuring Osmakac as damning evidence,. But journalist Trevor Aaronson reports in a lengthy investigative piece for The Intercept, tha...

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Committee to Stop FBI Repression in Tampa wants end to mosque spying listen

01/23/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: FBI, Tampa, islam, Muslims, mosques, surveillance, spying, Committee to Stop FBI Repression

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Some activists in Tampa are calling attention to FBI agents recruiting Muslims to spy inside their own mosques.

To find out more about their campaign, Friday morning I interviewed a brother-sister pair. Homam Zituni and Danya Zituni are both members of Stop FBI Repression, Tampa.

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Local progressive Muslim activist speaks out on tragic shooting in France. listen

01/08/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Charlie Hebdo, France, Paris, Laila Abdelaziz, islam, Muslim

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Today, we hear local responses to yesterday's horrific massacre of 12 people in Paris at the offices of french satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by suspected radical islamists. We first listen to reports of the shootings from French government-run television service France 24. Laila Abdelaziz, local progressive activist and Muslim-American, then offers her perspective on the tragedy and answers listeners' questions.

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Convicted terrorist's brother says Sami Osmakac was set up listen

07/01/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Sami Osmakac, Avni Osmakac, terrorism, FBI, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Jared Hamil, Samantha Bowden, Muslim, islam, Sami Al Arian

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The brother of a man convicted of plotting terrorism says it was an FBI setup. Avni Osmakac lashed out at the government during a press conference Tuesday in front of the federal courthouse in Tampa. That’s where his brother Sami was found guilty last month of trying to possess a weapon of mass destruction.

“Everything my brother knows about religion is coming from them. He didn’t know [anything] about religion until he got sick. Everything he knows – the videos, the audios you hear, ...

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Activist decries Florida Senate passing bill forbidding use of foreign law in state's courts listen

04/28/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: islam, Muslims, Florida Legislature, Laila Abdelaziz

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Florida would become the eighth state to outlaw the use of foreign law in the state's courts under a bill passed by the Senate Monday. But opponents contend the action is unnecessary and targets Muslims. The bill is sponsored by Senator Alan Hays, a Republican from Umatilla

Not everyone agrees with Senator Hays.

Laila Abdelaziz is Tampa Bay regional director for Emerge USA, a non-profit, non-partisan group with the goal to engage Muslim Americans in the political process.

"Senate b...

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Conservative Terry Kemple appointed to Hillsborough County diversity council listen

10/02/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: LGBT, Muslims, Hillsborough County Commission, Terry Kemple, Kevin Beckner, Les Miller, islam, Victor Crist, diversity

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Hillsborough County Commissioners created a Diversity Advisory Council Wednesday morning and unanimously appointed conservative Christian Terry Kemple as one of its members. That’s despite the push from some commissioners in the past to exclude him because they say he has anti-diversity views including against Muslims and gays. Openly gay Commissioner Kevin Beckner said his change of heart came from something Pope Francis said this summer.

"Actually was a response to, when he was asked of...

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Listeners respond to WMNF's Ahmed Bedier loss of his brother to bloodshed in Egypt

08/16/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Security and health officials say 60 people have been killed across Egypt after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following bloodshed earlier this week.

As military helicopters circled overhead, residents pelted the Brotherhood protesters with rocks and glass bottles. The two sides also fired on one another, sparking running street battles.

Police in uniform were nowhere to be seen as civilians fir...

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Boston Bombing

04/19/13 Ahmed Bedier
True Talk
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Discussion and opinion on the latest updates on the Boston bombing.

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Racially and religiously driven attack fuels Muslim advocacy group listen

01/02/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: CAIR, Hassan Shibly

The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR today called on the FBI to investigate a shooting attack in which a man perceived as "Middle Eastern" and Muslim was shot in the face at least twice with a pellet gun.

CAIR officials said the man attacked was harassed with racial slurs as he was leaving a Walmart at 3 this morning. A police report indicates that the shooting victim was asked if he is Middle Eastern and whether he is Muslim. He reportedly answered "...

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Reaction to death of U.S. Ambassador in Libya listen

09/12/12 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Barack Obama is condemning in the "strongest possible terms" an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including the American ambassador.

Today Obama said the U.S. will work with the Libyan government to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice. He says "no acts of terror" will shake America's resolve.

Obama said the U.S. rejects any efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but says there is "absolutely no justification" for viole...

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