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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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Author Ian Haney Lopez explains racial codewords and "dog-whistle" politics

03/10/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Race, politics, dog whistle politics, Ian Haney Lopez, George Wallace, welfare, immigration, terrorism, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Rob Lorei, wmnf

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In the past, politicians that opposed equal rights for minorities used to be able to express that sentiment frankly. But as open racism has fallen out of fashion, many politicians have turned to coded language that stokes racial anxiety amongst their constituency. Ian Haney Lopez, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, explains that racism survives in today's politics through racialized ...

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Terrorism expert Loretta Napoleoni explains the spread of ISIS and its appeal to western youth

03/06/15 Rob Lorei
True Talk
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Tags: ISIS, terrorism, Loretta Napoleoni, wmnf

Loretta Napoleoni, an expert on money laundering and terror financing,speaks from Seattle's town hall on the spread of ISIS and radical caliphates in context of an anti-imperialist reaction to western influences. She also explains how ISIS has been able appeal to youths in the western world.

Napoleoni is an author and columnist for La Stampa, La Repubblica, El País, and Le Monde. She is a former Fulbright Scholar with degrees from John Hopkins University and the London School of Economics.

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Middle East Studies Professor criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Speech to Congress listen

03/04/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: ISIS, Netanyahu, Iran, terrorism, nuclear weapons, Jennifer Loewenstein, Congress, ADHD, Howie Glasser, Adlerian psychology, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Howard Glasser, Chairman of the Children Success Foundation, talks to us about his Nurtured Heart Approach, a method of dealing with difficult and hyperactive children through positive reinforcement and recognizing that a "problem" child's energy can be channeled constructively. Glasser offers his approach as an alternative to prescribing children powerful psychoactive drugs, an increasingly frequent practice especially for young boys . Glasser wi...

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Foreign Policy Professor Pierre Guerlain on how the U.S. should combat Islamic radicalism listen

02/27/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Pierre Guerlain, islamic extremism, terrorism

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Speaking with us today is Pierre Guerlain, Professor of American Studies at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, France. Gaulain's work focuses on "anti-Americanism" and the image of the U.S abroad. He also writes for the Huffington Post, most recently about the terrorist attacks in Paris almost two month ago. This morning he speaks with us about the relation between terrorist groups and U.S. Foreign Policy and how best the U.S. should respond t...

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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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Defense for Sami Osmakac claims client has mental illness, entrapped by FBI listen

06/10/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Sami Osmakac, terrorism, Tampa, Pinellas County, entrapment, FBI

update: after this story aired, the jury returned its verdict: guilty

Jurors began deliberating the fate Tuesday of a Pinellas County man accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Tampa.

Sami Osmakac was arrested in January 2012 but his lawyers say he has mental illness and was entrapped by the FBI into planning violence.

WMNF interviewed Mel Underbakke, director of the education committee of the advocacy group National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. She has attended much ...

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9-11 Remembered

09/11/13 Warren Elly with Chris Ingram
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on the Last Call Warren Elly interviews Chris Ingram, a Republican Political Consultant who was working on Capital Hill on September 11th 2001. Ingram talked about role of American Foreign policy in the rise of terrorism and other issues related to 9/11. Listen to the full show above.

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A Better Path for the U.S. in the Middle East? And the Green Shadow Cabinet

04/30/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll speak with Pulitzer Prize winning reporter David Rohde about his new book BEYOND WAR: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East (Viking). Rhode has covered U.S. military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and other parts of the Middle East and South Asia. He was held captive by the Taliban for seven months beginning in 2009.

Later we'll talk with Kevin Zeese who is the Attorney General in a new project-...

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Call in show: Boston Marathon bombing has one dead suspect, one living and the Senate kills gun measure

04/19/13 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Two men of Chechnya decent were identified by the FBI. One of those men has reportedly been killed; the other is still at large. The dead suspect was said to have been wearing a bomb. The two men – or boys depending on how old you are – I’m kind of thinking boys is the better description- they are accused of all sorts of shenanigans including knocking over a 7-11, hijacking a car and temporarily kidnapping the owner, and killing an MIT police officer. Media outlets have reported tha...

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