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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


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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ACLU and CAIR seek answers in Ibragim Todashev shooting listen

07/23/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The American Civil Liberties Union called upon state officials in Florida and Massachusetts yesterday to launch independent investigations into the killing of an Orlando man who may have had connections with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.The group is asking the Massachusetts attorney general and Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the role of their officers in the death.

The U.S. Department of Justice launched a federal probe into the incident last week, but the ACL...

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Possible Witness to FBI Killing Being Pushed out of US?

07/01/13 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Over the weekend the Boston Globe reported: "An immigration judge has ordered a potential witness in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Chechen man by an FBI agent last month to leave the United States no later than July 1, and to remain in jail until she departs, raising an outcry from a civil rights group seeking a full accounting of the man’s death.

Federal immigration officials arrested Tatiana Igorevna Gruzdeva, a 19-year-old aspiring foreign language teacher from Russia...

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CAIR wants investigation to see whether FBI violated civil rights by killing Todashev listen

05/30/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The father of an immigrant killed in Orlando last week while being interrogated by the FBI said Thursday that the U.S. agents killed his son "execution-style."

At news conference in Moscow, Abdul-Baki Todashev showed journalists 16 photographs that he said were of his son in a Florida morgue. He said his son had six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of his head.

The FBI says Ibragim Todashev was killed last week during a violent confrontation in his home while an FBI agent...

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The Spy Catcher

05/08/13 Warren Elly with Joe Navarro
Last Call Wednesday
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Joe Navarro retired from the FBI in 2003…since then he’s built a world-wide reputation as an expert on terror, as a teacher and as a prolific author. As Fidel Castro was tightening his grip on Cuba, shortly after the failed Bay of Pigs, Joe’s family brought their 8 year old son to America. At age 23, working as a policeman, the FBI recruited Joe and he may be the youngest agents ever hired… For 25 years he chased terrorists, and spies and liars. Joe was a pioneer in the FBI’s use ...

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Boston Marathon explosives were loaded with shrapnel inside pressure cookers listen

04/16/13 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said this morning there were 176 casualties, 17 of them in critical condition, and three fatalities from yesterday’s bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

President Barack Obama said today the deadly bombings were an act of terrorism but investigators do not know if they were carried out by an international or domestic organization, or perhaps by an individual.

"This was a heinous and cowardly act. And given what we now know abou...

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War on Terror: Arresting Real Terrorists or Entrapment?

01/07/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Every few months it seems the FBI arrests persons or people suspected of plotting terrorist acts in the US. How many of those are truly terrorists-- and how many of them would not be able to pull off the proposed terrorist act- unless they had help from government informants? We'll talk about the issue in a few minutes here on Radioactivity. But first three listener comments about last Friday's program on which we talked about the history of the Second ...

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Peace activists implore feds to call off "witch hunt" domestic terrorism investigations listen

09/24/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Peace activists nationwide are speaking out Monday against what they see as FBI oppression against protesters. In downtown Tampa, ten people protested anti-terrorism tactics and legislation in front of the Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse. Jared Hamil heads the Tampa Committee to Stop FBI Oppression which is participating in a national call-in day to ask a U.S. attorney to call off investigations of 22 anti-war activists.

“Hi, my name is Jared Hamil. I’m from Tampa Bay. I’m a fello...


New Port Richey job fair draws 300 residents looking for work listen

12/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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More than 300 job seekers and dozens of employers converged on a job fair in New Port Richey, where many residents say they are finding it difficult to find work outside of the service industry. Employers ranging from home based businesses to federal agencies were accepting applications.

It seems that Floridians need all the help they can get when it comes...

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