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Jails Commission discusses confinement listen

04/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In response to allegations of abuse of inmates by Orient Road Jail deputies, including a video of intake deputies dumping a man out of his wheelchair, Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee formed a panel to investigate conditions within the county’s jails. The Independent Review Commission on Jails held its fifth meeting today at the Tampa Port Authority on Channelside Drive.

Col. David Parrish administers the Hillsborough County Jail system. He addressed the commission on the different types o...

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Supporters seek release of Al-Arian listen

04/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Supporters of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian today demanded that the U.S. government release him from custody and then deport him.

Friday was the scheduled release date for Al-Arian on the single count that pled guilty to in his federal terrorism trial in 2005. That’s when he was moved from a federal jail in Warsaw, Virginia, to an immigration facility in Howard County, Maryland.

Ramzy Kilic is the civil rights coordinator for the Tampa office of the Council on American Islamic R...

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Al-Arian on hunger strike without water listen

03/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian has been on a hunger strike for five days. He began it after learning on Monday that the government is requiring him to testify before a grand jury in Virginia, a month before he was supposed to be released and deported. Al-Arian family and lawyers say this is just a way for the government to keep him in jail.

In 2005, a Tampa jury found Sami Al-Arian not guilty of eight of the terrorism charges against him. The jury was deadlocked...

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Judge overturns Al-Arian contempt charge listen

12/14/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, a federal judge in Virginia lifted the civil contempt charge that has kept former USF professor Sami Al-Arian in prison for months after he was supposed to be released.

Judge Gerald Lee has been holding status hearings every few months during the last year in Alexandria Virginia, to determine whether Al-Arian should continue to be held on civil contempt for not testifying before a grand jury. Today, WMNF spoke with Abdullah Al-Arian, the eldest son of Dr. Sami Al-Arian, who said...

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Al-Arian documentary opens in Norway -- by Seán Kinane

02/26/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last week, the new documentary, USA vs. Al-Arian premiered at theatres across Norway. The film details the trial, plea agreement and sentencing of Dr. Sami Al-Arian and focuses on how his family is being affected. Some members of his family spent last week in Norway to educate the public on the case. WMNF's Seán Kinane traveled to Oslo to find out why there is such a difference in attitude between Norwegians and Americans regarding the Al-Arian case. He files this report.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu at USF in Tampa

01/20/06 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke last night at the USF SunDome on the topic of "No Future Without Forgiveness."

"There is no way in which we are going to win so-called 'wars against terror.' As long as there are conditions in the world which make people desperate."

Tutu won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize because of his work for racial justice in apartheid South Africa. He still struggles for peace.

"When we spend obscene amounts of money on what we call 'defense' budgets. Wh...

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