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Sami Al-Arian to go on trial on contempt charges listen

01/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A federal judge in Virginia ruled today that Sami Al-Arian should stand trial in March for criminal contempt.

The ruling was a blow to the former USF professor, who was released on bail by Judge Leonie Brinkema back in September after being incarcerated in numerous prisons and jails since his arrest in February 2003 on federal terrorism charges.

Mel Underbakke is with the group Friends of Human Rights. She says she was one of nearly two dozen supporters of Al-Arian from Tampa in the ...

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Super Bowl security team unveiled in Tampa listen

12/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Super Bowl will take place in Tampa in 52 days. Today local and federal law enforcement officials spoke to reporters about the security steps underway now and those that will commence leading up to the big game.

Steve Ibisen is the FBI special agent in charge of security at the Super Bowl. He said the FBI’s role is to prepare to meet any threat, including a possible terrorist attack. His agency will operate a join operations center for all law enforcement.

Susan McCormick is with...

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Eyewitness reflections from Mumbai listen

12/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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One of the places that the Mumbai terrorists attacked last Wednesday night was the Oberoi Hotel.

Nicole Oversier is an attorney working in Mumbai. She was at work when the attacks occurred last week. WMNF spoke with her today about the attacks, and the attitudes of Mumbai citizens five days later.

Oversier is also the daughter of WMNF Volunteer Coordinator Carrie Core.

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Veterans commemorate anniversary of 9/11 attacks listen

09/11/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Veterans Council of Hillsborough County commemorated the seventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001n attacks with a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park east of Tampa.

Following a three-gun salute, a recorded version of Taps was played over the public address system. About 70 veterans and others remembered the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 attacks with salutes, flags and speeches.

Major General Michael Diamond, director of the Coalition Coordination Center for U.S. Central Com...

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Al-Arian released from prison listen

09/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday Dr. Sami Al-Arian was released from custody for the first time in more than five years. Even though his criminal sentence ended 16 months ago, Al-Arian had been held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since a federal judge ordered him released on bail in July.

WMNF spoke with Al-Arian’s daughter, freelance journalist Laila Al-Arian Tuesday night.

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Judge postpones Al-Arian trial

08/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The next trial of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian has been postponed after a judge raised new doubts about the validity of the prosecution.

Al-Arian had been scheduled to go on trial next week in Virginia on contempt charges after refusing to testify to a federal grand jury about a case unrelated to his original terrorist related charges. But today, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema overruled prosecutors' objections and postponed the trial indefinitely. In doing so, she questioned w...

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Ex-CIA agent mocks U.S. foreign policy listen

02/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former CIA agent Michael Scheuer isn’t a happy fellow. The man who was responsible for getting Osama bin Ladin in the late 1990s says that under John McCain, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, bin Laden and his allies will be huge winners.

Schuer’s explosive new book criticizes Democrats and Republicans who are all part of a foreign policy he says is not serious about going after America’s foes.

Scheuer says the next president is doomed to continue the failed policies put in place b...

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Ex-CIA vet: America not serious about stopping terrorism listen

02/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday

Michael Scheuer served in the CIA for 26 years.

From 1996 to 1999, he served as the chief of the unit tracking Osama bin Laden. He then worked as special adviser to the chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004.

Scheuer’s new book, Marching Toward Hell: American and Islam After Iraq, essentially says that America’s leaders, Republican and Democratic alike, aren’t serious in trying to quell terrorism aimed at Americans.

WMNF spoke with Michael Scheuer...

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Terrorism expert Jessica Stern speaks at Eckerd

02/20/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Jessica Stern, author of Terror in the Name of God, spoke at Eckerd College about the causes and effects of international terrorism.

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Sheriff's request for barrier approved listen

02/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The politics of terrorism was part of a Tampa City Council discussion today. It arose on whether or not the city of Tampa should vacate a portion of 20th Street in Ybor City to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office Operation Center resides between Palm and 9th Avenue in Ybor. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the Sheriff’s Office has erected barriers on 20th street near the facility because of security concerns.

Sherriff David Gee now wants to build a wall on side of ...

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