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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


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


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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Tampa civil rights group warns Muslims to talk to FBI only with lawyer present listen

10/20/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: CAIR, FBI, Sami Osmakac, Hassan Shibly, entrapment


A local civil rights group is issuing an “urgent warning” to Muslims not to talk to the FBI unless their lawyer is present; the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-Florida, says it stems from a prominent New Tampa Muslim being questioned at home.

For more, WMNF interviewed, Hassan Shibly, an attorney and executive director of CAIR-Florida.

Later this week we’ll air the 2nd half of this interview in which Shibly emphasizes the danger of entrapment and outlines the case of Sam...

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"Informants" Al Jazeera Documentary -part 2 listen

07/30/14 Warren Elly with Joe Navarro
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Joe Navarro, ISIS, FBI

Today on the Last Call Warren Elly, hosts a follow-up on last week’s broadcast about the new Al Jazeera Documentary “INFORMANTS”, tracing the use of undercover informants to bring domestic terror cases against Muslim-Americans. The reporter, Trevor Aaronson, says the government is using compromised informants to go after vulnerable people who may never have done anything had they not been targeted and led by federal under covers. Aaronson says that’s what happened to Sami Osmakac, now awaitin...

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07/23/14 Warren Elly with Trevor Aaronson
Last Call Wednesday
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Tags: Trevor Aaronson, FBI, war on terror, Sami Osmakac, Craig Monteilh, Darren Griffin, Mohamid Amawi

Today on The Last Call, Warren Elly discusses the FBI's use of informants to infiltrate the Muslim American Community in search of would-be terrorists with veteran investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson.

Counterterrorism experts will tell you that the sting operations are vital to protecting the homeland. They argue that police routinely use stings in investigations of child porn, human trafficking, public corruption, financial fraud and drug trafficking. They also point out that attacks...

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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 Medium_4618

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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