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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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High-profile defendants speak out about entrapment, preemptive prosecution and solitary confinement post 9/11 listen

09/15/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Nahla al-Arian, Sami Al-Arian, Hatem Fariz, USF, Ibragim Todashev, Sami Osmakac, Elena Teyer, Communications Management Unit, entrapment, solitary confinement


People who have had their lives changed from investigations in the time since 9/11 spoke out Saturday in Tampa against what they’re calling entrapment by law enforcement, preemptive prosecution and hyper-restrictive solitary confinement. Several high-profile defendants and their relatives discussed their personal struggles in light of the war on terror. The common thread connecting all the speakers was overreach by the US justice system.

Nearly 60 people crammed into a chapel at the First ...

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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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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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