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The Takeaway

Bin Laden Death: Terrorism Killer or Creator?

Monday, May 02, 2011

How will the world react to the death of Bin Laden? Or perhaps more significantly, how will the world of terrorism react? We speak with Lydia Khalil, former counterterrorism analyst with the NYPD, as well as Christine Fair, assistant professor at the Center for Peace and Security, to learn more. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Communications Management Units in Federal Prisons

Thursday, March 17, 2011

In 2006, the Bush Administration opened what are known as Communications Management Units, aimed at isolating inmates thought to have links to terrorist-related activity. Reporter and former Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Attorney Alia Malik describes these facilities, who's being kept under the restrictive conditions there, and why critics question their constitutionality.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Are We Safer?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest discusses her investigation into the so-called terrorism-industrial complex that has sprung up after 9/11. Frontline’s “Are We Safer?” airs on PBS at 9 pm, January 18. 

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It's A Free Blog

Leaked Cables Demonstrate Guantanamo Dilemma

Thursday, December 02, 2010

This week’s explosive Wikileaks story includes a bevy of cables related to Gitmo. Were the camp closed, these might be the least interesting of all. As the camp is still in operation, however, the Guantanamo cables made the front page of The New York Times and reignited the debate about when, and indeed whether, the detention center will ever be shuttered.

In case you somehow missed it (or got bogged down in the details of the 291 documents published on Sunday), we’re not talking about generalities in the cables related to the Gitmo prisoners. We’re talking about specific discussions between various countries on whether they would take detainees released from the detention facility.  If you believe what you read, the Pacific island nation of Kiribati is offered millions of dollars of incentives; Slovenia is actually offered the chance to meet President Obama if it takes a prisoner; Brussels is told that taking prisoners could be "a low-cost way for Belgium to attain prominence in Europe.”

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This Time, I'm Pro Pat-Down

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Since 9/11, I have been one of those who has, almost always, argued for liberty over security. This is one instance, however, where we have to give up a little freedom in the interest of greater security.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Viktor Bout

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was arraigned yesterday in a New York court on terrorism charges. On today’s Backstory, Stephen Braun, National Security Editor with the Associated Press and co-author of the book Merchant of Death, explains how Bout has shipped goods for everyone from the Taliban to the United Nations. Plus, we’ll find out why the United States wanted to prosecute him and why the Russian government has protested his extradition from Thailand, where he was arrested in 2008.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Talking to the Enemy

Friday, November 05, 2010

Social scientist Scott Atran traces terrorism's root causes in human evolution and history. In Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists he touches on the nature of faith, the origins of society, the limits of reason, and the power of moral values. He interviews and investigates Al Qaeda associates and acolytes, and other non-Qaeda groups, such as Hamas and the Taliban, and the communities they live in: from the jungles of Southeast Asia to New York, London, and Madrid.

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The Takeaway

As Europe Braces for Terror, US Escalates Drone Attacks in Pakistan

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Reports of a sudden up-tick of CIA drone attacks in the Waziristan region of Pakistan this morning coincide with what U.S. officials are describing as a "credible but not specific" terror threat in Europe this week. If these reports are true, it would bring the total number of drone attacks in September to 21, the highest number of drone attacks carried out in a single month yet. Information about the European threat reportedly comes from a suspected German terrorist, identified as Ahmed Sidiqi, in U.S. custody at Bagram air base in Afghanistan. The Washington Post's Greg Miller has been following this story and joins the program with the latest.

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The Takeaway

Pakistani Neuroscientist Sentenced to 86 Years

Friday, September 24, 2010

In the U.S., she's considered a terrorist. At home in Pakistan, she's a hero. Aafia Siddiqui, an M.I.T.-educated, Pakistani neuroscientist was convicted of attempting to kill American soldiers and F.B.I. agents in a Manhattan Federal District Court on Thursday. The BBC's Adam Mynott reports live from Islamabad.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Amitava Kumar looks at the global repercussions of the war on terror. His book A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb tells the story of two men convicted in U.S. courts on terrorism-related charges: Hemant Lakhani, a 70-year-old tried for attempting to sell a fake missile to an FBI informant, and Shahawar Matin Siraj, who was accused of being involved in a conspiracy to bomb a subway. Kumar explores the experiences of ordinary people caught up in the war on terror and the growing suspicions about foreigners in post-9/11 America.

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WQXR News

Attackers Execute 45 in Revenge Attacks in Pakistan

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Tuesday's killings follow the assassination of a member of the country's ruling Muttahida Qaumi Movement party on Monday.

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WQXR News

Top Officials Respond to WikiLeaks Posting

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

WikiLeaks.org released some 91,000 classified documents about the war in Afghanistan on Sunday.

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Twin Blasts Shake Iranian Shiite Mosque

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sunni insurgents reportedly carried out a double mosque bombing at a Shiite mosque on Thursday in Zahedan, Iran.

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WQXR News

Suicide Blasts Kill 62 in Northwest Pakistan

Friday, July 09, 2010

Two suicide bombings killed 62 people in the Mohmand tribal region which lies in Pakistan near the Afghan border on Friday. The attack also wounded more than 100 people, making it one of the deadliest in Pakistan in 2010.

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WQXR News

Queens Imam Ahmad Afzali Deported

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

A Queens imam has been deported after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation into a suicide bomb plot against the New York City transit system. The lawyer for Ahmad Afzali says the imam and his wife left for Saudi Arabia on Monday.

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NJ Men Held for Trying to Join Jihadist Group

Monday, June 07, 2010

Authorities arrested two New Jersey men at John F. Kennedy airport on Sunday before they boarded flights to Egypt en route to Somalia. Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte were charged with conspiring to commit an act of international terrorism for making their way to Somalia to join an alleged jihadist group.

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Al-Qaeda's No. 3 Leader Believed Dead

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Mustafa al-Yazid, Al-Qaeda's number three leader after Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri, has been killed.

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WQXR News

Attacks in Lahore Kill Dozens

Friday, May 28, 2010

At least 80 people have been killed and dozens more wounded, following orchestrated attacks in Pakistan today.

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WQXR News

Eastern Indian Train Derailed, Killing 70

Friday, May 28, 2010

Suspected Maoist rebels derailed an overnight passenger train Friday in eastern India, triggering a crash with an oncoming cargo train that killed at least 71 people and injured about 200 more, officials said.

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The Takeaway

The Life of Radical Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We are taking a closer look at the life of radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. In a video released over the weekend by al-Qaida in Yemen, al-Awlaki urged Muslims to take American lives. The cleric has a published discography to rival some rock stars, with over 100 CDs of readings and lectures to his name, not all of them incendiary. al-Awlaki was once known as a popular (and moderate) interpreter of Islamic texts on CD; speculation abounds as to exactly when and why he took a more radical turn. 

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