Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. WAMC New Director, Ian Pickus also joins for part of today's conversation.
Topics include: Eric Holder Subway terror plot? FBI director blasts Apple, Google for locking police out of phones Derek Jeter Property tax cap upheld
Stepped-up security at railroad and other mass transit systems was announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey’s Governor Christie Wednesday, who say it’s “absolutely necessary” even without a specific terror threat.
What is it like to grow up with a terrorist in your home? Zak Ebrahim was only seven years old when, on November 5th, 1990, his father El-Sayyid Nosair shot and killed the leader of the Jewish Defense League. While in prison, Nosair helped plan the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. In one of his infamous video messages, Osama bin Laden urged the world to “Remember El-Sayyid Nosair.”
For Zak Ebrahim, a childhood amongst terrorism was all he knew. After his father’s incarceration, his family moved often, and as the perpetual new kid in class, he faced constant teasing and exclusion. Yet, though his radicalized father and uncles modeled fanatical beliefs, to Ebrahim something never felt right. His story is told in The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice.
In a primetime address earlier this week, President Barack Obama outlined a strategy to defeat the terrorist group Islamic State currently in control of areas in Iraq and Syria. Members of Congress are still trying to figure out exactly what that plan includes.
House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans in Congress are willing to work with the White House on President Obama’s strategy to defeat the terrorist group the Islamic State. But Boehner is unsure if the plan is enough to stop the threat.