Capital Region News
12:00 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

Rick Mathews, National Center for Security and Preparedness - "Death Rays" And Homegrown Terror

Rick Mathews

"Death ray" - it’s a phrase you would most likely expect to see across the top of a pulp sci-fi comic book from the 1950s – but this week it graced the front pages of some newspapers in their coverage of a case of domestic terrorism home-grown in New York’s Capital District.

On Thursday a federal magistrate in Albany ruled that 49-year-old Glendon Scott Crawford and 54-year-old Eric J. Feight are a threat and should remain jailed. 

The men are accused of trying to build a portable x-ray weapon to sicken Muslims and enemies of Israel.

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Capital Region News
12:31 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Two Upstate NY Men Arrested In Terrorist Plot

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It sounds like something out of a science-fiction movie: authorities foil a plot by two individuals to kill people with an x-ray gun that could be secretly fired from a moving van...

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1:36 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Two Area Men Charged In X-Ray Weapon Plot

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal authorities have accused two upstate New York men of assembling a portable X-ray weapon they intended to use against opponents of Israel.

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New York News
4:33 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

NY AG Breaks Cigarette Trafficking Ring, Hints Terror Ties

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced the indictment of 16 members of a criminal ring that flooded New York City, Albany County and Schenectady County with more than a million cartons of untaxed cigarettes illegally imported from Virginia.

A 12-month investigation entailed wiretaps, aerial and electronic surveillance... In announcing the arrests of 16 individuals, Attorney General Schnedierman proclaims that "today the streets of New York are safer..."  The investigation, which has so far uncovered $55 million in illegal cigarette sales, is continuing.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:33 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: Responding To Tragedy

Shortly after I walked out of the studio last week having recorded a piece on taxes, the news started to bristle with reports of the two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Part of me wanted to rush back in and record something different. I’d lived a few blocks away, have many friends in Boston, shuddered for the people killed and injured, and shared the reaction that this looked like an attack on our country, on all of us. I was speechless.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

4/23/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Ray Graf, and Selma Kaplan. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• Bombing Suspect Charged
•Death penalty discussion with WAMC listeners
• NY Smoking Age to 21?

New York News
4:31 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Tense Moments At Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a police bomb unit that pulled over a car with Massachusetts license plates in the city of Niagara Falls, New York, found nothing dangerous inside.

Police officials say a state police bomb disposal team used a robot to remove several items from the car Friday after it had been stopped earlier in the morning by officers checking out a report of a suspicious vehicle with Massachusetts plates.

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11:57 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Dr. Jessica Stern, Hoover Institution - The blueprints of terror and finding the culprits

Dr. Jessica Stern

You won’t find Inspire magazine on your local newsstand, but an article in that publication may have been the blueprint for the bombings in Boston. 

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

4/17/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s Morning Edition Host, David Guistina, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Ray Graf moderates.

Today's topics include:
• The latest from Boston
• What we Know and Don’t about Bombings
• Obama’s Cautious Approach
• Ricin Letter to Senator

New England News
5:50 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Travel Security Tighter Following Boston Bombings

Chief Security Officer for Peter Pan Bus Lines, Norberto Garcia, at the Springfield Bus Terminal
Credit WAMC

Travelers on buses, trains and planes will find stepped up security in the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Travelers are being advised  to have all luggage tagged with their names and to not leave bags unattended.  They can also expect random security checks in bus and train stations and airports. Christopher Crean, the vice president for public safety and security for Peter Pan Bus Lines, said company employees have been reminded to follow security procedures.

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