terrorism http://michiganradio.org en Michigan congressman critical of deal to win release of American POW in Afghanistan http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-critical-deal-win-release-american-pow-afghanistan <p>A Michigan congressman is highly critical of the deal the Obama administration struck to win <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/31/317680946/captors-release-u-s-soldier-taken-hostage-in-2009">the release of America’s only prisoner-of-war in the Afghan war.</a></p><p></p><p>The Taliban released Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after holding him for five years because the U.S. agreed to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/31/317704932/who-were-the-five-guant-namo-detainees-released-in-prisoner-swap">release five senior Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay.</a></p><p></p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 20:13:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 17819 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman critical of deal to win release of American POW in Afghanistan Stabenow concerned about security at Winter Olympics http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-concerned-about-security-winter-olympics <p>Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow is joining other members of Congress who are expressing concern about security at the Winter Olympic games next month in Russia.</p><p></p><p>There are concerns that the games face <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/15/262509949/russia-tightens-security-net-as-sochi-olympics-approach">an unprecedented terrorist threat level.</a></p><p></p><p>Stabenow says Russian authorities have not shared enough of their security plans for the games.</p><p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:43:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16127 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow concerned about security at Winter Olympics A Michigan congressman is raising safety concerns about next month's Winter Olympics http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-raising-safety-concerns-about-next-months-winter-olympics <p>Members of Congress, including one from Michigan, say they have serious concerns about Americans' safety at next month's Olympics in Russia, and they want Moscow to cooperate more on security.<br /><br />Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised his country will do all it can to ensure a safe Olympics.<br /><br />The State Department has advised Americans planning to go that they should keep vigilant about security because of potential terrorist threats, crime and uncertain medical care.<br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 02:27:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16089 at http://michiganradio.org A Michigan congressman is raising safety concerns about next month's Winter Olympics Grand Rapids man claims he told US where bin Laden was http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-man-claims-he-told-us-where-bin-laden-was <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man claims he tipped federal investigators to the location of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan years before his killing and is seeking the $25 million reward.<br /><br />A letter obtained Friday by The Associated Press from a Chicago-based law firm representing Grand Rapids resident Tom Lee says the 63-year-old gem merchant reported the location of bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad in 2003.<br /> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 21:56:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15101 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids man claims he told US where bin Laden was Charges dismissed in airport pressure cooker case http://michiganradio.org/post/charges-dismissed-airport-pressure-cooker-case <p>DETROIT (AP) - Charges have been dismissed against a Saudi man arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after a pressure cooker was found in his bag.<br><br>Hussain Al Khawahir was arrested May 11th and charged with giving false statements to federal agents and possessing an altered passport. Authorities said he lied about why he was traveling with the pressure cooker.<br><br>The U.S. Attorney's Office told the Detroit Free Press in a statement Friday that Hussain Al Khawahir "will go immediately into the custody of U.S. Customs and Border protection for removal" from the U.S.<br> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 12:23:09 +0000 The Associated Press 12955 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-may-8th-2013 <p>On today's program, we explore the idea of secret work groups crafting public policy in Lansing, and how transparent Michigan's government should be.</p><p>And we look at whether expanding the lottery to the internet is a good idea.</p><p>We'll also hear how new technology being developed here in Michigan might be able to help authorities identify potential threats in airports or in large crowds. Wed, 08 May 2013 21:21:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 12479 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 Building better security screening systems http://michiganradio.org/post/building-better-security-screening-systems <p>In the aftermath of school shootings, theater shootings, and bombings, the question of security screening has become real and important.<br><br>How do we balance privacy concerns and rights with the need to screen for potential threats?<br><br>A University of Michigan professor is working on that challenge: building a better security detector.</p><p>Dr Kamal Sarabondi is a professor of electrical engineering, and he's the director of the Radiation Laboratory at the University of Michigan.</p><p>He's gotten funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and is developing a long-range radar technology as a means to detect a concealed object. He explains what it is and how it differs from what we have today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 08 May 2013 19:48:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 12481 at http://michiganradio.org Building better security screening systems Boston Marathon bombing will lead to added security for Sunday's Lansing Marathon http://michiganradio.org/post/boston-marathon-bombing-will-lead-added-security-sundays-lansing-marathon <p>The two thousand runners expected to take part in this Sunday’s Lansing marathon can expect to see tight security along the 26-mile course.</p><p>The added security is in response to Monday’s deadly bombing at the finish of the Boston Marathon.</p><p></p><p>Lansing Police Chief Teresa Szymanski says people attending the Lansing marathon will be protected.</p><p></p><p>“We’ll certainly have additional patrols….we’ll have extra officers working the event. We’ll take precautionary measures…such as bomb sweeps and those types of things we do for these events,” says Szymanski.</p><p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 22:29:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 12146 at http://michiganradio.org Boston Marathon bombing will lead to added security for Sunday's Lansing Marathon ACLU and Republican Congressman to talk drones in America and indefinite detention http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-and-republican-congressman-talk-drones-america-and-indefinite-detention <p>Congressman Justin Amash (R-Grand Rapids) and the American Civil Liberties Union are teaming up to talk about national security.</p><p>Amash is more libertarian than many Republicans. While he and the ACLU don’t see eye to eye on everything, ACLU of Michigan Deputy Director Mary Bejian called Amash “one of the ACLU’s strongest allies in congress on these important national security issues.”</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11830 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU and Republican Congressman to talk drones in America and indefinite detention The New McCarthyism... in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/new-mccarthyism-michigan <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Fasten your seat belts. We are in for another three and a half months in which President Obama and his surrogates will try to make us believe that Mitt Romney&rsquo;s main goal is destroy the middle class and outsource every last American job to China.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Meanwhile, the Romney forces will try to make us think that President Obama is totally incompetent and single-handedly responsible for the long recession.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Hyperbole and exaggeration have been how campaigns have been conducted since George Washington&rsquo;s time. But what has been taboo is reckless, vicious and false character assassination. We did have one very infamous practitioner of that kind of politics - Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin, whose name we now use to define them. Back in the early 1950s, McCarthy destroyed lives, careers and reputations by recklessly accusing people of being Communists without the faintest shred of evidence.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Much of the nation was in a grip of terror. Eventually, McCarthy was stripped of his powers and soon drank himself to death. Ever since, there&rsquo;s been agreement that there was such a thing as too far.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Until now, that is. A form of new McCarthyism has been growing across this nation and this state ever since President Obama was elected. My theory is that this was inspired by racism. There are millions who just can&rsquo;t stomach that we have a black president.</font></font> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:17:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8378 at http://michiganradio.org The New McCarthyism... in Michigan Nigerian underwear bomber gets life in prison http://michiganradio.org/post/nigerian-underwear-bomber-gets-life-prison <p><strong>Update 3:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>DETROIT (AP) - A Nigerian who tried to blow up an international flight near Detroit on behalf of al-Qaida has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.</p><p>The mandatory punishment Thursday for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was never in doubt after he pleaded guilty in October. The 25-year-old says the bomb in his underwear was a &quot;blessed weapon&quot; to avenge poorly treated Muslims worldwide.</p><p>The bomb didn&#39;t fully detonate aboard an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight but caused a brief fire that burned Abdulmutallab.</p><p>He admitted afterward that the attack was inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical American-born cleric and leading al-Qaida figure killed by a U.S. drone strike last fall.</p><p>Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds announced the sentence in a crowded courtroom that included some passengers from Northwest Airlines Flight 253.</p><p><strong>2:22 p.m.</strong></p><p>DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit federal judge is refusing to set aside a federal law that requires a mandatory life sentence for a Nigerian who pleaded guilty to trying to blow up an international flight bound for Detroit on Christmas 2009.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds made her decision as the sentencing hearing began Thursday for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He tried to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with a bomb in his underwear. It failed and he was badly burned.</p><p>Abdulmutallab&#39;s attorney claims a life sentence when there was no death or serious injury to passengers is unconstitutional.</p><p>Separately, the judge says she&#39;ll allow the government to show an FBI video demonstrating the power of the explosive chemical possessed by Abdulmutallab. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:45:01 +0000 The Associated Press 6252 at http://michiganradio.org Nigerian underwear bomber gets life in prison Abdulmutallab requests new legal adviser ahead of sentencing http://michiganradio.org/post/abdulmutallab-requests-new-legal-adviser-ahead-sentencing <p>Convicted terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, wrote to U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds asking for a new legal advisor from the court.</p><p>According to Doug Guthrie of the <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20111220/METRO/112200357/Convicted-terrorist-Abdulmutallab-seeks-new-adviser?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">Detroit News</a>, Abdulmutallab is asking for a Muslim lawyer &quot;to help him understand legal issues surrounding his Jan. 19 sentencing.&quot;</p><p>The News reports Abdulmutallab gave the judge a name - Elsayed Mostafa - an attorney Abdulmutallab had met earlier from the Federal Defender Office in the Eastern District of Michigan.</p><p>From the Detroit News:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I find there is more understanding when the person is of the same religion,&quot; Abdulmutallab wrote.</p><p>Mostafa said Monday he was unaware of the letter or the personal request. Abdulmutallab had rejected lawyers from the Defender&#39;s office before Anthony Chambers was appointed.</p><p>&quot;Yes, I have met him before, and if the judge asks me to I&#39;ll meet with him again before I commit myself to the case,&quot; Mostafa said.</p></blockquote><p>Abdulmutallab said his appointed lawyer and staff &quot;treat me with contempt&quot; - a charge the lawyers deny. He&#39;s scheduled to be sentenced on January 19. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:27:28 +0000 Mark Brush 5477 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Guard members get ready to depart http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-guard-members-get-ready-depart <p>More than 150 <a href="http://www.mi.ngb.army.mil/home.asp">Michigan Army National Guard </a>members are preparing to head to Fort Bliss, Texas, for additional training before leaving for a one-year deployment to Kuwait.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The 1462nd Transportation Company will be sent off by family and friends Saturday at Parker Middle School in Howell. The soldiers will serve in Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>More than 1,150 Michigan National Guard soldiers and airmen are deployed across the globe in support of the war on terrorism, nearly five percent of the entire state force.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>More than 95 percent remain in Michigan to respond to a state emergency, including a terrorist event. Sat, 03 Dec 2011 21:29:30 +0000 The Associated Press 5240 at http://michiganradio.org Federal terrorism trial set to start in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-terrorism-trial-set-start-detroit <p>A high-profile federal terrorism trial starts in Detroit tomorrow. A jury will decide whether a 24-year-old Nigerian man tried to detonate a bomb on a Detroit-bound flight two years ago.</p><p>Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab will not deliver the opening statement. He&rsquo;s decided to leave that to the stand-by counsel appointed to him by the court.</p><p>That same attorney has handled most of the court proceedings so far. Anthony Chambers questioned all but one juror for the defense during jury selection.</p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4499 at http://michiganradio.org Lawyer may testify for defense in terror case http://michiganradio.org/post/lawyer-may-testify-defense-terror-case <p>DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan attorney who claims the government had a role in the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound plane could be called as a witness for the defense.</p><p>Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab may call Kurt Haskell, who was a passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas 2009. Haskell&#39;s name was disclosed in court Thursday by<br /> Anthony Chambers, an attorney who is assisting Abdulmutallab.</p><p>Haskell believes the bomb in Abdulmutallab&#39;s underwear was fake. He claims the young Nigerian was escorted onto the plane without a passport and has a strong entrapment defense. Haskell is an attorney in Taylor, a Detroit suburb.</p><p>Opening statements in the trial are scheduled for next Tuesday. Abdulmutallab is accused of trying to destroy the plane on behalf of al-Qaida. Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:33:42 +0000 The Associated Press 4473 at http://michiganradio.org Jury finalized in case against alleged terrorist http://michiganradio.org/post/jury-finalized-case-against-alleged-terrorist <p><strong>Update 3:02 pm:</strong></p><p>The demographics are now in on the jury. With the last-minute change that took the Nigerian woman out of the mix, it looks like this:</p><p><strong>The 12-member jury:</strong></p><ul><li>Three&nbsp;white men</li><li>Six white women</li><li>Two black women</li><li>One Indian woman</li></ul><p><strong>The alternates:</strong></p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:09:34 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4464 at http://michiganradio.org Jury finalized in case against alleged terrorist Could the death of an Al Qaida leader affect a trial starting soon in Detroit? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-death-al-qaida-leader-affect-trial-starting-soon-detroit <p>The death of a prominent Al Qaida leader is not expected to have a big effect on jury selection in the case of an alleged terrorist in Detroit next week.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:45:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 4382 at http://michiganradio.org Could the death of an Al Qaida leader affect a trial starting soon in Detroit? Ohio woman describes being detained after Detroit flight last Sunday http://michiganradio.org/post/ohio-woman-describes-being-detained-after-detroit-flight-last-sunday <p>An Ohio woman said Tuesday that she endured nearly four hours in police custody that included being forced off an airplane in handcuffs, strip-searched and interrogated at Detroit&#39;s airport on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks _ all, she believes, because of her Middle Eastern appearance.</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 03:27:41 +0000 The Associated Press 4144 at http://michiganradio.org Ohio woman describes being detained after Detroit flight last Sunday Judge declares "underwear bomber" competent to represent himself http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-declares-underwear-bomber-competent-represent-himself <p>A U.S. District Court judge says the Nigerian-born man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner nearly two years ago <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110817/METRO/108170390/1409/Detroit-attorney-seeks-competency-hearing-for-%E2%80%98underwear-bomber%E2%80%99">can represent himself at trial</a>.</p><p>So-called &ldquo;underwear bomber&rdquo; Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been acting as his own lawyer in pre-trial hearings. But he also has court-appointed standby counsel.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 22:34:42 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3803 at http://michiganradio.org Judge declares "underwear bomber" competent to represent himself MSU prof reacts to bin Laden media coverage http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-prof-reacts-bin-laden-media-coverage <p>Most people in the Middle East don&rsquo;t seem to be angry that U-S forces killed Osama bin Laden.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://news.msu.edu/experts/Detail/?SearchTerm=Hassan&amp;ContactID=270&amp;RecPos=1">Salah Hassan </a>coordinates <a href="http://muslimstudies.isp.msu.edu/">the Islam, Muslims and Journalism Education program</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;at Michigan State University. He&rsquo;s watching Mid East media coverage following the death of the Al-Qaeda leader.</p> Tue, 03 May 2011 19:00:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2328 at http://michiganradio.org MSU prof reacts to bin Laden media coverage