Terrorism

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The Elephant in the Room

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Trump-less debate, a Planned Parenthood legal twist, and the complexities of radicalization.

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The Many Facets of Radicalization

Friday, January 29, 2016

Is it possible to create an algorithm to detect potential terrorists online? Probably not. 

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Detecting Terrorism Online Raises Legal Questions

Friday, January 29, 2016

The US government is in talks with Silicon Valley about creating tools to identify potential terrorists on social media. Is that legal?

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"Collect It All" Doesn't work

Friday, November 27, 2015

Debate about mass surveillance for counter-terrorism purposes has resurged post-Paris attacks. But evidence shows that bulk data collection isn't the solution to fighting terrorism. 

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France's (Latest) Patriot Act

Friday, November 27, 2015

After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, France passed a bill vastly expanding surveillance power, drawing comparisons to the USA Patriot Act. After the latest Paris attacks, more of the same.

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Present At The Creation

Friday, November 27, 2015

A mere six weeks after 9/11, the USA PATRIOT Act was passed. Brooke and Bob relive the act's conception amid a climate of fear, confusion, and deceit.

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Why Paris, And Not Beirut?

Friday, November 20, 2015

More than 40 people died in two ISIS bombings in Beirut just a day before the Paris attacks. A Lebanese journalist describes the different language used to describe the Beirut victims.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Terrorism Edition

Friday, November 20, 2015

Drawing on reporters, terrorism experts, and the media's best and worst impulses, a Breaking News Consumer's Handbook for the coverage after an act of terror.

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Lessons Unlearned

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Paris attacks have been deemed "France's 9/11." But do the politics and rhetoric of this week reflect what we've learned in the 14 years since 9/11? 

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The Language of Terror

Friday, November 20, 2015

Examining the words, memes, and misdirection that muddy the media -- and our perspective -- on Islam and the Arab world.

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The Semantics of Terrorism

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bob talks with Scott Shane of the New York Times about the criticism of President Obama's language when describing acts of violent extremism.

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Safe Words

Friday, February 20, 2015

Why the language of terrorism is so divisive. Also, how Fifty Shades of Grey introduced America to the kink community.

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Threat Assessment

Friday, February 06, 2015

The content of a new ISIS video shocks the world. Also, vaccinating children stokes faux controversy, again, and a new documentary has the Church of Scientology on the offensive.  

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Horror With A Purpose

Friday, February 06, 2015

Georgetown University's Bruce Hoffman on the calculated intention behind ISIS's acts of unthinkable horror.

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ISIS Video Shocks Arab World

Friday, February 06, 2015

The ISIS video depicting Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive pierced through the violence fatigue of the Arab world, says FT correspondent Borzou Daragahi.

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Guantanamo Diary

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bob speaks with Larry Siems, the editor of Guantanamo Diary, a memoir by a Guantanamo Bay inmate imprisoned for more than 12 years without charge.

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Why Paris, But Not Baga?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Ethan Zuckerman from MIT discusses the complicated prejudices that made the Paris attacks top news last week, but not the destruction and killings in Baga, Nigeria. 

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Is There A Right Way To Report On Terror?

Friday, May 31, 2013

In covering acts of terror, like the gruesome Woolwich killing last week in London, how should the press report the story without giving those responsible the overwhelming amount of attention they seek? Bob considers the British media's coverage of the Woolwich attack and the decision by most British outlets to air the video of one suspect's diatribe.

 

Jim James - All Is Forgiven

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Inspire, Al Qaeda's Magazine, and the Tsarnaev Brothers

Friday, April 26, 2013

This week Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told law enforcement agents that he and his brother learned how to make their homemade bombs from Inspire, the English-language magazine of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Bob talks to JM Berger about the magazine, which has gone from being a late-night punchline to something much more terrifying.

 

Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Spin

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The FBI's "Hatching and Financing" of Terrorist Plots

Friday, February 01, 2013

Since 9/11, the FBI has stepped up its reliance on sting operations to catch potential terrorists before they strike. But in the process, says journalist Trevor Aaronson, the agency has ended up "hatching and financing more terrorist plots in the United States than any other group." Bob talks with Aaronson about his new book, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism

 

Binky Griptite & The Mellowmatics - You're Gonna Cry

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