Entrapment: Is it a foolproof mechanism for protecting our national security?

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Show Summary: In this Radio Islam segment we'll explore what FBI entrapment cases entail and loop it back to the Orlando shooting.

Executive Producer: Abdul Malik Mujahid

Host(s): Gerald Hankerson

Producer: Saimah Shareef


Coleen Rowley

Coleen Rowley was an FBI Agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel who taught Constitutional law and ethics to FBI and other police. She retired in 2004 after a 24 year career. After 9-11, she became a whistleblower to the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry about some of the FBI's pre 9-11 failures. She testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee and as part of the Department of Justice Inspector General's investigation of 9-11. She later also warned that the 2003 invasion of Iraq would prove counterproductive and serve to increase (not reduce) terrorism, such that the FBI would end up helpless to stop attacks.

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Marcy Wheeler Empty Wheel

Marcy Wheeler writes about national security and civil liberties at outlets including Salon, Vice News, the Nation, as well as at her own site emptywheel.net. She is the author of "Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War" and "Out a Spy", and the 2009 recipient of the Hillman Prize for blog journalism. 


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Steve Downs Project Salam

Steve Downs graduated from Cornell Law School in 1969, after spending two years in the Peace Corps in India. He spent most of his professional career as the Chief Attorney for the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct disciplining judges, and retired in 2003. In 2006 he participated in the defense of an Albany imam, Yassin Aref, accused of material support for terrorism, and realized at the end that the government had deliberately convicted an innocent man because of suspicions of who he might be or what he might do – a process that became known as preemptive prosecution – prosecuting people before they commit a crime. In 2008 he became a founding member of Project SALAM, an organization focused on studying preemptive prosecution. In 2010, Project SALAM, became a founding member along with 18 other organizations of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) to combat preemptive prosecution, profiling and prisoner abuse. In 2012 (for two years), and again in 2015, he was the Executive Director of NCPCF.


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