Policing Domestic Muslim Radicalism
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Eric Holder has become the first Attorney General to address a national Muslim group at a time when Muslim-Americans are divided over the anti-terrorist tactics of the FBI. Are agents over-zealous? Are Muslim-Americans themselves doing enough to combat radicalization? Also, a Virginia Judge rules Obama's healthcare bill "unconstitutional." On Reporter's Notebook, federal law keeps them secret, but the Washington Post has learned the names of the top US gun dealers whose weapons turn up at crime scenes in Mexico. So why isn't more being done to stop the traffic?
Banner image: An arsonist set fire to the Salman Al Farisi Islamic Center (seen here on November 28, 2010) in Corvallis, Oregon, which was sometimes attended by suspected Portland car bomber, Somali-born Mohamed Osman Mohamud. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images
Virginia Judge Rules Obama's Healthcare Bill Is Unconstitutional ()
A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that the Obama healthcare reform is unconstitutional because it requires individuals to buy insurance. Susan Dentzer is editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, a nonpartisan publication of Project Hope, and a health-policy analyst for PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
- Susan Dentzer: Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs journal
Are Muslim-Americans Living Dangerously? ()
While Muslim-American groups give the Obama Administration high marks for combating bigotry, they are divided over "sting" operations by the FBI. Since September 11 — most recently in Baltimore, Portland and Washington, DC -- suspects have been arrested before the terrorist acts they were planning ever occurred. Young bombing suspects have been arrested before they could do any harm, but after FBI agents acted as false accomplices. Anti-terrorist agents routinely appear uninvited at mosques, workplaces and homes. Are the Feds just "getting to know the community" or spying? Do agents inadvertently help to radicalize young men? Are they stepping on American rights to privacy, freedom of speech and religion?
- Evan Perez: Reporter, Wall Street Journal, @evanperez
- Farhana Khera: Executive Director, Muslim Advocates
- Philip Mudd: former Deputy Director, CIA's Counterterrorism Center
- Hedieh Mirahmadi: President, World Organization for Resource Development and Education, @WORDEorg
- Salam Al-Marayati: Muslim Public Affairs Council, @salampacker
US Gun Stores on the Mexican Border Supply Drug War Arsenals ()
A law passed by Congress in 2003 protects the identities of US gun dealers who sold firearms that have been seized at crime scenes in Mexico. Today's Washington Post reports that it has "cracked that secrecy," and names the top dealers in California, Arizona and Texas. It also explains why not much is being done to stop the practice. Of the top 12 dealers whose guns have been traced to Mexico's brutal drug violence, eight are in Texas, three in Arizona and one in California. James Grimaldi co-authored today's report.
- James Grimaldi: Investigative Reporter, Washington Post
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