'Home-based Terrorism' and California's Role at Copenhagen
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A group of 14 people, chosen at random, will draw new boundaries for California's Assembly and Senate districts. You could be one of them. Also, what the Governor and the Mayor of LA are doing in Copenhagen, and why French reporters and newscasters are camped outside Cedars-Sinai Hospital. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Obama Administration is warning of "home-based terrorism," attacks by American citizens on American soil. How vulnerable are young American Muslims to radical propaganda? Is the threat being overstated for political purposes?
Banner image: Governor Schwarzenegger speaks at the climate conference in Copenhagen
'Home-based Terrorism:' Politics and Reality ()
Are American Muslims being radicalized? Is any substantial number likely to go overseas for training and then return to commit terrorist actions on American soil? That's a continuing fear of terrorist experts.
- Brian Jenkins: Independent security and terrorism expert
- Walid Phares: Director of the Future of Terrorism Project, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies'
- Spencer Ackerman: Senior Reporter, Washington Independent
- Aziz Poonawalla: blogger, BeliefNet.com
- Hedieh Mirahmadi: President, World Organization for Resource Development and Education, @WORDEorg
Step Right Up to Be a Redistricting Commissioner ()
The State Legislature has fallen to 13% in public opinion polls, and a panel of 14 Californians now has a chance to re-draw district boundaries, which could lead to big changes. Starting today, applications to serve on the Redistricting Commission are being accepted by the State Auditor’s Office. Joe Mathews is a journalist and Irvine senior fellow at the New American Foundation.
Governor Schwarzenegger and Mayor Villaraigosa Go to Copenhagen ()
Reports from Copenhagen are not optimistic about reaching important agreement on climate change. The US is taking heat for refusing to budge on greenhouse gas reductions the rest of the world calls inadequate. Tens of thousands of delegates — and more than 100 heads of state — are waiting for President Obama to show up on Friday. In the meantime, LA’s Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is on hand and so is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Rob Schmitz: Los Angeles Bureau Chief, KQED's 'California Report', @rob_schmitz
- David Freeman: Deputy Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Johnny Hallyday, the 'French Elvis' ()
Just months after the funeral of Michael Jackson stopped traffic in LA, crowds of reporters have gathered outside Cedars-Sinai Hospital where another music legend is said to be coming out of an induced coma. The difference is that this crowd speaks French. Claudine Mulard, who reports from Los Angeles for Le Monde, says all France is waiting for news about Johnny Hallyday, the "French Elvis."
- Claudine Mulard: Correspondent, Le Monde
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