FROM Adam Goldman
Masked ISIS Briton, "Jihadi John," Identified The real identify of "Jihadi John" has been discovered. He's the veiled executioner who's beheaded prisoners on videos promoting the so-called Islamic State. His real name is Mohammed Emwazi, as reported first by the Washington Post , where Adam Goldman covers terrorism and national security.
NYPD Scraps Program that Surveilled Muslims After 3000 people were killed and the World Trade Center was brought to the ground, the New York Police Department established a special unit to conduct non-stop surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods. Now it appears that such stereotyping has done more harm than good for national security, and the so-called Demographics Unit has been disbanded. The NYPD’s Demographics Unit has been the subject of two federal lawsuits and criticism by civil rights groups, as well as the FBI. The new Police Commissioner, William Bratton, says it will be no more. Washington Post reporter Adam Goldman is author of, Enemies Within : Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America.
Outrage over Revelations of NYPD Surveillance of Muslims The FBI says it's trying to repair relationships with Muslims in New Jersey after reports that the New York Police have conducted surveillance on Muslims well outside the city. In the city devastated on September 11, there's broad support for preparation against another attack, but Attorney General Eric Holder has suggested the police are going too far. The Associated Press has been reporting that the NYPD has gone far afield, building databases on Muslim life for a radius of 100 or 200 miles. Adam Goldman is one of four investigative reporters who broke this story.
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Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.