Terrorism

The State of Things
11:41 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Emergency Specialist Reflects On Life's Work During Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Madhu Beriwal (on right cutting the ribbon) when headquarters were moved from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
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Host Frank Stasio talks with Beriwal about her life and research in emergency management

  

In 1985, Madhu Beriwal was conducting hurricane research for the state of Louisiana. She charted possible directions and outcomes that different storm conditions would bring to New Orleans. Looking at the atlas in 2005, Beriwal said it almost perfectly predicted the severity of Hurricane Katrina. 

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Science & Technology
5:32 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Study Finds US Nuclear Reactors Susceptible To Terrorist Attacks

The Brunswick Nuclear Plant was ranked one of the most vulnerable nuclear reactors to a terrorist attack.
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A new study commissioned by the Defense Department says every nuclear reactor in America is ill-prepared for a terrorist attack. North Carolina's Brunswick Nuclear Plant was ranked among the most vulnerable to attack, because of it's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

Kim Crawford is a spokesperson for Duke Energy, which manages four nuclear sites in North Carolina, including Brunswick. She says their plants are safe.

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The State of Things
11:06 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Remembering The Hunt For Eric Rudolph

Eric Rudolph
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At one time, Eric Rudolph was one of the most wanted men in the country. He was responsible for a series of bombings in Georgia and Alabama, including at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Reporter Jon Elliston talks about the 10-year anniversary of Eric Rudolph’s capture

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

How Easily Can Obama Close Guantanamo?

A Drone (MQ-9 Reaper)
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Last week, President Obama laid out his strategy for a new phase in the war on terror.  He repeated his belief that Guantanamo Bay should be closed and cited the political reasons for his failure to do so until now. 

Obama also outlined a new policy that scales back the use of drones to kill suspected national security threats.  What are the laws and policies that President Obama faces? 

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The State of Things
11:31 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Researcher Creates A Database Of Global Terrorist Groups

TracTerrorism.org
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Veryan Khan is the editorial director of tracterrorism.org and joins us to talk about her research

Veryan Khan has devoted the last decade to researching terrorist groups across the globe. Trackingterrorism.org is a database created by Khan, to curate information about different terrorist groups.

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The State of Things
10:39 am
Wed March 13, 2013

The History Of Modern Terrorism

The Foundations of Modern Terrorism by Martin A. Miller
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Host Frank Stasio talks to professor and author Martin Miller about his new book, 'The History of Modern Terrorism'

When we talk about terrorism we usually think of drones, suicide bombers or some other kind of technological weaponry, but its roots go back much further.

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Law
10:33 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Muslim American Terrorism In Decline

Researchers at Duke University say the number of Muslim Americans convicted of terrorist acts in the U.S. is on a steady decline. They released the findings in conjunction with the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.  In 2009, 49 people were arrested, and the number has dropped each subsequent year to 14 arrests last year. David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center, says recent terrorism plotters haven’t been as sophisticated.

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Law
8:10 am
Sat December 1, 2012

New Laws Taking Effect In North Carolina

State lawmakers' work in the last session means several new laws will take effect starting today. Legislators say anyone who engages in an act of terrorism will be subject to state as well as federal penalties. Threatening to use explosives, dirty bombs and using violence to intimidate people and governments will be treated as a felony.

Law
5:45 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Two Plead Guilty In Terror/Murder Plot

Two people, one a former Raleigh school teacher, have pleaded guilty to plotting a murder-for-hire scheme in the Triangle. 

Two defendants in this case have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder for hire.  This was not your average shoot to kill murder. Nevine Elshiekh and Shukumbin Sherifi allegedly paid someone five-thousand-dollars to be-head witnesses from a terrorism trial in Raleigh.  Turns out they were paying an FBI informant. 

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Politics & Government
7:10 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Study Shows Decline in "Homegrown" Terrorism

It was feared there would be a dramatic rise in home-grown terrorism in the United States post 9-11.   But a North Carolina-based report shows that didn’t happen. 

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