Monday, October 29, 2018

DOMESTIC EXTREMISTS - White and Not Muslim

"Bombs sent to CNN, prominent Democrats at time of political division" PBS NewsHour 10/24/2018


SUMMARY:  Federal agents are investigating bomb scares targeting prominent Democrats, as well as CNN.  Amna Nawaz reports on the political discourse that may have inspired it, as well as President Trump’s response.  Hari Sreenivasan reports from New York.  Judy Woodruff discusses with Juliette Kayyem who worked in the Department of Homeland Security under Obama, and Joseph Funk former Secret Service.

"As more explosives are found, Trump, Brennan clash over causes" PBS NewsHour 10/25/2018


SUMMARY:  Three more mail bombs were intercepted today: two in Delaware, addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden, and another sent to Robert De Niro’s New York City office.  After President Trump blamed the "hateful" media for stoking national tensions, former CIA director John Brennan (himself a bomb target) shot back, criticizing the President's rhetoric as "fuel" for violence.  Amna Nawaz reports.

"Authorities arrest Fla. man on mail bomb charges" PBS NewsHour 10/26/2018


SUMMARY:  Authorities arrested a 56-year-old Florida resident in connection with a series of mail bombs sent to prominent Democratic politicians and public figures.  Cesar Sayoc faces up to 48 years in prison on multiple federal charges.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump both hailed the arrest, promising Sayoc would be prosecuted to the “fullest extent of the law.”  Amna Nawaz reports.

"What motivated the mail bomb suspect?" PBS NewsHour 10/26/2018


SUMMARY:  Now that a Florida man has been arrested and charged in the series of mail bombs over the past week, we turn to considering his motives.  What do we know about the relationship between ideological extremism and violent behavior?  And how does social media play in?  Judy Woodruff talks with Mary McCord former acting assistant attorney general, and J.M. Berger author of "Extremism,” for analysis.

"Shooter opens fire in Pittsburgh synagogue, kills 11" PBS NewsHour 10/27/2018


SUMMARY:  On Saturday morning, a man opened fire during a naming ceremony at Tree of Life Congregation, a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and killed 11 people while injuring six, including four police officers.  Law enforcement took into custody a man they identified as Robert Bowers.  Executive Editor David Shribman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette joins Hari Sreenivasan for more.

"Tracing Cesar Sayoc’s past through his recent shift into politics" PBS NewsHour 10/27/2018


SUMMARY:  Cesar Sayoc, who was arrested on Friday on suspicion of sending more than a dozen mail bombs to Democratic party leaders, traversed many lifestyles until he started engaging in politics in 2015.  Trevor Aaronson of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting sifted public records and talked to people who knew Sayoc, and he tells Hari Sreenivasan what he found.

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