Patt Morrison for October 29, 2009

Should we be nervous? Flurry of Islamic-extremist arrests in U.S.

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Yesterday an imam from an extremist mosque in Detroit was killed in a shoot-out with FBI agents coming to arrest him; earlier this week an American citizen in Boston was picked up on charges of plotting terrorist attacks against shopping malls; and last month two men were arrested, one in Denver, one in Dallas, that were already well into the planning stages of major terror attacks inside the U.S. Are these arrests just eye-catching coincidences, or are Muslim extremists especially determined to pull off an attack inside the U.S.?

Yesterday an imam from an extremist mosque in Detroit was killed in a shoot-out with FBI agents coming to arrest him; earlier this week an American citizen in Boston was picked up on charges of plotting terrorist attacks against shopping malls; and last month two men were arrested, one in Denver, one in Dallas, that were already well into the planning stages of major terror attacks inside the U.S. Are these arrests just eye-catching coincidences, or are Muslim extremists especially determined to pull off an attack inside the U.S.?

Guest:

Karen J. Greenberg, executive director of the NYU Center on Law & Security


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