PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Monday, October 17, 2011
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1:06 – 1:30: OPEN
1:30 - 1:58:30
Ken Ballen on Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals
What brings a person to the point of wanting to blow themselves up for the sake of killing others? In his new book Terrorists in Love, Ken Ballen delves into the minds and hearts of six jihad terrorists to share the inner-most thoughts, emotions and family conflicts that brought them to the extremist movement. A former federal prosecutor, Congressional investigator and head of the nonprofit Terror Free Tomorrow, Ballen spent five years interviewing more than 100 jihadists, many of them at the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior Care Center, a kind of “rehab” center for jihadists. Ballen intimately portrays six men in particular, including an Al-Qaeda suicide bomber who survived his attack and came out passionately pro-American and a man who is paid by America’s ally, the Pakistani Army, to train terrorists. What are terrorists thinking when they join the jihad movement? And how is a terrorist rehabilitated?
Guest: Ken Ballen, author of Terrorists in Love: the Real Lives of Islamic Radicals
2:06 – 2:40
Ask the Chief: LA’s top cop Charlie Beck takes your questions
Governor Jerry Brown’s bill-signing marathon suggests some hard-hitting consequences for Los Angeles. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is here to tell us how it changes things around town. One bill, which will be enforced Jan. 1, makes it illegal to openly carry unloaded handguns in public without a permit. How does this change the way safety is implemented, especially after last week’s mass shooting in Seal Beach? Another measure seeks to fund prison realignment programs, which begins to see reform this month with the shifting of low-level felons from state to local control. What constitutes “low-level”? What will happen when 30,000 inmates are released in order to ease overcrowding? And a RAND withdraws a popular study, largely disputed by LA officials, that found areas with marijuana dispensaries actually experience less crime. How does this play out now that the federal government has announced it will prosecute pot shops? Ask the man yourself as Patt sits down with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for our regular Q&A.
Guest: Charlie Beck, Chief, Los Angeles Police Department
2:41 – 2:58:30
FBI considers redefining “rape” to improve law enforcement
For the first time in 80 years, the FBI is considering whether to redefine the federal definition of “rape.” The current 1927 definition legally defines “rape” as the forcible male penile penetration of a female. Critics say the current definition is too narrow and that broadening it—to include cases involving oral and anal penetration, cases in which the victim is drugged or under the influence of alcohol, cases in which the victim is male—will improve tracking of these crimes and change the attitudes of investigators. But currently, there are backlogs of rape kits sitting in police stations across the country. Sexual assaults have long been among the most underreported crimes, with an estimated 80% of assaults not reported to police. Will changing the legal definition change reporting or the resources allocated to investigate the crime?
Guests: Steve Cooley, district attorney, Los Angeles County
Gail Abarbanel, LCSW, Rape Treatment Center, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center
Greg Scarbro, FBI unit chief for the Uniform Crime Report
- A group will meet on October 18 to discuss redefining the term “rape”
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