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Smart Talk: Alleged ISIS supporter Aziz arrested in Harrisburg

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 18, 2015 8:09 AM
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FBI agents search the Harrisburg apartment of Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz. (Photo by Diana Robinson/Keystone Crossroads)

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, December 18, 2015:

Friday's Smart Talk focuses on the arrest of 19-year-old Jalil Ibn Aziz of Harrisburg, who is charged with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State or ISIS.

According to the arrest affidavit, "Aziz uses social media to spread ISIL propaganda and to seek support for the terrorist group from individuals over the internet.  Aziz's social media activity supports ISIL by radicalizing and recruiting others.  Aziz has conspired with others and attempted to facilitate the travel of other ISIL supporters to Syria so that they can become ISIL fighters.  Furthermore, (it's believed) that Aziz may be preparing to conduct or assist others in conducting an attack in the United States based on the discovery of a backpack containing numerous high-capacity weapons magazines, ammunition, a knife, and other survival items."

Appearing on Friday program are Former Secretary of Homeland Security and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Tyree Blocker, Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey, and Salaam Bhatti, a spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-12-18 10:01

    Trina emails--

    I am trying to log in to comment on the program, what is the big issue with the AR style magazines and kitchen knife? To my knowledge neither is illegal to own.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-12-18 10:02

    Jeff emails-

    I'm honestly not trying to change the conversation. Religious terrorism boils down to believing in one's principles, based on an interpretation of a particular religion, and trying to impose that on others using intimidation, violence, etc. What confuses me is that we compartmentalize and label Islamic Terrorism, assigning it to a particular religion, making it sound like it's something foreign. Politicians and experts offer answers and solutions but don't seem to connect the dots. When a person going into a women's health clinic is spit on, threatened, cursed, etc. by a so-called Christian, that person experiences religious terrorism. Why don't we label that Christian Terrorism? We will never 'counter the message', as Senator Casey suggests, if we are inconsistent, sending mixed messages to the whole public not just the Muslim public. Either it's all Terrorism or it's all (fill in the religious label) Terrorism.

  • Linda img 2015-12-18 10:19

    I didn't think much of your phone conversation with PSP Commissioner Tyree Blocker. Between the plethora of uhs and ums he seemed very unprepared and evasive in his answers to your questions. Where is Marcus Brown, our Pa. Homeland Security Secretary? Shouldn't we be hearing something from him?

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