Thu, October 25, 2018
Faculty in the News, Oct. 25
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CSUSB professor interviewed on pipe bombs sent to Democrats and CNN
KCBS-AM Radio San Francisco
Oct. 24. 2018
Brian Levin, CSUSB criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed about his initial impressions the explosive devices sent on Oct. 24 to prominent Democrats, including former President Barak Obama, and CNN.
He cautioned that such impressions often are wrong and offered this: “We have three types of people that undertake this type of symbolic violence. The first is the ideologically motivated, or it could be political or religious – this looks like political, obviously. Second, the psychologically dangerous, unstable or cognitively impaired, or a sociopath. Third, personal benefit or revenge.
“The obvious thing is some ideologically motivated group of persons,” Levin said. “I think it’s going to be smaller rather than bigger – so a loner or a duo. … I do think that until we get more evidence in, the obvious is probably the best way to go. But here’s the thing that investigators do: they will look at every lead and this person will get caught.”
He also commented on whether there is concern that more explosive devices could be sent “because these people thrive on taking people and large institutions and putting them in a state of unease.”
Listen to a podcast of the interview at “Terror expert on the pipe bombs sent to Democrats and CNN.”
CSUSB professor interviewed about explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats, including former President Barak Obama
KNX-AM Radio Los Angeles
Oct. 24, 2018
Brian Levin, CSUSB criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, offered his perspective after U.S. Secret Service agents intercepted explosive devices sent to former President Barack Obama, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and others.
“Politicians and public figures really have to be careful about how they frame political debate, because we now have folks who will respond violently,” Levin said.
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News media seek insight from CSUSB professor on arrest of members of white supremacist group
KABC 7 Los Angeles
Oct. 24, 2018
Brian Levin, CSUSB criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed about the arrest by federal authorities of three men tied to the white supremacist group Rise Above Movement. They appeared in federal court on Oct. 24.
“One of the things we have been seeing has been the emergence of smaller, leaner, meaner hate groups,” Levin said. “What the federal government is doing is recognizing the escalating threat that is coming from these smaller, leaner, meaner, hate groups, particularly those that train to fight.”
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Political favors may have factored into Turkish president’s comments on Khashoggi slaying, CSUSB professor says
Oct. 24, 2018
David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had promised to disclose more details on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but instead appeared to repeat what news media had reported, including speculation about Khashoggi’s death. Many have said that the government of Saudi Arabia may have ordered Khashoggi killed; the government’s official stance has bee that the journalist died in an interrogation gone bad.
“President Erdogan seems to be willing to withhold details of the case, potentially in the interest of garnering favor from the United States and preserving relationships with the three nations,” Yaghoubian said.
Press TV is a 24-hour English language news and documentary network affiliated with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.
See the video interview at “Erdogan failed on his ‘naked truth’ promise.”
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