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Terrorism / Oregon / American Gangs / Islamic Conversion / Italy #706097

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 12, 2002
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pete Williams) Investigation into activities of Seattle Muslims at ranch in Bly, Oregon, featured; details given of possible connection to radical London mosque, also attended by Zacarias†† Moussaoui† and Richard Reid††. [Klamath† County sheriff Tim EVINGER†- says these people may have ties to terrorist activity.] [Muslim cleric Sheikh Abu Hamza al-MASRI†- says he has followers everywhere.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Chicago: Jim Avila) Investigation into conversions to Islam by American gang members in prison detailed; details given of El Rukn† gang activity in Chicago. [Former WMAQ-TV reporter, in 1986, Carol MARIN†- comments on the gang’s conversion to Islam.] [Former Chicago US attorney Anton VALUKAS†- describes weapons purchased by the gang.] [Project Islamic H.O.P.E. Najee ALI†- says we need to monitor which Islam is being taught.] [University of Illinois criminologist John HAGEDORN††- we need to be aware of the hopelessness existing in ghettos.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Arrest of terrorist suspects in Milan, Italy and search for bombs in Venice, Italy, after tip that the city’s Jewish section may be a target noted.

Avila, Jim;
Williams, Brian;
Williams, Pete

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