CNN Radio News Day: October 18, 2012
Police stand in front of the Federal Reserve Bank on October 17, 2012 in New York City.
October 18th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 18, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • A Bangladeshi man is behind bars in the United States accused of trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was in the U.S. on a student visa.  Prosecutors say he was motivated by al Qaeda.   The terrorist plot was thwarted, thanks to an undercover sting operation. CNN anchor and reporter Ali Velshi says there are always some who raise questions about FBI entrapment:

"They let him go all the way to thinking he was detonating a bomb.  If that turns out to be true, the charges that one would face and the evidence against you – where you're about to push the button – is very different than the evidence that would be laid against you if you were calling to purchase the button.  So I think it's key...  that they say he was willing to go through with it until the end."

  • Some 20,000 pages from the Boy Scouts of America's so-called "Perversion Files" were made public today. They document cases of more than 1,200 leaders  and volunteers who were dismissed for alleged sexual abuse. Seattle attorney Michael Pfau, who has represented a number of Scouts in abuse cases, says the files indicate sexual abuse inside the organization was rampant:

"They ended up having a body of knowledge, probably unlike any other youth-serving institution in the United States, demonstrating pedophiles were infiltrating their ranks."

  • African-Americans supported President Obama in record numbers four years ago.  But, as the November election draws nearer,  some in the black community are struggling with disappointment and doubt.  Author, political analyst, community leader, and activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson says perhaps expectations were too high, leading to disillusionment:

"They want immediate results. They want to see immediate action.  They want to see something visible and tangible.  If that's not the case, then I have to tell you, at that point disappointment begins to set in."

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