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Florida Matters: The Orlando Nightclub Massacre


The shooter in the Orlando mass murder was Omar Mateen, a US citizen who said he was a practicing Muslim. He professed his allegiance to ISIS during his attack on the gay nightclub.

Florida Matters Host Robin Sussingham talks with Retired Army Colonel Derek Harvey, a senior fellow at USF's Global Initiative for Civil Society and Conflict, who says that Mateen's views on homosexuality didn't come out of a vacuum. He and retired FBI officer Dave Couvertier talk with Florida Matters' Robin Sussingham about extremist Muslim groups and the ways they use the internet as a tool.


Abe Aboraya, WMFE Public Radio reporter

Col. Derek Harvey, Senior Fellow at USF's Global Initiative for Civil Society and Conflict specializing in the Middle East, a former special advisor to Gen. David Petraeus and a former Defense Intelligence Agency Senior Leader

Dave Couvertier, recently retired FBI agent with 33 years experience in law enforcement including SWAT, hostage negotiations and spokesman.

Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.