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Fire Secret Service Director Pierson Today

The long list of recent security breaches around the Executive Office are inexcusable. Secret Service Director Julie Pierson seems more interested in defending her inept agency than she is in protecting the most powerful person in the world. In short, shame on you, Pierson. Be sure to let the door hit you on the way out.

Save the Bagpipes From the Federal Bureaucracy

Every so often, a federal agency does something so questionable that it makes one shake his head in disbelief. This is about saving bagpipes and other musical instruments from seizure by federal officials at the U.S. border. It is a tragedy in the making.

Countering al-Shabaab Recruitment in Minnesota

Al-Shabaab remains a major recruiter of U.S. citizens, particularly in Minnesota. One man, Mohamed Ahmed, is doing his part to counter the terrorist messages, offering an alternative view of what really happens when someone joins a jihadist group.

Congress Heal Thyself – 120 Reasons to Address Congressional Oversight

Is momentum building again to fix the debacle of overlapping congressional oversight of DHS? I sure hope so.

After White House Breach, Public Pushes Back on the ‘Security Nation’

The recent security breach at the White House has a lot of Washington and the nation talking. Most of the White House security is understandable and defendable, but in looking at the most recent security incident and rumors of the Secret Service wanting to expand the security perimeter further, people have had enough of being cordoned off and told to step away from “the People’s House.”

Is DHS Really Pushing for a Southwest Command?

A number of news reports have suggested that DHS is creating a new joint-forces entity, akin to DoD’s Southern Command, to address the myriad issues along the U.S. Southwestern border. Really?

Not What We Need – DHS in Disrepair

A new Washington Post story details lingering problems at DHS in terms of retaining leadership and talent in some of its most critical positions. If you talk to anyone at the Department today, they’ll tell you firsthand how bad things are. Since this is Washington, and we don’t meaningfully address issues to solve them, let’s play the game we’re all really good at – the blame game.

One Year After Westgate Terrorist Attack

September 21 marks the one-year anniversary of the Nairobi Westgate Attack in Kenya. The brutal terrorist and hostage attempt carried out by al-Shabaab terrorists killed 65 people and included a standoff that lasted four days. Kenya has turned a corner in the global battle against terrorism, and there are lessons here for the United States.

A Reason to Remember 9/11

Last week was yet another anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. I dread the coming of this day every year. There have been so many days I have wanted to forget about that day. Erase it from memory and go on with life as if it never happened. But as time passed, I realized the recognition of the anniversary served a function.

Recalling the Unforgetable and Adapting Every Day After

It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since the September 11 attacks. Every generation witnesses horrors but in recording those experiences and sharing them with others we impart the painful lessons learned to lead us to ways to stop them from ever occurring again.