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Justin Hienz

Justin Hienz is Editor for Security Debrief. He blogs primarily on radicalization, aviation security, religious and Middle Eastern affairs, and communications.

He is the owner of Cogent Writing, LLC, a strategic communications company. Cogent works with public and private sector clients across myriad subject areas, many of them relating to counterterrorism and homeland security.

Previously, Hienz worked with the Homeland Security Strategic Communications practice of a DC public relations firm. Before that, he was the editor and technical writer for a security consulting firm in the Middle East, providing risk mitigation and security vulnerability assessments to domestic and international clients.

Hienz’s self-authored and ghostwritten work has appeared in numerous mainstream, trade and academic publications. He is a subject matter expert on religious extremism with the University of Southern California Safe Communities Institute. He is also a member of the board for KCCure, a non-profit raising funds for kidney cancer research. Hienz holds Master of Arts degrees in journalism and religious studies from the University of Missouri.

A White Supremacist Black Swan?

There are two constants in U.S. media today: terrorism and Trump. Both are scary, and they’re not necessarily unrelated.

Homeland Security Community – Here is a Threat We Can End

Chris Battle, who founded Security Debrief to advance the homeland security mission, died from kidney cancer in 2013. Today, we have an opportunity to pick up the fight where Chris left off. Here’s how.

An Open Letter to Non-Muslim Americans

Extremism threatens us all, whether it comes in the form of violence or in the form of intolerance and hate. All Americans have an opportunity this month to show their fellow citizens that this country is still a land of united people. It only takes two words: Happy Ramadan.

Toward a Freer, More Secure Nation – Interview with a DHS Civil Rights Official

The American public is intensely aware of the potential conflict between security and civil rights. It’s why watchdog agencies are an essential counterbalance to government initiatives. But what exactly does a watchdog agency do? To find out, I spoke with Ehsan Zaffar, a Senior Advisor at the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

After Brussels Attack, Why Daesh is Losing the Battle and Winning the War

Daesh has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks at the Brussels airport and metro. There’s been rosy talk lately about how Daesh is losing, but they’re not. Every terrorist attack feeds a cycle of extremism and violence, and those fighting Daesh are not doing enough to break it.

(Security) Theater of the Absurd – TSA and the Screening Partnership Program

Half of the U.S. public believes the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) makes flying safer—and half don’t. There’s plenty of evidence that TSA airport screeners are not effective, but worse, the agency is rigging the system to make sure it is the only option for airport security. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Don’t Know Much About Islam…And That’s a Problem

With news of ISIS running 24/7, there has been a lot of loose talk about what Islam does and does not teach. However, much of this banter comes from people who have no idea what they’re talking about. Let’s sort this out.

Happy Anniversary, Coasties

On August 4, 1790, the U.S. Congress authorized then-Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton to create a maritime service to enforce customs laws. President George Washington signed this bill, creating the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

United, NYSE and WSJ Glitches Were Not a Cyber Attack

There’s an old axiom in science and statistics: correlation does not imply causation. Sometimes what walks and talks like a duck isn’t actually a duck. Technical glitches on Wednesday sure looked like a cyber attack…but they weren’t. Here’s how we know.