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Justin Hienz

AFDI’s Mohammed Cartoons are a Threat to U.S. Security

On Sunday, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) hosted a “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest,” and two gunmen opened fire on the event. Violence is never OK, and this kind of inflammatory activity actually perpetuates the threat from violent extremism. AFDI is not blameless in their rhetoric.

Understanding ISIS ‘Peer-to-Peer’ Terrorist Recruiting in the Somali Diaspora

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger recently announced the arrest of six individuals who conspired to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State. There is a persistent recruitment threat in the Somali community in Minnesota. Why is ISIS so effective in recruiting there?

Take it Easy on S&T – Cancelled Biodetection Program Isn’t a Big Deal

A recent DHS Inspector General report found that the Science and Technology Directorate mismanaged a biodetection project, effectively wasting $23 million. The IG’s findings should be taken with a dose of understanding. Here are three reasons why we should cut S&T some slack.

‘Jihadi John’ Unmasked – Now What?

He is the masked face of ISIS, his black-clad figure a harbinger of gruesome murder in a series of videos showing the execution of ISIS hostages. He goes by the alliterative, absurd moniker Jihadi John, but today, the world knows his real name: Mohammed Emwazi.

Countering the ISIS Narrative…With Cartoons

The fight against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) is, in part, a war of ideas. ISIS pushes a radical ideology that claims to justify murder, rape and other atrocities. In the United States, we must counter this narrative. As a part of that effort, fellow Security Debrief contributor Erroll Southers and I have been working on a Countering Violent Extremism project in Minneapolis.

Commercial Drone Debate Should not be a Condom Marketing Campaign

UAVs for commercial use are a source of important public debate. Some companies have weighed in with innovative ideas, which hold additional marketing benefits. I don’t take issue with that. What I do take issue with is when a company, under the guise of public health and altruism, capitalizes on an important national issue to line their pockets. b condoms, prophylactic manufacturer and ostensibly pro-social health company, I’m talking about you.

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.

Executing Tsarnaev is a Wasted Opportunity

The Justice Department announced this week that it will seek the death penalty in the trial against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It seems clear the verdict will be guilty and the punishment will be death. For some, this may seem appropriate, but in executing Tsarnaev, we will lose a big opportunity to better understand radicalization and terrorism.

NSA Intel Gathering and the Privacy v. Security Conflict

It seems like not a week goes by without yet another report on the NSA’s digital intelligence gathering activities. Understanding what the NSA is up to deserves a robust and nuanced public discussion. The agency’s activities raise challenging questions about just how much privacy Americans are willing to sacrifice in the name of security and counterterrorism.