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Torture Renewed – A Scare from the Trump Administration

By Mike Martin
President Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven countries is drawing widespread protest. But there is another yet-unsigned order that is potentially more troubling: a revival of CIA black sites and detainee torture.

The U.S. Department of Energy – A Policy and Operational Enigma

By Beverly Ausmus Ramsey, PhD
Despite the importance of its mission, the Department of Energy is not well known to the homeland security community. As we enter the next administration, it is worth considering the scope, value and complexity of DOE’s missions to homeland and national security.

Launch Inaugural Parade Before the Congressional Luncheon

By Alan Ladwig
Don’t make the public stand in the cold while the new president wines and dines with legislators. There is no reason that the Congressional event can’t take place after the parade.

U.S. Cyberattack on Russia Would be a Mistake

By Mike Martin
The reported plans for retaliatory cyberattacks on Russia could yield many negative consequences with minimal benefit.

The Risk Ring of Fire

It is time for the American public to begin a serious discussion about U.S. interests and how to protect them.

President Obama’s First Veto Override and What It Means

By Mike Martin
Congress recently reached the 2/3 vote needed to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. There are positives and negatives to this move.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate’s Letter on Louisiana Flooding

On Tuesday, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate sent this public letter detailing his agency’s efforts in responding to the massive flooding in Louisiana.

Elections Shouldn’t Be Deemed Critical Infrastructure

By Mike Martin
Since the cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, there has been talk about counting U.S. elections as critical infrastructure, but that might do more harm than good.

Kerry Says ISIS is Running – Is He Trustworthy?

By Mike Martin
Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that ISIS is on the run, but the Obama administration has made these kinds of statements in the past. Should the American people believe Secretary Kerry?