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Know When to Fold ‘Em, Ms. Hickox

By Robert Connors
Kaci Hickox – you should have called me. We could have chatted about your situation: how you feel and how unfair it is to be in quarantine when you aren’t sick. After you got everything off your chest, I’d point out that there is a legitimate fear of Ebola, and that counts for something.

Could Ebola be a Tool for Terrorists?

The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil has died. The case of Thomas Eric Duncan, coupled with the fact that there is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola, raises questions about the threat from bioterrorism.

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.

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?

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.

Modern Threats to Airliners and the World at Large

By Kevin McCarthy
Less then a month ago, a second massive tragedy struck Malaysia Airlines – the shoot down of MH17 over Ukraine. Was MH17 targeted specifically, an indiscriminate act of violence, or a major tactical error with global consequences? Is this a new global threat that should keep us up at night?

The ISIS Fight – Do We Have Your Attention Yet?

There are no words to describe the horror of the video showing the execution of American journalist James Foley at the hands of ISIS. Today, radicalization is spreading, and religious, civic, and cultural leaders on every continent have a responsibility to step forward to address it. Sadly, those voices don’t seem to be as loud or as savvy as the video we all saw last week.