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That Was the Week That Was – The 2015 Version

March came in like a lion with a long list of news items, including Clinton e-mails, DHS funding and Boko Haram allegiance to ISIS. What could happen next?

‘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.

Don’t Degrade ISIS, Destroy It

By Dr. Doron Pely
When President Obama made his speech about U.S. strategy to counter ISIS, he repeated one phrase that caught the attention of many: “Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL.” This is a bad strategy, primarily because it gives ISIS time to continue operating.

The Constitution is an Asset in Fighting Crime, Terrorism

The portions of the U.S. Constitution offering protections on things like the right to representation, a jury trial, and due process are the most important pieces of the Constitution. That is why I have always cringed when I hear some people call those rights “criminals rights.” They are my rights. And yours.

DIA Cyber Warrior Delivers First Worldwide Threat Assessment

By Gary Warner
Vincent R. Stewart, Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps was promoted into the position of Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. General Stewart represents the first time we have a true cyber warrior at the helm of the DIA. On February 3, 2015, Lt. General Stewart delivered his first Worldwide Threat Assessment to the Senate Armed Services Committee. So what did our new DIA Cyber Warrior leader have to say about Cyber threats?

Countering the ISIS Narrative with Returning Foreign Fighters

By Dr. Doron Pely
Foreign fighters leaving their home countries to join ISIS are foremost on the minds of those in charge of homeland security. How to deal with these departing and returning jihadists has been a source of intensive debate. Now, with growing numbers of ISIS deserters, there is an opportunity to “inoculate” Muslim communities against ISIS propaganda and indoctrination.

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.

Islam and the West – Where Do We Go From Here?

By Dr. Doron Pely
In the wake of the recent wave of Islamists-led terror attacks around the world, there is a palpable sense of despair amongst Western experts and citizens who are all asking: “Where do we go from here in our relations with Islam?” It seems that we are running out of options, and the only way forward is outright conflict, but before we cross that Sambation, here is an alternative proposal that may show some promise.

Obama MIA as Leaders Gather in Paris

On Sunday, after a terrorist attack that murdered a dozen French citizens, 4 million people gathered in Paris to stand together and say they would not be afraid. While leaders from around the world came to Paris to join in the rally, noticeably absent was a recognizable face from the United States. For reasons I don’t understand, President Obama was not there.

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.