Law Enforcement

From One Big Playing Field to Another – Thank you Chief Lanier

With the announcement of Washington, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier’s retirement, the National Capital Region is losing more than an exceptional public safety leader. It is losing one of its biggest, most notable and certainly most resilient game changers.

Donald Trump’s Mouth – Making the Secret Service Job Harder

Donald Trump’s remarks insinuating the assassination of his electoral opponent are way over the line, and they put the people charged with protecting him in danger.

Robots, Bad Guys and Any Means Necessary

The horrific tragedy that was the murder of five Dallas police officers will be remembered for many reasons. From a tactical response perspective, it was groundbreaking in the use of robotics to kill an assailant, reportedly the first documented case of a robot being used in such a manner.

Justice Dept. Redacting the Truth…and Common Sense

One wonders whether the Justice Department possesses any common sense given its decision to redact portions of the Orlando nightclub shooter’s 9-1-1 calls. Public trust in government is at all-time lows, and the ability to embrace common sense and sharing the obvious seem to be factors that are difficult to grasp for DOJ.

The One-Minute Terrorist – Lessons from Orlando

By Casey Lucius
After the Orlando terrorist attack, we are analyzing what went wrong and what could we have been done to stop it. Yet, our political leaders and media pundits fall into a predictable pattern that neither diagnoses the real problem nor points us to effective solutions. So how do we stop homegrown terrorism? As a society.

The National Interest is Privacy, Not Backdoors to Encryption

By Casey Lucius
The recently introduced Feinstein-Burr bill would force encryption providers to maintain backdoors in case the government shows up with a court order. It is bad for government, business and the public.

A Case for Empathy in Counterterrorism

A lot has been written about empathy as the cornerstone of emotional intelligence. It turns out that empathy can be a fantastically powerful tool in understanding complex issues and in making crucial decisions in a variety of situations—including in the fight against terrorists.

In FBI-Apple Fight, Law Enforcement Missing the Point

By Max Skalatsky
Every week, we hear how the FBI is attempting to subpoena text messages from Apple. Instead of tech companies trying to out-argue the Federal government, is it possible to engage with policy makers and law enforcement to understand what the next generation technologies will be?

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.

Apple Fights Court Order – Security v. Privacy Debate Continues

Apple is fighting a federal magistrate’s order in connection with the investigation of the San Bernardino shootings. This is another instance of consumer privacy potentially conflicting with homeland security issues. Or is it?