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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?

Clinton Indictment Watch – SAP Found on Home Server

On Tuesday, several media outlets reported that Intelligence Community Inspector General sent a letter to Congress regarding Sec. Hillary Clinton stored documents on her home server that were classified “Special Access Program.”

Paris Spotlights Soft Target Security

By William Flynn
The tactics used in the attacks in Paris last week require a recommitment in the homeland to heightening our vigilance of potential attacks. To support this, what were the tactics, techniques and procedures used in the Paris attacks from which we can draw applicable lessons for the United States?

No Lives Matter to Violent Extremists

The United States is having a discussion about law enforcement and violence. No one rejects the sentiment that all lives matter, except for one group: homegrown violent extremists. To them, no lives matter, and in the United States, homegrown attacks against law enforcement are occurring at an increasing rate.

In Conflict Resolution, Give De-escalation a Chance

By Dr. Doron Pely
Several kinds of conflicts seem to be escalating in the United States in recent months, notably ongoing clashes between law enforcement and various communities. It seems that we, as a culture, are becoming quite adept at conflict escalation. Maybe it’s time to dedicate the same serious resources to mastering the other side of the conflict coin – de-escalation.

Safe Communities Institute to Study Homegrown Terrorism

The United States has a problem with violent extremism. We are seeing an accelerating trend in the occurrence of violence driven by extremist ideology. Our current approaches to this problem are insufficient; new solutions are needed. Enter the University of Southern California Safe Communities Institute (SCI).