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Ideology and Public Diplomacy

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.

Muhammad Ali – A Service in a Time of Need

Religion plays a significant part in American life. I thought of that as I watched the memorial service for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, a man who was passionate about the humanity he shared with different people. Can you recall any type of religious service that brought so many different beliefs under one roof to honor one individual?

An Open Letter to Non-Muslim Americans

Extremism threatens us all, whether it comes in the form of violence or in the form of intolerance and hate. All Americans have an opportunity this month to show their fellow citizens that this country is still a land of united people. It only takes two words: Happy Ramadan.

Security Mom Explains Security in a Way We Can All Understand

Juliette Kayyem’s new book, Security Mom, may be the most honest book I’ve read on how homeland security affects families and the communities in which we live. More importantly, it helps us understand, and explain to our family members, neighbors, and friends what it really means to live in a dangerous, high-threat environment without sacrificing our values or cowering in fear.

In Fight Against ISIS and AQ, What Does Success Look Like?

The George Washington University annual program, “Securing Our Future,” bought together national, homeland and cyber security experts to discuss U.S. security challenges and priorities. What emerged were three clear metrics for measuring success in the fight against ISIS and al Qaeda.

Profiles in Security – Ehsan Zaffar

The general public sometimes assumes DHS’ mission begins and ends with TSA airport screening. In truth, there are legions of individuals in the Department striving to enhance our national resilience. One of these people is Ehsan Zaffar.

Amid 2016 Presidential Race, America is Primed for Extremist Violence

The inevitable happened on Friday—fighting erupted outside of a Donald Trump rally in Chicago. This was only a small example of things to come. The presidential race is creating the enabling environment that completes the perfect storm of violent extremism.

Don’t Know Much About Islam…And That’s a Problem

With news of ISIS running 24/7, there has been a lot of loose talk about what Islam does and does not teach. However, much of this banter comes from people who have no idea what they’re talking about. Let’s sort this out.

Trump’s Muslim Insults – A Clear Disservice to American Security

Donald Trump’s latest policy bombshell – a proposal to bar all Muslims from entering the United States – is going to be interpreted by many Muslims as an insult, which is exactly what those responsible for America’s security do not want or need at this stage.

The Intense Personalization of Caring

Everywhere I turn, I get the sense that people are thinking, “If I cannot control it, I don’t worry about it.” When I read the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, I wondered if DHS employees are expressing the same “why-should-I-care” messages that I have been hearing across the country.