Capitol Debacle: Politicization Undermines Intelligence

Was the Capitol Security Breach an Intelligence Failure? Former CIA Analyst Lisa Ruth Says No The melee at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 was a shocking example of mob violence and mentality, and shows just how bad things can go wrong when security is unprepared and overwhelmed. It is also, sadly, a textbook illustration of the dangers of politicizing intelligence. Full disclosure: I was not privy to any classified intelligence briefings for any law enforcement entity ahead of the attack. But as a former intelligence officer, I do know how [...]

By |2021-01-11T19:23:57-05:00January 11th, 2021|Security, Uncategorized, World News Round-Up|0 Comments

Beirut Explosion: Accident or Israeli Intervention?

The massive blast that rocked Beirut earlier this week is being billed as a tragic accident that left hundreds dead and thousands wounded. The explosion also severely damaged the country’s infrastructure and left many residents without power in the sweltering Beirut summer heat. But former intelligence officers intimately familiar with the region caution that Israel, concerned about the explosive stockpile and the impotent Lebanese government, may have ignited the ammonium nitrate to deny terrorist group Hezbollah access to the chemicals. Ammonium Nitrate Explosion Beirut was devastated on 5 August, after 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored [...]

By |2020-08-11T11:19:04-04:00August 8th, 2020|Governments, Security, World News Round-Up|0 Comments

Disaster Preparedness & Business Continuity: Plan Now or Pay Later

Every business owner knows preparation is critical to maintaining operations throughout an emergency, but few put in the time to create a comprehensive, actionable, and appropriate disaster and business continuity plan. Hurricanes, fires, terrorist attacks, earthquakes, and cyber attacks are just a few of the emergencies that happen on a regular basis and impact business operations. Keeping employees safe is a primary concern, but businesses also need to make plans to secure data and documents and to keep the businesses running throughout any situation.  In today's connected world, if you can't answer the [...]

By |2018-09-30T09:34:31-04:00September 30th, 2018|Security|0 Comments

TSA Ending Passenger Screening at Small Airports: Penny wise and Pound Foolish

Intelligence and security professionals are shaking their head in disbelief at the reported information about the TSA considering eliminating passenger screening at some small and medium-sized airports. If implemented, the policy will cause massive security problems and significantly raise the threat to the United States. According to CNN, "internal documents from a TSA working group" suggested examining whether to cut passenger screening at more than 150 airports that offer flights with 60 or fewer seats. The TSA working group made the suggestion based on the fact that the change would save approximately $115 [...]

By |2018-08-08T11:31:39-04:00August 8th, 2018|Security|0 Comments
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