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The TSA’s Power to Screen and Prohibit Certain Electronic Devices on Airlines

By   /  October 29, 2017  /  Counterterrorism, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Public Security, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

By John R. Burns  On October 31, 2015, a Russian A321-200 airliner, operated by Metrojet, was blown out of the sky by an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”) operative.  The operative used a bomb hidden in a soda can to bring down the aircraft.  “Russia said explosives weighing up to 1 kilogram, a […]

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Labeling Las Vegas: An Analysis of Declaring the Tragedy a Terrorist Attack

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  Counterterrorism, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, News & Events, Public Security, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

By Samuel Nicosia Tragedy swept the nation like wildfire on October 1, 2017, when Stephen Paddock opened fired on unsuspecting concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip, resulting in the deaths of 58 Americans and injuring over 500 more. This attack is unparalleled, producing the highest number of victims […]

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No Predictability, No Peace!

By   /  December 16, 2016  /  National Security Law & Policy, Public Security  /  No Comments

By Ciprian Ivanof The risk of public disorder demands a re-evaluation of the legal framework National Guard forces and the public trust rely on. We live in an age of political uncertainty, violence, and a resulting deep need for predictability. One way we seek to address such things is with model state codes. Model State […]

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Mitigating the “Balloon Effect”: Pressure on Mexican Routes Leads to Trafficking Back to Caribbean, Central America

By   /  November 29, 2011  /  Border Security, Foreign Relations, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Public / Mental Health, Public Security  /  Comments Off on Mitigating the “Balloon Effect”: Pressure on Mexican Routes Leads to Trafficking Back to Caribbean, Central America

At a media roundtable in Miami on November 8, 2011, William Brownfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, projected the return of drug traffickers to old Caribbean smuggling routes used in the 1970s and 1980s due to heightened law enforcement measures on land routes through Mexico. Brownfield suggested […]

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