Experts say the incident, in which an airline employee took off and then crashed on a sparsely populated island, will prompt a rethink of how to secure aircraft at airports. The employee, Richard Russell, had worked at Horizon Air for 3½ years as a ground-service agent and didn’t have a pilot’s license.
The center, piloted by one of the nation’s leading police think tanks, will explore how police and other first responders can improve their ability to handle mass violence incidents like terror attacks and school shootings.
An Ohio man plotted to set off a bomb at the Fourth of July fireworks celebration in downtown Cleveland in an attempt to “strike at the values at the very core of our nation.” Demetrius Pitts, 48, expressed a desire to join al Qaeda and kill US citizens, the FBI said.
A jury acquitted Ahmed Abu Khattala, 47, of murder and attempted murder in the attacks that began Sept. 11, 2012, on a U.S. diplomatic mission and nearby CIA post. He was convicted of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists. It was the extent of his role as ringleader that U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper considered in sentencing him.
Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said the high court was not expressing a view “on the soundness of the policy. We simply hold today that plaintiffs have not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of their constitutional claim.” The ACLU responded that ‘history..will judge today’s decision harshly.”
Funding for Countering Violent Extremism programs has increased under the Trump Administration, but researchers at NYU’s Brennan Center found the programs still don’t work, and continue to unfairly target minority communities—particularly Muslims.
The first annual report of New York’s Handschu Committee, a court-appointed body to review police monitoring of Muslims shows the average length of investigations dropped from 427 days to 340 days. But critics say that’s still too long.
The Transportation Security Administration calls the marshals an important layer of security, but they never have faced a true terror threat on a flight. Air marshals themselves were arrested 148 times over a decade.