Some air marshals say the program has them tasked with shadowing travelers who appear to pose no real threat, such as a businesswoman who happened to have traveled through a Mideast hot spot, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant, and a fellow federal law enforcement officer.
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.
A new report from the Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center says that most mass attacks in public spaces are preceded by behavior that worried other people. “There’s no such thing as an impulsive act,” says one expert.
From New York to Las Vegas, Manchester to Melbourne, cities that have been subjected to recent mass violence will be on particularly high alert as throngs of revelers gather to celebrate the arrival of 2018. An Australian police chief might have been speaking for his counterparts around the world when he said, “We will basically lock down the center of the city.”
Increasingly, terrorists are using motor vehicles to plow into crowds of pedestrians. Many cars are now equipped with cameras and radar sensors that activate automatic braking systems. Can these devices help stem the attacks?
The NYPD said the suspect, Akayed Ullah, was inspired by ISIS but did not appear to have direct contact with group. “Thank God, (he) did not achieve his ultimate goals,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Monday press conference.
James Gonzalo Medina, 41, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in South Florida. A federal judge ordered him to undergo mental treatment while serving his sentence.