Author: John Oh

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Trafficking in Persons Report 2016

The State Department released their yearly Trafficking In Persons Report (TIP Report) for 2016. Secretary of State John Kerry asks, “We should be asking ourselves-what if that victim of trafficking was my daughter, son, sister, or brother? This year’s TIP Report asks such questions, because ending modern slavery isn’t just a...

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The Dead 10 Percent

Are you worried about dying in a car crash? Well, maybe you don’t have to worry so much. According to the report, Global Catastrophic Risks 2016, you are 5 times more likely to die in an extinction event, than in a car crash. A global catastrophic risk is a threat...

Terror Threats in Europe

The U.S. House of Representatives, Homeland Security Committee, released a new European Terror Threat Snapshot. This supplements their existing Terror Threat Snapshot which is released monthly. This assessment by the Committee concerns the threats that are faced from Islamist terrorists, specifically concerning Europe. Chairman Michael McCaul states, “A global jihadist network operating...

EO 12333, More Questions Than Answers

The Brennan Center for Justice has released a report, Overseas Surveillance in an Interconnected World, which discusses the many aspects of Executive Order (EO) 12333. This presidential directive from Ronald Reagan, deals with the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance operations overseas. Though there has been constant debate about domestic surveillance, there has...

What Can We Learn from Sandy?

When Superstorm Sandy hit, there were many restoration challenges to the electric grid. Though the differences between Sandy and a sophisticated cyber attack may be many, they can all be traced back to the importance of existing mutual assistance agreements. These agreements can be between utilities, government partners and others. “The study...

Firearms Assaults Against Law Enforcement

Understanding Firearms Assaults Against Law Enforcement Officers in the United States, attempts to connect law enforcement policies, procedures, training, and agency characteristics to reducing firearm assaults. The publication includes a review of 50 years of literature written about situations that can lead to assaults. There is also data from a current...

Are Americans IED Ready?

“As seen by the explosive attacks in the United Kingdom, Spain, France, and recently Turkey; the IED [improvised explosive device] is a weapon that continues to be used very successfully by terrorists and violent extremists. All around the globe explosive attacks are in news reports. Terrorists have made the IED...

Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children?

The report, The Children of Islamic State, discusses the many aspects of recruitment and training of children for the Islamic State. Through coercion and abductions, many children join out of fear for their lives. They continue to be indoctrinated early in their lives, and they become desensitized to the violence...

“Highest Islamist Terror Threat Environment Since 9/11”

The House Committee on Homeland Security released their monthly report, Terror Threat Snapshot, for the month of February. According to the report, “The United States faces the highest Islamist terror threat environment since 9/11. ISIS is waging war here in the homeland, where there have been 21 ISIS-linked plots to launch...

Going Dark? I Hear They Have Cookies…

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University have released a report, “Don’t Panic. Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate.” The report focuses on the problems the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement communities face in relation to obtaining communications, when they have warrants that follow the Fourth Amendment’s requirements....