Key Points: House Homeland Security Committee Terror Threat Snapshot

The August 2016 edition of the House Homeland Security Committee Terrorism Threat Snapshot has been released and includes the following Key Points: 1. Islamist terrorists will continue to pose a … [Read more...]

A Protest to NBC’s “Maya and Marty” Broadcast

Last night (June 7, 2016) I was packing for a trip while the new NBC sitcom "Maya and Marty" was on at my house.  My attention was drawn to a sketch "Kidnapping Video" that centered around a hostage … [Read more...]

Stratfor: Panic Makes for Poor Counterterrorism

Scott Stewart of Stratfor has authored an outstanding assessment of the current terrorist threat to the US as well as commentary on some of the reaction here that CCI recommends as "must" … [Read more...]

Norwegian Court Rules Aid Agency Negligent in Dadaab Kidnap Case

"In a case with far-reaching implications for security in the aid industry, a court in Oslo has found the Norwegian Refugee Council guilty of gross negligence in its handling of the kidnapping of … [Read more...]

Bergen Profiles New Jihadists

Peter Bergen, CNN's National Security Analyst and a respected terrorism researcher and author, offers demographic and profile information on the newest class of jihadists. His article "How ISIS … [Read more...]

Reject government espionage outreach

Last week an online publication, The Intercept, published a story titled “The Pentagon’s Missionary Spies – U.S. Military Used Christian NGO as Front for North Korea Espionage” . The short version of … [Read more...]

CCI Supports New US Policy on Hostage Taking

Today's headlines include bold statements such as "White House to okay negotiating with terror groups holding U.S. hostages" (CNN). In media interviews, Representative Duncan Hunter called the White … [Read more...]

Changes in US Hostage Policy are Critical to Missions

The following was included in a report I prepared recently for the FBI. “Overall, (the negotiation for the release of missionary hostage Phyllis Sortor) along with (another case resolved in 2014) … [Read more...]

CCI Issues Special Advisory Regarding Yemen

January 27, 2015 As this Advisory is written, Yemen is essentially a country without governance. The following quote from the New York Times on January 25 is informative: "Power in Yemen is largely … [Read more...]

Options in Situations of Increasing Risk

CCI is frequently asked about security options that can be employed during a season of deterioration in the local (security) environment or in situations of increased or increasing risk. Rather than … [Read more...]