Convicted terrorist John Walker Lindh was released from prison a week ago. What's the government doing to make sure former terrorists don't reoffend? Answer: pretty much nothing. America is at the mercy of released former (or formerly incarcerated, at least) terrorists. By Todd Bensman as originally published in The Federalist on May 30, 2019 The May 23 release from federal prison of John … [Read more...] about How to Make Sure Many Other Terrorists Like John Walker Lindh Pose No Threat After Release
Terrorism and Homeland Security
The Post and Times report that Hezbollah is suffering financial hardship these days. But left unsaid by is that Hezbollah achieved significant financial autonomy from Iran more than a decade ago. Starting in about 2006, it moved into Latin America and hit it very big in the international cocaine trafficking industry. Wobbly finances actually are nothing new to Hezbollah. It went to Latin America … [Read more...] about Why Iran’s Cash Crunch Hasn’t Disabled Hezbollah
The Sri Lanka attacks revealed a massive intelligence failure. Why should any of this matter to American homeland security leaders in the Donald Trump administration? Because change and turnover is afoot. And history shows how deceptively easy it is to slip into old habits, with time but also when rapid change is occurring. By Todd Bensman, originally published by Townhall on April 28, … [Read more...] about Could Sri Lanka’s Intelligence Failure Happen to a Distracted US Homeland Security Enterprise?
Houston-based National Security Division prosecutors appealed a light sentence against a convicted terrorist after Reagan-appointed District Judge Lynn Hughes scoffed at their arguments, expressed paternal sympathy for the convicted terrorist, and dismissed input from the dead victim’s bereaved mother (present in court) as “only her grief…sad but not cogent.” By Todd Bensman as originally … [Read more...] about A Federal Judge’s Bizarre Views of Justice for American ISIS Terrorist and the Bereaved Mother of His Victim
Were the brothers Arman and Omar Ali to come home to Plano right now from Syria's battlefields, they would find their ISIS-simpatico parents in federal custody and maybe even join them there. Fealty to the Islamist ideal has left the Ali family unit a ruin, its pretty $450,000 brick home empty, and 14-year-old little sister and daughter in enhanced teen angst with relatives in Houston. Meanwhile, … [Read more...] about All in the ISIS Family; How the Terror Group Destroyed a Suburban Texas Family
By Todd Bensman, originally published January 21, 2019 in PJ Media A few years ago, a Texas resident who was born, raised, and educated in my state of Texas -- and whose parents, ex-wife, and four children still reside here -- reportedly became the chief propagandist for ISIS in Syria. John Thomas Georgelas, son of a prosperous U.S. Air Force doctor, ascended to his senior position because the … [Read more...] about What Happened to the Texan Who Became the Goebbels of ISIS?
On a reporting trip to Panama in December 2018, Bensman checked up on a promised investigation of Iranian-Hezbollah involvement in the 1994 bombing of Las Chiricanas Flight 901, which killed 12 Panamanian Jews. He came home with strong doubts that any such investigation was happening. As published in The Federalist January 23, 2019 By Todd … [Read more...] about Exclusive Report: A Promised Panama Investigation of Iran-Hezbollah for ’94 Plane Bombing Likely Suppressed
Todd Bensman with Garland Police Officer Gregory Stevens, who killed two ISIS terrorists as they attacked the Curtis Caldwell Performing Arts Center Published by PJ Media On May 3, 2015, Garland Police Officer Gregory Stevens stood his ground when two heavily armed, ISIS-inspired terrorists jumped out of their car with a plan to murder everyone they could at a free-speech event: A “Draw … [Read more...] about Every Last One: Another Prosecution of the Garland, Texas Terror Attack Starts Next Month
The Alton Nolen case is very much worth remembering, along with all terror attacks that occur on U.S. soil, not just for the victims and their survivors but for lessons that must be learned. Todd Bensman, for The Federalist This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially cemented the execution of America’s least known Islamic terrorist. Jihadist convert Alton Nolen is now set to be put … [Read more...] about The Federalist: A forgotten jihadist beheader in Oklahoma cleared for execution; There is always time to remember
n November, a writer for the American Thinker called to ask for my recollections about covering the trials and tribulations of what is often described as the largest terrorist fundraising operation in U.S. history. It hadn’t occurred to me, but the 10-year anniversary of the “Holy Land Foundation Five” convictions in a Dallas federal courtroom has unexpectedly arrived. The call from the … [Read more...] about When Terrorists Learned ‘Lawfare’ Works: A Memory Triggered by The Holy Land Foundation Trial’s 10-Year Anniversary