Originally published in Pajamas Media, By Todd Bensman On September 10, just ahead of this year’s 9/11 anniversary, Texas resident Asher Abid Khan finally turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals office in Houston for providing material support to ISIS. He was off to the federal correctional institute known as “Forrest City Medium” in Forrest City, Arkansas, according to court filings. The … [Read more...] about Lenient Prison Term for ISIS Terrorist Pits Prosecutors Against Federal Judge in Texas
Terrorism & Homeland Security
Terror attack target? U.S. Embassy in Suriname Last year, a few foreign news outlets reported an alleged local ISIS plot to murder the U.S. ambassador to … Suriname. My curiosity was piqued -- an ISIS franchise in South America? -- but coverage has been extremely rare. To date, no American media outlet has regarded an ISIS plot to murder an American diplomat in Paramaribo as newsy enough to … [Read more...] about Trial in ISIS Plot to Kill U.S. Ambassador to Suriname; An Exotic Story of ISIS in South America Draws No U.S. Media Interest, Except (of course) Here
Researchers, journalists and anyone honestly seeking to understand modern Islamic terrorism need look no further than the now-vast trove of American court prosecution records. The Department of Justice has prosecuted 157 U.S. homegrown terrorism cases in 30 states just since 2013, and 220 since 9/11. Say what you will about the politicized upper echelons of the FBI. But the front-line special … [Read more...] about Texas Terror Case Gives Rare Glimpse of Venal Hatred Inside Encrypted Jihadist Social Media
A debate has long circled around the proposition that American prison systems at state and federal levels need counter-radicalization programs. The hypothesis claims that circle-talking and counseling will preempt the manipulation of predisposed inmates by predatory visiting prison imams, or by fellow Islamists inside. This 2013 Naval Postgraduate School study by Tennessee’s Assistant … [Read more...] about Here’s the Case That Shows How to Handle the Jihadist Prison Radicalization Threat
Far too often during the Obama administration, attacks that had all the hallmarks of Islamist terrorism were never charged or labeled as terror attacks. Some of the many examples: The 2009 fatal shooting attack by Tennessee Islamic convert Carlos Bledsoe on a military recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas; the 2014 fatal decapitation attack by Oklahoma’s Alton Nolen at Vaughn Foods in Moore, … [Read more...] about Texas Juvenile Terrorist Shows Why We Need State-Level Terrorism Statutes
Indicted for posting $500 reward for ICE agent killing: Cambridge, Mass resident Brandon Ziobrowski As is well-established, online incitement to violence by extremist groups is viewed as a significant homeland security matter because urging others to kill for a social cause has proven so tragically effective. This concern has usually focused on ISIS, but at least two recent arrests in the … [Read more...] about From Protected Protest to Domestic Terrorism Threat?
I testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee about my experience combating domestic extremism while working for the Texas Department of Public Safety. The testimony took place Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. Todd Bensman testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee June 2019 The topic of testimony for two panels … [Read more...] about Bensman Testifies before Congress on Law Enforcement’s Fight Against White Supremacy and Domestic Terrorism