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Trump Is Spreading Racism — Not Fighting Terrorism

February 3, 2017  |  Time

Writing in Time magazine, Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin enumerates the basic precepts of counterterrorism, and identifies ways the Trump White House has not followed them. 

In composing and implementing its executive order “Protecting the Nation From Terrorist Entry into the United States,” Donald Trump’s White House has shown a disregard for — or ignorance of — these precepts that is breathtaking.... To put it bluntly: Trump’s Executive Order has nothing to do with counterterrorism.

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The Disastrous Consequences of Trump’s New Immigration Rules

January 27, 2017  |  POLITICO

"With the stroke of a pen, the president has seriously jeopardized America’s safety and standing," writes Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin in POLITICO, referring to the order calling for a temporary ban on visas for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia; a 120-day suspension of the resettlemetn of all refugees; and a ban on resettlement of Syrian refugees. 

With his executive action suspending the admission of refugees to the United States and temporarily halting the entry of citizens from a variety of Muslim countries, President Donald Trump made a quick down payment on a key campaign promise. He also set the U.S. on a disastrous course—one that threatens to weaken our national security and diminish American global leadership.

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Russia Is a Terrible Ally Against Terrorism

January 23, 2017  |  The New York Times

Since early in his campaign, President Trump has made counterterrorism cooperation a pillar of his argument for improving relations with Russia. On the face of it, that idea might seem attractive: two of the world’s largest militaries and intelligence communities working together against the Islamic State and other jihadist networks to achieve progress that neither could alone.

But it’s a bad idea. A partnership with Russia of the kind Mr. Trump proposes has the potential to profoundly undermine the United States’ counterterrorism progress and shred our relationships with Sunni Muslims around the world. Moreover, it’s doubtful such an alliance could actually be forged.

How Trump’s Attacks on U.S. Intelligence Will Come Back to Haunt Him

January 11, 2017  |  POLITICO

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin has published a piece for POLITICO, "How Trump’s Attacks on U.S. Intelligence Will Come Back to Haunt Him." 

This kind of trash talking diminishes public respect for the intelligence community, which relies on government officials to defend its reputation because so much of its work is never heard of outside the Executive Branch. This might work for Trump in the short run, as he scrambles to defend the legitimacy of the 2016 election. Eventually, it will backfire. At some point during his presidency, Trump is going to want to act on intelligence he receives. And what will happen when he tries to justify to the nation that he is deploying troops or firing missiles on the basis of information brought to him by agencies he has so thoroughly denigrated? Trump seems not to understand that governing is a team sport, and that his credibility will ultimately depend on those who serve the administration.

Benjamin Testfies on The Future of Counter-Terrorism Strategy

December 1, 2016  

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin testified before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on December 1, 2017, on "The Future of Counter-Terrorism Strategy." He was joined by The Honorable Juan C. Zarate, Chairman And Co-Founder, The Financial Integrity Network.

Watch the Senate hearing.

Giuliani Took Money From a Group That Killed Americans. Does Trump Care?

November 23, 2017  |  POLITICO

POLITICO features an article by Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin on possible Secretary of State nominee Rudy Giuliani's (and many others') connection to the Iranian resistance group Mujahidin e-Khalq (MeK).

Perhaps the best known MeK votary is none other than former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, reported to be on the shortlists for Trump’s secretary of state and director of national intelligence, whose ties to the group have resurfaced as the press examines the numerous possible conflicts of interest created by his international business activities. The MeK has paid Giuliani handsomely for years—$20,000 or more, and possibly a lot more—for brief appearances before the group and for lobbying to have it removed from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO), which occurred in 2012.

Read the entire article in POLITICO MAGAZINE.

Donald Trump Is Dangerously Wrong on the Immigration-Terror Link

September 1, 2016  |  TIME

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin co-authored a piece in TIME on Donald Trump's efforts to connect terrorism and immigration:

Americans who have been buffeted by Trump’s torrential negativism and 24-7 cable coverage of horrors from all corners of the earth shouldn’t buy this dim view of our immigration system—because it simply isn’t true.

The most obvious counter to Trump’s narrative is to note that not a single terrorism-related death since 9/11 was caused by foreign operatives coming into the country to cause violence—from Fort Hood to Orlando, the killings were all caused by citizens and green card holders. 

Read the entire article in TIME, co-authored with Betsy Cooper, who served as an attorney in the Department of Homeland Security. Note: Benjamin's name has been inadvertently deleted as the co-author. 

The Democratization of Terror

July 15, 2016  |  Time

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin's recent piece in TIME follows up on the vicious Bastille Day attack in Nice. Benjamin explains the spread of the "democratization of terror." 

"Now, indeed, you don’t even need to be a card-carrying member of a terror organization. Mere inspiration from the late Yemeni cleric Anwar Awlaki, who pioneered the call for individual acts of terror whenever and wherever, or from ISIS, which amplified that appeal a hundred fold, suffices," he writes.

Read the entire article

 

 

Who Is Responsible for the Terror Attack in Nice?

July 15, 2016  |  Bloomberg News

Dickey Center Director Daniel Benjamin talks to Vonnie Quinn and Shery Ahn of "Bloomberg Markets" about the terror attack in Nice, France, in which a man used a truck to kill over 80 people.

Benjamin explains his reference to the "democratization of violence" in which people can carry out attacks without complicated planning. The changing form of violence can be perpetrated by a single attacker, including what he refers to as a "stabbing intifada" in Israel and use of assault weapons in the US. "This is going to really test law enforcement and intelligence authorities for quite some time to come," he says. 

Watch the entire video interview.

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