Posted onJune 4, 2017|Comments Off on After London and Manchester, we need better Public Venue Security
My June 4, 2017 piece in The Hill should serve as a private sector “wake-up call” for public venue security in light of recent, fatal criminal and terrorist incidents; many of which could have been prevented or mitigated with better security planning.
Posted onMay 4, 2017|Comments Off on The Need for Comprehensive Transportation Security
On May 3, 2017; I wrote an extensive article on LinkedIn as an in-depth examination for the need of increased security focus in the transportation sector, especially among Ports and Transit Agencies. It is an analysis of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) programs, to include the Surface Transportation Security Inspection Program (STSIP); and why the onus on security should be taken on primarily by the Transit Authority, Rail Service, Trucking Company and/or Port Authority. When looking at the benchmarks of the Los Angeles Port Police, WMATA Metro-Transit Police, SEPTA Transit Police, and Port Authority of NY/NJ; the nation’s best practices in transportation security are coming from local authorities with the fiscal support of the federal government, and not vice-versa.
Posted onSeptember 19, 2016|Comments Off on John Cardillo Show: Ben Mannes on Police Ambushes, Terrorism and Immigration
Mannes was a guest on the John Cardillo Show on Monday, 9/19/16 to discuss two ambushes on Philadelphia Police, his recent article in The Hill entitled Background Checks: the Achilles Heel of Immigration Reform, and the recent Terrorist Attacks on New York, New Jersey and Minnesota.
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My latest piece in The Hill examines the state of the American posture 15 years after the attacks on September 11, 2001. This one is dedicated to those brave men and women we lost 15 years ago, Sunday. May their lives not be lost in vein.
Ben Mannes was a three-segment guest on the John Cardillo show, mornings on 880 WBIZ Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. John is a former NYPD officer and radio personality specializing in political commentary. Ben and John talk about Ben’s latest articles in The Hill, BLM and Public Corruption for 25 minutes.
Phone interviews are hard, but I will stop in and do the show live on my next trip to South Florida.
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Posted onAugust 30, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Why Kaepernick, Beyonce and Black Lives Matter fail to understand cops
My latest piece in The Hill focuses on the needed clarification of roles so that the public can best understand what law enforcement does, and what roles are best left to social services to avoid deadly misunderstandings on the street.
Posted onAugust 29, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: All corruption is local in Philadelphia
On August 29, 2016, The Hill has published the conclusion of my series on public corruption, with this piece that details the ridiculous ‘culture of corruption’ in Philadelphia. Over the three-article series, ethics issues at the State Attorney General’s Office and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office were highlighted…raising the question as to who (other than the FBI) enforces corruption in America’s fifth largest city if both the state and local prosecutors are potentially compromised.
Posted onAugust 11, 2016|Comments Off on What’s Missing from the DoJ Civil Rights Division’s Police Investigations
Vanita Gupta, the head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, discussed the department’s findings on the investigation into the Baltimore City Police Department with Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Associated Press/Brian Witte
Today, I was published in The Hill, in regards to the US Justice Department, Civil Rights Division’s release of a scathing, 163 page report on Wednesday, detailing their investigation into the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD). The report concluded that BPD has exhibits systematic racial bias against African-Americans.
This DoJ report is quite similar to the ones written following investigations in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Ferguson, MO and Albuquerque, NM following controversial police uses of force.
However, in reviewing the report’s findings, one is left to wonder what elements are missing from these scathing reports that seem very quick to cite race as the pivotal factor in their conclusions. Furthermore, one is left to wonder what the lasting effect these reports and their resulting consent decrees have on policing in their respective cities. At the end of the day, the nature of these DoJ reports can beg the question of their effectiveness. Could a better use of governmental resources can easily be directed at the reasons crime is so high in the very communities where these DoJ reports are focused. If we, as a collective, recognize the job of the police, in responding to and preventing crime in the context of the high-crime areas where these investigations are conducted; then we can understand these statistics much better.