Posted onApril 28, 2017|Comments Off on Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are not synonymous
My latest column in The Hill breaks down a common misconception regarding the law enforcement and intelligence communities, and conveys the urgency for citizens to be more responsible for their own safety and security.
Please click here to read the article and feel free to contact me with your feedback.
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Posted onDecember 8, 2016|Comments Off on America needs security, not the appearance thereof (The Hill)
In this week’s column in The Hill, I question America’s resolve and preparedness to address the continual rise of violence facing society. Does America learn from past attacks here and abroad, or is it collectively just trying to ‘get back to normal’? Security is an ever-evolving discipline, and leaders need to continuously evolve to protect our nation’s citizens and infrastructure.
Posted onNovember 4, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Don’t let a few bad cops tarnish the image of law enforcement
In light of two stunning police corruption convictions in the New York metro area last week, this piece in The Hill looks at the details, contributors and pitfalls of each case to pick apart public opinion on the entire law enforcement community when a few criminals wear the badge.
Posted onOctober 11, 2016|Comments Off on Mannes to Moderate Expert Forum on Violent Extremism
On the morning of Friday, October 14, A. Benjamin Mannes, an elected Governor on the executive board of Philadelphia InfraGard (the FBI-coordinated public/private partnership) and Regular Contributor to The Hill will be moderating the Forum on Violent Extremism at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. This forum will be the first of its kind to bring nationally recognized subject matter experts in radicalization together with FBI and Philadelphia police leaders on a panel that will discuss this issue with attendees.
Mannes hosted a similar event to discuss active shooter incidents in 2013, following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school, which was a sold-out event that joined a noted forensic Psychologist together with the Philadelphia Police, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and private security experts. Topics covered will include ISIS radicalization and lessons learned from domestic terrorist incidents.
This two-hour session will also highlight public/private partnerships, federal, state and local resources, and suspicious activity reporting in an effort to enhance safety throughout our region. Our highly regarded panel of experts will include:
Peter Leitner, PhD President, Higgins Counterterrorism Research Center, Sr. Fellow, George Washington University Center for Advanced Defense Studies Advisor on Terrorism, New York University Law School
Dale Yeager Certified Forensic Profiler and CEO of SERAPH
Michael Batley Faculty, Temple University Real Estate Institute
Lt. James Dambach Commanding Officer, Homeland Security Unit/Dignitary Protection Section Philadelphia Police Department
Janelle Miller Assistant Special Agent in Charge FBI, Philadelphia Division
This important event will give attendees important tools needed to recognize the behaviors associated with radicalization and violent extremism, to hopefully prevent further home-grown terrorist attacks.
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Posted onSeptember 23, 2016|Comments Off on Lessons from Charlotte: When a protest is just a riot
This week, an non-permitted demonstration in Downtown Charlotte escalated into a mass of property damage and the murder of a protester by another protester in the crowd. The media reported this by labeling it as a “Violent Protest”. Similar labels were attached to riots in Baltimore, Ferguson and Milwaukee; but when there’s clear evidence of multiple crimes being committed during a “protest”, it’s officially defined a riot.
On September 23, 2016, my latest piece was published in The Hill that analyzes the events in Charlotte and defines this issue more clearly. To read the full story, click here.
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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.
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 24, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Pennsylvania corruption runs deep, Kane was the latest victim
My latest piece in The Hill was the second installment in an exposee on public corruption in Pennsylvania. This piece focused on state and congressional corruption, with more to come on corruption in Philadelphia.