Posted onAugust 4, 2017|Comments Off on While Sessions launches new opioid task force, local response lags behind
My latest piece in The Hill addresses the new federal effort to deploy US Attorneys specializing in opioid prosecutions, but hits home to those of us living in the hardest hit areas who are dealing with the crisis on a day-to-day basis.
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Posted onJuly 25, 2017|Comments Off on When Politics have Deadly Consequences
This article in The Hill poses the question of whether there a correlation between the growing anti-enforcement political climate and a rise in violent crime. The article specifically uses the example of the current heated race for Philadelphia District Attorney where Beth Grossman, a career prosecutor is running against Larry Krasner; counsel to “Black Lives Matter” and “Occupy Philly” as an example.
Posted onMay 19, 2017|Comments Off on Mannes to Keynote Certified Fraud Examiners’ meeting in Philadelphia
A. Benjamin Mannes will be giving his two-hour presentation; “Addressing Corruption as a Form of Organized Crime” to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners‘ meeting on June 6, 2017, 8:30 AM at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, 237 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Posted onApril 13, 2017|Comments Off on Mannes discusses Consent Decrees on the Rich Zeoli show
Click here to listen to a discussion about Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ review of DOJ’s consent decree practices on the April 13, 2017 episode of the Rich Zeoli Show, afternoons from 3-6PM on CBS Radio, 1210 AM WPHT in Philadelphia.
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Posted onMarch 7, 2017|Comments Off on The legal battle that reads like a ‘Rocky’ script
My March 7th piece in The Hill describes efforts to save the Harrowgate Boxing Club, a legendary piece of Philadelphia sports history. The piece describes what started as a minor dispute that became a spurious legal battle that is threatening the club’s existence, thus jeopardizing a lifeline for many urban youths who use boxing as a way off the streets.
Posted onNovember 3, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: When a union local betrays all of organized labor
In my November 3rd piece for The Hill, I wrote about this week’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) strike, and how America’s fifth largest city is being held hostage every few years by the same Union. The issue is particularly frustrating as I am a third generation union member and owe my union a lifetime of gratitude. However, the mission of organized labor is being trivialized by locals who abuse their strike vote time and again, with little perspective to the stakeholders they serve.
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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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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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