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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Posted onAugust 31, 2016|Comments Off on Philly Voice: Philly needs ‘massive external event’ to overcome deep-seated corruption
The Philly Voice provided great local coverage by Michael Tanenbaum of my piece in The Hill on Philadelphia’s explosion of corruption. This in-depth piece outlined the issue in great detail and seeks to motivate local readers into creating necessary checks and balances for local elected officials.
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 22, 2016|Comments Off on The Hill: Political blowback hampers FBI corruption probes
My latest piece that ran in The Hill yesterday was entitled “Political blowback hampers FBI corruption probes”. It focuses on public corruption and the FBI investigations therein. This will be the first in a series on corruption using Philadelphia as a key example, and how it can serve as a cautionary tale for other states and cities.
Click here to read the piece in The Hill and let me know what your thoughts are.
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