If there is one thing I learned over three decades in the intelligence business it is that decisions on how to do intelligence are best left to intelligence professionals.
With this in mind, a recently-leaked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) draft report strikes me as exactly the kind of useless interference into the workings of US agencies such as the FBI and Customs and Border Patrol referred to above. This report allegedly calls on US authorities to continuously vet Sunni Muslim immigrants deemed to have “at-risk” demographic profiles and that this monitoring continue on a “long-term basis”.
There is absolutely no way to sugar coat this report: it is worthless
Painting them all with the same brush only alienates them from our society
This is insane but is not, alas, inconsistent with the policies of the Trump Administration. These are not helpful and I hope that in the end the adults in the room will prevail and ideas such as this one by DHS will be consigned to the dustbin (or burn bag) where it belongs.
Can any organisation afford to watch hundreds of thousands of people knowing in advance that very few will ever present a problem?
President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting. Phil worked as a strategic analyst in the Canadian intelligence community for over 30 years, including 15 at CSIS, with assignments at Public Safety Canada and the Ontario Provincial Police. He specializes in radicalization and homegrown Al Qaeda/Islamic State/Islamist-inspired extremism. firstname.lastname@example.org