The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will hold an open hearing on May 5 at 9:30 a.m. to consider the president’s nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe for director of national intelligence. What should the committee ask him?
Nicholas Rasmussen was Director of the National Counterterrorism Center from 2014-2017 under Presidents Obama and Trump. He currently directs the National Security and Counterterrorism program at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington DC and is a Professor of Practice with the law school at Arizona State University (ASU).
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Responding to the recent bloodshed in El Paso and elsewhere, President Trump laid heavy blame on the internet and then invited social media companies to a White House summit to be held on Aug. 9 to discuss efforts against online extremism.
The United States has long built its approach to counterterrorism based on a fundamental distinction between “international terrorism” and “domestic terrorism.” The phrases were always misnomers to some degree, but the recent mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has revealed just how unsuitable that distinction is for today’s terrorist threats.