October 09, 2023

The U.S. Needs to Make Sure Hamas Isn’t a Threat to the Homeland

The Hamas attack on Israeli citizens is tragic. The assault on civilians was grotesque and uncivilized. I mourn the dead, open my heart to their families and friends, and grieve for Israel as a Jewish homeland that has never been able to know lasting peace.

Hamas, Hezbollah and their state-sponsor, Iran, are wholly appropriate foreign intelligence targets, and Section 702 authority should not be degraded while threats from these actors have escalated to the degree of starting a new war in the Middle East.

As a national security professional, however, including having served as a post-9/11-era counterterrorism and intelligence attorney and US Justice Department staffer, the attack’s successful execution by Hamas is angering. It is angering because it is not at all shocking.

Read the full article from CNN.

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