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Ivan Eland, ISIS expert

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Ivan Eland ISIS expert

After an intruder was able to jump over the fence and
enter the White House, the Secret Service, an agency in
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is talking
about augmenting security procedures. Ivan Eland says
it’s just one example of DHS’s bureaucratic approach to
security that often defies common sense. “Increasing
bureaucracy rarely enhances security — in fact, the
reverse is true. And instead of hysterically bombing
the Islamic State — a group that focuses on
establishing an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria
rather than on striking the United States — and
thereby making the group more prone to beginning such
retaliatory attacks, perhaps President Obama and
Congress should work on transforming DHS to better
defend against terrorist groups that actually are
trying to do violence to the United States.” Ivan Eland
is the author of several books including “The Failure
of Counterinsurgency: Why Hearts and Minds Are Seldom
Won.” He’s a senior fellow and director of the Center
on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute, a
non-profit, non-partisan, research and educational
organization.

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