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@Harvard prof, @CNN Analyst & CEO of Grip Mobility. Nat'l security expert & former Obama @DHSgov. Author of "Security Mom" and Pulitzer finalist. Mom of 3.
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Sep 25, 2018 13 tweets 3 min read
THREAD: there was a plan. So let me explain why failure to admit and disclose it compounded cruelty. For record, policy is abhorrent and as we know now ineffective (did not serve as deterrent). But let's assume it's a legitimate one for Trump to take. At least for this thread 1/ Secretary Nielsen lied. To you. And me. Period. And that lie meant that three major operational necessities were not put in place. 2/
Aug 11, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
There will be a lot of commentary about what happened at @SeaTacAirport last night with the stolen Horizon Airplane. Let's start with some good news. After the plane was taken, a lot went right. Scrambling of fighter jets was swift. 1/ The FBI was quick to report what they knew to be true. . . . to calm nerves and communicate. 2/
Jul 25, 2018 11 tweets 4 min read
Reports of Russian hackers reaching into US utilities to assess platforms and security is a story that is very much a part of our overall concerns with the 2018 election. Follow along. 1/ #homelandsecurity But first watch @cnn colleague @jimsciutto strong segment on this.
cnn.com/videos/politic… 2/
Jul 6, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
Across partisan divide, comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) always had three basic tenets, "3 legs of the stool":1)deal with borders; 2)address undocumented immigrants in country and a pathway for citizenship; 3)define and welcome future flows (for our changing economy). 1/ Over the last few weeks, it has been close to unbearable how each of these tenets has been completely eviscerated. . We have "dealt" with borders by separating families. We have booted soldiers seeking status and denied them the least controversial means to citizenship. 2/
Jul 5, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
The significance of the Senate report on Russia cannot be seen only as a mere validation of the IC assessment of Russia's activities during 2016 election. 1/ On its own, it's a comprehensive review of the manner and extent that Putin favored Trump and directed his intel agencies, at a relatively low cost, to sway the electorate. 2/
Jul 3, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
Nielsen was set to headline one of the premier security events in Aspen this month. For the first time, I am not attending (so don't know if she is still speaking). I understand their invitation, but we all show our outrage in different ways. This is mine. 1/ When John Kelly was Secretary, he rescinded my appointment to the bipartisan Homeland Security Advisory Committee, a whose who of HS experts. I was told by his staff that I was too publicly critical. It was clear that there was no interest in debate or historical expertise. 2/
Jun 28, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Joining @OutFrontCNN , @CNNTonight and @cnni for what we know and what we don't. Few points: mutilation of fingerprints is behavior of deliberate attacker, premeditation, assassins and spies type stuff. Likely expected to be killed. 1/

#CapitalGazette Follow on explosive attack was directed at first responders. Since didnt detonate, will be treasure of info including purchased materials that can lead to surveillance cameras. 2/
Jun 27, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
I want to focus on family reunification without the emotion and horror that marks the policy that gets us to this moment. According to HHS Secretary, reunification is easy so I'll take his word for it (it's true). 1/ nypost.com/2018/06/26/hhs… So it should be easier than what we are seeing. And so none of this makes sense. So here's a thought exercise: if you had to deal with a family reunification crisis, whatever the circumstances that got us to this moment, what conditions would you want to make it easier. 2/
Jun 27, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
It has been seven days since the Executive Order allegedly ending the policy of separating children from their families was announced. Here is the AG on the issue.

1/ I've used this space to explain why the reunification issue need not be as complicated as the WH is making it. Seven days is a long time to put an incident command structure in place, identify the different pools of kids, and begin communication and reunification.
Jun 21, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
Some advice to WH if so inclined (any inclination) for family unification or, at very least, family communication so parents have transparency. I may be shouting into the wind. But here's a cheat sheet. This isn't hard. It just takes focus. 1/ You have a new homeland security advisor and from the WH it will be essential to give him authority to organize a Task Force that ties in interagency (HHS, DHS and its components, state and local contacts in states that now have these kids, private facilities, etc). 2/
Jun 16, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
@cnn @msnbc and print outlets are doing amazing work on this story. Here's some numbers to be looking out for/demanding in days ahead. 1/ 1. The 2000 kids snatched from families is our baseline. If the "deterrent" effect that the WH is using to justify this program is working, we should be at peak now or soon. Is that number going down week by week? Numbers at border were up in May.
Jun 14, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
1. What is the first question asked after any disaster or crises? It's a universal question. From the Haiti earthquake to the Thai tsunami to the Boston marathon to the Pulse nightclub. It links us across the globe. What is it? 2. Is my child ok?
Jun 10, 2018 13 tweets 3 min read
1. There is a lot of commentary about how the FBI or CIA might be impacted institutionally in the future by the Trump agenda and attacks. I'd now add DHS to that list. Unlike the FBI and CIA, though, DHS has no long term legacy of "normal" to return to. 2. Anyone who has worked knows its challenges. An agency born out of 9/11, cobbled together at whim, facing bad news at every turn, it's very existence was barely desired by anyone but came together as a political calculation by Senate Dems who wanted to show toughness after 9/11
May 29, 2018 12 tweets 3 min read
1. I've tweeted a lot about this story so here's some more cohesive thoughts. Without emotion (god it's getting harder), and beyond the obvious notion that the government has a duty to have accurate numbers, this new numbers also matters because there will be more hurricanes. 2. In disaster management, there are five stages to a crisis: prevention, protection, response, recovery and resiliency. The "boom" (event) occurs between protection and response. It is why people like me talk in terms of left and right of boom. nytimes.com/2017/06/05/opi…
May 26, 2018 11 tweets 2 min read
1. (Add'l) thread on new immigration policies separating parents from children at border. I'm outraged, yes, but my goal here is to provide some background and context for why, as matter of policy, the outrage is justified. There seem to be 2 arguments to justify this policy. 2. The first is that b/c these migrants are illegal, they are suffering a fate no different than if I was busted for some criminal conduct and separated from my kids. This is a turn of phrase that is not based in law. People are not illegal. Conduct is.
May 25, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
1. This is a thread about immigration and children and the policies the US now employs to separate mothers from their kids and put the children in "foster care or whatever" according to John Kelly. tucson.com/news/local/par… 2. What animates this policy, in the best light possible, is that the threat of separating families will deter migrants from risking the journey. I don't think we have seen any data to prove that. But even assuming true....
Apr 19, 2018 15 tweets 4 min read
This is a story about me in 2013, a Pulitzer finalist recognition, a right that was finally wrong and pilot Tammie Jo Shults of SW Flight 1380, the pro with "nerves of steel." It comes together in the end. 1/ After I left government service, I had the honor of being a @BostonGlobe columnist to write about what I knew: homeland and national security. I was even more blessed by having Peter Canellos, now at @politico, as my exacting editor. 2/
Mar 4, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
A little wonkish commentary on this point below that might give it some context. To date, a lot of critics of the WH often say "and they haven't even faced a crisis yet" as a warning about what we might expect from this chaos Administration if something "real" were to happen. 1/ There is a difference between routing emergency and a crisis. A routine emergency is an event that happens that is anticipated b/c the nature of the institution: a five-alarm fire, a bank robbery, even a DoS attack against a network. All anticipated; all manageable. 2/
Oct 28, 2017 6 tweets 1 min read
1. It may be Mondays activities are around a family member (Flynn) or some tangential character to get others to talk. 2. I say this b/c lots of enthusiasm for some big moment. It's just as likely that WH may end Mon relieved and surrogates claiming victory