This years Counter Terrorist Magazine annual Homeland Security Professionals conference on November 3 and 4th 2015 will celebrate its first decade. This will be a highly publicized event throughout the country and abroad.
Stay tuned for more information on Speakers and the exhibit.
Conference and Speakers
Ebrahim Ashabi was born in Iran as a Shiite Muslim. He was forced into self-exile
in 1982 following the Islamic Revolution and the subsequent war with Iraq. After
spending time in Europe, he was able to reach New York City, where he lived for a
time before moving to Washington DC. Mr. Ashabi eventually settled in California
and joined the Long Beach Police Department in 1997. From 2004 to 2010 he was assigned
to the Long Beach Police Department's Office of Counter Terrorism, where he was responsible
for collecting, analyzing, and investigating criminal intelligence related to international
and domestic terrorism, organized crime, and extremist activities. Mr. Ashabi went to
Afghanistan in 2010 – 2011 and assisted the U.S. Coalition Forces with counter IED efforts.
He has been training and teaching law enforcement and U.S. Military regarding Islam, the
Middle East, and terrorism since 2003. Mr. Ashabi holds a Bachelor’s degree from The
University of La Verne and a Master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach.
He published his first book in 2010, The Evolution of Radical Islam, before deploying to
Afghanistan working under cover for the State Department.
The dangers and ease of self-radicalization
Clairissa is currently an Associate Professor at The Cazenovia College Department of Criminal
Justice and Homeland Security, Cazenovia, New York. Her interest in topics range from Terrorism,
hate groups, political and historical crime, criminological theory, criminal tattoos, geography
of crime, displacement and disruption, policy analysis and program evaluation.
Her presentation would cover a wide range of access points for those interested in gaining
terroristic knowledge and how these ideas spread. Case studies and modern and historical examples
will be used for key points. Special attention will be paid to ISIS’ Dabiq publication and
Al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine as well as websites of both ideological and single issue terrorist organizations.
Secure City Initiatives
Charles (Chuck) Brooks serves as Vice President/Client Executive for DHS at Xerox. Xerox has $22 B in
annual revenues and serves clients in 160 countries. He served as Vice President for R & D at Rapiscan
Systems specializing in homeland security CBRNE sensor technologies. Chuck served as the Vice President for
Government Affairs at SRA International Inc, where he was part of Executive Leadership reporting directly
to the CEO. In government, Chuck background includes receiving appointments from two Presidents
(Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush). He served as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Science & Technology
Directorate within the Department of Homeland Security, where he was responsible for advocacy for the
Directorate with Capitol Hill. . He also spent 6 years on Capitol Hill as a Senior Advisor to the late
Senator Arlen Specter where he covered national security, defense, foreign affairs, and technology issues.
In academia, Chuck was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University where he taught a graduate
course on Homeland Security and CongressChuck has an MA in International Relations from University of Chicago
and a BA in Political Science from DePauw University and a Certificate in International Law from The Hague
Academy of International Law.
Chuck’s expertise areas include: homeland security, cyber security, intelligence, defense, foreign affairs,
IT, R & D, science & technology, political risk, strategic partnering, business development/sales,
government relations, legislative/budget processes, thought leadership, innovation, and social media.
The realities of a Mexican DTO and Islam Terror Group Nexus and the impact on homeland security
Joseph Kolb is the founder and instructor of the undergraduate and graduate Border Security Studies certificate
program at Western New Mexico University. He has been reporting for more than 10 years on border security issues
for outlets such as FoxNews.com, The Journal of Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security, The Counter Terrorist,
Global Intelligence, and Americas Quarterly. He has spoken at numerous state and national level conferences.
Most recently he spoke at the Arkansas EMS Expo, slated to speak at the National Gang Crime Research Center on
MS-13 in August. In his presentation he will discuss the history of Islamic extremist groups in Mexico and South
America and what has actually occurred over the past 20 years to support or dispel these assumptions. He will
delve into the issue of the tunnels, proposed attacks and by whom, what the real relationship may be between
Mexican DTOs and Islamic terror groups and the impact on U.S. security.
Stop the flow of Blood Money
Local Crime to Finance Terrorism
Jeff S. Sandy has 29 years law enforcement experience as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent with the
United States Treasury, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and as an elected Sheriff.
During his tenure he investigated and supervised some of the nation's largest financial investigations concerning
terrorism finance, organized crime, narcotics, and white-collar crime. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE),
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS), a Private Investigator, and holds a degree in Accounting from
Mr. Sandy has been admitted as an Expert Witness in the field of Money Laundering in five United States District
Courts, has taught financial investigative techniques to federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, Iraqi
Police, and police officers in the Baltic's. He is a cadre instructor for the Institute for Intergovernmental
Research's (IIR) State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) program since 2005.
He received over 100 awards and letters of recognition during his career; including a Achievement Medal awarded by
the Department of Defense and the Honor Award issued by the Secretary of the United States Treasury for his
investigative work in Iraq; and was Marshall University's Distinguished Alumnus for 2012.
Could Terrorists Pull Off a Mumbai-Style Attack in the U.S.?
Learn about the new tactical philosophy offering extreme flexibility to your department’s
or agency’s response to any Active Shooter Situation. Joe Witty will be presenting the
Multiple Assault Counter Terror Action Capability – MACTAC. Which is a scalable response to
the full spectrum to Active Shooter events and allows department leaders the confidence on
relying on experts to design your response while maintaining the ability to response to
simultaneous additional attacks.
Joe Witty is a veteran member of the LAPD SWAT TEAM. He was one of the members of that team,
along with Orange County and Las Vegas Metro PD personnel that developed the Multiple Assault
Counter Terror Action Capability – MACTAC. Witty is a POST certified Arrest and Control
Instructor, SWAT Tactics instructor, SWAT Sniper Instructor, Mobile Field Force (MFF)
Instructor, Immediate Action Rapid Deployment (IARD) Instructors and Multiple- Assault
Counter Terrorism Action Capability (MACTAC) Instructor. Joe was deployed as a member of a
Special Forces Battalion in combat operations during the Operation Enduring Freedom, and
Operation Iraqi Freedom-V.
He has served as the Senior Engineer Sergeant and Operations Sergeant responsible for training
US military personnel, Federal Agents and host country military personnel in small unit tactics,
CWB, weapons, field construction, demolitions, breaching, mines, and mine anti-handling devices,
booby traps, and unconventional warfare. Joe also served as an Operational Detachments-Alpha
(ODA) Team Sergeant responsible for the training of Special Forces Soldiers for combat operations;
training a battalion of Iraqi Special Forces Soldiers in Counter Terrorism Operation, and led
over one hundred combat patrols in hostile territory.
Drones in Homeland Security
A Special Evening With Demostrations
Drones may be the fastest growing technology in the USA today, and may also hold the key to better surveillance
and reporting that could make Homeland Security First Responders better able to respond to Fires, Disasters, High
Risk Warrants and more. Will this be an infringement on Individual rights or just a way to give First Responders
an edge in their tough mission?
Come and learn all you can about DRONES in an exciting evening of fun demonstrations – you will be amazed by what
can be done.
SSI's - 9th Annual Homeland Security Professionals Conference and EXPO