Keynote Presentation at Secured Cities
Wednesday, November 16
Stephen F. Austin Ballroom
“The Global Threat of Homegrown Violent Extremism”
Dr. Erroll G. Southers, a Managing Director for Counter-Terrorism and Infrastructure Protection with TAL Global, will be this year’s
keynote speaker at the Day 2 luncheon held at Secured Cities.
The attacks on September 11, 2001 endured more than a decade of silence in the homelands. Numerous thwarted plots, the result of intelligence, resolve and good police work, predictably came to an end. Unfortunately, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, executed by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, brothers who lived in the United States since childhood was no surprise. The attackers are illustrative of a growing threat comprised of individuals who had grown up here, embraced their hateful ideology here and learned how to execute a terror assault here. The homeland now faces the threat of Americans sworn to The Islamic State, a well-resourced terrorist army, dedicated to the establishment of their own homeland, an Islamic Caliphate. Americans who may use their US passports to return home, as battle-hardened foreign fighters from Iraq, Syria, if they are not already here.
Additionally, other homegrown violent extremist (HVE) incidents such as the shooting at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina and the movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, engaged by ideologically motivated attackers are part of the growing domestic threat facing America. Additionally, law enforcement officers are being deliberately targeted and their biggest threat is not from Jihadi terrorists, but domestic extremists, such as the Sovereign Citizens, militia and anti-government military groups.
Dr. Southers discusses these emerging threats, offering information and analysis intended to build a comprehensive understanding of HVE by reviewing the complexities of terrorism generally and homegrown violent extremism specifically.