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CSUSB professor discusses U.S. Capitol security as Sept. 18 ‘Justice for J6’ rally approaches
Sept. 7, 2021
Members of Congress and law enforcement are bracing for potential security threats on Sept. 18 when a “Justice for J6” rally is planned to support the more than 570 people charged with crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. While expected to be smaller than the Jan. 6 riot, experts, like Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, are encouraging security planners to take it seriously.
“This is coming eight months after” Jan. 6, Levin said. “It’s a different scenario, but we’re getting a much more isolated and also angry and conspiratorial sliver that is not only labeling an election as stolen but is also labeling violent criminal defendants as political prisoners, and that's another marker of extremism.”
Levin said the Capitol Police should be focused on developing a plan that includes securing the perimeter around the Capitol, ideally maintaining some distance between protesters and the building, and avoiding missteps on Jan. 6 by ensuring communication between commanders and officers as well as between the outside entities brought in to help.
“I think here the risk is not doing anything. You need responsive backup from across agencies — you can't just have MPD. You have to have multiple mutual aid going on, planning across multiple agencies, and I think you’re going to have that now,” he said.
Read the complete article at “Police brace for Capitol rally defending Jan. 6 mob.”
CSUSB professor writes on ‘The Challenge of Being Authentic in the Digital Age’
Sept. 6, 2021
The fourth column in a series by Anthony Silard, CSUSB associate professor of public administration, on “Success Without Surrender,” discusses “The Challenge of Being Authentic in the Digital Age,” which says, in part, that the discipline of going offline can be more rewarding that people may think, allowing them to tune into the world’s real power.
He offers this suggestion: tracking “‘Online Entry Points’ (OEPs) to represent specific times of the day during which we go online for any reason. … My goal is to have at most one weekday evening OEP (with a maximum of one hour online, but in practice, it tends to be just a few minutes) and one weekend OEP (also maximum one hour).”
Read how the practice works at “The Challenge of Being Authentic in the Digital Age.”
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