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Alex Nowrasteh

Alex Nowrasteh is a policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. His area of expertise is immigration policy.


Immigration Solution to Cyberdefense

2010 July 21

Even Time Magazine is worried

With a highly computerized and electronic based society, cyberdefense is a growing part of national security.  As was reported yesterday, many analysts believe there is a dearth of computer security specialists to fill vital roles.  As my colleague Wayne Crews at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) points out here, national defense threats are usually overstated and used as an excuse to increase executive branch power through an internet kill switch or pork barrel projects that create PhDs in cyber security and other defense related nonsense.

But if there is a threat, corporations and other market actors will rise to meet the challenge, all the government has to do is get out of the way.  James Gosler, a veteran cyber security specialist estimates that there are only about 1000 people with the necessary cyberdefense skills to meet any kind of threat.

Assuming that Gosler accurately assesses the threat (doubtful), what should the government do?  read more…

Mosab Hassan Yousef: Muslim Apostate, Spy, and American (Almost)

2010 July 1

Mosab Prevented Dozens of Such Attacks

If you thought becoming a Muslim apostate and then spying on Hamas for Israel was difficult, try tangling with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesMosab Hassan Yousef is the latest tragic near-victim of America’s restrictive immigration policy.  Mosab is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the main founders of Hamas.  Mosab is also the most valuable source of intelligence on Hamas that Israel has ever produced.

From 1997 to 2007, Mosab provided intelligence that prevented dozens of terrorist attacks and multiple assassinations.  During that time he secretly converted to Christianity and abandoned Islam.  After he was exposed as an Israeli agent, Yousef moved to California and applied for asylum. read more…

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