After two mass shootings the weekend of August 3, 2019, Javed Ali joined with other former senior directors for counterterrorism at the National Security Council in a statement on domestic terrorism. The statement read in part “it has become abundantly clear over many months now that more must be done to address acts of violence driven by extremist views of all types.” Ali, a policymaker in residence at the Ford School, followed up the statement by doing interviews with the media to share further insights, drawing on his knowledge of domestic terrorism.
While talking with Rachel Maddow on a panel, AIi shared “As a former FBI insider, the FBI is doing yeoman’s work to try to combat this threat but again it doesn’t have enough resources on that pure domestic terrorism side so they would have to make an internal decision to shift more agents, analysts, investigators in the field to look at that.”
Javed Ali is a Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Policymaker in Residence at the Ford School returning for the fall 2019 semester and a former Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council (NSC). He has over twenty years of professional experience in national security and intelligence issues in Washington, D.C., and began his federal government career in 2002.