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MEMORIAL DAY SAFETY
Larry Spilman- News Director- FNNAs the investigation into the suicide bombing in Manchester continues, Floridians and visitors are getting ready for another Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Florida-based security expert Paul Viollis says we ARE vulnerable–
Viollis who is CEO of the Viollis Group International says the combination of events featuring lots of national pride and little security creates a high probability of risk. Viollis says if you’re at an event and something doesn’t ‘look right’– report it!
Heading into another Memorial Day Holiday weekend- Florida faces a ‘high probability of risk’ according to Florida-based security expert Paul Viollis (Melbourne)–
Viollis says events that feature lots of national pride with weak security are attractive to terrorists. He says there are ‘dozens of cells’ floating around Florida. Viollis says if you’re at a holiday event and you see something that doesn’t ‘look right’- report it! Viollis is CEO of the Viollis Group International..
Some food for thought to stay safe as Floridians prepare to observe another Memorial Day Holiday weekend– Florida-based security expert (Melbourne) Paul Viollis (vye-oh-lis) says stay alert as you’re out and about–
Viollis says don’t hesitate to report your suspicions to police.
NOTHING EXTREME ABOUT EXTREME VETTING
As we begin to navigate through one of the most contentious and divisive times in our history, the enormously imperative issue which remains insufficiently discussed is also one of the greatest oxymoron’s in recent times: extreme vetting.
In my opinion, there is nothing extreme about extreme vetting. In fact, it is nothing more than a background check done outside the United States. I’ll get back to that, but to keep this in perspective, we need to remember that the U.S. runs the largest official resettlement program in the world with over 784,000 refugees resettled here since September 11, 2001.
TOP 5 ISSUES FOR THE PRESIDENT ELECT
As our President-elect begins to wrap his arms around the daunting task that lies before him, National Security issues will clearly be center radar. With security matters continuing to be a primary reason for keeping Americans up at night, the formulation and implementation of a valid and reliable national security plan will be imperative. As such, the following Top Five (5) issues are those that will require prompt and effective implementation plans within the President-Elect’s first 100 days in the oval.
PUTTING THE BUSINESS MODEL OF TERROR OUT OF BUSINESS
As uncomfortable as that is to say as well as to digest, we wake today with the fact that we have, as a country, embraced our need for unfettered freedom. This “so-called” constitutional right to privacy that we have failed in holding ourselves accountable against has underscored a sentiment of entitlement that permeates throughout the country’s current culture. Read Full Op Ed
SPRING ISSUE OF PRIVATE WEALTH MAGAZINE
THE SECURITY BRIEF COMES TO SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP
“‘[The Security] Brief’ is an unconventional concept for daytime TV, which makes it a perfect sign of the times for syndication.” Count Sinclair Broadcast Group among the mega-station groups that are using their expanded size and scope to nurture original programs. “The Security Brief With Paul Viollis,” exec produced by syndication veteran Terry Murphy, is in the middle of a four-week test on 13 Sinclair stations including Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. The show blends true-crime stories with safety tips from security expert Viollis. Read full article here.
PAUL VIOLLIS ON THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
The Oval Office Lacks Solutions As Domestic & Global Terrorism Collide: Opinion
The State of Union is the President’s final opportunity to initiate strong policies to fight terrorism which can be expanded upon by the next administration. Life is nothing more than the sum of our choices and with the State of the Union on Tuesday there are few, if any, more important for the President to make than the security of our country and the integrity of our brand. The ugly truth is that the U.S. is in the embryonic stage of a holy war with faceless Islamic terrorists whose leaders have called upon all jihadists to ‘Think Global and Act Local’ a fact our administration continues to vacillate on. We know that ISIS has taken to social media for the recruitment of new members, training existing jihadists and the planning of attacks. As this truth blatantly stares us in the face on a daily basis, we, as a country, are faced with a true life-changing choice; that being whether we are willing to sacrifice convenience of lifestyle and capitalistic agendas for a homeland safe from the invasion of terrorism. As a firm believer in the purest mantra of capitalism one can only applaud the corporate vison and successes of companies such as Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) but as an American who wakes each day with gratitude for the freedom I will get to enjoy, I am bound to my commitment toward the furtherance of our current way of life. Domestically, we have begun releasing convicted criminals for fear that the 14th Amendment will come back to bite public officials. As a strict constitutionalist, I find there no reason why we simply can’t house inmates in tents provided they are properly fed, clothed and afforded access to all basic human needs. After all, if it is acceptable for our military it should be more than suitable for our convicted criminals. With the omnipresent threat of Islamic terrorism on American soil looming, police-community relations are at their worst since the 60’s. We have a violence epidemic in our country occurring at our schools, workplaces, theaters and malls, and elected officials are insisting on blaming guns in lieu of mental illness. The Administration has brokered prisoners of war being released from Gitmo for accused traitors, convicted criminals are being placed back into our communities prior to serving their sentence and corporate leaders are crystallizing the actual net worth of our freedom by choosing the luster of profits over the security of our nation. I’d say President Obama’s dance card is full. Nonetheless, we must receive clear and decisive direction with expeditious implementation plans from the President as he addresses the nation. Further, it is these and many more national security-related concerns that our next President must swiftly provide realistic solutions for. In sum, the occupant of the Oval Office and his successor need to ‘get it’ right and enact a national call to action to our communities, CEO’s and perhaps most importantly, our elected officials for them to begin being more concerned with doing their job, than keeping it. Paul Viollis is Chief Executive of Viollis Group International, a global security consultancy firm. He has held multiple leadership roles including Managing Director for Citigate Global Intelligence & Security; and Vice President at Kroll, where he served on their post September 11th Threat Assessment Team. Paul is the author and lead editor for Jane’s Publishing’s book “Workplace Security” and Contributing Editor for Jane’s. He is co-author of “Silent Safety – Best Practices for Protecting the Affluent”. He appears regularly on the FOX Business Network as well as other national television and radio outlets. Paul holds the distinction of Honorary Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy.