Todd Bensman
Todd Bensman

Todd Bensman is a Texas-based senior national security fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington D.C.-based research institute, and a writing fellow for the Middle East Forum. For nearly a decade, Bensman led counterterrorism-related intelligence efforts for the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division. Follow him on Twitter @BensmanTodd.

Bensman worked for The Dallas Morning News, CBS, and Hearst Newspapers, covering the FBI, federal law enforcement and serving on investigative teams. He reported extensively on national security and border issues after 9/11 and worked from more than 25 countries in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.

Bensman holds a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and a B.S. degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University.

Would A President Biden Support Sending American ISIS Fighters To Prison?

What the strategy toward ISIS returnees might look like under a Joe Biden administration isn’t hard to imagine.

Guatemalans Admit They’re Illegally Entering The U.S. To Get Bigger Houses, Not Flee Violence

‘A lot of people started to see a lot of people going to the U.S. starting to build big houses, and we wanted the same,’ says Francisco Santizo, who sent a 20-year-old son to the United States.

Iran Has Terrorists Embedded Inside The United States And Across Our Border

So long as the world is entertaining worst-case scenarios, the media does Americans no favors in omitting that Iran-Hezbollah has for years prepared to strike in their own hometowns.

Did The U.S. Kill An American Citizen After Taking Out ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi?

Was the Abu al-Hassan al-Muhaijir killed in October’s second operation this very same Most Wanted of American citizens who reportedly went by the name Abu Hassan al-Muhaijir?

Why Trump Should Hit Pause On Designating Mexican Cartels As Terrorists

The terrorist designation is not official yet. That’s good, because someone needs to hit the pause button on this.

Mexico-Based Smuggler Trafficked Six People From Terrorist Hotbed Over U.S. Border

Moayad Heider Mohammad Aldairi’s case is interesting because it briefly illuminates a fascinating kind of American counterterrorism-immigration operation reporters must do acrobatic yoga to avoid covering.

Ecuador Still Helping Unknowns From All Over The World Get To The U.S. Border

After several suspected ISIS operatives were caught, Ecuador is cracking down a little on the human smuggler’s paradise it has created. But it’s still helping foreigners amass at the U.S. border hoping for amnesty.

The First Illegal Border-Crossing Terrorist Is On Trial, But Don’t Expect The Media To Cover It

Trump, after all the media ridicule, was correct in saying that potential terrorists have illegally crossed the United States’ southern border. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif of Somalia did. And it could happen again.

No, Anti-Terrorism Efforts Haven’t Hampered Investigations Of White Supremacists

The Democrat narrative that President Trump suppressed national investigative efforts that would hurt his friends and supporters in the white supremacy movement is flat-out false.

How To Make Sure Terrorists Like John Walker Lindh Don’t Stay A Threat After Release

Convicted terrorist John Walker Lindh was released from prison a week ago. What’s the government doing to make sure former terrorists don’t reoffend?

Why Iran’s Cash Crunch Isn’t Disabling Hezbollah Yet

Hezbollah has diversified its income away from Iran in recent years. Now, sanctions and a cash crunch in its Iranian money supply might actually enbolden their evil activities.

Against The Evidence, Media Keeps Insisting Terrorists Aren’t Crossing The Southern Border

The Times is somewhere between misleading by omission and outright lying to their readers about the threats posed by lack of border security.

Did Panama Ever Reopen Its Investigation Into The Flight 901 Bombing?

Panama’s president recently promised Israel’s prime minister that he’d reopen an investigation into a potential Hezbollah terrorist attack. But did he?

Central American Countries Are Helping Middle Easterners Illegally Enter The United States

Panama and Costa Rica are chokepoints on the migrant trail followed by people from other continents seeking easier U.S. entry through our porous border with Mexico.

Jihadist Beheader In Oklahoma Cleared For Execution

The Alton Nolen case is very much worth remembering, along with all terror attacks that occur on U.S. soil, not just for the victims and their survivors but for lessons that must be learned.

If Recent Patterns Hold, There May Indeed Be Terrorists Inside The Border Caravan

Middle Easterners do travel the same routes as Hondurans to the U.S. southern border, and rising numbers of suspected terrorists have been apprehended at the border in recent years.