Executive Order Threatens U.S.

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies

To the Editors:

To date, it has been American citizens who have slaughtered masses of people in this country, except on 9/11 when 19 foreigners, mostly Saudis, attacked the U.S. Because of the Internet, those outside the U.S. wishing to do us harm do not have to travel here; they can from anywhere in the world inspire Americans to kill Americans, and they have succeeded.

All agree that we must do everything legally possible to reduce the chances that more Americans will be radicalized; it’s the lone wolf, an American citizen among us, that poses the greatest threat to our security. We are much safer if American citizens band together to notify authorities of those among us who might hurt us. The Presidential ban on some of those seeking to enter the U.S. legally makes us all a lot less safe.

– Booker C. Peek

Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies