Why the Country Needs a Terrorism Offenders Registry


Nearly two decades have passed since the country was launched into a worldwide struggle against terrorism since 9/11. U.S. law enforcement has investigated, prosecuted, and convicted hundreds of terrorists, both those who planned and executed terrorist attacks, as well as those arrested for engaging in material support for terrorism. But given the passage of time, in many cases these convicted terrorists are now available for parole, or have served their sentences, and are preparing for release. Additionally, during the high point of the Islamic State U.S. law enforcement -both state and federal- were focused on preempting potential terror attacks resulting in many terror arrests accompanied by relatively light sentences.

The Center is proud to have hosted a panel discussing state and national efforts to establish a terrorism offender’s registry, why it is needed, and how it can work.


– Terry J. Alario Jr., a special agent with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, Alario served as a member of the Louisiana legislature’s study committee on the feasibility of a terrorism offender’s registry.

– Stephen Gele, a practicing lawyer from New Orleans, Gele has written draft legislation on national security and law enforcement issues which have been passed into law in multiple state legislatures, and has authored draft legislation for a terrorism offender’s registry

– Todd Bensman, a senior national security fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies, Bensman previously served at the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division

– Moderated by Kyle Shideler, the Center’s Director and Senior Analyst for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism