Jeffrey Ringel is a former FBI agent who joined The Soufan Group, a consulting firm specializing in counter-terrorism. The FBI transferred Ringel to the Joint Terrorism Task Force following al Qaeda's attacks in the continental USA on September 11, 2001.
Ringel has become one of The Soufan Group's directors, and is frequently called upon for opinions by reporters covering the national security beat.
On February 17, 2018, CBS News quoted Ringel's opinion on the suspect in an arson case at St Catherine University, in Minnesota. The suspect, a 19-year-old former student, had already triggered concern from campus security, who had forwarded to the FBI a letter they believed she had written, calling for jihad. He noted that she had attempted to travel to Afghanistan, in September 2017, the FBI had stopped her, interrupted her journey, interviewed her. He noted she willingly confessed to planning to marry a warrior, and said she would become a suicide bomber. He stated, that, in his opinion, this confession should have been sufficient to lay charges against her then. He said he couldn't explain why she had been set free.
- "Jeffrey Ringel - director". The Soufan Group. http://www.soufangroup.com/about/team/jeffrey-ringel/29/. Retrieved 2018-05-02. "Mr. Ringel was a member of the NYO JTTF for 15 years. Following the 9/11 attacks he was transferred from the Violent Crime Branch to the NYO JTTF. In 2013, he was selected to be the Supervisory Special Agent for the squad responsible for investigations involving al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL)."
- "St. Catherine Arson Spree Shows Difficulty In Predicting Terror Attacks". CBS News (Minneapolis). 2018-02-17. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/02/17/st-kates-attack/. Retrieved 2018-04-04. "'She confessed to wanting to join al-Qaida and took action to do it by traveling overseas. Unless there are other circumstances that I’m not aware of, I would have expected that she would’ve been arrested,' said Jeffrey Ringel, a former FBI agent and Joint Terrorism Task Force supervisor who now works for a private security firm, the Soufan Group, and isn’t involved in Hassan’s case. 'I think she would’ve met the elements of a crime.'"