Jeffrey Ringel

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Jeffrey Ringel
Nationality USA
Occupation Analyst
Known for Frequently asked for his opinion counter-terrorism issues

Jeffrey Ringel is a former FBI agent, with 21 years of seniority, who joined The Soufan Group, a consulting firm specializing in counter-terrorism.[1][2] 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 May 23, 2017, WGN-TV asked Ringel for his reaction to the recent suicide bombing at an Ariane Grande concert, in Manchester, UK.[3] Ringel noted the potential vulnerability of "soft targets", like the concert, but cautioned that, in countries, like the USA and the United Kingdom, security officials suspicions have to reach a certain legal threshold, before they arrest an individual.

On November 1, 2017, Hari Sreenivasan, of the PBS Newshour interviewed Ringel, following a bombing in New York City.[4] Ringel warned that the increased availability of social media provided niches were individuals were able to "self-radicalize", without having to meet recruiters in person.

On February 17, 2018, CBS News quoted Ringel's opinion on the suspect in an arson case at St Catherine University, in Minnesota.[5] 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.

On February 17, 2018, CBS News sought Ringel's opinion following a school shooting in Florida, as to whether the FBI had botched its scrutiny of the shooter.[6] Ringel confirmed that the FBI had not attended to warning signs, but said the FBI had acknowledged this lapse, and promised to learn lessons from this failure.

On October 16, 2018, Ringel was interviewed as to his opinion on the claims of Saudi officials that Jamal Khashoggi died during a routine interrogation, due to unexpected medical complications.[2] Ringel said that any competent interrogator researched the life of his or her subject as thoroughly as possible, and would be aware of, and prepared to deal with medical complications.


  1. "Jeffrey Ringel - director". The Soufan Group. 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)." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 D. Parvaz (2018-10-16). "Experts cast doubt on Saudi excuse as horrific details of Jamal Khashoggi’s death surface". Think Progess. Retrieved 2018-11-03. "Usually, there would be two agents in the room. And, in cases where someone is being extracted or renditioned to another location for questioning, Ringel said a doctor or medic would accompany the agents traveling with the subject, “Just to make sure if there was a medical problem, there could be a medical response,” because the agency in charge of the subject is responsible for them." 
  3. "Jeffrey Ringel of The Soufan Group on the Manchester bombing investigation". WGN-TV. 2017-05-23. Retrieved 2018-11-03. 
  4. Hari Sreenivasan (2017-11-01). "New York suspect reportedly planned attack for a long time. What more could law enforcement do to prevent terrorism?" (in English). PBS Newshour. Retrieved 2018-05-01. "And that is the problem that's going to face law enforcement and the intel community for decades to come. Social media has made it so easy for these hate-mongers overseas to press their message to disillusioned individuals here in the United States and throughout the West, that one of the trip wires we used to look for, the travel of subjects to terrorist areas, that no longer needs to be done." 
  5. "St. Catherine Arson Spree Shows Difficulty In Predicting Terror Attacks". CBS News (Minneapolis). 2018-02-17. 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.'" 
  6. "Pressure on FBI mounts after failure to pursue tip on Florida suspect". CBS News. 2018-02-17. Retrieved 2018-11-03. "In the Florida school shooting, "somebody made a mistake, somebody did not do their job," said Jeffrey Ringel, a former FBI agent and Joint Terrorism Task force member who now works for the Soufan Group, a private security firm." 

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