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    On this week’s episode of “The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green,” former FBI Executive Assistant Director Joshua Skule, now President of Bowwave LLC, says law enforcement and people need to pay close attention to their surroundings. toggle audio on and off change volume download audio A former FBI executive assistant director says law enforcement, people need to...
    Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside a company building in Shanghai, China November 16, 2021.Aly Song | Reuters WASHINGTON – The Biden administration added a dozen Chinese companies to its trade blacklist on Wednesday citing national security as well as foreign policy concerns. Eight technology entities based in China were added to the list for their alleged role in assisting...
    THE Pentagon has launched a new task force responsible for identifying and explaining the origins of UFOs that fly into American airspace. Defense officials revealed Tuesday that the new group will replace the US Navy’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force. 3Pentagon officials have created the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group - a body responsible for identifying and explaining...
    JERUSALEM—A fearsome fixer turned star witness finally took the stand in the corruption trial of Benjamin Netanyahu Monday, exposing some of the most intimate secrets of the former Israeli prime minister’s time in office. Bibi’s former right-hand man, Nir Hefetz, told the court that his boss had been a vain man who spent as much time on media coverage as...
    President Joe Biden is poised to nominate Robert Storch, who is currently inspector general for the National Security Agency, to fill the same role for the Department of Defense . The White House publicly revealed Biden’s selection on Monday to fill the vacancy that has not had a Senate-confirmed head for five years. MISSILE TESTS BY RUSSIA AND CHINA SHOULD...
    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia, a company in Dacula and its owner have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in an international scheme to evade United States national security laws. The conspirators attempted to provide a pump for Russian deep-water drilling....
    LONDON (AP) — American technology company NVIDIA’s planned $40 billion takeover of British chip designer Arm Ltd. faces months of delays after the U.K. government asked competition regulators Tuesday to investigate the national security implications of the deal. U.K. Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries asked the Competition and Markets Authority to look into both the deal’s impact on competition and...
    In this article NVDAJensen Huang, CEO of NvidiaRick Wilking | ReutersLONDON — The U.K. government announced Tuesday that it wants a full-blown investigation into Nvidia's takeover of Cambridge chip designer Arm, which is widely seen as the jewel in the crown of the British tech sector. Digital and Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries ordered a "phase 2" probe into Nvidia's $40...
    U.S. chip-industry and venture-capital firms have invested in China’s chip-sector, endangering America’s top global position in the industry and allegedly threatening the nation’s national security, the Wall Street Journal reported. U.S. venture capital firms, private investors and chip-industry companies have made 58 investment deals with China’s semiconductor industry between 2017 and 2020, according to an investigation by the Wall Street...
    Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn called on America to have just one religion and lashed out at Nancy Pelosi over the indictment of fellow Trump loyalist Steve Bannon.  'If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have one religion. One nation under God, and one religion under God,' Flynn...
                      by Thomas Catenacci  The Department of Defense (DOD) said Wednesday that China and climate change were “equally important” threats to U.S. national security. “We get paid to examine all the threats to our national security,” Defense Department press secretary John Kirby told reporters. “And I don’t know that it does anybody good to...
    Hong KongA Hong Kong activist dubbed "Captain America 2.0" for wielding the superhero's shield at pro-democracy protests was jailed for nearly six years on Thursday under a national security law, after a court ruled he promoted independence from China.District Court Judge Stanley Chan ruled in October that former delivery man Ma Chun-man, 31, was guilty of inciting secession due to...
    President Joe Biden’s foreign policy team was hampered by the slow pace of the federal bureaucracy, according to one of his top White House advisers. “The thing that has surprised me the most is ... frankly, the kind of incredible human effort that is required to move even as simple a decision as the allocation of some funding for development...
    President BidenJoe BidenJudge refuses Trump request to delay release of Jan. 6 docs amid appeal On The Money — Biden's battle with inflation Overnight Defense & National Security — Concerns over Russia grow MORE paid tribute to the nation’s veterans on Thursday, praising them as the “backbone” of America in a speech at Arlington National Ceremony to mark Veterans Day. ...
    The January 6 committee has said it is interested in at least five people from former Vice President Mike Pence's inner circle - including his national security adviser Keith Kellogg.  Kellogg, who was reportedly in a meeting where then-President Donald Trump pushed Pence not to certify the election on January 6, was on Tuesday subpoenaed by the House select committee. ...
    Press Secretary for the Department of Defense John Kirby said the communist Chinese government and climate change are “equally important” threats during a press briefing Wednesday. Asked if climate change or China is a bigger threat to U.S. national security, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby says Biden views both as "equally important." pic.twitter.com/V9hoI1hrsc — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 10, 2021 A...
    The Department of Defense (DOD) said Wednesday that China and climate change were “equally important” threats to U.S. national security. “We get paid to examine all the threats to our national security,” Defense Department press secretary John Kirby told reporters. “And I don’t know that it does anybody good to put some sort of relative analysis assessment on that. You’ve...
    When asked for comment, White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told Fox News, "I don't know anything about what you're just mentioning. So I have to talk to our team." The allegations of a connection between the Trump campaign and Alfa Bank, brought to the FBI by Sussmann, became an issue in the final days of the 2016 presidential...
    Special Counsel John Durham's probe into the origins of the Russian investigation moved closer to the White House on Tuesday with a report that National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan was the 'foreign policy adviser' mentioned in the indictment of former Hillary Clinton presidential campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann. Sussmann was charged in September with allegedly lying to the FBI, and has...
    Reagan National Airport’s new security checkpoint buildings open Tuesday. (WTOP/John Arron) Travelers flying to Reagan National Airport will be welcomed by new checkpoint buildings at terminals B and C. Here’s what you need to know. “Reagan is so beloved by so many people in our area because it’s so convenient,” NBC Washington transportation reporter Adam Tuss told WTOP. Starting Tuesday,...
    President Joe Biden sent the head of the CIA to Moscow this week to warn the Kremlin that the US is keeping tabs on their buildup of troops near the Ukranian border. CIA Director Bill Burns made a rare trip to Russia to hold talks with their national security officials, who are directly involved in the troop buildup.  An energy...
    President BidenJoe BidenHouse sets up Friday votes for Biden agenda House leaders make last-minute change on drug pricing after dispute Aide who traveled with Biden to Europe tests positive for COVID-19: reports MORE along with former Presidents Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Businesses' post-holiday vaccine mandate Tuesday election results raise questions about Biden agenda 'An earthquake': GOP rides...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Gov. Tim Walz on Monday co-convened the first Council of Governors meeting under the Biden Administration, an advisory board of government and Cabinet secretaries focused on building state and national collaboration on major national security issues, including matters related to the National Guard. Walz was appointed by Biden to co-chair the board in July, along with Ohio Republican...
    The White House on Tuesday announced a new comprehensive strategy to address and reduce military and veteran suicide in the United States – billing the issue as a "public health and national security crisis." The new strategy focuses on a number of key components, including improving lethal means safety, in order to identify ways to ensure "time and space between...
    (CNN)Here's a look at the life of Condoleezza Rice, former US secretary of state.PersonalBirth date: November 14, 1954 Birth place: Birmingham, Alabama Birth name: Condoleezza RiceRead MoreFather: John Wesley Rice Jr., minister and deanMother: Angelena (Ray) Rice, a high school teacherEducation: University of Denver, B. A., 1974; University of Notre Dame, Master's degree, 1975; University of Denver, Ph.D., 1981Other FactsName...
    When the Taliban overthrew the Afghan Army and the Ghani government , more than $100 billion of U.S. funding went down the drain, according to a watchdog report. The United States provided $89 billion in training and equipping the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and more than $17 billion “in on-budget assistance" to the Afghan government, according to the...
    The Biden administration is destroying Immigration and Customs Enforcement's mission, according to a Trump administration leader. The White House reportedly decided Wednesday that illegal immigrants will not be arrested at schools, playgrounds, hospitals, shelters, or rallies. A Trump administration staffer criticized the policy. "This latest policy comes on the heels of the No Worksite Enforcement Policy, the ICE...
    The most recent national leader of the U.S. Border Patrol said the Biden administration has not treated the federal law enforcement organization properly and that its opposition to agents’ mission poses dangers to the weekend. Rodney Scott, who involuntarily left his post as chief in August, recently spoke with the Washington Examiner about his fear that the Border Patrol’s mandate...
    On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," national security analyst Juliette Kayyem tore into Republicans and GOP-leaning institutions for legitimizing former President Donald Trump's election lies and incitement of violence — as the Wall Street Journal did by running a lie-filled letter to the editor from the former president. "Reading what the Wall Street Journal editorial board put out today, there...
    At least 10 Afghans flown to the United States as part of President Joe Biden’s massive resettlement operation have been detained by federal authorities after having been deemed “national security risks,” a new report details. Following U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden has set a goal to bring at least 95,000 Afghans to the U.S. for resettlement across 46 states —...
    Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) is calling on President Joe Biden to remove or delay his vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors, arguing it will hurt thousands of small defense contractors and the veterans they employ. Tuberville outlined his fears in a letter directly to Biden on October 26: I write to express concerns that your administration’s federal contractor vaccine...
    Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are demanding that Chairman Jerrold Nadler hold hearings investigating the involvement of the Justice Department’s National Security Division in directives associated with Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Oct. 4 memo targeting “harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” directed at education officials. “It is unclear what threat the Department believes American parents pose to our national...
    By Abby Livingston and Bethany Irvine, The Texas Tribune Oct. 27, 2021 "U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz delays dozens of President Joe Biden's ambassador nominations, stoking feud over national security" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide...
    U.S. regulators are expelling a unit of China Telecom Ltd., one of the country's three major state-owned carriers, from the American market, describing them as a national security threat amid rising tensions with Beijing. China Telecom Americas Corp. is required to stop providing domestic interstate and international service in the United States within 60 days, under an order approved Tuesday...
    GOP lawmakers have turned up the heat on the Biden administration, repeatedly slamming it for rising energy prices that consumers have experienced recently. “There’s nothing that’s becoming more expensive than gasoline today,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Wednesday. “And it doesn’t have to be the case. When gasoline becomes more expensive, the people that it truly hurts...
    House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) implored the leaders of the intelligence community at a hearing on diversity Wednesday to stay out of politics and focus on defeating enemies. At the Democrat-organized hearing on “diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility” in the intelligence community (IC), Nunes said the IC seems to be increasingly focused on issues that distract from...
    California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff chaired a hearing Wednesday to discuss “diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility” in the intelligence community (IC). “Fifteen days after taking office, President Biden issued a national security memorandum that acknowledged past short comings and identified diversity, equity and inclusion and accessibility as a national security imperative,” said Schiff in an opening statement. “Put simply, our...
    House Intelligence Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., suggested Wednesday that the U.S. national security apparatus is spending too much time on "woke" initiatives while struggling to deal with a host of threats. "Unfortunately, we can't counter hypersonic missile launch with better pronoun usage. And a deeper understanding of White rage won't rescue Americans stranded in Afghanistan," he said during a...
    EXCLUSIVE — Republican lawmakers are pressuring President Joe Biden to drop or pause his vaccine requirements for federal defense contractors over fears they will compromise national security supply chains. The Washington Examiner reviewed a letter Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville sent to the White House Tuesday afternoon claiming that Biden's "federal contractor vaccine mandate will have negative effects on our national...
    President Joe Biden will speak one-on-one with Chinese President Xi Jinping virtually before the end of the year, according to the White House's top national security expert. But there is no date for the digital conversation with Jinping, who will not attend the G-20 and United Nations climate summits in person, national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters Tuesday. BIDEN'S...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong has convicted a second person under its sweeping national security law for chanting pro-independence slogans, amid a political crackdown in the city. Ma Chun-man was convicted of inciting secession on Monday after he was found to have chanted slogans such as “Hong Kong independence, the only way out” on 20 occasions between August and...
    Alarms were sounding among some school districts in New York amid threats being made on social media as part of what is seemingly a national scheme. On Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Hudson Valley, the Village of Walden Police Department in Orange County received a complaint in reference to a social media post that went viral on Snapchat. “I...
    Following social media threats, there will additional police presence at a school district in the region. The posts were shared in Western Massachusetts from another municipality in another state, according to the Springfield Police Department. The individuals who shared them locally are the subject of a criminal investigation, said the Springfield Police. There will be an additional police presence at...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Amnesty International said Monday it would close its two offices in Hong Kong this year, becoming the latest non-governmental organization to cease its operations amid a crackdown on political dissent in the city. The human rights group said its local office in Hong Kong would close this month while its regional office will close by the...
    Nearly a dozen GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee on Friday pressed the Biden administration over the Pentagon’s looming COVID-19 vaccination deadline for defense contractors, claiming the mandate should be reconsidered or it might compromise supply chains.  “We strongly urge you to reconsider the manner in which you are seeking to address this issue so as not to harm the...
    Attorney General Merrick Garland dismissed a press release issued by his own department when asked why he put the Department of Justice ’s National Security Division on the case of protesting parents if he didn't consider them "domestic terrorists." Garland's confusing spin came during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday when he was asked about a controversial memo...
    A seminal assessment released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence details the destabilizing risks of climate change and how it could heighten national security risks in the coming years. The assessment, released on Thursday, October 21, warned of exacerbated national security risks for the United States and other countries due to increases in intensifying physical impact...
    Washington (CNN)Michael Ellis, who was installed as the top lawyer at the National Security Agency during President Donald Trump's final days in office, was appropriately sidelined the day after his arrival at the agency based on a pair of security incidents that took place in early 2021, the Defense Department inspector general found in a report released on Thursday.The investigation...
    A Maryland woman charged along with her husband in a plot to sell submarine secrets to a foreign country must remain behind bars after a judge on Thursday determined she was a flight risk and a danger to national security. Lawyers for Diana Toebbe had argued for her release during a detention hearing Wednesday. She and her husband, Jonathan, a...
    Republican Pennsylvania Rep. John Joyce introduced a bill on Thursday that would require officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to consult with intelligence officials on research impacting national security. The SAFE Biomedical Research Act, obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller, would require the NIH director to consult with the “Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the Federal...