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    NATO has warned Moscow it will pay a 'high price' if it uses force against Ukraine in the latest exchange of barbs after Russia accused the bloc of sending a 'significant amount of military hardware' to its borders.  Vladimir Putin has sent some 94,000 troops to the Ukrainian frontier and the White House has warned Europe to brace for an invasion that would dwarf the 2014 annexation of the Crimea.   'There will be a high price to pay for Russia if they once again use force against the independence of the nation, Ukraine,' NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday as he arrived for a meeting of foreign ministers in Riga, Latvia.   He warned that 'we can sustain heavy economic and financial sanctions' against Moscow and said 'we have increased our presence here in the region, both in the Black Sea region but also in the Baltic region.' Vladimir Putin vowed to protect Russia's 'red lines' but downplayed there was any threat of invasion, saying that similar accusations were made earlier this year.   Vladimir Putin (pictured in Sochi last week)...
    Communist China has delivered on its warning against imported Australian rock lobsters after declaring the tasty marine crustaceans a “national security threat.” Hong Kong customs officers grabbed nearly 900 kilograms of the sought after marine delicacy on a speedboat on Monday night, desperate to stop any furtive imports that go against Beijing’s orders. AFP reports around 890 kilograms of live lobsters and another 930 kilograms of sea cucumbers were found on a twin-engined launch trying to leave harbour on the south of Hong Kong Island under cover of darkness. According to Lui Siu-fai, a divisional commander with the city’s customs department, crack Chinese anti-lobster patrols were responsible for the seizure.  The origins of the haul are still under investigation, he told a press briefing on Tuesday. Boxes of lobsters seized by Hong Kong customs are displayed during a press conference in Hong Kong on November 16, 2021, as authorities stepped up a crackdown on rampant smuggling of Australian rock lobsters into mainland China. (PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images) The city’s customs chief last month dubbed smuggled Australian lobsters “a national security threat” vowing...
    LOCKDOWNS may have created a heightened risk of "lone wolf" terror attacks in Britain, the security minister said today. Damian Hinds acknowledged that Covid restrictions had likely "exacerbated" the amount of online "self-radicalisation". 3Security minister Damian Hinds And he revealed spooks have foiled more than 30 "late stage" plots in the last few years alone. He made the remarks after more details emerged abut Poppy Day bomber Emad Jamil Al-Swealmeen. The minister said Britain has seen a shift away from "directed attacks" organised by large terrorist organisations. Instead the threat increasingly comes from individuals who become radicalised on the Internet. Mr Hinds said such people rarely work completely alone and reach out to others online for "advice" and "hints". He said: "Self radicalisation on the Internet, the propaganda, the way that people make contact with one another, that is not a new development. "But like a number of things the changes that we saw through the Coronavirus period, through lockdown, have changed the modus operandi. "In this case they would have exacerbated, increased the amount of time that people are...
    As former President Donald Trump laid the foundation to challenge the outcome of the presidential election in the days leading up to Election Day, national security and law enforcement agencies failed to fully recognize the threat he posted, according to a new report from Newsweek. Trump was reportedly mentioned in 1,200 of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) threat reports in the days prior to the 2020 presidential election. The publication also highlighted some of the holes in the threat reports released around that time. Per Newsweek:Homeland security targeted extremist threats on the right and left. Contrary to popular opinion, of 1.1 million threat reports stored on the "for official use only" Homeland Security Information Network for the years preceding the 2020 election, the ratio of right-wing to left-wing reports is almost five-to-one. Ten times more reports cover hate crimes and white supremacists than any left wing causes. Of course the number of reports should reflect the prevalence of threats and incidents—that is, that there was a greater threat of violence emerging from the right-wing. So the...
                      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 put some sort of relative analysis assessment on that. You’ve heard the secretary talk about the climate as a — a real and existential national security threat, and it is, not just to the United States, but to countries all over the world.” “And we considered China as the number one pacing challenge for the department. Both are equally important,” he continued. “Both are challenges that the secretary wants the senior leadership at the Pentagon to be focused on.” President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin have repeatedly warned that climate change is a major national security threat for Americans and the entire world. Since taking office, the president has implemented policies designed to curb U.S. reliance on fossil fuels and transition...
    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 transcript is as follows:  REPORTER: [W]hich is a bigger threat, the climate or China? JOHN KIRBY: I think we get paid to examine all the threats to our national security. And I don’t know that it does anybody good to put some sort of relative analysis assessment on that. You’ve heard the secretary talk about the climate as a — a real and existential national security threat, and it is, not just to the United States, but to countries all over the world. And we considered China as the number one pacing challenge for the department. Both are equally-important. Both are — are challenges that the secretary wants the senior leadership at the Pentagon to be focused on, as well...
    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 heard the secretary talk about the climate as a — a real and existential national security threat, and it is, not just to the United States, but to countries all over the world.” “And we considered China as the number one pacing challenge for the department. Both are equally important,” he continued. “Both are challenges that the secretary wants the senior leadership at the Pentagon to be focused on.” President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin have repeatedly warned that climate change is a major national security threat for Americans and the entire world. Since taking office, the president has implemented policies designed to curb U.S. reliance on fossil fuels and transition the nation’s energy reliance to renewable sources....
    Workers at the Sibanye-Stillwater complex in Montana mine minerals used to fight cancer, produce lifesaving surgical instruments and manufacture the wind turbines and solar panels essential for the clean economy. They touch so many facets of American life that Ed Lorash, president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 11-0001, considers their work essential to national security. Lorash knows that without strong supply chains stretching from mining to manufacturing, the nation is vulnerable, not just to a shortage of consumer goods but also to any number of crises from pandemics to natural disasters that could undermine America's safety. And only revitalizing an industrial base decimated by bad trade will eliminate the country's dangerous dependence on foreign products and protect America's freedom. "It keeps your enemy at bay," Lorash said of a robust manufacturing sector. Foreign producers can cut off supplies for economic or political reasons, he noted, or raise prices on a whim. "I just think we really need to look at making things here," he said. "Then, if we get a surplus, we can sell it." Over the past quarter-century, greedy...
    Sen. Josh Hawley , a Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chastised Gen. Mark Milley , the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saying he downplayed the threat from the Chinese government rather than prioritizing military readiness. Hawley, in an interview on Fox News Thursday night, was asked about the conflicting reports about whether Britain’s Royal Marines easily defeated the U.S. Marines in a duel training exercise. He said China is “probably wondering why it is that people like Gen. Milley and Secretary [Lloyd] Austin spend so much time recommending books on white rage, on critical race theory, and are not more focused on war-fighting.” AUSTIN SIGNS OFF ON INVESTIGATION FINDING NOTHING ILLEGAL IN BOTCHED AFGHANISTAN STRIKE “We’ve got the best soldiers, airmen, Marines in the entire world. Our soldiers are amazing war fighters. Let them fight,” the Missouri senator said. “Train them to fight. Let them do what they do best — and stop using the military as a giant social experiment, which is what the Left seems to want.” Milley has faced criticism by Republicans...
    More On: sutton stracke ‘RHOBH’ recap: Erika Jayne calls Sutton Stracke a ‘bitchy f—king c—t’ Sutton Stracke: Erika Jayne’s legal drama ‘inspired’ me to pursue law school Erika Jayne’s threat to Sutton Stracke has been revealed & more Bravo drama from this week Sutton Stracke: Erika Jayne made a worse threat that ‘RHOBH’ fans didn’t hear Better safe than sorry? Sutton Stracke revealed during Wednesday night’s final installment of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Season 11 reunion that she quietly hired security after feeling threatened by co-star Erika Jayne.  “For a week, I did,” the boutique owner, 50, told host Andy Cohen and her castmates. “I don’t know what she’s going to do.” She then addressed Jayne, 50, directly, saying, “You said you were going to come after me and my family.” Jayne felt her sentiment was justified, though, and replied, “You came after me and my family, so you can get pushed right back on.” Stracke shares three children with ex-husband Christian Stracke, while Jayne is mother to an adult son named Tommy from a previous relationship.  Earlier...
    Northern Virginia authorities are increasing security efforts at malls and shopping centers outside of Washington, DC, over Halloween weekend in response to a potential ISIS threat, reports say. Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis announced in an October 29 press conference that police would be ramping up security efforts over the weekend. “Yesterday, we received information concerning potential public safety impacts to malls and shopping centers across the region,” said Davis, according to Fox News. “As you all know, we take any and all information very seriously and as we work to corroborate it, we have increased our police presence throughout the county to include major thoroughfares, transit hubs, shopping plazas and shopping malls.” Sources reportedly informed CBS News that the threat stems from ISIS and is at the core of the heightened security measures. Fox 5 DC reports the threat “could be linked to an activated ISIS cell,” and the outlet was reportedly told, “the cell could carry out an attack within the next 72 hours.” Police say that the increased security efforts will occur throughout the weekend...
    AN ISIS plot to blow up malls in Virginia has forced cops to ramp up security measures. Police in Northern Virginia - just miles from the Capitol - are on a heightened state of alert over the new threat amid fears the international terrorist group could strike shopping centers in the area. 3There are fears ISIS could strike shopping malls in VirginiaCredit: Refer to Caption 3Police have ramped up security measures Fairfax County police chief Kevin Davis confirmed police numbers have been increased over the threat during a press conference on Friday. "On we received information concerning potential public safety impacts to malls and shopping centers across the region," he said. "We have increased our police presence throughout the county to include major thoroughfares, transit hubs, shopping plazas and shopping malls. "It's just our responsibility to have a greater presence, to be more aware and to ask the community to have their eyes and ears peeled for suspicious activities." Davis did not specify what type of warning they had received from ISIS, but CBS reported the threat originated with ISIS...
    A threat of a possible ISIS attack on US soil has put put police on high alert after a law enforcement alert warned that the international terrorist group could strike malls and shopping centers in Northern Virginia. On Thursday 'we received information concerning potential public safety impacts to malls and shopping centers across the region,' Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Davis did not mention what type of warning they received from ISIS beyond calling it 'information that we have that we're simply acting on'. However, CBS News reported the threat originated with ISIS and is the basis for the alert. Police cruisers were seen on Friday patrolling the area around Fair Oaks Mall, which is located 20miles outside of Washington, DC.  'Sometimes the information we receive is not with great specificity but we have to respond to it nonetheless,' Davis explained. Police in Northern Virginia have been warned of a potential threat at malls and shopping centers and said that the treat came from the international terrorist group ISIS, according to Fairfax County...
    Police in Northern Virginia are ramping up security in public spaces such as malls and shopping centers this weekend after receiving information about a potential ISIS terrorist threat over Halloween weekend, officials said on Friday. Law enforcement officials have not provided details about the exact nature of the threat. However, multiple outlets, including FOX 5 DC and CBS News, have reported the threat may be linked to the ISIS terror group. Rumors about the potential ISIS link circulated on social media but have yet to be publicly corroborated by law enforcement. "Yesterday, we received information concerning potential public safety impacts to malls and shopping centers across the region," Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said during a press conference. "As you all know, we take any and all information very seriously and as we work to corroborate it, we have increased our police presence throughout the county to include major thoroughfares, transit hubs, shopping plazas and shopping malls." Fairfax County Police Department (Fairfax County Police Department) Davis did not specify what information his department received, though he noted they were...
    CHURCHILL, Pa. (KDKA) — Woodland Hills High School students will attend classes virtually on Thursday and Friday after a threat was made by a student on social media. This is the second time the district has gone back to virtual learning due to a threat. Last week, the district canceled in-person classes for two days due to “credible threats” following a fight involving dozens of students. READ MORE: Carson Middle School In North Allegheny To Have Extra Security In Place On ThursdayRELATED STORY: Woodland Hills HS Principal: ‘Any Student Who Makes False Threats, Reports Will Be Disciplined’ On Wednesday night, a community meeting was held between district administrators and parents to discuss the recent incidents and hear from parents to answer questions and give feedback. WATCH: Lindsay Ward Reports Most parents expressed to the district that their children feel unsafe and questioned how the school planned to handle the recent threats. “My concern is what parents get from these robocalls. I think they’re toned down. I think the situation could be worse than what parents know,” one parent said....
    Police have increased security at a Massachusetts school district due to a threatening message that has been circulating on social media in the community. The Pittsfield Police Department, located in Berkshire County, reported that on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 26, a social media message that has circulated in communities across the United States was shared among students in Pittsfield. Police said the message threatens violence, and it caused concern within the Pittsfield Public School community.  The threat is not believed to be credible and "is consistent with a nationwide hoax," police added. Authorities added that there has been no specific threat toward the district. "Pittsfield Police are, however, collecting any information provided, as the viral effect of the messaging has continued to circulate among the Pittsfield Public School community this morning," the police department said. "Out of an abundance of caution, Patrol Officers are also providing visibility and support to the affected Pittsfield Public School Building/s."
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Students at Burlington Central High School will see sheriff’s deputies on campus Monday, after a social media threat. The Kane County Sheriff’s Office found out about the threat on Saturday. Officers searched the school, but didn’t find anyone on campus. Deputies said the threat came from Snapchat that stated there was going to be a shooting at the school. It’s not clear if the threat was focused on Burlington Central High School or a different Central High.
    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 had to make a new account so they don’t trace me,” the threat posted by “Alex Anderson” reads. “But me and a couple of my friends have been bullied for so long and we can’t deal with it anymore. “We plan on shooting up Central High School around 10 to 11 Am (sic) We will shoot anyone on sight going for around 5-10 students and 5 administrators.” It is believed that the social media post originated out of state, possibly in Tennessee. In response, some school districts in the area and across New York have increased their security as a precaution to ensure the safety of student and staff members. According to police, “at this time, this post...
    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 the school, which is reportedly Springfield Central High School, on Monday, Oct. 25 out of an abundance of caution, the department added.  Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said the department is aware of the threat and has been actively investigating since Friday, Oct. 22, to find the source. "This weekend, Springfield Public Schools has been working with officials in following up with an anonymous Snapchat post threatening harm against a Central High School," the Springfield School District said in a statement on Facebook. "Please be advised of official reports that the threat was made against a school with that name in a different state. Media reports and law enforcement advisories indicate that the Snapchat post caused concern for schools named...
    The smuggling of Australian rock lobsters into mainland China is a threat to the Communist country’s national security and integrity, Hong Kong’s new customs chief said Thursday as she vowed to crack down on the illicit trade. Lobster has long been regarded as a treat in China and Australia has been a favored source of the delicacy for decades. That all changed when Beijing restricted imports of the crustacean as relations between the countries plunged after the government turned on Australia because it dared stand up to it and publicly affirmed its belief the coronavirus was first spread in Wuhan wet markets. Canberra also took on the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) for its stumbling response in the early days of the global pandemic. Australia confronted the World Health Organization over claims it supports so-called wet markets reopening in the Chinese city of Wuhan. https://t.co/KH1KxRXxvv — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) April 15, 2020 Imports of Australian rock lobsters to Hong Kong — which maintains no restrictions on the crustaceans — have sky-rocketed since the diplomatic fight went public, with suspicions in Beijing that the vast...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Surveillance video and images have been released of the man who walked inside Macy’s at South Hills Village Mall and allegedly told an employee there was going to be a mass shooting. Lance Crowley is facing charges of terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness following the incident on Oct. 12. READ MORE: Hello Neighbor Prepares To Welcome Hundreds Of Refugees To Allegheny County (Photo Credit: KDKA) Crowley’s attorney David Shrager stresses that it wasn’t his client’s intention to hurt anyone at South Hills Village. He was simply trying to give people a warning, the attorney said. In the surveillance video and images from Macy’s given to KDKA by Bethel Park Police, you can see the 51 year-old-man walking toward the department store’s front doors with a green duffel bag. He then walks out, makes a left, and is no longer visible. “It’s certainly important to note that on its face, the police report indicates he was not making a threat,” Shrager said. In the criminal complaint, Crowley told investigators he...
    A shelter in place order has been issued for the Bethesda Navy base that houses Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the investigation of a bomb threat at the hospital’s lobby. The Naval Support Activity Bethesda said on Twitter the base received an anonymous phone call at 8:45 a.m. reporting a bomb at or near the Building 10 on the base, which is the main hospital lobby. Authorities said they are also investigating a possible active shooter threat. “Security personnel have responded to the scene,” the tweet said. “The base is on lockdown. All personnel should shelter in place. All gates are closed to non-emergency traffic. The public is asked to avoid the area.” Security personnel have responded to the scene. 1/2 – 0925, 20OCT21: At approximately 8:45 a.m., the installation received a phone call from an anonymous source stating there is a bomb at or near Building 10. Security personnel have responded to the scene. — Naval Support Activity Bethesda (@nsabethesda) October 20, 2021 All Naval Support Activity Bethesda Gates are closed. The police response has led...
    THE COUNTRY’S largest police force is using a fleet of Chinese-made drones that the US government warns “pose potential threats to national security.” When pressed about the vulnerability of the devices that are believed to still be in use by the NYPD, the department issued a statement which read they “do not conduct activities that would be of national security value.” 3The NYPD is using a fleet of Chinese-made drones that the US government warns “pose potential threats to national security”Credit: Getty 3In response to questions about the security of its drone arsenals, the NYPD stated they “do not conduct activities that would be of national security value”Credit: Getty The concern was aired after a report in The Intercept investigated concerns about DJI devices which drawing attention from various experts who question if they pose privacy and security risks. The Sun’s attempt to reach DJI for comment was not immediately returned.  ‘18 ARSENAL OPERATIONAL In July, the US Department of Defense released a memo that stated Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) poses “potential threats to national security” and also retracted a...
    Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe expressed support for the Central Intelligence Agency’s creation of a unit focused on the threat from China in a recent exclusive interview with Breitbart News, noting the move is in line with what he had begun in the Trump administration. “I’m glad that they’re coming around to our way of thinking on this and being honest about China as the threat that they truly are,” Ratcliffe said in the interview on Monday. He said, at the time, critics of the Trump administration had accused him of focusing on China in order to downplay the threat from Russia but that the CIA’s move shows his concerns were well-founded. Chinese navy sailors march in formation during a parade to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at Tiananmen Square in 1949, on October 1, 2019, in Beijing, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) Ratcliffe told Breitbart News: This is exactly what we were working toward but were criticized for at the time — it’s a recognition of the necessary...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff NORTH VERSAILLES (KDKA) — An increased security presence will be on hand at the East Allegheny Junior/Senior High School on Tuesday due to a threat that has been determined to have ‘minor credibility.’ The school district says that North Versailles Township Police were notified of a threat made on Snapchat overnight. In a message shared on the district’s Facebook page, Superintendent Alan Johnson says that there will be an increased security presence Tuesday, including the presence of police officers. Superintendent Johnson says that while the threat was made against the Junior/Senior High School, security will be increased at Logan Elementary as well. Johnson says that a further update will be issued once all students have safely arrived to school. Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story. 
    (CNN)An American Eagle flight arriving at New York City's LaGuardia Airport on Saturday afternoon was deplaned on the tarmac due to a potential security issue, according to a statement from American Airlines.The flight, operated as American Airlines flight 4817, was evacuated "in response to reports by passengers of suspicious and erratic behavior by a fellow passenger," according to a statement from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.The pilot alerted authorities on the ground of the incident and when the plane landed on a runway, a "runway exit from the airplane was performed to clear passengers from the airliner," according to the Port Authority statement.Investigators are interviewing the passenger who was acting suspicious as well as several passengers who were sitting closest to that person in order to learn more about what took place aboard the flight, the Port Authority added.Port Authority Police Department called in the New York City Fire Department to assist with a flight making an emergency landing, the FDNY told CNN.Read MoreIndianapolis resident Laura Bergdoll who was on the flight with her 7-year-old son...
    A Facebook whistleblower who leaked secret internal company documents about the social network’s negative impact on users’ mental health told Congress that Iran and China have used the platform to surveil their enemies. Frances Haugen, the 37-year-old data engineer who quit Facebook in May and was the source of a bombshell Wall Street Journal expose into the company’s practices, says she had direct knowledge of how their governments used the site. She said Facebook’ failure to properly staff its counterintelligence departments to monitor how foreign governments use the social network poses a risk to American national security. Facebook is banned in both China and Iran. But Haugen told the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security that China’s government used Facebook to monitor the Uyghur population beyond its borders. She said: 'My team directly worked on tracking Chinese participation on the platform surveilling, say, Uyghur populations in places around the world. Frances Haugen, the 37-year-old data engineer who quit Facebook in May and was the source of a bombshell Wall Street Journal expose into the company’s practices,...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Both UPMC and Allegheny Health Network say they’re prepared for workplace violence, but guarding against it is a problem for all employers. A terrifying spree of violence began at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia on Monday when a 55-year-old employee in scrubs shot and killed a 43-year-old nursing assistant. Later, police shot the man but not before he wounded two officers. READ MORE: Rolling Stones Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic At Heinz Field Before Show“We learned that he was wearing body armor and was carry multiple weapons in addition to the long gun, which was believed to be an AR-15,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. Like AHN, UPMC declined to discuss security details but said it is prepared for such events. “For the safety of our patients, visitors and employees, we do not discuss our specific security measures. UPMC’s elite police department closely monitors events in the communities we serve and is highly trained and prepared to respond to emergencies,” UPMC said. But former FBI agent and security expert Larry Likar said for employers, it...
    SECURITY measures have been ramped up at the University of Michigan after a social media post threatened that a gunman would target women on October 4. The post was written on a "Russian-operated confessions website" warning of an "active shooter" on campus. 1The post was written on a 'Russian-operated confessions website' The University of Michigan say they will be increasing security measures on campus in response to the post. The year group reportedly was not specified, only that was going to target women. The UM Police Department is collaborating with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate the post, The University of Michigan Division of Public Safety states. Most read in The US SunDEATH MYSTERY Gabby's cause of death 'withheld' after it's revealed Brian bought burnerExclusive'VERY ODD' Gabby Petito cops 'may use GPS to track Brian's parents movements'ROYAL FLUSH Queen 'is spending MILLIONS funding Prince Andrew's fight against sex claims'DECOR GHOULS Inside Kourtney's Halloween-themed mansion decked out with spooky decorExclusiveHOLY MOSES Bible sleuths 'find Mount Sinai where God handed Moses the Ten Commandments'CLUED UP Signs Brian may be...
    CARNEGIE (KDKA) — An increased security presence will be on hand today at Carlynton Junior/Senior High School after a threat surrounding a shooting surfaced. This threat is concerning because it was specific — with names of students listed written on a bathroom wall. When students show up this morning for classes, they’ll see an added layer of security with a presence from Robinson Township Police officers. In a letter sent to families, the district says school officials will search student’s backpacks and other belongings. They say this extra move will delay students entering the building and may impact elementary pick-up times. District leaders say the threat was written on a bathroom wall at the Junior/Senior High School. The threat had a list with the first names of five students, the date October 1st, and the drawing of a gun. The district says the families of students with first names watching what was written on the wall have been notified. Meanwhile, it was just last week when the district found graffiti in a high school restroom stall that said “September...
    Republicans Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday demanding answers on the Biden administration’s response to the “national security threat” posed by Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The two lawmakers detailed concerns in their letter over the use of Huawei’s cloud services in more than 40 countries due to the company’s relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and urged Blinken to take action on preventing further use of those services. “Huawei Cloud’s e-Government services promise to help countries streamline document digitization, tax services, national ID systems, elections, and more,” they wrote. “However, they also expose Huawei’s clients to the prying eyes of the CCP. When Huawei’s client is a private firm, every one of its customers is at risk.” Huawei’s expanding cloud services present an obvious danger to U.S. firms, citizens, and our national security. Rep. Gallagher and @SenTomCotton are demanding to know what the Biden Administration’s strategy is to counter Huawei Cloud’s spread. pic.twitter.com/G7GKAYkou2 — Rep. Gallagher Press Office (@RepGallagher) September 22, 2021 ...
    Federal law enforcement agencies are purchasing surveillance drones from a Chinese company the Pentagon has said could pose a threat to national security, Axios reported. The U.S. Secret Service purchased eight surveillance drones from Da Jiang Innovations (DJI), a company based in Shenzhen, China, in July, according to procurement records obtained by the industry publication IPVM and shared with Axios. The FBI had already bought 19 DJI drones days prior to the Secret Service’s purchase. DJI produces a number of very popular drones for commercial and personal use, including the Phantom and Mavic drone series, Axios reported. Their products require users to download proprietary DJI software and fly using mapping databases that can be monitored remotely. The Defense Department announced DJI posed “potential threats to national security” two days prior to the Secret Service’s purchase. The Department of Homeland Security said it had “moderate confidence that Chinese-based company DJI Science and Technology is providing U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government” in 2017. The company was put on the Commerce Department‘s export blacklist after Bloomberg reported...
    Fox & Friends took a decisively negative view of President Joe Biden‘s speech given before the United Nations General assembly Tuesday. Yes, shocker. Steve Doocy set the stage as he called out Biden for not talking about the chaos of the Afghanistan withdrawal, or tensions between the U.S. and France, or China’s culpability over the coronavirus pandemic. “But he did try to make it seem like the United States is back,” he said sarcastically. “We were in kind of a bad spot for a while but now I’m going to build back better as Joe Biden.” “I think only the Taliban has built back better since Joe Biden has been elected,” Rachel Campos-Duffy chimed in. She proceeded to invoke Senator Tom Cotton’s Fox News appearance on Wednesday night in order to whack on Biden because “I do think that Joe Biden is afraid to say the word ‘China.'” The supposition swiftly escalated from there as Campos-Duffy leaped off of that idea to declare Biden “compromised” and “a national security threat.” She did so by referring to Politico’s verification of emails...
    Federal law enforcement agencies in the Biden administration are reportedly purchasing surveillance drones from China that have previously been labeled a potential national security threat by the Pentagon.  The U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have recently acquired surveillance drones from the Shenzhen-based company DJI, around the same time the Defense Department deemed products from the Chinese company to be a potential national security threat, according to an Axios report. DOBRIANSKY AND RUNDE: CHINA'S POWER INSIDE THE UN IS GROWING RAPIDLY AND US MUST UP ITS GAME Procurement records show that the Secret Service bought eight DJI drones on July 26 just three days after the Defense Department issued a statement warning about possible threats posed by the company’s products.  Around the same time, records show that the FBI bought 19 drones from DJI. DJI is one of the most popular drone manufacturers in the industry, and the company requires those who purchase their products to download proprietary software and provide to users their own mapping databases that have the potential to be monitored remotely. JIM GILMORE:...
    Former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott spoke out against President Joe Biden’s border and immigration policies in a Sept. 11 letter to Senate leadership and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Scott said that he witnessed an “unprecedented seismic shift” in border and immigration policy in January 2021. He blamed these policy changes for the current border crisis, according to the letter, Fox News reported. “Of greater concern, I also witnessed a lack of any meaningful effort to secure our borders. Contrary to the current rhetoric, this is not simply another illegal immigration surge. This is a national security threat,” Scott wrote. This letter is astonishing. From a 29-year law enforcement, non-partisan civil servant. We need an independent investigation into these issues. pic.twitter.com/uebx3R7LXn — Chad Wolf (@ChadFWolf) September 21, 2021 “Low level, unsophisticated, and uneducated smugglers are illegally crossing the border and increasingly evading apprehension daily. To think that well-resourced terrorist networks, criminal organizations, and hostile nations are not doing the same is naive,” Scott continued. He said that every recommendation made by the civil service staff...
    Former U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott sent a letter to Senate leadership warning that the agency is losing its ability to police the southern border amid an unprecedented surge in illegal immigration. Scott, who served in Border Patrol for nearly 30 years before stepping down in June, also warned the situation is a national security threat, according to his Sept. 11 letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as well as Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio. "As Chief, I was the most senior official responsible for border security between ports of entry," Scott wrote in part. "I witnessed the [unprecedented] seismic shift in border security and immigration policy that was initiated on January 20, 2021." BORDER PATROL CHIEF STEPPING DOWN AFTER BIDEN ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO REPLACE HIM "I believe this policy shift and the associated public statements created the current border crisis. Of greater concern, I also witnessed a lack of any meaningful effort to secure our borders. Contrary to the current rhetoric, this is not simply...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman says New Zealand’s abrupt withdrawal from its tour on security grounds has put an unwanted question mark over Pakistan’s ability to host international matches. New Zealand abandoned its tour of Pakistan minutes before the first match on Friday in Rawalpindi after its government issued a security alert. New Zealand media reported the touring party left Pakistan on Saturday aboard a charter flight to the United Arab Emirates. “There’s a lot of pressure created on Pakistan cricket and (especially) Pakistan cricket at home,” PCB chairman Ramiz Raja told cricket fans in a video message released on Saturday. “The fight to survive is the base on which we challenge the whole world. If such a situation is developed (again) when international cricket comes under pressure in Pakistan, we will challenge them once again.” Pakistan was awaiting a decision from the England and Wales Cricket Board this weekend on the fate of scheduled short tours by the England men’s and women’s teams next month. The West Indies is also due in December and Australia in...
    A Syrian refugee has pleaded guilty in connection to an ISIS bomb threat at a church in Pittsburgh. Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 23, of Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS in relation to his plan to attack a church in Pittsburgh in 2019, on Thursday, according to the US Department of Justice. Leading up to his arrest Alowemer met four times in person with an Federal Bureau of Investigation. Undercover Employee (UCE) and/or an FBI Confidential Human Source (CHS), between April 16 and June 11. During on of those meetings Alowemer provided additional details about the bomb plot and the materials he planned to use, including boxes of nails. He also shared that he had printed copies of detailed Google satellite maps, which included hand-written markings identifying the church and routes of arrival and escape. Alowemer us showed the undercover men a 10-point handwritten plan outlining details related to his plot to personally deliver explosives in a backpack. Alowemer was aware that numerous people in the proximity of the church could...
    Tucker Carlson has slammed Mark Milley as 'treasonous' after a new book claimed the Joints Chief of Staff told officials that Trump was a 'serious threat to national security' and 'may need to be handled with physical force'.  According to the book, Peril, Milley told officials at the National Military Command Center that they 'reported to him, not the elected president of the United States,' and that they were to 'follow no order without consulting him first.'  He also made secret calls with China behind Trump's back, in an attempt to prevent a war breaking out, and attempted to limit Trump's ability to launch nukes, the book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa claims. 'How do you describe this? "Deep state" isn’t strong enough,' Carlson said on his show on Tuesday.  'It’s treason. It’s a crime.'  On September 14, the Tucker Carlson Tonight host detailed meetings in which Milley allegedly told senior military officials that Trump was a 'serious threat to national security,' and may need to be handled with 'physical force' In a later January meeting, Carlson claimed, Joints...
    People watch a news program reporting on a parade marking the 73rd anniversary of the founding of North Korea held in Pyongyang, at a railway station in Seoul on September 9, 2021.Jung Yeon-je | AFP | Getty Images North Korea launched ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday, prompting condemnation from Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. It came two days after the reclusive North test fired cruise missiles. South Korea's military said two rounds of unidentified ballistic missiles were fired into the open waters of the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, according to NBC News. Japan's Suga condemned the missile launch as "simply outrageous" and said it was a "threat to the peace and security" of the region. "It is in violation of UN Security Council resolution, and I strongly protest and condemn this," he said outside his office, adding that the government will continue to monitor the area. "We will work closely with the U.S., South Korea, and other concerned nations to resolutely protect the lives of our citizens and their peaceful...
    National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone said he was launching an offensive to crack down on the rising threat of cyber attacks in a Tuesday interview with the Associated Press. Nakasone told the AP about “an intense focus” among government agencies to improve cyber attack responses and better gather information about cybersecurity threat origins. The general also discussed the NSA’s willingness to “impose costs when necessary,” including tying countries to major hacks and publicizing information on how attacks were carried out. President Joe Biden prioritized cybersecurity since he took office, taking a number of actions to bolster government and private sector responses to recent hacks. The administration blamed Chinese-sponsored hackers for an attack on Microsoft Exchange’s email service in March, and it pointed to Russian hackers as the source of the SolarWinds hack in December 2020. Nakasone also touched on the recent string of ransomware attacks that have affected private companies and critical infrastructure, characterizing them as a threat to national security. The JBS meat placing plant is viewed in Plainwell, Michigan on June 2, 2021. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images) “Even...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Important news for owners of Apple tech products — the company has released a critical software patch to fix a security vulnerability that researchers said could allow hackers to directly infect iPhones and other Apple devices without any user action. Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said the flaw was exploited to plant spyware on a Saudi activist’s iPhone, and warned that it could allow hackers to similarly infect other Apple devices without any user action. READ MORE: As Texas Governor Greg Abbott Commits To Eliminating Rapists The State Has More Than 5000 Untested Rape Kits The researchers said the flaw was exploited by the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire firm, Israel’s NSO Group; the company responded with a one-sentence statement saying it will continue providing tools for fighting “terror and crime.” The previously unknown vulnerability affected all major Apple devices — iPhones, Macs and Apple Watches, the researchers said. NSO Group responded with a one-sentence statement saying it will continue providing tools for fighting “terror and crime.” It was the first time a so-called...
    During this week’s broadcast of FNC’s “Life, Liberty & Levin,” former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe laid out what he perceived to be the top threats to U.S. national security. According to Ratcliffe, President Joe Biden was the greatest short-term national security threat given he was “ignoring actual intelligence.” Partial transcript as follows: Well, Mark, to your point, first on Afghanistan, I hope that it’s just something that has an impact for decades, I hope it’s not centuries, it’s the most profound loss for the United States, certainly in our lifetime. But one of my concerns there and this goes to your larger question about what has Joe Biden done to our national security is, he has very clearly harmed it, but in so many respects beyond Afghanistan, but this most recent, most painful, colossal, epic failure in Afghanistan has literally breathed life into the radical Islamic terrorist movement, not just in Afghanistan, but around the world, and we won’t know the consequences, how bad they really are, for a long, long time to come, who he’s inspired, and what...
    Police in the city of Frederick, Maryland, said charges are pending against a Monocacy Middle School student who threatened via social media to shoot other students. Officials said the threat was credible, but also found the middle school student did not have access to any means that would have allowed them to carry out the threat. The threats were made Sunday, with the Frederick News Post saying it was posted through the social media platform TikTok. Parents of the students specifically identified as targets in the online posting have been notified about the situation, according to a statement from police. Frederick City police and Frederick County Public Schools said they don’t believe there to be any active threat against the school now, but law enforcement officers will still be increasing their presence there in the coming days.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. law enforcement agencies were criticized for not sharing valuable intelligence that might have prevented the attacks from taking place. On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, top federal law enforcement officials and security experts say there has been a 180-degree change. They say Americans are safer thanks to better technology, intelligence, and coordination between law enforcement agencies. READ MORE: Miami Dolphins To Host Don Shula Celebration Of Life At Hard Rock Stadium “We have certainly learned our lessons, we learned what to do to prevent another 9/11, we are certainly stronger,” said Anthony Salisbury, Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations in South Florida. One of the best tools, Salisbury said, is the Joint Intelligence Operations Coordination Center, where five DHS agencies work together to assess security threats in real-time. The agencies are the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Broder Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Border Patrol. “It’s everybody working together,” Salisbury said. “All hands on deck. When something comes in you take the whole of government...
    NEW YORK CITY -- On the eve of the 20-year 9/11 commemoration, the New York Police Department has identified no specific or credible threats associated with the ceremonies, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said police would be watching "minute by minute."There is an elevated threat level heading into the 20th anniversary but the chief of counterterrorism with the NYPD says they have it under control.Homeland Security and FBI warn that terrorists could exploit Sept. 11 anniversaryPolice Commissioner Dermot Shea said he personally guaranteed the safety of Saturday's events even as he said he remained mindful of the times.Ticket agent who helped Sept. 11 hijackers make Flight 77 finds forgivenessDeputy Police Commissioner John Miller had previously said earlier this week that there is "no credible threat" but the event is being treated "as an elevated threat environment."The "call to action" from terror groups is louder this year than in prior years, likely because of the 20-year anniversary and the fall of the US-supported government in Afghanistan, Miller said.Last year's smaller ceremony happened during the height of the pandemic and pre-vaccine.9/11/01 Timeline:...