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    New York : Donald Trump spoke publicly for the first time since leaving the White House. Photo: Joe Raedle / . The ex-president Donald Trump once again insisted this Sunday on his false theory that he did not lose the 2020 elections and assured that he does not intend to create a new partyInstead, the united Republican Party will be stronger than ever and will win the mid-term elections in 2022 and the presidential elections in 2024. The former president lashed out hard not only against current President Joe Biden but also against his opponents within the Republican Party itself “Actually, as you know, (the Democrats) just lost the White House, but it’s one of those things, but who knows, who knows. I can even decide to beat them a third time “said Trump at the beginning of a long-awaited speech at the closing of...
    Three Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday issued a statement pushing back on Democrats' letter to President Biden urging him to give up his sole nuclear authority. Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Ranking Member Mike Rogers, R-Ala., and Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Turner, R-Ohio, said such a move would "would leave Americans vulnerable." "Democrats' dangerous efforts suggesting a restructuring of our nuclear command and control process will undermine American security, as well as the security of our allies," the Republicans said in a statement. "These proposals, if enacted, would leave Americans vulnerable, destabilize the nuclear balance, and shake our allies' confidence in the nuclear umbrella." The statement added that revoking the president's nuclear capabilities would be welcome by adversaries with nuclear powers, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. "The ability to take action during an attack is imperative to deterring a preemptive strike from our adversaries. America should...
    Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroHillary Clinton: Trump acquittal 'will be because the jury includes his co-conspirators' Impeachment managers say Trump's failure to call off rioters 'a dereliction of duty' Castro: Trump further incited the mob 'against his own vice president' MORE (D-Texas) argued Thursday during former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillary Clinton: Trump acquittal 'will be because the jury includes his co-conspirators' Former Republican officials in talks to form center-right anti-Trump party: report Gaetz hits back at Kinzinger PAC targeting 'Trumpism' MORE's impeachment trial that the Capitol riots have severely undermined U.S. standing abroad and that hostile nations are using the unrest as anti-Democratic propaganda. “The world watched President Trump tell his big lie. The world watched his supporters come to Washington at his invitation and the world watched as he told his supporters to come here to the Capitol,” Castro, an impeachment manager, said while addressing senators on the upper chamber's floor. “President Trump,...
    Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond says it is even hard to explain to his mother how vital deterring threats in outer space is to Americans' daily lives. So, when White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki appeared to mock the service created by President Donald Trump, he jumped at her invitation to join her at the White House lectern. “My own mother called me a couple months ago after watching a television segment about GPS,” Raymond told reporters Wednesday. “She said, ‘Hey, Jay, do you know that … the Air Force and the Space Force does things with GPS? He continued: “I'm like, 'Mom, you know, that's kind of what I do.’” Psaki did not make Raymond’s job any easier Tuesday when reporters asked if President Biden would keep the Space Force, which was created by Trump and since codified by Congress. “Wow, Space Force, it’s the plane of today!”...
    Madison Summers February 1, 2021 0 Comments U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is weighing in on the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6 during his first TV interview. Blinken was asked during an interview with NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell, which aired on Monday, about U.S. adversaries using the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6 as propaganda against the U.S. and what U.S. democracy stands for. “The attack on our own democracy on January 6 creates an even greater challenge for us to be carrying the banner of democracy and freedom and human rights,” Blinken responded. He added, “When we are challenged, including when we challenge ourselves, we’re doing it in full daylight with full transparency.” Additionally, the secretary of state said that the U.S. government’s response to the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol “sends a powerful message to countries that are trying to sweep everything under...
    President Biden will pursue his stated goal of bringing the country together "by using the power of the entire federal government to harass and investigate his political adversaries," Laura Ingraham claimed Wednesday night. "From our bloated intel agencies to the DOJ and FBI, he and Kamala Harris will spy on Americans they don't trust and they don't much like," argued "The Ingraham Angle" host, who dubbed the Biden DHS apparatus the "Department of Homeland Insecurity."  Ingraham referenced what she described as a scary-looking bulletin suggesting "ideologically-motivated violent extremists" who have "grievances" with the presidential transition may continue to mobilize and/or commit violence. "Sounds obscenely fake and hypothetical, right?" she asked before noting that the document admits "DHS does not have any information to indicate its specific incredible plots." DHS: US UNDER 'HEIGHTENED THREAT ENVIRONMENT' AMID CONCERNS OVER 'VIOLENT RIOTS' Video"While the Biden bulletin does make a vague reference to BLM and Antifa without naming them, it specifically lumps anti-lockdown protesters into the same category as the Capitol rioters,"...
    President Donald Trump and the United States were chided by adversaries on the world stage after two months of apprehension about the 2020 election culminated in a mob of Trump supporters breaching the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday.
    Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump climb on walls at the U.S. Capitol – Reuters America’s adversaries were quick to pour scorn on the US over the storming of the Capitol building, declaring it to symbolise the decline of a once-great nation. In comments that mixed stinging criticism, glee and faux-concern, they said it demonstrated the perils of a US democratic system now in all-out crisis. America’s arch-enemy Iran led the charge, with President Hassan Rouhani saying that that the rampage by of Donald Trump supporters exposed the dangerous “populism” of the outgoing US president. “What we saw in the United States yesterday evening and today shows above all how fragile and vulnerable Western democracy is,” Mr Rouhani said in a speech broadcast by state television. “We saw that unfortunately the ground is fertile for populism, despite the advances in science and industry. A populist has arrived and he has led...
    The commander overseeing the nation’s nuclear arsenal said Tuesday that any cuts to modernization efforts would force a reconsideration of America’s nuclear strategy just as adversaries China and Russia are advancing differing nuclear threats to America. “Let me be very clear: You cannot life-extend Minuteman III,” said Adm. Charles Richard, the head of U.S. Strategic Command, describing the 50-year-old intercontinental ballistic missiles that form the land-based leg of America’s nuclear triad. In recent months, progressive Democrats have questioned the need for expensive upgrades and the land-based component altogether, but Richard said such a delay would jeopardize America’s nuclear deterrent. “That thing is so old,” Richard said, describing a recent visit to Hill Air Force Base in Utah where he viewed the inner workings of the aged system. “In some cases, the drawings don't exist anymore, or where we do have drawings, they're, like, six generations behind the industry standard,”...
    (Reuters) - Nicaragua's National Assembly on Monday passed a law to prevent people the government believes financed attempts to oust President Daniel Ortega or encouraged sanctions against his officials from standing in 2021 general elections. The Law in Defense of the Rights of the People to Independence, Sovereignty and Self-Determination for Peace was backed by 70 votes from Ortega's ruling Sandinistas in the 92-member assembly. Critics of the government see the legislation as an attempt to muzzle opposition to Ortega, who in November 2021 will seek his third consecutive term in office. The law does not specify how the ineligibility of candidates will be determined. "Those who ask for international sanctions against Nicaragua or its officials should be candidates in the empire," the speaker of the national assembly, Gustavo Porras, said in reference to the United States during debate on the bill. Porras is one of 27 Nicaraguan officials who...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration and President-elect Joe Biden both voiced new alarm Thursday about a wide intrusion into computer systems around the world that officials suspect was carried out by Russia. The cybersecurity unit of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the hack "poses a grave risk to the federal government and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations." The assessment by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency was the most pointed yet since news of the intrusion first emerged last weekend. Both the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments were among the agencies whose secure data and emails were penetrated by the hack. US Says Recent Hacking Campaign Hit Government Networks The hackers are believed to be working for Russia The cybersecurity unit warned that removing the malware inserted in the network software will be...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 8 a.m. National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe says foreign adversaries are using social media and other platforms to amplify allegations of voter fraud. But he won't say which countries are using the issue to try to undermine public confidence in the U.S. democratic process. President Donald Trump and his allies continue to mount new legal cases alleging voter fraud in battleground states since he lost the November presidential election to Joe Biden. But they have been losing in court. And Trump’s own attorney general has declared the Justice Department uncovered no widespread fraud. Ratcliffe is a Trump loyalist. He says on CBS that U.S. intelligence agencies have no indication that any foreign adversary or criminal group had the ability to change vote results but that they are still analyzing all the information collected. Ratcliffe told “CBS This Morning”...
    WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 8 a.m. National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe says foreign adversaries are using social media and other platforms to amplify allegations of voter fraud. But he won't say which countries are using the issue to try to undermine public confidence in the U.S. democratic process. President Donald Trump and his allies continue to mount new legal cases alleging voter fraud in battleground states since he lost the November presidential election to Joe Biden. But they have been losing in court. And Trump’s own attorney general has declared the Justice Department uncovered no widespread fraud. Ratcliffe is a Trump loyalist. He says on CBS that U.S. intelligence agencies have no indication that any foreign adversary or criminal group had the ability to change vote results but that they are still analyzing all the information collected. Ratcliffe told “CBS This...
    Former Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster criticized President Donald Trump over his election attacks on Face the Nation, but he really went off on the president’s recent announcement about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Margaret Brennan asked, “Joe Biden is the president-elect. President Trump has no viable legal pathway to litigate his way to 270 electoral votes. But he continues to raise doubts about the election and to sow doubt among the American public. How corrosive is that to our national security?” “It’s very corrosive,” McMaster said. “What concerns me is that the president’s kind of playing into the hands of our adversaries. You know, what I write about in Battlegrounds is how Russia really doesn’t care who wins our elections as long as a large number of Americans doubt the legitimacy of the result. And I think what all of us need to do at this point is...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — An accelerated U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, announced by Washington this week, has rattled both allies and adversaries. There are fears of worsening violence and regional chaos, which some say could embolden the Islamic State affiliate in the country to try to regroup in a lawless Afghanistan and perhaps even attempt to build another “caliphate.” Under an earlier deal between the U.S. and the Taliban that outlined a gradual pullout, the remaining U.S. forces were to leave Afghanistan by April. The Pentagon now says some 2,500 troops will be leave by January, just days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, leaving another 2,000 or so U.S. forces in place. Biden has said he prefers a small, intelligence-driven, counterterrorism presence in Afghanistan. A U.S. withdrawal would be welcome in most of rural Afghanistan where civilians are increasingly caught in the crossfire between Taliban and government forces, said Torek Farhadi,...
    By KATHY GANNON, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — An accelerated U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, announced by Washington this week, has rattled both allies and adversaries. There are fears of worsening violence and regional chaos, which some say could embolden the Islamic State affiliate in the country to try to regroup in a lawless Afghanistan and perhaps even attempt to build another “caliphate.” Under an earlier deal between the U.S. and the Taliban that outlined a gradual pullout, the remaining U.S. forces were to leave Afghanistan by April. The Pentagon now says some 2,500 troops will be leave by January, just days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, leaving another 2,000 or so U.S. forces in place. Biden has said he prefers a small, intelligence-driven, counterterrorism presence in Afghanistan. A U.S. withdrawal would be welcome in most of rural Afghanistan where civilians are increasingly caught in the crossfire between Taliban and...
    Barack Obama warned that Donald Trump's refusal to concede the presidential election is making the US look weak to adversaries as he urged his successor to accept defeat.   In his first TV interview since the election, Obama spoke to Scott Pelley on a CBS 60 Minutes episode aired Sunday night and said it is 'absolutely' time for Trump to give up his fight for a second term.   Asked what advice he would give to Trump, Obama said: 'If you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it's time for you to do the same thing.'  'A president is a public servant. They are temporary occupants of the office, by design,' he continued.  'When your time is up then it is your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your own interests, and your own disappointments.'  Obama said...
    Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaRevised U.S. citizenship test requires more correct answers to pass Republicans seek to batter Warnock ahead of Georgia runoff Biden's 'I'm no Trump' campaign is not enough to govern MORE warned global rivals of the United States are closely watching the rocky U.S. presidential transition and President TrumpDonald John TrumpViolence erupts between counter-protestors, Trump supporters following DC rally Biden considering King for director of national intelligence: report Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year MORE's refusal to concede the election to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenViolence erupts between counter-protestors, Trump supporters following DC rally Biden considering King for director of national intelligence: report Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year MORE. "I think our adversaries have seen us weakened," Obama during an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes that aired Sunday. "Not just as a...
    Beijing — U.S. allies and competitors across Asia have joined the chorus of official government reactions to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris's projected election victory. The reactions ranged from government caution in China, calculated reminders of friendships and alliances from Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, and national pride in India linked to Harris' half-South Asian heritage. Allies expect Biden to re-engage on crises from climate to nuclear standoffs  ChinaChina's official reaction has been most notable for who has not congratulated Mr. Biden and Harris: Neither President Xi Jinping or China's ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai, have weighed in. "We have noticed that Mr. Biden declared he is the winner of the election," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a notably reserved statement at a regular daily press briefing in Beijing. "Our understanding is that the outcome of the election will be determined in...
    Storm clouds are seen above the White House as the edges of Hurricane Delta reach Washington, DC on October 10, 2020.Samuel Corum | Getty Images WASHINGTON — Foreign policy experts say President Donald Trump's attacks on the vote-counting process in the wake of Election Day give a boost to American adversaries. On Friday, Democratic nominee Joe Biden inched closer to a White House victory after taking the lead over Trump in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Georgia. As his reelection chances diminish, Trump spoke Thursday evening from the White House briefing room, falsely claiming the election was being "stolen" from him. Trump said his campaign was in the midst of pursuing a series of lawsuits across battleground states. "They're trying to rig an election, and we can't let that happen," added Trump.Our adversaries benefit from a weakening of American democracy, and surely cheer Donald Trump's effort to undermine its central institution:...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. election security officials say no matter who emerges as the winner of the country’s presidential election, it will be American voters, not foreign adversaries, who determined the outcome. “We have no evidence any foreign adversary was capable of preventing Americans from voting or changing vote tallies," Christopher Krebs, chief of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said in a statement late Wednesday. The statement follows similar assurances from election and security officials after polls closed late Tuesday, when U.S. Cyber Command’s General Paul Nakasone said he was “confident the actions we've taken against adversaries over the past several weeks and months have ensured they're not going to interfere.” The CISA statement also comes at a key moment, as election officials in a handful of states tally the last votes in what has become a tight race between U.S. President Donald Trump and his challenger, former Vice...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. election security officials say no matter who emerges as the winner of the country’s presidential election, it will be American voters, not foreign adversaries, who determined the outcome. “We have no evidence any foreign adversary was capable of preventing Americans from voting or changing vote tallies," Christopher Krebs, chief of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said in a statement late Wednesday. The statement follows similar assurances from election and security officials after polls closed late Tuesday, when U.S. Cyber Command’s General Paul Nakasone said he was “confident the actions we've taken against adversaries over the past several weeks and months have ensured they're not going to interfere.” The CISA statement also comes at a key moment, as election officials in a handful of states tally the last votes in what has become a tight race between U.S. President Donald Trump and his challenger, former Vice...
    US Coronavirus: The time is now to develop a testing strategy for asymptomatic Covid-19 cases, CDC director says 4 Bakery Chains Quietly Vanishing This Year Initial signs point to surprisingly hack-free election, but risks remain Three and a half years of election security upgrades, training and government information sharing appeared to pay off on Election Day as voting unfolded with the usual technical glitches but no evidence of successful cyberattacks. © AP Photo/John Bazemore A worker returns voting machines to storage at the Fulton County election preparation center n Atlanta. The electronic poll books used to check in voters failed in several counties, one results reporting website suffered a brief outage and the internet failed in the election office of one of Florida’s most important counties. But as of Wednesday morning, there is no evidence that hackers were responsible for those incidents or any other disruptive activities, despite months...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. election security officials say no matter who emerges as the winner of the country’s presidential election, it will be American voters, not foreign adversaries, who determined the outcome. “We have no evidence any foreign adversary was capable of preventing Americans from voting or changing vote tallies," Christopher Krebs, chief of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said in a statement late Wednesday. The statement follows similar assurances from election and security officials after polls closed late Tuesday, when U.S. Cyber Command’s General Paul Nakasone said he was “confident the actions we've taken against adversaries over the past several weeks and months have ensured they're not going to interfere.” The CISA statement also comes at a key moment, as election officials in a handful of states tally the last votes in what has become a tight race between U.S. President Donald Trump and his challenger, former Vice...
    Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said that his department's priority on Election Day is ensuring that U.S. voters, not foreign adversaries, decide the elections and that DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency remained on high alert but had seen no evidence that foreign actors have compromised any of the votes cast. “The Department of Homeland Security has many missions across the national security spectrum, but one of the most important is securing our electoral process, and we take this responsibility seriously because we recognize that protecting and securing elections is fundamental to maintaining a functioning democracy. Recognizing the threats posed to our democratic system, President Trump directed DHS, CISA, and the entire federal government to utilize all the tools we have available to make sure that each American can cast their ballots and know their vote will count,” Wolf said during a short press briefing on Tuesday....
    On Monday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said he has “no doubt” that the Chinese Communist Party is doing what it can to defeat President Donald Trump because it dislikes Trump’s policies towards China. Host Hugh Hewitt asked, “[I]s there any doubt in your mind that the Chinese Communist Party is doing whatever it can to defeat Donald Trump because of this policy of conservative realism towards China?” O’Brien responded, “No, there’s no doubt in my mind. And it’s not just China, Russia, and Iran. There’s some other countries that I can’t talk about that we’re closely monitoring. Fortunately, we’ve hardened our election infrastructure. We’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars on — with secretaries of states around the country, all 50 of them. We’ve got National Guard cyber units stood up in the various states. There’s a situation room that’s being run over the next couple...
    (CNN)US Cyber Command expanded its operations aimed at identifying malicious foreign cyber actors before Tuesday's presidential election, using missions to not only seek out Russian hackers, but those from Iran and China as well, a US official confirmed to CNN.The same US official also told CNN on Monday that cyber operations against foreign actors, across the whole spectrum of offensive and defensive measures, began ahead of the election and will continue after the final ballot is cast. The news of Cyber Command's expanded operations, which was first reported by The New York Times, comes as US officials across the national security community are on high alert against potential foreign interference in the hours before Election Day, warning that the period before the final votes are cast and the days that follow present a ripe opportunity for adversaries looking to undermine the American democratic process. But while election security officials had...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Far South Side Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), often at odds on most issues, were all smiles on Wednesday as they celebrated the opening of a new Amazon distribution center in the Pullman neighborhood. “There was one time when people thought about Pullman, they thought about the past, and now the script has completely been flipped. When folks talk about Pullman, it’s about progress, and the promise of this community,” Lightfoot said as she joined Beale to hail the opening of the 140,000-square-foot warehouse, Amazon’s first delivery station in the city. The alderman has said the $60 million project created approximately 500 temporary construction jobs and will provide about 200 permanent jobs now that it’s open. The warehouse was built entirely with private money, and received no tax incentives from the city or state. Beale and Lightfoot both touted the new facility as evidence...
    White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday that there is “nothing” foreign adversaries “can do to change your vote or stop you from voting.” O’Brien told CBS’s “Face The Nation” that the “best way” for voters to “defeat our foreign adversaries” is to “get out and vote.” “What I think all of these countries are trying to do is … to sow discord among Americans and trying to create chaos,” he said. “And they’re doing it in whatever way they can.”CBS’s Margaret Brennan asked O’Brien if Russian hackers could gain access to U.S. election systems to change votes or make it harder for people to vote.  “No, they can’t do either of those things,” he said. “And we got ahold of them early on because we got great cyber folks and we put a sock to it.” “But there's nothing they can do to change your vote...
    FRANCIS E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyoming — As reliable as the clanking of railroad cars as they pass through Cheyenne day and night just outside the gates of Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, America’s nuclear arsenal has been at the ready for half a century. But experts and those protecting the ICBMs now say there is no room left to extend the life of the 1970 Minuteman III missiles even as the nation faces mounting budget pressures. “You have things that go with aging. We’ve done a number of things to make sure that these missiles maintain at a high alert,” Col. Tytonia Moore, 90th Operations Group commander overseeing the nation’s ICBMs, told the Washington Examiner. When the United States was fighting terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan in the 1990s and 2000s to the tune of trillions of dollars, China and Russia were upgrading their nuclear...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's defence minister said on Wednesday that the world does not stop for domestic "reviews" of national defence and that adversaries would be unlikely to be halted by an absence of strategy. "In an area of constant competition, a global Britain has no choice but to step up," Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told the Atlantic Future Forum. "The world does not stop for our reviews, our adversaries will not halt (in) the absence of our strategies, and the UK's defence can never be paused, in the face of financial uncertainty." (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, United Nations, Africa, Russia, United States, coronavirus, crime, Asia, United Kingdom, Europe
    The Education Department released a report that concluded that top U.S. universities “massively underreported” funding from “foreign adversaries” including China and Russia, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. The department’s probe looked into 12 schools, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Georgetown universities, and revealed that most of the schools had financial dealings with Chinese tech giant Huawei, which officials have determined is a threat to U.S. national security. Another school had direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party, while others had deals with the Russian government and institutions in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the AP reported.  Universities are required to disclose all contracts and gifts from foreign sources that, alone or combined, are $250,000 or more in a calendar year, but the department only recently began enforcing the statute despite it being decades old.  The department described higher-education institutions as “multi-billion dollar, multi-national enterprises using opaque foundations, foreign campuses, and other...
    Washington (CNN)The top US intelligence official on election security says that foreign adversaries are exploiting lies by President Donald Trump in their campaigns to influence the 2020 election. Bill Evanina, the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, agreed when asked by Hearst Television that foreign powers are using the numerous exaggerated and false claims Trump has made about mail-in voting, voting multiple times and 2020 being the most fraudulent election in history."If they see a reference made by the President of the United States, a prominent US Senator, a business person, someone who America looks at as a voice of reason, and they believe it suits their interests, they will amplify that by a thousand to make sure that the most amount of people see it," Evanina said.Mail-in voting is a favorite target of Trump's, who has routinely spread false information on the way many Americans plan to...
    WASHINGTON - Top U.S. intelligence and security officials say the country's adversaries are intensifying their efforts to meddle with the country’s upcoming presidential election, indicating the threat may be changing with less than a month until voters go to the polls.  The dangers, outlined in a video shared on social media by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Tuesday, are twofold – influence operations designed to change the way voters think as they fill out their ballots, and heightened attacks on U.S. election infrastructure, something that officials have tried to downplay until now.  “There is no doubt adversaries are trying to undermine our democracy and democratic values as we approach our elections,” said William Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC).  NEW #Election2020 security message from @FBI Dir Christopher Wray, @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA Gen. Nakasone, @CISAKrebs and @ODNIgov Nat'l Counterintelligence & Security Center Dir William Evanina -...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four weeks ahead of Election Day, senior national security officials provided fresh assurances about the integrity of the elections in a video message Tuesday, putting them at odds with President Donald Trump’s efforts to discredit the vote. “I’m here to tell you that my confidence in the security of your vote has never been higher,” Chris Krebs, the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, said in the video message. “That’s because of an all-of-nation, unprecedented election security effort over the last several years.” The video appeared to be aimed at soothing jangled nerves of voters ahead of an election made unique by an expected surge in mail-in ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic. Though Trump was not mentioned during the nine-minute video, the message from the speakers served as a tacit counter to his repeated efforts, including in last week’s presidential debate,...
    President Trump’s slow motorcade ride Sunday evening around Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is a COVID-19 patient, had “deterrence value” to adversaries like Russia, China, and North Korea, according to the National Interest security expert Harry Kazianis. “My initial impression was probably a little bit of a shock,” Kazianis told the Washington Examiner Monday, adding that news Trump’s White House medical team approved the ride comforted him. But Kazianis said the incident continues a pattern of keeping adversaries off balance. “Does it put a little doubt in their head? Does it maybe have a little bit of deterrence value? Sure. I think so,” he said. Kazianis said the highly unusual incident was consistent with Trump’s tendency to make quick, gut decisions that maximize media attention. “The president does have an impulsive streak,” he said. “If you're in Russia or North Korea or China, you...
    Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty Following President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, foreign intelligence services all around the world will have hopped into overdrive. Intelligence analysts from Moscow to London and all the way to Beijing will be working overtime to provide foreign policymakers with assessments of the irrevocably altered status and stability of the U.S. government. And their bottom=line conclusion is likely to be consistent across the globe: Under Trump, the U.S. government has vacated its position as a credible global leader. The core assessment, whether from our allies or enemies, will be that the U.S. government is, in the near term at least, compromised. Based on the necessary diversion of resources to deal with containing COVID-19 at the most senior levels of our government, valuable U.S. government assets—time, attention, or physical resources—that would normally be devoted to identifying and mitigating external threats are being redirected to do contract...
    Former CIA station chief Dan Hoffman emphasized on Saturday the need for the U.S. government to maintain transparency as foreign adversaries could exploit the president's coronavirus diagnosis. His comments came after the Pentagon told the public that the military was ready if needed during these uncertain times. "I think it's critically important for the government – in this case, the Department of Defense – both to reassure our allies and our citizens at home as well as deter our enemies by making those sorts of public statements," he told Fox News host Bill Hemmer. Hemmer asked Hoffman to describe, based on his experience, what was happening behind the scenes in the U.S. government. AFTER COVID DIAGNOSIS, PENTAGON SAYS ALERT LEVELS REMAIN UNCHANGED "I think that for sure our intelligence community is out there collecting intelligence on some of the flashpoints around the world – that might be the South China Sea, Taiwan, the cross-straits...
    National security experts are not surprised that the Department of Defense is conducting business as usual following news that President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, and adversaries are likely to refrain from testing America’s defenses. “There really is nothing to indicate any concerns,” Heritage Foundation national security expert Jim Carafano told the Washington Examiner. “The larger issue is the U.S. has an incredibly robust command and control system,” he said. “This is obviously something that the administration would have planned for; you have a pandemic, of course, you assume that senior officials are going to get exposed or infected.” Carafano pointed to the nation’s response to the 9/11 attacks as an indication that America has a smooth system for continuity of government during a time of crisis. “Governance in the country was never in question even though we had significant disruptions,” he said. “In terms of continuity of government,...
    Washington (CNN)Military leaders moved quickly to reassure the American public Friday that it was business as usual at the Pentagon despite President Donald Trump's announcement that he tested positive for coronavirus, making it clear in the hours that followed there was no indication of an immediate threat to the US homeland from a foreign adversary.In a statement issued Friday morning, the Pentagon sought to alleviate fears that Trump's positive Covid-19 diagnosis presented a potentially imminent threat to national security, emphasizing that the development did not warrant a change in defense alert levels or military posture."There's no change to the readiness or capability of our armed forces. Our national command and control structure is in no way affected by this announcement," Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs said. "The US military stands ready to defend our country and interests," he added.But while defense officials attempted to...
    BOSTON (CBS) – There are five weeks to go until Election Day, and the candidates aren’t the only ones working overtime on their campaigns. The FBI warns outside the US, foreign adversaries like Russia, China and Iran are scheming with one goal: “To really sew that doubt that for some reason our democratic institutions are not fair or just. That really at the end of the day is their end game,” explained FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Joseph Bonavolonta. FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Joseph Bonavolonta These threats include campaign finance crimes; voter/ballot fraud; civil rights violations; cyber threats targeting the election process, and the potential for malign foreign influence on the democratic process, elected officials, and institutions. Many are crimes the FBI has been investigating and guarding against for decades, but what has changed are the ways those adversaries now spread misinformation. “It’s just simply the fact...
    Giving gifts to our adversaries has been the only consistent foreign policy Trump ever managed. The Sunday shows were sleepy today—unusually so, given the nomination of a new would-be Supreme Court justice less than 24 hours ago. It may be that we have simply lost our ability to be entranced by The Usual Bullshit. Newest Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows held forth on a few topics, for example, but because ex-House Republican Mark Meadows has been a lying, gross hack since the day he flopped, like a bag of wet laundry, onto the national scene, none of it amounted to a hill of beans. The Sunday shows’ go-to format, in which the nation's most powerful and connected people sit themselves down and weave fanciful tales of insulting nonsense that we are all supposed to nod our heads and stroke our chins to, is too wearying in the time of...
    Former Trump National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster criticized President Donald Trump Sunday on Meet the Press for his comments not committing to a peaceful transfer of power. Chuck Todd asked McMaster about reporting of military concerns about the president invoking the Insurrection Act to address potential election unrest. McMaster said, “What’s really clear for the American people to understand is the military will have no role in a transition. In fact, even talking about it, I think, is irresponsible. And that’s maybe why, if you detect some reticence on the part of senior military leaders or those in the Pentagon to talk about it, it’s because it shouldn’t even be a topic for discussion.” He said the clearing of protesters outside the White House before the president’s photo op months ago was “just wrong,” saying, “We can’t try to pull the military into politics. Some of the things the...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. election security officials are bracing the American public for a new type of worst-case scenario for the Nov. 3 presidential election — a flood of disinformation in the hours after the polls close, casting doubt on the results and on the process itself, as voters wait to learn who will lead the country for the next four years.     Making matters more precarious, officials warn the potential attacks are likely to be pervasive, designed to make Americans suspicious of any information they get, even from normally trusted sources.     “Foreign actors and cybercriminals could create new websites, change existing websites, and create or share corresponding social media content to spread false information,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Information Security Agency (CISA) warned in a public service announcement issued late Tuesday.      “The FBI and CISA urge the American...
    Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is speaking out in his first TV interview since his impeachment testimony months ago. Vindman has since retired from the Army, citing a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” from President Donald Trump. WATCH: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman addresses President Trumps suggestion that he is a "never Trumper." Vindman tells @LesterHoltNBC that he was nonpartisan, but says now he is "absolutely a never Trumper." More from the exclusive interview tonight on @NBCNightlyNews. pic.twitter.com/aT5pf35qhS — NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) September 14, 2020 In his interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, Vindman said that he worked in the Trump administration “with the hopes of being able to advance U.S. national security interests” and that while he wasn’t a “Never-Trumper” in that position, “I can say now that I am a Never-Trumper.” “I was nonpartisan. Regardless of what administration, I would just try to...
    Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail:  LEADING THE DAY:  Russian, Chinese and Iranian hackers are launching cyberattacks on hundreds of individuals and organizations affiliated with the 2020 presidential campaigns, Microsoft warned in a new report released on Thursday. Their targets include the campaigns of both President TrumpDonald John TrumpCohen: 'I guarantee that it's not going to go well for whoever' set up Woodward interview Pompeo says 'substantial chance' Navalny poisoning was ordered by senior Russian official Trump says he 'almost definitely' won't read Woodward book MORE and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump downplaying coronavirus threat was 'almost criminal' Democrats fear Biden's lagging Latino support could cost him...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Thursday it’s providing additional information to combat foreign interference in the 2020 election. The FBI said it is working with other federal agencies, election officials and social media companies to ensure the public is informed of threats and malignant foreign influence. “We all have a role to play to protect the sanctity of our elections,” said Deputy Special Agent in Charge Craig Fair. “We are providing information and guidance to the public so everyone can make their own informed decisions about what they view, read, and share on social media. We all have a shared mission to protect the American democratic system from foreign adversaries.” Leading the defense of the election is the Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF), which FBI Director Christopher Wray established in 2017. The task force has election crime coordinators...
    U.S. forces are taking an aggressive approach in cyberspace ahead of November’s presidential election, aiming to wipe out threats from foreign countries and other actors before they have a chance to disrupt voting or other critical, election-related systems.  “Cyber Command needs to do more than prepare for a crisis in the future; it must compete with adversaries today,” Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Central Command, and senior adviser Michael Sulmeyer said in a piece published Tuesday in Foreign Affairs magazine.  The strategy, described by top officials at U.S. Cyber Command as “hunt forward,” reflects the military’s increased desire to move away from what they describe as a “reactive and defensive posture,” and confront evolving threats head-on.  FILE - National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 29, 2019.“U.S. forces must compete with adversaries on a recurring basis,...
    The U.S. military's top cyber official said Russia launched a 'concerted effort' in 2018 to meddle with the U.S.'s midterm elections and was successfully fought off.  Gen. Paul Nakasone, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command and the director of the National Security Agency, wrote in Foreign Affairs Tuesday that Cyber Command and the NSA teamed up 'to protect against meddling in the midterm elections.'   'Experts from both organizations formed the Russia Small Group, a task force created to ensure that democratic processes were executed unfettered by Russian activity,' Nakasone recalled.  Paul Nakasone, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command and the director of the National Security Agency, says in a Foreign Affairs piece published Tuesday that the military's cyber fighters are increasingly prepared to engage in combat with online adversaries Nakasone wrote that the Russia Small Group, which consisted of members of the Cyber Command and the National Security...
    By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military's top cyber official is defending the government's shift toward a more aggressive strategy in cyberspace, saying the mission has evolved over the last decade from “a reactive and defensive posture" to keep pace with sophisticated threats. Gen. Paul Nakasone, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command and the director of the National Security Agency, says in a piece being published Tuesday by the magazine Foreign Affairs that the military's cyber fighters are increasingly prepared to engage in combat with online adversaries rather than wait to repair networks after they've been penetrated. “We learned that we cannot afford to wait for cyber attacks to affect our military networks. We learned that defending our military networks requires executing operations outside our military networks. The threat evolved, and we evolved to meet it," wrote Nakasone in a piece co-authored with Michael Sulmeyer, his...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military’s top cyber official is defending the government’s shift toward a more aggressive strategy in cyberspace, saying the mission has evolved over the last decade from “a reactive and defensive posture” to keep pace with sophisticated threats. Gen. Paul Nakasone, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command and the director of the National Security Agency, says in a piece being published Tuesday by the magazine Foreign Affairs that the military’s cyber fighters are increasingly prepared to engage in combat with online adversaries rather than wait to repair networks after they’ve been penetrated. “We learned that we cannot afford to wait for cyber attacks to affect our military networks. We learned that defending our military networks requires executing operations outside our military networks. The threat evolved, and we evolved to meet it,” wrote Nakasone in a piece co-authored with Michael Sulmeyer, his senior adviser. As an example,...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden enlisted diplomats and longtime colleagues at the Demoratic convention Tuesday to rip President Trump as a threat to the nation's security – and made ample use of images of the president meeting dictators and adversaries.  'Donald Trump inherited a growing economy and a more peaceful world. And like everything else he inherited, he bankrupted it,' Kerry said. He said when Trump goes overseas, 'it isn't a goodwill mission, it's a blooper reel.' Kerry accused Trump of 'writing love letters to dictators.' The campaign released a scathing video stocked with foreign policy experts – including former U.S. ambassdor to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who Trump forced out and who testified during Trump's impeachment. A video at the Democratic convention made use of images of President Trump with North Korean dictator  Kim Jong-un and other U.S. adversaries The short film flashes shots of Biden with allied leaders...
    There are growing calls by leading Democrats and liberal journalists that Joe Biden skip presidential debates with President Trump this fall. Joe Lockhart, a White House press spokesman for President Clinton, urged Biden not to debate because he is way ahead in the polls and Trump would not follow debate rules or tell the truth in the debates. Liberal journalist Elizabeth Drew recently called for scrapping the debates. The left-wing New Republic has called for canceling them “forever.” Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas said in a July 27 tweet that President Trump “is not a legitimate candidate” and therefore doesn’t deserve a debate. BIDEN CONFIDANTS REPORTEDLY SEE VP LIST NARROWED DOWN TO 2 New York Times op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman wants to put impossible conditions on Trump-Biden debates such as requiring the president to first release his tax returns and having a "real-time fact-checking team" at the debates. It is very common...
    With less than three months to go until the 2020 election, federal, state and local officials are working to strengthen election security after U.S. intelligence agencies warned of the threat of interference by Russia or others who want to undermine our democracy. That follows evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election. "We're kind of seeing the same things that we saw in 2016, but at a much larger scale," CNET's Dan Patterson told CBSN anchor Anne-Marie Green.  The likely culprits this time around, Patterson said, may be a "blend" of "old adversaries like Russia's CozyBear" — a military hacking group implicated in the 2016 hack of Democrats' emails — and other nation-states targeting large-scale elections, as well as "domestic disinformation campaigns" that take advantage of widespread access to technology and people's willingness to enter their personal information into smartphone apps.  Get updates from the campaign trail delivered to your inbox "What...
    (CNN)In a reversal, the Pentagon is changing language used in a compulsory training program required of Defense Department personnel that referred to the news media as a potential insider threat and labeled news organizations as adversaries. "Although adversaries is a common generic term for a person or group that opposes one's goal, it clearly has different implications when used by the military and Department of Defense normally pertaining to groups who oppose us militarily," chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Thursday. "To avoid confusion moving forward and to address the concerns presented the secretary has directed that we adjust the training materials to identify individuals or groups trying to obtain information simply as unauthorized recipients," Hoffman added, referring to Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Trumps decision to move troops from Germany slammed as a gift to Putin Lt. Col. Uriah Orland, a Pentagon spokesman had defended the use of the...
    Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Thursday said that he had instructed the Defense Department to alter language which referred to journalists and protesters as “adversaries” in mandatory training materials. According to Politico journalist Lara Seligman, the training materials will now refer to such individuals as “unauthorized recipients” of information leaks. The change appears to be a direct result of Seligman’s reporting on the issue. “Just in: [Secretary Esper] has directed that DOD adjust the training material I reported on yesterday to identify individuals or groups trying to obtain information “simply as unauthorized recipients,” says [Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman],” Seligman tweeted Thursday. “This seems to be result of my story,” she added. Just in: @EsperDoD has directed that DOD adjust the training material I reported on yesterday to identify individuals or groups trying to obtain information "simply as unauthorized recipients," says @ChiefPentSpox This seems to be result...
    Photo credit: Alex Wong, Getty Images. New training guidance from the Pentagon, including a memo from Defense Secretary Mark Esper, aimed at stopping leaks and improving operational security in the military refers to protestors and journalists as “adversaries.” According to Politico, the Defense Department’s “2020 DoD Operations Security Campaign” includes four courses on keeping better control of classified and sensitive materials. In the public training materials, the Pentagon lumps protestors and journalists into the same broad category as foreign military threats. “Unfortunately, poor OPSEC practices within DoD in the past have resulted in the unauthorized disclosure or ‘leaks,'” Esper said in the memo introducing the training campaign. “The Department of Defense (DoD) remains committed to transparency to promote accountability and public trust. [However] unauthorized disclosures jeopardize our DoD personnel, operations, strategies and policies to the benefit of our adversaries.” Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the media during his presidency as...
    The U.S. Air Force is a powerful force today. If it is to remain so, prioritized investment is required. Failure to do so will cost our nation its edge over our adversaries. Each and every day America’s joint team in Europe studies our adversaries’ actions and messages.  We see their investments, tests and operations. One thing that is abundantly clear is our adversaries are gaining ground on their ability to threaten us from the air, both at home and abroad. If left unaddressed, we will soon see a day where we will fight to achieve air parity, let alone air superiority. Parity is unacceptable. Since the Cold War we have enjoyed an uncontested aerial environment where we freely owned the high ground, in large part because of the air superiority investments we made after the Vietnam War. Today, as we look at what will threaten our nation and as we transition...
    The counterintelligence chief for the federal warning issued a stark warning about foreign interference for the upcoming 2020 election, echoing similar sentiments from presidential candidate Joe BIden.  Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, shared that the adversaries had already begun trying to compromise communications between campaigns.    'Today, we see our adversaries seeking to compromise the private communications of U.S. political campaigns, candidates and other political targets,' he said, ABC News. Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, issued the stark warning on Friday Evanina noted the actions of China, Russia and Iran but noted that 'other nation-states and non-state actors could also do harm to our electoral process' 'Our adversaries also seek to compromise our election infrastructure,' he continued, 'and we continue to monitor malicious cyber actors trying to gain access to U.S. state and federal networks, including those...
    The Central Intelligence Agency, using new powers, carried out aggressive covert cyber operations against countries including Iran, North Korea, China and Russia, a new report says. The operations came after President Trump gave the CIA “sweeping authorization” in 2018 by signing a "presidential finding," according to Yahoo News, citing U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter. With a presidential finding, the president authorizes covert action necessary to support “identifiable foreign policy objectives" that are deemed "important to the national security of the United States,” according to a U.S. government document. IRS WARNS ABOUT TAX SCAMS AHEAD OF JULY 15 DEADLINE The authorization undoes “many restrictions that had been in place under prior administrations,” and gives the CIA more leeway in authorizing its own covert cyber operations, the Yahoo News report said. Countries mentioned as possible targets include Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. “The White House wanted a vehicle to strike...
    Rep. Stephen Lynch on Tuesday asked FBI Director Christopher A. Wray for a classified briefing on whether foreign adversaries are exploiting the George Floyd protests to sow discord in the U.S. Mr. Lynch, Massachusetts Democrat, requested the briefing for the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on National Security by next Friday. “I am deeply concerned that foreign adversaries may exploit this critical moment in American history to exacerbate social and cultural differences across the American political spectrum and ultimately threaten our national security,” Mr. Lynch wrote in a letter to Mr. Wray. Mr. Lynch cited reports that Chinese and Russian-backed media outlets and social media accounts were pushing “divisive messages” piggybacking on top of social media hashtags critical of how authorities have handled the protests. “As of June 1, 2020, Chinese Foreign Ministry officials, Russian-backed news outlets, and others with ties to Russia and China have tweeted more than...
    An intelligence bulletin obtained by Fox News Thursday indicates that American defense officials are warning about "foreign adversaries" capitalizing on the unrest following the death of George Floyd in order to "sow discord" among Americans. The bulletin further illustrates what has been known for years -- that enemies of the U.S., including Russia, China and Iran, have aimed to take advantage of and exacerbate domestic divisions in America to advance their own geopolitical goals. ABC News first reported on the document. "This Intelligence Note describes how foreign adversaries are employing state media, proxy outlets, and social media accounts to amplify criticism of the United States related to the death of George Floyd and subsequent events," the note reads. VideoSEATTLE 'AUTONOMOUS ZONE' HAS ARMED GUARDS, LOCAL BUSINESSES BEING THREATENED WITH EXTORTION, POLICE SAY It adds: "Foreign influence actors affiliated with Russia, China, and Iran are using state media, proxy websites, and social media accounts to...
    On Sunday, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” where host Margaret Brennan noted that Russia, Iran, China were using the images of the riots in American cities as proof of a racial divide in America. Brennan then asked, “Do you see this racial divide as a national security threat to us?” In a blistering response, Rice utterly rejected the concept that those countries and Europeans who lambast the United States had any moral leg to stand on. Rice stated: I would say to those, particularly, in places like China and Russia and Iran, who may want to use this for propaganda, let’s not be absurd. This is not Tiananmen Square where you’ve mowed down people who disagreed with the government. This is not the invasion of Crimea where you took land from your neighbor. This is not the Green Revolution in Iran where you...
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