“A lot of these violent extremism threats don’t fit into nice, neat ideological buckets,” FBI director warns.
Leaders of U.S. intelligence services reported uneven but increasing vaccination rates among the IC workforce as the 2021 Annual Threat Assessment warned that “the economic and political aftershocks” from the COVID-19 pandemic “will be felt for years.”
Police Chief Chris Magnus of Tucson, Ariz., was selected to lead Customs and Border Protection while Ur Jaddou, the former director of DHS Watch, was selected for USCIS and John Tien was nominated for deputy DHS secretary.
Former NSA Deputy Director Chris Inglis picked to be the first national cyber director, former NSA deputy for counterterrorism Jen Easterly picked to lead CISA, and Rob Silvers, former assistant secretary for cyber policy at DHS, chosen as DHS undersecretary for policy.
NIC: Global jihadist groups will likely be “largest, most persistent” terrorism threat over next 20 years.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said it was “not surprised” at the UN report “but we did not expect that lying would be to this extent to the public.”
Immigration increases include USCIS funding and Office of Professional Responsibility to process CBP, ICE complaints.
Encouraging reticent Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine has to steer away from trying to “browbeat” people into getting the shots and must focus on community collaboration and “motivational interviewing techniques” from healthcare providers.
Among the complaints of delayed medical care, two detainees who filed sick call requests saying they had fever did not receive treatment until 12-14 days later. One who complained of body aches waited 22 days.
Online jihadists say the development was necessary due to “restriction of technology companies.”
“It does not appear to be terrorism-related but we will continue to investigate to see if there’s some sort of nexus along those lines,” said D.C. police chief, who said the suspect was not known to local law enforcement.
Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense calls out lax implementation of longstanding federal recommendations.
The first sprint will focus on fight against ransomware, which DHS secretary said “now poses a national security threat.”
Studying related coronaviruses in animals including horseshoe bats and pangolins revealed that “the presence of SARS-CoV-2 has not been detected through sampling and testing of bats or of wildlife across China,” WHO team said.
“Angry, polarized nature of our society” cited as a driver of attacks along with online forums that stoke violence.
Godfrey stressed that “ensuring the enduring global defeat of ISIS will entail effectively countering ISIS branches and networks outside of Iraq and Syria, and we as a coalition recognize that.”
The Defense Department’s stated desire to combat extremism would benefit from a data-based assessment of the problem and better screening of social media while protecting service members’ free speech, experts told the House Armed Services Committee.
Deanne Criswell, commissioner of NYC Emergency Management Department, would be first woman confirmed to lead FEMA.
The centers were ready for the telework challenge presented by COVID because over the past six years IRS had been testing the technology and refining an eventual rollout plan.
The secretary of State announced $30 million in U.S. government support for the ongoing response and said tech experts were also being deployed to the region. “As we’ve learned, this is an issue where our fates are bound together,” Blinken said.