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|CIA Director Says More Agents Being Sent Into Field|
CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he’s sending more spies to the field and moving decision-making down the chain of command to better protect national security.
|Russia hacking phones, mining info from US troops on cruise tours|
Moscow is apparently targeting rank-and-file U.S. military personnel for information while operating in Eastern Europe and while coming to Russia as tourists, according to military officials and media reports.
|Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Stands to Meet the Trumps: I Will Never Lie Down to Shake the Presidents Hand|
Las Vegas shooting survivor Thomas Gunderson was shot in the leg during Sunday night’s attack, but he still stood to greet the president and first lady when they visited him at the hospital.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Last Vegas on Wednesday to speak with doctors, law enforcement officers, first responders, and survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
With over 500 people injured in the attack, the Trumps visited one of the hospitals where survivors are recovering. Gunderson was one of the many people who sustained injuries from being shot and spoke with the president and first lady during their trip.
Gunderson, despite being shot in the leg, stood when he shook the Trumps’ hands and later posted a video of the interaction to his Facebook page.
“I will never lie down when the president of this great country comes to shake my hand!” Gunderson wrote on Facebook. “There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president, and my flag. Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my president the respect he deserves!”
The video went viral almost instantly, the Hill reported.
“Don’t get up,” Melanie Trump said after entering the hospital room. “Are you OK?”
“Hey, this guy looks tough to me,” President Trump said as he entered Gunderson’s room after the first lady.
Gunderson was not the only Las Vegas shooting survivor who found the president’s trip motivational. One woman told reporters that his visit was “comforting,” adding, “He wasn’t who we see on social media.”
|Why This Onion Article Goes Viral After Every Mass Shooting|
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|Get Lasers Into the Field Faster, Lawmakers Tell the Pentagon|
The Senates version of the annual defense bill provides $200 million for rapid prototyping of directed energy weapons.
|Iranian Hackers Targeted Deloitte Via A Seriously Convincing Facebook Fake|
An employee at Deloitte, one of the Big Four accounting firms, fell victim to a fake Facebook account in late 2016.
|NYT Falsely Reports Trump Admin Blocked Puerto Ricans From Using Food Stamps for Hot Meals|
TheNew York Times falsely reported earlier this week that the Trump administration was blocking food stamp recipients in hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico from using the federal subsistence to eat hot meals.
On Tuesday, theTimes reportedPuerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló complained, “the federal government had denied a request to allow hurricane victims in Puerto Rico who use food stamps to redeem them at fast-food restaurants and other places that serve prepared hot meals.”
“He [Rosselló ] said he was pursuing the issue with federal officials and was hoping the waiver would come soon,” the Times reported.
But after the piece had already been up for 24 hours, it was updated to admit the claim was inaccurate.
A correction beneath the piece now acknowledges the error: “Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated the status of a request from Gov. Ricardo Rosselló that the federal government grant a waiver permitting hurricane victims in Puerto Rico to use food stamps at fast-food restaurants.”
“The Department of Agriculture granted the waiver on Sept. 30; it was not still pending on Tuesday,” the correction reads.
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue called attention to the correction on Twitter.
|Stephen Paddock, Las Vegas shooter, targeted jet fuel tanks, possibly other targets: Investigators|
Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock also shot into jet fuel tanks at the airport across from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, possible attempting to set off a massive explosion, according to a report.
Bullet holes were found in two white tanks at McCarran International …
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|Bipartisan Congressional Group Proposes Unlikely End to US Military Involvement in Yemen|
Four members of the House of Representatives put forward a resolution to force Congress to act on the War Powers Resolution of 1973 – designed to lead to the end of U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia in its operations in Yemen.
|Alaska Guardsmen set to join hurricane relief effort in Puerto Rico|
Ten Alaska Guardsmen airmen and soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base are heading to Puerto Rico Friday to help with hurricane relief.
|The White House’s Cyber Tool Wish List|
Acting Federal Chief Information Security Officer Grant Schneider pushed for tools that are easy to use but can share threat data in real time.
|US: Myanmar crackdown could draw international terrorists|
The U.S. State Department says Myanmar’s crackdown that has caused an exodus of a half-million Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh could destabilize the region and invite international terrorists.
|German intelligence heads stress international cooperation|
BERLIN (AP) – The heads of three German intelligence agencies say national and international cooperation and information-sharing is ever more critical as threats become more global.
Speaking at a public session Thursday of a parliamentary panel, the heads of Germany’s foreign, domestic and military intelligence agencies emphasized that cyber threats …
|Inside North Korea, and Feeling the Drums of War|
A visit to the reclusive country reveals the perilous moment were in.
|Trump Suggests Senate Intel Committee Investigate Fake News|
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to question the work of the Senate Intelligence Committee while it investigates allegations of Russian collusion in the 2016 election, suggesting it look into the “fake news networks” instead.
“Why isnt the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!” Trump posted Thursday morning.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has invited Facebook, Twitter, and Google to testify in public regarding Russian ads that may have had influence during the 2016 campaign, now being referred to as “fake ads.”
Trump has returned to his old habit of railing against “fake news” this week in light of an NBC News report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson almost resigned this summer. Trump said Thursday it never happened and called out NBC for having “low news and reporting standards.”
After Tillerson made a public statement of support for Trump on Wednesday, Trump said NBC should apologize because its story had been “totally refuted” by Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence
The post Trump Suggests Senate Intel Committee Investigate ‘Fake News’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
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|Army to Unveil New Major Land War Doctrine (Think War with Russia or China)|
This is a very big deal.
Creed explained the new doctrine adjustments represent the natural evolution from the Army’s Unified Land Operations concept articulated in 2011-2012 as well as a Cold-War strategy known as Air-Land battle designed to defend Western Europe using initial air attacks in tandem with conventional ground force assault.
The Army will release a new combat FM 3.0 Operations doctrine designed to better position the service for the prospect of large-scale, mechanized, force-on-force warfare against technologically advanced near-peer rivals such as Russia or China – able to substantially challenge US military technological superiority.
Senior Army leaders involved in ongoing analysis of current and future threats, as they pertain to a fast-changing operational land-combat environment, explained that changing global circumstances, inspired the need for the Army to craft new doctrinal specifics.
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The new “Operations” doctrine, to be unveiled in a matter of days at the Association of the United States Army Annual Convention, is intended as a supplement or adjustment to the Armys current FM 3.0 Full Spectrum Field Manual, a doctrine which first emerged more than several years ago.
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Authors of the new doctrine explain that while many elements of the Army’s previous “Full Spectrum” doctrine are retained, updated and expounded upon in the new doctrine — FM 3.0 Full Spectrum was written when the Russians had not attacked Ukraine, the Army was fully immersed in war in Afghanistan and the current tensions in the South China Sea had not yet emerged to the extent they do today, Col. Rich Creed, Combined Arms Director Ft. Leavenworth, told Scout Warrior in an exclusive interview.
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|The Early Edition: October 5, 2017|
Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.
The TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
I have never considered leaving this post, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday at a news conference addressing a report by NBC News which claimed that Tillerson called the president a moron after a July 20 meeting and had to be counseled by Vice President Mike Pence about remaining in the job. Felicia Schwartz reports at the Wall Street Journal.
Tillerson did not explicitly deny calling the president a moron and deflected questions about the incident, instead using the conference to praise Trump and the administrations foreign policy agenda, however Tillersons comments and body language reinforced the impression that he disapproves of Trumps approach, consequently raising more questions about his future. Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush observe at the New York Times.
The secretary did not use that type of language to speak about the president of the United States, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said yesterday, going further than Tillerson by expressly denying that the Secretary of State called the president a moron. Max Greenwood reports at the Hill.
NBC news is #FakeNews, Trump tweeted yesterday, castigating the network for its report about the Secretary of State, adding in a follow up tweet that the story had been totally refuted by Tillerson and Pence and that NBC News should issue an apology AMERICA! Julia Manchester reports at the Hill.
Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly help separate our country from chaos, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said yesterday, responding to reports about Tillersons frosty relationship with the president and talk of Tillerson resigning, Corker coming to the Secretary of States support and accusing people within the administration of working against the interest of the country. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.
Im not going to deal with petty stuff like that, Tillerson said in response to a question by a reporter asking if he had called Trump a moron, also responding with disparaging comments about the culture in Washington to deflect from any apparent tension between himself and the president. Matt Flegenheimer analyzes Tillersons cynical remarks at the New York Times.
It may already be too late for Tillerson to hang onto his job: his unhappiness as Secretary of State has been well-documented, he has a tense relationship with the president and few allies to support him, his foreign policy approach does not align with Trumps and he has had trouble managing and reorganizing the State Department. Anne Gearan, Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker write at the Washington Post.
Tillerson should resign as he has been unable to successfully implement Trumps America First agenda or, if he does not agree with the approach, limit and redirect Trumps foreign policy instincts. Rich Lowry writes at POLITICO Magazine.
Several White House officials and a plethora of senior staff at the State Department have wanted Tillerson to resign for some time, underscoring the deteriorating relationship the Secretary of State has with the White House and his struggles at Foggy Bottom. Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng explain at The Daily Beast.
An exodus of officials leaving the State Department due to Tillersons mismanagement and the Trump administrations policies damages U.S. interests and undermines the nations core principles. Nik Steinberg writes at POLITICO Magazine.
Military figures have increasingly made public comments that do not always accord with the presidents rhetoric and tweets, demonstrating an increasingly public role for military leaders. Barbara Starr writes at CNN.
The issue of collusion is still open, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said yesterday at a news conference with fellow leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner (D-Va.) during an interim update on the Committees investigation. Patricia Zengerle reports at Reuters.
Every campaign and every election official should take the matter of Russian interference very seriously, Burr (R-N.C.) said yesterday, warning that Russian operatives are likely to remain active in upcoming elections. Nicholas Fandos reports at the New York Times.
The committee members have reached a general consensus over the intelligence communitys assessment of Russias disinformation campaign during the 2016 election, but have not come to a conclusion on the extent to which Russia intervened in favor of Trump. Kaite Bo Williams reports at the Hill.
The committee will no longer pursue inquiries about the memos written by former F.B.I. Director James Comey written after his conversations with Trump, Burr stating that this issue has reached a logical end as it relates to the Russia investigation. Olivia Beavers reports at the Hill.
The Senate Intelligence Committee update revealed five important things, including the issues posed by the salacious dossier compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele, and evidence of a slowly-warming relationships between the committee and social media companies. Kyle Cheney and Elana Schor set out the key takeaways at POLITICO.
We should have seen this coming, F.B.I. Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said yesterday, stating that the U.S. should have been prepared for Russian interference in the 2016 election and also suggested that the meddling has not stopped. Tal Kopan reports at CNN.
Special counsel Robert Muellers team has taken over F.B.I. inquiries into the Steele dossier, according to three sources familiar with the matter, the sources also stating that Muellers investigation has taken control of multiple inquiries into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mark Hosenball reports at Reuters.
Three Russian oligarchs have filed a libel suit against private investigation firm Fusion GPS in relation to their handling of the Steele dossier, Josh Gerstein reports at POLITICO.
Facebook and Twitter will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the social media companies confirmed yesterday, the committee plans to hold a hearing this month but has not set a date. Ali Breland reports at the Hill.
Any evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians remains elusive, the committee should focus efforts on the Russian disinformation campaign without being driven by an agenda to discredit to the president. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.
The Iraqi town of Hawija has been liberated from the Islamic State group, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told reporters today, although the towns outskirts are yet to be captured. Once the operation has been completed, the only remaining Islamic State territory in Iraq would be a stretch of the Euphrates river valley near the border with Syria. The BBC reports.
The Hawija operation was carried out by U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces and Iranian-trained and armed Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces, the offensive bringing the troops into direct contact with Kurdish Peshmerga forces. Reuters reports.
The capture of Hawija has strategic importance due to its geographical location and its position in relation to major routes to the north of Iraq. Al Jazeera explains.
Pro-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces made an incursion into the de-confliction zone near the at-Tanf garrison in southeastern Syria, coalition spokesperson Col. Ryan Dillon told CNN yesterday, adding that the incursion was communicated through channels with Russia and the forces withdrew from the zone. Ryan Brown reports at CNN.
A Russian airstrike in Syrias Idlib province killed 49 Nusra Front militants, who head the Tahrir al-Sham alliance, a Russian state TV channel quoted the defense ministry as saying today. Reutersreports.
The leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Tahrir al-Sham militant group has fallen into a coma after being injured by a Russian airstrike, Russias military said today, the AP reports.
Russian airstrikes targeted civilians trying to flee fighting in the Deir al-Zour province, killing at least 60 civilians, according to opposition activists, former residents and the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Suleiman Al-Khalidi reports at Reuters.
The reports that Russian soldiers were captured by the Islamic State group in Syria should be viewed with caution and are hardly official information, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said yesterday, responding to a video released by the militants appearing to show two Russian men captured in Deir al-Zour province. Mariya Petkova reports at Al Jazeera.
The presence of sarin was found in an attack on the Syrian town of Latamneh in March, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (O.P.C.W.) told Reuters yesterday, ahead of a report to be published within the next few weeks. Anthony Deutsch and Michelle Nichols report at Reuters.
U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 34 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on October 3. Separately, partner forces conducted five strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]
IRAQI KURDISTAN REFERENDUM
We will not accept changing borders in the region, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at a news conference with Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan, referring to last weeks overwhelming vote in favor of independence in a referendum held in Iraqs Kurdish region, Erdoğan reflected Rouhanis comments and called the referendum illegitimate. Amir Vahdat reports at the AP.
The Iraqi Kurdish secession vote is an act of betrayal toward the entire region and a threat to its future, Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying on Iranian state TV yesterday, stating that Turkey and Iran must take necessary measures against the vote. Parisa Hafezi and Tulay Karadeniz report at Reuters.
French President Emmanuel Macron offered today to mediate between Baghdad and the Kurdish region during Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadis visit to Paris. John Irish and Marine Pennetier report at Reuters.
A military strike on North Korean nuclear and missile sites may not achieve the aim of disarming the country as it may have other hidden facilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned yesterday, emphasizing that all sides should be pursuing diplomatic efforts. Reuters reports.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump agreed to maintain pressure on North Korea in a phone call yesterday, according to a senior Japanese government official the two leaders also agreed that dialogue for the purpose of dialogue was meaningless. Reuters reports.
Some products made by North Korean laborers have been making their way to the U.S. and other Western countries, meaning that consumers may be unwittingly supporting North Koreas nuclear weapons program. Tim Sullivan, Hyung-Jin Kim and Martha Mendoza reveal at the AP.
North Korean officials seek to preserve the regime and have rational aims, the U.S. cannot progress while Pyongyang believes its survival is at stake and the next step for the U.S. should be to offer to send a high-level delegation to Pyongyang for peace talks or to support an international conference. Former President Jimmy Carter writes about his experience with North Korean leaders and ways forward at the Washington Post.
China and Russias good-cop, bad-cop routine undermines U.S. efforts to rein in North Korea and the level of cooperation shown marks a significant development in international relations, Alexander Gabuev writes at the Wall Street Journal.
Russian companies have been providing North Korea with economic support to maintain influence in Asia although it has also backed tougher U.N. sanctions against North Korea. Andrew Osborn provides an analysis of Russias relationship with North Korea at Reuters.
Russia has targeted N.A.T.O. soldiers personal smartphones to gather information about operations and monitor troop levels, according to Western officials. Thomas Groves, Julian E. Barnes and Drew Hinshaw report at the Wall Street Journal.
The U.S.-Russia relationship has become hostage to the internal political situation in the U.S., Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday, stating that he had no real personal relationship with Putin but adding that Russia had many friends in the U.S. who could help to improve relations. Ivan Nechepurenko reports at the New York Times.
The U.S. should provide arms to Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, particularly due to its violations of cease-fire agreements and the threat posed by its military, as demonstrated by the recently conducted Russian-Belarus Zapad military drills. Antony J. Blinken writes at the New York Times.
Saudi Arabia King Salmans visit to Russia reflects shifting global relations that can have an impact in the Middle East and across the world. Patrick Wintour explains at the Guardian.
U.S. Army Special Forces came under fire in southwest Niger yesterday, three soldiers were killed and two were wounded according to U.S. military officials, the incident taking place as the U.S. and Niger were conducting joint patrols near the border with Mali. Eric Schmitt reports at the New York Times.
Sudan has fulfilled the U.S.s conditions and expects the U.S. to lift economic sanctions, Sudans State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hamed Momtaz said yesterday, the U.S. imposed sanctions in relation to its alleged support for global terrorism and violent suppression of rebels in Darfur. Khalid Abdelaziz reports at Reuters.
The Islamic State group have claimed responsibility for an attack that killed at least four and wounded nearly 40 in the Libyan city of Misrata yesterday. Ahmed Elumami reports at Reuters.
There are compelling arguments against extending the jurisdiction of military tribunals to domestic offenses and the Supreme Court should decide to settle the issue this term in the case involving a Yemeni prisoner at Guatánamo Bay. Just Security co-editor-in-chief Steve Vladeck writes at the New York Times.
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