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PG&E Turns the Lights Out

California utility PG&E cut power to customers in several northern California counties on Saturday, citing high winds that could knock over equipment and cause fires. You might remember the company was found responsible for a series of lethal fires that tore through the area in 2017 and 2018.

  • PG&E equipment caused last year’s Camp Fire, which killed at least 85 people and destroyed the town of Paradise.

Who was affected? Starting at 6am on Saturday, 1,600 businesses and homes had no power. PG&E cut off power to 26,900 additional customers at 9pm, some of which were in Paradise. Frustrated businesses are turning to generators to keep things running.

Zoom out: After state officials said PG&E was on the hook for the Camp Fire, legal liabilities threatened to destroy the utility. It filed for bankruptcy protection in January. 

Bottom line: PG&E barely made it through last year’s disaster intact and knows it can’t make a single misstep. NorCal residents can expect more precautionary shut-offs.

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Weekly National Situation Update 5-5-19

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WEEKLY THREAT AND ALERT ROUNDUP


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Islamic State Leader Appears in New Video Calls for War of Attrition


May 4, 2019

  

On April 29th, the following related Flash SMS messages
were sent to
AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

4/29 – Official ISIS media arm, al-Furqan, has released a new video message from leader and ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (the first since 2014). More to follow..

4/29 – In new Islamic State video, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi directs followers to double their efforts & intensify strikes on Crusaders & apostates. See email for more.

What You Need To Know

On Monday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of the release of a new video message from the Islamic State’s elusive leader and ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In what is believed to be his first appearance on video since 2014, Bagdhadi’s message was straightforward: Despite the fall of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the global ISIS community lives on and that the fight is far from over.

The video, distributed in 7 languages, shows Baghdadi referencing several recent events, including the re-election of Israeli PM Netanyahu, the overthrow of the leaders of Sudan and Algeria, offering praise for the Sri Lanka suicide bombers (claiming the strikes were revenge for defeat at Baghouz, Syria, the last physical stronghold of the terror organization), and further vowing to avenge those who died in the battle.

Baghdadi goes on to direct followers to intensify strikes on “Crusaders & apostates” in an effort to bleed the enemy in a long war of attrition. He also states jihad will continue until the “end of time,” or in another translation, until the “day of resurrection.”

It is widely believed the release of the video was intended to bolster the morale of Islamic State supporters and to stiffen the spines of terror cells and lone wolves around the world, motivating them to plan their own attacks and fight for the “spiritual caliphate,”

Both the US and Russia claimed Bagdhadi was killed in Sept 2017.

What’s Up With the Red Beard?

During the time of Muhammad, Christians and Jews were prohibited from dying grey hair, so Muhammad forbade Muslims from imitating them. Thus, they dyed their beards to distinguish themselves.

See the following two Hadiths:

“Allah’s Messenger said : “The Jews and the Christians do not dye (their grey hair), so you shall do the opposite of what they do.””

Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol.4 Hadith No.3462

It was also reported from the Prophet that one should change grey hair, using any colour except black. Abu Dharr reported that the Prophet said: “The best things with which to change grey hair are henna and ‘katam’ (a plant similar to henna which is used as a dye).”

al-Tirmidhi, no. 1675

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages to their mobile devices, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.


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OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE

5/3 – Manchester UK: Piccadilly Gardens on lockdown, Oldham Library evacuated flwg discovery of “suspicious devices.” One person in custody. Awaiting add’l details.

5/2 – Kirtland Air Force Base (Albuquerque) has been evacuated due to a bomb threat. Officials say all gates are closed until further notice. AlertsUSA monitoring..

5/1 – AlertsUSA monitoring police response to reports of active shooter, Long Beach City College, Long Beach CA. Campus on lockdown. Add’l alerts as warranted.

5/1 – Active shooter report, 1 College Ave (Davis Square), Somerville, MA. Believed related to bank robbery. Avoid the area. AlertsUSA monitoring..

4/30 – Multiple causalities reported, UNC-Charlotte (at or near Kennedy Building). One person in custody. Campus remains on lockdown.

4/30 – Active shooter report, University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Campus on lockdown. AlertsUSA monitoring..

4/30 – AlertsUSA warns of May Day protests and demonstrations to be held nationwide tomorrow, May 1st. Violence anticipated at larger gatherings. See email.

4/30 – Protests outside the Venezuelan Embassy in DC (1099 30th St NW). Caution urged if in the area. AlertsUSA monitoring..

4/30 – Mil-backed uprising underway in Venezuela. US State Dept urges all Americans to depart immediately or shelter in place. No USGOV coordinated evacs at this time.

4/29 – FBI disrupts domestic terror plot aimed at multiple targets in SoCal. Suspect rptd to be Army vet who had expressed support for ISIS. Awaiting news conference.

4/29 – Gunfire reported at rear entrance to US Embassy Haiti. Shelter in place ordered within embassy compound. AlertsUSA monitoring…

4/28 – 6+ people shot at Perkins Square Baptist Church (2500 Edmondson Ave) in Baltimore, MD. Area on lockdown. Shooter at large. AlertsUSA monitoring..

4/27 – AlertsUSA monitoring shooting incident, Chabad of Poway synagogue, San Diego. Multiple injuries..

4/27 – San Diego Sheriff: Chabad synagogue shooter was armed with AR-style rifle. 3 injured, 1 dead. Shooter in custody.


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Security Increasing at Churches and Synagogues in Advance of Ramadan

May 4, 2019


On April 29th, the following related Flash SMS messages
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5/3 – Security increasing at churches and synagogues across N. America in runup to start of Ramadan on Sunday, May 5. Increased vigilance and security awareness urged.

What You Need To Know

On Friday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of increasing security at churches and synagogues across North America in the runup to the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on Sunday, May 5th. As was reported to AlertsUSA subscribers just two weeks ago, a Joint Intelligence Bulletin was issued by the Dept. of Homeland Security, FBI and National Counterterrorism Center warning law enforcement, military, and security personnel that the religious holidays including Ramadan may provide increased symbolic interest to extremists aspiring to target faith-based communities in the Homeland.

Additionally, the Islamic State, Al Qaeda, their associates and those inspired by such organizations have repeatedly called for and directly threatened attacks on “worshipers of the cross,” “disbelievers” and the West in general.

In order to minimize risk and maximize readiness, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal and state partners offers numerous resources to assist faith-based and community organizations with their efforts to prepare for all types of hazards, whether natural or man-made.

DHS: Active Shooter: How to Respond

DHS Active Shooter Preparedness

DHS: Connect, Plan, Train, Report

DHS: Active Shooter Event Quick Reference Guide

DHS: Planning and Response to an Active Shooter

Ready.gov Active Shooter Resources

Safety for Faith-Based Events and Houses of Worship NSI Awareness Flier

FEMA: Resources to Protect Your House of Worship

FEMA: Active Shooter Information Sheet

DOJ: Safeguarding Houses of Worship

Conducting Security Assessments: A Guide for Schools & Houses of Worship

Safety for Faith-Based Events and Houses of Worship


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Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2019


DOD ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS


May 4, 2019


The Department of Defense this week released its annual report to the Congress on the progress of China’s military. The Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2019 is over 120 pages long and provides details on China’s military strategy, state of modernization and disputes with neighbors.

From the Executive Summary:

China’s leaders have benefited from what they view as a “period of strategic opportunity” during the initial two decades of the 21st century to develop domestically and expand China’s “comprehensive national power.”

Over the coming decades, they are focused on realizing a powerful and prosperous China that is equipped with a “world-class” military, securing China’s status as a great power with the aim of emerging as the preeminent power in the Indo-Pacific region.

In 2018, China continued harnessing an array of economic, foreign policy, and security tools to realize this vision. Ongoing state-led efforts, which China implements both at home and abroad and which often feature economic and diplomatic initiatives, also support China’s security and military objectives:

  • China continues to implement long-term state-directed planning, such as “Made in China 2025” and other industrial development plans, which stress the need to replace imported technology with domestically produced technology. These plans present an economic challenge to nations that export high-tech products. These plans also directly support military modernization goals by stressing proprietary mastery of advanced dual-use technologies.
  • China’s leaders seek to align civil and defense technology development to achieve greater efficiency, innovation, and growth. In recent years, China’s leaders elevated this initiative, known as Civil-Military Integration (CMI), to a national strategy that incentivizes the civilian sector to enter the defense market. The national CMI strategy focuses on hardware modernization, education, personnel, investment, infrastructure, and logistics.
  • China’s leaders are leveraging China’s growing economic, diplomatic, and military clout to establish regional preeminence and expand the country’s international influence. China’s advancement of projects such as the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative (OBOR) will probably drive military overseas basing through a perceived need to provide security for OBOR projects.
  • China conducts influence operations against media, cultural, business, academic, and policy communities of the United States, other countries, and international institutions to achieve outcomes favorable to its security and military strategy objectives. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seeks to condition foreign and multilateral political establishments and public opinion to accept China’s narrative surrounding its priorities like OBOR and South China Sea territorial and maritime claims.

Recognizing that programs such as “Made in China 2025” and OBOR have sparked concerns about China’s intentions, China’s leaders have softened their rhetoric when promoting these programs without altering the programs’ fundamental strategic goals.

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May 4, 2019


China’s Furtive Underwater Nukes Test the Pentagon

Satellite imagery reveal the regular presence of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines at the strategic base on Hainan Island near the resort city of Sanya. Specialized surface warships and aircraft designed to protect the subs are prowling key waterways off the coast. Facilities at the base appear to have been built to store and load ballistic missiles. Antenna arrays that support the hunt for foreign submarines have appeared on Chinese-held islands in the hotly contested South China Sea. And a veteran submariner has been appointed to command Chinese forces in the south of the country.

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Examining the Global Terrorism Landscape

As this long war is close to entering its third decade, one thing is clear: The West’s will to continue the fight has waned. We are facing an enemy that cannot match our resources and technology, but it does possess the will to fight. We have failed to take a long approach to this war. We have viewed clashes in Iraq and Afghanistan and other countries as individual wars instead of theaters in the overall war. Make no mistake, this is how the enemy views the fight.

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How Brexit Could Spell the End of
Britain’s Famed Advantage in Intelligence

From John le Carré’s novels to the insatiable popular interest in James Bond, Britain has long enjoyed, and cultivated, an image of producing superior spies. This reputation is based on more than myth. For decades during and following World War II, the painstaking real-world work of British intelligence officers was one of the United Kingdom’s primary sources of power.

That power, and its underlying foundations, is now in jeopardy thanks to Brexit, which will have a cascading series of repercussions for British intelligence: It will shut Britain out of European Union institutions that have benefited British national security, and it may also jeopardize the special intelligence relationship with the United States, which may look to deepen relations with Brussels instead.

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Disruptive Technology and National Security

Innovation and new technologies have many positive attributes and provide significant improvement to humanity, much that is likely unforeseen at the time of initial discovery. The unpredictability of the technology trajectories can lead to significant negative consequences. This white paper aims to discuss the massive leaps in innovation and understand what this means for national security.

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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker


May 4, 2019


These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 22, 2019 (unchanged from last week at time of publication this week), based on Navy and public data provided by the U.S. Naval Institute. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

The Fleet and Marine Tracker is a new feature in the Threat Journal newsletter.


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World News Roundup


May 4, 2019


Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

Woman Pleads Guilty To Plan To Send Help To ISIS
Former FBI Agent Explains How Police Track Potential Terror Plots Online
Long Beach Terror Plot Case Highlights New Challenges For Investigators
Trump working to designate Muslim Brotherhood as ‘terror’ group
Inside the secret world of the CIA’s social media team
DoD ending training program for Afghan pilots after ~50% go AWOL in the US
USAF F-35A Fighter Jet’s First Combat Mission Was Dropping Bombs On ISIS
Military action is possible’ in Venezuela, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Guaido-Maduro standoff exacting heavy toll on Venezuelans
Maduro hangs on as Venezuelan protests peter out
Pentagon says China’s military using espionage to steal secrets
Raytheon shoots down drone with lasers, microwaves in Air Force test
USS Harry S. Truman will not be retired ahead of schedule, Pence says
Argentina: Another “Cracked” Democracy?
Venezuela Is Armed to the Hilt

EUROPE

Manchester Arena bombing extradition ‘delayed by Libya clashes’
EU says will respond to controversial US move on Cuba
Suspected UAE spy ‘kills himself in Turkish prison’
Wikileak’s Assange refuses extradition to US; long legal fight expected
UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson sacked over Huawei leak
Polish nationalists rallying against country’s EU membership in Warsaw
US Air Force ties to Greece may grow as relations with Turkey sour
Washington tells Russia: Stop playing games over detained ex-U.S. marine

MIDDLE EAST / AFRICA

ISIS Makes Inroads With Militant Groups In Congo
US braced for Iranian response as oil crackdown starts
OPEC is ‘likely to collapse,’ warns Iran’s oil minister
Escalated bombing in Syria’s Idlib displaces nearly 140,000
Benin: Soldiers shoot at protesters in post-election unrest
Gunmen kill pastor, worshippers in Burkina Faso church
Terror attacks on the rise in Burkina Faso
Why Iran-US confrontation may intensify under new IRGC commander
Bashir is gone, but who will lead, or seize, Sudan’s revolution?
Congo Ebola cases hit record for most reported in single day
Egypt sentences senior Muslim Brotherhood figure and son to life

ASIA

Pentagon warns on risk of Chinese submarines in Arctic
US Navy warships pass through Taiwan Strait
China is building a powerful navy to take on the US in the Pacific
New attacks on Sri Lanka churches planned, says archbishop.
Sri Lanka cancels Sunday masses for 2nd weekend
South Asian security experts downplay Islamic State threat
Never a dull day in the western Pacific
Almost half of Australians believe immigration should be reduced
UN puts Pakistani armed group chief Masood Azhar on ‘terror’ list
IS gaining foothold in Afghanistan to expand into Central Asia
Sri Lanka names Easter suicide bombers
DPRK warns U.S. of ‘undesirable outcome’ following Pompeo remark.
China sentences second Canadian citizen to death ahead of centenary



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The U.S. Dept. of State Travel Website is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation at your destination well prior to departure.

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Alert – Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital on lockdown – 11/13/2018

Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital placed on lockdown for possible active shooter.


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Weekly National Situation Update 10-14-18

From AlertsUSA

 

WEEKLY THREAT AND ALERT ROUNDUP

 

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Election Day Bombing Thwarted

 

Oct 13, 2018

 

On Oct 10, the following related Flash SMS message was sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

10/10 – NY man arraigned in federal court for manufacturing a ~200 lb explosive device for use in a Election Day bombing on the National Mall in DC. See email for more.

What You Need To Know

On Wednesday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of the arraignment of a New York man on charges of unlawfully manufacturing an a 200-pound bomb which he intended to detonate in a suicide attack on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Election Day next month. Paul Rosenfeld, 56, was arrested in Rockland County, New York after authorities received a tip from an unidentified individual.

According to the federal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Paul Rosenfeld, age 56, sent letters and text messages to an individual in Pennsylvania detailing his plans to build an explosive device and detonate it on November 6, 2018, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The suspect’s stated reason for these acts was to draw attention to his belief in “sortition,” a political theory which advocates that government officials should be selected by lottery rather than popular vote.

On Oct. 9, Rosenfeld’s car was pulled over. He agreed to answer questions and was taken to an unnamed police station where he was interviewed by the FBI, waiving his Miranda rights and answering questions.

Later that same day, federal law enforcement and conducted a search of Rosenfeld’s home In the basement, agents found what appeared to be a functional black powder-based explosive device weighing approximately 200 pounds. Rosenfeld is reported to have told law enforcement that components intentionally added to the device would ensure that he was killed in the blast.

Federal officials have locked this story down good, providing little additional information about the suspect, the extent of the plot or the involvement of accomplices.

As AlertsUSA regularly warns, American citizens should not grow complacent due to the current reduced tempo of domestic terror attacks.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.

 


 

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OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE

 

10/11 – New Islamic State propaganda poster depicts armed jihadi and drone w/ package targeting Paris. English message reads; AWAIT FOR OUR SURPRISES. See email.

10/10 – Two dead, two injured in shooting at the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers, FL. Shooter at large. AlertsUSA monitoring…

10/9 – Hurricane resources, incl storm data, recovery and disaster assistance, and real-time road condition links sent via email.

10/8 – Michael now a CAT1 hurricane. Rapid strengthening to CAT3-4 by landfall Wed. SE AL, GA, FL Panhandle, Big Bend residents & interests should be preparing.

10/7 – FL Governor Scott has declared a state of emergency for counties in the Panhandle & Big Bend as TS Michael strengthens towards hurricane strength. See email.

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Thousands of Active Terror Investigations Underway Threat of Attacks Using Drones Very Real

 

Oct 13, 2018

 

What You Need To Know

On Wednesday of this week during testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on threats to the homeland, FBI Director Christopher Wray stated that the Bureau’s agents are conducting thousands of terror investigations around the world.

“Right now, as I sit here, we’re currently investigating about 5,000 terrorism cases across America and around the world, and about a thousand of those cases are homegrown violent extremists and they are in all 50 states.”

He added that in the last year, the FBI has made hundreds of arrests of terrorism subjects and the threat of a large scale, big city attack still exists from groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, but homegrown violence is as prevalent as ever.

“The FBI assesses homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) are the greatest terrorism threat to the homeland. These individuals are global jihad-inspired individuals who are in the U.S., have been radicalized primarily in the U.S., and are not receiving individualized direction from foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs.) We, along with our law enforcement partners, face significant challenges in identifying and disrupting homegrown violent extremists. This is due, in part, to their lack of a direct connection with an FTO, an ability to rapidly mobilize, and the use of encrypted communications.

Another area of significant concern covered in Director Ray’s testimony dealt with the topic of drones.

“The threat from unmanned aircraft systems in the U.S. is steadily escalating. While we are working with FAA and other agencies to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace system, the FBI assesses with high confidence that terrorists overseas will continue to use small UAS to advance nefarious activities and exploit physical protective measures. While there has been no successful malicious use UAS by terrorists in the United States to date, the FBI assesses that, given their retail availability, lack of verified identification requirement to procure, general ease of use, and prior use overseas, UAS will be used to facilitate an attack in the United States against a vulnerable target, such as a mass gathering. This risk has only increased in light of the publicity associated with the apparent attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Maduro using explosives-laden UAS.”

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Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland Against Threats of Electromagnetic Pulse and Geomagnetic Disturbances

The Department of Homeland Security has announced the release of the Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD).

The Strategy lays out a clear vision and an approach for DHS to take to protect critical infrastructure and prepare to respond and recover from potentially catastrophic electromagnetic incidents. The Strategy also reflects a consensus Intelligence Community assessment of the EMP threat posed by our nation’s adversaries.

Electromagnetic incidents caused by an intentional EMP attack or naturally-occurring GMD events, while unlikely, could cause serious damage to the nation’s critical infrastructure, including the electrical grid, communications equipment, and transportation capabilities.

While the Strategy is primarily focused on Departmental activities, it recognizes the importance of continued close collaboration with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial decision-makers, sector-specific agencies, and private sector critical infrastructure owner-operators. This partnership is essential to help critical infrastructure owners and operators to manage EMP and GMD risk.

The Department is currently developing an accompanying Implementation Plan, which will include measures that enable DHS to evaluate progress toward addressing identified capability gaps. Together, the Strategy and its companion Implementation Plan will improve the Department’s management oversight and optimize resource utilization for our EMP/GMD protection, response, and recovery activities.

View the DHS EMP/ GMD Strategy Document Here (PDF)

 


 

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Oct 13, 2018

 

FBI Director: China Is Bigger Counterintelligence Threat Than Russia

“China in many ways represents the broadest, most complicated, most long-term counterintelligence threat we face,” FBI Director Wray told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “Russia is in many ways fighting to stay relevant after the fall of the Soviet Union. They’re fighting today’s fight. China’s is fighting tomorrow’s fight.” READ MORE HERE

In Pacific, US Army Shifts Training
from Disaster Relief to War

Not long ago, U.S. Army forces in the Pacific spent most of their training time preparing for humanitarian relief missions, evacuations from natural disasters, and efforts to build up allied security forces. Not anymore. Since President Donald Trump has come to office, the administration has issued a new National Security Strategy focused on the persistent potential for conflict with China and North Korea. The Army has shifted gears accordingly. READ MORE HERE

Can the Chinese Be Trusted to Lead Global Institutions?

The detention of Meng Hongwei, a high-ranking Chinese Communist Party and president of Interpol, shows that under Beijing’s increasingly confident global authoritarianism, serious questions arise about the fitness of any member of the Chinese Communist Party to serve in a leadership position in international organizations. READ MORE HERE

The Two Faces of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

At issue is what is called the two faces of AQAP: the domestic insurgency and the international terrorist organization. These two strands have always coexisted in AQAP, as they have for most terrorist groups. But the two are often conflated into one overall picture of the group. We hear AQAP and think of international terrorism, not the domestic insurgency. This failure by journalists, analysts, and officials to distinguish between AQAP’s two sides leads to a mistaken impression of the threat the group represents to the West. READ MORE HERE

 

 


 

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Oct 13, 2018

 

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

‘You’re on your own’: US sealift can’t count on Navy escorts in the next big war
More Illegals Having Anchor Babies in LA than Total U.S. Births in 14 States
‘Unimaginable destruction’: Hurricane smashes rows of houses.
America’s obesity is threatening national security, according to this study
Solar-powered drug tunnel discovered on Mexican border with California.
Entire F-35 fighter jet fleet grounded by military after crash in September
Our Goal Is to Horrify’: ISIS Concert Threat Depicts Jihadist with Grenade
Chinese Prof In Child Porn Case Also Under Scrutiny For Alleged Espionage
Group Recognized For Efforts To Thwart Nigerian Email Scams
Pompeo Says No More US Reconstruction Aid To Syria If Iran Stays
DOJ Charges Chinese Spy w/ Attempting To Steal Trade Secrets
Man Gets Probation For Forcing Emergency Landing In Oklahoma
Trump And Trudeau Discuss Border And Terrorism In Phone Call
DOJ IG Fails To Identify Leaker Of Manchester Bombing Report
Sacramento ISIS Suspect Faces Certain Execution If Sent Back To Iraq
DHS Funds Airport Navigation App That Guides You From Check-in To Gate
Trump’s DHS Begins Defense Against Nuclear Bomb ‘Electromagnetic Pulse

EUROPE

Migrant celebrates Swedish citizenship w/ rape: “Now I can do what I want”
Rocket Fails, and American and Russian Astronauts Make Emergency Return
Russia opens criminal probe after rocket malfunction forces emergency landing.
Russia Sends Troops & Missiles Into Libya To Enforce Hold On The West
EU Security Chiefs & Sessions Hold Stadium Terrorism Exercise
Possibility Of Chemical Attack In UK Getting Closer Security Minister
UK Terror Attacks: Report Examines 23 Arrests
Belgium Charges Iranian Diplomat With Planning Bomb Attack
Did Two Russian Spies Who Poisoned Skripals Have An Accomplice?
Closer EU Int’l Cooperation To Fight Hostage-taking, Kidnapping & Terrorism
ISIS Supporters Stopped From Travelling To Syria May Attack UK Instead
At Least 160 Radical Muslims Are Under Dutch Local Authority Surveillance

MIDDLE EAST / AFRICA

U.S. Raises Pressure On Saudi Arabia Over Missing Journalist
U.S. Navy returns to Israeli port in sign of ‘deep alliance’
F-22 stealth jets got 587 enemy aircraft to back off in ‘combat surge’ over Syria
Secret deal with Turkey paves way for American pastor’s release
Intel: Why Turkey outed an alleged Saudi ‘hit squad’
Iranians stock up as U.S. sanctions damage Iranian economy
Egypt: Military court sentences 17 to death for church bombings
Ebola could spread from DRC to Uganda, Rwanda, WHO warns
Burkina Faso attacks open new front in France’s anti-terror fight
Libya’s eastern forces arrest top Egyptian al-Qaeda fighter
U.S. Conducts Airstrike In Support Of The Federal Government Of Somalia
Scores Detained In Anti Terror Operations Against PKK’s Urban Wing In Turkey
ISIS Leader ‘orders 320 Of His Followers To Be Killed For Disloyalty’

ASIA

China’s H-20 stealth bomber to take to the skies soon
China ‘legalises’ internment camps for million Uighurs
U.S. tightens controls on China imports of nuclear components
S. Korea walks back on possibly lifting sanctions on North
China, Russia, DPRK call for adjusted sanctions ahead of denuclearisation
Here’s What Needs to Happen to Stay Out of War With China
Islamist hardliners protest as Pakistan awaits blasphemy ruling
Indonesia earthquake: Search for survivors extended for one more day
North Korea intends to abolish all nuclear weapons, South says
North, South Korea to hold high-level talk next week
Moon Jae-in urges US to declare end of war with North Korea

LEFTIST VIOLENCE / TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME

Antifa Attacks GOP Headquarters in NYC, Warns ‘Merely the Beginning’
Clinton: ‘No civility with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for’
Trump May Not Be Crazy, But He’s Driving The Left Insane
Antifa Website Promotes Home Abortion Classes
Conservative Students Attacked, Threatened over Kavanaugh Posters
Trump Supporters Being Attacked – Montage
Bloody scenes in San Jose as protesters attack Trump supporters outside rally
After Its Kavanaugh Loss, The Left Gets Even More Unhinged
Truck set on fire because of pro-Trump stickers, owner says
Federal Court Orders Hearing Seeking Testimony of Hillary Clinton
Leftist ‘gender studies’ prof arrested for theft of conservative election signs
Dem senate candidate calls Arizona “meth lab of democracy”
Leftist threatens to rape a Conservative woman on camera

 


 

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Since 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has used the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin to highlight the continuing terror threat to the U.S. Homeland.

CURRENTLY ACTIVE NTAS BULLETIN

PDF (1 pg, 186 KB)
Web Version

 

 


 

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Travel Security

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The U.S. Dept. of State Travel Website is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation at your destination well prior to departure.

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Department of State Guidance

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The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides a variety of resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector businesses and organizations operating abroad.

Mariners and U.S. citizens considering maritime travel should also review information at the websites of the National Geospatial Agency, the Maritime Security Communications with Industry Portal, and the U.S. Coast Guard for information related to maritime and port security globally.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is the authoritative federal source for information on current health issues related to specific destinations worldwide. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health.

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