Brian Murphy, White House, Hannah Lamb discussed on Morning Edition


He's got a long background in counterterrorism work, and he and other analysts say the White House assertions of widespread violence from the left are baseless. Those comments are general not coming from the experts within the administration, who Are at the National Counter Terrorism Center at the FBI Counterterrorism division. They're coming from politicians, so it's not a reflection of the data. The far left simply does not present the same threat that the far right dozen capabilities in plots and attacks Orin fatalities, none of those Nevertheless, this is what Brian Murphy says he was pressured to do to elevate the threat of the far left. How does he describe this? This pressure campaign. Well in the complaint, he talks about being asked by the top leaders to soften language in a report on white supremacy to make it quote less severe, and at the same time, he says, he was being asked to add more information. On the far left. He mentions Antifa anarchists. In particular, the White House has dismissed these allegations are false and defamatory that call Murphy a disgruntled employee. But he's not the first to raise these concerns. We've heard former senior D H s officials saying this that the far right wasn't taken seriously. We've heard it from researchers who work closely with the government on policy making. And I mean we hear it ourselves in the market the different ways. The president speaks about attacks where the perpetrator's a right wing ideologue versus, say, a leftist or a Muslim. What does take this one up A notch in terms of revelations is that this is an insider alleging that political appointees attempted to manipulate actual intelligence and this is not a press release. This was an assessment of domestic threats to the nation. And so Murphy's asking the department's inspector general to investigate what he calls abuses of authority. So how how did all of that affect the white supremacist movement? Extremism analyst generally say the far right especially, you know, white nationalist supremacists had been emboldened under Trump. And so this is one more account, saying the administration looked the other way as violent actors got more organized, more violent, better funded. And now we're starting to see some of those groups show up to protest, intimidate and launch attacks that many fear will lead to an escalation before and after the November election. My NPR national security correspondent Hannah Lamb. Thank you. So much for your reporting. Hannah, we appreciate it. Thank you. Along with so much of American life. The pandemic stopped ordinary court proceedings. Now states and cities have resumed operations hearing new cases, plus the backlog of old ones. Beth Fertig of our member station W. N. Y. C watched a New York City court trying to safely do business. Brooklyn's busy housing court had just started here in cases again when the federal government announced a moratorium on evictions. Judges were back in courtrooms. This is the quietest try alive ever had. Judge Sheila Capell took a break from her first trial since March because Brooklyn's notoriously cramped housing court wasn't fit to reopen in a pandemic trials were moved to the criminal court building a few blocks away with much bigger courtrooms. And safety features. Desks were being wiped. While we talked, the bench witnessed and on a court attorney area and other desks in the courtroom, all have Lux to glass around them. And are more than 6 ft..

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