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"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on KQED Radio
"All things considered from NPR news. I'm Mary Louise Kelly. Try to walk towards the U. S capitol or the White House today and blocks before you get there. You will hit a security perimeter, concrete barriers, armored trucks, armed security. City is braced, of course for disruptions in the run up to Joe Biden swearing in braced for a possible repeat of violence from right wing rioters. Well, whatever happens or hopefully does not happen with the inauguration. The challenge of combating domestic violent extremism is not going away, and as of two days from now, it will like every other National security challenge fall to the incoming Biden team. Which prompts us now to take a look at what new ideas The Biden team may bring to the table. And for that, we're joined by Mary McCord. She was acting assistant attorney general for National security at the Justice Department. Mary McCord welcome. Thank you for having me. I'm going to start broad and then get specific. Do we know yet whether the Biden administration might take a dramatically different approach to this threat than the outgoing administration has? I think we know that the new administration will simply because if you think back to the launch of Biden's campaign he launched by men talking about Charlotte's bills unite the right rally, which, of course, was a He in devastating example of domestic political violence and extremism. And so although we haven't heard any specific announcements yet, I think from the very beginning, you will see an emphasis on the threat that is posed by domestic violent extremism. Now. This will of course, be a area that various agencies and departments across the federal government will be working on, but I want to call attention to one person who will be playing a prominent role. Rust. Trevor's the incoming deputy homeland security director for for president Biden. He was head of the National Counterterrorism Center until he was fired last year under the Trump administration. On do over the summer. This past summer, he made what now appears a very prescient prediction, he said. If the president loses the presidential election Russ Travers said. I wouldn't be surprised if right wing domestic terrorist group stage attacks, which is, of course, is exactly what we've now seen. That's right. And of course, I think Russ is a great appointment. You know, he understands that you need to bring a whole of government and frankly hole of community, not just government and certainly not just federal government. But also state local etcetera. You need to bring that approach to this problem set. Kind of like an international terrorism. You had to bring Ah, hole of the international community as well as the U. S community to the problem set and you know, although he was prescient, he wasn't the only one. I mean, There's been a lot of us that have been talking for some time. Now about the danger of the you know the expanding Recruitment and and, you know, propagandizing of the far right in this country and some of the radicalization toward violence that we've seen it. We've seen it escalating through this year. You're talking about a whole of government approach. But of course, ultimately someone has to take the lead wandering around downtown. Do you see this past weekend? I was struck by all the big wanted posters at bus stops, which reads seeking information on the assault of the U. S capitol, and they give the number to call and it is 1 800 call FBI because the FBI currently has the lead role in countering terrorism in the U. S. Is that the right set up is that something that the incoming team might look at changing, maybe standing up a new agency to deal with an emerging threat? I don't know that we need a new agency. But I think what we're going to see is the so much information is going to come out of these current. In fact, investigations and this invest this information needs to be shared broadly because there are lots of tools that can be used and we need to have accountability. Whether it's federal level accountability, State level accountability, local level accountability and we have to have prevention and we're gonna learn a lot. You know, if you just read the complaints that have been filed so far in federal court in an instant in local court, you're gonna learn a lot about the sources and roots of the problem. Okay, that is Mary McCord. She was an acting assistant attorney general for national security at the Justice Department. She's now at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. Mary McCord, Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Thank you for having me. To Europe now, where Europeans are welcoming the new Biden administration, in particular its top diplomat, Anthony Blinken, He's the nominee for secretary of state. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that in France, they see Blinken as one of their own. Europeans say Secretary of state Mike Pompeo didn't take the European Union seriously. They had a hard time connecting with the hawkish evangelist from Kansas, but they believe things will be different with Tony Blinken. I think it will be like day that's Ian, Lesser, vice president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a think tank that promotes US European cooperation. The selection of Tony Blinken is been greeted with tremendous enthusiasm in Brussels. But you know, it is part in parcel of the sense that after four very difficult years, there's an opportunity to set things back on course not only in terms of style but also in terms of substance. Lester says One key policy change they're looking forward to the U. S. Is immediate return to the Paris climate accord in France. There, particularly looking forward to working with Blinken. He spent much of his school age youth in Paris and speaks native French. That's not all, says former French Prime Minister Jean Pierre Raffarin, who's known Blinken since he served in the Clinton administration in the nineties. No ceremony. The popular Front for coffee is not only Francophone is also a sympathy person. He knows how to listen. And he's not arrogant is respectful in Europe. We appreciate that, and he knows it. Trump's America first policies, saw the U. S abandoned international treaties and take a harsh tone with its traditional allies in Europe. Visitation yours with all the leaders on the moon like face from the norm, then asked to show in a recent interview on French television blank and lamented the U. S abdicating its leadership role in the world. Without us, It's the law of the jungle, he said. And if China takes our place than it will be their rules that define the 21st century. Lincoln's belief in American moral leadership was shaped by his family. His father and uncle were diplomats. His Polish born stepfather was a child survivor of the Nazi concentration camp. Auschwitz. Blinken spoke of the late Samuel Peas are when he accepted his nomination in November. At the end of the war. He made a break from a death march into the woods in Bavaria. From his hiding place. He heard a deep rumbling sound. It was a tank. Instead of the Iron Cross he saw painted on its side, a five pointed white star. He ran to the tank. The hatch opened African American G. I looked down at He got down on his knees and said the only three words that he knew in the in English that his mother taught him before the war. God bless America. That's what America represents to the world, said Blinken. Robert Malley, who heads the International Crisis Group was a friend and schoolmate of Lincoln's during the 19 seventies, when they both attended the echo Johnny in manual in Paris. He says that time helped prepare Blinken for his diplomatic career. Growing up as an American in Paris at a time when for a number of French citizens, the U. S. Was not viewed as a force for good. It was in the wake of the Vietnam War, the US viewed as overly arrogant and trying to impose its way. And he had to confront a universe in which what the U. S projected or thought of projected was not always what the recipients of that message perceived. After four years of Trump Europeans are once again wary of America. Malley thanks blinking is the right person to restore Europe's faith in its transatlantic ally. Eleanor Beardsley. NPR NEWS PARIS.
"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI
"NewsRadio 1200 w O A. I Sunny skies today and tomorrow Partly cloudy. Partly sunny on Sunday Low sixties today look for high around 65 tomorrow and Sunday 44. Nobody plays more E. L O San Antonio's first news. We're joined by San Antonio, first news national correspondent Michael Bauer. We've been talking about this for about a week. Now. The FBI is warning police chiefs all across the nation. There's an extremely high risk of violence in the days ahead. Was the FBI most concerned about? Well, according to it, Aziz you mentioned there was this massive phone call with the FBI Director Christopher Wray caught talking to a new, extraordinary fashion that thousands of police chiefs across the nation and according to police chief from Tucson, Arizona, Chris Magnus, who to me? Sounds like he should. He was like born to be a police chief, Chris Magnus was That he was on the call and that the federal officials seemed extremely alarmed over what they referred to as domestic violence, violent extremists and specifically after that phone call, you saw the joint bulletin written by the National Counterterrorism Center, the justice and Homeland Security departments, all pointing to what they call Cuban on extremists. Those air the followers It here to the Cuban on a conspiracy theories, But they are clearly going out on their own and acting out and that those particular individuals they feel look at what happened last week of the Capitol in Washington, D C as a success, and that is launching them into this other element of what other successes can they have possibly attacking all 50 states and the state capitals, not just the state capital because, according to Christopher raids, State capitals, federal buildings and homes of state lawmakers and other officials that are some of the areas that they're keeping an eye out for and you're already seeing in places like Wisconsin, the floor exterior windows being born it up at the state Capitol in Madison. You're seeing Michigan get ready to shut down their state Capitol Same thing in Ohio, so there's a clear cut concern here and that the elements that are involved Include one cute on follower who was shot by police Wednesday at the insurrection of the capital. She was shot and killed that she was trying to make her way into the heavily protected speaker's lobby and that the extremists, according to the chatter online perceived that death as an act of martyrdom. Now, I'd never heard that associated with very many American institutions before. It's usually like an Isis type thing that we've heard, but that's one of the elements that's being talked about here, in addition to extremist wanting to start and trigger a.
"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on WTOP
"O. P. S. We've been reporting this afternoon. Authorities are looking into the possibility that last week's deadly ride inside the U. S Capitol was planned. And as that investigation picks up momentum, authorities are also warning of more violence in the days leading up to President elect Joe Biden's inauguration next Wednesday, joining us now via Skype to talk about her reporting, CBS senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge Katherine always great to have you with us. What are we learning about this new intelligence fortune? This intelligence bulletin is a joint bulletin from FBI Homeland Security as well as the NCTC, the National counterterrorism center. They track terrorists overseas and then also extremist groups here in the United States. And it's a very long and complicated document. I was able to review it. But I think the most important headline is that it assesses that the successful breach of the capital on January, 6th will on Lee embolden extremist groups to carry out violent attacks not only in the near term but also in the medium term as well. So what is behind these extraordinary threats? Well for lack of a better term, it's like a sort of a witches brew of condition that has come together. So, for example, There is political division racial Division, the tension and pressure of the lockdowns and then the ultramarine tive about fraud during the presidential election, and all these factors have come together to create. Essentially highly toxic environment that has taken these groups from thinking about actions toe actually carrying out these actions, and again, I come back to this idea. January. 6th is so important because it was a successful action in their minds, and it's embolden them or strengthen their resolve to act again in the future. Katherine can you kind of rate the concern Of law enforcement on this. Well, I would just say in my own view. I've been here in Washington since October of 2001. And I first started covering this issue when Tom Ridge was the White House homeland security adviser and the depth and breath of the concern not only for next week, but really in the weeks and months ahead. I think it's probably the gravest I've ever seen it in part because we're living in a time where there's a tsunami of information. And it's extremely difficult for investigators to discern whether Statements made online are credible or whether this is aspirational or wishful thinking on their part part and they have to make these decisions you know, in a very truncated time line, and that's that's difficult under the best of circumstances, but the information flow right now it's just extraordinary. Kathryn. Good to talk to again. Thanks much, of course. Thank you, CBS senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge. It's 4 44 2023 Year of the pandemic, unemployment, uncertainty,.
"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on News Radio WGOW
"It's time producing comics by the colonel in front lines of freedom. First the news lead out, Josh President Trump veto the annual defense policy bill. But it didn't matter as Congress returned to serve on Monday night and overrode Trump's veto for the first time. The bill of firms that 3% pay raise for U. S troops and authorizes over $740 billion in military programs and construction. Trump offered a serious of rationales for rejecting Congress is defense spending bill. He called for lawmakers to include limits on biased social media companies and to strip out language that allows for the renaming of military bases such as Fort Benning and Fort Hood. That honor Confederate leaders without going into detail he has claimed the biggest winner from the defense bill would be China. In his veto message to the House. Trump cited those objections and stated that the measure fails to include critical national security measures includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans in our military's history. And contradicts efforts by my administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions. It is a gift to China and Russia, the president said. One of the things that is eating away. The core of our military is a move towards political correctness, as opposed to combat readiness. Changing the names of military posts isn't important compared to combat readiness. And I feel letting military leaders drive. The conversation I want constitutes readiness to oppose threats by Russia and China is the best way to move forward. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller jokes that he was the very last of the 1st 200 U. S special operations soldiers to invade Afghanistan in December. 2001. In any case, his role as he landed in Afghanistan's capital on December 22nd. For the first time since 2007 felt poetic. He was there to close down the 19 year fight and to some in the last troops home. Miller told reporters traveling with him quote. I feel like the circle's complete. This was the first time I was in combat. Now to be here to see the contours now and the war winding down. It's hugely I don't want to say emotional but pretty significant and quote. Miller was suddenly elevated from the head of the National Counterterrorism Center to become acting head of the Pentagon after President Trump dismissed Defense Secretary Esper on November 9th. Then, 12. Days later, Miller announced a tight new timeline for troop withdrawal, a draw down from 4500 U. S Service members in Afghanistan. Just 2500 by mid January. The same announcement included a plan to withdraw 2200 troops from Iraq, leaving 2500 By the same deadline. Miller makes it clear that he was moved into his role to execute policy and the president's policy now is to draw down the war. A US Taliban agreement, signed in February stipulates a complete withdrawal of troops by May 2021. However, that's contingent on the Taliban upholding the terms of the agreement. Including a halt in attacks on coalition forces and an overall reduction in violence. Fighting Endless wars makes no sense. How long should we have our troops getting killed and wounded in an area where very little changes stability in this region is the responsibility of those who live here. Work nearby. I'm glad we're pulling out. Maybe officials say China's claims that it used in naval and air forces to expel one of our destroyers from quote its territory and quote late last month are false. A senior colonel with the Chinese People's Liberation Army said that it expelled the destroyer John S. McCain out of the waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The claims were published in the Global Times, a Chinese state run newspaper. But Navy officials say the statement is the latest in a long string of Chinese efforts to misrepresent lawful U. S maritime operations in the region. A spokesman for our Navy's seventh Fleet said China's statement about this mission is false. USS John S. McCain was not expelled from any nation's territory. The McCain conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea. The operation upheld the rights freedoms and lawful uses of the sea recognized an international law by challenging restrictions on innocents passage imposed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan, officials said. Those three countries, along with Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei each claim ownership of the group of Islands, Navy officials said unlawful and sweeping maritime claims pose serious threats to the freedom of the seas. Release states quote The international community has an enduring role in preserving the freedom of the seas, which is critical to global security, stability and prosperity and quote. China called the McCain's movements a serious violation of its sovereignty and security, adding that the operation gravely disrupted peace and stability in the South China Sea. According to the Global Times, troops there are on high alert at all times and will firmly carry out their duties and missions to safeguard national sovereignty and security as well as peace and stability in the region. Our Navy has and will continue to exercise freedom of navigation rights everywhere, and especially where China is wrongfully claiming sovereignty. Way to go, Navy. And that's the news..
"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on WZFG The Flag 1100AM
"It's time for news and comments by the colonel in front lines of freedom. First the news lead out, Josh President Trump veto the annual defense policy bill. But it didn't matter as Congress returned to serve on Monday night and overrode Trump's veto for the first time. The bill affirms that 3% pay raise for U. S troops and authorizes over $740 billion in military programs and construction. Trump offered a serious of rationales for rejecting Congress is defense spending bill. He called for lawmakers to include limits on biased social media companies and to strip out language that allows for the renaming of military bases such as Fort Benning and Fort Hood. That honor Confederate leaders without going into detail he has claimed the biggest winner from the defense bill would be China. In his video message to the House. Trump cited those objections and stated that the measure fails to include critical national security measures includes provisions that failed to respect our veterans in our military's history. And contradicts efforts by my administration to put America first in our national security and foreign policy actions. It is a gift to China and Russia, the president said. One of the things that is eating away. The core of our military is a move towards political correctness, as opposed to combat readiness. Changing the names of military posts isn't important compared to combat readiness. And I feel letting military leaders drive. The conversation I want constitutes readiness to oppose threats by Russia and China is the best way to move forward. Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller jokes that he was the very last of the 1st 200 U. S special operations soldiers to invade Afghanistan in December. 2001. In any case, his role as he landed in Afghanistan's capital on December 22nd. For the first time since 2007 felt poetic. He was there to close down the 19 year fight and to some in the last troops home. Miller told reporters traveling with him quote. I feel like the circle's complete. This was the first time I was in combat. Now to be here to see the contours now and the war winding down its hugely I don't want to say emotional, but Pretty significant and quote. Miller was suddenly elevated from the head of the National Counterterrorism Center to become acting head of the Pentagon after President Trump dismissed Defense Secretary Esper on November 9th. Then, 12. Days later, Miller announced a tight new timeline for troop withdrawal, a draw down from 4500 U. S Service members in Afghanistan. In just 2500 by mid January. The same announcement included a plan to withdraw 2200 troops from Iraq, leaving 2500 By the same deadline. Miller makes it clear that he was moved into his role to execute policy and the president's policy now is to draw down the war. A US Taliban agreement, signed in February stipulates a complete withdrawal of troops by May 2021. However, that's contingent on the Taliban upholding the terms of the agreement. Including a halt in attacks on coalition forces and an overall reduction in violence. Fighting Endless wars makes no sense. How long should we have our troops getting killed and wounded in an area where very little changes stability in this region is the responsibility of those who live here. Work nearby. I'm glad we're pulling out. Navy officials say China's claims that it used in naval and air forces to expel one of our destroyers from quote its territory and quote late last month are false. A senior colonel with the Chinese People's Liberation Army said that it expelled the destroyer John S. McCain out of the waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The claims were published in the Global Times, a Chinese state run newspaper. But Navy officials say the statement is the latest in a long string of Chinese efforts to misrepresent lawful U. S maritime operations in the region, a spokesman for our navy's seventh Fleet said. China's statement about this mission is false. USS John S. McCain was not expelled from any nation's territory. The McCain conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea. The operation upheld the rights freedoms and lawful uses of the sea recognized in international law by challenging restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan, officials said. Those three countries, along with Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei each claim ownership of the group of Islands, Navy officials said unlawful and sweeping maritime claims pose serious threats to the freedom of the seas. Release states quote The international community has an enduring role in preserving the freedom of the seas, which is critical to global security, stability and prosperity and quote. China called the McCain's movements a serious violation of its sovereignty and security, adding that the operation gravely disrupted peace and stability in the South China Sea. According to the Global Times, troops there are on high alert at all times and will firmly carry out their duties and missions to safeguard national sovereignty and security as well as peace and stability in the region. Our Navy has and will continue to exercise freedom of navigation rights everywhere, and especially where China is wrongfully claiming sovereignty. Way.
"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on KQED Radio
"He installed Chris Miller as the new acting secretary of defense. Now, Miller is someone who is not the next in line for defense secretary Under normal circumstances, there is a confirmed deputy secretary of defense who should be the one stepping into Top Pentagon role. And instead, Donald Trump went outside the normal order of succession to bring over Chris Miller, who's currently the head of the National Counterterrorism Center, and was as recently as August, a deputy assistant secretary. In the Pentagon overseeing special operations, and that is effectively a five rank promotion for Chris Miller from you know, deputy assistant secretary up to acting secretary And you have to ask yourself why Chris Miller. And what is Donald Trump looking for in Miller? Specifically that he couldn't get from, you know, the literally dozens of people in the normal order of succession. Head of the Miller Let me reintroduce you. If you're just joining us. My guest is journalist Garrett Graff. Recent articles and Politico magazine are about Norm's president. Trump may break between the election and Joe Biden's inauguration and what Trump might do after leaving office. Talk more after a break. This is fresh air. This is fresh air. Let's get back to the interview I recorded yesterday with journalist Garrett Graff about his two latest articles and political magazine. Enormous President Trump may break in the days remaining in his presidency. And what he may do after leaving the White House. One of things you speculate about which may already be happening is that President Trump can take revenge on the deep state in his lame duck weeks. What do you mean by that? Yeah, I mean, we have seen Donald Trump sort of rail against the government bureaucracy, the career civil servants in the military and the intelligence community across the rest of the federal government. And there are sort of two areas TOC particularly concerned about in the final weeks of the Trump presidency. The first is, you know the outright firings that he might make to try to corrupt Decision making in these final weeks, some of which we may already be seeing taking place at places like the Pentagon and the Defense Department. The second is basically Donald Trump, creating his own deep state opposition within the federal government. There's a process that's technically known in Washington jargon as borough going in when you have political appointees shift over into civil service rolls. Where people who would sort of ordinarily leave with an administration than are now sort of permanently part of the federal government. And we're beginning to see this take place in potentially some very worrisome positions. One top White House counsel was recently shifted over to a civil service position as the general counsel of the NSA, the National security Agency. Where presumably it would be hard to remove him in a Biden administration and where he will have enormous sway as general counsel at one of the nation's leading intelligence agencies over the declassification of information over how signals intelligence programs unfold. And how civil liberties of ordinary Americans are respected or abused. And that's just one very specific example of something that we've already seen just a few days after the election, and you know Donald Trump has 70 more days ahead of potential mischief. Is there another example of that that you can think of? That's the main one that sticks out right now. But again, you know, we're just a couple of days into this transition period. And frankly, we're still in the portion where Donald Trump doesn't expect to be leaving. You know, there are signs this week. It. Actually, Donald Trump is proceeding with vetting officials for a second term, and he has instructed the government this week to continue. To move towards presenting a Donald Trump administration budget in February of 2021 where you know, presumably he will not be in office anymore. We haven't even yet fully scene. The administration come to terms with and begin to act like it is leaving in 70 days. So the administrator of the General Service Administration, Emily Murphy, who's a Trump appointee? She has to formally recognize Biden as the president elect before the transfer of power can actually begin. She's declined to do that, so far, so that's what is blocking all the transition funding. That's what's blocking Biden's ability. Get the presidential daily briefing. It's what's blacking his ability to get the funding. Tonto launches new administration. Um How unprecedented is this? Totally unprecedented, were already calling Joe Biden the president elect, But there are really two moments where a president officially and legally becomes president elect. And the first is when he is designated by the G s a administrator as the president elected in a process it's known as ascertainment. That the G s a administrator has to ascertain that he is the likely winner of the electoral college vote. And sends him a letter basically saying, Dear Joe Biden, it looks like you're going to be the next president of the United States. You are now officially the president elect. And as you said, that unlocks millions of dollars in transition funding for him, it unlocks Government office space for his transition staff. Government email addresses government cell phones have been sort of all of the information that agencies and departments have prepared for the transition. It gives his staff the legal authority to show up at agencies and departments and begin to talk with government officials, and it unlocks their ability to receive classified information, including as you.
"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on WTOP
"11. Now there is growing concern about President Trump's refusal to allow the government to help President elect Joe Biden prepare for his presidency. Joining us live to talk more about it is our national security correspondent J. J. Green J. J. How will this if it will harm national security here in the U. S. It will harm national security. Everything is hanging in the balance right now. Adversaries see this full scale turmoil in the US in the national security sector. And they're taking full advantage of it. What's happening? I spoke to two U. S intelligence sources with deep knowledge of what's going on right now. And they say there are many questions about how well the U. S is positioned to respond to threats. But they're serious questions about whether or not the U. S can actually detect the threats that the nation is facing, considering all of this trim oil and all of these problems that are going on internally right now. Now. In addition, Tio putting a delay on recognizing the Biden Harris transition team. The Trump Administration is also making some some changes to members of its own personnel, including a TTE least one Cabinet member thus far, what's the effect on federal agencies? When there's this sort of change happening at this point in time? It puts them at risk musical chairs that important agencies. That's what it does the Pentagon. The National Counterterrorism Center and the rest of the intelligence community are all out of balance right now because key people are moving to new positions in some cases with absolutely no experience in the job. And according to the folks that I've been speaking to since this all started Tio crescendo the last few days. There is also concerned that Mohr of these firings and reassignments were coming and each time this takes place response time, and maybe even the type of response to a national security emergency hangs in the balance. What's the reaction? J. J that we're getting from other countries, especially Two changes at the highest level of the Defense Department. Well, if I could only say on the radio, some of the stuff that I've heard I've spoken to diplomats from a half dozen countries in a few days in recent days, and they Are legitimately bewildered. They have never seen anything like this. Some have actually equated this toe watching, and this is embarrassing a third world dictatorship that's imploding. That's what top national security officials, both former and current are quietly talking about this embarrassment. Also, the important thing to keep in mind is that the world's problems Which the U. S plays a key role in solving are not stopping. While all this plays out there continuing and in some cases, some of them like espionage, and possibly terrorism could possibly be worse ing. While all this is going on, we'll keep an eye on all of this. And, of course, keep folks up today with any new information. J. J. Thank you. That's our national security correspondent J. J. Green. It's 1 14. Now Joanne thought.
"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Recognize today We'd love to get my shot out on air or you can tweet to us. Or send us a message via instagram at all of the WNBA. I see my guest is Paul. Right? Cofounder of Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans for America. Can we talk about Mike Esper for a minute? Yeah, Yes, I think you like you need, Teo. On Monday. Secretary Fence Mike Esper Wass as the president tweeted Mike Esper has been terminated. He's still alive. He's just Andi announced that Christopher C. Miller, who has been director of National Counterterrorism center would become the acting secretary. Vespers firing has been expected. When did his relationship his working relationship with the president? Start to cool? Alison, If I can't just 11 brief thing on Mary is called. She's a hero. She's a frontline hero in the same way. You know people who deployed a combat. She was on the front lines for Kobe. And in the same ways my unit in Iraq didn't have body armor didn't have adequate equipment got stranded to fight an insurgency. Without the support from our government, MEREDITH and countless other first responders in the city and around this country have been left. To go into combat without proper equipment. That's what happened. You had nurses who didn't have P piece, striking and walking out in places like Florida in New York, who were working at a hospital in the president, saying everything's okay Secretary Wilkie saying everything's okay when she talks about transparency. Let me give you one example has stopped posting daily testing numbers of Kobe. Just stop doing it. They used to do a daily than they were late and they would miss six days. Then they just stopped putting out on a regular basis. Coben testing numbers, so we don't even know how many they've tested right. So we don't know how bad and how widespread the issue is, and that I think is again a reflection of Trump's agenda. He doesn't want to test so we won't know how many There are. So we have no real clue how many veterans are sick and have even died when it comes to Esper. This is a guy who's I guess become politically dead to trump and we saw this coming. I've talked covered this in my podcast. I called the President. President, Man, I think he's the most dangerous political suicide bomber we've ever seen. And he blows up everything in his path. And the latest victim of that is Trump is yes, for I've called him. Yes, because in the Pentagon People said he was so in lockstep with Trump for so long. His name was an Esper. It was yes for so I think this is really the most precarious time in recent history for our national security, and I'm no fan of the SEC def Who's now out, But now Trump has cleaned out the entire senior leadership. And this massive disruption is so bad for our troops for our national security for our Kobe response, and now we have an acting be a defense secretary, the fourth one under Trump before we're not better for the job by Congress. And I said this before. Imagine having four bosses in four years at your job, and now imagine your job is war. That's what's happening inside our Pentagon and the stakes have never been higher House. So, Jordan on Long Island Online. Tio. Hi, Jordan. Thanks for calling all of you. Try Shorten Aurea. Good. Go, Go for your shout out, Jordan. All right, well, the shot actually going Teo to Mike Grandfather who he's actually he's been gone about 31 years, but he served in World War two. Hey, came out of World War two with tuberculosis and as a result He was not able that you could get life insurance on a whole other postive issues that kind of came along with it, but I also wanted kind of way. Emma, former emergency medical technician in New York. And I can tell you in the nineties in early 2000, the V, A hospital in New York were appalling, atrocious. And I thought then and and and I'm not surprised by the things that I'm hearing Great nations. To ST Albans, Queens, where the VA hospital is and the people would be lined up in the hallways in wheelchairs. Elsie holding all kinds of off of fecal matter in their hands, and they were absolutely it was amazing that there were rodent there were bugs ever watches the place with the most disgusting thing I've ever seen. And I couldn't believe that this was where our veterans were getting their care. Jordan. Thank you for calling in and sharing your experience is gonna mark on line five from a Long island high mark. Thank you for calling in Yes. Hi. Thanks for taking my Paul. This is a very, very first time. I've made a call like this on DH. I was just thinking you speak of Paul. Thank you. And I am sitting right now, as we speak in the cemetery along Island, the National cemetery. I like to come here every back Wednesday. I'm 70 years old. Barely missed Vietnam myself. I carry a little bit of guilt on that. So I'd like to make sure you get out here. But you speak applause, was talking about the Trump Administration, lack of support for the idea of some of the things he's done with the and I think it goes on the way back to the comments that he allegedly made Mr Trump About calling soldiers, losers and, of course, he denied making those comments..
Trump says Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been 'terminated'
"President trump announced on twitter monday. He fired secretary of defense. Mark asper and christopher miller who serves as director of national counterterrorism center will become the acting secretary effective immediately. See notes that the president jettison esper- just two days. After his democratic opponent joe biden was projected as the winner of the presidential election. A conclusion trump has refused to accept
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"Nation's top prosecutor, says credible claims of voter fraud deserve a closer look. Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the nation to pursue substantial allegations of voting irregularities if they exist. The Associated Press has obtained a memo from bar to U. S attorneys in which he writes, investigations may be conducted if there are clear and apparently credible allegations of irregularities that if true, Who could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual state states have until December 8th to resolve election disputes. Members of the Electoral College meet December 14th to finalize the outcome. Mike Rossia Washington This election is not over far from it. White House press secretary Kayleigh Mcenany after the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania Federal court seeking to block state officials from certifying Joe Biden is the winner of the presidential election. We have only begun Done the process of obtaining an accurate, honest vote. Count way we're fighting for the rights of all Americans who want to have faith and confidence, not only in this election. In the many elections to come. The suit alleges Pennsylvania officials acted unconstitutionally by creating an illegal two tiered voting system or voting in person was subject to more oversight than voting by mail A change at the top at the Pentagon President Trump has fired defense Secretary Mark S. For the president, tapping National counterterrorism Center director Christopher Miller Service He hacking Pentagon chief Tropical Storm Mehta, now moving away from Florida, but it is expected to return by the weekend people along the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle over to Louisiana being urged to keep a close eye on the storm. Wall Street Down Features up 100 points NASDAQ.
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"Rachel Levine is with the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We all need to take steps to prevent the spread of this virus. And if we don't We put ourselves our families in our communities and our health system set risk President elected Joe Biden signaled strongly that fighting the pandemic will be top priority of his new administration. I implore you Where a mass Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbor. Mask is not a political statement, correspondent Paula reads. His defense secretary, Mark Esper, was fired in a tweet by President Trump Today. In this tweet, the president announced that Christopher Miller, the director of National counterterrorism Center, he will be the acting defense secretary, effective immediately. CBS NEWS BRIEF ON that Piper W T. M J News time 3 32 from the W. T. M J breaking News Center. Despite today's announcement that Pfizer's making big progress on a covert 19 vaccine work continues that Labs around the country. We are actively and rolling and getting people vaccinated or the placebo A CZ we speak you w health principal investigator Dr William Hartmann says there may need to be several versions of a code 19 vaccine to effectively treat everyone. One of the objectives is to find out which vaccine is best in which Which people whether it be Caucasian people, African American people. Ah, ah Mexican Americans, Dr Hartman says they still need to enroll some 30,000 people to take part in the clinical trial. Jane met there. W T. M J new virus cases are soaring across the country day after Minnesota reached an all time daily high cold account at nearly 6000 Governor Tim Wall says More targeted lock down measures could be on the way this week. Wisconsin is reporting an average of 5500 new Corona virus cases a day. And while most who contract the virus don't require a hospital stay, the need for them is rising in some areas, according to Ohio's incoming chief medical director, Dr Bruce Vanderhof. We're seeing in the state and unprecedented spike in hospital utilization. Jennifer Kipper CBS News Chicago man accused of shooting two police officers in Delafield Friday is being held on over $1 million After making his first court appearance today. W T. M. J's Tony back live in the breaking news center. Melissa Prosecutors air charging Nathaniel Benton with two counts of attempted murder after allegedly opening fire on officers happen during a hit and run Kong early Friday morning. Both are expected to survive and prompted an hours long manhunt in walk Shot County. Benton is also wanted in North Dakota for attempted murder. W T M J News time. 3 33. Why.
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"To be a part of it, or else tighter restrictions like back in the spring. The mayor already calling for indoor dining to be reevaluated and is urging folks not to travel for Thanksgiving. I'm Scott Pringle, W R. Do some big news today from five sir. It says its vaccine has proven 90% effective considerably higher than most experts had hoped for economic correspondent Rebecca Jarvis. Says the news is allowing people to extend their horizons a bit. Once you have an idea that there might be a vaccine coming down the road, you can start to think a little bit farther out with your life. You can plan that family vacation for sometime later next year. You might be able to think about having a wedding or many different things that you might not have been thinking about yet. President elect buying today announcing a covert 19 transition advisory board. He says the vaccine news is great, but he also says it'll be months before the vaccine is generally available for still facing a very dark winter. For now, nearly 10 million covert cases in the United States. Last week, We topped 120,000 new cases on multiple successive days. We have some breaking news out of the Bronx just now. The bodies of two infants apparently have been found outside an apartment building on college Avenue again this in the Bronx. President Trump is fire Defense Secretary Mar Gaspar Trump tweeted that s for has been terminated, effective immediately, and he thanked him for his service. Trump announced that national counterterrorism Center director Christopher Miller will be the acting defense secretary and the news brought by the Empire State Building, Calling All New Yorker is looking for a safe way to have an adventure of the Empire State Building Observatory is open. Join them now and enjoy great outdoor Open air 3 60 degree view. Secure your reservation.
National security experts describe a distracted and potentially vulnerable country
"Our president is hospitalized with a virus that he refused to treat as a grave threat. In the final weeks of an election whose results he will not pledge to accept as our nation confronts a struggling economy, an unyielding pandemic and significant reason unrest. The combination of these cascading crises has plunged the United States into a vortex of potential vulnerability that national security experts save probably without president. Current and former senior national security officials tell my colleagues, Greg Miller and currently on that they're worried worried that consumed by our own difficulties America is in a poor position to respond to provocations by adversaries advance its foreign policy interests with support from our allies or serve as a credible model. For. The world of what a functioning democracy is supposed to look like. Nick Rasmussen who served as director of the National Counterterrorism Center under trump and before that Barack Obama said he sees weakness and division. And above all. His word distracted nece. Rasmussen. Said any problem anywhere else is just a third or fourth order problem right now because we're so self absorbed inward-looking and consumed with our own toxicity and as he put it when you're distracted. You make mistakes. Current and former US officials say trump's infection is widely seen overseas as a direct consequence of his troubled handling the pandemic but also part of a broader disturbing pattern of perceived incompetence and turbulence. A former senior US intelligence official and frequent contact with counterparts at other intelligence services said he has been delude with emails all weekend asking what in the world is going on This intelligence official says trump's refusal to wear masks or abide by other protective measures has baffled foreign officials describing trump's symptoms as an extraordinary manifestation of the obtuseness. To the contagion. Now. It's worth contrasting trump's cavalier and reckless personal behavior to that of Vladimir Putin. The Russian president has spent the last six months in almost total isolation at a country estate outside Moscow running his government via videoconference. Those who visit Putin person must first quarantine for fourteen days and obtain a negative test result before they are allowed into the residence then they must pass through a disinfectant tunnel to get inside where strict social distancing is then maintained. Steve Hadley who was national security advisor under George W Bush says that if trump loses, he's most nervous about our enemies like Russia or China trying to come after us during
Homeland Security whistleblower: Team Trump distorted intelligence, downplayed Russian threats
"Reporting on the threat of Russian interference to the election, emphasized the threat from China downplay the threat from white supremacists but highlight the threat of Antifa and other leftist groups. That is what a Department of Homeland Security officials says he was told to do in a whistleblower complaint. NPR National security correspondent Hannah Allam is here to talk about the latest claims of political pressure at the D. H s and the implications. Dana. Thanks for being here. Hi there, So I lied. I laid out the the broad strokes of this whistleblower complaint. But can you fill in the details for us? Sure. Until last month, Brian Murphy led the intelligence branch of th S, and he was reassigned after revelations that the office was compiling reports on protesters and journalists. But now, Murphy says the real reason he lost his job is for speaking up about what he portrays is White House attempts to manipulate intelligence to match President Trump's statements. And, as you said he makes claims about Russia an election meddling, but I'm focusing on parts of the complaint, where he describes specific attempts to influence intelligence on domestic terrorism threats. Murphy says his boss is the top th s officials told him in no uncertain terms on several occasions to play down the threat of white supremacists and to play up the thread of Antifa and other militant leftist and he says he was told to do this so that the DEA just intelligence assessments would match what Trump says publicly. And publicly the president frequently and erroneously, we should say it portrays Antifa as an equal or even greater threat than the exponentially deadlier. Extreme, right. This is something I've discussed with Seth Jones at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 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 or general not coming from the experts within the administration, who Are at the National Counterterrorism 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 and 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's 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. So Murphy is 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. NPR national security correspondent Hannah Lamma. Thank you so much for your reporting. Hannah, we appreciate it.
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"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 or general not coming from the experts within the administration, who Are at the National Counterterrorism 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 and 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's 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. So Murphy is 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. NPR national security correspondent Hannah Lamma. 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 the court attorney area and other desks in the courtroom. All have fucks to glass around them. And are more than 6 ft. Apart from each other, like everyone else here, Capell was wearing a mask. There was just one trial that day. One sister wanted to evict the other from a building they used to own together. Attorney Dominick Napolitano raised concerns with compel that his client couldn't sit next to him. But she can't be sitting here with the people. From what I understand The judge had suggestions, right Exchange them another they will do it for the trial proceeded with lots of know taking. Despite safety precautions in the housing and criminal courts. There isn't a lot of business being conducted in person each day. Grand Juries, air hearing evidence and making indictments and some felony cases are being called in for procedural hearings, but there are still no jury trials. Arraignments are still virtual and so are most other cases, but that requires having the right technology access to a computer access to a smartphone. Many of my clients don't have regular access to the Internet. Brooklyn Legal Services lawyer Alex Dremel says That's an obstacle to virtual trials in a lot of courts, even though she says her clients need this option. They're mostly people of color who were disproportionately affected by the Corona virus and afraid to take mass transit attorneys also worry about the potential for witness coaching an online trials when you can't see if anyone else may be present. Housing court trials are expected to slow down now that the CDC has made it much harder to evict tenants affected by the Corona virus, but with other cases ramping up Paula Hannaford, a goer of the National Center for State Courts, says virtual hearings are the on ly way for courts to move forward in a pandemic. She says. Some courts are letting those without the right technology use computers at libraries and community centers to bridge the digital divide. In New York City, public defenders and court officers have complained about poor ventilation in the courts and insufficient protections. But the sisters who sat on opposing sides for their trial in Brooklyn Lucy weighed, and Evelyn Collier agreed. They felt safe. I thought when I walked in, and it was gonna be a room full of people, then I would have been concerned you don't have to worry about 25 of the people standing by to do our waiting to get in the New York court system knows thes in person proceedings can on ly.
Grassley blocks 2 Trump nominees over refusal to explain watchdog firings
"A prominent Senate Republican is blocking president trump's nominees over the firings of inspectors general here's vox's Jared Halpern from Capitol Hill Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley is blocking president trump's Pixley the national counterterrorism center in the undersecretary for arms control at the state department Intel he says he's given adequate reasons for the firings of inspectors general for the intelligence community and the state department a two thousand eight law requires presidents to give Congress a written explanation at least thirty days in advance of removing an inspector general Grassley says the letters provided by the White House do not comply with
"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"Slash two week challenge this is All Things Considered from NPR news I'm ari Shapiro and a merry Louise Kelly the head of U. S. intelligence Joseph McGuire has held that position in an acting capacity for six months as required by law president trump will soon need to choose a permanent head of national intelligence that may or may not be of Joseph acquire dentures Greg my re is here to explain hello Greg Hey Mary Louise so I will require as we said he's been doing the job for six months now why wouldn't president trump just make him the permanent intelligence chief he could he's got pretty solid credentials thirty six years in the navy retired as a Vice Admiral he was running the national counterterrorism center before he took over this job but it got off to a very awkward start with president trump acquire was immediately thrust into the whole Ukraine whistle blower complaint soggy he'd only been on the job for a month or so that call before the house Intel committee was somewhat reluctant witness Democrats wanting to be more forthcoming Republicans they really didn't want to hear a lot about that but here's what acquire had to say about the whistle blower I think the whistle blower did the right thing I think you follow the law every step of the way so the president wasn't exactly thrilled with those comments Maguire's kept pretty quiet since then trump hasn't really said much about him yeah hi there but he is going to have to make a decision about him out so what's going on here because the president has had this fraught relationship with his spy chief since day one actually before he was sworn into office he's he's had this for a relationship but they serve at his pleasure he gets to pick them why hasn't he been able to settle on someone for this and other key posts that he is comfortable with yeah I'm not really clear he the president does like temporary acting advisors and in general and he's done this with national security positions as well but he's not allowed to have an acting director of national intelligence indefinitely so this is like a key job that we don't hear a lot about it someone who oversees the seventeen different intelligence agencies a position set up after nine eleven you could argue that it's it's maybe even more important under this president who goes in a lot of different directions doesn't speak clearly in terms of what his policy is and that you would want a United organize coherent intelligence community offering a very a very clear or position and this is a job that requires a Senate confirmation which means there could be a fight if it's not McGuire one name that has surfaces been a Utah Republican congressman Chris Stewart who is a very staunch trying for trump trump supporter but we have nothing solid at this point it's worth just remembering that there were some friction with the past director of national intelligence with with trump's first United Dan coats the back before he left this past August right so we we couldn't Santa got in this current drama a year ago with this Washington ritual where the intelligence chiefs go up on Capitol Hill and talk about the threat assessments and Dan coats the who was the director of national intelligence at that time spoke about this consensus report that the intelligence community had put together so it's not just offering his opinion but coats and others kept saying things were not really aligned with the president on a number of issues North Korea being one of them trumpet said North Korea he didn't see it as a threat any longer but here's how Dan coats thought at the time we currently assess that North Korea will seek to retain its W. M. D. capabilities in is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities so trump was not very happy with that in by the summer last August Dan coats was gone and he'd been replaced by Joseph McGuire out this Washington ritual of the threats testimony threats assessment which by the way is one of the very few windows we have to hear these people testify on the record is it happening this year it's not on the schedule normally it happens in January or February I'm Adam Schiff head of the house.
Trump Says He is Not Worried About N.K.'s Short-Range Missiles
"The president is naming national counterterrorism center director Joseph McGuire as acting director of national intelligence he'll take over from Dan coats August fifteenth McGuire is a navy special operations veterans with extensive national security experience CBS news military consultant retired army major my clients does among wire is someone that has been in the children's community before as part of the military as well and has experience in the counterterrorism side so he should be well accepted in the international community as well as on both sides of the aisle president trump's announcement came after deputy de and ice to Gordon announced her departure from the trump
Trump names new acting director of national intelligence
"President Donald Trump mentioned a Michigan Republican Pete Hoekstra his name in connection with filling the spot of intelligence director the top spot is open after the departure of both Dan coats who served as director of national intelligence until stepping down recently trump named national counterterrorism center had to Joseph McGuire as acting head of national intelligence the search for a permanent replacement however is still on the Wall Street journal reported trump was asked about host as a possible replacement on
"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on KOMO
"Of last year in his lawsuit McCabe argues that his firing was politically motivated and retaliatory McCabe was let go by now former Attorney General Jeff sessions for disclosing information about the investigation of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and her use of emails the deputy director of national intelligence is now resigning to Gordon leaving a vacuum at the top of that agency she and her boss the director Dan coats will both be leaving their post on the same day next week more from ABC news correspondent Jordan Phillips or Jordan Phelps rather at the White House good morning yeah the president announcing on Twitter that sue warden is resigning from that post she will leave along with Dan coats next week and that his naming Joseph McGuire he's a current director of the national counterterrorism center to take on the role in an acting capacity for those who don't know who who is who Gordon what role did she have and and why is it significant that she is suddenly leaving along with Dan coats she is a career intelligence official she has spent decades in that field and non political person it significant that she's leaving because the president basically wasn't too fond of her the president adds to cordon saying in a resignation letter to the president that he should have the team he wants I sushi stepping aside really as a courtesy for the president to put together a team that he's happy with and adjusted requires a guy he selected to fill the role at least temporarily did she like Dan coats warn the administration about Russian interference in and raise concerns about that she's been a behind the scenes figure not as the head director as Dan coats was Hugh of course publicly I had you know had some disagreements with the president over Russian interference but presumably the president isn't too fond of her probably because she did side with Dan coats on a lot of those positions the president of course has a lot of distrust for the intelligence community in general because he believes of course that the FBI it started spying on his campaign back in twenty sixteen and so this might be part of the president's is general suspicion with the intelligence agencies why he would want at fresh blood in their dressing acquired doesn't have a deep history in the intelligence field but he's a retired navy admiral and is not political so he's seen as really a steadying force a safe pick for this job so in the meantime there's a by guess it's safe to say there's going to be a vacuum of the top two positions at the the office of in national intelligence there definitely is of course under this administration there's an unprecedented number of acting roles in key positions throughout the administration but the president says he actually likes having a lot of acting members in his administration because he says it gives him greater flexibility or J. A. B. C.'s Jordan Phelps with us from the White House this morning also there today America's leading tech companies and trump administration officials will meet to address combating online extremism the meetings in response to the recent deadly mass shootings the suspected shooter in last weekend's el Paso attack is said to have posted a racist essay using some terminology that the president has used a cycling to three mass shootings calls are growing and so is the pressure on the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to let the Senate vote on bills to combat gun violence he has already said last night that he will not cancel the recess of the Senate over the gun violence issue he says extending background checks and red flag laws will be front and center when the Senate returns from its bye break people in Harrisburg Pennsylvania are buzzing about a new ice cream flavor the owner of urban churn says this mayonnaise ice cream that selling very well right now people have tried it say it tastes like really heavy premium vanilla take your word.
Trump names new acting director of national intelligence
"Week president trump is name national the national counterterrorism center director Joseph required to become the denies new acting director A. B. C.'s any feel has details from Washington just a week ago the president said he liked deputy national intelligence director sue Gordan is there now and and certainly he will be considered for the acting a week later sued Gordon announcing she too is quitting after nearly three decades on the job president trump tweeting that national counterterrorism center director Joseph McGuire will take over as acting
Trump links yanking John Brennan's security clearance to Russia probe
"The president tonight quoting one of his supporters who. Appeared on Fox News. John Brennan is a stain on the country. We deserve better than this from the briefing room. Earlier today, here is how the White House press secretary laid out the reasons for stripping Brennan's clearance while threatening to take similar action against other Trump critics. Any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan are now outweighed by the risks posed by his erotic, conduct and behavior. Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations whiled outbursts on the internet and television about this administration. As part of this review, I'm valuating action with respect to the following individuals. James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice. Andrew McCabe Peter Struck Lisa page and Bruce or not only are they all Trump crew. Some of those under evaluation are closely tied as you know to the Russia investigation our own Andrea Mitchell reports. The president's own director of national intelligence. Dan Coats was not aware in advance of today's announcements announcement nor were other senior intelligence officials. The White House was asked for evidence that John Brennan had actually somehow abused his clearance, but declined to provide any. Have any reason to believe or evidence to suggest Brennan has misused classified information or monetize access to as was alleged earlier by this ministry. Again, I'm laid out the reasons for the decision that was made on this specific instance. We'll continue to review the other actions manager, absence of you not saying those things you didn't find it? No, I would make any assumptions. I'm telling you what the decision was based off on. In this case today statement, pulling Brennan security clearance was dated July twenty six. That was a big indicator that it was standing by on the skids ready for weeks and was pulled out and announced just today. John Brennan is famously one of the stone cold faces in that photo taken in the White House situation room. The night, Osama bin Laden was killed. Finding bin Laden was a huge part of his job and his life's work after nine, eleven Phil Rucker of the Washington Post. Put this out tonight. It shows Brennan's major postings in his decades of. Service to this country, much of clandestine CIA station, chief Saudi Arabia CI station chief director of terrorist threat integration center director of national counterterrorism center, White House, homeland security adviser. CEA director briefed three presidents earlier Brennan himself spoke by phone with our colleague, Nicole Wallace. I do believe that Mr. Trump decided to take this action. She's done with others to try to intimidate him suppress any criticism of him or his administration. And we've, oh ki my security clearances is is way of trying to get back at me and this is not going to turn me at all. I'm going to continue to speak out. I think he fears individuals who could damage him damage his his standing on the American people look at the way he's been referring to Muller Muller who is a national treasure. And I common within the law enforcement and Justice communities who's doing his level best to investigate Russian interference in the election and the denigration of Bob Muller as well as his team of investigators is is reprehensible. I think Mr. Trump is getting more and more concerns were more desperate. I would say more and more frightened as there is a closer and closer magnification of some of the things that those around him have been involved in just a short time ago tonight to other Intel chiefs, who's clearances are under review also spoke out. The White House just messaged the entire American intelligence community. If you stand up and say, things that upset the president or with which he disagrees, he will punish you. And that is a horrible message to be sending to folks who are there to tell you objective truth, the bigger issue here, Chris to me is what this implies the implications of this for the first amendment. And the other question I have is, where does this end? Both of those two gentlemen have fifty plus years
"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on Target USA Podcast by WTOP
"Or you do a wonderful job with that effort a few more things we've talked a little bit about the future the day after but we won't talk specifically about isis i want to ask you about alqaeda we've heard not a whole lot from them in the last years at least as it is compares to isis um but there has been a lot of talk recently about alqaeda perhaps making a comeback did they ever go away to you and a second thing i'd like to ask is that bomb making expertise from ebrahim alassiri on his people we've been hearing more and more about sophisticated new bombs in technologies did i did al qaeda go away to you all i'm really glad j j that you raise issue because with all of the focus and attention on isis and not just in the media but just nationally and internationally with all of the focus on isis it's easy to forget sometimes that alqaeda and some of the alqaeda philly at groups remain at the very top of our counterterrorism priority list here in the united states and i would say this is something i've said in a couple of public's uh settings recently not a day has gone by in my entire 10year at nz tc or indeed in it in in the entire ct community during the period i've worked in the ct the terrorism community not a day has gone by were al alqaeda has not been a number one priority for us now that may be a number one priority alongside another number one priority in this case isis but there's been no stepping back from that from that level of effort against alqaeda.
"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on Target USA Podcast by WTOP
"What is that going demean the day after that place or that idea or that supposedly that organisational tangible hub doesn't exist anymore what does that mean for the us and for the counter terrorism situation here in the us part of the challenges is that i don't think there will be a single day after moment when we think and when we think about our war against isis um and particularly the war against isis in iraq and syria there's no question but that we've made tremendous progress in our effort to shrink the size of the caliphat to squeeze isis leadership into smaller and smaller spaces to put more pressure on them and to make it more difficult for isis leadership to organize attacks in in various locations around the world that's that's the good news in its undeniably good news on the the companion peace to that though is of course that the ideology that that isis has spawned an has advanced has already is already in a sense the genie that is out of the bottle and many of the individuals i've spoken about who are inspired by that ideology or motivate motivated or mobilized to act by that ideology are in a sense already in motion and so the the defeat of isis on the battlefield is an important and critical step in shrinking the you know the amount of tear we're going to see around the world but it won't shut it off all at once you might think of this is having a lag effect that we were going to be dealing with the with the isis ideology for a significant period of time even after isis is defeated on the battlefield so speaking of that defeat on the battlefield where will those remnants were people go do you believe what do you think they're going to try to do and they're not just going to go back home and say momma i'm sorry you think that it's an interesting question and it's one we spent a lot of time thinking about there's no co it's true that over the course of the the the several years now the conflict in iraq and syria thousands and thousands of fighters from around the world have have flocked to iraq and syria to join the conflict.
"national counterterrorism center" Discussed on Target USA Podcast by WTOP
"Coming up in this episode isis is so called caliphate is crumbling in iraq and syria and many are questioning what will happen the day after rickel absence but i don't think there will be a single day after moment when we think when we think about our war against isis niclas muslim is director of the national counterterrorism center we've made tremendous progress in our effort to shrink the size of the caliphat to squeeze isis leadership into smaller and smaller spaces to put more pressure on them and to make it more difficult for isis leadership to organize attacks in in various locations around the world that's that's the good news in its undeniably good news on the the companion peace to that though is of course that the ideology that that isis has spawned an has advanced has already is already in a sense the genie that is out of the bottle a compelling conversation about the fight against isis into other terror groups the tactics the eu's today the technology they use the bombs and the capability that the hand and what the us will do in the days weeks months and years ahead coming up on this edition of target usa v nasa security from wtop in washington dc this is target usa russia kuhn render huge harm to this country north korea's secret missile capable of reaching the whole of the united states dangerous terrorist dc is repeatedly mentioned as supplies they would like to seek an attack cyber criminal corruption america as a target on its back and on this program we investigate the threats the people behind them the agency's fighting them.