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    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, in partnership with the Hayden Center, host Michael Morell talks with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff about the politicization of intelligence and the need to "reset" the committee. Schiff details his support of a thorough review to investigate the Solar Winds hack and urges the intelligence community to address the challenge posed by the rise of China. Highlights  Resetting the House Intelligence Committee: "I would like to get back to some level of comity — I realize it's going to take time. Within the Democratic caucus, there is continuing anger, among other emotions, over the fact that even after the failed insurrection, so many of our Republican colleagues were back on the House floor trying to overturn the results of the election and propagating the same falsehoods that led to that attack on the Capitol. Most of the Republicans on the Intelligence...
    The information hacked from Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) « is sold to the highest bidder » on the Dark Web, which puts the strategic security of the State’s productive company at risk, Israel Reyes, a specialist, assured El Sol de México in security and cyber intelligence from George Washington University and member of the International Intelligence Community (CII). “In these networks there is information about Pemex. We already monitor and analyze it. We find strategic and confidential Pemex information on the Deep Web and the Dark Web. We detect it in the International Intelligence Community ”. ➡️ Stay informed on our Google News channel His warning coincides with a report published by the National Anticorruption Organization (ONEA), which revealed that there are more than 180 thousand files with sensitive information about the oil company « floating on the darkest side of the internet, » including documents that were extracted in November 2019 by a gang...
    REUTERS By Jeff Stein I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it up to my keister with “wake-up calls” and “lessons learned.” We keep talking about our intelligence failures like they’re feckless college students. One day their screw-ups are gonna get us killed. (Oh wait, that’s happened already.) The latest kick in the butt came Wednesday courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, which revealed that on Jan. 5, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis sent a situation report to law enforcement across the country saying, “Nothing significant to report.” Let that sink in. The Journal pointed out without snark that “the office is responsible for monitoring threats online.” Nobody here needs to be reminded that far-right fringe groups and untold tens of thousands of delusional pro-Trump fans had been lighting up their social-media redoubts and chat-room hideouts for weeks with excited talk of marching...
    (CNN)It would be a tragedy if the US response to the recently revealed hacking of at least half a dozen government agencies and hundreds of private companies amounts to nothing more than passing indignation.Despite billions of dollars spent on cyber defense, the US government failed to detect Russian hackers suspected of breaching agencies like the Department of Homeland Security for the better part of 2020. Indeed, at the end of the day, the answer as to why the US suffered what The New York Times described as "among the most massive intelligence failures of modern times," is not technical, but rather, human. Douglas LondonOne need only look as far back at the 9/11 Commission report to find eerily familiar cautions and evidence of dismissed advice. At the risk of oversimplifying, an important dimension of what undermined our defense in the years prior to September 11, 2001, was a misinformed public,...
    (CNN)For almost four years, President Donald Trump has trashed the American intelligence community. He's appointed political acolytes to top national security jobs, pilloried expert analysis and polluted intelligence with his personal politics. But with President-elect Joe Biden's nomination of Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, we will soon have a reliable expert leading our intelligence community. Samantha VinogradI know Haines. When I was a staffer at the White House National Security Council during President Barack Obama's administration, she and I were often two of the last people left on the White House compound each night. As the National Security Council's top lawyer, Haines worked seemingly nonstop to advise the National Security Adviser and the President on legal considerations associated with national security decisions. Working beside her for several years, I saw the intellect, focus, leadership and dedication she brought to national security policymaking. Her incredible background -- including...
    Bradley Cortright October 22, 2020 0 Comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she is skeptical about statements related to the election coming out of the intelligence community now.  In a hastily called press conference on Wednesday, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced that Russia and Iran are trying to interfere in the 2020 election.  Pelosi was asked if she felt reassured after speaking to Ratcliffe on Thursday. She responded, “I think we have to be very careful about any statements coming out about the election from the intelligence community at this time.” Watch the video below: I asked Speaker Pelosi about her conversation today with DNI Ratcliffe and if it reassured her about the security of our elections.She said, “I think we have to be very careful about any statements coming out about the election from the intelligence community at this time.” pic.twitter.com/0VPQQr2Y7I—...
    Former acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell applauded DNI John Ratcliffe's decision to scale back in-person election security briefings to Congress in favor of written reports due to members leaking information. Grenell, an RNC senior adviser, told "Hannity" Monday night there is a "crisis with leaks" and this move will help sort it out. RUSSIA ACCUSATIONS RESURFACE AS DEMOCRATS BLAST RATCLIFFE FOR HALTING ELECTION INTERFERENCE BRIEFINGS "The public is being confused here because you've got Republicans saying that China is the problem. You've got Democrats saying that Russia is the problem. We need to listen to the intelligence community," Grenell told host Sean Hannity. "The intelligence community says Russian propaganda is a problem. They say that China is a crisis. These are the facts that are faced before us," Grenell added. VideoRatcliffe told "Sunday Morning Futures" he had been going above and beyond in briefing "not just the oversight committees but every...
    It’s never a good sign when someone gives a speech and people’s reaction is to talk about something other than the words. And this is what happened Monday night to the president’s large adult son, who came to the speaker’s podium on night one of the Republican convention with very red shrunken eyes that did not escape the Internet's notice. People wondered and wondered what was up with Junior’s eyes. In fact, after the speech, #cocaine started trending. As for the words, Junior accused the left of “trying to “cancel” all of those Founders.” He also said that this election would be “church, work, and school” versus “rioting, looting, and vandalism.” And then Junior, who set up the Trump Tower meeting about “adoptions”—the meeting that caused the Senate intel committee to make a criminal referral—that guy said that “ the intelligence community recently assessed that the Chinese Communist Party favors...
    Tuesday, during an appearance on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” former Obama White House advisor Valerie Jarrett discussed the previous administration’s role in the counterintelligence investigation into the 2016 elections. Host Maria Bartiromo asked if President Barack Obama was involved in the affair. Jarrett denied it and said it was handled by the intel community. “I ask you, did President Obama direct any of this?” Bartiromo said. “That’s not how it works,” Jarrett replied. “That’s not how our investigations work. That — we leave that to the intelligence community to bring forward information. And — and the dossier, I would imagine, would be one piece of a much bigger puzzle.” “And so if you’re saying, is it important to make sure that there isn’t influence — and, actually, the Mueller report didn’t conclude that there wasn’t any wrong-doing,” she continued. “In fact, he was explicit in saying quite the...
    Ghislaine Maxwell avoided custody for nearly a year after Jeffrey Epstein’s death and the discovery of her alleged involvement with his sex trafficking ring. Reports suggest those extra months of freedom might have come as a gift from some very powerful friends.
    Leading intelligence community officials are speaking out following a news report about Russia paying the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan — denouncing leaks of sensitive information to the media. CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien each released statements on Monday in which they condemned such information getting out to the public. All three of the statements were similar in messaging, all declining to confirm the report itself, saying that the intelligence was still being assessed. The statements also mirrored one another due to the concerns they raised over leaks from top intelligence officials. “We are still investigating the alleged interference referenced in media reporting and we will brief the President and Congressional leaders at the appropriate time,” Ratcliffe said Monday, “Unfortunately, the unauthorized disclosures now jeopardize our ability to find out the full story with respect to these...
    Appearing Monday on CNN’s The Lead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wondered whether U.S. intelligence officials did not brief President Donald Trump on unconfirmed reports regarding Russia because they were afraid he would leak the information to Vladimir Putin. “My first reaction when I heard it is, my goodness I hope this isn’t true,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacts to reports about Russian intelligence officers offering cash rewards to Taliban fighters to kill US and UK troops in Afghanistan. “This is a serious as it gets.” pic.twitter.com/7Areoirokq — The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) June 29, 2020 A transcript is as follows: JAKE TAPPER: Sources tell CNN that eight Republican members of Congress were briefed today on this intelligence by the White House, and that Chief of Staff Meadows has offered to brief a group of Democrats tomorrow. Have you spoken with anybody at the White House about being briefed about this...
    (CNN)The intelligence that assessed there was an effort by a Russian military intelligence unit to pay the Taliban to kill US soldiers was included in one of President Donald Trump's daily briefings on intelligence matters sometime in the spring, according to a US official with direct knowledge of the latest information.That assessment, the source said, was backed up by "several pieces of information" that supported the view that there was an effort by the Russian intelligence unit -- the GRU -- to pay bounties to kill US soldiers, including interrogation of Taliban detainees and electronic eavesdropping. The source said there was some other information that did not corroborate this view but said, nonetheless, '"This was a big deal. When it's about US troops you go after it 100%, with everything you got."Trump is not known to fully or regularly read the President's Daily Brief, something that is well-known within the...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at Monday’s briefing that President Donald Trump has not yet been briefed on intelligence suggesting Russia is paying out bounties for the deaths of American soldiers in Afghanistan, as the intelligence community hasn’t reached a “consensus” on the veracity of the information. “While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA director, NSA, national security adviser and the chief of staff can all confirm that neither the president nor the vice president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” McEnany stated. “There is no consensus within the intelligence community on these allegations, and, in effect, they are dissenting opinions from some in the intelligence community with regards to the veracity of what’s being reported, and the veracity of the underlying allegations continue to be evaluated.” (RELATED:Trump Dismisses NYT Report That Russia Offered Bounties To...
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