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QUESTION: Why are women and girls are more essential than ever to U.S. national security? We asked @GirlSecurity_ to lay out the reasons. Follow this thread.
ANSWER: "National security is the most important common cause, but norms, bias, and discrimination continue to shape the roles girls and women play in security, despite women’s longstanding contributions.
Women remain underrepresented in national security. While increasing the number of women in national security alone will not remedy shortcomings or shortfalls across sectors, it creates a stronger foundation upon which long-needed advancements can succeed.
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QUESTION: Recently, the US government & @Microsoft disabled -probably temporarily -"Trickbot" one of the world’s largest hacking operations, for fear it would interfere with the U.S. election.

What is Trickbot? Our friends at @NCSC explained. Follow this thread for the answer.
ANSWER: "Trickbot is an established banking trojan used in cyber attacks against businesses and individuals in the UK and overseas. Trickbot attacks are designed to access online accounts, including bank accounts, in order to obtain personally identifiable information
In some cases, Trickbot is used to infiltrate a network. Once inside it can be used to deploy other malware, including ransomware and post-exploitation toolkits. Trickbot targets victims with well-crafted phishing emails, designed to appear as though sent from trusted commercial
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QUESTION: Who are the "Proud Boys"? We asked Scott Stewart @stick631. Follow this thread for the answer.
ANSWER: First, they are a group with an organized national and regional structure. Second, they are not classified as white supremacists as many press reports claim. While some Proud Boy members have links to white supremacists,
the Proud Boys group has members of different ethnicities and its current leader, Enrique Tarrio, is a Cuban. The group is self-avowedly “western chauvinist” meaning that they believe western civilization is superior to others.
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ALERT: @FBI & @CISAgov have sent out an alert warning the public about FALSE CLAIMS OF HACKED VOTER INFORMATION: "Foreign actors and cyber criminals are spreading false and inconsistent information through various online platforms in an attempt to...
to manipulate public opinion, discredit the electoral process, and undermine confidence in U.S. democratic institutions. These malicious actors could use these forums to also spread disinformation suggesting successful cyber operations have compromised election infrastructure and
facilitated the “hacking” and “leaking” of U.S. voter registration data. In reality, much U.S. voter information can be purchased or acquired through publicly available sources. While cyber actors have in recent years obtained voter registration information,
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QUESTION: Japan's Prime minister Shinzo Abe is leaving office. Who is Prime Minister-Designate Yoshihide Suga and how will he impact North Korean human rights? We asked @rosainhaepark Rosa Park, @committeehrnk Director of Programs and Editor.
ANSWER: "North Korea has been abducting citizens of other countries for decades. Nowhere is the issue more prominent than in Japan. The total number of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents is estimated to be upwards of 883 people.
Prime Minister-designate (PMD) Yoshihide Suga, who was elected to lead the Liberal Democratic Party on Monday, has been a leader for the North Korean human rights issue in Japan. When PMD Suga was Chief Cabinet Secretary under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
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QUESTION: A new scandal has arisen after allegations of hysterectomies practiced on immigrant women in a detention center in Georgia. What are the implications of these accusations? We asked our venerable colleague @GCorreaCabrera. Follow this thread for the answer. Image
ANSWER: "Advocacy groups have filed a complaint against this migrant detention center appealing to these accusations, as well as supposed medical neglect during the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of virus safety measures.
The information about alleged hysterectomies without proper "informed consent" was provided by a whistleblower, a nurse who used to work there.
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QUESTION: President Trump has suggested he might not accept the results of the upcoming Presidential election, if he loses. Critics claim he might engage in a "fire sale" of U.S. foreign policy. What are the limits of a lame duck President? Follow this thread for the answer.
ANSWER: We asked Jeremy Mayer, an Associate Professor in the @ScharSchool of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
"One oddity of our Constitution is the very long lame duck period. In Britain and many other modern democracies, the moving trucks arrive for a defeated executive much sooner. This is related to the age of our Constitution,
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1/ To me, August 12, will always be a day to honor the brave Americans who stood up against white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville back in 2017. Those who literally fought to defend our commitment to America's promises and the process of becoming a more perfect Union. #A12
2/ I think of Heather Heyer, who lost her life on A12. I think of her mother, Susan Bro, who said: ‘I want you to pay attention, find what's wrong. Don't ignore it, don't look the other way. You make a point to look at it, and say to yourself, what can I do to make a difference?’
3/ Today—& every day—let's put in the work to honor those words. We must support those in Charlottesville still fighting for justice, for equity, & for opportunity. ⬇️ Below are 7 incredible organizations whose work I deeply admire. They each deserve/need our ongoing support...
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QUESTION: What just happened in Belarus? We asked @kaltau Karl Altau from @JBANCchatter to sum it up. Follow this thread for the answer. nytimes.com/2020/08/09/wor…
ANSWER: "The so-called “election” farce in Belarus has overnight turned from elusive hope for peaceful protesters into dismay due to the violent reaction by the regime.
Alyaksandr Lukashenka (Alexander Lukashenko)* has again stolen the election from the people of Belarus.
Lukashenka is weak. The Kremlin prefers the status quo there and will do what it can so that their preferred balance of power remains.
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QUESTION: What did Hurricane Isaias tell us about disaster response during the #COVID19 #pandemic ? We asked @RealBobJ, Bob Jensen, who has deep Homeland and National Security experience to explain. Follow this thread for the answer. Image
ANSWER: "1. There will be stories about people in shelters who refuse to wear masks. Some instances may even lead to violent incidents. (I pray this won't happen, but it's already happening with people just going to stores and getting violent about masks).
2. Some disaster will cause large evacuations and the locations near them will be unprepared - which will eventually lead to further spread of COVID due to crowding and lack of screening in shelters.
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ALERT! @SenBlumenthal nails it in @washingtonpost editorial. Something really bad is going on in the shadows. Election interference is far worse the we could imagine. And the public needs to know about it. Follow this thread for more.
”The publicly available facts are terrifying enough. A report released on Wednesday by the State Department outlined in detail attempts by Russian front groups.
... fake individual online identities and state-funded media to sow disinformation and dissension about U.S. allies around the world.
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UPDATE: His family @freepaulwhelan tells me, and other sources confirm, that he arrived in the Republic of Mordovia on Sat. Aug 1. They say it can often take prisoners weeks to reach a camp on the prison train...
So despite reports he was last seen in Lefortovo last Wednesday, he may have left long before that. According to Russian prison officials, Paul will be quarantined for 20 days in camp IK-18 and then moved to his permanent camp, IK-17.
This is clearly troubling for the family because this move, further isolates him from them, his lawyers and embassy personnel -who check on his well being. But as one source told me, this is precisely the point of moving him there.
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QUESTION: What should you do if you suspect you and your family are potential targets? Scott Stewart @stick631 of @TorchStoneGlobl has the answers. Follow this thread. Image
ANSWER: "1. Carefully guard your personal information such as your home address. Maintain a low profile – avoid vanity license plates and other things that can readily identify who and what you are and that may help lead a potential attacker to your home.
2. Practice good situational awareness and be alert for pre-operational surveillance conducted as the assailant is planning the attack.
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QUESTION: What happened during the murder of Daniel Anderl, son of US District Court Judge Esther Salas in North Brunswick, New Jersey? We asked Scott Stewart @stick631 of @TorchStoneGlobl to explain. Follow this thread for the answer. Image
ANSWER: "In a tragic case, the son of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas was shot dead and her husband seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire at the front door of family’s home on the evening of July 19.
It appears the shooter was a Manhattan lawyer and men’s rights advocate who was later found to have taken his own life in the Catskill mountains. A letter addressed to the judge was found close to his body.
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QUESTION: How will the China/Iran economic and security partnership deal impact US national security? We asked former CIA officer Douglas London @douglaslondon5 . Follow this thread for his answer.
ANSWER: “This is less a new partnership and rather a reflection of the increasing willingness of great power rivals China and Russia and regional actors alike to challenge U.S. interests in areas where it previously exerted leadership and greater influence.
Iran has traditionally sought to balance its reliance on the West by turning to China and Russia whose measured responses demonstrated wariness of economic, military and political consequences in provoking the U.S. Greater American unilateralism and...
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QUESTION: What does Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong mean for Taiwan? We asked Ellen Laipson, Director of the Master's in International Security degree program at the @ScharSchool at George Mason University. Follow this thread for her answer.
ANSWER: "Taiwan and Hong Kong have very different histories and relationships with the Chinese government in Beijing, but the crackdown in Hong Kong has brought the two closer together.
The government of Taiwan, which Beijing insists is still part of China, has condemned the new security laws intended to suppress opposition activities in Hong Kong, and has expressed solidarity with the democratic citizens of Hong Kong.
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On June 18, #SCOTUS ruled that Trump administration efforts to end #DACA program are not legal. We asked @GCorreaCabrera: What does this decision means for young, undocumented immigrants and for the future of US immigration policy overall? Follow this thread for the answer.
"This decision has been touted as a big win for more than 640,000 young immigrants who were brought to the US as children. It provides a temporary reprieve to the beneficiaries of #DACA; they will not be immediately deported. However, as @PayanTony,
director @BakerCtrUSMEX explains, #SCOTUS “did not rule that the program is or is not constitutional. It simply ruled that the administration’s efforts to shut down the program were illegal because it failed to follow the Administrative Procedures Act,
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QUESTION: What’s up with the fireworks displays all nightlong from coast-to-coast? @natsecanswers looked into it and here’s what we found. Follow this thread.
ANSWER: There are 5 main reasons.

1. Some people say it’s to let off steam after being cooped up during COVID19.
2. Others say it’s related to the ongoing protests against “systemic racism”.
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QUESTION: What kind of fallout should we expect from North Korea's demolition of the Joint Liaison Office with South Korea, located in Kaesong, North Korea? We asked Amb. Joe Detrani, former U.S. Special Envoy to the 6 Party Talks w/the DPRK. Follow this thread for his answer.
ANSWER: "The symbolism of demolishing the Joint Liaison Office also happened on the 20th anniversary of the June 15, 2000 Peace Summit between Kim Jong-il, the father of Kim Jung-un, and Kim Dae-Jung, the leader of South Korea.
This Peace Summit ended with a declaration that both leaders would bring peace and reconciliation to the Korean Peninsula. In fact, Kim Dae-Jung received the Nobel Peace prize for this peace summit.
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QUESTION: How does America fix the glaring problem of racism?
ANSWER: Honest, respectful discussions. Check out JJ Green @natsec09, who is black & Chris Core, who is white on the new podcast "Colors". Join in! @podcastcolors podcastone.com/pd/Colors-A-Di… hear reflections from @stick631 & @GCorreaCabrera. Dealing w/racism is a national priority.
If you have questions about national security, follow @NatSecAnswers, send us your questions and we'll get the answers. @threadreaderapp unroll @mvhaydencenter @GenMhayden #A12 @douglaslondon5 @DHWise007 @DavidPriess @LarryPfeifferDC
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SPECIAL MESSAGE

We have purposely been silent since May 25, to allow our followers and experts to focus on the deeply disturbing and destructive, racial turmoil in our nation, which was laid bare by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
By stepping away momentarily, from our work here, we sought to honor those whose lives were given and taken in the pursuit of justice, equality and respect for African Americans. It is now time to return to our work.
We do so with a deep sense of gratitude for those of you in our diverse community who spoke out against the horrendous murder of Mr. Floyd and in support of peace and liberty for us all.
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QUESTION: How is the National Security Council organized and how does it work? We asked @realbobj, Bob Jensen. Follow this thread for the answer.
ANSWER: The National Security Council (NSC) and supporting staff are part of the President’s personal staff at the White House and their main role is to advise and assist the President on national security issues.
They do this by developing policy options using a multi-level decision-making process that helps achieve the national security and foreign policy agenda of the president. This includes coordinating input and policy proposals from across the government; analyzing/refining them;
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QUESTION: We've heard a lot lately about "Unmasking" in the national security world. One of our experts, Douglas Wise @DHWise007, who served at @DIA and @CIA was asked, "What exactly is unmasking"? Follow this thread for the answer.
ANSWER: "Many Americans may not be familiar with the procedures for minimizing information the Intelligence Community collects on U.S. Persons. U.S statutes define how information on U.S. Persons is handled.
Under these statutes are a set of procedures designed
to specifically balance the legitimate needs for privacy/civil liberties against the need to use this
information to protect the Nation.
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QUESTION: The terrorist responsible for the #Pensacolashooting on 6 Dec, 2019 had been linked to Al Qaida for almost a decade. We asked Hans Jakob Schindler @FightExtremism, "What does this say about Al Qaida's current activities in the 'West'?" Follow this thread for the answer.
ANSWER: "The newly obtained evidence form the two phones of the perpetrator apparently show not only his long standing association with AQAP (at least since 2015) but that he planned and prepared the attack for a long time, potentially years.
This demonstrates that AQAP remains the al-Qaida affiliate that is most geared towards attacks outside the immediate conflict zone, in particular attacks on US, European and other Western targets.
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