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Bulgarian prosecutor's office details how 6 person spy-ring with access to the Bulgarian military and parliament operated.
#espionage #russia #gru #natsec #intelligence #counterintelligence #bulgaria @NATO @EU_Commission @NSAGov @CIA @NCSCgov #EU #SCS #security #cybersecurity Image
Tasking?

The #GRU tasked for #SECRET info on #Bulgaria, #EU, #NATO & specifically the NSA, CIA and their joint SIGINT entity the SCS

#espionage #russia #gru #natsec #intelligence #counterintelligence @EU_Commission @NSAGov @CIA @NCSCgov #SCS #security #cybersecurity ImageImageImage
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Today in investment law and policy, we’re talking about investment and national security (my favorite topic). The students read treaty text and Continental Casualty v Arg, and also watched a short recorded lecture by me. Other links below were not assigned to students. 1/
First, a little background from my recorded lecture. When folks say that today there is greater overlap between #NatSec & #ISDS, what do they mean? What kinds of measures are they talking about? How would they violate investment rules? 2/
Historically, the primary concern might have been economic sanctions. The US, in particular, has for years applied sanctions, asset freezes, and embargoes under the 1917 Trading with the Enemy Act and the 1977 Int’l Emergency Economic Powers Act (pictured). 3/
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#FBI Director Christopher Wray will discuss the role civic education plays in national security during a webcast this afternoon at 2 p.m. EST. You can watch live at ow.ly/wPk650DWdZc. #NatSec @CSIS
During his remarks, Director Wray described how civic education intersects with national security and the FBI’s work: “First, it intersects with some of the threats the FBI and our nation confront today, and second, it can shape how we do our work.” ow.ly/tPBU50DXDI9
Wray: One example of how civic education affects a current national security threat is election security—and more broadly, the problem of malign foreign influence, which has been a top concern for the FBI recently.
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1/This was one of the most successful #natsec #whistleblower cases in history. We had three primary objectives: (1) ensure client lawfully released classified information to appropriate oversight authorities; (2) protect client's anonymity & (3) protect client from retaliation.
2/We succeeded with all three objectives.

You will notice what was NOT our objective, and that was the #impeachment of President Trump, which was a natural and political outgrowth of achieving objective #1.
3/The representation was a perilous one. We received death threats and hostility, including from the President himself (who publicly declared I "should be sued for treason"). One individual was prosecuted for threatening my life and he will be sentenced later this month.
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Tomorrow, the @JoeBiden Administration will likely release a memo that sets the ground rules for national security decision-making. /1
This memo will clarify who sits in the key decision making bodies – the National Security Council (NSC), the Principals Committee (PC), the Deputies Committee (DC), and the subsidiary interagency bodies. /2
For convenience, here is the Obama Administration memo (fas.org/irp/offdocs/pp…) and the Clinton Administration (fas.org/irp/offdocs/pd…). Small hints about the process may be embedded in the #BidenAdministration’s document. /3
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Good morning, loves! ❤️ Here are a few wisdom droplets for you: To state the obvious, every member of congress who aided & abetted last Wednesday's attack is a traitor to this country. #NatSec
If you've seen photos & listened to reports from congresspeople who were inside the Capitol during the attack, you know certain Republicans gave rioters pre-attack recognizance tours.
They also first-pumped to cheer attackers on as they trashed the Capitol, tweeted out the location of the fellow congress members' hiding spaces & one literally said (about the mob) "those are my people." Watch this entire video. #NatSec
instagram.com/tv/CJ-OkgNAO1N…
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If you need a mental / #SelfCare break, tune in to something uplifting ... We're staaaaarting! First up, @USChamber Pres. Suzanne Clark is interviewing @NEAArtsChair @MACartsDC & Annette Bening. #StarringRole
uschamber.com/live-event-exp…
LOVE @NEAArtsChair @MACartsDC comment about how the arts unite us. It's true!! ♥️ #StarringRole
By definition, they require imagination and expanding one's mind. For example, when you see an actor, you're picturing them as the person they're depicting — not solely thinking: "Hey, that's ____!" #StarringRole
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I’m going to start a new thread with details of just how bad this was - which is nowhere close to as bad as it could have been.

I don’t even work there anymore and I was so upset I had to take sick time Thursday. I hope members and staff are getting any help they need.
I think the nonwhite and Jewish members and staff do appreciate this.
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I kinda think it's hillarious that @_SecondThought was intimidated by @DHSgov and shadowbanned by @YouTube re: criticism of the @CIA.

For all the wrong reasons...
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For once, it's a chilling effect for anyone, espechally de-facto members of the #press [since @_SecondThought does #journalism, be is part of it] to intimidate them by a govt. agency like @DHSgov.

Not to mention that their accusation, "anti-americanism", is not a crime.
In any reasonable justice system, #NullaPeneSineLege applies, which means the government cannot do anything about something that isn't explicitly outlawed.

And last time I checked voicing criticism of politicans was not, @DHSgov!
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No surprise to me, but my Congressional 'representative,' Trump sychophant @RepNewhouse, is among the 106 @HouseGOP members who have violated their oath of office & abandoned democracy today by signing onto an attempt to overthrow the will of more than 81 million American voters.
I hope @Lawrence posts his opening statement & segment with @SteveSchmidtSES from this evening, because they expressed, more eloquently that I can, the extent to which @RepNewhouse, @cathymcmorris & the other 104 @HouseGOP seditionists have betrayed the Constitution & the nation.
The burning question in my mind is: why are they doing this? They obviously fear Trump, but why? What damning information does he have on them? What do they fear he will do to them? Or are they simply in favor of ANYTHING that preserves the white-dominated, Christian patriarchy?
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Championing foreign aid is a tough sell, particularly these days. But here are some ways to make it work for Middle America and the world.

1. Connect the heartland to global development, there are some great examples here. @TheHillOpinion @drgilliland

thehill.com/opinion/intern…
2. Innovate/sell climate solutions + other tech to emerging markets.@DFCgov

3. Build global pandemic & climate tracking systems that also help the heartland. @HouseForeign

4. Bring global expertise to Middle American problems; learn from int'l best practices. @jakejsullivan
Given the recent calls for a Marshall Plan for Middle America, why not deploy the pros who have done it for years?

5. Establish development incubators in Peoria, Youngstown, Jackson, and other “forgotten” communities of America.@USGLC
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#OnThisDay in 1862, one of the most sordid episodes in the Civil War occurred in a hotel in Louisville, KY, when Union Gen. Jefferson C. Davis murdered fellow Union Gen. William “Bull” Nelson in cold blood. I can’t BELIEVE I haven’t done a thread on this before, so here we go ... Image
We’ll start with Nelson, all 6-2, 300 pounds of him. His physical stature earned him his nickname of Bull (remember, in the 1860s, most people were 4'11" and had the physique of a late-70s David Bowie). But "Bull" also fit his personality: sharp-tongued and witheringly sarcastic. Image
Davis, perpetually sick and tired (like a late-70s David Bowie), couldn’t be more different physically from the robust Nelson, and their personalities also clashed. Nelson had relieved Davis of duty earlier that year for failing to organize his troops, and Davis held a grudge. Image
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We are former public servants who have devoted our careers, and in many cases risked our lives, for the US. We are generals, admirals, senior noncommissioned officers, ambassadors & civilian #NatSec leaders.

We are 489 National Security Leaders for Biden.
nationalsecurityleaders4biden.com
Somos ex servidores públicos que dedicamos nuestras carreras, y en muchos casos arriesgamos nuestras vidas, por los Estados Unidos. Somos generales, almirantes, suboficiales superiores, embajadores, y líderes civiles en seguridad nacional.
nationalsecurityleaders4biden.com/espanol
"Joe Biden has the character, principles, wisdom, and leadership necessary to address a world on fire."

489 retired Generals, Admirals, Senior Noncommissioned Officers, Ambassadors and Senior Civilian National Security Officials endorse Joe Biden for President! #BidenHarris2020
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>37 million people have
fled their homes in the eight most violent wars the U.S. military has launched or participated in since 2001 watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/fil…
#peace #EndWar #GlobalWarOnTerror #GWOT #NatSec #HumanRights
#USA has fought in >=24 countries since 2001

Sources cited:
hsdl.org/?abstract&did=…

davidvine.net/unitedstatesof…
Conditions in #Yemen are so bad people can't even leave the country

sanaacenter.org/publications/a…

internal-displacement.org/countries/yemen
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The #GRU (Russian Military #Intelligence) seals the deal & is now running #Debbins as an ideological penetration of the U.S. Army.

In this 2nd part, I break down multiple trips to Russia and how the GRU handles Debbins

#Espionage #Russia #NATSEC

news.clearancejobs.com/2020/08/24/deb…
The #GRU unit handling Debbins is located in Samara, Russia - 3rd Guards Spetsnaz Brigade (Military Unit Number 21208) is located in Samara, Russia

#Espionage #Russia #NATSEC
The #GRU issues Debbins

*Operational telephone line in Russia which he uses with his GRU operational alias

*Operational letter drop in Samara, with code words to be used in an emergency

Debbins leaves the US Army and is fully operational.

#Espionage #Russia #NATSEC
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He was 21 on his study-abroad in Chelyabinsk

The #GRU spotted/assessed him for recruitment

He was given rudimentary ops tests while they sized him up

They were counting on him not to report the contact

He didn't

#Debbins #natsec #espionage #russia

news.clearancejobs.com/2020/08/22/the…
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FBI Honolulu found itself penetrated by China’s Ministry of State Security #MSS 2004-2010 - the penetration was a former CIA officer Alexander Yuk Chin Ma who was recruited in 2001 - my thoughts for @ClearanceJobs news.clearancejobs.com/2020/08/18/chi…
#insiderthreat #china #natsec #Espionage
From 2004-2010 he managed to steal FBI data digitally and in hard copy ... Would your organization's insider threat program detect this?
#insiderthreat #china #natsec #espionage #mss Image
While short on details in the FBI S/A's affidavit, the fact is that the #MSS lost control of the March 2001 video of Ma's debriefing and it managed to find its way into the hands of the FBI indicates a major coup for U.S. intelligence

#insiderthreat #china #natsec #espionage Image
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The simultaneous downplaying of the seriousness & the normalization by #cdnmedia, of an assassination attempt on 🇨🇦’s PM, sidesteps the #NatSec threat of domestic terrorism, RW extremism, white nationalism & neofascism. publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/…
#cdnpoli #CoreyHurren #CdnmediaFail ImageImageImage
In addition, malign influence operations by foreign actors assist radicalization. justsecurity.org/68420/confront…
They seek to form &/or engage with RW groups, feeding disinformation into private FB groups, share memes on IG, form networks with disaffected users on Twitter. #cdnpoli
All amplified by troll farm operations. For example the “Mr Stache” high functioning troll farm network I’ve gotten swarmed over in the past for calling it out.
Groups like these spread info-toxins that fan the flames of hate & destabilize democracies. #cdnpoli #cdnmedia Image
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My thoughts on the "Why" of closing China's consulate in Houston

news.clearancejobs.com/2020/07/23/sta… via @ClearanceJobs

#natsec #china #espionage #mss #iptheft #diplomacy
As promised @zachsdorfman ⬆️
China orders US to shutter their consulate in Chengdu
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Appears the Chinese Consulate is conducting a "burn out" where all classified and sensitive materials are destroyed.

#china #natsec

houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-t…
In my experience (yes, I've burned out on more than one occasion) this occurs when your about to be overrun (evicted) or when you vacate premises.
Given today's indictments, tomorrow or Friday could be a busy day at the State Department.
#china #natsec
This video shows what appears to be the burn activity.

No reports of "roman candle" like event so doubtful they had the fun "nitrate filled" containers that would melt classified equipment in a jiffy when lit-off

Just run of the mill fire barrels

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Thousand Talents Program’s Chinese Scientist Arrested on the Run news.clearancejobs.com/2020/07/10/tho… via @ClearanceJobs
Zheng, a medical researcher in the United States for 20 years, participated in the Chinese program since 2013.

He worked at Ohio State, Penn State and USC.

China from Zheng's research

#china #iptheft #espionage #economicespionage #thousandtalentsprogram #natsec #intelligence
When arrested - Zheng was PI on 7 NIH programs totally $4.1M and received the NIH Star Grant .

The pipeline of medical research to China continues - this time to Sun Yat-Sen University

#china #iptheft #espionage #economicespionage #thousandtalentsprogram #natsec #intelligence Image
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🤫 Shhhh! This hearing on Veterans Access to Reproductive Healthcare is getting ready to start with Women's Health Services at @DeptVetAffairs @VeteransHealth, @PVA1946 & @CNASdc. You can also watch live on @cspan.
"The first women arrived at the first Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Training Center at Fort Des Moines on July 20, 1942. Among them were 125 enlisted women and 440 officer candidates (40 of whom were black) ..."
army.mil/women/history/
What services are considered "reproductive" healthcare?
In Vitro Fertilization / IVF
OB/GYN Visits
Comprehensive #SexEd
Emergency Contraception
Maternal & Newborn Healthcare
Domestic Violence Counseling
Gender Confirmation Surgery
STI/STD testing & treatment
#BirthControl
& more
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Surely every serious national security strategist understands the distinction btwn Govts Geopolitical decisions and th military's detailed scenario planning & action program. A govt can decided on basis of expected value of outcome or worst case scenarios-the latter is paralyzing
2/ns The critical issue in China-India conflict is that,as of now (2020), #China controls the #escalatory ladder. So India's #National #Security Apparatus has to make assumptions about when and how #CCPpla will escalate, if it loses the first few steps on its escalatory ladder!
3/ns The worst case scenario for us is therefore the one in which after loosing previous escalations, #CCP China escalates to a full fledged war/attack on India, by shifting US-facing troops and highest quality equipment towards India. This has proved paralyzing for past Govts!🤔
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Looks like it's going to rain outside & @lifetimetv is currently airing a kink-friendly movie about open marriages. So, now I know exactly what I'm doing for the next 2 hours. 🍿
Couple A about Couple B's #OpenMarriage: "I didn't think they were the type." Well, sir, that's the thing ... You never really know who's kinky and who's vanilla. 👀
Everything is contextual anyway. I'm considered ...
✅ Vanilla AF among kink-friendly friends
✅ Kinky AF among vanilla crowds
#OpenMarriage
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