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17 Mar, 10 tweets, 5 min read
BREAKING: @ODNIgov @TheJusticeDept @DHSgov release unclassified findings from report on violent domestic extremism

Per report, US intelligence estimates domestic violent extremists "pose an elevated threat" & they have been "galvanized by recent political & societal events"
MORE: US intelligence says narratives re #Election2020 fraud, #USCapitol siege, #COVID19 & other conspiracy theories "will almost certainly spur some DVEs [domestic violent extremists] to try to engage in violence this year"
More: "Small cells of DVEs adhering to a diverse set of violent extremist ideologies are more likely to carry out violent attacks...than organizations that allegedly advocate a DVE ideology" per @ODNIgov report
MORE: US intelligence say "the most lethal" threats are:

-Racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists: "most likely to conduct mass-casualty attacks against civilians"

- Militia violent extremists (MVEs),which aree more likely to target law enforcement/gvt personnel
NEW: US intelligence assesses a "small number" of racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists have travelled abroad "to network with like-minded individuals" per the report
US intelligence says several factors could increase the chances of a deadly attack by domestic violent extremists - including "escalating support from persons in the United States," foreign support, perceptions of gvt over-reach
New @ODNIgov @DHSgov @TheJusticeDept report lays out 5 main categories of domestic violent extremists Image
The White House announced an overhaul of the US approach to domestic terrorism back in January

This assessment is part of what @PressSec called a first step in reshaping the appraoch

NEW: The 100 day review of domestic violence extremism still ongoing, @PressSec tells White House reports

Says anti-Asian violence "will certainly be a part" of that review
"I think there's no question that some of the damaging rhetoric that we saw during the prior administration, calling #COVID the 'Wuhan virus' or other things led to a perception of the Asian American community that...has elevated threats" per @PressSec

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More from @jseldin

19 Mar
New: House Intelligence Committee Chair @RepAdamSchiff tells @CSIS @ODNIgov report on #Election2020 shows that "several agency heads...were not candid w/the country" about election meddling
Per @RepAdamSchiff, that list includes "former Atty General Bill Barr & former director of Nat'l Intelligence John Ratcliffe, his predecessor Ric Grenell, Nat'l Security Adviser O'Brien and others"
"You had top agency heads out pushing a misleading narrative in support of the president..." per @RepAdamSchiff "...deemphasizing the threat from #Russia & suggesting or affirmatively stating a falsehood, that #China was actually the bigger threat to our election"
Read 11 tweets
19 Mar
"All American share an obligation to stand up against hate in our communities" @DepSecDef Kathleen Hicks tells National War College about rising violence again Asian American community

Hicks says @DeptofDefense is committed to lead by example Image
#China - #Beijing has been displaying an "increased military confidence & a willingness to take risks" warns @DepSecDef Hicks
US, @DeptofDefense must be able "to demonstrate the will & capability to credibly deter PRC aggression" per @DepSecDef
Read 5 tweets
19 Mar
Conflict between #China & US increasingly likely and to deter that "a strong [US] military is the key" former US ambassador to #SouthKorea & former @INDOPACOM commander Harry Harris tells @CSIS

"It is essential"
#Beijing's buildup will have big consequences "unless we're there to head them off, not only us but our allies & partners in the region as well" per ret Amb Harry Harris
"We need to have the ability to have increased missile defense capabilities as well as an offensive missile, offensive capability" per Harris

"We need to build that out" he says, referring to threat from both #China & #NorthKorea
Read 6 tweets
18 Mar
JUST IN: Praise & congratulations for newly confirmed @CIA Director William Burns from @ODNIgov Director Avril Haines

The Senate confirmed the 64yo former ambassador by unanimous consent earlier after a weeks-long hold on his nomination was lifted Image
More: "We must have experienced leaders in place who are ready to grapple with these risks head-on" per Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman @MarkWarner

Dir Burns will "provide the leadership and support that the brave men & women of the @CIA deserve" he adds Image
Reaction to confirmation of Bill Burns by @CIA
Read 4 tweets
18 Mar
#SolarWindsHack - @FBI focused on more precise attribution

"Understanding who conducted this activity, why & how so that we can create the widest possible range of responses for our policymakers to consider" #Cyber Division's Tonya Ugoretz tells lawmakers
"We find it is most powerful when we are able to say, w/detail & as transparently as possible, how exactly adversaries conducted this activity, & ultimately who was behind it" per @FBI's Ugoretz

"The effort to develop that information, investigatively continues"
"The majority of the activity appears to have been directed at the #UnitedStates" per @FBI's Ugoretz re #SolarWinds hack

"However, we are aware of instances & information shared with us from foreign partners where some of their networks were affected as well"
Read 7 tweets
17 Mar
Happening now: "We are tracking that event very carefully" @SecMayorkas tells House Homeland Security Committee of shootings in & around #Atlanta #Georgia that left 8 ppl dead, 6 of them women of Asian descent Image
#Cybersecurity: "As a 1st step, I have directed grant funding that will provide an additional $25 million for state & local entities across the country to increase their cybersecurity" per @SecMayorkas re: #SolarWinds, @Microsoft Exchange hacks
.@CISAgov "remains laser focused on protecting & providing assistance to federal civilian agencies & working w/the private sector" adds @SecMayorkas
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