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Pentagon stopped political appointments for Trump allies to join defence advisory boards

The Pentagon has halted former President Donald Trump’s appointments to defence advisory boards, according to Politico. There is currently an ongoing review of the last-minute appointments. Affected nominees include Trump loyalists Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The Pentagon has halted the installation of […]
Pentagon stopped political appointments for Trump allies to join defence advisory boards
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From Peace Corp volunteer to Capitol insurrectionist: How Thomas Baranyi went from being a quiet, troubled kid to rioting against the US government

Thomas Baranyi was identified by the FBI after appearing in a TV interview where he talks about storming the Capitol. Insider spoke to his former friends and coworker who described him as “quiet” and “disillusioned.” Baranyi had a tumultuous New Jersey childhood and was estranged from his friends before joining […]
From Peace Corp volunteer to Capitol insurrectionist: How Thomas Baranyi went from being a quiet, troubled kid to rioting against the US government
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I was in DC for the inauguration. The overwhelming security state felt disturbingly similar to the worst parts of the post-9/11 response.

Being in DC for the inauguration reminded me of the days immediately after 9/11. Americans were rightfully traumatized, but we almost immediately began surrendering our civil liberties in the name of “security” and “counterterrorism.” A military occupation in the nation’s capital, and calls for sweeping new surveillance and law enforcement […]
I was in DC for the inauguration. The overwhelming security state felt disturbingly similar to the worst parts of the post-9/11 response.
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib on why she’s rallying progressives to fight back against calls for sweeping new government surveillance powers after the Capitol attack

Rep. Rashida Tlaib is leading the progressive opposition to a massive expansion of the security state in the wake of the deadly Capitol attack by Trump supporters. A member of the House Democrats’ “Squad,” Tlaib warned that marginalised groups are typically the selected targets of law enforcement. Tlaib spoke with […]
Rep. Rashida Tlaib on why she’s rallying progressives to fight back against calls for sweeping new government surveillance powers after the Capitol attack
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Former Secret Service agent reveals what it takes to secure an inauguration

Presidential inaugurations are magnets for potential threats, from domestic terror attacks to civil disobedience. Mike White was a Secret Service member for almost three decades, and was in charge of presidential protection for both presidents Obama and Trump. White told Insider what it’s like to secure a presidential inauguration as […]
Former Secret Service agent reveals what it takes to secure an inauguration
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Biden official accuses Trump administration of ‘sabotage,’ following a string of controversial foreign policy decisions in the final days of the presidency

An unnamed transition official from President-elect Joe Biden’s team has said that President Donald Trump’s latest foreign policy moves “feel like sabotage,” according to PBS NewsHour. In the PBS exclusive interview, the official singled out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for implementing controversial foreign policies in the final days of […]
Biden official accuses Trump administration of ‘sabotage,’ following a string of controversial foreign policy decisions in the final days of the presidency
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Oldest US Marine, Dorothy Schmidt Cole, dies aged 107

The oldest US Marine, Dorothy Schmidt Cole, died of a heart attack at the age of 107, her daughter has confirmed. Cole, whose maiden name was Dorothy Schmidt, was born on September 19, 1913 in the town of Warren in New York state. She became a sergeant and was discharged […]
Oldest US Marine, Dorothy Schmidt Cole, dies aged 107
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Fuelled by the US Capitol siege, violent extremists with ‘political grievances’ will likely pose the ‘greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021,’ intelligence report says

In a report released in the wake of the violent siege on the US Capitol, US intelligence agencies warned that violent extremists with “political grievances” are likely to pose the “greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021.” The report said the Capitol siege is viewed as a success by some extremists […]
Fuelled by the US Capitol siege, violent extremists with ‘political grievances’ will likely pose the ‘greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021,’ intelligence report says
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House Democrats say Trump should be impeached because insurrection attempt threatened the lives of the top 3 people in line to succeed him — creating a huge national security risk

The House Judiciary Committee released a report Tuesday making the case for imminently impeaching Trump after he “wilfully incited violence” at the US Capitol. Among other “impeachable conduct,” the report claimed Trump “threatened the safety of the three most senior officials in the presidential line of succession” – Vice President […]
House Democrats say Trump should be impeached because insurrection attempt threatened the lives of the top 3 people in line to succeed him — creating a huge national security risk
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‘We get our President or we die’: An FBI report warned of a ‘war’ at the US Capitol before pro-Trump insurrectionists attacked it

An internal FBI report warned about a “war” at the US Capitol the day before pro-Trump insurrectionists attacked it, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The situational report came from the FBI’s office in Virginia and said the bureau had “received information indicating calls for violence in response to ‘unlawful […]
‘We get our President or we die’: An FBI report warned of a ‘war’ at the US Capitol before pro-Trump insurrectionists attacked it
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FBI bulletin warns that Trump supporters are planning ‘armed protests’ at the US Capitol and all 50 state capitols leading up to Biden’s inauguration

An FBI bulletin obtained by ABC News reporter Aaron Katersky warned that “armed protests” are expected to take place at the US Capitol and state capitols across the country leading up to Inauguration Day. One group is reportedly calling for “storming” local, state, and federal courthouses and buildings if Trump […]
FBI bulletin warns that Trump supporters are planning ‘armed protests’ at the US Capitol and all 50 state capitols leading up to Biden’s inauguration
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Trump did consider deploying the National Guard to the US Capitol, New York Times says — to protect his supporters in case people got in their way

Before the US Capitol’s riot, President Trump considered using the National Guard to defend his supporters, The New York Times reported. Trump worried that counterprotesters might disrupt attendees at his rally, the outlet said. In reality, the crowd faced little resistance in their march on the Capitol, which evolved into […]
Trump did consider deploying the National Guard to the US Capitol, New York Times says — to protect his supporters in case people got in their way
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COVID-19 has killed more British civilians than the Nazis

UK COVID-19 deaths are now higher than the number of British civilians killed in World War II. Government figures state that 70,000 British civilians were killed during the war. Most of these deaths were due to bombing raids by Nazi Germany. The coronavirus has now killed 79,833 people in the […]
COVID-19 has killed more British civilians than the Nazis
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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser says Capitol invasion is what Trump ‘wanted to happen,’ and calls for DC to become a state so she could use National Guard

Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser says the invasion of the Capitol Wednesday was “textbook terrorism” and what President Donald Trump “wanted to happen.” She criticised the Capitol Police for security failures and called for an investigation. Bowser also renewed calls for DC statehood, saying that if she were a governor […]
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser says Capitol invasion is what Trump ‘wanted to happen,’ and calls for DC to become a state so she could use National Guard
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Republicans and Fox News personalities are fanning the flames of an evidence-free theory that antifa helped storm the Capitol with Trump supporters

Republican lawmakers and conservative news personalities, including on Fox News, are fanning the flames of an evidence-free theory that “antifa” helped storm the Capitol on Wednesday. A mob of Trump supporters had entered the building, destroyed property, and entered people’s offices. It led to lawmakers being evacuated from a joint […]
Republicans and Fox News personalities are fanning the flames of an evidence-free theory that antifa helped storm the Capitol with Trump supporters
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New facial-recognition technology can accurately identify travellers wearing masks 96% of the time, according to a test run by the Department of Homeland Security

The US Department of Homeland Security tested facial-recognition technology that it said can accurately identify masked airline passengers 96% of the time. Pre-pandemic facial-recognition algorithms had lower rates of identifying people wearing face masks. Efforts to improve facial-recognition technology have increased in order to to protect travellers from having to […]
New facial-recognition technology can accurately identify travellers wearing masks 96% of the time, according to a test run by the Department of Homeland Security
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FBI investigating threat to fly planes in the US Capitol, CBS News reports

Federal law enforcement is investigating a threat to attack the US Capitol on Wednesday, the day lawmakers will be certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, CBS News reported on Tuesday. The threat was broadcast on the radio frequencies used by pilots and heard by air traffic controllers in New York. The […]
FBI investigating threat to fly planes in the US Capitol, CBS News reports
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Los Angeles County orders ambulance crews to ‘conserve oxygen’ as it deals with a 905% increase in COVID-19 cases

Los Angeles County’s Emergency Medical Services said Monday that to “conserve oxygen” during the COVID-19 crisis, ambulatory services should administer supplemental oxygen only to patients with especially low oxygen levels. Since November 1, the county recorded a 905% increase in its weekly average of positive cases. Health officials say that […]
Los Angeles County orders ambulance crews to ‘conserve oxygen’ as it deals with a 905% increase in COVID-19 cases
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GOP-led Senate delivers first successful veto override of Trump’s presidency in fight over defence bill during his final weeks in office

The Senate on Friday voted to override President Donald Trump’s veto on the National Defence Authorization Act, a $US741 billion defence bill. This represented the first successful veto override of Trump’s presidency, though he’s issued nine vetoes in his tenure. The president took issue with the defence bill largely because […]
GOP-led Senate delivers first successful veto override of Trump’s presidency in fight over defence bill during his final weeks in office
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Biden accuses Trump’s defence department and budget office of ‘obstruction’ and demands national security briefings for his transition team

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said that his transition team is facing ongoing roadblocks from President Trump’s political leadership at the Pentagon and Office of Management and Budget. “Right now, we just aren’t getting all the information we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas,” Biden said. […]
Biden accuses Trump’s defence department and budget office of ‘obstruction’ and demands national security briefings for his transition team
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2 Nazi headstones bearing swastikas have been removed from a Texas cemetery

Two headstones bearing Nazi swastikas have been removed from a cemetery in San Antonio, Texas following complaints from veterans and their families. The headstones, which were removed and replaced on Wednesday, marked the graves of German prisoners of war from World War II. “It’s jarring to think that symbols of […]
2 Nazi headstones bearing swastikas have been removed from a Texas cemetery
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Trump is threatening Iran, and Biden says the Pentagon is stonewalling him on ‘many things’ with less than a month until his inauguration

Lame-duck presidents typically avoid doing anything too provocative in their last days, particularly regarding national security. But Donald Trump is anything but typical. Trump threatened Iran after a rocket attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad that the US has blamed on Iranian-backed militias. Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden has said […]
Trump is threatening Iran, and Biden says the Pentagon is stonewalling him on ‘many things’ with less than a month until his inauguration
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China reportedly demanded that big Chinese tech companies like Alibaba process stolen US data for the nation’s top spies upon request

China has demanded that the nation’s tech companies process stolen data for Chinese intelligence agencies upon request, according to a Wednesday report from Foreign Policy. The outlet spoke to 36 US officials who said the arrangement represents the “commercial wing” of the Communist Party. Authorities are able to view data […]
China reportedly demanded that big Chinese tech companies like Alibaba process stolen US data for the nation’s top spies upon request
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Security experts are ‘freaking out’ about how foreign hackers carried out the ‘most pristine espionage effort’ in modern history right under the US’s nose

While US cybersecurity and intelligence officials trained their attention on securing the 2020 election, foreign hackers took the opportunity to wedge another door wide open, carrying out a devastating and unprecedented cyberattack. US officials have tentatively attributed responsibility for the supply-chain attack, which targeted the software company SolarWinds, to a […]
Security experts are ‘freaking out’ about how foreign hackers carried out the ‘most pristine espionage effort’ in modern history right under the US’s nose
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Suspected Russian hackers broke into US federal agencies and spied on emails in a ‘highly sophisticated’ cyberattack

Suspected Russian hackers broke into key government departments and gained access to internal emails. Highly sophisticated cyberattacks on federal agencies including the Treasury and Commerce departments reportedly prompted the National Security Council to meet Saturday. Several sources told Reuters that security services believed Russian hackers were behind the attacks. News […]
Suspected Russian hackers broke into US federal agencies and spied on emails in a ‘highly sophisticated’ cyberattack
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Huawei reportedly worked with 4 additional companies to build surveillance tools that track people by ethnicity, following recent revelations that it tested a ‘Uighur alarm’

Huawei has worked with at least four partner companies to develop surveillance technologies that claim to monitor people by ethnicity, The Washington Post reported Saturday. Last week, The Post reported that Huawei in 2018 had tested a “Uighur alarm” – an AI facial recognition tool that claimed to identify members […]
Huawei reportedly worked with 4 additional companies to build surveillance tools that track people by ethnicity, following recent revelations that it tested a ‘Uighur alarm’
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While you weren’t looking, everything with China went off the rails

US-China relations have taken a nosedive over the last few months. Instead of focusing on the trade war, the Trump administration is laser focused on even more contentious parts of the relationship in an attempt to push US policy toward a harder line before it leaves power. Meanwhile China has […]
While you weren’t looking, everything with China went off the rails
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35 unforgettable images that capture Trump’s wild and bitter presidency

President Donald Trump’s time in office has been filled with noteworthy and often unexpected moments. From holding a baseball bat in the Blue Room to yelling at a kid mowing the White House lawn, these often impromptu moments have been captured by photographers. Insider rounded up some of the most […]
35 unforgettable images that capture Trump’s wild and bitter presidency
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Apple and Google have reportedly banned a major data broker from collecting location data from users’ phones amid scrutiny over its national security work

Apple and Google have banned X-Mode, a major data broker, from collecting location from users whose mobile devices run iOS and Android, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The tech giants told developers they must remove X-Mode’s tracking software or risk being cut off from their app stores – and […]
Apple and Google have reportedly banned a major data broker from collecting location data from users’ phones amid scrutiny over its national security work
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Trump ally Sidney Powell’s election lawsuits keep citing an anonymous, conspiracy-theorizing ‘military intelligence official’ named ‘Spider’

Sidney Powell has brought four lawsuits seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and declare President Donald Trump the winner. They all cite an individual identified only as “Spider,” sometimes spelled “Spyder,” who alleges that American voting systems were compromised. “Spider” claims to be a former military […]
Trump ally Sidney Powell’s election lawsuits keep citing an anonymous, conspiracy-theorizing ‘military intelligence official’ named ‘Spider’
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Contractors working on Trump’s border wall illegally smuggled in armed Mexican guards to protect construction sites, whistleblower complaint says

Two whistleblowers have alleged corruption between an employee of the US Army Corps of Engineers and two companies building President Donald Trump’s border wall in San Diego, according to recently unsealed court files. The complaint accuses Sullivan Land Services Co. and a subcontractor, Ultimate Concrete of El Paso, of illegally […]
Contractors working on Trump’s border wall illegally smuggled in armed Mexican guards to protect construction sites, whistleblower complaint says
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Trump urges House Republicans to vote against the $740 billion defence bill unless it revokes Section 230, an unrelated internet law that the president hates

President Donald Trump is urging House Republicans to reject an essential defence spending bill due to his longstanding feud with tech companies. “I hope House Republicans will vote against the very weak National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA), which I will VETO,” Trump tweeted. “Must include a termination of Section 230 […]
Trump urges House Republicans to vote against the $740 billion defence bill unless it revokes Section 230, an unrelated internet law that the president hates
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Iran says that its top nuclear scientist was killed with a machine gun controlled via satellite and artificial intelligence

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top Iranian nuclear scientist, was assassinated “with a machine gun controlled by satellite,” a senior Iranian commander was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Fakhrizadeh was widely considered to be the “father” of Iran’s nuclear program. There have been conflicting reports on Fakhrizadeh’s killing, […]
Iran says that its top nuclear scientist was killed with a machine gun controlled via satellite and artificial intelligence
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Biden needs to take the Wayne Gretzky approach to foreign policy

President-elect Joe Biden’s instinct is to look for common ground, so it will be difficult for him not to try for bipartisanship in the short-term. But the politics of conviction, not the politics of compromise, have best chance of bringing about a fruitful cross-party consensus on the most important international […]
Biden needs to take the Wayne Gretzky approach to foreign policy
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‘It’s not how I wanted to go out’: Chris Krebs, the election security official fired by Trump, opens up in new interview and dismisses ‘farcical’ claims of voter fraud

Chris Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told CBS “the American people should have 100% confidence in their vote.” Krebs was fired by President Trump earlier this month for refusing to go along with Trump’s unsupported claims of election fraud in the 2020 election. Krebs […]
‘It’s not how I wanted to go out’: Chris Krebs, the election security official fired by Trump, opens up in new interview and dismisses ‘farcical’ claims of voter fraud
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Biden’s pick for US spy chief played a central role in Obama’s secretive drone war that resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths

Human rights groups and progressives have expressed concern about President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for director of national intelligence, Avril Haines. Haines played a key role in the Obama administration’s controversial drone program, and critics have also zeroed in on her actions related to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report. David […]
Biden’s pick for US spy chief played a central role in Obama’s secretive drone war that resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths