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‘Up is down, down is up’: Trump did Russia’s job for it by firing Chris Krebs, and Krebs’ removal is the biggest sign of his success

President Trump’s firing this week of Chris Krebs, the US’s top cybersecurity official who spearheaded efforts to protect the 2020 election, is among his most consequential dismissals since he lost the election. Krebs’ firing opens the door for foreign adversaries to target US critical infrastructure, and one security professional said […]
‘Up is down, down is up’: Trump did Russia’s job for it by firing Chris Krebs, and Krebs’ removal is the biggest sign of his success
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Chinese state media warns Trump is preparing a ‘final madness’ on Beijing, as reports say his team are readying weighty sanctions to mark his final weeks

China’s state-run Global Times tabloid said that President Donald Trump is likely to unleash a “final madness” against Beijing to mark his final weeks in office. Axios and Bloomberg reported that the Trump administration is planning to sanction entities involved in persecuting Hong Kong and the Uighur Muslims, as well […]
Chinese state media warns Trump is preparing a ‘final madness’ on Beijing, as reports say his team are readying weighty sanctions to mark his final weeks
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‘He’s in vengeance mode’: Intelligence veterans sound the alarm over Trump’s post-election ‘bloodlust’ and ‘decapitation strike’ at the Pentagon

President Donald Trump is still refusing to concede the election after losing to President-elect Joe Biden, and the Trump administration is doing everything in its power to stymie Biden’s transition team. But national security veterans and former intelligence officials told Insider that, in many ways, the biggest risk to the […]
‘He’s in vengeance mode’: Intelligence veterans sound the alarm over Trump’s post-election ‘bloodlust’ and ‘decapitation strike’ at the Pentagon
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Former Trump official was ‘duped’ into thanking a war criminal on Veterans Day

Richard Grenell, the former acting Director of National Intelligence, was “duped” by a political correspondent. Ken Klippenstein, a correspondent for The Nation, asked Grenell for a shout-out for his grandfather on Twitter and misleadingly attached a photo of Bill Calley. Calley is a convicted war criminal. Visit Business Insider’s homepage […]
Former Trump official was ‘duped’ into thanking a war criminal on Veterans Day
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Inside the 22-week boot camp new US Army recruits have to go through

We got an inside look at the United States Army’s intense 22-week training program known as OSUT, which stands for One Station Unit Training. Senior Video Correspondent Graham Flanagan spent four days at the Army’s Manoeuvre Centre of Excellence located inside the Fort Benning military installation, where soldiers are trained […]
Inside the 22-week boot camp new US Army recruits have to go through
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Trump’s official campaign website briefly offline after hackers take control and claim they had ‘full access to Trump and relatives’

President Donald Trump’s official campaign website was taken offline briefly Tuesday after hackers appeared to have accessed it, as earlier reported by the KQED reporter Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler. A message posted to the site claimed “multiple devices were compromised that gave full access to trump and relatives.” The message teased […]
Trump’s official campaign website briefly offline after hackers take control and claim they had ‘full access to Trump and relatives’
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Police in all 50 states are using secret tools to break into locked phones — and they’re using them for cases as low-level as shoplifting, records show

More than 2,000 police departments across all 50 states have purchased high-tech tools that can crack into locked, encrypted smartphones, according to a new report. Documents surfaced through open records requests by the Washington nonprofit Upturn show that police use phone-cracking technology far more often than previously known – and […]
Police in all 50 states are using secret tools to break into locked phones — and they’re using them for cases as low-level as shoplifting, records show
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How two ex-Green Berets were lured into a disastrous failed coup in Venezuela

In May, President Nicolás Maduro announced that Venezuelan security forces thwarted an attempted coup led by two former US Green Berets, releasing video footage that showed a ragtag group of men rounded up in a coastal village. However, the U.S. State Department described the event as “propaganda.” In a statement […]
How two ex-Green Berets were lured into a disastrous failed coup in Venezuela
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More than 50 former intel officials signed a public letter saying they believe the Hunter Biden story has ‘all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation’

More than 50 former intelligence officials wrote a public letter Monday saying they were “deeply suspicious” that Russia could be involved with the dubious New York Post stories published recently about Joe Biden’s son Hunter. In the letter, first reported by Politico, the former officials said they believed the information […]
More than 50 former intel officials signed a public letter saying they believe the Hunter Biden story has ‘all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation’
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The US has charged 6 Russian hackers for a string of ‘destructive’ cyberattacks that targeted elections, shut down hospitals, and crippled a power grid

The United States accused six Russian government officials of orchestrating a string of high-profile cyberattacks that caused billions of dollars in damage in indictments unsealed on Monday. The alleged cybercrimes include attacks that took down parts of Ukraine’s power grid, disrupted the Olympic games in South Korea, and disrupted the […]
The US has charged 6 Russian hackers for a string of ‘destructive’ cyberattacks that targeted elections, shut down hospitals, and crippled a power grid
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Trump reportedly got bored during one of his first classified briefings on Afghanistan and ordered milkshakes in the middle of it

President Donald Trump interrupted a classified intelligence briefing on Afghanistan in the early months of his presidency to order milkshakes, Politico reported. Trump has garnered a reputation as a president who routinely ignores written intelligence briefings and prefers visuals. Some have said this kind of uninterest contributed to Trump’s haphazard […]
Trump reportedly got bored during one of his first classified briefings on Afghanistan and ordered milkshakes in the middle of it
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US intelligence analysts feared Russia would dump hacked and forged Burisma emails targeting Biden as an ‘October surprise,’ report says

US intelligence analysts suspected at least as far back as last month that a mixture of hacked and forged emails from the Ukrainian company Burisma Holdings might be dumped online as an “October surprise,” The New York Times reported Wednesday. Russian military-intelligence hackers successfully breached Burisma’s servers in January, The […]
US intelligence analysts feared Russia would dump hacked and forged Burisma emails targeting Biden as an ‘October surprise,’ report says
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FBI Director Christopher Wray and top US intelligence officials release video countering Trump’s conspiracy theories about election integrity

Four top US officials released a video Tuesday reassuring US voters about the integrity of the election process and countering many of the claims President Donald Trump has made about foreign interference, voter fraud, and mail-in ballots. FBI Director Christopher Wray said that regardless of how voters cast their ballots, […]
FBI Director Christopher Wray and top US intelligence officials release video countering Trump’s conspiracy theories about election integrity
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Meet the Army’s ‘Night Stalkers,’ the special-operations pilots who can fly anything anywhere in the world

The Army’s elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment is the world’s premier rotary-wing unit. Since the unit’s founding in the early 1980s, the Night Stalkers have participated in almost all of the US military’s special-operations missions and campaigns. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Anytime, anywhere in the world, […]
Meet the Army’s ‘Night Stalkers,’ the special-operations pilots who can fly anything anywhere in the world
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Police union chief with ties to Trump makes racist and misogynist comments about Democratic leaders, jokes about accepting sexual favours for officers

The director of a police union in Massachusetts with ties to the Trump administration posted several misogynist and racist comments about Democratic leaders on his personal Facebook account. In one such post, executive director Jerry Flynn described Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York as a “bar fly stripper.” Flynn’s Facebook […]
Police union chief with ties to Trump makes racist and misogynist comments about Democratic leaders, jokes about accepting sexual favours for officers
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Michael Cohen tells Business Insider he’s working to free Reality Winner, a whistleblower imprisoned by the Trump administration for leaking a classified report on Russian election hacking

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, told Business Insider he wants to help free imprisoned whistleblower Reality Winner. In 2018, Winner was sentenced to over five years in prison for leaking a classified report to the media detailing Russian government efforts to hack US election infrastructure. Cohen said he […]
Michael Cohen tells Business Insider he’s working to free Reality Winner, a whistleblower imprisoned by the Trump administration for leaking a classified report on Russian election hacking
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Tensions between 3 nuclear-armed powers are rising toward the boiling point

The disputed borderlands between India, China, and Pakistan are increasingly becoming a flashpoint for conflict. The world can’t ignore these growing challenges, and while the international community should look to help manage the situation, direct US involvement is probably not the best way forward, writes Abby Pokraka, a program coordinator […]
Tensions between 3 nuclear-armed powers are rising toward the boiling point
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Kim Jong Un says he is ‘very sorry’ after North Korean soldiers shot dead a South Korean man and were accused of setting his body on fire as a precaution against coronavirus

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said he is “very sorry” for his country shooting dead a South Korean man. North Korean soldiers killed the man in a bid to stop the coronavirus from spreading to the North, according to South Korea’s national security adviser. South Korea said the […]
Kim Jong Un says he is ‘very sorry’ after North Korean soldiers shot dead a South Korean man and were accused of setting his body on fire as a precaution against coronavirus
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China is reportedly sending Tibetans to work in military-style labour training camps, echoing the persecution of Uighurs in Xinjiang

China is rounding up Tibetan farmers, sending them to military-style camps, and putting them to work in industry, according to a Reuters report. Workers are taught “discipline” and “gratitude” to reform “backward thinking,” according to government documents seen by Reuters and a report from Adrian Zenz, a researcher at The […]
China is reportedly sending Tibetans to work in military-style labour training camps, echoing the persecution of Uighurs in Xinjiang
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An Army veteran broke ranks with his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates by putting the name of a fallen soldier on his helmet instead of a police brutality victim, and it caught some of them off-guard

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, who is an Army veteran, wore the name of a fallen soldier on his helmet in Week 1. Other Steelers players wore the name of a Black teenager killed by police. Steelers teammates said they were unaware and surprised by Villanueva’s decision, though head […]
An Army veteran broke ranks with his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates by putting the name of a fallen soldier on his helmet instead of a police brutality victim, and it caught some of them off-guard
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Federal officers stockpiled semiautomatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial ‘heat ray’ ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump’s photo op, a whistleblower says

Federal law-enforcement officers stocked up on semiautomatic rifles hours before forcefully clearing protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, according to whistleblower testimony obtained by The Washington Post. Officers also unsuccessfully sought to obtain a controversial “heat ray” that can cause second-degree burns, according to the testimony, which was submitted […]
Federal officers stockpiled semiautomatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial ‘heat ray’ ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump’s photo op, a whistleblower says
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Attorney General Barr told federal prosecutors to be aggressive when prosecuting violence at protests and even suggested sedition charges

Attorney General William Barr told prosecutors to bring or consider aggressive charges – including sedition – against those suspected of violence at protests, according to multiple reports. The charge of sedition is levied when someone is suspected of attempting to overthrow the government and has rarely been used,The Wall Street […]
Attorney General Barr told federal prosecutors to be aggressive when prosecuting violence at protests and even suggested sedition charges
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The US just charged a group of Chinese hackers with orchestrating ‘unprecedented’ cyberattacks targeting over 100 companies, government agencies, and universities

Federal prosecutors accused a group of hackers based in China and Malaysia with cyberattacks targeting more than 100 companies, government agencies, and nonprofits worldwide in charges unsealed Wednesday. It’s one of the largest hacking campaigns to be prosecuted in the US to date, prosecutors said. The hackers are accused of […]
The US just charged a group of Chinese hackers with orchestrating ‘unprecedented’ cyberattacks targeting over 100 companies, government agencies, and universities
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173 congressional Democrats demand ‘immediate investigation’ into whistleblower claim that ICE is sterilizing immigrant women without consent

A letter signed by 173 congressional Democrats demands that the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general investigate reports that women are receiving hysterectomies without consent at an ICE detention facility. “We are horrified to see reports of mass hysterectomies performed on detained women in the facility, without their full, informed […]
173 congressional Democrats demand ‘immediate investigation’ into whistleblower claim that ICE is sterilizing immigrant women without consent
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Chinese-American students fire back at Republican Senate nominee’s ‘disrespectful’ claim that they’re pawns in a vast communist plot

Bryant “Corky” Messner, the Republican candidate for US Senate in New Hampshire, made controversial remarks about Chinese students in video footage obtained by Insider. Messner suggested encouraging Chinese students to study the liberal arts instead of “hard sciences,” or to outright ban them from studying in the US. Several Chinese […]
Chinese-American students fire back at Republican Senate nominee’s ‘disrespectful’ claim that they’re pawns in a vast communist plot
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‘This is over the top’: Lindsey Graham and Mick Mulvaney begged Trump not to kill Iran’s top general, but 4 days later he did it anyway, according to Woodward’s new book

Two of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers desperately tried to stop him from ordering the military strike that killed Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani and brought the countries to the brink of war in January, according to Bob Woodward’s upcoming book. South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the most […]
‘This is over the top’: Lindsey Graham and Mick Mulvaney begged Trump not to kill Iran’s top general, but 4 days later he did it anyway, according to Woodward’s new book
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The Treasury Department plans to sanction an ‘active Russian agent’ and Giuliani associate who sent dirt on Biden to Republicans

The US Treasury Department designated a top Ukrainian government official on Thursday for sanctions for “attempting to influence the US electoral process.” The official, Andrii Derkach, “has been an active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services,” the department said in a press […]
The Treasury Department plans to sanction an ‘active Russian agent’ and Giuliani associate who sent dirt on Biden to Republicans
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‘I saved his a–‘: Trump boasted that he protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder, Woodward’s new book says

President Donald Trump bragged that he protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the assassination and dismembering of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018. “I saved his arse,” Trump had said amid the US outcry over Khashoggi’s killing, according to Bob Woodward’s new book. “I was […]
‘I saved his a–‘: Trump boasted that he protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal murder, Woodward’s new book says
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Former senior Homeland Security official alleges in whistleblower complaint that he was asked to withhold intelligence about Russia because it ‘made the President look bad’

A former senior Department of Homeland Security official filed a whistleblower complaint accusing top officials at the department of suppressing, withholding, and manipulating intelligence about Russia that could anger President Donald Trump. The official, Brian Murphy, still works at the DHS but alleges that he was demoted as retaliation after […]
Former senior Homeland Security official alleges in whistleblower complaint that he was asked to withhold intelligence about Russia because it ‘made the President look bad’
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Navy midshipman shares his 200-push-up at-home workout routine

Navy midshipman Joe Giannini showed Insider the 200-push-up workout he’s using to stay in shape for the United States Naval Academy. He went step by step on how to do a basic push-up with good form. Then he broke down harder styles, such as clap push-ups, handstand push-ups, and spiderman […]
Navy midshipman shares his 200-push-up at-home workout routine
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Trump escalated his friction with the military, saying its leaders ‘want to do nothing but fight wars’ so weapon makers can be ‘happy’

President Donald Trump has escalated tensions with the US military, accusing military leaders of seeking war to make defence contractors “happy.” He made his comments Monday as part of his denial of The Atlantic’s report that he privately described dead American troops as “losers” and “suckers.” “I’m not saying the […]
Trump escalated his friction with the military, saying its leaders ‘want to do nothing but fight wars’ so weapon makers can be ‘happy’
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Joe Biden relaunched a $47 million digital campaign targeting military families after Trump reportedly called dead US soldiers ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is relaunching a $US47 million digital campaign targeting military service members. The massive ad relaunch comes amid a bombshell report that said President Donald Trump privately referred to fallen US soldiers as “losers” and “suckers.” The ads will target voters living near military bases in […]
Joe Biden relaunched a $47 million digital campaign targeting military families after Trump reportedly called dead US soldiers ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’
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My son ‘wasn’t a sucker’: Biden demands Trump apologise if he called US troops killed in combat ‘losers’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden addressed reports that President Donald Trump called fallen members of the military “suckers” and “losers.” The reported statements are “disgusting” and the “president should humbly apologise” if they’re true, Biden said on Friday. The former vice president also made clear that his son served in […]
My son ‘wasn’t a sucker’: Biden demands Trump apologise if he called US troops killed in combat ‘losers’
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Keeping US troops in Syria to counter Russia has the opposite effect

Four more US troops were injured in Syria in late August in an encounter with Russian forces. The incident again raises the question of why US troops are in Syria, a presence that can’t be justified by a desire to compete with Russia, writes Christopher Mott, an author and international-relations […]
Keeping US troops in Syria to counter Russia has the opposite effect