The US Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday issued a national terrorism bulletin warning of the lingering potential for violence from people motivated by anti-government sentiment after Joe Biden’s election. The bulletin suggests the riot by a mob of Donald Trump supporters at the US Capitol on 6 January may embolden extremists and set the stage for additional attacks.
Ron Rockwell Hansen an official from the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has been charged with selling secrets to China for at least $800,000. The FBI arrested Hansen on Saturday for trying to transmit national defense information to China. Hansen agreed to be returned to his home state of Utah to face charges.
The House Intelligence Committee voted, Monday, to release a classified memo, written by Republicans, detailing alleged surveillance abuses by the FBI and Justice Department. The release of a counter memo, written by Democrats, was blocked by Congress’ Republican majority. President Trump has five days to review and decide whether to release the memo.
The FBI searched a mail facility in Miami, Florida as investigators attempt to learn more about the sending of a collection of suspected explosives. Explosives were sent to various high-profile figures, including former president Barack Obama. President Trump is reportedly considering taking executive action to prevent migrants, including asylum seekers, from entering the US through the southern border.
The House of Representatives voted to extend the National Security Agency warrantless surveillance program with limited changes for six years, Thursday, despite President Trump’s unexpected skepticism. Trump continued to alarm lawmakers when following his surveillance program stance, he inquired, at a meeting, as to why the United States should accept immigrants from ‘shithole countries.’
The first nationwide test of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System occurred on Wednesday with virtually every American’s cell phone receiving an alert. The system is meant to warn of terrorist attacks and widespread disasters. A Navy veteran was arrested by the FBI this week for sending two envelopes with poison to the Pentagon.
On Monday it was announced that the Department of Homeland Security is set to release 15,000 new visas for seasonal workers. The visas are for foreign people taking jobs in seasonal sectors such as seafood, tourism, landscaping, and construction, but not for farming. Businesses will be able to start applying for these visas by this week but should be able to prove that without foreign employees their company would face irreparable harm.
The U.S. has lifted it’s laptop ban on Etihad Airways after the airline proved to officials that their passenger screening was vigorous enough to lift the ban on laptops and electronics. The Department of Homeland Security concluded that airlines who fulfill their security requirements would be eligible to get the ban lifted.
As part of an effort by United States Department of Homeland Security to more thoroughly examine electronics brought on commercial airliners new security measures begin Thursday for all US-bound flights. Foreigners and citizens alike will face the enhanced security which includes ‘heightened screening of personal electronic devices’ in combination with written forms and possible interviews.
On Wednesday, U.S. officials announced enhanced security and screening measures for flights coming into the United States, but shied away from a proposal to expand a ban on laptops and other electronic devices — unless airlines and airports refuse to comply with the new rules. Officials said that the new security measures are expected to affect 180 airlines in 105 countries and some 2,000 direct daily flights to the United States.