U.S. shoots down second 'high altitude object' on Biden's orders
National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 10, 2023. WASHINGTON — The U.S. military shot down a "high altitude object" in American airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday, the White House announced, less than a week after a similar object was shot down off the coast of Carolina. "We're calling this an object because that's the best description we have right now," said White House spokesman John Kirby, calling the object "the size of a small car." "It was much much smaller than the spy balloon we took down last Saturday," he added. The latest incident differed significantly from the previous high-altitude balloon, which was permitted to float across the United States for a week.cnbc.com
Russia’s ‘Elite’ Shadow Army Edges Into Complete Collapse
Mikhail Svetlov/Getty ImagesTens of thousands of fighters rounded up to fight in Ukraine for Wagner Group, the Russian private mercenary fighting corps, have gone missing or died, according to a Russian non-governmental organization.While Wagner Group recruited approximately 50,000 fighters in recent months, including from prisons, only 10,000 fighters remain fighting at the front for Wagner, Olga Romanova, the head of Russia Behind Bars, told My Russian Rights, according to The Moscow Times.“Acnews.yahoo.com
Saudis tell US that Iran is prepping attack on kingdom
Saudi Arabia has shared intelligence with American officials that suggests Iran could be preparing for an imminent attack on the kingdom, three U.S. officials confirmed on Tuesday. The heightened concerns about a potential attack on Saudi Arabia as the Biden administration is criticizing Tehran for its crackdown on widespread protests and condemning it for sending hundreds of drones — as well as technical support — to Russia for use in its war in Ukraine. “We are concerned about the threat picture, and we remain in constant contact through military and intelligence channels with the Saudis,” the National Security Council said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Officials: Saudis tell US that Iran may attack the kingdom
Saudi Arabia has shared intelligence with American officials that suggests Iran could be preparing for an imminent attack on the kingdom, three U.S. officials said Tuesday. The heightened concerns about a potential attack on Saudi Arabia as the Biden administration is criticizing Tehran for its crackdown on widespread protests and condemning it for sending hundreds of drones — as well as technical support — to Russia for use in its war in Ukraine. “We are concerned about the threat picture, and we remain in constant contact through military and intelligence channels with the Saudis,” the National Security Council said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Ukrainian officials react jokingly to Crimean Bridge fire
ROMAN PETRENKO - SATURDAY, 8 OCTOBER 2022, 09:47 Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine, has shared a video of the fire on the Crimean Bridge accompanied by the song "Happy Birthday, Mr President" [referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin's birthday on 7 October - ed.news.yahoo.com
Ukraines Defence Minister Reznikov sends birthday greetings to Putin: No one will talk to the person still leading Russia
OLENA ROSHCHINA - FRIDAY, 7 OCTOBER 2022, 09:01 On Russian President Vladimir Putin's 70th birthday, Oleksii Reznikov, Minister of Defence of Ukraine, said that there will be no negotiations with him.news.yahoo.com
Biden seeks $47B for Ukraine, COVID-19, monkeypox, disasters
President Joe Biden is asking Congress to provide more than $47 billion in emergency dollars that would go toward the war in Ukraine, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing monkeypox outbreak and help for recent natural disasters in Kentucky and other states.
WH says it won’t 'take the bait or engage in saber rattling' with China over possible Pelosi visit to Taiwan
During the White House press briefing on Monday, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said the Biden administration would not “take the bait or engage in saber rattling” with China in response to the country’s criticism of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's possible trip to Taiwan.news.yahoo.com
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby moving to White House
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby is joining the White House, according to a person familiar with the matter, adding star power to the President Joe Biden's National Security Council. Kirby, who also served as the top spokesman at the Pentagon and the State Department during the Obama administration, is expected to take handle strategic communications for the NSC, as the West Wing navigates a range of foreign policy challenges, from Russia's invasion of Ukraine to North Korea's nuclear program. Kirby has been a fixture on cable news, particularly during the Ukraine crisis, and is valued in the administration for seeming to handle even the thorniest foreign policy questions with ease.news.yahoo.com
U.S. cancels diplomatic meeting with Russia
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the meeting he was supposed to have with his Russian counterpart is canceled following what the Biden administration called the start of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent and moderator of "Face the Nation" Margaret Brennan joins "CBS Evening News" to discuss.news.yahoo.com
Germany's Scholz says 'Europe's borders must not be moved by force'
In a speech via video link to the World Economic Forum, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says that "Europe's borders must not be moved by force". With tens of thousands of Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border, tensions between Moscow and the West have reached a post-Cold War high and there are growing fears of a major conflict in Eastern Europe.news.yahoo.com
Robert Gates on Afghanistan, his disagreements with President Biden and polarization in the U.S.
Robert Gates, the only secretary of defense to serve under presidents from two different parties, offers Anderson Cooper his unique perspective on the threats facing the United States at home and abroad.cbsnews.com
Britain will keep boots on the ground in Afghanistan with special forces set to stay
British Special Forces are being lined up to remain in Afghanistan after soldiers withdraw, The Telegraph can reveal. Boris Johnson is expected to make a final decision on Monday at a meeting of the National Security Council. However, one former SAS soldier who was recently in Afghanistan told this newspaper that the decision was as good as done and a small number of troops will remain in the country as an “advisory group”. He added the role of the SAS in Afghanistan will be to “provide trainingnews.yahoo.com
Biden administration pushes plan to combat domestic terror
The Biden administration says it will enhance its analysis of threats from domestic terrorists, including the sharing of intelligence within law enforcement agencies, and will work with tech companies to eliminate terrorist content online as part of a nationwide strategy to combat domestic terrorism. The National Security Council on Tuesday released the strategy, which comes more than six months after a mob of insurgents loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden’s presidential win. “Domestic terrorism — driven by hate, bigotry, and other forms of extremism — is a stain on the soul of America,” Biden, who's traveling in Europe, said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Flagstar Bank customers’ personal information stolen in ransomware attack, officials say
Flagstar Bank is warning customers that their personal information, including social security numbers, may have been stolen in a ransomeware attack. The company said the hack was discovered in January but customers said they were recently notified. Local 4 learned that the thieves got social security numbers as well home addresses not only of customers but also possibly employees. Flagstar has reached out to customers impacted and offering a credit monitoring service. The one-click Microsoft tool was created to protect against cyberattacks and to scan systems for compromises and fix them.
Biden looks beyond border, dispatching officials to Mexico and Guatemala
At the same time, Mexico announced it was closing its southern border with Guatemala and Belize as a way to impede the northward travel of migrants. Under a Trump policy implemented amid the pandemic and continued by the Biden administration, the vast majority of migrants coming to the border are being quickly expelled. After the meetings in Mexico, Gonzalez will travel to Guatemala to meet with President Alejandro Giammattei. The Honduras-born Zuñiga is a veteran diplomat, expert on Latin America issues and outspoken advocate for better control of how money is spent in Central America. “He also will hold our partners accountable for their commitments to address root causes of migration and the increase in arrivals of unaccompanied children at the U.S. southern border,” Price said.latimes.com
Biden orders review of domestic violent extremism threat
It's been a stunning day as a number of lawmakers and then the mob of protesters tried to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden has directed law enforcement and intelligence officials in his administration to study the threat of domestic violent extremism in the United States, an undertaking being launched weeks after a mob of insurgents loyal to Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. The announcement Friday by White House press secretary Jen Psaki is a stark acknowledgment of the national security threat that officials see as posed by American extremists motivated to violence by radical ideology. The National Security Council will do its own policy review to see how information about the problem can be better shared across the government. “In particular, far-right, white supremacist extremism, nurtured on online platforms, has become one of the most dangerous threats to our nation,” Schiff said.
Hack against US is 'grave' threat, cybersecurity agency says
The nation's cybersecurity agency warned of a “grave” risk to government and private networks. The hack compromised federal agencies and “critical infrastructure” in a sophisticated attack that was hard to detect and will be difficult to undo, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in an unusual warning message. CISA officials did not respond to questions and so it was unclear what the agency meant by a “grave threat” or by “critical infrastructure” possibly targeted in the attack that the agency says appeared to have begun last March. The agency previously said the perpetrators had used network management software from Texas-based SolarWinds t o infiltrate computer networks. Members of Congress said they feared that taxpayers’ personal information could have been exposed because the IRS is part of Treasury, which used SolarWinds software.
US agencies hacked in monthslong global cyberspying campaign
The threat apparently came from the same cyberespionage campaign that has afflicted FireEye, foreign governments and major corporations, and the FBI was investigating. FireEye’s customers include federal, state and local governments and top global corporations. Cybersecurity experts said last week that they considered Russian state hackers to be the main suspect in the FireEye hack. Federal government agencies have long been attractive targets for foreign hackers. “I suspect that there’s a number of other (federal) agencies we’re going to hear from this week that have also been hit,” Williams added.
7 parties agree on Belgian government led by Liberal De Croo
Belgian Minister of Cooperation Development and Finance, Alexander De Croo speaks during a media conference at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Despite his age, the 44-year-old De Croo is already a veteran in Belgian politics and was vice premier in the outgoing government. He would be the first Dutch-speaking prime minister in nine years. European Council President Charles Michel, a former Belgian prime minister himself, congratulated De Croo and said that “COVID-19 hit us badly, but I count on you and your government to guide us past this challenge." It made compromise politics, an essential element of Belgian politics, even harder.
Japan confirms its scrapping US missile defense system
Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Japan's National Security Council has endorsed plans to cancel the deployment of two costly land-based U.S. missile defense systems aimed at bolstering the countrys capability against threats from North Korea, Kono said Thursday. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO Japans National Security Council has endorsed plans to cancel the deployment of two costly land-based U.S. missile defense systems aimed at bolstering the countrys capability against threats from North Korea, the countrys defense minister said Thursday. Defense Minister Taro Kono said the country will now revise its missile defense program and scale up its entire defense posture. Kono said Japan has signed contract worth nearly half the total cost and paid part of it to the U.S.
White House officials to kick off big Trump impeachment week
Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman returns to the Capitol to review transcripts of his testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON, DC Two top national security aides who listened to President Donald Trumps call with Ukraine are scheduled to testify in the impeachment hearings, launching back-to-back sessions as Americans hear from those closest to the White House. An Army officer at the National Security Council, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, and his counterpart at Vice President Mike Pences office, Jennifer Williams, both had concerns as Trump spoke on July 25 with the newly elected Ukraine president about political investigations into Joe Biden. In the afternoon, the House will hear from former NSC official Timothy Morrison and the former Ukraine special envoy, Kurt Volker. In all, nine witnesses are testifying in a pivotal week as the Houses historic impeachment inquiry accelerates and deepens.
Impeachment inquiry focuses on 2 White House lawyers
But the subsequent effort to lock down the rough transcript suggests some people in the White House viewed the president's conversation as problematic. Ellis, the other White House lawyer being asked to testify, was with Eisenberg when he made the suggestion to move the document into the more secure server. Ellis is no stranger to White House controversies. Eisenberg and Ellis, both part of the White House legal staff, declined to comment through an NSC spokesman. According to one of the individuals familiar with the White House classified computer systems, Eisenberg couldn't have actually moved it to N.I.C.E.
Bolton summoned; 1st big vote set on impeachment probe
That includes public hearings in a matter of weeks and the possibility of drafting articles of impeachment against the president. Trump and his Republican allies on Capitol Hill say the entire impeachment inquiry is illegitimate and are unpersuaded by the House resolution formally setting out next steps. Late Wednesday, it was disclosed that Morrison was resigning his White House position. He told investigators that senior White House officials blocked an effort by the State Department to release a November 2018 statement condemning Russia's attack on Ukrainian military vessels. The lawyer told lawmakers that neither of his clients is the whistleblower whose complaint triggered the impeachment inquiry and that he would object to any questions aimed at identifying that person.