President Donald Trump announced Tuesday on Twitter that he has “terminated” top U.S. cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs.
In a pair of tweets, Trump said that Krebs gave a “highly inaccurate” statement about the security of the 2020 presidential election.
Trump, who has not yet conceded to president-elect Joe Biden, alleged that the election was riddled with “massive improprieties and fraud.” Twitter labeled the president’s tweets with a warning citing the claim about election fraud is disputed.
Krebs, who heads the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, is responsible for leading the effort to protect U.S. elections. He has previously said that there is no evidence the elections were compromised by foreign interference.
DHS Boss Chad Wolf Defies Trump Order to Fire Cyber Chief Chris Krebs
Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf is defying President Trump’s order to terminate election cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs, multiple sources tell The Post.
The White House on Wednesday evening instructed Wolf to fire Krebs after Krebs openly dismissed claims of voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election.
“He gave us a bunch of reasons why he didn’t want to do it and he said no,” a senior White House official told The Post about Wolf’s refusal.
“If anything, Chad is carrying Krebs’ water,” the source added.
Krebs, a former Microsoft executive, has since 2017 led DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and recently launched a “Rumor Control” website to debunk claims of voter fraud. A CISA panel declared Thursday that the “November 3rd election was the most secure in American history,” rejecting Trump’s claims of widespread fraud.
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The Deputy Secretary of The Department of Homeland Security warned Monday that the actions of tech companies in censoring opinions they do not agree with constitutes a “grave threat to national security.”
Ken Cuccinelli pointed to Twitter’s decision last week to suspend the account of Mark Morgan, the DHS’s border chief after he posted a message declaring “the border wall can stop gang members and murderers.”
Cuccinelli also highlighted the fact that another social media platform, Hootsuite, severed ties with ICE two months ago after woke employees kicked up a fuss.
“Big Tech would rather see Americans victimized than admit they were wrong,” The Washington Times quoted Cuccinelli as saying.
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An internal email from the Department of Homeland Security leaked to CBS Catherine Herridge late Monday detailing that the violence in Portland was not “opportunistic,” but rather “organized”—confirming long-suspected details about the Antifa movement.
The email explains that Antifa is organized and runs contrary to reports in the mainstream media that Antifa was not responsible for anti-police violence, but an impromptu movement spurred on by anti-fascist sentiments held by most of the American public.
A recent article in the Washington Post by Mark Bray, author of Antifa: Anti-Fascist Handbook, attempted to dispel “myths” about Antifa, claims that the group is not an organization, but rather a “tradition of militant antifascism.” The article disputed claims that Antifa “masterminds violence at Black Lives Matter protests.”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could soon have “no choice” but to restore order in Portland if local officials refuse to do so, acting chief Chad Wolf warned Mayor Ted Wheeler in an open letter.
Wolf issued the notice to Wheeler in response to the mayor’s recent rejection of federal assistance despite nearly 100 nights of continued violence and rioting in the city.
“You state in your letter that ‘[t]here is no place for looting, arson, or vandalism in our city.’ Unfortunately, you have failed to back up that sentiment with any action,” Wolf wrote. “In fact, your inaction has fostered an environment that has fueled senseless violence and destruction night after night.”
“For more than three months, Portland has become the epicenter of crime and chaos, with rioters attacking government buildings with the intention of burning them to the ground.”
Wolf pointed out that despite Wheeler’s claims the turmoil would “ultimately burn itself out,” the situation in Portland has only worsened, culminating in the alleged murder of a man belonging to the Patriot Prayer group on Saturday night.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he would nominate Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Homeland Security Department, to serve permanently in the position.
“I am pleased to inform the American Public that Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will be nominated to be the Secretary of Homeland Security,” Trump tweeted. “Chad has done an outstanding job and we greatly appreciate his service!”
Wolf has served as a temporary secretary for almost one year.
“I am honored to be nominated by President Trump to lead the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security in safeguarding the American people,” Wolf said in a statement. “As the Homeland faces evolving threats from natural disasters, violent opportunists, malign cyber actors, and transnational criminal organizations, the mission of DHS is as critical as ever.”
Wolf was appointed acting DHS secretary in November 2019, a month after predecessor Kevin McAleenan stepped down from his six-month stint as acting head. McAleenan took over in April 2019 when former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned after a disagreement over U.S.-Mexico border policy.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it will not accept any new applications for a program that shields from deportation people who were brought to the country illegally as children, drawing criticism from immigrant rights advocates and Democrats in Congress.
Acting Secretary Chad Wolf wrote in a memo he is launching a review of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and that in addition to rejecting new applications during that time, his agency is also allowing current participants to renew their status and work permits for only one year instead of the previous two-year periods.
A third restriction will not allow existing participants to travel and re-enter the United States under a system called advanced parole, unless in cases of “exceptional circumstances.”
President Donald Trump tried to end the DACA program that was enacted by his predecessor President Barack Obama in 2012, but the Supreme Court ruled last month that the Trump administration did not follow proper procedures in shutting it down.
There are about 650,000 people who are part of DACA. To qualify, they had to have come to the United States before their 16th birthday, been in the country continuously since mid-2007, be under the age of 31 in mid-2012, have no felony or significant misdemeanor convictions, pose no national security threat, and have either a high school diploma, been enrolled in school, or have a record of service in the U.S. military.
In the most alarming revelation yet that coronavirus is getting ever closer to severely impacting the White House, Yahoo News has unveiled documents showing that nearly a dozen US Secret Service members have tested positive for COVID-19.
A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internal memo or ‘daily report’ showed the Secret Service currently has eleven active cases of the virus (as of this past Thursday night) — this after it was learned Friday that Katie Miller, a spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence, tested positive for coronavirus. And the day before, Trump’s personal military valet was confirmed positive, prompting the president to indicate he would be receiving daily tests as opposed to weekly, according to The Hill.
The Department of Homeland Security declared firearms manufacturers and retailers “essential businesses” in a document on “The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce,” updated on Saturday.
Originally the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a directive using data and analysis from President George W. Bush’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council in 2007 that did not include gun shops and manufacturers in the list of essential businesses.
Because of the omission, firearms dealers and manufacturers were being forced to close by governments referring to the memo.
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The Department of Homeland Security left out the Second Amendment rights of Americans in a memorandum listing “essential” businesses allowed to stay open during an emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
The DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a directive last week using data and analysis from President George W. Bush’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council in 2007.
According to the CISA website, “The list does not impose any mandates on state or local jurisdictions or private companies,” however, cities, counties and states nationwide are copying language from the agency’s memorandum in their own orders.