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February 27, 2021
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Acting Capitol Police Chief:
Far-Right Extremists Threatening to “Blow Up” Capitol

February 27, 2021
What You Need To Know

Far-right extremists are threatening to “blow up” the U.S. Capitol during President Biden’s State of the Union address next month in hopes of killing dozens of members of Congress. This, according to Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman who made the startling claim in testimony before the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday. The revelation came while justifying the need for keeping strict security measures in place following the storming of the Capitol building on January 6th.

Quoting Pittman:

“We know members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union."

Pittman said intelligence sources have come across the threats of mass violence in chatter on encrypted internet forums, underscoring that the prospect of more far-right attacks is of key concern to U.S. law enforcement agencies, though few other details have been provided to back up the claim.

Fears of additional violence ahead of Biden’s inauguration on January 20 led to the deployment of more than 25,000 National Guard members to Washington, but the ceremony passed without incident. Security around the Capitol remains tight, with tall fences topped with razor wire still surrounding the complex, security checkpoints in the local neighborhoods and approximately 5000 National Guard troops still in place.

Late last week, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed the National Guard are expected to leave the U.S. Capitol by March 12, though he did leave room to alter the date if circumstances change.

Readers are reminded that in late January, Chief Pittman called for "vast improvements" to security around the Capitol in the wake of the January 6 incident, including the installation of permanent fencing and the stationing of nearby backup security forces. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser quickly slammed the idea and said the city will not "accept extra troops or permanent fencing as a long-term fixture in DC."

Readers are also reminded that on January 27th, the Department of Homeland Security issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin warning of a "heightened threat environment across the United States from Domestic Violent Extremists motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force. Such extremists have plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities."DHS is concerned these same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some extremists may be emboldened by the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building to target elected officials and government facilities.

Additionally, DHS remains concerned that Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) inspired by foreign terrorist groups who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020, remain a threat.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment around the clock and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages to their mobile devices, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.

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Coronavirus Update

February 27, 2021
What You Need To Know

According to data provided by the COVID Tracking Project, all major indicators of COVID-19 transmission in the United States continue to fall this week. Nationally, cases have been falling for six weeks, hospitalizations have been dropping sharply for five weeks, and deaths have been declining for four weeks. The average number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 this week is just under the average we saw during the high points of the April and July hospitalization surges. States and territories reported 14,463 COVID-19 deaths in the past seven days, the first weekly total under 15,000 we’ve seen so far in 2021.

As of Friday at 6:00 PM ET, there were 2,137 deaths reported for the day. In total, more than 509,000 deaths in the U.S. have been attributed to the virus.

The Department of Homeland Security has extended the restrictions on non-essential cross-border travel with Canada and Mexico through March 21st.

Effective January 26, the CDC requires all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.

Air travelers entering Canada are now forced into mandatory hotel quarantine (at their own expense) to await results of a COVID test. PM Trudeau says the new requirement is part of a suite of measures designed to keep Canadians at home, as the government is increasingly concerned about the risk of new COVID variants that appear to be more transmissible and more deadly.

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Important COVID-19 Headlines

Over 8 million COVID-19 test results leaked online
Beijing Is Reportedly Subjecting U.S. Diplomats To Covid-19 Anal Swabs
Still No Evidence Showing Governments Can Control Spread of Covid-19
Coronavirus: EU Leaders Consider Vaccine Passports
European commission issues COVID vaccine export warning at EU summit
Germany's Merkel warns of third virus wave due to new strains
J&J COVID vaccine cleared for expected FDA authorization
Evidence from Britain shows covid-19 vaccines are very effective
U.S. administers 66.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines: CDC
Czech Republic faces 'hellish days', needs tighter COVID measures, PM says
France considers new local lockdowns to stem ‘worsening’ COVID-19 situation
Ghana the first nation to receive COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX program
COVID cases in Africa were 'underreported'


The COVID Tracking Project
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control (U.S.)
Johns Hopkins CSSE (Interactive map updated multiple times daily)


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration
Public Health Agency of Canada
Infection Prevention and Control Canada
World Health Organization


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2/23 - FAA issues new Emergency Airworthiness Directive requiring US aircraft operators to inspect certain Pratt & Whitney engines before further flight. See email.

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First Responder Toolbox

February 27, 2021

In the post-9/11 era, first responders have incorporated protecting the Homeland against terrorism into their daily mission. Law enforcement, fire service, and emergency medical services personnel play a vital role in detecting and preventing attacks because of the nature of their work, their frequent interaction with members of the public, and the level of access their jobs provide. People who hold these jobs often can identify behaviors or activities that could signal a pending terrorist attack; therefore, public safety personnel must continue to report, according to the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, observations that raise reasonable suspicion.

The Intelligence Community routinely produces information for public safety personnel that may help first responders identify terrorist-related activities and prevent, deter, or respond to terrorist attacks.

In this issue:

IED Manufacture Indicators

First responders, public safety personnel and bystanders may encounter suspicious activities, items, or behaviors associated with the manufacture of IEDs during regular interactions. IED components are inexpensive, legal, and readily available (most do not require identification for purchase), increasing the challenge of detecting acquisition and use for malicious purposes. To compound these challenges, malicious actors may use common household goods and basic tools to construct IEDs, highlighting the importance of personnel recognizing seemingly innocuous materials and tools used in an unusual manner.

~ Download the PDF Document Here ~

Persistent Threat Of Terrorist Ambush Attacks On First Responders

Ambush attacks on first responders raise security concerns and challenges for public safety personnel. The tactic’s appeal to terrorists likely stems from the nature of the target, the attack concealment, and the element of surprise. In addition, the suddenness of an ambush attack may limit reaction and response by first responders, potentially providing the attacker with a tactical advantage. An ambush attack, either luring or opportunistic, may have some degree of planning, and a calculated execution of the plan against a target. First responder awareness of the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) employed by terrorists may improve threat mitigation and increase safety.

~ Download the PDF Document Here ~

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

February 27, 2021

Biden: It's Okay to Finance China's Military

On January 26, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control issued General License No. 1A, which permits Americans to continue acquiring shares in certain companies associated with "Communist Chinese Military Companies," known as CCMCs, until May 27. The previous deadline, set by the Trump administration, was January 28.

The General License delayed a portion of the application of President Trump's landmark Executive Order 13959, issued November 12, 2020.

EO13959 stopped investors, subject to wind-down provisions, from purchasing or possessing shares in any company designated a CCMC. In short, Trump ordered Americans to stop financing China's military, the People's Liberation Army.


A Principled U.S. Diplomatic Strategy Toward North Korea

President Biden now has an opportunity to set the foundation for a new U.S. approach that advances stability and peace on the Korean Peninsula. To do so, the new administration should guard against getting bogged down in an escalatory ladder with North Korea by initiating an early strategic opening with Pyongyang to test whether a serious diplomatic process can be sustained. The unachievable objective of complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization (CVID) should be dropped in favor of a more realistic step-by-step approach based on an equal commitment to denuclearization and peace. This approach should be backstopped by reinvigorated ties with South Korea and Japan, working with China while maintaining realistic expectations for its support, a streamlined and modernized sanctions regime, and bolstered deterrence of North Korea. Exchanges all the way up the diplomatic ladder from negotiators to leaders will be the only way to make progress.


America Has A Vast Overseas Military Empire. Does It Still Need It?

For decades, the U.S. has enjoyed global military dominance, an achievement that has underpinned its influence, national security and efforts at promoting democracy.

The Department of Defense spends more than $700 billion a year on weaponry and combat preparedness – more than the next 10 countries combined, according to economic think tank the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

Yet today, amid a sea change in security threats, America's military might overseas may be less relevant than it once was, say some security analysts, defense officials and former and active U.S. military service members.

The most urgent threats to the U.S., they say, are increasingly nonmilitary in nature. Among them: cyberattacks; disinformation; China's economic dominance; climate change; and disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, which ravaged the U.S. economy like no event since the Great Depression.


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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
February 27, 2021

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Feb 22, 2021 based on Navy, public data provided by the U.S. Naval Institute, and open source reporting. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

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World News Roundup
February 27, 2021


DHS expects troops to assist with border enforcement for 3 to 5 more years
SolarWinds Hack Bigger, More Dangerous than Previously Thought
US CT Operations Touched 85 Countries In The Last 3 Years Alone
Cyber Workforce Protecting U.S. National Security
Detailed Plans Of Bombardier Spy Plane Are Leaked On The Dark Web
If the U.S. Military Can’t Solve Afghanistan, Biden Should Withdraw
As Cuba's economy worsens, desperate rafters risk their lives at sea
The Nuts and Bolts of the Pilot Training Shortage
Senate bill supports Biden efforts to rejoin Iran Nuclear Deal
Texas governor vows to overhaul electric grid operator after storm failure
Mexican president says Mexico doing better than US on virus
Venezuela kicks out EU envoy to protest sanctions
Prison riots across three Ecuadorian prisons kill at least 75


Sweden: Migrant-Background Rapists Make Up Majority of Attackers
Russia says U.S. gave only a few minutes’ warning before strike in Syria
Russia Officials Outraged at Joe Biden Syria Strike As Iran Remains Silent
New Details of Russian Belgorod ‘Doomsday’ Submarine Revealed
Putin warns of unnamed foreign efforts to destabilize Russia
Russia beefs up fines for protest violations after Navalny rallies
No breakthrough at UK-EU talks, says Northern Ireland's Foster
Georgians protest against arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia
German investigators seize 23 tonnes of cocaine in record European haul
German court convicts 'IS recruiter' Abu Walaa


Nigeria: Hundreds of schoolgirls feared abducted in raid
ISIS and Al-Qaeda’s Sub-Saharan Affiliates Are Poised for Growth in 2021
US carries out air strikes targeting ‘Iranian-backed’ militias in Syria
Int'l Atomic Energy Agency Weakens Iran Nuclear Safeguards
Coalition Plans To Expand Giant ISIS Prison In Syria
Satellite images shows new construction at the Dimona nuclear site
US to release report fingering Saudi prince in Khashoggi murder
Tigray crisis: How a massacre in the sacred city of Aksum unfolded
UN: Yemen faces world’s worst famine and needs $3.85 billion
Syria war: Russian jets 'bomb IS positions in desert region'
Iran says up to U.S. to move first on saving nuclear deal
Turkish police nab Iraqi IS suspect, rescue Yazidi girl
U.S. patience with Iran on renewing nuclear talks 'not unlimited'
CAR: Pro-government forces capture ex-president’s stronghold
Niger opposition leader claims election win despite results
Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Maiduguri rocket attack kills 10
UN Eritrea expert urges probe of refugee camp attack in Ethiopia


Rise of ISIS and Al-Qaeda terrifying alliance
Afghanistan: Will Biden Cave to the Forever War Party?
Al Qaeda Has A New Leader Called 'the Sword Of Revenge'
A Principled U.S. Diplomatic Strategy Toward North Korea
Diplomat uses hand-pushed rail trolley to get from N Korea to Russia
India and Pakistan agree to stop firing along disputed Kashmir border
Armenian PM Pashinyan calls military’s demand he resign ‘an attempted coup’
Japan increases protection for US military amid 'severe security environment'
Navy sends another destroyer through contentious Taiwan Strait
North Korea exploited South Korean POWs 'for decades': report
Myanmar students, doctors plan more protests against military rule
Indonesia presses regional effort to resolve Myanmar crisis
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan down, targeted killings up, UN says
China rejects growing Western criticism at U.N. rights forum

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Travel Security Resources

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The U.S. Dept. of State Travel Website is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to research on the security situation at your destination prior to departure.

Active USGOV Travel Notices
Worldwide Caution

Active USGOV Travel Advisories
Alphabetical Country List
Dynamic Map

Other USGOV Travel Resources
Traveler's Checklist
Smart Traveler Enrollment Prog (STEP)
Travelers with Special Considerations
Travel to High-Risk Areas
Faith-Based Travel Information
Information for Women Travelers
Cruise Ship Passengers
Students Abroad
Your Health Abroad
Driving and Road Safety Abroad

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The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides a variety of resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector businesses and organizations operating abroad.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is the authoritative federal source for information on current health issues related to specific destinations worldwide. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health.

Foreign Sources of Travel Guidance

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