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March 13, 2021
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A Fence For Me... But Not For Thee

March 13, 2021
On March 9th, the following related Flash SMS
message was sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

3/9 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin approves request by Capitol Hill Police for cont'd National Guard presence in the District thru May 23.

What You Need To Know

On Tuesday of this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via an SMS message to their mobile devices of a decision by the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to keep more than 2000 National Guard troops in Washington DC for an additional two months. The deployment extension, approved after a request from the U.S. Capitol Police, will extend the Guard mission to nearly six months. Without the deployment extension, all Guard troops were scheduled to leave Washington on this weekend.

Approximately 5,000 National Guard troops from around the country are now deployed to D.C., along with miles of riot fencing topped with razor wire. Buildings falling within the fence line include the U.S. Capitol, House and Senate office buildings, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress.

The Secretary of Defense's decision overruled the chief of the National Guard Bureau who assessed that the National Guard cannot and should not fulfill the Capitol Police's troop request at this time, making the case that the National Guard is already over-stretched.

Quoting a memo from Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau"

"Efforts to date have not secured enough volunteers among supporting states to meet the USCP request of 2,280 soldiers, nor Option B of 1000 soldiers."

"I am concerned that the continued indefinite nature of this requirement may also impede our ability to man future missions as both adjutants general and guardsmen alike may be skeptical about committing to future endeavors..."

The Department of Defense is reportedly considering issuing involuntary activation orders to keep National Guard troops stationed at the U.S. Capitol. And these troops could end up staying until the fall.

Neighborhood residents and members of Congress from both parties say they oppose the barrier and liken the Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., to the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq. Across DC, the complex is now jokingly referred to as Fort Pelosi.

In a blatant demonstration of hypocrisy, while U.S. lawmakers sit safely protected behind a fence topped with razor wire and backed up by armed soldiers and a dedicated police force, America's southern border is now effectively wide open, endangering the whole of America.

Termination of Border Emergency

Joe Biden, in one of his first executive actions, terminated the national emergency declared by former President Trump and halted construction on the border wall.

Then in early February, Biden signed an executive order revoking former President Trump’s ending of the controversial practice of "Catch and Release" — which allows illegal immigrants apprehended along the border in the U.S. to remain in the US while awaiting their court date (which is often many years out), as an alternative to holding them in immigration detention.

In the same action, Joe Biden ended the "Remain in Mexico" policy for those arriving at the U.S. border and seeking asylum. Tens of thousands of so called "remainers" have now been allowed into the country.

Further, in 2017 Trump issued an executive order that dramatically expanded immigration enforcement within the interior of the U.S., vastly increasing the number of people Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could arrest and target for deportation. Joe Biden also revoked that executive order, significantly curtailing interior enforcement.

The New WELCOME! Sign

Now consider the general view of these four actions from outside of the U.S.. First, the U.S. is no longer building the border wall. If you are caught sneaking in, they have to let you go. If you don't get caught along the border there is much less of a chance of being caught in the interior. If you show up and claim asylum, they will now let you stay while the asylum process plays out.

What could go wrong?

The net result is an unprecedented new crisis along the U.S. southern border as new waves of migrants try to find their way into the U.S.. And we are only now getting into the warmer months.

100,000 Illegals Encountered In February Alone

To put all of this into perspective, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that in February alone, agents encountered more than 100,000 illegal aliens along the U.S. / Mexico border. And that is just the number that were caught. Of that number, a troubling percentage were not even from this hemisphere, or what homeland security professionals refer to as “extra-continentals” or “special interest aliens.” These individuals have traveled vast distances and are regarded as posing a national security risk.

Readers will recall that just last month, AlertsUSA Threat Journal reported on the apprehension of 11 Iranian nationals as they crossed into Arizona near Yuma.

Also in February, a group of approximately 400 migrants clashed with militarized border police on Integration Bridge, which spans a river dividing Peru and Brazil. South American media reports indicate most of the the U. S.-bound migrant caravan of were not from Central or South America, but from nations such as the Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Haiti, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. And this is just one group.

According to Josh Modlin, interim chief of the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, illegal immigration for fiscal year 2021 has already surpassed total 2018 levels. Modlin goes onto say that if the flow continues at the rate it is here, by the end of this fiscal year, we will have surpassed ‘2018, ’19, and ‘20, all combined.”

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

March 13, 2021
What You Need To Know

According to data provided by the HHS / CDC / ASPR Community Profile Report for Thursday, March 12, there were 529,301 total deaths in the U.S. attributed to COVID-19, with 10,133 new deaths in the last 7 days. This represents a 16.5% DECREASE from the previous 7 day period. Total COVID-19 hospital admissions in the last 7 days were 71,296. This represents a 6.4% DECREASE from the previous 7 day period.

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

The CDC now 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

Brazil is becoming a threat to global public health
Germany records sharp increase in COVID-19 cases
COVID-19 situation in Paris region very worrying, minister says
Portugal extends COVID-19 emergency, end of lockdown in sight
Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Italy halt use of AstraZeneca vaccine due to safety
Several EU countries suspend AstraZeneca vaccine to investigate blood clots
More European nations pause AstraZeneca vaccine use over blood clots
Germany Regrets Neighbors' Move to Pause AstraZeneca Shots
EU Commission approves Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine
Study: New coronavirus variants will likely evolve, escape current vaccines
EU extends powers to block COVID-19 jab exports
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine adverse reactions


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Commentary / Analysis / Research

March 13, 2021

The Role Of Drones In Future Terrorist Attacks

The majority of past terrorist attacks have relied on weapons and materials that were readily available. In the United States, the perpetrators of the most significant attacks in the past 30 years, the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 attacks, purchased the majority of their required materials legally. In addition to acquiring materials, terrorist groups need individuals to carry out their attacks. Many groups typically conduct attacks with the expectation that their members will sacrifice themselves during the attack, either by being caught or killed. The use of drones, however, can allow an individual or a small group to conduct multiple attacks without self-sacrifice.


A Russian-Chinese Partnership Against America?

China and Russia consider themselves great powers, and there is agreement in both Beijing and Moscow on cooperating to limit or constrain America’s ability to dominate international relations and challenge their sovereignty.


Biden Is Playing A Dangerous Game In The Middle East

Washington’s new Middle East policies looks like a sandcastle. Targeting MBS means putting region at peril The new media frenzy about a possible full-out confrontation between the US Biden Administration and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a sign that Western political leaders are out of touch with reality.


H.R. 1 Is a Threat to American Democracy. Period.

There are many vulnerabilities in the American election system. These vulnerabilities need to be fixed. Unfortunately, H.R. 1—the “For the People Act of 2021,” which recently passed in the House without a single Republican vote, and is now before the Senate—is not the way to do it. Indeed, H.R. 1 would make things much worse, usurping the role of the states, wiping out basic safety protocols, and mandating a set of rules that would severely damage the integrity of the election process.


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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
March 13, 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 March 1, 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
March 13, 2021


Without debate, Biden has decided on complete open borders
WTH? Biden EO provides free transgender surgery to military members
Lawmakers gird for spending battle over nuclear weapons
DoD Mulling Aircraft Carrier Reduction as Part of FY 2022 Budget Review
America’s cutting-edge NGAD programme aims to rise above PLA Air Force
China-US rivalry: Washington must keep pace with Beijing on military spending
U.S. Air Force accepts its first F-15EX fighter jet
Missile Defense Agency to consider two sites for Hawaii-based radar
House Dems introducing bill to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police
Intruder roamed 'unencumbered' for hours at Joint Base Andrews
Colombia defence chief calls children who died in bombing 'machines of war'
Boston Marathon bomber sues over treatment in prison


Switzerland: Voters Approve 'Burqa Ban'
Netherlands: Muslim writer questions Islam, is inundated with death threats
Isis supporter planned attack after networking inside prison
Brussels bombers 'murdered elderly man as a test'
Russia, China agree to build lunar station together
Russia Warns Against U.S. Retaliation for SolarWinds Amid Fears of Cyberwar
The Royal Navy warship taskforce on a security patrol of the Baltic
Two-thirds of Italians set for lockdown as pandemic worsens
Hungary emerges as an EU vaccination star amid surging cases
UK records a further 175 COVID deaths, 6,609 new cases
Trade between UK and EU plunges after Brexit, hurting British economy
Merkel’s party faces tough election-year test in state polls
Alexei Navalny apparently moved from prison
Spanish police seize narco-submarine in Málaga raid


U.S. blacklists IS affiliates in Africa as Specially Designated Global Terrorists
Over 100 Polisario separatists active within Al-Qaeda in Maghreb
Myanmar coup conflict will escalate without talks
Lebanon on edge: As crisis deepens, where to from here?
Israeli Strikes Target Iranian Oil Bound for Syria
Time running out for serious nuclear diplomacy with Iran
Step up trials of alleged Syrian war criminals, U.N. rights chief says
Three Palestinian fishermen killed 'when Israeli drone exploded in nets'
Lebanon: Insecurity and desperation as crisis worsens
Lebanon heads for blackout as electricity funds dry up
Africa's battle with COVID-19 continues, one year on
Shock and uncertainty after death of Ivory Coast PM Bakayoko
South Africa's Ramaphosa condemns killing at students demo
Tanzania minister slams 'nonsense' rumours over missing president


Top US commander fears Chinese invasion of Taiwan by 2027
Japan Preparing to Defend Senkaku Islands Against Hostile Chinese Incursions
Guam Needs a New Air-Defense System to Protect Against Chinese Missiles
China to try two Canadians charged with espionage 'soon'
India To Buy 30 Armed MQ-9B Sea Guardian Drones From The US
French nuclear tests contaminated 110,000 in Pacific, says study
China's autocrats end democracy in Hong Kong
Georgia’s Political Crisis Puts Its Democratic Future in Doubt
Biden regime enlists ‘Quad’ allies to counter China
How the U.S. and China could go to war
China’s Military to Prepare for ‘Unstable’ Security Concerns with Other Nations
U.S. Cites Threat to Carriers From Chinese Anti-Ship Missile
Myanmar's first satellite held by Japan on space station after coup
Myanmar: Several protesters die in clashes with security forces
UN Security Council urges restraint in Myanmar as US imposes new sanctions
China approves resolution to overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system
India sees worst COVID-19 increase since Christmas
North Korea calls attention to 'comradely friendship' with Cuba
Japan mourns Fukushima victims on 10th anniversary

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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.

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