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USGOV Warns of Growing Domestic Terror Threat

March 20, 2021
What You Need To Know

On Wednesday of this week, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an unclassified summary of a joint comprehensive threat assessment on domestic violent extremism.

The report, the first of its kind to be issued after the January 6th siege on the US Capitol Complex, points to threats from a variety of domestic violent extremists, ranging from environmental activists to animal rights extremists, anarchists, as well as adherents of far-right ideologies. The assessment states, however, that by far the greatest threat to general public security is presented by ethnically and racially motivated violent extremists, in combination with armed militias. The document warns that these groups will "almost certainly” grow more active in the coming months.

The following are a few abbreviated quotes from the threat summary:

The IC (intelligence community) assesses that domestic violent extremists (DVEs) who are motivated by a range of ideologies and galvanized by recent political and societal events in the United States pose an elevated threat to the Homeland in 2021.

The IC assesses that lone offenders or small cells of domestic violent extremists (DVEs) are more likely to carry out violent attacks in the Homeland than organizations that allegedly advocate a DVE ideology.

The IC assesses that racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (RMVEs) and militia violent extremists (MVEs) present the most lethal domestic violent extremist (DVE) threats, with racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (RMVEs) most likely to conduct mass-casualty attacks against civilians, and militia violent extremists (MVEs) typically targeting law enforcement and government personnel and facilities.

The IC assesses that several factors could increase the likelihood or lethality of DVE attacks in 2021 and beyond, including increasing domestic and international support, growing perceptions of government overreach related to legal or policy changes and disruptions, and high-profile attacks spurring follow-on attacks.

And finally, DVE lone offenders will continue to pose significant detection and disruption challenges because of their capacity for independent radicalization to violence, ability to mobilize discretely, as well as access to firearms.

A Little One-Sided, No?

AlertsUSA cautions readers that while an increasing number of government issued advisories, liaison reports and threat assessments are now biased toward supposed far-right “supremacist” threats, there is almost no reporting about any threatening groups or movements that might be found on the far left. To put this into perspective, why is it extremist to attack a member of the Capitol police, but not extremist to attack an officer from DC Metro, or Portland, or Minneapolis? Why are Antifa and BLM, who both openly call for violence, not labeled as extremist threats? Why are the hundreds of Antifa and BLM riots that occurred across America in 2020 not called out as extremist? Just this week, riot fencing and concrete barriers were reinstalled outside of the federal courthouse in downtown Portland due to ongoing Antifa rioting. Where are the federal warnings and advisories?

A dangerous new narrative is being rolled out that is likely going to have a disastrous result. AlertsUSA urges readers to maintain a high level of situational awareness as we move into the warmer months. There are many angry people from every possible political and social leaning looking for an opportunity to vent. This is on top of the ongoing threat from foreign terrorist organizations who will soon find it much easier to enter the U.S. because of chaos unfolding at the southern border, the dramatic increase in the number of refugees being settled in the U.S. from the Middle East and North Africa, the lifting of the so called "Muslim Ban", as well as the gradual reopening of international travel.

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 20, 2021
What You Need To Know

According to data provided by the HHS / CDC / ASPR Community Profile Report for Thursday, March 18,there were more than 540,000 total deaths in the U.S. attributed to COVID-19, with 7,370 new deaths in the last 7 days. This represents a 29.6% DECREASE from the previous 7 day period. Total COVID-19 hospital admissions in the last 7 days were 69,928. This represents a 2.4% 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 April 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.

All travelers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep Canadians safe, particularly given the new COVID-19 variants in Canada and around the world. Federal quarantine applies for travelers entering Canada. If you can enter Canada and you have no symptoms, you must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. If you are flying into Canada, your quarantine period includes a mandatory 3 night pre-paid booking at a government-authorized hotel at your own cost.

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France Finds COVID-19 Variant That Evades Gold-Standard Tests
Coronavirus caused world’s middle class ‘to shrink for the first time since 1990s
Norwegian experts say AstraZeneca vaccine is behind the deadly blood clots
AstraZeneca: EU regulator rules vaccine is 'safe' for use
Germany reports highest daily COVID cases for two months
EU proposes Covid-19 'Green Certificates' to allow travel across the bloc
Experts: Virus surge in Europe a cautionary tale for US
Bosnia reports record daily number of deaths from COVID-19

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3/19 - At least 5 seriously injured as vehicle plows into crowd and bldg, Hollywood, CA. Hollywood Blvd closed between Highland Ave and Orange. AlertsUSA monitoring..

3/18 - DHS: U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least April 21 due to continued spread of SARS-CoV-2.

3/17 - NWS Storm Prediction Center issues rare Level 5 “high risk” alert for severe storms, incl strong, long track tornadoes, for parts of AL, AR, LA & MS. See email.

3/16 - 7 killed, multiple injured in sting of shootings at massage parlors in greater Atlanta area. Most victims Asian. Shooter(s) at large. More info via email.

3/15 - Car driven into crowd near Curran Plaza, San Diego City College. At least 3 dead, 9 total victims. Driver arrested. Unclear if intentional. Monitoring..

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

March 20, 2021

How China Sees The International Order:
A Lesson From The Chinese Classics

Many Western analysts and international relations scholars take the intellectual and historical foundations of statecraft for granted. They invoke the “Thucydides trap” when pondering whether the world will be able to accommodate China’s rise and cite Machiavelli when thinking about Beijing’s practice of realpolitik. While these perspectives are important and useful, they tend to interpret the problem of Chinese global power in analytical terms derived only from the Western intellectual and historical experience. Chinese foreign policy thinkers know the Western canon, of course. But China has its own rich intellectual tradition that informs its statecraft just as deeply as the Western tradition informs that of North America and Europe.


'Three Warfares': U.S. Pummeled By Covert
Disinformation War Waged By Russia, China

China and Russia are engaged in sophisticated information warfare against the United States, spreading false narratives to undermine social cohesion and sow division, senior Pentagon intelligence officials disclosed Tuesday.

James Sullivan, a Defense Intelligence Agency cybersecurity expert, told a hearing of the House Armed Services subcommittee on intelligence and special operations that both adversaries are engaged in covert warfare using disinformation — deliberately deceptive information — targeting the U.S. public and government.


A Politicized U.S. Military Should Horrify All Americans

During the last administration it was hard to go a week or even a day without someone decrying a supposedly appalling “attack” on members of the press by President Donald Trump. These assaults largely consisted of Trump objecting to loaded questions and other gasbaggery from members of the fourth estate.

We expect politicians with partisan agendas to spar with journalists. Not so much members of the armed forces speaking in their official capacity, which is what happened last week after Tucker Carlson of Fox News dared to comment about the role of women in the military. The Second Marine Expeditionary Force responded with a snotty, childish tweet, telling Carlson: “Come back when you’ve served and been pregnant.” Generals, other currently serving officers and the Pentagon’s press secretary joined in the ensuing sortie.


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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
March 20, 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 15, 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 20, 2021


DoD says a third of troops opt out of being vaccinated, but could be more
NSA, Homeland Security Push Service to Mitigate Cyber-Attacks
A Stealth 6th Generation Fighter Gap? The U.S. Air Force Is Worried
Some US troops view Capitol riots, racial protests equally, worrying DoD
Joe Biden Admin Enters War of Words with China, Russia, and North Korea
First U.S.-China meeting under Biden gets off to a rocky start
Chinese, UAE-based companies blacklisted over sale of Iranian petrochemicals
Gunmen ambush police convoy near Mexico City, killing 13
Top US Commander Warns 'Front Line' With China Now South of Border
NORAD: Russia increasing military flights near Alaska
U.S. Deploys Coast Guard Far From Home to Counter China
Biden Openly Encouraged Illegals to ‘Surge to the Border’ At First Debate
Homeland Security head won't ask Biden to keep building border wall
6 Asians Among 8 Killed in Georgia; Suspect Cites ‘Sexual Addiction’
FBI Director Says Atlanta Shooting ‘Does Not Appear’ Racially Motivated
U.S. soldier pleads not guilty to plotting ISIS attacks on NYC landmarks
FBI releases videos of officers being assaulted during the Capitol siege
House OKs bill offering pathway to legal status to Dreamers
Border Patrol agents apprehend convicted rapist
Asian American leaders fear U.S. conflict with China will fan racist backlash
Va. man with loaded gun at BWI Airport arrested
Michigan man charged with threatening to kill Biden, Pelosi and Whitmer
GAO: CISA needs organizational changes for more effective cybersecurity


Britain changes policy so it can use nukes in response to ‘emerging tech’
Europe spies alarmed after Estonia scientist caught spying for China
Russia Deploys All Black Sea Submarines as NATO Kicks Off Drills
Moscow snubs Biden at UN, only sends junior diplomat to virtual summit
Russia warns it will 'have to react' if Bosnia moves to join NATO
Putin challenges Biden to debate after president calls him a 'killer'
White House shuts down Putin invite, says Biden is ‘quite busy’
Cyber strength now key to national security, says UK
French Police Hunting Knifeman Who Cut Pensioner's Throat in Montpellier
EU’s Frontex renews joint border control deal with Albania
Muslim Woman Who Beheaded Child is Freed: She’s ‘Cured’


Israeli Airstrikes Target Damascus
PLO Charter calling for Israel’s total destruction is still in effect
Is the United States building up forces in Syria?
Iran has built new ballistic missile launch positions
Iran’s defense minister says country must ready for nuclear, chemical attacks
Hamas wants an Islamist state in the West Bank
US special operations forces train Mozambique troops to counter ISIS threat
Nigeria: After 90 Days Of The Constitutional Force Majeure, What Next?
Niger: 58 Civilians Killed Near The Mali Border
How ISIS jihadis entered Europe and were greeted with open arms


Pentagon pushes for Pacific missile defence site to counter China's threat
What Do We Know About China’s Newest Missiles?
Massive New Chinese Military Heliport Taking Shape Right Across From Taiwan
North Korea could soon test new intercontinental missile
US should tell China: 'Legal warfare' against Taiwan will lead to real war
Experts raise concern over Taliban emerging powerful
Iranian Oil Exports Is Clogging Up Chinese Ports
In Tajikistan, online critics land behind bars as alleged ‘extremists’
Bangladesh: Thousands of Muslims attack Hindu village
Afghan Peace Conference Opens In Moscow

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