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May 8, 2021
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CIA Headquarters Standoff: Armed Man Shot and Killed

May 8, 2021
On May 3rd, the following related Flash SMS
message was sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

5/3 - Security incident, CIA Headquarters, Langley, VA. Attempted facility breach at entrance gate off Route 123 (Dolly Madison Blvd). AlertsUSA monitoring..

What You Need To Know

On Monday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a security incident unfolding at the main gate leading into CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA. According to the FBI, the incident began when 19-YO Roy Gordon Cole drove his vehicle up to the CIA’s main campus entrance and was stopped by armed guards controlling a series of access gates. Unable to enter the facility, Cole refused to move his vehicle.

After an extended negotiation effort, during which the suspect claimed to have explosives, he is reported to have exited his vehicle with an unspecified weapon and was immediately engaged by FBI agents. Cole later died from his injuries after being transported to the hospital.

The CIA said its officers were “the only Agency personnel directly involved” in the incident, although none fired their guns. There were no reports that any FBI agents or CIA officers were injured or wounded.

The CIA and FBI are being particularly tight lipped about this incident. Few details about Cole have been made public, including any potential motive. His name was confirmed by the medical examiner’s office, but the FBI has not released his identity in any public statements about the shooting.

AlertsUSA will continue to monitor developments with this incident and will provide future reports as events warrant.

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

May 8, 2021
What You Need To Know

According to data provided by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, as of Friday evening there have been more than 580,000 total deaths in the U.S. attributed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

According to data provided by the HHS / CDC / ASPR Community Profile Report for Friday, April 30th, there were 4,592 new deaths in the U.S. over the last 7 days. This represents a 8.2% DECREASE from the previous 7 day period. Total COVID-19 hospital admissions in the last 7 days were 32,477. This represents a 3.8% INCREASE from the previous 7 day period.

On Wednesday the CDC warned that COVID-19 cases will likely surge again as the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant (AKA the 'UK variant'), takes hold across the country.

According to data provided by COVID ActNow, Michigan and Minnesota are the only states in the country identified as having a "very high" risk for COVID-19 spread.

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.

All travelers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements. 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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Important COVID-19 Headlines

CDC acknowledges airborne transmission
What are the India, Brazil, South Africa and UK variants?
Pfizer seeks full FDA approval for COVID-19 vaccine
Sinopharm: Chinese COVID vaccine gets WHO emergency approval
CDC predicts a 'sharp decline' in US Covid cases
Study claims has killed more than 2X the number of people officially reported
COVID forecasters warn India deaths may double in coming weeks
Nepal facing ‘human catastrophe’ similar to India’s amid Covid surge
Oxford: Canada’s lockdowns nearly as strict as communist China, Cuba
Mexico's coronavirus death toll passes 218,000

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


5/1 - AlertsUSA monitoring response to reports of shots fired, Southcenter Mall, Tukwila, WA. Multi-agency response. Mall in lockdown. Add'l alerts as warranted.

5/1 - At least two persons shot in earlier incident at Southcenter Mall, Tukwila, WA. Suspect in custody. AlertsUSA monitoring..

5/1 - May Day (Int'l Workers' Day) protests taking place in urban centers nationwide. Caution urged. Monitor local news for locations and any transit disruptions.

5/1 - AlertsUSA monitoring response to reports of shots fired, Carolina Place Shopping Mall, Pineville, NC. Heavy police presence. Add'l alerts as warranted.

5/1 - AlertsUSA monitoring response to reports of shots fired, Oneida Casino, Green Bay, WI. Multiple victims. Heavy police presence. Add'l alerts as warranted.

5/1 - At least 7 persons shot in the Oneida Casino incident, Green Bay, WI. Suspect in custody. Police are asking the public to avoid the area.

5/5 - State Dept issues new LEVEL 4 - DO NOT TRAVEL advisory for India due to COVID-19. Approves voluntary departure of non-emergency USGOV employees. More via email.

5/5 - Massive riots underway in Bogota and Medellín, Columbia. Police and military firing on public. US Embassy urges a low profile and avoiding all demonstrations.

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

May 8, 2021

Abandoning Taiwan Makes Zero Moral or Strategic Sense

In an essay last week within Foreign Affairs magazine (and presented in Threat Journal), Charles Glaser set out a case for abandoning any U.S. commitment to defending Taiwan, the small island democracy China routinely threatens with invasion. Central to Glaser’s argument is the idea that U.S. policymakers have not sufficiently debated whether the United States should “trim its East Asian commitments to reduce the odds of going to war with China.” But the idea the United States can casually shed its commitments to Taiwan is inconsistent with the values that should be central to U.S. foreign policy. It would cede authority over Taiwan to a totalitarian state committed to crushing free expression and driving U.S. influence from Asia for a purely imaginary gain.


China Already ‘Engaging In Irregular War’ With The U.S.

It’s war. But not as we know it.

Decades of writings by China’s top tacticians reveal this to be so.

“National security leaders should look closely at what Chinese officials’ words and China’s military actions say about how the People’s Liberation Army might actually fight a war,” a US military academy analysis warns.

They say it’s a war already well under way. That means the start of any ‘conventional’ conflict will be murky and confused. And, even once the shooting starts, sowing doubt and disbelief will be a significant weapon in its arsenal.


America's Border: Cui Bono? – Who Benefits?

With the advent of the Biden administration, we have seen a 180-degree turn -- a complete reversal -- of the Trump administration's "get tough" enforcement of federal immigration, drug enforcement, and national security laws along the Mexican border. The Biden administration has made a deliberate decision to abandon the application and enforcement of federal law. Why?


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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
May 8, 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 May 3, 2021 based on U.S. 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
May 8, 2021


ICE deportations fall to record low in April: report
Top U.S. general warns of 'potential international instability'
DIA Official: Russian military poses an ‘existential threat’ to the US
DIA Official: China’s Weapon Tech Advancing Fast While Russia Falls Behind
2nd Member Of "Boogaloo Bois" Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
Pressure mounts on Colombia as protests begin second week
Brazil: At least 25 killed in Rio de Janeiro shoot-out
Rio de Janeiro police raid on favela leaves at least 25 dead
Cyber Command Shifting from Terror Orgs Focus On Chinese Cyber Threats
Biden Must Boost 2022 Defense Budget To Counter China
US birth rate falls 4% to its lowest point ever


U.K., France deploy Navy vessels to Jersey in post-Brexit fishing feud
Spain arrests ISIS terror cell suspected of encouraging attacks against France
White House ‘open’ to Ukraine joining NATO in jab at Russia
Blinken: U.S. Considering 'Additional' Military Assistance To Ukraine
With An Eye On Russia, EU Opens 'Military Mobility' Project To NATO Allies
The explosive reset of Czech–Russian relations
Iranian diplomat's 20-year sentence in Belgium for bomb plot confirmed
Italians convicted of left-wing terrorism face French court
Two California students, 20 and 21, are found guilty of murdering Italian cop
Biden Officials Say Russian Troops at Ukraine Border Bears a Message


Arabs Warn West: Do Not Let Iran Fool You
AFRICOM: China looking to establish a large navy port on Africa’s west coast
US, Iran signal possible breakthroughs in nuke talks
Saudi Arabia and Iran held talks ‘more than once’: Iraq president
One killed in Israeli attack on Syria’s Latakia, state media says
Shadowy Hamas commander warns Israel over Jerusalem
French journalist kidnapped in Mali appears in video asking for help
Six Western hostages now held in Africa’s troubled Sahel region
Nigerian college students released two months after being kidnapped
Turkey’s Air Force Is Obsolete, Warns New Study


China 'indefinitely' suspends economic dialogue with Australia
Former Maldives President Nasheed hurt in suspected bomb attack
China already ‘engaging in irregular war’ with US in the ‘grey zone’
China condemns G7 statement censuring Beijing, supporting Taiwan
Taliban takes district in north Afghanistan; attacks increasing as US pulls out
US warplanes help Afghan forces fend off Taliban offensive
Philippines tells fishermen to ignore Beijing's ban on fishing in South China Sea
New Zealand refuses to accuse China of genocide against Uighurs
Myanmar coup: Military bans satellite dishes in media crackdown

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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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