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Key Texts By Top Trump DHS Officials Are Missing

The Washington Post reports: Text messages for President Donald Trump’s acting homeland security secretary Chad Wolf and acting deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli are missing for a key period leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to four people briefed on the matter and internal emails. This discovery of missing records for the senior-most Homeland …

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DHS Warns Of Domestic Terrorism Ahead Of Midterms

The Associated Press reports: A looming Supreme Court decision on abortion, an increase of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and the midterm elections are potential triggers for extremist violence over the next six months, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday. The U.S. was in a “heightened threat environment” already, and these factors may worsen the situation, DHS said in …

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Docs Show Trump Had DHS Investigate “Voter Fraud”

Politico reports: In late April of 2020, a top political appointee in the Trump administration called for Department of Homeland Security officials to scrutinize an unusual topic for a national security agency: possible voter fraud in the upcoming election. A subsequent directive included a focus on mail-in voting. That guidance came as then-President Donald Trump fomented claims that the expansion …

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DHS Warns Of Possible Blockade At Super Bowl

Yahoo News reports: The Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement and public safety officials in the United States that a prolonged trucker convoy protesting vaccine mandates could begin on Feb. 13, when the Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles. The warning of a trucker protest similar to the one that has brought Ottawa, Canada, to a virtual …

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Trump Had Role In Plot To Seize Voting Machines

The New York Times reports: Six weeks after Election Day, with his hold on power slipping, President Donald J. Trump directed his lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to make a remarkable call. Mr. Trump wanted him to ask the Department of Homeland Security if it could legally take control of voting machines in key swing states, three people familiar with the …

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Federal Memo: PA Drone Meant To Disrupt Power Grid

CNN reports: A drone that crashed near a Pennsylvania power substation last year was likely meant to damage or disrupt the electric equipment, according to a federal law enforcement bulletin obtained by CNN. The July 2020 incident is the first known case of a “modified unmanned aircraft system likely being used in the United States to specifically target energy infrastructure,” …

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Fully Vaxxed DHS Secretary Tests Positive For COVID

CNN reports: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is vaccinated, tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday morning, according to department spokesperson Marsha Espinosa. “Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols. Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at …

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US To Open Canada And Mexico Borders In November

From the Department of Homeland Security: Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health experts, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will amend Title 19 regulations to allow non-essential travelers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation to enter the …

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DHS Warns Of Potential Violence At Rally For Rioters

CNN reports: The Department of Homeland Security warned Thursday about the potential for violence from people involved in or opposed to the “Justice for J6” rally planned for Saturday, according to an unclassified intelligence briefing that was shared with state and local authorities and obtained by CNN. The memo also warned of potential violence on the day before the rally. …

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DHS Extends Ban On Travel To Mexico And Canada

ABC News reports: The U.S. is extending travel restrictions from Canada for another month. In a tweet, the Department of Homeland Security says restrictions on nonessential travel at land and ferry crossings with both Canada and Mexico are extended until September 21. The extension, the tweet says, is to minimize the spread of COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Restrictions were …

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DHS Warns Of Increasing Violent Threats By Cultists

ABC News reports: “Some conspiracy theories associated with reinstating former President Trump have included calls for violence if desired outcomes are not realized,” according to a DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis bulletin obtained by ABC News. “As public visibility of the narratives increases, we are concerned about more calls to violence. Reporting indicates that the timing for these activities …

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DHS Warns Against Planned Florida To Cuba Flotilla

Mediaite reports: The Department of Homeland Security reminded Floridians ahead of a flotilla scheduled to travel near Cuba on Thursday that it was “illegal” to travel to the island nation without permission from the federal government. “It is illegal for boaters to depart with the intent to travel to Cuba for any purpose without a permit,” the department said in …

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US Extends Travel Restrictions With Mexico, Canada

CNN reports: The United States has extended Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential travel at land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico until July 21, according to a tweet from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sunday. “To reduce the spread of #COVID19, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada …

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DHS Taking “Close Look” At Vax Passport For Intl Travel

Axios reports: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the U.S. is “taking a very close look” at the possibility of requiring vaccine passports for international travel. While vaccine passports could be seen as helpful to reopening international travel, there is no one central international vaccine passport system, making them a target for …

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DHS Warning: Extremists Are Targeting Activist Groups

Talking Points Memo reports: The Department of Homeland Security released a new terrorism bulletin on Friday, warning that far-right extremists are likely to consider attacking protests against police brutality. The bulletin says that domestic violent extremists and white supremacists have been looking for “civil disorder” as an opportunity to commit violent acts “in furtherance of ideological objectives.” That includes targeting …

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DHS Launches Warning System On Social Media Threats

NBC News reports: The Department of Homeland Security has begun implementing a strategy to gather and analyze intelligence about security threats from public social media posts, DHS officials said. The goal is to build a warning system to detect the sort of posts that appeared to predict an attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 but were missed or …

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DHS Delays “REAL ID” Deadline Until May 2023

CNN reports: The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) again delayed the deadline for enforcement of REAL ID requirements, the latest pandemic-related extension for the program aimed at establishing a consistent security standard for issuing driver’s licenses and other identification. DHS announced Tuesday it is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021, to …

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DHS To Conduct Internal Review To Root Out Extremists

The Washington Post reports: The Department of Homeland Security will carry out a “comprehensive review” of its agencies to root out violent extremists within its ranks who may harbor racial or ethnic hatreds, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced in a statement Monday. The Biden administration has directed DHS to increase its efforts to counter violent extremism and white-supremacist violence, which the …

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DHS IG Blocked Probe Into Lafayette Square Debacle

The Washington Post reports: The chief federal watchdog for the Secret Service blocked investigations proposed by career staff last year to scrutinize the agency’s handling of the George Floyd protests in Lafayette Square and the spread of the coronavirus in its ranks, according to documents and people with knowledge of his decisions. Both matters involved decisions by then-President Donald Trump …

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AP: Russian Hackers Got Emails Of Top Trump Officials

The Associated Press reports: Suspected Russian hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to the Trump administration’s head of the Department of Homeland Security and members of the department’s cybersecurity staff whose jobs included hunting threats from foreign countries, The Associated Press has learned. The intelligence value of the hacking of then-acting Secretary Chad Wolf and his staff is not …

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