Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge penned an op-ed published Tuesday in USA Today that warned the measles outbreak is using resources that could be vital should the United States face even more serious threats such as a disease pandemic or a bioterrorism attack. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Monday that 555 cases of measles had been confirmed in 20 states — an outbreak only second to the highest number of cases reported in 2014 when 667 cases were reported for the entire year.The disease was officially eliminated in the United States in 2000 and its reemergence in recent years is connected to global travel and the non-vaccinated population. Lieberman and Ridge’s commentary begins with some chilling statistics: A devastating infectious disease pandemic could kill more people than nuclear war. Just 100 years ago, the Spanish flu killed 50 to 100 million people. Life-threatening … [Read more...] about Lieberman and Ridge: Measles Outbreak a Threat to National Security
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Trump fretted that the appointment of a special prosecutor would mean “the end of my presidency,” according to the report. It also details the president’s attempts to gain control of the investigation, including by ordering White House counsel to fire Mueller and discouraging witnesses from cooperating. Reading the report, it’s hard not to conclude that the refusal of Trump aides to do as he asked may have saved his presidency. … [Read more...] about A question the Mueller report leaves unanswered: Is Trump a threat to national security?
U.S. Jared Kushner A watchdog group on Thursday demanded that the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community immediately open an investigation into how President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner received top security clearance and whether it “presents a threat to national security.” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed the request in light of reports this week indicating that Trump pressured then-Chief of Staff John Kelly to grant security clearance for Kushner, who serves as a senior White House adviser. Trump has denied having any hand in giving Kushner the security clearance. Carl Klein, who was director of the Executive Office of the President Personnel Security Office at the time, reportedly overruled career security officials’ recommendations that Kushner not get top-secret security clearance. “Even if President Trump, despite his denial of any involvement in Mr. Kushner’s security clearance, … [Read more...] about Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance Could Be a ‘Threat to National Security’: Watchdog Demands Investigation
RUSSIA is “indisputably” a bigger threat to the UK than Islamist extremists like ISIS, the new army chief has warned. Chief of the General Staff, Gen Mark Carleton-Smith, 54, believes the security landscape has changed as Russia is targeting the UK in unconventional ways such as cyber and space warfare, not just a military threat. Speaking during a visit to British troops in Estonia, he said: “Russia today indisputably represents a far greater threat to our national security than Islamic extremist threats such as al-Qaeda and Isil. “Russia has demonstrated that it is prepared to use military force to secure and expand its own national interests. The Russians seek to exploit vulnerability and weakness wherever they detect it.” He believes crushing defeats of ISIS and al-Qaeda mean the biggest threat to British security has changed. He told The Daily Telegraph: “The physical manifestation of the Islamist threat has diminished with the complete … [Read more...] about Russia is a bigger threat to UK security than ISIS, warns British Army chief
Stock Image Democrat Shireen Ghorbani suggested that the "person in our White House" is the biggest threat to the nation's security during a rowdy 2nd Congressional District debate Monday filled with a host of cheers and jeers. ST. GEORGE — Democrat Shireen Ghorbani suggested that the "person in our White House" is the biggest threat to the nation's security during a rowdy 2nd Congressional District debate Monday filled with a host of cheers and jeers. Though she didn't mention President Donald Trump by name, Ghorbani said she is concerned about "our overall ability to lead this nation with a level-headed and stable president" in a way that makes all Americans proud. In response, Republican Rep. Chris Stewart, countered, "First I'd like to say, I can assure you, President Trump is not the greatest threat to our national security," causing a stir among the more vocal Ghorbani crowd. Stewart called China the biggest threat to the United States. More than 480 people crammed … [Read more...] about Ghorbani suggests Trump is biggest threat to national security, Stewart says it’s China