Raskin demands briefing from FBI on extremists infiltrating police, military after report goes public

first_imgdomoyega/iStockBy JOSH MARGOLIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A top House Democrat, concerned that the FBI has not been candid about extremist efforts to infiltrate law enforcement and the military, is demanding an urgent briefing from the nation’s top law-enforcement agency.Rep. Jamie Raskin, chairman of the House Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, dispatched a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray Tuesday with a deadline for action.“I am deeply concerned that the bureau dismissed this threat last year and instead characterized the threat of white-supremacist infiltration of law enforcement as a hypothetical problem that has not materialized,” wrote Raskin (D-Md.), who led a hearing on the problem last year. “For the above reasons, I am requesting a member briefing on this topic no later than March 26, 2021.”The new urgency comes in the wake of an ABC News report published Monday detailing a confidential FBI intelligence assessment of the problem of white supremacists and other right-wing extremists plotting to infiltrate police agencies and the military.Based on investigations between 2016 and 2020, agents and analysts with the FBI’s division in San Antonio concluded that extremists would “very likely seek affiliation with military and law enforcement entities in furtherance of” their ideologies, according to a confidential intelligence assessment issued late last month.The document, obtained by ABC News, was distributed to law enforcement agencies both in Texas and elsewhere in the country. It focused on extremists inspired by the white-supremacist publication “Siege,” which served as motivation for the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, among others.The report was titled “Siege-Inspired Actors Very Likely Seek Military and Law Enforcement Affiliation, Increasing Risk of Tradecraft Proliferation and Color of Law Offenses in the FBI San Antonio Area of Responsibility.”The FBI told ABC News Wednesday that they had received Raskin’s letter, but did not offer further comment.Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Wray said that there are currently 2,000 domestic terrorism investigations, up from almost 1,000 when he first started in 2017.“Whenever we’ve had the chance we’ve tried to emphasize that this is a top concern and remained so for the FBI,” Wray said in his testimony. “The FBI will not tolerate agitators and extremists who plan or committed violence. Period. And that goes for violent extremists, of any stripe.”In an interview, Raskin told ABC News he believes that the vast majority of police and members of military do their jobs properly. However, he said he has become increasingly concerned in recent years by episodes that seem to point to a serious problem with extremist activity on the inside.“The bureau failed to level with the American people,” said Raskin, who led the impeachment of former President Donald Trump in response to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. “This is an emergency.”Since the Jan. 6 attack, lawmakers and officials have increasingly focused on the issue of white supremacy and other types of violent extremism in the military and law enforcement. According to research by news organizations including The New York Times, at least 30 people with law enforcement training have been tied to the events of the insurrection, which left five dead, including a Capitol Hill police officer.“As the world now knows, on Jan. 6, 2021, irrefutable proof of this threat materialized on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, when off-duty law enforcement officers participated in the violent insurrection against Congress,” Raskin wrote in his letter to Wray. “Given the FBI’s refusal just last year to admit that extremist police officers posed a serious threat to our Nation’s security, I am now concerned that the Bureau lacks an adequate strategy to respond to this clear and present danger to public safety.”Conclusions in the FBI’s Feb. 25 assessment were based on information from records and informants, some of whom had “excellent access,” according to the document.“In the long term, FBI San Antonio assesses [racially motivated violent extremists] successfully entering military and law enforcement careers almost certainly will gain access to non-public tradecraft and information, enabling them to enhance operational security and develop new tactics in and beyond the FBI San Antonio region,” the report said.The report’s assessment is “based on evidence [extremists] expressed a desire to join the military and law enforcement primarily to obtain tradecraft to prepare for and initiate a collapse of society, specifically by engaging in violence against the US government and specified racial and ethnic groups,” said the document. “Online peers encouraged them to seek these careers and [extremists] built relationships with associates seeking military employment, focusing on the associates’ current and future martial skills.”In addition, the report says extremists are “likely to seek to exploit familial and social connections when pursuing military and law enforcement employment, reducing obstacles and increasing opportunities … to acquire tradecraft.”The FBI publicly issued a similar warning in 2006, and in 2015 agents were instructed to modify methods and tactics because of the fear of infiltrators in their midst.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. 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Pretty Woman Standout Tommy Bracco on Finding His Confidence to Step Into the Spotlight & More

first_imgTommy Bracco Photo Credits: Photographs by Matthew Murphy | Styling: David Withrow | Grooming: Morgan Mabry | Assistant: Evan Zimmerman & Sydney GoodwinVideo Credits: Directed by Kyle Gaskell | Produced by Paul Wontorek & Caitlin Moynihan | Additional camera: Alexander Goyco | Location: FD Studios View the Full Gallery Here View Comments Tommy Bracco may exert lovable confidence playing a bellop named Giulio in the Braodway hit Pretty Woman, but it wasn’t always easy for this native New Yorker to step into the spotlight. “I started out doing acrobatics because where I come from in Staten Island, it’s not common for guys to dance and I was very afraid of being different,” Bracco said. “I was hesitant to get into dance so I started with acrobatics, that’s very manly. After that, it was tap and jazz and then modern. That’s how it all happened.” Although he went on to attend the well-known Fiorello H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Bracco still wasn’t convinced performing was for him. “I wanted to be an architect in high school,” he said. “Then we did City of Angels and my teachers were like, ‘You can do this as a career.’ When Newsies happened, I realized this is what I’m meant to do. And now I’m here to stay.” After a long run as Brooklyn’s Spot Conlon in the Disney hit, Bracco is back at the Nederlander Theatre with Pretty Woman and he’s not taking a single performance for granted. “After Newsies, there were three years where I was working at LaGuardia,” he said. “I didn’t know if I would ever make it into another Broadway show ever again. Nothing is guaranteed in this business. I’m extremely grateful to be back at the Nederlander, doing what I love in a show that I love, playing a role that I am obsessed with eight times a week. It’s the best thing in the world.”Watch the video below to learn how Bracco overcame his fears and more!  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:15Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -2:15 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Related Shows Tommy Bracco (Photos: Matthew Murphy for Broadway.com) Pretty Woman: The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 18, 2019last_img read more


Pay curbs hinder Whitehall lawyer hires

first_imgPublic sector pay curbs are hampering an ambitious initiative to build a critical mass of commercial lawyers in Whitehall, a senior civil servant has claimed.Claire Johnston (pictured), a director general of the 1,400-lawyer Government Legal Department, has also pledged to tighten up procurement after discovering that a ‘significant’ proportion of the £105m spent annually on external law firms is not being channelled through the government’s legal services framework.The department has in recent times ‘brigaded’ its commercial lawyers to establish a dedicated commercial law group, Johnston said.She added: ‘Many government departments had one or two commercial lawyers. A small number of government departments had more significant numbers, [such as] the Ministry of Defence… [There] were a lot of little tiny pockets of commercial law expertise. We wanted a proper structure with a proper senior expert.’Johnston said it is ‘quite clear that the government has got to seriously get a grip on its commercial capability and wants lawyers to help it do that’.However, she conceded that the civil service has a struggle to lure lawyers from private practice.She said: ‘It has been challenging but not impossible. What we’re seeing with our commercial policy colleagues is that they, too, are looking at how they square the need for this high-level private-sector-type expertise with civil service pay structures and grading structures, and an announcement that pay rises are going to be no more than 1% for the next four years, for example.’GLD diversity champion Naomi Mallick told the conference that the service should be representative of the communities the government serves. The service is ahead of the civil service as a whole, but a two-year action plan will try to improve diversity declaration rates and focus on social mobility.Johnston said the department had moved to review its external legal spending as a commercial imperative. ‘We do have a framework for external legal services [but] we weren’t sure that was working very well. We needed to find out what government is spending on external legal services. That was actually not that simple to do.’The figure turned out to be £105m per year, she added, but ‘quite a significant amount’ was not going through the framework.The current framework, which expires on 31 January 2017, will be replaced with four procurement ‘blocks’, which will be in place by the end of this year.last_img read more


IDT to Acquire GigPeak for $250 Million

first_imgIntegrated Device Technology (IDT) and GigPeak announced recently that they have signed a definitive agreement for IDT to acquire GigPeak for a total cash consideration of $3.08 per share, or approximately $250 million in cash. This per share consideration would represent a premium of approximately 22% to GigPeak’s current closing share price and is expected to add approximately $16M of quarterly revenue at 70% non-GAAP gross margin for IDT.The acquisition provides IDT with a highly regarded optical interconnect product and technology business that is complementary to its leadership position in real-time interconnect products while also adding GigPeak’s optical interface products portfolio being used by leading companies in the Communications, Cloud Data Center, and Military/Aviation markets. IDT now aim to provide seamless ultra-high speed data connectivity products using electrical, RF, and optical technologies.The acquisition terms, which were unanimously approved by both the Boards of Directors of IDT and GigPeak, are structured as an all-cash tender offer for all outstanding issued common stock of GigPeak followed by a merger in which its remaining shares would be converted into the same dollar per share consideration as in the tender offer. The transaction is subject to customary conditions, including the tender of the majority of the outstanding shares and the expiration or earlier termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. It is expected to close during the second calendar quarter of 2017. GigPeak is also expected to be delisted from the NYSE MKT and integrated into IDT thereafter.last_img read more


Raytheon Receives U.S. Army Contract worth $406 million for Software-Defined Tactical Radios

first_imgRaytheon has received a contract worth $406 million from the U.S. Army for the ARC-231A radio system. The ARC-231A is a fully compliant, high performance, fully qualified, low risk solution for any airborne platform. The contract, which will be executed over the next five years, includes upgrades, production and support for up to 5,000 radios. Because the ARC-231A is software-defined, it can accommodate rapid upgrades without requiring the radio to be removed from its platform. The latest version of the system recently gained NSA Type 1 certification and delivers secure, classified communications on the battlefield.The AN/ARC-231 is an Airborne VHF/UHF/LOS and SATCOM Communications System. This system supports Department of Defense (DoD) requirements for airborne, multi-band, multi-mission, secure anti-jam voice, data and imagery transmission and provides network-capable communications in a compact radio set. The ARC-231 Radio System is fully qualified to appropriate Military Standards (MIL-STD) through Environmental, Reliability, Electromagnetic interference (EMI)/ Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) testing that ensures interoperability across the tactical environment and is Air-Worthiness certified.The Radio System operates from 30 to 512 MHz, AM/FM Very High Frequency (VHF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Line-of-Sight (LOS) with frequency agile modes Electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM), UHF Satellite Communications (SATCOM), Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA), Integrated Waveform (IW), Air Traffic Control (ATC) channel spacing is operator selectable in 5, 8.33, 12.5, and 25kHz steps. Standard Ship-to-Shore Maritime operation is also available.According to Barbara Borgonovi, VP of Raytheon Integrated Communication Systems, these radios are the backbone of rotary-wing communications. It enables U.S. forces to maintain the edge in secure communications, whether they’re flying in contested or congested environments. The new radios will be installed on a variety of Army platforms, including the UH-60 Black Hawk, UH-72 Lakota utility helicopter and the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.last_img read more