Two dozen Republican national security experts signed a letter to congressional leaders Thursday asking for an immediate investigation into the cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee, writing that "this is not a partisan issue" but rather "an assault on the integrity of the entire American political process." The letter, signed by conservative luminaries of the Reagan and Bush administrations, urges political leaders to reject any effort to seek partisan advantage from the hack and its fallout. "Congress has a responsibility to get to the bottom of this extraordinary breach, not only to determine who was responsible but also to consider the appropriate response," reads the letter signed by Republican foreign policy hawks such as Elliott Abrams, who served as an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan administration and as deputy national security adviser under President George W. Bush. read more
Patrick Tucker, Defense One, Close your eyes and imagine that a hacking group backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin broke into the email system of a major U.S. political party. The group stole thousands of sensitive messages and then published them through an obliging third party in a way that was strategically timed to influence the United States presidential election. Now open your eyes because that's what just happened. Considerable evidence shows that the Wikileaks dump was an orchestrated act by the Russian government, working through proxies, to undermine Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. "This has all the hallmarks of tradecraft. The only rationale to release such data from the Russian bulletproof host was to empower one candidate against another. The Cold War is alive and well," Tom Kellermann, the CEO of Strategic Cyber Ventures told Defense One. read more
Charles Kinsey, a behavior therapist from Miami, Florida, was shot by police three times in the leg Monday while trying to help an autistic patient who had run away from a group home. Kinsey was unarmed. He was lying on the ground. He had his hands up. He was still shot. And he could have died. When he asked the police officer why he shot him, the officer's reply was: "I don't know." If these past few weeks didn't convince those in denial that America has a serious problem when it comes to police brutality and racism, which need solutions instead of denial... what will? The Miami officer's "I don't know" points to an overall culture of violence against black people that's bigger than just the involved officer. And the silence, and mental gymnastics people do to justify the shootings of Sterling, Castile and, now, Kinsey by police speaks to a national culture of intentional denial. read more
Authorities say a Florida police officer shot and wounded the caretaker of a man with autism following reports of a man threatening to shoot himself. Officers responded to the scene Monday and began giving orders to 47-year-old Charles Kinsey and his 23-year-old patient to lie on the ground. Kinsey lies down and tries to get his patient to comply. North Miami Assistant Police Chief Neal Cuevas says an officer then fired three times, striking Kinsey in the leg. No weapon was found. Kinsey's attorney, Hilton Napoleon, provided a cellphone video to the Herald on Wednesday taken moments before the shooting. It shows Kinsey lying in the middle of the street with his hands up, asking the officers not to shoot him, while the man with autism sits next to him, yelling at him to "shut up." Kinsey is black. Police haven't released the name or race of the officer who shot him.
In the course of one year as an elected official, Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina was pulled over seven times by law enforcement. Another time, a Capitol Police officer demanded that Scott show him his ID because the special pin on Scott's suit jacket -- a pin assigned to United States senators -- evidently wasn't enough. Scott shared these stories and more Wednesday evening during a roughly 18-minute speech on the Senate floor. He is the only black senator in the Republican conference, and one of just two in the upper chamber. "There is a deep divide between the black community and law enforcement -- a trust gap," Scott said. "We cannot ignore these issues. Because while so many officers do good -- and we should be very thankful in support of all those officers that do good -- some simply do not. I've experienced it myself." Scott said he chose to talk about his encounters with police, experiences that left him feeling humiliated and "very scared." read more