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Top administration officials have defended the response to the protests, arguing that law enforcement officers in the square in the days leading up to the clash had been met with violence from bad actors. Testifying before Congress in July, Gregory T. Monahan, the Park Polices acting chief, said that his officers acted with tremendous restraint.
Top Republican lawmakers, as well as Attorney General William P. Barr, have previously sought to discredit Major DeMarco, noting that he ran as a Democratic House candidate in 2018.
Major DeMarco, who also testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources as part of the panels investigation into the clash, offered a starkly different picture, telling lawmakers that the police used excessive force on protesters.
The heat ray that officials had sought was developed with the intent of repelling individuals without injury. But military news releases describe the technology as causing an unbearable heating sensation, and a system deployed to Afghanistan with the Air Force in 2010 ultimately was never used and was withdrawn, in part, some speculated, because of public opposition.
In a meeting days before the 2018 midterm elections, Customs and Border Protection officials suggested using the device on migrants at the southwestern border, but the idea shocked attendees, and Kirstjen Nielsen, then the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, angrily dismissed the idea outright.
Major DeMarco, in his written testimony, also told lawmakers that military officials had sought out powerful sound cannons known as Long Range Acoustic Devices, which can be used to loudly issue commands to crowds but can also serve as a deterrent. A federal judge in New York ruled in 2017 that the sound the cannons emit could be considered a form of force, after the police used such a device to emit a series of piercing beeps directed at protesters who later said they had developed ringing in their ears and dizziness because of the noise.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs and John Ismay contributed reporting.
|Military Police Considered Using Controversial Heat Ray Against D.C. Protesters : NPR|
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Military police hold a line near the White House as demonstrators gather to protest police brutality on June 1, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images hide caption
Military police hold a line near the White House as demonstrators gather to protest police brutality on June 1, 2020 in Washington, D.C.Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images
Hours before federal police officers cleared a crowded park near the White House with smoke and tear gas on June 1, the lead military police officer in the Department of Defense for the D.C. region asked if the D.C. National Guard had a kind of military heat ray that might be deployed against demonstrators in the nation's capital, according to one of the most senior National Guard officers on the scene.
In written responses to the House Committee on Natural Resources obtained by NPR, Major Adam DeMarco of the D.C. National Guard said he was copied on an email from the Provost Marshal of Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region. He was looking for two things: a long range acoustic device, a kind of sound cannon known as an LRAD, and a device called the Active Denial System, or ADS.
The ADS was developed by the military some twenty years ago as a way to disperse crowds. There have been questions about whether it worked, or should be deployed in the first place. It uses millimeter wave technology to essentially heat the skin of people targeted by its invisible ray.
In his written response, DeMarco, who has sought whistleblower protection, quoted from an email he said was forwarded to him that originated from the Provost Marshal which read, the "ADS can provide our troops a capability they currently do not have, the ability to reach out and engage potential adversaries at distances well beyond small arms range, and in a safe, effective, and non-lethal manner."
The email went on to say that the ADS can direct a beam toward a group and that "provides a sensation of intense heat on the surface of the skin. The effect is overwhelming, causing an immediate repel response by the targeted individual."
Last month, the New York Times reported that U.S. border officials weighed deploying the so-called "heat ray" against migrants a few weeks before the 2018 elections. The Times reported that Kirstjen Nielsen, who was the secretary of homeland security at the time, told an aide after the meeting, according to the Times story, "that she would not authorize the use of such a device, and that it should never be brought up again in her presence."
Yet, according to DeMarco, it was something considered by DOD's lead military police officer the morning of June 1 after days of fiery protests and looting in Washington. DeMarco said in his written comments that he responded about a half hour later that "the D.C. National Guard was not in possession of either an LRAD or an ADS."
NPR made multiple calls and sent multiple emails to the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region for comment, but has not heard back.
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The Active Denial System, or ADS, is mounted on a truck and when it is aimed at an individual it gives the unpleasant sensation of heat or burning on the skin. Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images hide caption
The Active Denial System, or ADS, is mounted on a truck and when it is aimed at an individual it gives the unpleasant sensation of heat or burning on the skin.Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images
The second piece of equipment DeMarco says they asked for was a kind of sound cannon called an LRAD, a Long Range Acoustic Device. NPR reported last week that by not using one, they may have violated court-ordered regulations that spell out how demonstrators in the nation's capital are to be warned before aggressive tactics are used against them.
Attorneys who helped write the agreed-upon rules as part of a 2015 settlement-agreement said federal police are required to warn large crowds multiple times they need to disperse, and they must do so loudly enough that the orders can be heard for blocks. That's how an LRAD would be used in this case.The LRAD emits a piercing noise and then can broadcast a voice or a recording at a deafening level. The idea is to allow people at the back of a crowd to hear instructions.
That did not appear to happen on June 1. Protesters who were there said police advanced through the crowd with little warning, firing tear gas and smoke canisters shortly before President Trump appeared outside for a photograph in front of St. John's Episcopal Church.
"They have an obligation to notify that group that they are in violation of the law and to give them the opportunity to comply with a lawful order," said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard who helped write the settlement agreement. In a class action lawsuit, she represented demonstrators, tourists and passersby who were arrested during a demonstration against the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington in 2002.
Gregory Monahan, acting chief of U.S. Park Police, told lawmakers in July that his officers had abided by the rules in that agreement. "The protocol was followed," he said during sworn testimony before the House Committee on Natural Resources in July. "There were three warnings given and they were given utilizing a Long Range Acoustic Device; it's called an LRAD, that's what it stands for, that was the device used."
DeMarco said in his written answers to the committee that the National Guard "was not in possession" of an LRAD that day.
"There is zero evidence that there were any officers who can testify that they were in the farthest reaches of the crowd," Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, who helped write the rules of engagement as part of the settlement agreement said. "There has to be documentation that the notice was given multiple times, and there are supposed to be recordings made that the notice was given. We wrote all these in specifically for this reason. In fact, unfortunately, it would appear in anticipation of what happened in Lafayette Park."
A U.S. Park Police spokesman told NPR that Monahan "stands by his testimony to the committee." The official said because of ongoing litigation the U.S. Park Police couldn't comment further.
NPR's Meg Anderson and Barbara Van Woerkom contributed to this report.
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|No Signs of Cyberattacks Targeting US Election Systems | Voice of America|
WASHINGTON - Top U.S. law enforcement, military and intelligence officials are expressing confidence in their ability to maintain the security of the upcoming presidential election, despite mounting evidence that several countries remain intent on meddling with the vote.
Officials have been bracing for some sort of attack on the election for nearly four years, ever since the U.S. intelligence community concluded Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But with less than 50 days until voters head to the polls on November 3, they say there are no signs Russia or anyone else is trying to hack critical election systems.
"We haven't seen cyberattacks to date this year on voter registration databases or on any systems involved in primary voting," FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday at a virtual summit hosted by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
And despite describing the FBIs efforts to protect critical U.S. systems as a never-ending battle, Wray said it appears precautions put in place since the 2016 election are paying off.
"To our knowledge, no foreign government has attempted to tamper with U.S. vote counts," he said.
Speaking at a separate virtual conference Wednesday, the commander of the U.S. Cyber Command also sought to assure voters ahead of Election Day.
"I am very confident we will have a tremendous, continuing success based upon the work that has really come together across the interagency (government) and with our partners, said General Paul Nakasone, who is also director of the National Security Agency.
These assessments are in line with others offered by high-ranking U.S. officials in recent weeks about the threat to the presidential election that while U.S. adversaries such as China, Russia and Iran are seeking to interfere with the election, those efforts have yet to penetrate systems the country will rely on to conduct the vote.
This will be the most secure election in modern history," CISA Director Christopher Krebs said last week, repeating a phrase he has used numerous times since July.
As part of the efforts to secure the election, the U.S. government has been working with states to increase the number of sensors watching for malicious cyberactivity. More than 90% of the countrys voting precincts now have systems in place to ensure there is a paper record of every vote cast, just in case something goes wrong.
Senior officials have also downplayed concerns raised by President Donald Trump that an increased reliance on mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic could lead to the most RIGGED Election in our nations (sic) history.
We have no information or intelligence that any nation-state threat actor is engaging in any kind of activity to undermine any part of the mail-in vote or ballots, a senior U.S. intelligence official said last month, while briefing reporters on the condition of anonymity.
Yet while U.S. officials are confident in the countrys strengthened voting infrastructure, they remain concerned about how adversaries are aiming to alter the outcome of the election with influence campaigns and propaganda.
On Wednesday, Nakasone described influence operations as a threat that is only likely to get worse as technology continues to advance.
Influence operations, just in general, for us will be one of the things that we'll be dealing with not just every two or four years," he said. I think we're going to see it in our diplomatic processes. We're going to see it in warfare. We're going to see it in sowing civil distrust in different countries.
There are signs that China, Russia and Iran are ramping up their efforts.
Last week, Microsoft announced it had uncovered evidence that hackers linked to all three suspect countries have been actively targeting Trumps reelection campaign, as well as the campaign of his main challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Foreign activity groups have stepped up their efforts targeting the 2020 election as had been anticipated, and is consistent with what the U.S. government and others have reported, Tom Burt, Microsoft corporate vice president for customer security, wrote in his blog last week.
The majority of these attacks were detected and stopped by security tools built into our products, he added.
Last month, William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, warned that China, Russia and Iran were all seeking to undermine the American peoples confidence in our democratic process.
In that rare public assessment, Evanina said Russia appeared intent on hurting the Biden campaign, while some Kremlin-linked actors were seeking to boost President Trumps candidacy on social media and Russian television.
Evanina said both China and Iran appeared to favor Bidens candidacy.
But despite the concerns, there are lingering questions about what type of impact the Chinese, Russian and Iranian influence operations will have on U.S. voters when they actually cast their ballots.
Even if you can attribute an operation, even if you can really gather as much, its very hard to assess what the impact is, said Daniel Kimmage, the principal deputy coordinator of the U.S. State Departments Global Engagement Center. It remains, I think, one of the outstanding challenges in this field.
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|Administration asks FCC to carry out Trump's tech crackdown|
"The FCC should use its authorities to clarify ambiguities in section 230 so as to make its interpretation appropriate to the current internet marketplace and provide clearer guidance to courts, platforms, and users," said the 57-page petition from the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Among the asks: Specify that Section 230 doesn't apply to internet companies' "decision, agreement, or action to restrict access to or availability of material provided by another information content provider or to bar any information content provider from using an interactive computer service." It asks the FCC to provide "clearer guidance" on what content warrants protection from liability and the nature of good faith content moderation.
The petition is signed by Douglas Kinkoph, the acting head of NTIA. The Commerce agency has lacked a Senate-confirmed head for more than a year, with no new leader nominated.
And here come the legal questions: But the FCCs role here is hotly contested given its lack of authority over the social media companies at the heart of debate and historical questions surrounding any speech-related regulation questions that could make any commission actions actual power legally dubious.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has not said how he may go about kicking off a rulemaking, as the order requests. Many following the issue expect the agency will collect rounds of public comment before acting. As the head of an independent agency, Pai doesn't have to abide by any administration directives.
Political pressures abound, and to advance any eventual proposed re-interpretation of Section 230, Pai will require support from at least two of his four colleagues.
"The importance of disclosure to our communications networks cannot be underestimated," said the NTIA petition, which defended the FCC's authority. "Chairman Pai recognizes that democracies must require transparency and to ensure the proper function of essential communications networks."
The tech industry vehemently opposes Trump's crackdown.
"The demand that the FCC take on the role of Ministry of Truth is designed to pressure social media companies to bias content moderation decisions in the Administrations political favor," said Matt Schruers, who represents tech companies as the head of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, in a statement. "While digital services are busy fighting online misinformation and foreign influence during a pandemic and ahead of an election, it is disappointing to see the Administration instead doubling down on an obviously unlawful Executive Order."
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|Ted Lieu Says Bill Barr 'Acting Like a Tinpot Dictator' After FBI Remarks|
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) has said Attorney General Bill Barr should "stop acting like a tinpot dictator" after recent comments regarding his authority over FBI agents.
It came after Barr made comments on the chain of command in the Justice Department, suggesting some prosecutors were not following it.
Lieu wrote on Twitter:
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"Dear Bill Barr of @TheJusticeDept: NO, the authority and legitimacy of @FBI agents do not come from you. Their authority comes from the Constitution. FBI agents swore an oath to the Constitution, not to you. Also, we are not a Banana Republic. Stop acting like a tinpot dictator."
He subsequently wrote:
"Dear Everyone at @TheJusticeDept: A reminder that you work for the American people. You had to take one oath before you could work at the Department of Justice. And that oath was not to Bill Barr, it was to the Constitution of the United States."
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Barr, speaking at Hillsdale College on Wednesday, spoke of the authority in the Justice Department.
According to ABC News, he discussed meetings with FBI agents in which he asked: "Whose agents do you think you are?"
He went on: "These people are agents of the attorney general.
"I don't say this in a pompous way, but that is the chain of authority and legitimacy in the Department of Justice."
Barr has repeatedly faced criticism over claims he has used his role to protect President Donald Trump and his allies, facing a backlash over his actions in cases involving associates of the president.
Barr has argued that there have been issues of "hyperaggressive extensions of criminal law," while suggesting "junior members" of the Justice Department should not "set the agenda."
Criticizing individual prosecutors, who he suggested need oversight from politically appointed leaders, he said they sometimes act like headhunters when pursuing cases.
Barr said: "Individual prosecutors can sometimes become headhunters, consumed with taking down their target.
"Subjecting their decisions to review by detached supervisors ensures the involvement of dispassionate decision-makers in the process."
In regards to members of the Justice Department being able to "set the agenda," he said: "Letting the most junior members set the agenda might be a good philosophy for a Montessori preschool, but it's no way to run a federal agency. Good leaders at the Justice Department, as at any organization, need to trust and support their subordinates. But that does not mean blindly deferring to whatever those subordinates want to do."
On the FBI website, a section titled "Who monitors or oversees the FBI?" reads: "The FBI's activities are closely and regularly scrutinized by a variety of entities. Congressthrough several oversight committees in the Senate and Housereviews the FBI's budget appropriations, programs, and selected investigations. The results of FBI investigations are often reviewed by the judicial system during court proceedings.
"Within the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI is responsible to the attorney general, and it reports its findings to U.S. Attorneys across the country. The FBI's intelligence activities are overseen by the Director of National Intelligence."
Newsweek has contacted the Justice Department and Rep. Lieu for comment.
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Its not new to suggest that the roots of US white supremacy extend deep into its systems of law enforcement this year alone demonstrates the continued suppression of protests for Black lives, plain for all to see. Two documentaries out of the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival deal with the states suppression of dissent: Sam Pollards MLK/FBI and Sonia Kennebecks Enemies of the State.
MLK/FBI reminds us that while the peaceful teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. are today often upheld by white liberals as an ideal of protest, in his time, King was seen as dangerous and too revolutionary, while FBI director J. Edgar Hoover was broadly popular. The Bureau capitalized on the establishment (and public) distaste for Kings civil rights campaigns to spy on and harass him. Hoover feared what he referred to as a Black messiah his phraseology hinting at the intertwining of his religious beliefs and his anti-Blackness. This obsession spiraled into suspicion of anyone who could be considered a subversive, and through this, the film illustrates how long the US surveillance state has been in operation.
Having worked as an editor on many Spike Lee films, including 4 Little Girls, Pollards organization of his material is masterful not just in his journalistic assembly of various documents and news footage, but also in his incorporation of pop culture objects (and even plain propaganda) from the era to illustrate its ingrained attitudes. The film draws a straightforward narrative, painting a clear picture of Hoovers obsessive white supremacist campaign against King. Its not radical to point out that the FBI has long engaged in unconstitutional acts and even violence against dissenters, but Pollard reminds us that this institution is not an outlier from the will of the state, but rather acts in accordance with it.
Enemies of the State deals with similar matter, but takes place in the more recent past. The film explores the case of Matt DeHart, a former US Air National Guard intelligence analyst who worked with Anonymous and WikiLeaks to make public classified information. While MLK/FBI eschews talking heads and reenactment almost entirely in favor of archival materials, Kennebeck operates more in the Errol Morris school (indeed, hes credited as an executive producer), with drama and editorializing added via reenactments. These reenactments are sometimes reminiscent of The Arbors use of actors lip-syncing to interview audio, though here utilizing courtroom records.
But, especially after the leanness of Pollards film, those dramatic embellishments feel like bloat. Kennebecks timeline of events, the numerous players, and their ideas about the truth of the case are a confusing mess. In contrast to the precision of MLK/FBI, Enemies of the State is more speculative, mostly due to the relative absence of a paper trail it has to work with. It must rely on anecdote to build its narrative, but this leads to obfuscation rather than clarity. By leaning into the ambiguity of DeHarts story, the film becomes vague and nebulous, with little to offer beyond its subjects reiterating how complicated this all is, which is self-evident to the audience. The film is a long and winding road arriving nowhere, as opposed to Pollards more direct and illuminating route toward a deeper understanding of the US governments history of oppression.
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