Good morning. Here’s your Daily Situational Awareness for Thursday, 19 May 2022. You can receive this daily briefing by signing up at https://forwardobserver.com/daily-sa
HOUSE PASSES DOMESTIC TERROR BILL: In a late night vote, the House of Representatives passed the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act. The bill authorizes domestic terrorism components within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to monitor, analyze, investigate, and prosecute domestic terrorism, including “white-supremacist-related incidents or attempted incidents.” The bill also creates an “interagency task force to analyze and combat white supremacist and neo-Nazi infiltration of the uniformed services and federal law enforcement agencies.” – D.M.
RUSSIA MAY USE U.S. DOMESTIC EXTREMISTS: A former National Security Council’s intelligence officer, Chris Chivvis, believes Russia could leverage its network of neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups in Russia, Western Europe, and the U.S. “They’ve done that before in much of Europe and I would not be surprised if they are doing that today — trying to get their intelligence services at the right moment to get these groups agitated,” he said. – D.M.
DOJ INDICTS US CITIZEN AND CHINESE INTEL OFFICERS FOR SPYING: Yesterday, the Department of Justice unsealed indictments on one U.S. citizen and four Chinese officials from China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS). The indictments, unsealed in Brooklyn, charged Wang Shujun, 73, of Queens, New York; Feng He, aka Boss He, of Guangdong; Jie Ji, of Qingdao; Ming Li, aka Elder Tang and Little Li, of Guangdong; and Keqing Lu aka Boss Lu, of Qingdao, allegedly participated in an espionage and transnational repression scheme in the United States and abroad. Wang, a U.S. citizen who was arrested in March, is accused of acting as a covert MSS asset in the U.S.’ Chinese community. A prominent academic and founder of a pro-democracy organization in Queens, NY, Wang targeted Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, Taiwanese-Americans, and Uyghur and Tibetan activists. The four indicted MSS agents are thought to currently be in China. – M.M.
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