Grayman Brief: Intel Roundup Feb 2021

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DHS Brief: 2021, Jan 28 Bulletin


DHS issues, on average, two bulletins a year. They failed to recognize or warn of DVEs that began rioting in May of 2020 in the name of police reform. There were over 300 organized protests that turned violent in 2020 and 7 in 2021. One of which occurred at the capital on Jan 6th. This is the only identified violent protest where the majority of actors were non-BLM or non-Antifa. The first warning now comes where the implied DVE would be in regards to those your organized on Jan 6th. Below is an excerpt.

Throughout 2020, Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) targeted individuals with opposing views engaged in First Amendment-protected, non-violent protest activity.  DVEs motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force have plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities. 

Long-standing racial and ethnic tension—including opposition to immigration—has driven DVE attacks, including a 2019 shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 23 people.

DHS is concerned these same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some DVEs may be emboldened by the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to target elected officials and government facilities.

DHS remains concerned that Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) inspired by foreign terrorist groups, who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020, remain a threat.

Threats of violence against critical infrastructure, including the electric, telecommunications and healthcare sectors, increased in 2020 with violent extremists citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 for their actions.

See in full at,
https://www.dhs.gov/ntas/advisory/national-terrorism-advisory-system-bulletin-january-27-2021

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2nd Amendment Brief: Presidential Plan and New Gun Bill.

Biden has signed 42 executive orders in the first 9 days of his presidency. That's by far a record. Will his gun plan be the next order signed? Live on his official website right now is his gun control plan. In it he states he will require all possessors of "assault" weapons (standard legally available AR-15 style) and possessors of "high capacity" magazines (11+ rounds) to be imposed a $200 and required registration with the NFA. Those who don’t comply with the tax could face fines or imprisonment, as well as a felony charge. A 90 day amnesty period is expected. This also includes a gun buy back program as an alternative to registering firearms and to avoid the tax. The plan also fights stockpiling of guns by limiting how many you can buy in specific time frames.

Additionally, a new bill introduced this month brings a new round of government infringement. H.R.127 - To provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.

 HR 127 would make public your most private information to anti-gunners who can then dox, harass or even attack you while knowing full well every intimate detail of your self-defense systems.

HR 127 also establishes a federal licensing requirement. Applicants will have to be at least 21, undergo a NICS check, complete a psychological evaluation, complete 24 hours of firearms training, and pay $800 for firearms insurance from the government

HR 127 also criminalizes the possession of “large-capacity magazines” (those carrying greater than 10 rounds) and “ammunition that is 0.50 caliber or greater.”

Link to Biden’s Plan on his website,
https://joebiden.com/gunsafety

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DC Militarized Zone Brief: Fortification increases in the nation's capital.

BLUF: After no credible threats (according to a DHS Bulletin) are discovered in DC, government officials build more walls and order more troops to protect the now militarized zone known as Washington DC further driving the narrative of right leaning citizens being labeled as Domestic Violent Extremists.

D.C. National Guard deployment extended through end of March. A minimum of 7,000 and up to 25,600 Guardsmen have been called up or extended to March 12th.

The new orders come alongside a DHS Bulletin citing threats by DVE, the Homegrown Terrorist Variant, although no credible threats have been identified

The Guard is also establishing a Quick Reaction Force of 500 Guard members, half from the Army component and half from the Air component, to stand guard each day from midnight until noon through Feb. 28 to support D.C. Metropolitan Police. 

D.C.’s Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that the nation’s Capitol would require even more ramped up security measures. The announcement comes as The White House and United States Capitol have already been fenced off following the January 6th riot — National Guard troops also remain in the area. “Based on our conversations with our federal partners, there are still some potentially volatile events upcoming that will require extra security,” Bowser said in a statement. “Fencing and the presence of troops will be a part of that."

As fences and troops continue to build up in DC to protect the Capitol and Whitehouse, Biden signs an executive order to impose a 100-day pause on deportations and another order to stop construction of fencing along the US/Mexico Border.

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Awareness Brief: Hacked Parler, Leaked Data.


BLUF: Parler was hacked, a free facial recognition engine complied data from Parler and OSINT and can now be used as a doxxing tool to cancel those in attendance of the Jan 6th Protests.

No recent updates on Parler’s progress on relaunching their social media service. In the hours leading up to Amazon Web Services shutting down server access to Parler, other tech services that provided security features for Parler, suddenly removed their services causing a weakness to Parler’s data. A hacker then downloaded and arrived photos, videos, posts, and metadata from the network.

A developer going by the name of Patr10tic has created an interactive map using GPS metadata and videos from the app Parler to offer a glimpse of what was happening inside and around the Capitol building during the violent protest on January 6th. They also setup a facial recognition engine. Simply upload a photo of someone you suspect attended the rally and it will search a database of videos and photos with geographical data; it will return similar faces of those at or around the Capitol. Voilla you or someone else ha sjust been canceled. Doxxing has never been easier.

See the engine here,
http://capitolmap.com/faces

The FBI is "reviewing" congressional requests for investigations into the "role" Parler, Facebook and Twitter played in the Capitol riot earlier this month, Fox News has learned

We are approaching the edge of what will become a kind of Orwellian dictatorship, in which monopolistic companies allied with powerful politicians will silence you in the public square if you say the wrong thing. Whether Parler’s executives know it or not, they are on the front lines of the fight to prevent this from happening.

On Monday, Republicans on the committee demanded that any potential FBI investigation into Parler’s involvement "should include" Facebook and Twitter as well, saying the three social media companies "seem to all share blame in allowing their platforms to be used to plan for the January 6 riot."
The FBI on Tuesday told Fox News that they are reviewing the requests.
"We have no comment on the specifics of the investigation, but we are reviewing these requests from members of Congress," the FBI told Fox News.

Additionally, Parler CEO was fired amidst these developments.

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World Briefing: Iran, a nuclear power.


Iran could be “weeks away” from having sufficient material to develop a nuclear weapon if it continues to violate the 2015 nuclear deal, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Monday in an interview with NBC News.

A deal to reduce nuclear power in Iran in 2015 was never enforced and no repercussions were handed down until Iranian Terrorist Soleimani was killed.

Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium was supposed to be limited to 202.8 kg by the deal. The limit was breached last year. The IAEA report in November put the stockpile at 2,442.9 kg. The Enrichment level was also breached. The deal capped the fissile purity to which Iran can refine uranium at 3.67%, far below the weapons-grade level of 90%. Iran breached the 3.67% cap in July 2019 when it was found to be 4.5%. Of course none of these official numbers account for underground and clandestine nuclear enrichment. The latest reports show an exponential increase in fissure purity in just the last 2 weeks. At the current rate reports show that Iran may have a weapons grade nuclear bomb ready for launch by the end of February 2021.

Meanwhile, Iran has been trying to avenge the assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Last month, Iran sent agents to gather intelligence on the Israeli, US and UAE embassies in an East African country to examine the possibility of an attack on one of them, which was thwarted, KAN News reported Monday night. Some held both Iranian and European passports, according to the report.

I imagine the $1,700,000,000, given to Iran by the Obama administration in 2016, provided funds for this advancement in Iran's production of nuclear weapons. This below quote can be found at, https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CHRG-114shrg23439/html/CHRG-114shrg23439.htm

"The subject of today's Subcommittee hearing is the financing dangers of the $1.7 billion in cash payments to Iran. In August and September of 2016, the Wall Street Journal revealed that the Administration had secretly airlifted $400 million to Iran in January of 2016, and another $1.3 billion to Iran weeks later, and the total $1.7 billion payment was made all in foreign currency. To get a sense of just how much cash we sent to Iran, look at this chart. A stack of $400 million in 500-euro notes is--would total 264 feet tall. The $1.3 billion in 500-euro notes equals two stacks that are 430 feet tall. For comparison, the Tribune Tower in my home of Chicago is about 462 feet tall."

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Comms Awareness Brief: Myanmar


On Monday, February 01, 2021 (local) military forces took control of Myanmar. In what’s being called a coup d’état by the international press, Myanmar’s civilian government was deposed by leaders of the Armed Forces. Reports from individuals with satellite phones noted that mobile services and the Internet had been cut. What if this occurred where you live? No comms! Let's not forget that the entirety of Pakistan lost power last month. These things happen.

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Disruption of communications during political events or natural disasters is not uncommon. We periodically receive reports from those we advise on security matters about these incidents. During such circumstances, those with access to satellite technology are among the few who can communicate with the outside world.
We had dinner this past Saturday evening with a group of specialists and role players after a two-day security training event. A spouse of one of the trainers shared how she had been upset because her daughter, in her first year at university, had been at a party and had promised to call her mother after it ended. When hours went by an no call was received, the Mother became worried and frantically called a number of her daughter’s friends. Able to reach her daughter after many hours of concern, the Mom’s mind was finally put at ease.
In this case the Mom lives only a few hours away from her daughter. Imagine how concerned a parent, friend, leader, or even a security advisor can be when the individual with whom you’ve lost contact lives thousands of miles away. It’s that much worse when news of a political crisis, attack, or natural disaster is received and the normal means of communication are unavailable.

Even more troubling is the fact that during such times it’s also difficult, or impossible, for those residing within the location to communicate with one another. They have no way of knowing if injuries have been sustained, or to arrange a meeting unless one’s contingency plans include a “Comms Down” plan of action and meeting location.
We hope the unfolding situation in Myanmar will serve as a reminder of the need to learn vicariously. Learning from the mistakes of others is an important way to ensure that we don’t have to suffer the same misfortunes that they’ve endured. For example, there are many expats and locals in Myanmar now who may not have a means to communicate with others. We share in training about the importance of having access to either a satellite phone or a InReach satellite unit for circumstances like what people in Myanmar are facing now. Please click here to see our article dated 08 January 2020 for information on the InReach unit.

It’s important to keep in mind that the use of satellite technology is not allowed in some countries. Check with providers and with the embassy of the country to which you will be traveling so that you can make an informed decision.

It’s also important to remember that no matter where you live, it’s always important to have food, water, medications, and self-defense options on hand for times of unrest.

It’s easy to think that you don’t need training in Soft Skills and Tactics when things have been going well for years where you live. The minute a political or economic crisis takes place, however, you’ll wish you were among the very few who took the time to train and prepare. Let’s learn from what’s happening now in Myanmar so that we will be prepared for whatever may take place where we live.

Article from panopolia.org

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PII/Rights Brief: Your bank just sold you out.


The second-largest bank in the country with more than 60 million customers, is actively but secretly engaged in the hunt for extremists in cooperation with the government. Bank of America is, without the knowledge or the consent of its customers, sharing private information with federal law enforcement agencies. Bank of America effectively is acting as an intelligence agency, but they're not telling you about it.
In the days after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, Bank of America went through its own customers' financial and transaction records. These were the private records of Americans who had committed no crime; people who, as far as we know, had absolutely nothing to do with what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6. But at the request of federal investigators, Bank of America searched its databases looking for people who fit a specific profile. If a threshold of data identifies you as a risk, your PII (travel, purchases, name, SSN, etc) is given to the FBI.

🗃1.Customers confirmed as transacting, either through bank account debit card or credit card purchases in Washington, D.C. between 1/5 and 1/6.

🗃2. Purchases made for Hotel/Airbnb RSVPs in DC, VA, and MD after 1/6.

🗃3. Any purchase of weapons or at a weapons-related merchant between 1/7 and their upcoming suspected stay in D.C. area around Inauguration Day.

🗃4. Airline related purchases since 1/6."

Did you visit DC and buy an NBA Keychain lanyard recently? There may be a knock at your door soon if you bank with BoA.

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Military Brief: Stand Down to combat perceived "Extremism" in the Military.


SecDef Lloyd Austin has directed a service-wide stand down to take place in the next 60 days. Each military branch will schedule a stand down to allow each service to have "needed discussions" on extremism in the ranks.

BLUF: SMs should expect death by PowerPoint, questionnaires, social media scraping, and tattoo reviews. (Tattoos such as Pepe the Frog, III%, and other common symbiology is now deemed extremist or racist.

The allegation, provided without a shred of empirical evidence that the US military is overrun by hate groups and extremists, has been made for weeks. Here’s a sampling from just the past month:

📰Politico. The military has a hate group problem. But it doesn’t know how bad it’s gotten.
📰WBUR (Boston NPR). Extremism In The Military And How To Root It Out
📰Defense One. How to Root Out Extremism in the U.S. Military
📰Military Times. The military knows it has a problem with domestic extremists, white supremacists
📰New York Times. Pentagon Accelerates Efforts to Root Out Far-Right Extremism in the Ranks

But the degree to which this narrative foretold future events became evident when the FBI was permitted to perform background checks, including reviews of social media, of the 20,000 or so National Guardsmen called up to defend Joe Biden’s Washington, DC, against some nonexistent threats.

This was an unconscionable affront to the US military. The assertion that National Guardsmen posed an insider threat to Joe Biden should have been met with guffaws and a refusal of any governor to go along with it. In September 1934, Adolf Hitler was inspecting a jaeger regiment commanded by Colonel Erwin Rommel. The Nazi security apparatus insisted that politically reliable SS troops be positioned between Rommel’s regiment and Hitler. Rommel said that if that came to pass, his troops would not be there. It is a shame when our military commanders can’t muster the same courage.

In 2012, the Obama Pentagon discharged a Marine reservist who said unflattering things about Obama while not on active duty. In past years, no one in the Pentagon would have dreamed of monitoring a private Facebook site to review comments on an attempt to oust "extremists".

2nd Amendment Brief: Presidential Plan and New Gun Bill



BLUF: You'll soon either be a felon or have to pay $200+.

Biden has signed 42 executive orders in the first 9 days of his presidency. That's by far a record. Will his gun plan be the next order signed? Live on his official website right now is his gun control plan. In it he states he will require all possessors of "assault" weapons (standard legally available AR-15 style) and possessors of "high capacity" magazines (11+ rounds) to be imposed a $200 and required registration with the NFA. Those who don’t comply with the tax could face fines or imprisonment, as well as a felony charge. A 90 day amnesty period is expected. This also includes a gun buy back program as an alternative to registering firearms and to avoid the tax. The plan also fights stockpiling of guns by limiting how many you can buy in specific time frames.

Additionally, a new bill introduced this month brings a new round of government infringement. H.R.127 - To provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.

 HR 127 would make public your most private information to anti-gunners who can then dox, harass or even attack you while knowing full well every intimate detail of your self-defense systems.

HR 127 also establishes a federal licensing requirement. Applicants will have to be at least 21, undergo a NICS check, complete a psychological evaluation, complete 24 hours of firearms training, and pay $800 for firearms insurance from the government

HR 127 also criminalizes the possession of “large-capacity magazines” (those carrying greater than 10 rounds) and “ammunition that is 0.50 caliber or greater.”

Finally, there's a new Body Armor Ban in New York. A. 352 deprives New Yorkers of their right to passive defense by instituting a confiscatory ban on body armor," the group wrote in a statement posted to its website. "A. 352 criminalizes the purchase and possession of body vests, which New York law defines as soft body armor that provides wearers with Level I or greater protection (the lowest common rating for body armor) intended to stop low kinetic energy rounds such as a .380.

Link to Biden’s Plan on his website,
https://joebiden.com/gunsafety

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DHS Brief: Jan 28 2021 Bulletin


DHS issues, on average, two bulletins a year. They failed to recognize or warn of DVEs that began rioting in May of 2020 in the name of police reform. There were over 300 organized protests that turned violent in 2020 and 7 in 2021. One of which occurred at the capital on Jan 6th. This is the only identified violent protest where the majority of actors were non-BLM or non-Antifa. The first warning now comes where the implied DVE would be in regards to those your organized on Jan 6th. Below is an excerpt.

Throughout 2020, Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) targeted individuals with opposing views engaged in First Amendment-protected, non-violent protest activity.  DVEs motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force have plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities. 

Long-standing racial and ethnic tension—including opposition to immigration—has driven DVE attacks, including a 2019 shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 23 people.

DHS is concerned these same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some DVEs may be emboldened by the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to target elected officials and government facilities.

DHS remains concerned that Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) inspired by foreign terrorist groups, who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020, remain a threat.

Threats of violence against critical infrastructure, including the electric, telecommunications and healthcare sectors, increased in 2020 with violent extremists citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 for their actions.

See in full at,
https://www.dhs.gov/ntas/advisory/national-terrorism-advisory-system-bulletin-january-27-2021

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Comms Brief: FCC regulates free speech.


FCC Now cracking down on radio users.. You can't even make this shit up. Yes, I agree with the actual language in this advisory. No medium should be used to coordinate or plan criminal acts but the reasoning behind this advisory is to create fear in those turning from traditional social media outlets in order to express their free speech and share information without censorship. Anti-left sentiments are being shutdown while Anti-Right sentiments are being amplified. Transmitting a message planning or calling for harm to President Biden or Trump should be censored but sharing a message about President Biden's or Trump's involvement in criminal behavior shouldn't be (rather it be fact checked as false or not shouldn't matter). False information is harmful but it shouldn't be left to big tech or government to tell us what is false.

"📰FCC ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY

🆘️WARNING: AMATEUR AND PERSONAL RADIO SERVICES LICENSEES AND
OPERATORS MAY NOT USE RADIO EQUIPMENT TO COMMIT OR FACILITATE
CRIMINAL ACTS"
See the advisory below,
https://www.fcc.gov/document/amateur-personal-radio-users-reminded-not-use-radios-crimes

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Preparedness Brief: Power Grid Vulnerability


BLUF: Make preparations for power outages. Consider Solar, Generators, additional Fuel, Batteries, etc. China has gained unfettered access for at least 90 days. Use this tracker to identify loss of power as it occurs.

Restrictions banning China from patterning with our power grid utilities are gone for at least 3 months. Go buy some batteries.

Subpoint C notes that “Executive Order 13920 of May 1, 2020 (Securing the United States Bulk-Power System), is hereby suspended for 90 days.”
The Trump-era order sought to ban, replace, and set new criteria on bulk-power system (BPS) electric equipment coming from a foreign country or national that poses a national security threat.
“Foreign adversaries are increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in the United States bulk-power system, which provides the electricity that supports our national defense, vital emergency services, critical infrastructure, economy, and way of life. The bulk-power system is a target of those seeking to commit malicious acts against the United States and its people, including malicious cyber activities, because a successful attack on our bulk-power system would present significant risks to our economy, human health and safety, and would render the United States less capable of acting in defense of itself and its allies,” the introduction to the executive order read.

Biden Rescinds Trump Order Banning Chinese Communist Party Involvement In U.S. Power Grid... How is this NOT a national security threat?

According to Biden’s executive order, the fate of the executive order and America’s BPS rests in the hands of Biden’s Secretary of Energy and Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): “The Secretary of Energy and the Director of OMB shall jointly consider whether to recommend that a replacement order be issued.”

HOWEVER, Biden’s OMB Head formerly served as the president of the Center for American Progress (CAP), an establishment think tank that has taken trips to China and co-authored reports alongside a Chinese Communist Party-backed influence operation.

What’s more, Biden’s son Hunter was previously involved in several business relationships with CEFC China Energy Chairman Ye Jianming.

Use the below website to track outages and predict trends as our grid system remains under Chinese threat for the next 3 months.

https://poweroutage.us


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