Feb 13, 2018

What you need to know from the Senate Intel world threats hearing

Intelligence directors testify on Capitol Hill. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images

The big takeaway: The intelligence officials all conceded that the Russians will continue to interfere with U.S. elections through the 2018 mid terms and likely beyond.

Who testified: DNI Dan Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, DIA Director Robert Ashley, NSA Director Mike Rogers, NGA Director Robert Cardillo.

On Russia:

On ISIS:

  • Coats: ISIS remains a threat and will likely focus on regrouping in Iraq and Syria and in ungoverned” regions.

On cybersecurity:

  • Coats: “The United States is threatened by cyberattacks every day…Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China post the greatest threats.”

On Rob Porter:

  • Wray contradicted the White House timeline on Porter's security clearance.
  • On security clearances: Coats told the AP the government's system for granting security clearances is "broken" and needs to be overhauled. Sen. Warner told the intelligence directors the security clearances system needs reforms since it is "hampering your recruitment and retention and costing us millions of dollars in inefficiency."

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Washington State Police use tear gas to disperse a crowd in Seattle during a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd. Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images

The response of some officers during demonstrations against police brutality in the U.S. has been criticized for being excessive by some officials and Black Lives Matter groups and leaders.

Why it matters: The situation is tense across the U.S., with reports of protesters looting and burning buildings. While some police have responded with restraint and by monitoring the protests, others have used batons, tear gas and other chemicals and devices to disperse protesters and, in some cases, journalists.

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Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Journalists get caught in the crosshairs as protests unfold

A man waves a Black Lives Matter flag atop the CNN logo during a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd outside the CNN Center on May 29. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage / Getty Images

Dozens of journalists across the country tweeted videos Saturday night of themselves and their crews getting arrested, being shot at by police with rubber bullets, targeted with tear gas by authorities or assaulted by protestors.

Why it matters: The incidents show how easy it can be for the media to entangled in the stories they cover, especially during a time of civil unrest.