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I know a lot of folks discussing the rules for the situation room. But it is clear across the board that there is no security culture at the WH. It begins with Trump's phone. That Omarosa did this is really not surprising. Security only as strong as leadership enforces.
And for those who haven't been following along, I've never been a part of the John Kelly pity party. He's not a hostage. He's not a martyr.
"A strong security culture is both a mindset & mode of operation. One that’s integrated into day-to-day thinking can make for a near-impenetrable operation. Conversely, a security culture that’s absent will facilitate . . . security incidents." securityintelligence.com/the-importance… #Omarosa

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Sep 25, 2018
THREAD: there was a plan. So let me explain why failure to admit and disclose it compounded cruelty. For record, policy is abhorrent and as we know now ineffective (did not serve as deterrent). But let's assume it's a legitimate one for Trump to take. At least for this thread 1/
Secretary Nielsen lied. To you. And me. Period. And that lie meant that three major operational necessities were not put in place. 2/
First, as children were ripped from their parents, receiving facilities under HHS or social services were not made aware of the change in policy. They were equipped to deal with unaccompanied minors, those late teen boys arriving in 2015 mostly, and their needs. But 3/
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Aug 11, 2018
There will be a lot of commentary about what happened at @SeaTacAirport last night with the stolen Horizon Airplane. Let's start with some good news. After the plane was taken, a lot went right. Scrambling of fighter jets was swift. 1/
The FBI was quick to report what they knew to be true. . . . to calm nerves and communicate. 2/
.@alaskaair (including a post by Horizon Air COO) and @SeaTacAirport also were able to assess what they knew and report frequently. 3/
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Jul 25, 2018
Reports of Russian hackers reaching into US utilities to assess platforms and security is a story that is very much a part of our overall concerns with the 2018 election. Follow along. 1/ #homelandsecurity
But first watch @cnn colleague @jimsciutto strong segment on this.
cnn.com/videos/politic… 2/
What's common in these situations, and true here, is the extent that the infiltration was done through very trusted vendors (3rd parties). The hack is continuing and @DHSgov has issued alerts. 3/
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Jul 6, 2018
Across partisan divide, comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) always had three basic tenets, "3 legs of the stool":1)deal with borders; 2)address undocumented immigrants in country and a pathway for citizenship; 3)define and welcome future flows (for our changing economy). 1/
Over the last few weeks, it has been close to unbearable how each of these tenets has been completely eviscerated. . We have "dealt" with borders by separating families. We have booted soldiers seeking status and denied them the least controversial means to citizenship. 2/
We have come up with some notion of a "denaturalization" force to make those citizens here lawfully feel unwelcome. We have instituted tariffs that make us less a part of a global economy and therefore less appealing to global competition for talent. There are more examples. 3/
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Jul 5, 2018
The significance of the Senate report on Russia cannot be seen only as a mere validation of the IC assessment of Russia's activities during 2016 election. 1/
On its own, it's a comprehensive review of the manner and extent that Putin favored Trump and directed his intel agencies, at a relatively low cost, to sway the electorate. 2/
If the Senate report had come out differently, or mirrored the House report, it would have not only been a blow to those, Rs and Ds, who value our democracy, but would have set a terrible tone to homeland and national security efforts to protect us in 2018. 3/
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Jul 3, 2018
Nielsen was set to headline one of the premier security events in Aspen this month. For the first time, I am not attending (so don't know if she is still speaking). I understand their invitation, but we all show our outrage in different ways. This is mine. 1/
When John Kelly was Secretary, he rescinded my appointment to the bipartisan Homeland Security Advisory Committee, a whose who of HS experts. I was told by his staff that I was too publicly critical. It was clear that there was no interest in debate or historical expertise. 2/
I stuck to the idea that there was a benefit to believing that the homeland security apparatus may differ on the edges of partisanship, but ultimately we had common space. I've worked with Republicans most my life. 3/
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