WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump moved to penalize a sharp critic on Wednesday, revoking the security clearance of Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan for making what he called "a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations" about his administration. Targeting critics, Trump threatens ex-officials' security clearances The Republican president, in a statement read to reporters by White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, also announced he was evaluating whether other former high-ranking officials, all of whom have criticized him, should have their security clearances withdrawn as well. The decision came a day after Brennan, who headed the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency under Democratic President Barack Obama, leveled a blistering attack against Trump for the president's tweeted criticism of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who wrote a book critical of Trump. "It’s astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & … [Read more...] about News Trump revokes ex-CIA chief’s security clearance, slamming critic
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MANILA, Philippines — Jose Calida, the government’s chief lawyer, is facing criticism and scrutiny for being the major stockholder of a security agency that has multimillion-peso contracts with several government offices. Calida, who has scored victories for the Duterte administration at the Supreme Court and whom the president said is simply "lucky" for his security agency getting so many government contracts, faces a graft and corruption complaint, a probe at the Department of Justice, and increasing calls for his resignation. Solicitor General Calida on May 31 said that he is ready to face all "attacks" against him. He challenged his critics: "Can they handle my counter-attacks?" What the complaint says Jocelyn Acosta-Nisperos, on May 10, filed a complaint against Calida at the Office of the Ombudsman. Acosta-Nisperos said that, according to the General Information Sheet from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Calida owns 60 percent of Vigilant Investigative … [Read more...] about What we know so far: Vigilance on Calida’s security agency
Calida denies graft raps over family’s security firm Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) - May 28, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Solicitor General Jose Calida has denied the graft charges filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman over multimillion-peso contracts bagged by his family’s security agency with several government agencies. In a statement released by his office over the weekend, Calida belied the allegation by complainant Jocelyn Nisperos that he violated Republic Act 6713, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, in the contracts of Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency Inc. (VISAI) with the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). The top government lawyer explained that he did not violate the law because he already resigned as president … [Read more...] about Calida denies graft raps over family’s security firm
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's security detail has cost taxpayers well over US$3 million so far, up sharply from his predecessor during an equivalent period, according to details released by the agency, which said Pruitt's life had been threatened.Pruitt, who environmental groups have accused of lax enforcement and cosy ties with industry, requested 24-hour protection beginning on his first day in office. It was an unusual measure for the nation's top environmental regulator, and Pruitt and the agency have said it was justified by a high number of threats to his life."Administrator Pruitt has faced an unprecedented amount of death threats against him and to provide transparency EPA will post the costs of his security detail and pro-actively release these numbers on a quarterly basis," EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said in an emailed statement."Americans should all agree that members of the President's cabinet should be kept safe from violent threats,” … [Read more...] about US EPA chief’s security bill soars, agency cites death threats
As answers slowly come to light about the families behind the terror attacks in Indonesia’s second city of Surabaya and nearby Sidoarjo, questions are already being raised about President Joko Widodo’s government’s ability to prevent and protect against a new burst of Islamic terrorism to a degree not seen since the 2000s. Long-running negotiations to revise existing anti-terrorism laws and perceptions that the government is “soft” on matters of national security threaten to derail the widespread support Widodo has so far enjoyed ahead of next April’s presidential elections. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Women and children’s involvement in the weekend suicide bombings has set a startling new precedent in Indonesia, where the families of jihadists are typically confined to more traditional gender roles and are rarely involved in terror attacks. Security analysts had previously warned the nature of … [Read more...] about Is Indonesia’s Widodo soft on security?