DHS allegedly downplayed white supremacists threats; VP Pence to attend event hosted by QAnon backers; Palestinian hijacker to speak at San Francisco State University

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September 11, 2020


Top officials with the Department of Homeland Security directed agency analysts to downplay threats from violent white supremacy, a whistle-blower complaint released on Wednesday said. Vice President Mike Pence and top officials from the Trump campaign are slated to attend a Montana fundraiser next week hosted by a couple who have expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. A Palestinian woman who played a part in the hijackings of two airplanes has been invited to speak at San Francisco State University later this month, drawing condemnation from Jewish groups.

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1) DHS Downplayed Threats From White Supremacists, Whistle-Blower Says

“In other instances, the department’s second-highest ranked official, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, ordered Mr. Murphy to modify intelligence assessments to make the threat of white supremacy ‘appear less severe’ and include information on violent ‘left-wing’ groups and antifa, according to the complaint, which was filed on Tuesday but released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee.” The New York Times: READ MORE

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: If true, it is dangerous & damning that the admin willfully chose to ignore its own intel assessments & put people at risk…

+ ADL Resource: Murder and Extremism in the U.S.

2) VP Pence to Attend Event Hosted by QAnon Backers

“The hosts of the fundraiser, Caryn and Michael Borland, have shared QAnon memes and retweeted posts from QAnon accounts, their social media activity shows. The baseless conspiracy theory posits that Trump is fighting entrenched enemies in the government and also involves satanism and child sex trafficking.” Associated Press: FULL STORY

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: @VP should be condemning QAnon, not legitimizing the conspiracy theory by attending a reportedly QAnon supporters' event…

+ ADL Resource: What is QAnon?

3) Palestinian Hijacker Leila Khaled to Speak at San Francisco State University

“In 1969, Khaled and other PFLP members notoriously hijacked TWA Flight 840 bound for Tel Aviv, and a year later hijacked El Al flight 219 traveling from Amsterdam to New York City. She was arrested in London after the El Al flight was rerouted, but was later swapped in a prisoner exchange for civilian hostages taken by PFLP members in another hijacking.” Fox News: FULL STORY

+ READ: ADL’s Statement on Leila Khaled at SFSU

+ ADL Resource: Antisemitism and the Radical Anti-Israel Movement on U.S. Campuses