According to a report from CNN, State Department officials tasked with US embassy security had no idea of any “imminent threats” to four specific US embassies — threats that were used by President Trump as justification for the targeted killing of Iranian general Qasem Suleimani.
According to CNN, the State Department sent out a warning to all US embassies before the strike occurred, but the warning was not directed at any specific embassy and did not warn of an “imminent” attack.
At an Ohio rally, Trump claimed that Suleimani “was actively planning new attacks,” and later said on Fox News that “four embassies” were targeted in the plot.
“But State Department officials remain in the dark about the specific nature of that threat, the sources said,” CNN’s Kylie Atwood reports. “These officials also say the State Department did not produce the analysis that US embassies in the Middle East faced an imminent threat, the legally required threshold to justify [Suleimani’s] killing.”
Speaking to CNN, former State Department officials say that although steps had been taken to increase security at embassies in recent months, no additional measures were taken that would have signified an ‘imminent threat” situation.
Read the full report over at CNN.
New York’s coronavirus crisis tracked back to European travel — not China: scientists
The New York Times reported Wednesday that scientists have tracked the cases of coronavirus in New York back to travel from Europe.
The Times explained that genomes show the link to those who came down with the virus back in February.
President Donald Trump has been celebrating his decision to shut down some travel from China, though not all travel. A whopping 430,000 people have traveled from China to the United States since the coronavirus crisis.
Warrant for journalists from Jerry Falwell Jr. came from Liberty University’s own police
A right-wing commentator interviewed Jerry Falwell Jr. during his show Wednesday, where Falwell said that there were two arrest warrants open for reporters who came onto Liberty University's campus.
Upon further examination of the warrant, the police officer who signed the warrant was Detective/Sgt. A.B. Wilkins 206 LUPD. The LUPD is not the Lynchburg Police Department nor is there a Sgt. or Detective A.B. Wilkins. It's the police department under the authority of Liberty University.
Trump defenders Diamond and Silk locked out of Twitter for spreading COVID-19 misinformation
Fox Nation hosts Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, better known as Diamond & Silk, were temporarily locked out of Twitter on Wednesday for urging people to go outside and develop immunity against the coronavirus.
“The only way we can become immune to the environment; we must be out in the environment. Quarantining people inside of their houses for extended periods will make people sick!” the pair tweeted from their joint account.
A spokesperson for Twitter told Mediaite their account was locked over the tweet.