Saturday, August 1, 2020

DHS Removes Official Who Oversaw Intelligence Reports on Journalists

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is Removing its Top Intelligence Official from his Post amid Criticism of his Office's Role in the Civil Unrest in Portland, Oregon.

Brian Murphy, the Acting Chief of DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), is being Removed from that Role. Acting DHS Secretary, Chad Wolf, made the Decision.

Murphy’s Demotion comes in the wake of a String of Bruising Reports about the Office he ran.

Over the last week, News broke that I&A Compiled Intelligence Reports about Journalists Covering Protests in Portland.

On Friday, July 31st, it was Reported I&A also Monitored Protesters’ Electronic Communications.

Both Stories raise Legal concerns. Those Protests, part of a Nationwide Movement against Police Brutality and Racism, have been Increasingly Kinetic, with some Protesters throwing Fireworks and other Objects at Law Enforcement Officers Protecting the Federal Courthouse, but Officers moved Passed its Boundaries to, use Tear Gas and other Controversial Tactics, and Arresting Protesters and placing them into Unmarked Vehicles.

Viral Videos have Captured Officers Arrest Protesters without Probable Cause. They have Dressed in Military Garb and haven’t worn Badges with their Names or Agencies, and creating the Optics of an Occupying Force.

Local Portland Officials decried DHS’s Presence and said it made the Protests even more Intense.

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