Early Warning for 30 April 2019

Good morning. Here’s your Early Warning for Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

 

Domestic terror: FBI agents on Friday arrested an Army veteran who converted to Islam for planning a terror attack. Mark Domingo, 26, planned to “manufacture and use a weapon of mass destruction in order to commit mass murder” at a white nationalist rally in Long Beach, California on Sunday. On his Facebook, authorities said Domingo wrote, “America needs another Vegas event.” [source]

More domestic terror (?): FBI officials may have discovered plans for anti-fascist protestors to “stage an armed rebellion at the border” that “planned to disrupt U.S. law enforcement and military security operations at the US/Mexican border.” The FBI information report — not finished intelligence — was published by the San Diego Union-Tribune. One of the men named in the report was listed as an “instigator” and was also present during the spates of violence at the Tijuana border crossing back in November 2018 and January of this year. [source]

Venezuela development: Venezuela’s interim president Juan Guaido gave a speech this morning near a military base in Caracas and called for the Venezuelan military to overthrow their dictator Nicolas Maduro. “The definitive cessation of the usurpation began today. Today, brave soldiers, brave patriots, brave men attached to the constitution have come to our call.” Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) supported the calls, tweeting, “This is the moment for those military officers… to fulfill their constitutional oath & defend the legitimate interim President [Guaido] in this effort to restore democracy.” There’s a ‘mega-march’ planned for Wednesday.

 

Politics & Governance

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are meeting today with other top Democrats and President Trump to discuss an infrastructure bill.

The Trump administration may designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, and move to sanction the organization and those that do business with it. The U.S. would become the seventh country to do so.

Rod Rosenstein is out. Yesterday afternoon, the deputy attorney general submitted his resignation and will be walking away on 11 May. There’s been some speculation that AG William Barr is getting his house in order and may pursue enforcement action against U.S. officials accused of wrongdoing during the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.

Meanwhile, the House Judiciary committee has scheduled AG Barr to testify on Thursday. DOJ officials don’t want Barr to offer public testimony about the Mueller report, and Democrats have threatened to escalate the situation if Barr is a no-show. “He is supposed to show up on Thursday. And we will take whatever action to take if he doesn’t,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

 

Far Left Daily

“I want to make sure that those who work in the oil and gas industry, those who work in the fossil fuel industry, are brought along as partners to make sure that we make this transition in the 10 years that we have left to us, as the science and scientists tell us, to make the kind of bold change we need.” – Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke

“The greatest threat we face — which will test our country, our democracy, every single one of us — is climate change.” – Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, calling for $5 trillion spending plan to combat climate change

“We need the president to call white supremacy what it is: a global terror threat… The private sector has a role to play — specifically, Silicon Valley, investing the same level of energy and intensity they’ve applied to build products that consumers love. Now they need to ensure that those products keep consumers safe. That means dealing with this issue.” – Jonathan Greenblatt, Anti-Defamation League


 

Economy/Finance

The global economic recession is being pushed back after the Euro Zone published its Q1 economic growth at 0.4 percent, which is, believe it or not, the fastest pace in three quarters, and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent.


 

Strategic/Defense Situational Awareness

Two warships transiting the Taiwan Strait

CNO: New strategy is to ‘force our competitors to respond’

Erik Prince’s latest pitch: mercenaries for Venezuela’s Guaido

Beluga whale with Russian harness gives Norway a scare


 

Notable Quotable

“More and more Venezuelans are aware of the fact that this regime has absolutely no answers to their problems. Everything is getting worse. We see it most recently with electric power and with water.” – Eliot Abrams, U.S. special envoy to Venezuela

Samuel Culper is a former military intelligence NCO and contract Intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.

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