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At Hearing, Secretary Mayorkas Can’t Name 1 Domestic Terror Case Referred to DOJ

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“Despite claiming domestic terrorism is the #1 threat to the homeland, [Secretary Mayorkas] can’t name a single case that he referred from DHS to DOJ for white supremacy or domestic terrorism,” Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) said after a heated exchange with Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.

When testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday Mayorkas faced lawmakers to discuss the Biden administration’s plan to lift Title 42, the Trump-era public health order that has been used to expel a majority of migrants at the border during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lifting Title 42 leaves many concerned that it will create an even more tumultuous situation at the border. In a particularly memorable part of the testimony, stated domestic terrorism and those on watchlists as our #1 threat.

Despite his discussion of domestic terrorism, Mayorkas on Thursday failed to name a case of domestic terrorism that his department has referred to the Department of Justice.

Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., pressed Mayorkas for data on any referrals he has made to the DOJ on the grounds of domestic terrorism. Mayorkas did not offer the data, saying he would provide it after the hearing.

“Congressman, I will provide you with that information subsequent to this hearing,” Mayorkas replied to Steube. “I do not have that statistic. I will provide the data to you.”

The pair continued to clash on the subject, with Steube interrupting Mayorkas to demand he name one such case off the top of his head. Mayorkas continued to decline to answer.

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Biden to sign executive order to mitigate cyberattacks

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In the wake of increased cyberattacks and state security breaches from Russia, China and North Korea,  President Biden is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday. The order is intended to place the United States in a position to “leapfrog well ahead” of adversaries and mitigate risks that the emerging technology poses to national and economic security, reports Fox News.

The executive order and security memo will gear towards advancing quantum information science. A senior administration official said the U.S. has “long been a global leader” in the development of new technologies, including quantum, a broad field of science and engineering.

“Quantum technologies are not a replacement to traditional computers, but rather a ‘fundamentally different kind of computer’ with the ability to analyze information in ways that traditional computers cannot. Quantum technologies, according to officials, have shown the potential to drive innovation in the American economy” adds Fox News.

“The goal of both the executive order and the National Strategy Memorandum is to ensure that we leapfrog well ahead of everyone else, both by promoting quantum information science and the benefits it can potentially bring from energy to medicine, in various areas of the economy, as well as to begin what will likely be a decade long transition to protect our systems from an adversary having a potential quantum computer,” said the official.

“America must start the lengthy process of updating our IT infrastructure today to protect against this quantum computing threat tomorrow.” The president’s executive order is set to “foster” those advances by committing to promoting those breakthroughs.

Fox News adds that the order will enhance the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee, which is the federal government’s advisory body for quantum information science and technology, by placing it under the authority of the White House.

The official says the move would ensure the president, Congress, federal departments and agencies, and the general public receive “the most current, accurate and relative quantum information, science and technology to drive forward U.S. policymaking in this area.”

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