By Bloomberg | PUBLISHED: August 15, 2018 at 12:06 pm | UPDATED: August 15, 2018 at 12:07 pm (Bloomberg) — Elon Musk will likely need clearance from U.S. national security officials for any proposal to take Tesla Inc. private with financing from Saudi Arabia, just as the Trump administration steps up scrutiny of foreign investment in American technology. The deal, if it becomes reality, would be among the first to be reviewed by U.S. officials since President Donald Trump signed legislation this week that expands the government’s authority to investigate and potentially block foreign takeovers of domestic companies. While many of the law’s provisions don’t take immediate effect, the measure underscores the administration’s intent to use the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., known as CFIUS, to heighten scrutiny of foreign acquisitions. “The new law makes it pretty clear that this administration is very keen on protecting U.S. … [Read more...] about Elon Musk may face a national security review in a Tesla-Saudi deal
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByAna Swanson and Jack Ewing Aug. 12, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Trump’s embrace of sweeping tariffs has frustrated allies, lawmakers and businesses across the globe. But its most lasting impact could be to hobble the World Trade Organization. The global trade group has been thrust into an uncomfortable — and potentially damaging — role as chief judge in an intense fight among its most powerful members. At the center of the battle is whether the United States’ claim that its sweeping steel and aluminum tariffs are necessary to protect national security or whether they are simply a ruse to protect American metal manufacturers from global competition. Allies like Canada, Mexico and the European Union have challenged Mr. Trump’s tariffs at the World Trade … [Read more...] about Trump’s National Security Claim for Tariffs Sets Off Crisis at W.T.O.
(AP) Fostering an advantageous economic climate is a multifaceted and continually moving target. Fluctuating regulatory demands, uncertainty in trade agreements and shifting international partnerships are just some of the factors that impact the success of the American economy. Yet there are specific measures that Congress can put in place to increase stability, secure American interests and create opportunity for American businesses, farmers and innovators. Capital-intensive industries, such as farming and manufacturing, require money to make money. So we welcome our trading partners to do business with us, invest here and buy products made in America. However, deep-pocketed foreign investors and state-owned enterprises should not be given license to buy up America. The United States can’t afford to take a back seat to any competitor. In the American heartland, factories and farms are the lifeblood of good people working hard to make a decent … [Read more...] about Sens. Grassley and Brown: Big foreign investments in US need closer scrutiny to protect national security
THE KEY Visitors test smartphones at the ZTE's stand during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. (Lluis Genelluis/AFP) President Trump’s surprising promise Sunday to help bring Chinese telecom giant ZTE back from the brink of collapse undercuts top law enforcement and intelligence officials, who have warned for years that the company’s products could be used for cyberespionage in the United States. ZTE has close ties with China’s government, and U.S. officials have raised concerns that its phones and other devices could be used as surveillance tools against Americans. Lawmakers immediately pointed out the contradiction. “Our intelligence agencies have warned that ZTE technology and phones pose a major cyber security threat,” Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted at Trump yesterday. “You should care more about our national security than Chinese jobs.” As Sen. Marco … [Read more...] about The Cybersecurity 202: Trump’s ZTE reversal flouts warnings from top national security officials
A Turkish court blocked access to Wikipedia on Saturday , the free online encyclopedia, enforcing an earlier restriction by Turkey's telecommunications watchdog in a move that social media users called censorship. The Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) said an Ankara court ordered that a "protection measure" related to suspected internet crimes be applied to Wikipedia. Such measures are used to block access to pages or entire websites to protect "national security and public order." In response, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales tweeted his support for those who labeled the decision censorship: "Access to information is a fundamental human right. Turkish people I will always stand with you to fight for this right." Access to information is a fundamental human right. Turkish people, I will always stand with you and fight for this right. #turkey https://t.co/5ZAsc9coVX— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) April 29, 2017 Turkey Blocks, an … [Read more...] about Turkey blocks Wikipedia under national security law
USC faculty member Susan Kamei was struck by discomforting moments of deja vu during the 2016 presidential campaign.As some calls rose for restrictions on Muslims and Arab Americans, purportedly to protect national security, Kamei thought of her parents. Exactly 76 years ago Monday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the incarceration of Kamei’s parents and about 120,000 others of Japanese descent, most of them American citizens, following Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.Kamei had helped right that wrong as a legal advocate for the successful 1988 effort to win an apology and monetary reparations from the U.S. government to those incarcerated. But after President Trump’s election, she feared that any lessons learned were being forgotten.“Between the election and President Trump’s inauguration, there were things in the press about the Japanese American internment being a precedent for what various people … [Read more...] about USC students explore civil rights, national security in university’s first history class on WWII internment
Americans think about national security in terms of what is routinely captured in major news headlines: North Korea, ISIS, Russian election meddling, etc. Our country’s national security is defined by much more than a handful of big-ticket threats. U.S. national security relies on a complex and interdependent mosaic of factors, some of which are not normally associated with national security but in reality play an important role in augmenting our nation’s strength. One example is solar energy, which has risen to become a key element in our country’s energy security portfolio — at a time when its future viability has come under attack. America is stronger when it can count on its own energy sources, and solar is gradually playing a bigger role in our nation’s energy mix. Solar energy’s importance to U.S. national security stems most directly from the critical role it now plays in providing energy to far-flung military bases. The military is … [Read more...] about GUEST COMMENTARY: Solar energy key to national security
Alex Lockie, provided by Published 10:01 am, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, has consistently expressed hawkish views on North Korea and is reportedly pushing for a "bloody nose" strike against the Kim regime. McMaster has a foreign policy vision that calls for the US to reverse decades of waning power by standing up to adversaries like Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. The US has been steadily declining in international efficacy and absorbing a constant stream of foreign policy losses, but has managed to avoid a major war. McMaster's "bloody nose" idea could stop the erosion of US power, but it could also start a major war. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing San Antonio's Confluence Park seen from the sky mysa Woman hit by driver after running into North Side street mysa Mayor and others discuss the symphony's new schedule mysa Natural gas explosion at … [Read more...] about Why Trump’s national security adviser thinks it might soon be time to bomb North Korea
Privacy advocates suffered a setback after a California appeals court panel ruled to allow the FBI to continue issuing National Security Letters (NSL) to gain access to customer data stored by tech companies. The case presented to a panel of three judges at the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco challenged NSLs sent to content delivery network Cloudflare and progressive telecommunications company Credo Mobile. Read: Government Surveillance: US Company Balked At NSA Data Demand The letters from the FBI required the companies not to inform users of the request for data, which the companies objected to on First Amendment grounds. The panel of judges ruled the letters and additional non-disclosure requirements do not violate the First Amendment right of the companies. Cloudflare and Credo Mobile filed the case in an effort to fight against the practice of issuing gag orders to companies when requesting user data and communications. NSLs are often used by law enforcement to … [Read more...] about National Security Letters: Court Upholds FBI’s Ability To Bar Companies From Telling Customers Of Data Requests
Considerably more attention was paid to the National Security Strategy white paper published by the Trump administration than to comparable documents in previous administrations.Not sure why, since such a treatise will have less influence on the subsequent behavior of the Trump administration than its predecessors.That’s not necessarily a criticism.For what it’s worth, the white paper itself was rooted in useful realpolitik. “A central continuity in history is the contest for power” is an anchoring precept.The overarching threat to the United States, according to the document, is geopolitical competition with China and Russia. The competition is not only over influence and power, but legitimacy: “These are fundamentally political contests between those who favor repressive systems and those who favor free societies.”After 9/11, the construct of Samuel Huntington that the world order was being remade through a clash of civilizations was much in vogue. … [Read more...] about Robb: Does Trump believe his National Security Strategy? Does it matter?