The United States government spends hundreds of billions of dollars each year on national defense, including $544 billion on the Department of Defense (base budget), $70 billion on the Department of Homeland Security, and $80 billion on various intelligence agencies. According to the CBO, approximately 1/6th of US federal spending goes towards national defense.
Yesterday, a mob breached the United States Capitol Building while nearly every single member of Congress, the Vice President, and the Vice President-elect were present in the building. The mob overran the building within a matter of minutes, causing lawmakers to try to barricade themselves, take shelter, prepare to fight the intruders if needed, and later evacuate the premises.
What policy and personnel changes are needed to strengthen our national security apparatus such that the seat of government in the United States is secure and cannot be easily overrun?
What steps might we expect the next administration to take to improve national security, especially with respect to the Capitol?
Will efforts to improve security in the Capitol be met with bipartisan support (or lack thereof)? Or will this issue break along partisan lines, and if so, what might those be?
We are Mary McCord (Legal Director and Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2016 to 2017 and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division from 2014 to 2016) and Elizabeth Goitein (Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, former counsel to Senator Russ Feingold, chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice) and members of the non-partisan National Task Force on Election Crises. The violence that we have seen around the election is extremely dangerous for our democracy. It is vital that we all work to prevent it from continuing, and understand what our constitution and laws actually say about how elections and the transfer of power actually work -- and what comes next.
UPDATE: THANK YOU FOR YOUR TERRIFIC QUESTIONS. We had a great time with you. Please continue to support your democracy, stay vigilant, and reduce the disinformation in your own networks as much as possible!
This is an opt out system meaning it will be enabled by default. Not only does this pose a major security risk it also strips away privacy and uses up your bandwidth. Having a mesh network connecting to tons of IOT devices and allowing remote entry even when disconnected from WiFi is an absolutely terrible security practice and Amazon needs to be called out now!
In addition to this, you may have seen this post earlier. This is because the moderators of this subreddit are suposedly removing posts that speak about asmazon sidewalk negatively, with no explanation given.
How to opt out:
Edit: As far as i know, this is only in the US, so no need to worry if you are in other countries.