The Stand - Daily Newsletter
September 18, 2020
“Where Are The Police?” 🚓
Remember when the Minneapolis City Council voted to defund the police? Now those same politicians are wondering why violent crime is soaring in their city. It turns out that actions have consequences.
One Minneapolis resident put it best: “You feel like you’re in a war zone.” Sure enough, violent crime has reached terrifying levels: “More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than were slain in all of last year. Property crimes, like burglaries and auto thefts, are also up. Incidents of arson have increased 55 percent over the total at this point in 2019.”
At a recent City Council meeting, one member said that Minneapolis residents are asking, “where are the police?” The politicians are trying to blame the police department, but they’re the ones who spent the summer criticizing the police and calling to disband the force. By its actions and words, the City Council encouraged the violence sweeping through Minneapolis.
→ Watch more: Nikki Haley talks about law and order on America’s Newsroom (Fox News)
→ Read more: “You feel like you’re in a war zone”: Minneapolis residents call for change in their neighborhoods (CBS Minneapolis)
Stop Chinese Hackers 💻
The U.S. is getting serious about ending Chinese spying. This week the federal government charged five Chinese citizens with hacking companies across the globe. This action sends a message to China that America will no longer tolerate its cybercrime and espionage.
These hackers targeted more than 100 companies and other organizations, including universities and government agencies. According to the feds, the hackers were after both financial gain and advancing China’s interests. Some of the targets included pro-democracy activists and Taiwanese students — which makes sense coming from hackers tied to the Chinese intelligence services. Unfortunately, the five hackers are on the run.
This comes only two months after the U.S. detailed a Chinese plot to steal American companies’ research into coronavirus vaccines. Clearly the Chinese Communist Party has no intention of stopping the hacks, so it’s up to America to make sure these attacks don’t succeed.
→ Read more: U.S. charges 5 Chinese citizens in global hacking campaign (Associated Press)
→ Read more: Chinese firm harvests social media posts, data of prominent Americans and military (Washington Post)