Spy community not postured to handle rising China threat, House Intel finds

House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a statement that the intelligence community’s “capacity to address hard targets like China has waned” after two decades of focusing on counterterrorism in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The nation’s intelligence agencies “have a lot of work to do to fully address the challenge posed by China,” he said.

Wednesday’s report is the result of a so-called “deep dive” the House panel began last year into what it viewed as China’s troubling activities around the globe, including Beijing’s malicious cyber efforts and disinformation campaigns; its exportation of invasive surveillance technology; and the continued threat its intelligence services pose to the security of U.S. personnel and national security information.

A committee official said most of the recommendations for reform were aimed at the senior leadership level. The official added that the panel encountered “different results” among the various U.S. intelligence elements about their focus on China, but declined to say which of the 17 clandestine agencies have been better at tackling China-related issues. Committee officials spoke on condition of anonymity to more freely discuss the panel’s findings.

Among the public recommendations: a formal review of the governance of open-source intelligence within the clandestine community and a broader and more formal effort by leadership to mentor the next generation of China analysts.

The committee official said some of the classified recommendations would be easier for agencies to address, however some contained in the public summary — such as creating a bipartisan, bicameral congressional study group to evaluate how the intelligence community organizes around these issues and how authority is divided up — could take up to a decade to fully implement. The report included 36 public recommendations and more than 100 classified recommendations.

The summary doesn’t mention the kind of election interference that has been alleged in recent weeks by Trump, Attorney General William Barr and other senior administration officials. But it does highlight the risk posed by Beijing’s “influence actors” and the government’s propaganda and disinformation efforts around events like the protests in Hong Kong and the Covid-19 outbreak.

China’s “disinformation evolution — in conjunction with the multitude of foreign influence threats and state-backed disinformation activity emanating from Russia, Iran, and other adversaries — will set the stage for further assaults on the truth, damaging the United States’ ability to advance its policies abroad and effectively engage with American citizens,” the summary states.

A second Democratic committee official said the origin of the examination could be traced back to the panel’s 2012 bipartisan report that concluded Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE were a national security threat.

The release of the report also comes as the White House is in the midst of legal wrangling over President Donald Trump’s recent executive order barring access to the popular Chinese mobile app TikTok, citing national security concerns. Earlier this week a federal judge said the administration “likely” exceeded its authority when it tried to impose restrictions on the short form

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Home Improvement Products Market Rising Trends, Demand and Business Outlook 2020 to 2025

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Rising turnover at online bathroom retailer

Revenues and profitability have seen strong growth in the recently filed accounts for online bathroom retailer Victoriaplum.com for the year ended 29 February 2020.

The company, which was acquired by Yorkshire-based private equity investor Endless LLP in October 2019, reported turnover of £70.9m (up more than 11% on prior year) and EBITDA of £2.1m.

It also recorded an operating loss before exceptional items of £0.7m (2018: £0.2m).

The firm’s latest annual report notes: “During a period when many of the company’s competitors have suffered financial losses, and in certain cases closure, the directors believe the continued improvements that have been made to the business have created the foundations for sustainable growth and further improvements to profitability.

“To facilitate future growth and create shareholder value the business will continue to invest in its infrastructure across the brand, IT platform, operations and people resources.”

In the period of trading since the year ended 29 February 2020, the company has seen further improved performance, with double-digit year-on-year sales growth and profitability significantly ahead of expectations.

Chief executive officer, Paul McClenaghan, said: “We continue to invest heavily in technology to take full advantage of the change in customer behaviour that has seen many shoppers migrate online.

“I am particularly encouraged by the growth of our differentiated offering that continues to reduce our reliance on ‘product and price’.

“The launch of our new Design & Installation service has been very well received by our customers and further differentiates us from the price-led competitors.

“Our Trade business continues to grow, as does the economic advantage of this route to market.”

Matthew Jubb, Partner at Endless LLP: “We have been delighted by the progress made by Paul and the team following our investment in October 2019.

“The results to February 2019 are just the foundations for what is proving to be a very exciting 2020 for the business with trading having been so strong in recent months.

“We are proud to be the investor behind a longstanding Yorkshire business and to support the management team with its plans, which we believe give good reason to be excited about Victoria Plum’s future. “

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Interior Design Software Market Demand, Rising Trends and Technology Advancements 2020 to 2025

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Eric Burdon Slams Trump For Unauthorized Use Of The Animals’ ‘House Of The Rising Sun’

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There’s a lengthy list of music stars who’ve taken issue with having their music played at Donald Trump’s rallies without permission, ranging from Neil Young to Steven Tyler to Adele.

The latest name to add to that roster is Eric Burdon, frontman for British Invasion hitmakers The Animals.

On Saturday, the 79-year-old rocker shared a photo of himself wearing a face mask emblazoned with the word “VOTE.”

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“Even though nobody asked my permission, I wasn’t surprised to learn that #Trump #864511320 used #HouseoftheRisingSun for his rally the other day,” he said of The Animals’ rock version of the classic folk song about a house of ill repute in New Orleans, while also sneaking in the #864511320 hashtag, which links to an Instagram page for Joe Biden’s campaign.

“A tale of sin and misery set in a brothel suits him so perfectly!” added Burdon of Trump before referencing another Animals it. “Far more appropriate for this time in our history might be #WeGottaGetOutofThisPlace.”

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Even though nobody asked my permission, I wasn’t surprised to learn that #Trump #864511320 used #HouseoftheRisingSun for his rally the other day…A tale of sin and misery set in a brothel suits him so perfectly! Far more appropriate for this time in our history might be #WeGottaGetOutofThisPlace. This is my answer #vote #saveourdemocracy #bidenharris2020 A post shared by Eric Burdon (@officialericburdon) on Sep 5, 2020 at 3:45pm PDT

Burdon concluded by telling his followers, “This is my answer #vote #saveourdemocracy #bidenharris2020.”

Back in June, The Rolling Stones announced they’d be taking legal action against Trump after his campaign repeatedly ignored cease-and-desist letters over the unauthorized use of their song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.

RELATED: Rolling Stones Threaten Trump With Lawsuit If He Continues To Use Their Music At Rallies

“This could be the last time Trump uses any Jagger/ Richards songs on his campaigns,” the band’s rep said in a statement.

“The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement,” the rep added. “If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.”

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