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Chairman Schiff on Potential for False Flag Attack in Ukraine

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“As we continue to track Russia’s military buildup along the border with Ukraine, I am deeply concerned that Russia could engineer a “false flag” attack as a pretext for a full-fledged invasion, an act that would be consistent with past Russian behavior. I am likewise concerned that Russia could undertake other destabilizing measures against Ukraine, possibly to lay the groundwork for a full-scale...

Chairman Schiff Statement on Guantanamo Bay

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“On the 20th anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees after 9/11 at Guantanamo Bay, we renew our call to shutter the detention facility permanently. The cost of maintaining Guantanamo — moral and otherwise — is simply too high. “In August, I led 75 of my House colleagues in calling on President Biden to close the facility, and I greatly appreciate his commitment to doing so. For more than...

Chairman Schiff on Reported Russian Mobilization Near the Ukrainian Border

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“I am deeply concerned by public reports indicating Russia’s military is mobilizing to the Ukrainian border. When considered against the backdrop of the Kremlin’s increasingly bellicose rhetoric — and its dangerous and irresponsible actions on land, at sea, and in the air, and space — the potential for a new, perhaps more violent, offensive against Ukraine cannot be discounted. Putin has made it c...

Chairman Schiff on Charges Against Iranian Cyber Criminals

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"Protecting our elections from malign foreign interference is of paramount importance, and these actions against Iranian cyber criminals underscore this administration’s commitment to using all tools at its disposal to punish those responsible. "The Iran-backed effort to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election highlights the urgent need to track and expose sophisticated cyber-enabled oper...

Schiff, Himes on United States Joining the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace

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"Threats from cyber crime and malicious online actors are a global problem, which will require a global solution and international cooperation to protect individuals, nation states, and businesses from potentially crippling cyber attacks against infrastructure, energy grids, and our economies. It is welcome news that the United States will join the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, ...

Chairman Schiff on Indictments of Alleged Ransomware Criminals

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“The arrest and indictments of those accused of perpetrating ransomware attacks against American companies and laundering the proceeds demonstrates the determination of the United States to hold such criminals accountable. Brazen cyber attacks on our hospitals, schools, companies, critical infrastructure, and more will not go unpunished. The actions announced today make clear that the reach of U.S...

Chairman Schiff on Decision to Blacklist Foreign Companies for Malicious Cyber Activities

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“The administration’s decision to sanction four foreign cyber companies, including the NSO Group, is an important step towards improving cybersecurity and protecting human rights. As is apparent in public reporting, these companies have enabled repressive regimes to target dissidents, journalists, human rights activists, and government officials, including Americans, with sophisticated attacks. “T...

Chairman Schiff on Department of Defense Report on Afghanistan Airstrike

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“The operating environment in Kabul at the time of the August 29 strike was one of tremendous danger and risk, and I am mindful of that fact. However, I remain unconvinced that the Department of Defense summary of the classified investigation into the circumstances of the strike, which killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, provides for real accountability. From what the Intelligenc...

Chairman Schiff on National Intelligence Estimate on Climate Change

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“Climate change is an existential threat that will have a devastating impact on the health, economic stability, and security of our nation. The comprehensive National Intelligence Estimate released by the Intelligence Community documents the threat of increased geopolitical tensions, water scarcity, mass migration due to increasingly inhospitable environments, and extreme weather that will precipi...

Chairman Schiff on President Biden Signing the HAVANA Act Into Law

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“Every day, Americans in our diplomatic corps, intelligence community, and armed services represent our nation’s interests abroad, making personal sacrifices in service of our nation. We are indebted to them, and we have an obligation to do everything we can to keep them safe and to protect their families. I was proud to sponsor the bipartisan HAVANA Act, and I am pleased that President Biden has ...