Florida COVID Analyst Surrenders to Authorities

Rebekah Jones, the founder of Florida’s coronavirus database, was fired by the Florida department of health in May for insubordination after claiming she was ordered to censor and manipulate information on the database she founded and managed, She says the governor “will not win his war on science and free speech.”

FBI Vets National Guard Amid Fears of Insider Attack

U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. They have reportedly launched a massive effort to review the backgrounds of every National Guard reservist assigned to protect the U.S. capital over the next several days.

Police Chief Named to Head Utah Justice Commission

The appointment of Tom Ross, who headed the Bountiful, Utah force for 14 years, is a first in the nearly 40-year history of the state’s Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. It comes after repeated calls for police reform in the state, part of a national reckoning on racial justice.

Authorities Fear Extremist Challenge Could Last Years

Even if  right-wing protesters pull back from the threat of violence in coming days, the threat from Trump-inspired extremism likely will grow. “It has begun to shift from ‘We are going to win this’ to ‘This fight is going to be a long one,’ said one analyst. Meanwhile FBI Director Christopher Wray cited “an extensive amount of concerning online chatter” about events surrounding the inauguration.