National Security


The social media platform TikTok is gaining popularity across the internet, but also raising privacy and national security concerns.

TikTok is a service that allows users to share videos ranging from a few seconds to a minute with each other. Like many such platforms, it has a dedicated app. But it has one crucial difference. David Gunkel, professor of media studies at Northern Illinois University, explained:

“It was really the first Chinese app to gain international saturation and be adopted worldwide," he said, "and as a result it caught attention of a lot of people.”

Northern Illinois U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger says the intelligence community needs to ensure the accuracy of reports that the Russian government has been placing bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The Republican received a classified briefing Tuesday and said while there is good evidence of the practice, there is also conflicting evidence.

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Beginning Sunday, Missourians and Illinoisans will no longer be able to use their state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards as acceptable forms of identification to enter most federal facilities, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

But the clock has not yet started on limiting their use to board commercial airplanes.

Federal officials are increasing pressure on several states to bring their driver’s license programs into compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005. The states that are out of compliance include Missouri and Illinois.

The director of the Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus submitted his resignation today, citing an extramarital affair.

"After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair," Petraeus said in a message sent to CIA staff. "Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation."